The Best Laptops Under $500 in 2022 {Mega Guide}

With recent advances in hardware, good performance has never been cheaper. SSDs have plummeted in prices, RAM is the cheapest it’s ever been per GB, and even mid-range CPUs offer stellar computing power while being more efficient than ever.

With the latest and greatest 10th gen Intel CPUs, and the powerful and efficient 3rd gen AMD Ryzen CPUs up for grabs, there’s something to fit your usage below.

laptop placed on a table near to a smart phone

Not everyone has a lot of money to spend, but that’s ok. The $500 price point offers great bang for the buck, but not every laptop is a good choice. We’ve taken the liberty of researching for you, and have come up with the best choices for under $500.

Best Laptops Under $500 Quick Summary


Best Overall

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" LaptopLenovo IdeaPad 3 14
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • RAM: 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4
  • GPU: Radeon RX Vega 8

Best Touchscreen

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" HD Touch Screen LaptopLenovo IdeaPad 3 15 Touchscreen
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-1005G1
  • RAM: 8GB 2666 MHz DDR4
  • STORAGE: 256GB M.2 SSD
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics

Best for Students

HP 15-inch Touchscreen LaptopHP 15-ef1020nr
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
  • RAM: 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4
  • GPU: Radeon RX Vega 3

Best Storage

Acer Aspire 3 LaptopAcer Aspire 3 A315-56-594W
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-1035G1
  • RAM: 8GB 2666 MHz DDR4
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics

Best Battery Life

ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin and Light LaptopASUS VivoBook 15 F512JA-AS34
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-1005G1
  • RAM: 8GB 2666 MHz DDR4
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics

Best Chromebook

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13 "Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-10110U
  • RAM: 4GB DDR4
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics

What to Expect From a $500 Laptop

At this price point, laptops are fully capable of most tasks. These may include anything from just browsing the internet to spreadsheeting, productivity, photo/video editing, video chats and conferencing, or even entry-level gaming.

Most choices will have at least a 2 core/4 thread CPU, 8GB of fast DDR4 RAM for healthy multitasking performance, a 256GB NVMe SSD for fast storage access and responsive performance, and an average of 8 hours of battery life.

Displays will generally be either 768p HD, or 1080p Full HD, with some being touchscreen, and others featuring vivid IPS panels. All laptops on our list are under 20mm thick, weigh less than 2 Kg, with the lightest being a mere 1.35 Kg.


Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" Laptop

1. Best Overall – Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14


CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (4 cores/8 threads) 2.1 GHz up to 3.7 GHz Boost

RAM: 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4

Storage: 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD

Graphics: Radeon RX Vega 8

Display: 14” 1920×1080 Full HD

Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Battery Life: Up to 8 hours

Size: 12.88” x 9.49” x 0.78”/327.1 x 241 x 19.9mm (W x D x H)

Weight: 3.3 lbs/1.5 Kg


Our pick for the overall best laptop under $500 features AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U, a 4 core, 8 thread CPU with boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz. Paired with it is a Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics chip, offering respectable gaming performance and encoding/rendering acceleration.

8GB of snappy 2400 MHz DDR4 makes multitasking a breeze. A fast 256GB NMVe SSD provides lightning-quick boot times and ensures responsive performance.

Design and Display

Lenovo’s design for the IdeaPad 3 14 is to be a thin and lightweight laptop, with subtle but classy aesthetics. Coming with a vivid Full HD, 14-inch 1920×1080 display, visuals are crisp and sharply reproduced.

Complementing the display, and saving space are thinly designed bezels, which focus your attention on the screen. Weighing in at just 3.3 lbs, and being a mere 19.9mm thick, portability is outstanding. Battery life is rated up to 8 hours, giving you plenty of uptime while on the go.


The IdeaPad comes standard with an 802.11ac WiFi 5 wireless networking card, for stable and fast connections. Bluetooth 5.0 is paired along with it, with up to 2x the speeds, and 4x the range compared to Bluetooth 4.2.

Two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports are available for fast data transfer to and from external devices, as well as a single USB 2.0 for use with other devices or drives. Rounding out our connectivity is an HDMI 1.4b port, which ensures easy screen sharing to any external display.


