I come to you with a list of the best, yet still, the most affordable Intel Core i3 laptops of 2018. Yes, they are still relevant today because Intel Core i3 laptops are still the most affordable, are great value for your money, and are best made for doing daily everyday tasks such as internet browsing, editing Word documents, creating presentations, watching movies or series, and multitasking.

If you want to play video games, edit photos, create or edit videos, even music production, then these laptops are not recommended. Intel Core i3 laptops are not powerful enough to handle such activities. So I recommend getting an Intel Core i3 laptop for your day-to-day tasks, or an Intel Core i7 or a gaming laptop for gaming, doing creative activities, as well as daily tasks. The difference is that it does it better.

Dell Inspiron 5000

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz; RAM: 8 GB DDR4; Storage: 1 TB HDD; GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) Touchscreen; Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: 5 hrs; Weight: 4,8 lbs (2,2 kg) Click  HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Price under $500;  Numerous input ports; Loads of storage space

Costs: Cramped keyboard layout with smaller keys; Disappointing touch-pad functions; Bloatware included

Here we have the Dell Inspiron 5000 laptop, that comes with a full HD touchscreen display. It also comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB storage. With these specs, it makes for a good performing laptop at its level. Nowadays it sells for under $500. The input ports include on the left side: an SD card slot, HDMI,  1xUSB. And on the right: 2xUSB slots and an optical drive. With so much storage, you will have plenty of space for install software, store documents and other media formats.

The keys on the keyboard are a bit small which will affect comfort in typing. The touch-pad has its many flaws so if you can, get a USB or a wireless mouse. The laptop will most likely Dell’s software or bloatware, which you can easily remove from the system. Overall, it is a good performing laptop that comes with a touch screen display. Its flaws are manageable but its a budget laptop, no many high tech features but it is worth considering at its level. Consider it as worth considering.

 

Lenovo IdeaPad 110

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.4 GHz; RAM: 4 GB; Storage: 500 GB HDD; GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620; Display: 15.6″ LED (1600×900); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: 4 hrs; Weight: 6,4 lbs (2,9 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Good keyboard layout and responsive keys; Good design and built quality; Fairly accurate LED display quality

Costs: Performance is sluggish whilst multitasking; Short battery life

The Lenovo IdeaPad 110 is a good-looking laptop, well acknowledged for its design quality, its good keyboard responsiveness and feedback, and its fairly good accurate colour production and viewing angle quality. It’s an average laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 500 GB storage. The hardware specs are not so great, especially with low memory, as this will hinder the overall performance of the system.

Yet it can still handle day-to-day tasks so no worries there. The battery life is up to four hours per charge, which is not bad for the laptop at its price. Overall, this is a standard average budget laptop, that is underpowered but can still fulfil your day-to-day tasks. It makes for a good starter laptop for students and for entry-level corporate users.

 

HP Pavilion 17.3″ High Performance

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.4 GHz; RAM: 8 GB DDR4; Storage: 1 TB; GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620; Display: 17.3″ WLED (1600×900); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: 5 hrs; Weight: 5.29 lbs (2.4 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Bigger display; Comes with 2 TB storage; Great multitasking capabilities; Good battery life

Costs: Bad placement of speakers

The HP Pavilion comes with a bigger 17.3″ display maxing up to 1600×900 screen resolution. Inside is an Intel Core i3 processor, with an 8 GB of memory, and a 2 TB hard drive. The input posts include a standard USB 3.0, HDMI and Ethernet lined up on both sides of the laptop and it also has a built-in card reader and optical drive. The laptop comes also with a 5-hour battery, so you can use the laptop for long periods of time.

The speakers are placed underneath which reduces the quality of the sound. It is best to get head-phones or ear-phones,  or a set of speakers. Overall, this is an all-around good performing laptop at its price and is worth considering if you need a laptop for everyday tasks.

 

     Lenovo IdeaPad 130    

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.0 GHz; RAM: 8 GB DDR4; Storage: 1 TB; GPU: Intel HD Graphics 520; Display: 15.6″ LED (1366×768); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: 5 hrs; Weight: 4.6 lbs (2 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Good budget price; Vivid colour display; Anti-glare coating; Accurate and responsive keyboard and touchpad

Costs: Older processor model

The Lenovo IdeaPad 130 is a comes at the range of $400. The laptop comes with a 15.6″ display with vivid colours, and an anti-glare coating to reduce reflections and eyestrain after prolong use.

The keyboard is well spaced out with a responsive touchpad, increasing ease of use. With the Intel Core i3 processor inside and the 8 GB memory, the laptop is capable of delivering good system performance and compatibility to play low to mid-end games and media. The laptop sums up to be the best all-all round for anyone who is on budget and looking for a laptop to blend work and entertainment.

