What are the best 2-in-1 Laptops Under $500

2-in-1 laptops have dominated the market recently and for a good reason. They eliminate the need for tablets as the keyboard flips back into tablet mode or tent mode for viewing a video or working, but can we get something good for less than $500?

 

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A great 2-in-1 laptop can be found for less than $500, it is a price point at which these laptops can run any program without breaking the bank. Here is the GizmoFusion list of the best 2-in-1 laptops under at this price point.

 

Dell Inspiron 13 7000

1. Dell Inspiron 13 7000

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 8 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 3-5 Hours | Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.84 lbs

Great CPU and GPU
Lots of RAM
Lots of SSD storage
1080 IPS display
Short battery life
Runs a little hot

This Inspiron laptop is the top one on our list for many reasons. It rivals the competition and offers unbelievable performance at a low price point.

In its core is an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-core CPU which is a powerful processor which will be able to handle any task that requires processing power.

It integrates AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics which can power through rendering tasks and even do some gaming at low settings at around 30-40 FPS.

It has 8GB of DDR4 RAM which is always great for multitasking. RAM stores files that need to be used later, examples of it are applications that are running in the background.

Switching back to the application takes the files from the RAM and loads it fast. The more RAM you have the more files you can store, therefore the easier it is to multitask. 8GB is a great amount, especially for this price range.

The laptop has remarkable storage, a whole 256GB SSD. 256GB is a large amount for all your files, programs, and games and will last you for a long time.

Something else to note is that SSDs are hugely faster than traditional hard drives. Boot up times on this PC are less than 20 seconds thanks to the solid-state drive. Also, file transfers will be much faster on SSDs.

The machine incorporates a beautiful 1080p FHD display which produces crisp and clear images without any blurring. It also uses an IPS panel which means the colors will be accurate and vibrant, more importantly, though the viewing angles are great on IPS panels.

Whether you look at the display from the front or the side, the colors will be the same brightness and intensity.

It has mediocre battery life at around 3-5 hours. It isn’t great, but it isn’t a huge deal-breaker for most people.

It has a sleek, thin design that is appealing to the eye. It has lots of connectivity including an SD card reader but doesn’t include an Ethernet jack and an optical drive.

It has a backlit keyboard and a webcam with facial recognition for easy unlocking with Windows Hello. The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home Edition operating system (64-bit).

Overall, this laptop is a great piece of hardware that will make it a great machine for productivity and some light gaming.

 

BMAX Convertible

2. BMAX Convertible

CPU: Intel Celeron N4120 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 10 Hours | Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.6 lbs

Great CPU
Nice GPU
Lots of RAM
Huge amount of storage
Brilliant display
Long battery life
Speakers aren’t great

This laptop is made by BMAX, a lesser-known company that makes great value laptops. This one is brilliant. It has an Intel Celeron N4120 quad-core processor which performs great at any task, it will be able to handle almost anything thrown at it.

It integrates Intel UHD Graphics 600 which is a powerful iGPU that can power through rendering tasks and can do some light gaming on older titles such as Team Fortress 2 or Minecraft at around 30-40 FPS.

It includes 8GB of DDR4 RAM which is always great, it’s fast, modern RAM that allows for multitasking and quick switching between apps. It takes stress off of the CPU by helping with file transfers.

Speaking of file transfers, the laptop has a huge 256GB SSD. It is a lot of space for files, programs, and games and will last for a long time. As with the laptops before, it is solid-state storage meaning that it is a lot faster than hard drives.

The display on this laptop is brilliant, it is an FHD 1080p IPS display which is always great as it is high-resolution and high-quality. It provides great colors and wide viewing angles.

The laptop provides a very long battery life at 10 hours. This is great for working on long trips or even using the laptop for more than 1 day.

The laptop has lots of ports including two USB-C ports, HDMI, and a card reader. As with most modern laptops, it doesn’t include an Ethernet jack or an optical drive.

The laptop is very sleek, thin, and lightweight, managing to weigh less than 3 pounds with its all-metal chassis.

It has a backlit keyboard for working during the night, and absolutely no bloatware, the only pre-installed program is Google Chrome.

Its speakers do make a buzzing sound at high volumes sometimes, however, that is easily solved with a pair of headphones.