Windows 10 Home is Lenovo’s choice of OS for the IdeaPad 3 14. It also comes bundled with Windows is a 30-day Microsoft Office trial. A 720p Webcam comes built-in as well, featuring a physical privacy shutter for extra security and comfort.

Other notable features include a dual-array (stereo) microphone, an SD card reader, as well a headphone/mic combo jack.


The IdeaPad 3 14 gets our nod for Best Overall for its compact size, stellar performance, Vivid Full HD screen, fast SSD, and long battery life. The Ryzen 5 3500U and Vega 8 graphics pairing are up to any task you can throw at them, be it productivity, photo and video editing, or even entry-level gaming. It’ll take it all on without a problem.


> Powerful and efficient Ryzen CPU

> Full HD 1920×1080 screen

> Entry-level gaming performance

> Lightweight and portable


> Lack of Ethernet port


Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" HD Touch Screen Laptop

2. Best Touchscreen – Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 Touchscreen


CPU: Intel Core i3-1005G1 (2 cores, 4 threads) 1.2 GHz up to 3.4 GHz

RAM: 8GB 2666 MHz DDR4

Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics

Display: 15.6” 1366×768 Touchscreen

Operating System: Windows 10 Home in S Mode

Battery Life: Up to 7.5 hours

Size: 14.26” x 9.98” x 0.78”/362.2 x 253.5 x 19.8mm (W x D x H)

Weight: 4.07 lbs/1.85 Kg


Featuring one of Intel’s latest 10th gen CPUs, our pick for best touchscreen packs some snappy performance. The CPU in question is a Core i3-1005G1, with 2 cores, 4 threads, and boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz.

Powering the display is Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics, perfect for accelerating encoding and rendering. Adding to the speed, and aiding in multitasking are 8GB of 2666 MHz DDR4, and rounding things out is a 256GB M.2 SSD, for quick boot times and responsive performance.


Thin, portable, and relatively lightweight, the IdeaPad 3 15’s understated aesthetics are sublime. Its Almond color gives it a warm and earthy feel. It comes with a 15.6-inch 1366×768 HD touchscreen display, with crisp visuals and an intuitive feel to its screen.

Bezels are slimmed down to save as much size and weight as possible for portability. Weighing in at a hair over 4 lbs, sporting a thickness of just 19.8mm, portability is no issue. With a battery life of up to 7.5 hours, you’re good to go most of the day with a single charge.


WiFi connections are handled by an 802.11ac WiFi 5 card that provides stable and reliable connections. With Bluetooth 4.2, connecting and pairing to your smart devices is made simple and easy.

Two super-speed USB 3.2 Type-A ports provide fast data transfer, and a regular USB 2.0 port is also available for other devices. Also included is an HDMI port, for connecting to external displays.


Lenovo’s choice of OS for this laptop is Windows 10 Home in S Mode. S Mode is a more restrictive, but also more secure version of Windows that only allows you to install apps that have been verified by Microsoft and put onto the Windows Store. It also means you can only use the Edge browser.

Should you, however, prefer the full and unadulterated Windows experience, it’s easy enough to opt-out of. Pre-installed software, as such, is rather scarce, so no extra bloat for this model.

Other notable features include a webcam, stereo speakers, a headphone/mic combo jack, and an SD card reader.


With an intuitive touchscreen, professional-looking aesthetics, and solid performance thanks to an Intel 10th gen CPU, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 wins our Best Touchscreen category with ease.

While not the best choice for gaming, the IdeaPad 3 excels in other aspects such as video editing and digital art, thanks to its touchscreen interface and QuickSync encoding enabled UHD graphics that accelerates rendering and encoding times. 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a fast 256GB NVMe drive further add to its performance.


> Intuitive touchscreen feel

> 10th Gen Intel CPU

> Good for digital artists


> Not suitable for gaming



HP 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop

3. Best for Students (Portable) – HP 15-ef1020nr


CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3250U (2 cores/4 threads) 2.6 GHz base, up to 3.5 GHz Boost

RAM: 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4

Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD

Graphics: Radeon RX Vega 3

Display: 15.6” 1366×768 HD

Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Battery Life: Up to 9 hours

Size: 14.11” x 9.53” x 0.78”/358.4 x 242.06 x 19.8mm (W x D x H)

Weight: 3.75 lbs/1.75 Kg


Featuring an AMD Ryzen 3 3250U, with 2 cores, 4 threads, and up to 3.5 GHz Boost speeds, the HP 15 balances power with efficiency. Powering the display is the Radeon RX Vega 3 graphics, capable of light gaming and video editing alike.