 

HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz with 4MB L3; RAM: 4 GB DDR4; Storage: 1 TB plus 16 GB Intel Optane Memory; GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Display: 15.6″ LED HD touchscreen (1366×768); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: 9 hrs; Weight: 4.5 lbs (2 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Can fold into a tablet; Storage of up to 1 TB; Good battery life

Costs: No ethernet port

The HP Pavilion X360 is a 2-in-1 convertible device that does not miss out on any features of a standard laptop. The metal body gives it a premium finish, it comes as a 15.6″ touchscreen and has a built-in webcam.

Input ports are the HDMI; USB Type-C and USB 3.0; and an SD card reader. The processor is an Intel Core i3 maxed at 2.2GHz, 8GB of memory for ease of use with Windows 10, and a 1TB of storage which give the user huge storage capabilities. Overall, the HP X360 is a great 2-in-1 laptop for anyone who is seeking one which performs as well as a standard laptop.

 

Acer Chromebook 13

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz; RAM: 8 GB LPDDR3; Storage: 32 GB storage; GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Display: 13.5″ LED-backlit HD display (2256×1504); Operating System: Chrome OS; Battery life: up to 10 hrs; Weight: 3.0 lbs (1.4 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Powerful processor; Up to 10 hrs battery life; Super light-weight; Good sound quality and good quality display

Costs: Less in-board storage capacity; No Ethernet port

Here we have the Acer Chromebook 13, that has a premium look design, is lightweight so you can carry and easily move around with it and not stress about it being so heavy, and comes with a smooth comfortable keyboard and touchpad layout. Inside we are looking at a powerful Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM to handle multiple tasks, good quality sound and display features to enjoy watching movies and listening to good music.

The input ports available are 2x USB Type-C, a USB 3.0, a microSD card slot and a headphone/mic jack. The hard drive is low for storage, but there is a microSD port to increase your storage capacity. If you are looking to get a laptop with a powerful Chromebook that has good performance, a great battery life, but don’t mind the 32GB of storage, then give this one consideration a consideration when looking for a budget laptop.

 

Acer Aspire E15

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz; RAM: 6 GB DDR4; Storage: 1 TB HDD; GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620; Display: 15.6″ FHD LED-backlit display (1920×1080); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home; Battery life: up to 13 hrs; Weight: 5.27 lbs (2.4 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Latest Intel Core i3 processor; Heat repellant; Great battery life; Good typing and accurate touchpad; Good overall performance; Good budget price

Costs: Sturdy and bulky design; bloatware installed

Acer Aspire E15 is another powerful budget laptop, with its black sturdy body, and excellent durability because of the heat resistant material used to build the laptop, which reduces heat build-up. The laptop comes with a 15.6″ screen with full HD capability, with an Intel Core i3 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive for storage.

Input ports include USB 2.0 port, optical drive, a headphone jack, USB 3.1 type-C, Ethernet port, VGA input, HDMI port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, Kensington lock, and an SD card reader. The keyboard is also reasonably good to type well on this laptop, and its touchpad is pretty accurate. This is overall, an all-around performing laptop which can be the best for office and corporate industry as it has a professional look and can be a useful tool for students.

Dell XPS 13

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz; RAM: 4 GB DDR4; Storage: 128 SSD; GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Display: 13.3″ Ful HD Anti-glare (1920×1080); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: up to 12 hrs; Weight: 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Slim, and lightweight; Pretty 4K display; Thin bezels widen screen display

Costs: Expensive 

The Dell XPS 13 is known at the most premium-looking laptop available to buy. It is made from materials such as aluminium, carbon fibre, and glass making it a lightweight at 2.6 pounds. It comes with a 13.3″ full HD display with very tiny bezels. Inside the laptop is an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. The laptop is expensive but you’re getting an excellent productivity machine with a comfortable backlit keyboard, a smooth touchpad and excellent battery life.

Overall, the Dell XPS 13 serves up with a beautiful 4K display, a powerful Intel i3 processor, and is remarkably light to carry and fits well in a laptop bag. So if you are looking for a good looking, fast performing laptop, and can afford to get one, then consider this one as a choice.

 

Lenovo IdeaPad 330

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 2.2 GHz; RAM: 8 GB DDR4; Storage: 1 TB HDD; GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Display: 15.6″ Full HD Anti-glare (1366×768); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: 5.5 hrs; Weight: 4.8 (2.2 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Cheap; Sharp and clear display; Good sound quality

Costs: Only 2 USB ports; No optical DVD drive

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 is another budget laptop that comes with great hardware specs at an affordable price. It comes with a 15.6″ HD display, which looks great when watching movies and playing PC games. It also has a built-in HD webcam to make video calls, a sound speaker package backed by Dolby Digital that produces good quality sound, an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive.