Overall, this laptop is perfect for someone who needs a laptop that will serve them well with its long battery life and great specs.

 

XIDU PhilBook Max

3. XIDU PhilBook Max

CPU: Intel Atom x7-E3950 | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 505 | RAM: 8GB DDR3 | Screen: 14.1-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 5-6 Hours | Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.4 x 0.65 inches | Weight: 3 lbs

Nice CPU
Lots of storage
Great display
Long battery life
Average GPU
Older DDR3 RAM
Quiet speakers

This laptop is another machine made by a lesser-known company, but nonetheless, it performs great.

It has an Intel x7-E3950 quad-core processor which will work well with most tasks that require CPU power.

It integrates the Intel HD Graphics 505 GPU which is a GPU that is a little bit weaker than others on this list. You won’t be able to do any gaming with it, but GPU intensive processes will still run fine on it.

It houses a regular 8GB of memory which will be great for multitasking, however, this type of RAM is the older generation of memory. DDR3 RAM is much slower than newer DDR4 so you will notice some slowdowns when switching between apps or turning the computer back on from sleep mode.

It includes a decent chunk of storage. It is 128GB which is enough for lots of files and programs. As before, it is SSD storage which is hugely faster than regular hard drives (HDDs). Boot times will be fast, and file transfers will not take long.

With the laptop comes a great 1080p FHD IPS display which provides clear images with no blurring and vibrant colors. The display has perfect viewing angles, thanks to the IPS panel.

The laptop has a pretty good battery life clocking in at 5-6 hours of work time.

The laptop has a great design, it is sleek, thin, and lightweight, and the chassis is all metal. It includes many ports, including a mini-HDMI port and a microSD card reader. Just like most laptops, it doesn’t include an Ethernet jack or optical drive.

It also comes with a webcam and a backlit keyboard. It does have speakers, but those are very quiet.

Overall, this is a great, unique laptop with a great design and nice specs.

 

Asus Chromebook FLIP C434

4. Asus Chromebook FLIP C434

CPU: Intel Core M3-8100Y | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 4GB LPDDR3 | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 64GB SSD | Battery: 5-6 Hours | Dimensions: 12.6 x 8 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.3 lbs

Good CPU and GPU
Great storage
Brilliant display
Long battery life
Older RAM
Speaker quality isn’t great

This Asus laptop is a special type of machine, it is a Chromebook.

Chromebooks differ from regular laptops because they use Google’s OS. Chrome OS limits the use of the laptop by only allowing the browsing the internet with Chrome browser and using Android apps. It can serve as a mobile device and an internet browsing machine. For more advanced users there is the ability to install Linux OS.

Its specs are good for a Chromebook. It houses a dual-core Intel Core M3-8100Y processor which will work fine, as Chromebooks don’t rely on CPU power. The CPU integrates Intel HD 615 Graphics which will be fine for mobile gaming.

The machine uses 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. That type of RAM is used in mobile devices such as phones and tablets. RAM is useful on Chromebooks when opening many tabs at once, as the Chrome browser is infamous for using lots of RAM. It is an older generation of RAM, and there’s not a lot of it, meaning it will be slower than newer DDR4 or LPDDR4 memory.

The Chromebook incorporates 64GB of SSD storage for fast boot times of under 10 seconds. 64GB is a lot for a Chromebook, as the only things that can be stored on it are mobile apps and content files, it doesn’t support Windows applications at all. So the storage on this laptop is great and will last for a long time.

As with the laptops before, the display is great. 1080p FHD IPS screens are always great, as they provide high-resolution images, great colors, and wide viewing angles.

The battery life on this machine is also nice coming in at around 5-6 hours of work time.

The laptop has a thin, silver design with an all-aluminium chassis with a sharp-looking metal ASUS logo on the top of the lid.

It includes a backlit keyboard which makes it easy to work during the night and overall looks great.

It has lots of ports for USB transfers, but no HDMI jack. It charges through a USB-C port.

The speaker quality leaves more to be desired, as the volume levels are low and start to buzz/crackle at max volume levels.

Overall, this laptop is a great one if you want a Chromebook, it is versatile while remaining simple.