Helping ensure smooth operation and multitasking is 8GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM. And for swift boot-ups and responsive application performance, a 256GB NMVe SSD is included.


The HP 15’s Silver color gives it a premium and professional aesthetic. Its 15.6-inch 1366×768 HD touchscreen is surrounded by thin, 6.5mm bezels designed to save as much space as possible.

The touchscreen itself is intuitive and responsive. Designed to be portable despite its size, HP achieves lightweight construction and thoughtful design. The result is a weight of only 3.75 lbs and a thickness of only 19.8mm. Battery life is up to 9 hours, further improving portability and usability on the go.


For seamless connectivity, the HP 15 features an 802.11ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo card. This ensures fast and reliable wireless communications between WiFi hotspots and Bluetooth smart devices.

One Superspeed USB 3.1 Type-C, and two Superspeed USB 3.1 Type-A ports handle high-speed data transfer, offering peak speeds of up to 5 Gbps. And the HDMI 1.4b port is available for external display connectivity.


Windows 10 Home in S Mode is the OS of choice for the HP 15, featuring added security but trading it for a more restrictive environment as apps can only be installed via the Windows Store.

S Mode is easy enough to opt out of though, should you want. Pre-installed software includes HP’s BIOS Protection, JumpStart, and Support Assistant, for added security and support.

An HP TrueVision HD Camera with an integrated dual array digital microphone handles any video call and/or conferencing needs. Also featured are an SD Card reader, stereo speakers, and a headphone/mic combo jack.


The HP 15-ef1020nr comfortably wins our Best for Students category thanks to its lightweight, thin body, long battery life, and intuitive and useful touchscreen display.

Its Ryzen 3 3250U CPU achieves a nice balance of performance and energy savings, and is fully capable of any tasks expected of a student, as well as light gaming. 8GB of quick DDR4 and a 256GB compliment the entire package and make it a nicely balanced laptop.


> Balanced performance

> Touchscreen display

> Long battery life

> Lightweight and thin design


> S mode (though easily remedied)


Acer Aspire 3 Laptop

4. Best Storage – Acer Aspire 3 A315-56-594W


CPU: Intel Core i5-1035G1 (4 cores/8 threads) 1.2 GHz base, up to 3.6 GHz Boost

RAM: 8GB 2666 MHz DDR4

Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics

Display: 15.6” 1920×1080 Full HD

Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Battery Life: Up to 8 hours

Size: 14.30” x 9.70” x 0.78”/363.2 x 246.4 x 19.8mm

Weight: 4.19 lbs/1.9 Kg


Featuring a powerful 10th gen Intel Core i5, the Aspire 3 packs solid performance. The CPU in question is the Core i5-1035G1, with a 1.2 GHz base clock, and a boost of up to 3.6 GHz. It makes easy work of multitasking and editing.

Further accelerating editing and rendering performance and providing crisp visuals, is the integrated Intel UHD Graphics with Intel’s QuickSync encoder.

8GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM further aides in smooth performance. The 256GB NVMe drive ensures fast boot times and snappy application response, and storage is also upgradeable via an empty 2.5” drive bay.

Design and Display

Coming in a sleek Gray, with a robust-looking finish, the Aspire 3 means business. Designed with a 15.6-inch 1920×1080 Full HD, LED-backlit display, visuals are accurate and sharp. Thin bezels aid in space-saving, lower the oversize footprint of the laptop down, and focusses your attention towards the display.

Weighing in at 4.19 lbs, and coming in just shy of 20mm thick, the Aspire 3 is perfectly portable and easy to carry around. With up to 8 hours worth of battery life, uptime on the go is stellar.


As with most of the laptops on this list, an 802.11ac WiFi 5 card comes standard, providing fast and reliable connections. Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity comes standard as well, offering up to 2x the speeds, and 4x the range of older Bluetooth 4.2, ensuring seamless communication between paired devices.

