How much laptop can you really get for the price of an iPad? Actually, a lot more than you could just six months ago. Thanks to AMD’s new Fusion E-350 processor, which combines a dual-core processor and graphics on a single chip, the latest sub-$500 notebooks offer plenty of power for everyday computing. And because Fusion is frugal with power, you can work and play unplugged longer than you can with a cheap Intel Pentium laptop. No, you don’t get the iPad’s epic 10 hours of battery life or portability, but you get a real keyboard, a larger screen, full Flash support, and HDMI output–without needing an adapter–all for a great price.
Here are our top four picks under $500.
Powered by AMD's Fusion processor, the Acer Aspire AS5253 offers long battery life and good performance for a low price.
Long battery life
Mediocre benchmark performance