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 E 15. 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, Deals and Updates (February 2019)
- You can currently get the Lenovo Flex 6 11 for $299 ($30 off), the Lenovo IdeaPad 320 for $289 ($110 off) and the Acer 15.6-inch Chromebook for $179 ($20 off).
- We recently reviewed the Asus Chromebook C523NA, which we gave credit for offering an aluminum chassis and a 1080p touch screen for just $349.
- Acer took to the BETT show in London to reveal the Chromebook 512 and Spin 512, which start at $329 and $449, respectively.