 

Lenovo Flex 14

5. Lenovo Flex 14

CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch HD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 6-7 Hours | Dimensions: 12.9 x 9 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.52 lbs

Good CPU and GPU
Lots of storage
Long battery life
High-quality speakers
Little RAM
Lackluster display
Old-fashioned keyboard design

The Lenovo Flex 14 is a basic laptop which can handle many productivity tasks. With great specs, it is a laptop that crushes its competition.

With an Intel Core i3-8145U dual-core processor it is sure to dominate tasks that require CPU power. It is a dual-core, but that doesn’t stop it from being a powerful CPU.

The CPU uses Intel UHD Graphics 620 as its GPU, and rightfully so, as it can power through rendering tasks with ease. The laptop is not a gaming machine, but the GPU can run some older titles such as Minecraft and CSGO at a playable 30-40 FPS.

It lacks a little in the RAM department, as 4GB of memory isn’t particularly great. Because of that, it will be hard to multitask on this laptop without having any slowdowns. Opening many browser tabs will cause substantial loading times and lag.

It doesn’t lack in the storage department, though. With 128GB of SSD storage, you will have easy and fast access to lots of files, programs, and even games.

Having an SSD means that file transfers will be speedy, and boot times will be less than 20 seconds, much faster than traditional HDDs.

It doesn’t have a particularly great screen, though. Its 14-inch 768p display is lackluster compared to other laptops on this list, as it is not a Full-HD 1080p display. It will look blurrier and less clear. It also isn’t an IPS panel, meaning that viewing angles on this laptop won’t be as good.

It has a great battery life, however, coming in at 6-7 hours of work time. It is enough to work the whole day or even for more than one day.

It has an all matte-black design which looks simple, yet sleek. The keyboard design is subjective, though. It is grey with rounded corners which looks a bit old-fashioned.

It includes Dolby speakers which sound great at maximum volumes without any buzzing or crackling.

It has lots of connectivity with USB ports, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader.

Overall, this machine is a simple, yet powerful laptop which can run many programs and even some games.

 

Dell Inspiron 2-in-1

6. Dell Inspiron 2-in-1

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-core | GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 4 Hours | Dimensions: 8.78 x 12.68 x 0.71 inches | Weight: 3.86 lbs

Great CPU and GPU
Lots of RAM
Huge amount of storage
Short battery life
Screen cracks easily

This laptop is one of the many Dell Inspiron models, and it is a good one.

It contains an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U quad-core CPU which is a great CPU. Its 4 cores will be able to multitask more efficiently by splitting different processes.

It’s a powerful processor which is complemented by the AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU. It works great for productivity tasks that require GPU power and is also able to do some gaming at 30-40 FPS on older titles.

The laptop also incorporates 8GB of DDR4 RAM which is a good amount for multitasking, furthermore, it helps the CPU by relieving stress off of it. It is DDR4 meaning that it is the most recent type of RAM which will be fast and modern.

The storage on this machine is remarkable. 256GB of SSD storage will last for a very long time. Having that amount of storage will allow for lots of files and programs and even some games. It also is SSD storage which allows for fast file transfers and short boot times.

The laptop has a great 1080p display which produces crisp and clear images without any blurring.

It is made with thin glass and a large bezel which means that the screen is prone to cracking under even light pressure.

The battery life on this laptop isn’t great, however. It only reaches about 4 hours of work time which isn’t long. For a school/workday, it will be barely enough.

As before, the laptop has lots of ports and an SD card reader, but no optical drive or Ethernet jack.

The laptop is silver and thin which looks great. It has a spill and pick resistant backlit keyboard and comes with Windows 10 Home operating system.

Generally, this laptop has great specs and short battery life. It will suit anyone who needs it for work and can recharge often.

 

Lenovo 2-in-1

7. Lenovo 2-in-1

CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 5405U | GPU: Intel UHD 610 Graphics | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch HD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 7 Hours | Dimensions: 12.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4 lbs

Good CPU and GPU
Lots of RAM
Good storage
Long battery
Outdated design
768p display

This laptop is another rendition of the Lenovo Flex 14. It consists of an Intel Pentium Gold dual-core CPU. Pentium processors are known for their great performance at a budget price, and this is no exception.

