Laptops under $400 don't tend to have stylish looks, full 1080p displays and excellent battery life, but that's what makes the Asus VivoBook E403SA our favorite budget notebook. The VivoBook also offers a solid keyboard, a slick brushed-metal design and a USB Type-C port for power and data transfer. Its Pentium CPU and 4GB of RAM provide enough pop for solid multitasking.
|Best Laptops Under $500|
|Asus VivoBook E403SA||Best Under $500||4.5 out of 5|
|Dell Inspiron 11 3000||Best Value||4 out of 5|
|Samsung Chromebook Plus||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus Transformer Mini T102HA||Best 2-in-1||3 out of 5|
|Asus F555LA||Best 15-inch Latop||4 out of 5|
Dell's Inspiron 11 3000 stands out from its bargain-basement competitors by offering 13 hours of battery life, solid audio output and an attractive design. This 11.6-inch, 2.4-pound laptop is available in a wide variety of bright colors, including red and blue, has better build quality than you'd expect in this price range and features a snappy keyboard for pleasant typing.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is a laptop built on premieres. It's one of the first Chromebooks that can run Android apps out the box and has an embedded stylus -- adding loads of functionality to Google's otherwise scant operating system. Powered by an ARM processor, the laptop is an able multitasker and looks good while doing it thanks to its sleek sliver aluminum chassis.
The Asus Transformer Mini T102HA serves as both a tablet and a miniature Windows 10 laptop with a detachable keyboard, a bright screen and all-day battery life. If you're looking for an inexpensive secondary computer, a 10-inch 2-in-1 can be a highly portable and affordable option. The hybrid also comes with a pen for productivity buffs and creatives alike.
For less than 350 bucks, the Asus F555LA offers a 15-inch, 1080p display, which is almost unheard of at this price range. It's a bit on the dim side, but paired with the notebook's strong speakers and attractive design, you get a budget computer for simple tasks.
While the best laptops cost much more, the average consumer spends under $500 for a new notebook. When shopping for a laptop in this price range, you have to make some compromises, so it's important to prioritize the features that matter most and get as many of them as you can, without breaking your budget.
We've listed several high-quality budget laptops on this page for you to consider. When evaluating a laptop, consider these factors in this order of importance:
A good laptop that costs over $800 should have all of these features, but if you can find a system that has one or more of these for under $500, you're ahead of the game.