You don't have to feel like you're settling when looking for the best 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 laptop with a touch screen in this price range, though it will be on the smaller side. Luckily, with upcoming Amazon Prime Day discounts, these affordable laptops should be available for even less.
After reviewing dozens of value-priced systems, the most well-rounded Windows laptop under $500 is the 15-inch Acer Aspire E 15. Our favorite low-cost Chromebook is the 11-inch Samsung Chromebook 3. HP recently announced its $449 Chromebook 15, which boasts razor-thin bezels and all-day battery life, and Google actually recently confirmed at its I/O developer conference that a virtual desktop feature is coming to Chrome OS. If you're still running Windows 7 on your sub-$500 laptop, read our current guide about how to deal with the inevitable end of the OS.
You can currently get the Acer Aspire E 15 for $361 ($19 off). If you're looking for even cheaper laptops, take a look at our selection of the Best Laptops Under $300. We recently reviewed the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 and the HP Chromebook 14, but didn't like them very much. However, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15, the HP Chromebook 14 (Intel) and the HP 14 Laptop get honorable mentions, and we really liked the 2018 HP Stream 11, but we also have plenty of other recommendations. Here are the best laptops under $500 you can buy now.