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|
|Lenovo Ideapad 110S||Best Value||3.5 out of 5|
|Acer Chromebook R 13||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus Transformer Mini T102HA||Best 2-in-1||3 out of 5|
|Lenovo 100S Chromebook||Best Chromebook Under $200||4 out of 5|
|Asus F555LA||Best 15-inch Latop||4 out of 5|
|Lenovo ThinkPad 13||Best Business||4.5 out of 5|
|Samsung Chromebook Plus||New and Notable||N/A|
Lenovo's Ideapad 110S packs a modest Intel Celeron CPU, an accurate touchpad and a responsive keyboard into its lightweight plastic chassis. The company also throws in a year's subscription to Office 365 Personal. It's a strong choice for budget-conscious consumers who need a secondary device or children's laptop.
Priced at $399, the Acer Chromebook R 13 is a convertible with a 13-inch touchscreen that lets you quickly go from laptop mode to tent mode to tablet mode. This Chrome OS device supports the Google Play store, which means you can download all sorts of Android apps and games. Acer claims that this hybrid can last up to 12 hours on a charge, and it's powered by a quad-core MediaTek and 4GB of RAM.
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.
A near-perfect choice for small businesses, students or anyone who needs to be productive without breaking the bank, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 offers high-end features and long endurance for a budget price. For less than $500, you get a full-HD screen, a solid-state drive, a durable MIL-SPEC-tested chassis and one of the best keyboards we've ever tested.
At $449, the Chromebook Plus is not only affordable, it's the future of Chrome OS. It's among the first Chromebooks to run Android apps out of the box and comes with an embedded stylus. Powered by an ARM CPU, the system can handle a handful of browser tabs without an issue. The 3:2 aspect ratio takes a bit of getting used to, but feels natural when used as a tablet. The pair of USB Type-C ports can be used to charge the laptop or with a bevy peripherals, which only increases the system's versatility.