It has a standard keyboard layout that gives good feedback when you type. The input ports include 2x USB, Ethernet, HDMI, headphone jack, and an SD card reader. Overall, it is a good budget laptop that can give you so much working time because of the good battery, performance of a budget laptop, and loads of storage capacity. If you like it, check it out and see for yourself.

 

Acer Spin 3 

Hardware Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3 3.4 GHz; RAM: 4 GB DDR4; Storage: 1 TB HDD; GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620; Display: 14″ Full HD touchscreen (1920×1028); Operating System: MS Windows 10 Home (64 bit); Battery life: 12 hrs; Weight: 3.7 lbs (1.7 kg) Click HERE to find out more!

Benefits: Portable and lightweight; Excellent battery life; Lots of storage  

Costs: Expensive

The Acer Spin 3 is becoming a contender for the best 2-in-1 laptop of 2018. The hardware specs include an Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB HDD. You are looking at up to 12 hrs battery life and weighs at 3.7 lbs. That is really lightweight so you can travel with it, and has an excellent battery life. It is a 14″ laptop so it is pretty small but it has and can do similar features as a standard laptop, only lighter to carry and can work longer. 2-in-1 laptops can be rotated 360 into a tablet or can be adjusted as normal, so with this one, you can have full advantage of that. Input ports are 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, SD card, and HDMI port to connect to a monitor, a projector or a TV. If you can handle a device that is both a laptop and a tablet, and can afford it, then the Acer Spin 3 is for you.

 

Final word

So here we have budget Intel i3 laptops, Intel i3 2-in-1 laptops/tablets, now it is up to you to decide which is best for you. It is best to make sure that it has the ‘Intel Core i3’ brand, make sure it is between 4 to 8 GB of RAM as it helps with multitasking of the system, storage is up to you if you can handle a smaller hard drive of less than 500 GB or one that is larger like a 1 TB hard drive. Everything else must come standard such as Wifi, common input slots such as USB (more than 1), HDMI, Kensington lock for safety, and an SD or microSD to expand storage.

The year is 2019 now but not much is happening, and also the ones releasing will be more expensive than these ones here. So if you looking for affordable laptops, and are tight on budget, then look out for these ones here. And remember they are Intel i3 laptops, good for day to day work.

So how do you feel about these laptops, are they worth checking out? Are they too expensive or cheap? Which one are you most likely to know more about? Are you keen to find out this year’s upcoming laptop releases? Leave your comments below. To find out more about the laptop, click where indicated.

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “See the Most Affordable Intel Core i3 Laptops of 2018

  1. I am looking for the best performing laptop under 500 dollars. I also love play games occasionally so it must support for high graphic games.Battery life and storage also my concerned as usually carry my laptop while traveling in train.So do you thing dell laptop could be good option for my purpose?

    1. Your needs are noted. The Dell laptops here have good battery life and storage capacity, but will not be able to support high graphics games as they do not have a good graphics card. From the gaming laptop, I have not been able to see ones that are under 500 dollars. So I recommend getting a second-hand gaming laptop, but if I see one I will post it. 

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing this!

    I wish I had read this article when I was a student since I needed a good laptop but not necessarily very advanced in its specs as I didn’t do much editing or gaming on my laptop. But oh well, I think I would have gone with the HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 as good battery life is very important to me.

    Now, I want to buy something for my mum as she’s wanting to do some of “admin” work there. I’ll probably still go with the HP Pavilion for her, it looks durable too and it’s not very expensive.

    1. The HP Pavilion is both a laptop and a tablet. It would be great for your mom. Check the link provided to find more if interested. 

  3. Thank you for this great post, this article came in timely for my because I have been on the search for the best laptop for students like me. I think I will go for the Lenovo IdeaPad 110.i like the design, and it is also budget friendly and I love lenovo products a lot. I will check more about it. 

    1. Definitely, I think Lenovo laptops are great for students and in the corporate working environment. I am sure you will get one soon. Thank you for your comment, and don’t forget to check out the link.

  4. When i saw your post on “Intel Core i3 laptops of 2018” i was very much interested in it, because i do use an AMD laptop which has really frustrated me in that it gets hot too easily unlike intel laptops. Amongst all the laptops you reviewed i think the one i love the most and i will choose to buy is Dell XPS 13, majorly because of its ultra-slim design and its relatively expensive so i can still get value for my money. Also Dell laptops have a very good battery life. Infact i used one dell laptop for 7 years, and its still working till today. I had to give it out to my little cousin who is just about 13years old. Thanks so much for this educative post. Hope to get more of the 2019 brand of laptops from your subsequent posts. 

    1. Much appreciated. I am sure you will get your laptop, and I will continue to do post and articles like this. Again thank you for your comment. Take it easy.

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