Until fairly recently, buying a laptop was a serious investment. Whether you were in the market for a large or small screen, you could expect to pay several hundred or even a couple thousand dollars. Today, though, you can get cheap 17-inch laptops for work or school that will do everything you need them to. Whether you’re teaching your child how to use a computer and how to take care of technology properly or you just need a cheap laptop to take with you on trips, you have a lot of great options.

The HP Elite 8730w notebook has a 2.8GHz core, two gigs of RAM, and a DVD-RW drive, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities. It weighs 11 pounds, so it isn’t as light as some of the more expensive laptops on the market, but it’s still certainly not a beast. You can easily travel with it and use it for all of your online, work, and school needs, wherever you happen to be.

At an even lower price point, the Dell Precision M90 Mobile Workstation has a 60 GB hard drive, duo core 2GHz Intel processor, and an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500M graphics card for high-definition images and videos.

At a slightly higher price, you can get a used Apple MacBook Pro that’s more powerful and has more memory than other cheap 17-inch laptops. Plus, it weighs only 6.6 pounds, so you’ll never get tired of carrying it around in your bag, and it comes with 90 days of free phone tech support and a one-year limited warranty.

Whatever you need an inexpensive laptop for, consider your needs and how you’ll be using it. Then, as you go over your options you can choose between the best cheap 17-inch laptops for you and your family.