You don't have to feel like you're settling when shopping for a laptop under $500. There are value-priced notebooks that include full-HD displays, solid performance and long battery life, plus all the ports you need. You can even get a 2-in-1 with a touch screen in this price range, though it will be on the smaller side.
After reviewing dozens of value-priced systems, the most well-rounded Windows laptop under $500 is the 15-inch Acer Aspire E15. Our favorite low-cost Chromebook is the 11-inch Samsung Chromebook 3. But we have plenty of other recommendations. Here's all of our top picks.
Latest News and Updates (October 2018)
- Our top overall sub-$500 laptop, the Acer Aspire E 15, is currently 5 percent off on Amazon, dropping the price from $379 to $359.
- We reviewed the Chuwi LapBook SE 13.3 inch, and while it had decent overall performance, its dim display and poor battery life stopped us from recommending it.
- While they didn't make the cut, we just reviewed the HP Chromebook x360 G1 and the Acer Aspire 1, which are solid, affordable laptops.