One Superspeed USB 3.1 Type-A port is available for rapid data transfer, providing speeds of up to 5 Gbps, along with two standard speed USB 2.0 ports. An HDMI port is included for external display connectivity, and a Gigabit LAN connector comes in handy when WiFi isn’t fast enough.


The Aspire 3 comes with the fully unrestricted Windows 10 Home, giving you more freedom out of the box vs other S mode enabled laptops on our list. Pre-installed software is nearly non-existent, so bloatware is light on this laptop.

Other notable features include an HD Webcam, digital microphone, and stereo speakers for easy communication over the internet.


The Aspire 3 wins our Best Storage category for its quick 256GB NVMe SSD, and its expandable 2.5” drive bay, with caddy and data connection included. You can add up to a 4TB HDD, or 2TB SDD in this slot for even more added storage. But storage is not all this laptop is good for.

The powerful 10th gen i5 means photo and video editing/rendering workloads are a breeze, especially with Intel’s QuickSync encoder.


> Expandable storage

> Powerful 10th gen Intel Core i5 CPU

> Full HD Display

> Good battery life


> Not suitable for gaming


ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin and Light Laptop

5. Best Battery Life – ASUS VivoBook 15 F512JA-AS34


CPU: Intel Core i3-1005G1 (2 cores, 4 threads) 1.2 GHz up to 3.4 GHz

RAM: 8GB 2666 MHz DDR4

Storage: 128GB NVMe SSD

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics

Display: 15.6” 1920×1080 Full HD

Operating System: Windows 10 Home in S Mode

Battery Life: Up to 7 hours

Size: 14.1” x 9.1” x 0.78”/358.14 x 231.14 x 19.8mm

Weight: 3.75 lbs/1.7 Kg


Featuring Intel’s 10th gen CPUs, the ASUS VivoBook comes with a Core i3-1005G1, a 2-core, 4-thread CPU with boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, for balanced performance. Powering the display, and providing crisp visuals, and accelerating rendering/encoding performance is Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics.

8GB of fast 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM ensures smooth multitasking performance, while a 128GB NVMe SSD provides near-instant boot times.

Design and Display

The VivoBook 15 is designed as a slim and portable laptop that doesn’t skimp on screen size. Boasting an 88% screen-to-body ratio, the 15.6-inch 1920×1080 Full HD NanoEdge display provides crisp and clear visuals while cutting down on overall size thanks to its thin bezels.

Weighing in at a light 3.75lbs, and being only 19.8mm thick, the VivoBook is surprisingly portable for its size. Battery life is up to 7 hours and features quick charging capability.

Even though this laptop is nice and portable, you can find even better options in this regard at the $500 level. Here are the eleven best 2 in 1 laptops under 500 dollars reviewed. These hybrid models are a little different from the laptops on this list but are nice and portable.


Coming standard with an 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 combo wireless adapter card, the VivoBook keeps you connected all around. WiFi connections are a breeze, and communications to paired Bluetooth devices are seamless. Two super-speed USB 3.1 ports (one Type-C, one Type-A) offer up to 5 Gbps of peak transfer speeds, along with 2 regular speed USB 2.0 ports. An HDMI port comes in handy when connecting to monitors or TVs.


ASUS’s choice of OS is Windows 10 Home in S Mode, which provides more security, but also is more restrictive compared to normal Windows. Opting out of it is simple enough, however, should you want more freedom. The VivoBook 15 features a uniquely designed ErgoLift hinge, for a more ergonomic typing position.

A fingerprint sensor on the top-right of the touchpad is also built-in, for easier and more secure access to your device. Another handy feature is the backlit keyboard, perfect for low-light situations when your fingers are trying to find their mark.

Also featured is ASUS’ fast charging, making it possible to charge from near-empty to 60% in under 50 minutes. Other notable features include a built-in HD webcam, digital microphone, SD-card reader, and MyASUS suite.


The ASUS VivoBook wins our Best Battery Life category not necessarily because of its long battery life, but because of its fast charging feature.

It gets you back up and on the go in little time. The 10th gen Intel Core i3 CPU is also plenty capable of editing and productivity, with 8GB of RAM to back it up.

