Best Laptop To Get For Up To $500

There’s good news if you’re looking for a quality laptop, but don’t want to pay a premium price as there are several good options that come in under $500.

You just need to know which operating system you want your laptop to run and be willing to compromise a bit in some areas. That said, there are of course a multitude of features to consider, such as screen size, weight, CPU, RAM, storage, etc., but at the end of the day, what you’re looking for is the best price-performance ratio possible, especially if your budget is around $500. Fortunately, many manufacturers offer several configurations for the same laptop model so there are plenty of quality options.

Below is a rundown of the best laptops for under $500. Notably absent from the list are laptops with MAC operating systems since you won’t find new MAC laptops for under $500 unless they’re refurbished or used models.

Best Windows laptops for under $500

Acer Aspire 5

CPU – 8th-Generation dual-core i3

RAM – 4GB

Storage – 128GB solid-state drive (SSD)

Display – 15.6” full high definition (HD), 1920 x 1080 

Weight – 3.97 lbs.

Battery life – up to 7 hours

Graphics – Nividia GeForce MX150

Pros – The Acer Aspire 5 performs well, has a great battery life, a bright display, and plenty of storage.

Cons – It’s got a rather bulky and bland design and just so-so graphics.

Microsoft Surface Go 2: 

CPU – Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y

Ram – 8GB

Storage – 128GB SSD

Display – 10.5” touchscreen, 1920 x 1280 

Weight – 1.2 lbs.

Battery life – up to 10 hours

Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 615

Pros – This is a 2-in-1 device that works well in both laptop and tablet mode, is lightweight and highly portable, and has an excellent display.

Cons – This model is sold with the outdated Windows 10 in S Mode, which doesn’t let you install .exe files from the Internet, and the keyboard keys aren’t full size, which makes typing uncomfortable.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593:

CPU – Intel Core i5

Ram – 8GB

Storage – 256GB SSD

Display – 15.6” full HD

Weight – 4.8 lbs. 

Battery life – up to 6 hours

Graphics – Intel UHD Graphics

Pros– This model has a smooth, solid performance, a comfortable, ergonomically designed keyboard, and plenty of ports for connecting peripheral devices.

Cons – Although its design has been updated, it still manages to be clunky and look like an older model. 

Best Chrome laptops for under $500

Acer Chromebook 15:

CPU – Intel Pentium N4200

Ram – 4GB

Storage – 32GB embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC)

Display – 15.6” full HD, 1920 x 1080

Weight – 3.7 lbs.

Battery life – up to 12 hours

Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 505

Pros – This Chromebook boasts one of the best hard drive speeds, a very large sharp, 1080 display, a comfortable keyboard and a superior battery life.

Cons – It doesn’t have many ports and its display, although a good size, disappoints when it comes to color and brightness.

HP Chromebook 15:

CPU – 8th Generation Intel Core i3

Ram – 4GB

Storage – 128GB embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC)

Display – 15.6” full HD touchscreen

Weight – 3.99 lbs.

Battery life – up to 13 hours

Graphics – Intel Graphics 620

Pros – The HP Chromebook sports a nice, modern look, an impressive display, as well as a solid performance and a responsive and comfortable keyboard.

Cons – While battery life is supposed to be about 13 hours, there are a lot of reports saying that it doesn’t achieve close to that claim.

Lenovo Chromebook IdeaPad Duet:

CPU – Mediateck Helio P60T

Ram – 4GB

Storage – 65GB embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC)

Display – 10.1, 1920 x 1200

Weight – 2 lbs.

Battery life – up to 12 hours

Graphics – ARM G72 MP3

Pros – This is a very reasonably priced 2-in-1 laptop/tablet with an excellent keyboard and a solid display and impressive battery life.

Cons – Lenovo classifies this as a laptop because it comes with a keyboard case, but it’s much more of a tablet than a laptop, which perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising given its affordability.

The best bang for your buck 

The laptops listed above offer solid performance with minimal compromise at a reasonable and affordable price. If you’re looking to save a little on your next laptop purchase, but want to get the best bang for your book, these are your best options.