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 (August 2018)
- Microsoft's Surface Go is here. This 2-in-1 starts at just $399 ($499 with keyboard) and is more versatile than the iPad. Check out our review roundup.
- Lenovo’s Flex 6 11 is one of the best values of the year, offering great battery life, a sleek design and a solid keyboard for just $329.
- We’ve reviewed Acer’s Chromebook Spin 11, which is a $349 2-in-1 that offers a touchscreen and access to the Google Play store for running Android apps.