The Full HD screen and backlit keyboard further add to the reasons why we chose this laptop as the winner for this category. We only wish that it came with more storage.


> Full HD 1080p display

> Backlit keyboard

> 10th gen Intel CPU

> Fast charging


> Storage could be larger

> Not suitable for gaming


Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 13 "

6. Best Chromebook – Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5


CPU: Intel Core i3-10110U (2 cores/4 threads) 2.1 GHz, up to 4.1 GHz Boost


Storage: 64GB eMMC SSD

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics

Display: 13” 1920×1080 Full HD

Operating System: Chrome OS

Battery Life: Up to 10 hours

Size: 12.20” x 8.43” x 0.61”/309.9 x 214.12 x 17.0mm

Weight: 2.97 lbs/1.35 Kg


Powered by one of Intel’s 10th gen CPUs, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 comes with an i3-10110U, with 2 cores, 4 threads, and a 4.1 GHz boost clock. Providing the visuals, and helping accelerate video editing and rendering is Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics.

4GB of DDR4 RAM provides an adequate amount for multitasking and productivity work, and a 64GB eMMC SSD ensures snappy and responsive use


The Chromebook Flex 5 is designed as a 2-in-1, meaning you can use it as a traditional laptop with a keyboard, or fold it over and use its touchscreen display as a tablet. As such, it’s constructed to be as lightweight and thin as possible. The Flex 5 boasts a 13-inch, 1920x1080p Full HD, IPS panel touchscreen display.

It provides color-accurate and sharp visuals, as well as intuitive touch controls. Weighing in at just a tad under 3 lbs, and coming in at a super-thin 17mm, the Flex 5 is ultra-portable thanks to its small size. Up to 10 hours of battery life ensures you’re always good to go while out and about.


The Flex 5 comes with excellent connectivity. Featuring 802.11ax dual-band WiFi 6 connectivity, offering up to 2.5x the speed of 802.11ac WiFi 5, for the fastest wireless connectivity, and most stable connections. As well as Bluetooth 5.0, for up to 2x faster speeds, and 4x greater range compared to Bluetooth 4.2.

Two super-speed USB 3.1 Type-C ports, and One 3.1 Type-A port, with speeds up to 5 Gbps are built-in for rapid data transfer, and for DisplayPort over USB-C.


The Flex 5 is a Chromebook, and as such, runs Chrome OS. Chrome OS is a simple, streamlined, easy-to-use, and secure OS designed by Google and receives regular software updates for performance and security improvements. Chrome OS comes pre-installed with all your favorite Google apps, as well as access to a near-endless amount of other apps via the Play Store.

Other notable features include; an HD Webcam and digital array microphone, for easy video calls and conferencing, a micro-SD card reader, as well as stereo speakers rated a 2w each.


The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 wins our Best Chromebook category easily thanks to its stellar connectivity, solid performance, and long battery life. Its versatile design and balanced performance offer a great value.

Its lightweight and slim design ensure hassle-free portability, and its touchscreen, Full HD IPS screen is a stellar feature.


> Full HD, IPS touchscreen display

> 10th gen Intel CPU

> Versatile 2-in-1 design

> WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity


> Storage could be bigger

> Lack of ethernet port

The Verdict

The $500 price point offers great choices for those on a budget. For those interested in Photo and Video editing, light rendering, media encoding, productivity, down to the most basic of browsing, there’s something for everyone.

close up image of hands typing on a keyboard

Our top picks are even capable of entry-level gaming, for those who want to have a portable source of entertainment. We are confident these are the best choices on that market for your respective needs.

A Guide for Buyers Wanting to Choose a Great Laptop Within this Price Range

Below is a short and sweet crash course on terms and jargon you’ll commonly see thrown around when describing laptops. We hope this helps you achieve a better understanding, and that it leads you to make a more informed choice when purchasing a laptop.


The CPU is the brains of the system. It’s at the center of it all and tells every other part what it should be doing, in addition to handling most general tasks. Rated in frequency, denoted in GHz, higher frequency is usually better, and higher core-count is usually better.

illustrated image of different type of CPU design architecture

Not every CPU is created equally, however, so we suggest referencing benchmarks for a proper comparison.


