Best cheap laptops: 10 options for under $500

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BEST PRIME DAY DEALS ON CHEAP LAPTOPS:

Dell Inspiron 14 5481 2-in-1 Laptop — $460.59 (save $19.40)

HP 15 Laptop — $259 (save $130)

Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in-1 Laptop — $249.99 (save $140)

Asus Vivobook 11.6-inch Laptop — $153.95 (save $105.05)

Acer Swift 1 14-inch Laptop — $299.05 (save $50)

So you’re in the market to buy a new laptop? We have some advice: Don’t let big tech companies with multimillion dollar marketing campaigns fool you into thinking you have to pay upwards of $1,000 to get a quality notebook.

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BEST COMPACT LAPTOP

Dell Inspiron 11 3000

The Inspiron 11 3000 by Dell is a small, compact laptop created for personal use. With it, you get 100GB of cloud storage and two gigs of RAM, which stands for random access memory.

Storage: 32GB

Memory: 4GB, DDR4

Features: one USB 3.1, one USB 2.0, HDMI port, microSD slot, 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, AMD A6-9220e Processor, Radeon R4 Graphics with AMD APU


$179.99 from Dell


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BEST LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP

HP Stream 11

This HP laptop is engineered without a fan, so it should be quiet and comfortable to use on your lap while you enjoy 10 hours of battery life.

Storage: 32GB

RAM: 4GB

Features: one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI port, microSD slot, 11.6" diagonal HD sva Anti-Glare wled-backlit 1366 x 768, Intel Celeron N3060 up to 1.6GHz, Intel HD Graphics 400


$154.45 from Amazon


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BEST DESIGNED LAPTOP

Lenovo IdeaPad 120s

The Ideapad 120s is a stylish modern take on the laptop computer, combining high performance processing power with a sleek exterior. It comes in two sophisticated colors and has an HD anti-glare screen so you can experience true visual clarity.

Storage: 64GB

RAM: 2GB

Features: two USB 3.0, one USB-C, HDMI port, microSD slot, 11.6” HD 1366 x 768 Anti-Glare, Intel Celeron N3350 Processor, Integrated Intel HD Graphics 500


$157.99 from Lenovo


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BEST ONLINE-ONLY LAPTOP

Samsung Chromebook 3

The Chromebook 3 may not necessarily feel like the most premium laptop in the world, but it is a pretty handsome notebook that will get the job done.

Storage: 32GB

RAM: 4GB

Features: one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI port, microSD slot, 11.6” HD 1366 x 768 LED display, Intel Celeron Processor N3060, Intel HD Graphics 400


$229.99 from Samsung


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BEST 2-IN-1 LAPTOP

Lenovo Flex 11

Because it has a 360-degree hinge, you can position the Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook to fit most any task.

Storage: 32GB

RAM: 4GB

Features: one USB 3.0, one USB-C, HDMI port, SD slot, 11.6" HD 1366 x 768 IPS Anti-Glare Multitouch with integrated camera, MTK 8173C Processor


$256.68 from Amazon


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BEST FOR SECURITY

Acer Swift 1

The designers of the Acer Swift 1 created a simple but pleasing to look at laptop with some pretty impressive specs.

Storage: 64GB

RAM: 4GB/8GB

Featured: one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, one USB-C, HDMI port, SD slot, 13.3-inch, 1080p with 1920×1080 resolution display, Intel Core 1.10 GHz processor, Intel HD Graphics 505


$236.99 from Amazon


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BEST LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP

Acer Aspire E 15

The Aspire E Series laptops by Acer have many appealing features for everyday use. This one has a thin, lightweight design so you can take Windows 10 with you on-the-go.

Storage: 1,000GB

RAM: 4GB

Features: two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one USB-C, HDMI port, SD slot, 15.6" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit display, Intel Core i3-7100U Processor, Intel HD Graphics 620


$349.99 from Amazon


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BEST TOUCHSCREEN LAPTOP

ASUS Transformer Mini

The ASUS Transformer Mini is a ultra-thin and has wide display viewing angles so you can have a comfortable experience no matter where you find yourself.

Storage: 128GB

RAM: 4GB

Features: one USB 3.0, one MicroUSB, Micro HDMI port, MicroSD slot, 10.1-inch LED backlit HD 1280×800 glare touchscreen display, Intel Atom Quad Core x5-Z8350 Processor, Intel HD Graphics


$399.99 from Amazon


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BEST LAPTOP FOR STUDENTS

Dell Latitude 2-in-1

The Dell Latitude works in Laptop, Tablet, or Tent Mode and is designed for use with a variety of Microsoft learning apps. A built-in webcam makes for easy photography or for making Skype calls.

Storage: 64GB

RAM: 4GB

Features: two USB 3.1, HDMI port, USD Card Reader slot, 11.6” HD IPS 16:9 1366 x 768 Touch with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT display, Intel Pentium Processor N4200


$489 from Dell


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BEST HYBRID LAPTOP

HP Pavilion x360

The HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop is one of the best utility notebooks under $500. It's powerful, lightweight, and durable.

Storage: 500GB

RAM: 8GB

Features: two USB 3.1, one USB-C, HDMI port, SD card reader slot, 14-inch diagonal HD SVA anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass 1366 x 768 display, Intel Pentium processor, Intel HD Graphics 620


$480 from HP




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