Best Budget Laptop Under $1200 in 2019

Moderators at OzBargain have decided to run yearly polls to decide the best products in popular categories that get asked repeatedly in the forum. Our aim is to have a central thread where users can vote on the items, suggest options and also change their vote throughout the year. The polls will end once the year is over.


What is the best budget laptop / notebook under $1200 in 2019?

Going back to school? Finding a laptop for your kids is no easy task, so leave it to the 'professionals' at Ozbargain to help you make an informed shopping choice. Or maybe you want a new laptop for yourself without breaking the piggy bank — whatever the scenario, let's discuss some more budget oriented options.

We asked a similar question last year and most of you thought that the Lenovo Thinkpad E480 was the best overall choice. We'll take suggestions once more and be sure to vote / comment on what you prefer.

Remember: You can change your votes at anytime, and suggest more than 1 product over the course of the poll.

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Poll Options Wed, 01/01/2020 - 00:00

  • 9
    Microsoft Surface Laptop
  • 5
    Dell Inspiron 15 5000
  • 2
    Lenovo Thinkpad E485
  • 2
    Microsoft Surface Go
  • 1
    Lenovo Thinkpad E490
  • 1
    Dell G3 15
  • 0
    Lenovo Yoga 530
  • 0
    HP Pavilion X360
  • 0
    HP Probook 450 G5
  • 0
    Acer Spin 5
  • 0
    ASUS FX503VM


  • +3 votes

    Not sure about others but ASUS FX503VM-ED191T has 120Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB display. So if those are important, it's a great laptop.