Update Jan. 22: The Lenovo Flex 6 11 is currently on sale for $299 ($30 off).
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 (January 2019)
- Acer took to the BETT show in London to reveal the Chromebook 512 and Spin 512, which start at $329 and $449, respectively.
- Acer revealed the Chromebook 315 at CES 2019, which has a 15.6-inch, 1080p display and runs for just $279.
- 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.