Seems like, in the past when you think of a budget laptop, they all had a bad performance. And it was true for most of the models at that time. Since then, the technologies changed a lot and became more advanced, as well as the prices of the notebooks went lower. Because of that, in the price range around 500 USD, you are able to buy some very decent-performance laptops. And not only they will have a fast CPU, but also you will be able to do light gaming on them. So if you have that kind of budget, then you should definitely check out the list of laptops we prepared for you.
The list consists of carefully selected models, prices, and brands. All of them have something in common – low price tag, and features that define them. Like for example – there are business laptops and traditional ones. Laptops to use at home, and even some that will run old-style games.
Note: each laptop from the list is in our site catalog. You can follow the links and see a much more detailed description. Including videos, prices, and links to where you can buy them. Also links to external reviews of the CPUs and the Video Cards.
Note: don’t expect to play games published after 2015 on a budget laptop. But you can expect a very fast browsing, video editing even, watching videos at high resolution and amazing portability as well.
1. Acer Chromebook 14″ budget laptop
Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz (Up to 2.24GHz)
100% Aluminum Chassis
4GB LPDDR3 Onboard SDRAM Memory, 32GB Internal Storage
14” Full HD IPS Display (1920 x 1080), Intel HD Graphics
Chrome OS. 3-cell 3950 mAh Li-Polymer. Connectivity-802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN.
Up to 12-hours Battery Life
This is a great budget laptop with very light weight and amazingly long battery life. As well as, perfect for carrying around with you, for business and student purposes. Including Quad Core CPU that provides lightning fast browsing experience. The Ram Memory is also faster than normal DDR3 since it is low voltage. In addition, this Acer Chromebook has a 32 GB eMMC storage drive, 30% faster than a normal HDD. If you are also a fan of Chrome OS, like more and more people are, then this is the notebook for you.
2.DELL INSPIRON 15.6 ” 3567 budget laptop
7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U mobile processor, Intel HD Graphics 620
8GB system memory, 1TB hard drive, Windows 10 home 64 bit, 4-cell lithium-ion battery
15.6″ HD Touchscreen LED backlight widescreen for hands-on control (1366 x 768) display
DVD-RW, 802.11bng, Bluetooth 4.0, Webcam, Media Reader, Stereo Speakers, MaxxAudio Pro
1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, 10/100 Ethernet, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
This is one laptop definitely we can recommend, for its low price and fairly good processing. Thanks to the latest 7th Gen Core i3 processor you don’t have to worry about any tasks. When working with programs and watching videos, you will be pleased with a smooth and fast experience. Where a part will also have the 8 GB of DDR4 Ram Memory. For business tasks, this is a perfect low budget laptop.
3. ASUS VIVOBOOK F510UA 15.6″ FHD budget laptop
Powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor
14.2″ wide, 0.8″ thin and portable footprint with 0.3″ NanoEdge bezel for a stunning 80% screen-to-body ratio
15.6″ anti-glare Full HD display with ASUS Splendid software enhancement
8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD; Ergonomic chiclet keyboard with fingerprint sensor
Comprehensive connections including USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI; Lightning-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi keeps you connected through any congestion or interference
Introducing Asus Vivobook F510UA, a 15,6″ laptop with great quality, speed, and design. Due to its full metal body and build in features, it is compatible with more expensive laptops. Thanks to the beautiful, high-resolution display and ASUS Tru2Life Video technology, you will watch amazing videos. Also, you will be able to do video editing with ease and do everyday multitasking. Where the main role will have the powerful 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor and the 8 GB of DDR4 RAM. Therefore we would definitely recommend this laptop, as one of the best for its low price and amazing design.
4.DELL INSPIRON 15.6″ 7000 2-IN-1 budget laptop
7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz Dual-core Ultra-low-voltage processor (3.1GHz with Turbo Boost) 4M Cache, 8GB DDR4 memory (2133 megahertz), 256GB SSD; No Optical Drive
15.6″ FHD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen LED backlight Display with impressive color and clarity, Intel HD Graphics 620
2-in-1 Convertible, 360 Degree Rotation Design, Flip from laptop to tablet, Next-Gen Intel Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Built-in stereo speakers with MaxxAudio Pro, Built-in media card reader,
Built-in 720p resolution HD webcam with 2 microphone, 1 USB Type-C port, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 ports, headphone-out/mic-in audio combo jack, HDMI port
Windows 10 64-bit, Backlit keyboard, 3-cell lithium-ion Battery, Battery life up to 6 hours. Weighs 4.83lbs. and measures 0.7″ thin, Silver Grey
The Dell Inspiron 15,6″2in1 7000 comes with flexible modes, an infrared camera for facial recognition, Full HD display, and the latest Intel® processors. In addition for adding a little bit of more money, you can buy a computer that acts as a laptop but can also be a tablet. As a matter of fact, it is a convertible laptop that allows you to swing the screen at 360 degrees and also put it into stand mode. Taking a look at the base, it is made out of aluminum and gives a classy metallic look. In addition, this laptop is made to consume media and run productivity tasks. You will also be able to do a picture and video editing and make a video conference with its web camera.It is a fairly slim, light-weight hybrid laptop that should satisfy most business users, also good for students who can use it for study tasks.
