Best Laptops Under $500 – 2016

Today, we’re going to talk about the best laptops you can get under $500, in 2016. These laptops have the best specifications and features in the budget of $500. Also, do note that these laptops are not “gaming laptops”, however, you can play some games on these. So without further ado, here are the best laptops under $500:

Best Laptops Under $500 – 2016

Best Laptops Under $500 - 2016

HP 15-ay011nr 15.6-inch laptop:

Best Laptops Under $500 - 2016

HP is the favorite laptop manufacturer of most people because of their wide range of laptops, ranging from low-budget Pentiums to high-end Core i7s. The HP 15-ay0011nr is a great laptop under $500. It is powered by Intel’s 6th generation Core i5-6200U processor clocked at 2.3GHz (Turbo Boost 2.8GHz). With the Core i5, this laptop can easily handle most day-to-day tasks easily. The 15-ay0011nr also has HP’s TrueVision webcam with a built-in microphone, for decent video chat experience. This laptop comes with Windows 10 operating system installed, out of the box. Moreover, It has 8GB DDR3L-SDRAM and 1TB hard drive the good power combo that you really want to have on your laptop. HP has also installed Intel HD 520 Graphics card in it so this laptop is not just office working machine but also can be a playable console. Well, most importantly the battery life is approximately 7 hours on normal use. And yes, it also has a 15.6-inch 1080p display!

Moreover, the HP 15-ay0011nr has 8GB DDR3L RAM and 1TB hard disk drive. The RAM is upgradable to 16GB and the hard disk is also upgradable to capacities over 2TBs. It also has Intel HD 520 graphics, which is decent enough for some light gaming. You can play games like Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, etc., on this laptop. And most importantly, the HP 15-ay0011nr can give you around 7 hours of usage on battery, thanks to the efficient hardware inside. You can buy HP 15-ay011nr for as low as $460.

2. ASUS VivoBook E403SA Notebook:

Best Laptops Under $500 - 2016

The ASUS VivoBook E40sSA is another stylish laptop with a premium lightweight design. ASUS is known for their quality laptops and smartphones. They’re always “in search of incredible”, as their motto says.

The VivoBook E403SA is a great laptop for under $500. It has a 14-inch Full-HD 1080p display with a fantastic battery life. As the VivoBook E403SA’s screen is smaller than the previously-mentioned HP 15-ay011nr with same 1080p resolution, it is going to be a bit sharper than the HP 15-ay011nr.

In terms of the specs, the ASUS VivoBook E403SA comes with an Intel Pentium N3700 processor clocked at 1.6GHz (Turbo Boost 2.4GHz), 4GB RAM, and 128GB eMMC storage. It also has Intel HD Graphics, which can run some games too.

ASUS VivoBook E403SA has Windows 10 OS installed, out-of-the-box. Specs-wise, the VivoBook is not better than the HP 15-ay011nr, but it does have a way better battery life, thanks to the power-efficient Intel Pentium N3700 processor inside. The VivoBook E403SA can give you about 9-10 hours usage on battery. That’s even better than some smartphones! It is also cheaper than the HP 15-ay011nr. You can buy ASUS VivoBook E403SA for as low as $400.

3. Lenovo Ideapad 300 Core i5:

Best Laptops Under $500 - 2016

Lenovo is emerging fast in the smartphone and computer markets. They are now considered to be one of the best in both smartphone and laptop manufacturers. The Lenovo Ideapad 300 is a great laptop to get in under $500.

The Ideapad 300 comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD 1080p display. It also has an eye-catching design and solid build quality. The Ideapad 300 is powered by Intel 6th generation Core i5-6200U processor clocked at 2.3GHz (2.8GHz Boost) with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Just like the previously-mentioned laptops, this one also comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. Also, it has a 720p webcam, for awesome video chat experience. As for the battery life, the Ideapad 300 can give you 5-6 hours of usage on battery. You can buy this laptop for as low as $460.

4. Dell Chromebook 13:

Best Laptops Under $500 - 2016

Dell Chromebook 13 is one of the best Chromebooks ever manufactured. However, it is a bit more expensive than other Chromebooks. The Dell Chromebook 13 has a brilliant soft-touch design, it is different than other Chromebooks that have a bit cheap build quality.

Now coming towards the specs, the Dell Chromebook 13 has a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3205U processor. This one has a 13.3-inch Full-HD 1080p display. It also features a 16GB SSD and 4GB RAM. The Dell Chromebook 13 comes with Google’s Chrome OS installed. A 720p webcam is also installed in the front of the Chromebook 13.

Now you might be thinking, why include this laptop when we can get Core i5s in this budget? Well, this laptop is for the travelers and battery-life guys out there! The Dell Chromebook 13 can last 12-14 hours on a single charge and it runs cool and quiet. The Dell Chromebook 13 is $100 more expensive than the  Toshiba Chromebook 2 but in terms of battery life and build quality, the Dell Chromebook 13 is best. You can grab the Dell Chromebook 13 for as low as $429.

5. Microsoft Surface 3:

Best Laptops Under $500 - 2016

Microsoft Surface 3 is the mini version of the Surface Pro 3. It has a 10.8-inch screen, smaller than the Surface Pro 3’s 12-inch screen.

The Microsoft Surface 3 has a 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Atom Processor. Microsoft Surface 3 runs Windows 8.1 OS which is upgradable to Windows 10 OS. The portability and beautiful design of the Surface 3 is what makes it great.

It has great build quality and is available in different colors. It’s up to you whether you want to use it as a tablet or as a regular laptop. Now about the display, it has a 10.8-inch HD display.

It is available in two variants, one with 2GB RAM & 64GB internal memory and other with 4GB RAM & 128GB internal memory. It also as a respectable 3.5MP camera on the front and an 8MP camera on the back. This thing can give you about 10 hours of usage on battery. Microsoft Surface 3 with 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, and Windows 10 OS is available for as low as $425.

So that’s it for this list, guys. For more, stay tuned to GeeksULTD.

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Afrasiyab Khan is the HMG of GeeksULTD. He's the man behind the keyboard covering the news, reviews, and rumors at GeeksULTD. In his spare time, he does some meat grinding in PUBG & CS:GO. And yeah, don't ask him about his age. He's still in Kindergarten!
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