It will perform nicely with low to mid-range tasks that require CPU power. WIth the processor comes the Intel UHD 610 Graphics, a nice budget iGPU which will be able to do lots of rendering/productivity tasks while also having the ability to game on older titles at around 30 FPS.

The laptop has 8GB of DDR4 memory, as said before, 8GB is a great amount for being able to multitask. It helps with the fact that the CPU is only dual-core, and a large amount of RAM helps take the stress off of the processor and improve the multitasking ability of the laptop.

The storage on this laptop is plentiful, coming in at 128GB of speedy SSD space. 128GB should last for a long time, it can fit many files, programs, and even some games while having space left over.

As mentioned before, SSD storage allows for great boot-up times and read/write speeds on the drive are much faster than traditional HDDs.

The laptop has a poor 768p display. The standard for laptops at this price point is a 1080p display, this 768p screen will be somewhat blurry compared to FHD displays.

The battery life on this laptop is great, though. 7 hours is enough for the whole school/workday and even sometime after that. It also recharges within an hour which is very convenient.

The laptop has the same design as the Lenovo Flex 14, an all-black body with a light grey keyboard with rounded corners which looks outdated and old fashioned.

It’s a simple, yet powerful machine that will handle many tasks that require computing power.

 

Lenovo Flex 6

8. Lenovo Flex 6

CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 Graphics | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 6 Hours | Dimensions: 9.01 x 12.91 x 0.69 inches | Weight: 3.68 lbs

Good CPU and GPU
Lots of RAM
Great storage
Brilliant display
Long battery life
Outdated design

This is yet another Lenovo Flex laptop on our list and for a good reason. This laptop’s specs are great for the price and are worth talking about.

The laptop includes an Intel Core i3-8130U dual-core CPU which is a decent budget CPU which will work well with low to mid-range processing tasks.

With it comes Intel UHD 620 graphics which is a great iGPU. It combos well with the Core i3 and lets you render and game.

Just like the laptops above, the 8GB of DDR4 RAM is helpful for multitasking and is a great amount. It’s the latest generation, meaning that it will be much faster than older DDR3 memory, DDR3 became outdated a long time ago.

The storage on this laptop is also great at 128GB. As with all of these laptops, it is SSD storage which is always fast, and much better than hard drives. 128GB will last for a long time as it is a lot of storage for files and programs.

As for the display, it is perfect, a full HD 1080p display with an IPS panel. It produces clear images without any blurring with great, vibrant colors and a wide range of viewing angles.

It also has great battery life at 6 hours which is enough for the whole day.

The laptop is designed with a grey chassis and a darker grey keyboard with rounded edges. As with all Lenovo laptops, this seems to be a trend as the keyboard looks old and outdated.

Generally, this laptop is great with its specs, display, and battery life.

 

HP Elite X2

9. HP Elite X2

CPU: Intel Core m7-6Y75 | GPU: Intel HD 515 Graphics | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 12-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 5 Hours | Dimensions: 8.4 x 11.8 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 1.8 lbs

Good amount of RAM
Tons of storage
Great display
SIM card reader
Two webcams
Portable design
Lackluster CPU and GPU
Short battery life

This HP Elite laptop is unique compared to others on this list. Firstly, it has a screen that detaches from the keyboard. So tablet mode means a true tablet without the keyboard.

Secondly, it comes with a stylus called Active Pen. It is a high-quality stylus that will be compatible with this highly versatile productivity machine.

It integrates an Intel m7-6Y75 dual-core processor which is a somewhat underpowered CPU compared to others on this list but still performs decently on lower-end tasks.

It also integrates a low-end GPU, Intel HD 515 Graphics can’t handle intense graphics-intensive workloads, and you will experience some slowdowns.

The RAM on this PC is great, however. It’s the usual 8GB of memory which is great for being able to run more than one program at the same time or taking stress off of the lackluster processor.

The best thing about the laptop is the storage. It has half of a terabyte of space. A 512GB SSD is everything you could need. All of your files and programs can fit on it, and the drive is extremely fast allowing for quick boot times and speedy file transfers.

The laptop has a perfect screen with an FHD 1080p resolution for great quality visuals and an IPS panel for great colors and viewing angles.

It has a pretty bad battery life at only 5 hours, though.

