Best Budget Performing Laptops Under 500

Best Budget Performing 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.

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1.Lenovo IdeaPad 3

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 $600 or $700 will get you a much more enjoyable notebook.

2.Dell Inspiron 15

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.

3.Acer Aspire 3

The Acer Aspire 3 accommodates a large keyboard with a compact numpad, which is a handy feature for those in the habit of a full-size keyboard. The numpad is narrow, however, and just manages to squeeze in. If you don’t use a numpad much to begin with, it shouldn’t be an issue, but it’s a nice option to have.

The touchpad offers plenty of space to manoeuver. It responds to two-finger scrolling and right clicks, though you can left and right click by physically pressing down the touchpad if you prefer.

4.HP Chromebook x360

The Chromebook x360 14c is a sleek silver-gray slab with the four-slash HP logo in chrome decorating its lid, which closes with such a strong magnetic seal that it has to be pried open. It’s easy to slip into a briefcase at 0.7 by 12.8 by 8.6 inches, though it’s too beefy to hold in your hands instead of your lap in tablet mode—at 3.64 pounds, the HP is a full pound heavier than the 14-inch Asus Chromebook Flip C436.

The hinges that let the full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) touch screen flip and fold through the familiar convertible modes hold firmly, with little wobble when you tap the display in laptop mode. There’s a substantial gap, though, between the screen and the base when the unit is folded back into tablet mode.

5.HP Pavilion 15

The HP Pavilion 15 is an affordable laptop that undercuts the majority of the competition, making it an ideal option for students and office workers to consider.

In the review unit I’ve been sent – the HP Pavilion 15-cs1506sa – there’s an Intel Core i7-8565U processor sitting under the hood, next to a Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU. This means on paper you should have enough processing power to blast through basic PC tasks and enough GPU grunt to get in a bit of Fortnite, Overwatch and the like on the side – just don’t expect to to run these at a high clip with texture packs and settings cranked all the way up. There might be a dedicated graphics card here, but a high-end gaming laptop the HP Pavilion 15 is not.

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Best Budget Performing Laptops Under 500 – Parts-supply shortages and high demand for cheap Windows and Chrome OS laptops (also known as Chromebooks) spurred on by the pandemic have made it a bit more challenging to find the best laptop under $500

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