They don’t look like budget notebooks. And they don’t perform like them either. We gathered the best 14- and 15-inch laptops we could find under $600 to find out which one offers the best bang for your buck. These machines sport sleeker designs than their predecessors, many with stylish patterns or even a brushed metal look. It gets better. Under the hood in most cases you’ll find the latest Intel Core i3 processor, which boasts four threads of multitasking power. Plus, most of these laptops can easily handle HD video and play mainstream games like World of Warcraft above 30 frames per second.
In other words, a future proof laptop has never been cheaper. Click through the slideshow to find the budget notebook that’s best for you.
One of the best-looking and best-sounding 14-inch notebooks under $600 also delivers Core i3 power.
Strong Core i3 performance
Awkward keyboard layout