Suggest Laptops under $400 with HDMI + Long Battery Life


Apr 7, 2012
So I am currently looking for a new mobile device to take with me when I am out and about. I own a tablet and I find it useful. The bad part is I miss the keyboard in general and the functionality of a Windows environment.

I am currently looking for a laptop that's relatively small in size and weight. Anything under 13" would be preferable as they're usually light. The next is battery length. I am looking for something that'll consistently pump out 5+hrs. Finally I need an HDMI slot on the laptop.

Beyond video playback and web functionality, I don't really see myself pushing the laptop to the limit on anything. I can't see myself playing games on it, but it'd be nice to play something like the walking dead episodes on it.

I guess I have a budget constraint of up to $400. I am not against buying refurbished either.

Any suggestions on a laptop worth the money?


Forgot this...

1. What is your budget?

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

3. What screen resolution do you want?
Doesn't matter, don't think I am getting 1080 with the laptop budget I am suggesting. 720?

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

5. How much battery life do you need?
5+ preferable.

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? is probably the most I'll play on it.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Youtube, VLC, and internet browsing. Possibly Microsoft office related things.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
Um.. I am imagining 500gb is usual, but I honestly don't need that much. 320gb?

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Doesn't matter.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
It'll mostly be used for watching videos and doing mobile browsing.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I have an HP laptop that I found to work really well. But I believe in the Tomshardware community as they lead me to my other laptop. :p

13. What country do you live in?
United States

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
HDMI slot is a must. - lenovo thinkpad x220 . It doesnt have a hdmi port which you need but it has a displayport. im guessing your going to hook up the laptop to a big monitor so you can watch the walking dead on it? A displayport will do the same thing as an hdmi will in this case. All you need is a displayport to hdmi cable which can be found on amazon for $12