The detachable screen allows for better portability and improved productivity.

It has lots of ports, the usual USB 3.0 and USB-C, and an SD card reader. Additionally, it includes a SIM card reader for phone calls/texts.

It has two webcams on the front and the back for taking photos and videos.

Generally, this laptop is great for people that travel often. It has lots of storage, a SIM card reader, and two webcams.

 

Lenovo Miix 630

10. Lenovo Miix 630

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 | GPU: Integrated Qualcomm Adreno 540 | RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 | Screen: 12.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 14 Hours | Dimensions: 11.53 x 8.26 x 0.28 inches | Weight: 1.69 lbs

Great storage
Good display
Long battery life
Underpowered CPU and GPU
Little RAM

This Lenovo laptop is a simple, yet unique machine for productivity. Its uniqueness comes from the CPU and GPU. It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU which is designed for mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

It isn’t the best idea to put it into a laptop, however, it still performs nicely due to its 8 cores which split workloads and allow for better multitasking.

It has the Qualcomm Adreno 540 iGPU which is a basic GPU for workloads designed for mobile devices, so it will be underpowered compared to today’s standards.

The RAM is also made for mobile, as it is 4GB of LPDDR4 memory. Firstly, it’s only 4GB, even with DDR4 RAM it is considered underpowered and hinders the ability to multitask.

LPDDR4 RAM is for mobile devices, so the speeds will be slower than PC DDR4 memory, so expect some slowdowns.

The laptop has great storage, though. 128GB of SSD space is a large amount and will last for a long time. It is an SSD meaning that it will be much faster than traditional HDDs.

The display on this machine is nice, coming in at 1080p FHD. It isn’t IPS, so the viewing angles will suffer a little, but that isn’t that much of a dealbreaker. The display is still crisp and clear and provides great quality images/videos.

The battery life on this PC is exceptional. A whole 14 hours is excellent. This is mostly due to the mobile processor, GPU, and RAM as they take much less power to run than traditional PC components.

Its design is very simple and thin. With slightly underpowered specs, the laptop provides a long battery life. This is most appealing to students.

If you need a laptop that lasts the whole day, this is the one for you.

 

Dell Inspiron Chromebook

11. Dell Inspiron Chromebook

CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 Graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 10 Hours | Dimensions: 13 x 9.06 x 0.66 inches | Weight: 3.97 lbs

The last laptop on our list is the Dell Chromebook. Chromebooks use Google’s operating system Chrome OS to limit the use to browsing the web and using mobile apps.

It can be helpful if you just need a simple laptop that doesn’t need access to the millions of apps accessible on Windows.

It includes an Intel Core i3-8130U Dual-core CPU for light to medium-range processes. The GPU in this laptop is the Intel UHD 620 graphics. It is a nice GPU that can handle many processes and some light gaming.

It has 4GB of DDR4 RAM. It isn’t much, considering almost all of the laptops on this list include 8GB, so 4GB hinders the laptop’s ability to multitask.

The storage is great, at 128GB of SSD space. It is fast, snappy storage with a lot of space for all your files, programs, and games which load up fast.

It has a brilliant display which is FHD 1080p with an IPS panel for high-quality content with great colors, not to mention the great viewing angles.

The battery on this laptop is excellent, a whole 10 hours lasts the whole day, and will be helpful for long trips without recharging.

This laptop is the definition of “bare bones”. There are no extras and nothing special about this laptop other than its inclusion of Chrome OS. If you need something very simple, this is the laptop for you.

 

Can I get a high performance Hybrid Laptop for around $500?

We chose the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 as our best choice for a multitude of reasons. Its price to performance ratio is outstanding, with its quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor and AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics. The two make a great duo for productivity and gaming on older titles and generally allow for a snappy experience.

Dell Inspiron 13 7000

The laptop houses 8GB of DDR4 RAM which is great for multitasking and being able to switch between apps without any loading times.

Its storage is plentiful with 256GB of SSD storage for lots of space, quick file transfers, and instant boot-up times.

Including a 1080p FHD IPS display is a great addition for crisp images and video with accurate colors and wide viewing angles. It has a backlit keyboard, a sleek design, and Windows 10 Home for the ultimate productivity machine at this price.

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