Best laptop under $600


Aug 23, 2011
So my friend needs a new laptop and wanted me to look into it for her. I have a lot of experience with building desktops, but when it comes to laptops it's a little different. I have a couple ideas but I was wondering what you all thought, or if you had any other suggestions.

This laptop won't be used for playing games hardly at all, will mostly be for school work and everyday use. She said that she would be using the touchpad as well and not an external mouse.

Three choices I have looked into are:

Lenovo Z580 $563

Lenovo G580 $500

Dell Inspiron 15R: $563

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor (3M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz)
Windows 8, 64-bit, English
15.6 HD (720p) WLED with Truelife (1366x768)
6GB2 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
500GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
8X CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Intel® HD Graphics