Top 6 Laptops Under $500

Those on a budget might be surprised to learn just how much laptop you can get for less than $500 these days. You can expect a very capable dual-core Intel Core i3 or AMD A6 processor, at least 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. In other words, you’ll have plenty of horsepower to run Windows 8 smoothly. Want something even cheaper for just getting online? You can pick up our favorite Chromebook for just $249, an ARM-powered clamshell lasted over 7 hours on our battery test. The trick of choosing a great budget laptop is finding one that delivers in the areas you care most about, whether it’s performance, design, display quality, sound or comfort. Here are the best laptops available now for less than $500.

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  1. margaret Says:

    My 10 year-old desk top is dying and I had no idea where to begin to find information on laptops. I stumbled on to your site and so appreciative of the reviews and comments. I’ve managed to narrow my choices to only 4! That’s a great accomplishment for me.

  2. Darlene Says:

    It makes me wonder your motivation when given 8 slots to fill you only mention two brands …. are you getting paid to have this oppion then?

  3. Darlene Says:

    Your choice of ONLY two name brands makes me trust PC mag more. But thanks anyway. :)

  4. Kat Says:

    HP, Dell, ASUS, Toshiba = 4 brands.

  5. Tressa Fresquez Says:

    And people wonder why I left the US for my PhD- no one back home believes my building is closed on Sundays and you can’t go in!

  6. itrentals.com Says:

    Everyone loves cheap, and everyone wants equipment that does not slow them down. This is why this blog is great, as it lists 8 laptops that come under both of the above categories. These 8 laptops by HP offers great performance and all of them are under £500.

  7. Ernest Says:

    Top 6 laptops for paupers.

  8. mike Says:

    I’m looking though I haven’t gotten anything, the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 is really cheap and there is no mentioning of the ram or memory. What could this mean?

  9. Hayden Says:

    You are trying to find the TOP 6 so if there is a shortage on brands thats because the best spots are clear. Its like asking for the fastest overall coolest cars and then getting upset if they say Lamborghini or Ferrari.

  10. Milton Says:

    I bought my Lenovo laptop in March, 2013 for $445 total from a Staples special. It has a 3rd generation i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 700GB hard drive and many other nice features. I got it with coupons Deal of the Day type thing from PC Magazine site referral. So there was an extra coupon serial code beyond the large Staples discount. It’s an excellent laptop. Of course, on most of these laptops you can add the 4 GB to get 8 GM but why bother, if you can buy one that comes with it already.

  11. Denis Says:

    i hope they were using windows 7 for non touchscreen laptop, well whatever

  12. who cares Says:

    Who cares about your PHD. Who cares about how many brands. You f@cktards need to get a life and stop whining.

  13. jimmy Says:

    Jennifer looks a lot better from the neck up.

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