Note that this buying guide is PC only. To learn about Apple laptops, visit this buying guide instead.
Budget laptop ($500 or less)
These laptops won't be the thinnest or lightest models. Nor will they be the most powerful. However, a budget laptop is perfect for browsing the Web, composing documents, viewing photos and basic photo editing. And those are the most common tasks performed on computers, anyway.
The weight of budget laptops varies wildly. I've seen models ranging from 3 pounds to 6 pounds. For the average owner, size probably won't matter. However, frequent travelers will definitely want a lighter model. Six pounds can seem back-breaking on the road.
One factor that contributes to a laptop's weight is screen size. Screen size is important, but you'll find most budget laptops have screens from 12 inches to 15 inches.