cheap laptops

Although these laptops are all at the budget end of the price spectrum, even we were surprised by how much is on offer.

With a choice of processing options – including the latest Intel Core 2 Duo and CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) chips – there's something to suit all needs, and the quality of all these laptops shows just how far the market has progressed in the past couple of years.

Whichever of these laptops you choose, we're certain you won't be disappointed.

The winner

The Asus M51A astounded us with its value for money, with a specification that wouldn't look out of place on a £600 laptop.

As such, it puts other laptops to shame in most areas, from performance to features, and it's one of the best budget laptops we've seen. If it's power you're after, look no further.

Runner-up

Not everybody places power above all else, which is where the Acer Aspire 5410T comes in.

Offering excellent portability with its slim design and Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processor, it's a great choice for the travelling business person, with a battery life to match the svelte chassis.