5. Lenovo IdeaPad 320 15,6 ” budget laptop
15.6″ HD LED-backlit Display1366 x 768, Dedicated AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
AMD Quad-Core A12-9720P 2.7 GHz Max Turbo Speed 3.6GHz
8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB Solid State Drive, Super Slim DVDRW Drive
2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN, 1 x Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 x 4 in 1 (SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card), Bluetooth 4.1, HD Webcam
Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Up to 5 hours Battery Life, 4 in 1 card reader
Are you a fan of Lenovo laptops? In case that you haven’t become a fan so far, this budget laptop will make you change your mind. Taking a look at the Lenovo IdeaPad 320(newest version), you will be amazed by its design and low price. Everything that Lenovo does with this piece of technology is to simplify your life and help you do everyday multitasking. Preloaded with Windows 10 Home, you’ll have the personal assistance of Cortana, designed to help open apps and answer your questions — whether typed or spoken. With up to 3.6GHz AMD A12 quad-core processing, plus up to 12 GB DDR4 memory, guarantee lightning-fast responsiveness. In addition, The IdeaPad 320 offers a powerful Radeon R7 (Carrizo) Graphics card. As well as a 256GB Solid State Drive, five times faster than a normal Hard Drive.
6. ASUS P-Series 15.6” budget laptop
7th Gen Intel Core i5 7200U dual core with 8GB of RAM and 1TB 5400RPM HDD.
15.6-inch anti-glare FHD panel and upgradable memory door on bottom side for easy access.
Total 4 USB ports. 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB2.0. 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA port. (Support dual outputs)
Another best budget laptop of 2017 is the new Asus P-series P2540UA laptop. It costs around 500 USD for which you get a combination of latest 7th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB Hard Drive. The design is simple and good for business, as well as the weight is low, so you are able to carry it on the go. The keyboard is very comfortable and it will be easy for you to type and multi-task. In addition, this model has a fingerprint sensor assuring your security and keeping data private. The display is designed with anti-glare technology, to prevent reflections and reduce eye fatigue. So for business tasks that budget laptop is one of the best solutions for you.
7. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G budget laptop
7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
15.6″ Full HD Widescreen Comfy View LED-backlit Display supporting Acer Color Blast technology
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory
8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
Up to 12-hours Battery Life
The new Acer Aspire E15 series has a beautiful form with no unnecessary lines, simple design, and thin body. It has a comfortable backlit keyboard, fast Wi-Fi connection and a 6-cell battery that can hold up to 12 hours. Furthermore, in terms of productivity, this is one of the best laptops considering its’ low price. Additionally has a high-end 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of DDR4 Ram and a 256 SSD drive. You can be sure this is as far as you can get with a laptop for that kind of money. Adding more to the combo, the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory offers you the chance to do gaming and video editing with ease. Thanks to the great specs, this unique budget laptop beats every competition at that price range and it is suitable for every kind of user.
8.Lenovo Yoga Book – FHD 10.1″ Windows budget laptop and tablet
THINNEST AND LIGHTEST: At less than 2 lbs, it’s the world’s thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 windows tablet as of 10.1” or greater 2-in-1 computers (sold with keyboard)
64GB SDD hard drive and 4 GB LP DDR3 of RAM, plus an epic 13-hour battery life on one charge
THEATER-LIKE MULTIMEDIA: This 10-inch tablet has a Full High Definition crystal-clear touchscreen display plus built-in dual speakers
Take a look at the best budget laptop of the future. The design is so impressive that seems like it will cost a lot of money but instead is in the 500 USD range. As soon as you get it in your hands, you will feel how light it is, weighing only 2 lbs (0.9 kg). Due to, it’s highly portable and you can use it for business and study tasks. In addition, you can instantly digitize your notes with the Real Pen stylus or transform your device into a notebook computer with the Halo keyboard that appears only when needed. And your options with this machine are endless – browse the web, watch videos, take notes and even draw. Have in mind that this is the take away anywhere product that you need, at a low price as well.