Need a laptop that won't cost you thousands? It can be frustrating trying to find a decent laptop under the $1000 range. The good news is that there are some great laptops under $500. The better news is that I've listed the best ones in that category for you, right here. Take a look at these top laptops under $500.
1. Acer C710 Chromebook: this laptop is surprising great for a few good reasons. First, the Chromebook has 4GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron CPU. That's not a bad start. It also has an 11-inch 1,366x768 screen, USB 2.0 ports (three, in this case), a 1.3MP Webcam, and an HDMI output. All of this is packed into a relatively light body for around $279. If you're looking to go back to school with a decent budget laptop in hand, Acer is the company you should be checking out.
2. Dell Latitude E6220: Dell has long been the company of choice when it comes to inexpensive laptops that are both durable and functional. The Latitude E6220 is a sturdy laptop with a decent design (albeit slightly outdated). If looks don't bother you too much, you will find 4GB of memory, 12GB SSD, and a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-2540M processor. All of this can be found online for around $350.
3. Samsung Series 9: Samsung offers another great laptop in the under $500 range with the Series 9. This laptop has an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Core i3 processor, 2GB of memory, and an Intel HD graphics card. All of this adds up to be a pretty nice laptop in a sleek package for around $399.
From $500 to $1000
If you aren't tempted by any of these three offerings, you may be wondering what the difference is between a $500 laptop and a $1000 laptop. Aside from $500 or more dollars, the main difference is that many (not all!) $1000 come with faster speeds, better displays, and a lighter overall design. But, that also means spending $1000 on a laptop that may or may not last you as long as a $500 option.
I've purpose left touchscreen laptops off of this list because that technology still isn't where it should be. You also won't see any swiveling laptops or screens that tilt here, since those are somewhat novelty. There are laptops that twist and contort in all kinds of different ways, and systems that are so durable the military uses them, but none of those are average laptop options.
If you're not sure where to start when it comes to buying a laptop, my advice is this: stick with those models that are straightforward enough for you to use regularly, and then consider any additional options or features. What good is a novelty laptop that doesn't allow you to type comfortably or has a bad screen resolution? Begin with the basics, set your price, and then find the one laptop that meets all your criteria - and possibly more. This is the best way to start looking for that perfect laptop.
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