7 Laptops Under $500

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Computers are an essential part of our everyday lives. Unfortunately, they can also be incredibly expensive – if you don’t know where to look. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite budget options under $500. These aren’t fancy machines to show off to your friends – but they’ll get the job done.

1. Toshiba Chromebook 2, $269.

Chromebooks run the Chrome OS, so they mainly run Google apps and require a regular WiFi connection. If you’re OK with that, check out the Toshiba Chromebook 2. Selected Best Chromebook by the Wire Cutter, it’s on the prettier side with a MacBook Air-like design. It also has a 13-inch display, a good keyboard and trackpad, and 8 hours of battery life. If you don’t do much multi-tasking you have a great basic laptop. Plus, they just announced a new version today!

2. HP Stream 11, $180.

Like the idea of a Chromebook but not a big fan of Google? HP Stream 11 has just 32 GB of storage but is meant to work with the cloud. In fact, it comes with free Office 360 Personal for a year. It’s portable at just 2.74 pounds and has a 6-hour battery life.

3. Acer Aspire E15, $345.

If you like to multitask but need to stay on budget, the Acer Aspire E15 is your best bet. The laptop has 4 GB of ram – way more than most in this price range. The screen resolution isn’t great, but the laptop is quiet with a good keyboard and 6 hours of battery life. All the ports are in the back though, which some reviewers find annoying.

4. Asus EeeBook X205TA, $180.

Are you craving long battery life? Asus EeeBook X205TA lasts for up to 12 hours when you drop the brightness, although regular usage gives you more like 8 hours. And it’s incredibly portable at just 2.16 pounds. Drawbacks include a too-reflective screen, not much storage and a keyboard that non-Asus users might find tough to get used to.

5. Toshiba Satellite Click 10, $350.

Released earlier this month, the Toshiba Satellite Click 10 is a budget alternative to Microsoft’s Surface. The laptop is just 2.2 pounds and converts into a 1.2 pound tablet when you detach the keyboard. Unlike many budget laptops which don’t have the capacity to run Windows 10, this device is optimized for it and includes features like multi-directional microphones to help out voice assistant Cortana.

6. Dell Inspiron 11, $350.

Don’t want to gamble on the brand-new Satellite? Check out Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000, a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid. While not the fastest in this price range, it does boast one of the best displays (crucial for the tablet) and is sturdy with a nearly 7-hour battery life. However, the touchpad can be unresponsive.

7. Raspberry Pi, $35.

So the Rasbperry Pi isn’t exactly a laptop. But it is a credit-card sized computer you can buy for just $35! You’ll need some other equipment to set it up, like a power supply, keyboard/mouse, SD card and a display and connectivity cable. But even buying all of this still makes the Raspberry Pi cheaper than most laptops. Although designed for people who want to learn how to build computers, you can use the Raspberry Pi for basic tasks like web browsing or word processing. And it could be a fun DIY project too.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Computers are an essential part of our everyday lives. Unfortunately, they can also be incredibly expensive – if you don’t know where to look. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite budget options under $500. These aren’t fancy machines to show off to your friends – but they’ll get the job done.

1. Toshiba Chromebook 2, $269.

Chromebooks run the Chrome OS, so they mainly run Google apps and require a regular WiFi connection. If you’re OK with that, check out the Toshiba Chromebook 2. Selected Best Chromebook by the Wire Cutter, it’s on the prettier side with a MacBook Air-like design. It also has a 13-inch display, a good keyboard and trackpad, and 8 hours of battery life. If you don’t do much multi-tasking you have a great basic laptop. Plus, they just announced a new version today!

2. HP Stream 11, $180.

Like the idea of a Chromebook but not a big fan of Google? HP Stream 11 has just 32 GB of storage but is meant to work with the cloud. In fact, it comes with free Office 360 Personal for a year. It’s portable at just 2.74 pounds and has a 6-hour battery life.

3. Acer Aspire E15, $345.

If you like to multitask but need to stay on budget, the Acer Aspire E15 is your best bet. The laptop has 4 GB of ram – way more than most in this price range. The screen resolution isn’t great, but the laptop is quiet with a good keyboard and 6 hours of battery life. All the ports are in the back though, which some reviewers find annoying.

4. Asus EeeBook X205TA, $180.

Are you craving long battery life? Asus EeeBook X205TA lasts for up to 12 hours when you drop the brightness, although regular usage gives you more like 8 hours. And it’s incredibly portable at just 2.16 pounds. Drawbacks include a too-reflective screen, not much storage and a keyboard that non-Asus users might find tough to get used to.

5. Toshiba Satellite Click 10, $350.

Released earlier this month, the Toshiba Satellite Click 10 is a budget alternative to Microsoft’s Surface. The laptop is just 2.2 pounds and converts into a 1.2 pound tablet when you detach the keyboard. Unlike many budget laptops which don’t have the capacity to run Windows 10, this device is optimized for it and includes features like multi-directional microphones to help out voice assistant Cortana.

6. Dell Inspiron 11, $350.

Don’t want to gamble on the brand-new Satellite? Check out Dell’s Inspiron 11 3000, a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid. While not the fastest in this price range, it does boast one of the best displays (crucial for the tablet) and is sturdy with a nearly 7-hour battery life. However, the touchpad can be unresponsive.

7. Raspberry Pi, $35.

So the Rasbperry Pi isn’t exactly a laptop. But it is a credit-card sized computer you can buy for just $35! You’ll need some other equipment to set it up, like a power supply, keyboard/mouse, SD card and a display and connectivity cable. But even buying all of this still makes the Raspberry Pi cheaper than most laptops. Although designed for people who want to learn how to build computers, you can use the Raspberry Pi for basic tasks like web browsing or word processing. And it could be a fun DIY project too.

Liked this? Check out 9 Fall Gadgets Under $100!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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