Best Budget Minecraft Laptops Under 500 – I’ve said this throughout this post and I’ll say it again: if you’re a gamer and you only have $500 to spend on a computer, your money would get you a whole lot more performance if you built your own gaming desktop or you got a prebuilt gaming PC.
However, a lot of gamers need the mobility that a laptop offers for various reasons (school & work). So, if you’re someone who is working with an extremely tight budget and you need the mobility of a laptop, but you still want to be able to play games, I’d recommend looking at the top two options on this list.
1.Acer Aspire 5
Pros & Cons
- Powerful Productivity: AMD Ryzen 3 3350U delivers desktop-class performance and amazing battery life in a slim notebook. With Precision Boost, get up to 3.5GHz for your high-demand applications
- Maximized Visuals: See even more on the stunning 15.6" Full HD display with 82.58% screen-to-body, 16:9 aspect ratio and narrow bezels
- Backlit Keyboard and Fingerprint Reader: Biometric fingerprint reader and Windows Hello sign-in options help keep your Acer PC secure
- Internal Specifications: 4GB DDR4 on-board memory (1 slot available); 128GB NVMe solid-state drive storage (1 hard drive bay available) to store your files and media
- Acer's Purified.Voice technology, features enhanced digital signal processing to cancel out background noise, improve speech accuracy and far-field pickup, which not only makes calls clearer, but makes talking to Alexa easier than before.
- Using Alexa on your PC is as easy as asking a question. Just ask and Alexa can check your calendar, create lists, play music, answer questions, read the news and more.
- Secure Operating System: Windows 10 Home (S mode) comes with advanced security features built right in, like protections against phishing and malicious software so you don't have to think twice when navigating to a new webpage or downloading an app
- Connections: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz featuring MU-MIMO technology; 10 100 1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; Bluetooth 5.1
- Ports For All Your Accessories: USB 3.2 Type-C, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (1 Power-off Charging), USB 2.0, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP support, headphone speaker line-out jack, Ethernet (RJ-45), DC-in for AC adapter
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. That’s why this is one of the best laptops under low
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.
2.ASUS VivoBook 15
Pros & Cons
- Aspect Ratio:16:9
- 15.6 inch Full HD (1920x1080) 4-way NanoEdge bezel display with a stunning 88% screen-to-body ratio
- Compatible with Google Classroom; run Google Classroom on Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer 11
- Latest 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 CPU (4M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
- 8 GB DDR4 RAM and 128 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- Ergonomic backlit keyboard with fingerprint sensor activated via Windows Hello
- Exclusive Ergolift design for an improved typing position
- Comprehensive connections including USB 3.2 Type-C, USB 3.2 Type-A, USB 2.0, and HDMI; Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) (USB Transfer speed may vary. Learn more at ASUS website)
- Windows 10 in S mode exclusively runs apps from the Microsoft Store. To install an app that isn't available in the Microsoft Store, simply switch out of S mode in three easy steps. There's no charge to switch out of S mode
The display is where the quality is a bit of a letdown. The resolution is full HD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), which is good, but the screen is a bit washed out, particularly at full brightness. The whites and light colors are too bright, while dark colors are not dark enough, and there’s a bit of light bleed, too.
It never looks quite right, but lowering the brightness helps matters a little. The panel doesn’t seem particularly sharp, either; perhaps it’s a result of the brightness, but the text lacks a bit of clarity. It’s hard to see any of this in the photo below (and at least the bezels are slim!) but it’s evident in use.
3.Dell Inspiron 15
Pros & Cons
- 【Memory & Storage】Memory is 8GB high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once. Hard Drive is 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive which allows to fast bootup and data transfer
- 【Processor】10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 1.20GHz Dual-Core Processor (4MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 3.40GHz), Intel UHD Graphics
- 【Screen】15.6" HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Non-touchscreen (1366 x 768) Display
- 【Ports and Operating System】2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combination Audio Jack, 1 x RJ-45 Connector, 1 x Multi-format SD Media Card Reader; Wireless-AC + Bluetooth Combo; Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Build quality is very consistent, too. The wrist-rest barely budges, the screen feels sturdy, and the underside has a little give – but all the components inside are well protected. We wouldn’t really have a problem with slinging the Dell Inspiron 15 inside a backpack and expecting it to survive our travels. You’ll only need to use a protective sleeve if you’re concerned about aesthetic damage.
This isn’t a particularly expensive notebook, though, so don’t expect metal draped over every surface. The underside of the base is only covered in metal on areas where it’ll be visible, and the keyboard, wrist-rest and screen bezel are all finished with underwhelming matte black plastic.
4.HP 15 15.6”
Pros & Cons
- 15.6" diagonal HD (1366 x 768) Display, Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
- Intel Dual-Core Pentium Gold 6405U (Base Clock 2.4GHz, 2MB Cache, 4 Threads)
- 【CUSTOMlZED, Professional Upgraded to】: 8GB RAM | 128GB SSD
- 1 x USB-C 3.1, 2 x USB-A 3.1, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 ethernet 1 x headphone/microphone combo, 1 x multi-format SD media card reader
It’s been two years since we last reviewed a standard HP Pavilion 15 and a lot has changed since then. HP has updated the chassis design as well as the 8th gen Whiskey Lake-U CPU and GeForce MX250 GPU to 11th gen Tiger Lake-U and the MX450, respectively. The Pavilion name carries some of HP’s most affordable laptops in contrast to the higher-end Envy series and flagship Spectre series.
The system we’re looking at today has been fully configured with the Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB PCIe SSD, and dedicated Nvidia graphics for about USD. Its specifications are therefore higher than your typical budget Ultrabook especially in terms of graphics as many in this category have no Nvidia options at all.
5.Lenovo IdeaPad 3
Pros & Cons
- 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U Dual-Core Processor 2.1GHz processor 4.1 GHz Turbo / 8GB DDR4 2666 SDRAM / 256GB NVMe Solid State Drive
- 15.6-inch LED Touch Screen Display (1366 x 768) / Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
- Dolby Audio with 2 x 1.5W Speakers / 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth / Media Card reader / Webcam with Microphone
- 2 USB 3.0 Ports / 1 USB 2.0 Port / 1 HDMI Out
- 2 Cell Lithium-polymer Battery / 45W AC Adapter / Windows 10 Home in S mode / Color: Abyss Blue
Let’s start with two good—well, pretty good—things about Lenovo’s IdeaPad 3 15 (for the model 15ADA05 we tested). It has 8GB of memory, while some rock-bottom budget laptops have an inadequate 4GB. And not long ago, such an economy model would have had a lowly 1,366-by-768-pixel display instead of the IdeaPad’s full HD (1,920 by 1,080) resolution.
Otherwise, though, this 15.6-inch slab of silver-gray plastic is hard to get excited about. It will suffice for browsing, email, and homework, but its performance is tepid, and it lacks basic comforts ranging from a backlit keyboard to a USB Type-C port, seen in some other economy models we’ve tested in recent weeks. One, the Asus VivoBook 15 (F512JA), is a better 15-inch machine for the same price, while the MSI Modern 14 is an Editors’ Choice winner if you want to go a little smaller. Of course, upping your budget to will get you a much more enjoyable notebook.
Best Budget Minecraft Laptops Under 500 – We rated and reviewed six of the best gaming laptops under $500. These are not great long-term solutions, but if you need a cheap gaming laptop that can run non-demanding games, these budget-friendly laptops should work.