Looking for a low-cost laptop? Here's what you'll get

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With prices hovering around $150, a low-end laptop could be a tempting buy this holiday season, if all you want to do is surf the Web, view streaming video and draft documents. But be aware that PC makers have stripped down the features to make these devices affordable. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping.

Operating system

Your options include Microsoft’s Windows 10 or Google’s Chrome OS. Windows 10 is a fully functional OS that can run a wider range of programs, and these laptops typically have more storage. Laptops with Chrome OS, also called Chromebooks, have a usage model similar to tablets and smartphones, and are good for Web surfing, e-mail and online file storage. For video and gaming, Windows 10 is a better option.

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