RAM, or Random Access Memory, is where the data that the CPU needs to access immediately is temporarily stored. More RAM is better, especially for multitasking and heavier video and photo editing scenarios.

RAM can usually be upgraded if you need more, but that depends on each laptop’s design.


Once your CPU is done with the data that is on the RAM, it saves the relevant data permanently onto a storage device. Storage devices come in different variants, the fastest of which is an SSD (Solid State Drive).

black internal hdd on black surface

All of our choices here feature SSDs as the main storage device, though other laptops may feature HDDs (Hard Disk Drives) which are slower, but better suited for storing large quantities of data due to their lower price per GB. Some laptops have an extra slot for an HDD as well.


Display, or screen, is where all images and videos are displayed. Some are larger, some are smaller, but the two most important factors to consider are panel type and resolution. Resolution is how many total pixels are on the screen. Higher-resolution screens offer increased detail and smoother images, so aim for the best you can get.

Panel type is the technology used to display an image. Most screens in this price range use TN panels, which are cost-effective and generally power efficient. However some include IPS panels, IPS panels offer better color accuracy, and are also preferred for those who are doing photo and video editing.

Portability (Size/Weight)

The overall size of your display is what affects the overall size of your laptop the most. Larger screens offer improved visibility, easier editing, bigger workspace, and may offer higher resolution, but come at the cost of heavier weight and more power consumption.

business woman working on compact laptop

Smaller resolution screens may be a bit harder to read small text on and come in a lower resolution, but save a lot of space and weight compared to their larger counterparts. There will always be trade-offs, and you should always consider these when choosing a size.

Operating Systems (OS)

Microsoft Windows 10

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS, and statistically the most popular. It is relatively stable, fast, and offers near limitless compatibility with software and hardware alike.

Most of our laptop choices run Windows 10 Home, which is perfectly adequate for most users. Windows 10 is frequently and regularly updated by Microsoft for security improvement and performance enhancements.

Windows S Mode

S Mode is Microsoft’s safer, more secure version of Windows. This comes with trade-offs, however, as it is also more restrictive. You can only use the Edge browser, can only install verified apps from the Microsoft Store, and you don’t have access to Command Prompt or PowerShell.

Should you want to opt-out and switch to the regular, unrestricted version of Windows, it is simple enough and there are plenty of guides to walk you through it.

Chrome OS

Chrome OS comes on all Chromebooks. It is a simple, easy-to-use, streamlined, and secure operating system designed by Google, and is generally recommended for students, kids, general productivity, and those who want a simpler computing experience.

Chrome OS is very efficient with hardware resources and is fast and snapper even on lower-end hardware. It comes with all your favorite Google apps, like Chrome, Gmail, Docs, Drive, Play Store, etc.

As well as giving you access to a near-endless choice of apps through the Play Store. Chrome OS is regularly and frequently updated by Google for security and performance improvements.


In this budget range, laptops are useful to just about everyone. The machines available appeal to students, professionals, businessmen and women, office workers, teachers, and everyone in between who are on a budget, and are capable of most tasks expected of a $500 laptop. Our top picks are even capable of entry-level gaming.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What is the best laptop under 400 dollars?

Here is a list of the best laptops for less than $400 right now.

Should I buy a Chromebook or a laptop?

The choice between a Chromebook and a laptop will depend on your needs and what you’ll be using the laptop for. A Chromebook is more suited to simple workloads like typing documents, light photo editing, spreadsheeting, browsing, and media playback. A laptop will be better suited to more intensive tasks and for applications that need a Windows operating system.

How long will a $500 laptop last before It needs replacing?

Depending on your usage and hardware requirements, a $500 laptop should be good for 2 to 3 years before a replacement is needed, provided it is well taken care of.

Will a sub $500 dollar laptop be powerful enough for video and photo editing?

Yes, all of our picks are capable of video and photo editing, thanks to GPU acceleration capabilities of both Radeon and Intel’s integrated graphics, as well as adequate RAM and fast SSDs.

Thank you for reading this guide about the best $500 laptops that money can buy. If you have not liked any of the devices on this list, have a look at our laptops reviews section, where you will find many more top models to choose from.

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