HP 14-dk1022wm laptop - $299.00 from Walmart (opens in new tab)
HP was so close to nailing it with this affordable business laptop, powered by AMD Ryzen. The machine boasts decent specs and a smart aesthetic, but the screen is seriously outdated and upgrade options are limited too.
The 14-dk1022wm (opens in new tab) is currently HP’s most affordable business laptop (opens in new tab) on the market right now, at just under $300 from Walmart (roughly £240).
This 2020 model comes with the AMD Ryzen 3 3250U, a dual-core CPU with a base clock of 2.6GHz. It's comparable to an Intel Core i3-8121U processor, which is to say it's not too shabby, especially with AMD Radeon 3 Graphics.
In terms of aesthetic, the machine is a considerable step up from the graphite-coloured models of yesteryear, with a sharp-looking silver finish. We also appreciate the large single hinge and ultra-narrow bezel on the frame.
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However, the display is a 14-inch SVA model, which is inferior to an IPS equivalent - usually a sign of cost-cutting. It's also worth noting that this screen is HD only, not full HD.
The rest of the specification is decent, but nothing to write home about. There’s 4GB of DDR4 memory (sadly soldered on board, so not upgradable) and a 128GB M2 SATA3 SSD.
Connectivity options, meanwhile, include a Gigabit Ethernet port, card reader, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, three USB ports, an audio port and an HDMI port.
The 41WHr 3-cell battery will power the laptop for up to eight hours, which is remarkable for an entry level laptop and, at only 3.33Lbs, this is also a pretty portable notebook.
Should 128GB prove too small for you, there’s a 1TB model (14-dk1025wm (opens in new tab)) that costs around the same, but it has a much slower hard disk drive rather than an SSD (opens in new tab) and has a much shorter battery life.
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Bear in mind
- This product does not ship to all regions, so non-US customers will likely need to use a specialist parcel forwarding service to take advantage of the deal.
- If you've managed to find a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.