Best Budget 17.3 Inch Laptops Under 500 – You probably would have noticed by now that most of the above laptops have traded certain hardware features to get 17 inches of display within budget. Most laptops have less powerful processors and lesser RAM. Because a more powerful processor or more RAM costs more.
If larger display size is your priority over powerful hardware then there should be no problem in selecting on the above laptops. If you are doing more of reading, typing work of if you are just doing some low intensity graphics work like photoshop then the hardware capability found in these laptops should be sufficient.
1.Acer Aspire 5
Pros & Cons
- Aspect Ratio:16:9
- AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual Core Processor (Up to 3.5GHz); 4GB DDR4 Memory; 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- 15.6 inches full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display; AMD Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics
- 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports & 1 HDMI port with HDCP support
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Backlit Keyboard; Up to 7.5 hours battery life
- Windows 10 in S mode. Maximum power supply wattage: 65 Watts
This laptop is a bit of an eye-sore, it has thick bezels and a chunky plastic chassis while the keyboard is far from sleek. But, and there is a very big but, this laptop is truly excellent value for money.
While it may look dated, under the hood, the Acer Aspire 5 is a powerful piece of kit thanks to the 10th Gen Intel Core processor with a fast M.2 SSD. Then, factor in 8GB of RAM, a decent 48Wh battery and 1080p IPS panel and what you get is complete reliability.
What’s more, as tested this is the 14-inch Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-582Y model (15-inch models and variants running AMD processors are also available), so despite the mediocre screen to body ratio this remains a pretty portable device.
Pros & Cons
- 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U Processor at 1.6GHz
- 12GB DDR4-2666MHz SDRAM
- 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive; DVD Writer (writes to DVD/CD)
- 17.3" FHD, IPS Anti-glare (1920 x 1080) Display
- Full-size backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
While it’s certainly not a powerhouse or a dedicated gaming machine, the 17.3” HP has more than enough performance for the average user. It runs off of a dual-core i3-8145U processor, uses an Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics card, and has 8GB of DDR4-2400 SDRAM.
The 1TB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive should provide adequate storage for most people, but of course, you can always use an external hard drive as well (if you prefer an SSD visit our ASUS VivoBook 15 review). This laptop is capable of connecting to both 2.4 and 5GHz wifi networks.
3.Dell Latitude E5470
Pros & Cons
- Processor: Intel Core 6th Generation i5-6300U High Performance Processor (Dual Core, up to 3.00 GHz, 3M Cache, 15W)
- 8 GB DDR4 Ram / 256 GB Opal Encrypted Solid State Drive (SSD).
- 14.6 Inch HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare Screen, Intel HD 520 Graphics, HQ Camera, Intel Dual Band Wireless 8260 (802.11ac) W/ Bluetooth, HDMI, VGA, SC Card Reader, SD Card Reader, 3 x USB 3.0, RJ-45.
- Windows 10 Professional (64 Bit). Comes With AC Adapter.
Dell’s devices are very popular in the business sector. Not only because Dell’s Latitude 5000 lineup is designed for a long service life, but also because diverse security features are either installed or optionally available. Our review sample, Dell’s 14-inch Latitude 14 E5470, is ideally equipped for business tasks, thanks to its quad-core CPU. Intel’s Core i5-6440HQ is supported by 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and the 256-GB SSD provides plenty of room for the operating system and other programs.
All this is found in a restrained, solid, black casing that ensures ideal protection. Dell has opted for a Full HD panel in our model. This hardware configuration is priced at 1190 Euros (~$1266) in various German online shops. However, Dell only lists this configuration on its US website. The device costs 1500 USD here.
4.ASUS VivoBook 17.3″
Pros & Cons
- 【Detailed Configuration】Substantial high-bandwidth 8GB RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once. A flash-based 256GB SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
- 【AMD Ryzen 3 3250U Mobile Processor】2 cores, 4 threads, up to 3.5GHz. Uplift your performance and multitask seamlessly with accelerated power and efficiency, while enjoying stunning HD visuals.
- 【17.3" FHD IPS Display】The 1920×1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Supports 720p content. The new 4-way NanoEdge display provides an amazing 85% screen-to-body ratio for visual that draw you in.
- 【AMD Radeon Graphics】On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.
- 【Other Features】Its precision-engineered ErgoLift hinge has a silky-smooth dual action that holds the display securely at any angle, and tilts the keyboard slightly to give you a perfect typing position every time.
This large Asus is a welcome reminder that a self-mandated price limit for your next laptop needn’t restrict your choices to a flimsy appliance that will struggle to get you through a night of homework or a day of answering emails. The VivoBook 17’s star attraction, of course, is a roomy 17.3-inch, full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) display.
Most laptop shoppers aren’t looking for screens this big, which means they’re relatively scarce at pretty much every price point. So the fact that you can get one this cheap in a laptop that has few other compromises is a major win from the get-go.
5.Lenovo Ideapad 320
Pros & Cons
- Color: Coral Red, 4GB DDR3 can up to 8GB, 1TB HDD; 15.6" HD 1366 x 768 LED Backlight, Anti-Glare Display
- Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-Core processor, 1.10GHz (with Max Turbo Speed of 2.40GHz), Intel HD Graphics 500
- 0.3 Megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 4.1, DVD-RW, 802.11ac, 4-in-1 memory card reader
- 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x DC-in port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x headphone/microphone jack, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port
- Windows 10 Home, Battery: 2-cell lithium-ion, 0.9" Thin, 4.84lbs Weight, 10/100Base-T Fast Ethernet
The interior has a silver faux-aluminum design that spans the whole deck. The keyboard sits on the deck without any dip or stylized accents to introduce it. The bezels are annoyingly thick, but that’s not out of the ordinary for a budget laptop.
At 4.5 pounds and 14.9 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches, the IdeaPad 320 is slimmer and lighter than the Acer Aspire E 15 (5 pounds, 1.2 inches). Its 14-inch sub-$500 competitors – the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (3.2 pounds, 0.6 inches) and Acer Swift 1 (2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches) – have smaller profiles.
Best Budget 17.3 Inch Laptops Under 500 – Laptops need to be portable and this puts constraints on the size which affects the screen size as well. Typical sizes are between 13 and 15 inches. However there are laptops with wider screen sizes like 17 inches. This makes the laptop larger in size and also pushes the price upwards. And yes, it also makes the laptop heavier.
Larger screen sizes are desirable when you need more screen space. There are numerous applications that demand larger screen sizes and sometimes its even a matter or personal preference to go with a laptop that has more visible area.