The manufacturers wouldn’t like this post. They want you to buy their $1000+ laptop. Hey! It comes with a 12GB RAM! But, do you really need anything more than 4GB? Even an 8GB RAM seems like a bit of a stretch.
With a budget just under $500, you’re definitely not buying a laptop you can take swimming. If you’re all about finishing work while staying up at night, using the internet, and even playing a few games, the devices in this post are yours. You’re looking for the best laptops under $500? There are three great ones to pick from. Here’s a quick comparison table.
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1. Asus F556UA-AB32
With a high capacity storage and a display to kill for, this is a device for keeps. Let’s go inside.
This laptop features a blend of silver and black colors giving it that inviting look. The metallic frame around the laptop frame complements its structure. A black keyboard sits in this 10.1 x 15 x 1 inch device that comes weighing 5.1 pounds.
The Asus F556UA-AB32 sports the 6th generation dual-core Intel i3-6100U processor (3MB cache) at 2.3 GHz speed. Coupled with the 4GB DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz, multitasking’s made fun. There’s a provision for including another RAM on the extra slot inside if you’re not comfortable with the out of box memory. Storage space hassles? Asus’s got you covered! All your files should be safe in the 1TB serial ATA hard drive at 5400RPM. It runs on a Windows 10 operating system so expect a user-friendly piece. If you’re going to be using it around a lot, the non-removable 38Whr Li-polymer battery offers a maximum of 4 hours operating time, so take the charging adapter along.
The laptop sports one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and one USB 3.1 type C Multi use connector. There are also HDMI and VGA output ports for extending the display to larger monitor and TV screens. A headphone-out, audio-in combo jack, and an SD card reader slot is included so you don’t miss out on your favorite music. A DVD-RW/CD-RW Optical Drive is available if you need to burn data to discs. Wi-Fi A/C and Bluetooth v4.1 are all yours.
The15.6-inch matte LED-backlit Full HD display comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, quite a good deal for an under $500 laptop if you ask around. You need video calling? Skype and FaceTime run smoothly with the VGA webcam that comes with the pack.
The Asus F556UA-AB32 is good for your daily projects, great specs to play with and with extra slots to add additional hardware if you like. Definitely a deal for the money!
2. HP 14-an013nr
One word. Super-duper inexpensive. Okay, two. You don’t want to spend a lot, but you need a device with features that make it seem you did? Then check this one out.
It measures about 0.94 by 13.6 by 9.5 inches, weighing exactly 3.9 pounds. I know. You can’t help imagining how portable this laptop is, right? It would fit perfectly, even in a school bag. Its textured line grooves body, set in horizontal brushing and accented with turbo silver gives a good feel. A standard black keyboard, though no backlights, but good enough to get work done.
This laptop offers an AMD E2-7110 quad-core processor with a 4GB DDR3 RAM. Not the best from HP but still within range. Add it’s 32 GB of eMMC storage in the mix and you have around 12 seconds of boot time. 32GB? Yeah, I know but there’s an SD card slot that can take even the 128GB cards. It runs on Windows 10 just like the Asus. Its 3-cell, 31 Whr Li-ion battery isn’t so great but it’s detachable, so if you have no problems taking an extra with you, this should work for you.
There’s one fast USB 3.0 port for you, and two other USB 2.0 ports. VGA and HDMI ports are included to extend the display to larger HDTVs, and a headphone jack. There’s also a full-sized SD card slot, for additional storage of course. The WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.2 sum up how wonderful of a device the HP 14 -an013nr turns out to be.
Not the greatest, but you’re looking at a 14 inch Full HD (1080p) display that can make you spend more time on YouTube than you normally would.
For just over $200, you’re not going to replace the next generation of OLED displays or have enough space to store files for the Defence Ministry, but for all the features you’re getting, it’s surely a good bargain.
3. Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM
The upgrades on this laptop leave its contemporaries wondering why this is an under $500 piece. Check it all out.
Coming in at 10.2 x 15 x 1.2 inches and weighing 5.3 pounds, still okay to carry around. It’s covered with plastic but has a metallic feel to it because of how well polished it looks. No backlights on the keyboard, but Acer didn’t mess this keyboard like some manufacturers do, it even comes with a complete numeric keypad.
The Acer Aspire E 15 has the latest, a seventh-generation 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-7100U processor with a 4GB DDR4 RAM to go with it. And it’s expandable, yeah to even 32GB of RAM. So, the only problem here would be your being too fast, lol! This also includes the 1 terabyte 5400-rpm hard disk drive, that can soak up all your pictures, music and documents. Again, you can replace the drive with an SSD anytime you want to get the system faster. The Windows 10 OS would show you around after booting. And battery life? Acer wins on this one, the 6-cell 2800mAh Li-Ion battery pack would take you for 12 hours. Yep, that’s not a typo.
There are three USB ports, 1 USB-C port, 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 ports, so expect improved transfer speeds. There’s also 1 HDMI-out port and 1 VGA port if you’re looking to extend the display to a larger monitor or TV. There’s also 1 audio combo jack and 1 SD card reader. There’s a DVD drive for binge-watching your favorite movies. The 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 should sort out your wireless connectivity issues.
The 15.6-inch screen and full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) all come alive with the HD webcam for your Skype and FaceTime video calls.
It’s a steal. And that’s a three word summary of this laptop.
Need another view? Here’s that comparison table again
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Granted, for under $500, there are no super computers, but those three devices up there would sure make some $1000+ laptops green with envy! Have any questions? Leave them in the comments.