Buying best and suitable laptop is always tricky, you have to do the proper research about several products and choose the correct one which meets your requirements and budget. Earlier we have published a list of Windows OS laptops under 300 dollars. Here we list out top 10 best laptops under 500 dollars in 2015/2014 which can have Windows 8.1 and 8 Operating Systems, of course Windows 7 too. This list covers only the laptops can use for Windows OS, not any Chrome OS notebooks or ultrabooks and convertible laptops.
This list is just a collection of best laptops under 500 which can be purchased online from Amazon store. We have refined the list based on good customer feedbacks and reviews on Amazon, with latest processors, very good hardware configuration and best value for your money. Game lovers should consider another list talks about best gaming laptops under 1000 dollars. The price of these laptops change very frequently, by the time you read this review the actual price would be vary, we hope that it would be in the price range you are looking for under 500$.
Review of Top 10 Best Laptops Under 500 Dollars in 2015
1) Lenovo G50
A powerful laptop with two options. As of now the i3 processor laptop listed for 460$ whereas i5 for 550$. It is always recommended to invest some more money and go for better configuration, because it is almost like one time investment while purchasing a new laptop. In this case, for additional 90$ you will be getting an Intel Core i5 processor laptop for around 500 dollars. This is a well built quality laptop with i3 or i5 with 6GB RAM. The starting processor configuration is 4th Generation Intel Core i3 1.9GHz and 500 GB hard disk. This is not a touch screen laptop, but for IBM and Lenovo fans, this could be great deal as one of the best laptops under 500.
2) HP 15-G012DX (Touch Screen and Non-Touch)
Two options available to suite your budget and need. You can buy a touch screen or non-touch screen laptop. This laptop powered by AMD processor ( Quad-Core A8-6410) and accelerated with Radeon R5 graphics. 4GB RAM and 750 GB are good for the price of this laptop. Screen size is similar to other models in this review, it is 15.6 inches. As of now the non-touch screen laptop is listed for 480 US dollars and touch screen is 570 dollars. Investing 90 US dollars more will give you a touch screen Windows 8.1 laptop for less than 500$ in 2015.
3) Toshiba Satellite C55-B5200
This is for Toshiba brand fans. The hardware configuration of this model is same as other laptops in this list. 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor with 6GB DDR3 memory should be enough to handle most of required computing power. Toshiba’s display quality is always superb, here it comes with 15.6 inch LED-backlit TFT high definition widescreen display would be wonderful to watch. The current price is around 450 US dollars which is far under 500 dollars as one of the best laptops.
4) Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK
Touch and non-touch option available here too. Touch screen laptop is still under 500 dollars and priced at 480$ whereas non-touch for 395$. A full fledged typical laptop under 500 from Dell, but competing with other models with great hardware configurations. It ships with 1.9 GHz Core i3 processor and 4 GB DDR3 RAM. That is an excellent configuration for a laptop which can do your day to day tech activities without any issues for the cost of around 400 dollars.
15.6 inches screen, 500 GB hard drive and DVD drive make this excellent laptop as a complete computer set.Great laptop for great price which can handle your multi tasking activities without any complaints.
5) Gateway NE56R50u
A strong, solid and upgraded (from previous model) laptop from Gateway. The price tag is around 450$ which should be a great deal for this strong built quality laptop. It provides excellent computer performance by Intel Core i3 1.8GHz and 4GB DDR3L RAM. That should do your multi tasking activities without lagging. 500 GB of hard disk will be enough to save your data at this price.
It ships with 15.6” HD LED-backlit LCD display with Intel Graphics 4000 and Advanced 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam. It also comes with separate graphics RAM of 128MB to boost the graphics performance.
Gateway normally makes stronger computers and this laptop was well made by them. The memory is expandable to 8 GB and it weighs at 5.2 pounds.
6) Lenovo IdeaPad S400 (Newer Version)
Let’s jump to another famous brand, Lenovo. Best built quality with very decent configuration for the price. The price of the laptop slightly higher than 500 dollars but as we always say, it is worth to invest few extra bucks while purchasing laptops. Because laptops can not be upgraded that easily and upgrade cost is always higher than desktop computers.
The earlier model got great reviews from the customers for the performance, weight, thickness and built quality, the same quality continues in new model too. It ships with 1.8 GHz Core i3-processor, 4GB RAM and 500 GB hard disk which are similar to other models. The main advantage is, it’s a touchscreen laptop with 14 inches screen. This configuration is good enough to manage your mid range computer activities for the price and Windows 8.1 touch screen.
7) HP 17-f030us 17.3-Inch Laptop
This is for large screen size lovers. HP 17-f030us comes with 17.3 Inch screen size and priced under 500 dollars. It ships with Intel Core i3 1.9 GHz to power up your all computing activities. 4GB DDR3 and 750GB 5400 RPM hard disk suite well with the combination of this laptop.
This is the upgraded 2014 version in the model series. HP is famous in making attractive laptops with great display quality and sound quality. 17.3inches would be a great deal for larger screen lovers. The weight is around 6.39 pounds and it comes with latest Windows 8.1 and Intel HD graphics 4400 display. Average battery life is around 4.5 hours which is not bad for a powerful laptop with larger 17.3 inch screen size. This is one of the best laptops under 500 dollars with Windows 8.1 Operating System.
8) Acer Aspire E5-571-56UQ 15.6-Inch (Titanium Silver)
Excellent hardware configuration for the price you are going to pay. Acer laptops and desktops prices normally fall less than other brands, but their products are reasonably good. It comes with 4th generation Intel Core i5 1.7GHz processor with 3MB cache. Not only that, but also 8GB DDR3 RAM and 1000GB Hard driver. What else we can expect from a laptop under 500 dollars?.
It comes with 15.6 inch screen size and Intel HD graphics 4400 where you will not feel anything wrong with the display quality and screen size since the display is having 64MB separate VGA memory. You will be getting Windows 8.1 and incredibly Acer claims that this laptop battery life is 7 hours.
9) Toshiba PSKNJU-004001
Can you imaging an 17-inch Windows 8.1 laptop with 6GB RAM for under 500 dollars?, here is the answer for it. This Toshiba laptop comes with AMD Quad Core-A4 5000M Accelerated processor with AMD Radeon HD 8330 display graphics. The 6GB DDR3 speed of 1333MHz RAM should make this laptop more powerful. It is widescreen laptop with 17.3” TruBrite LED backlit display. It is having reasonably good customer review in Amazon store and that is the reason it has been listed here as one of the top 10 best laptops under 500 dollars. 750 GB Hard disk with 5400 RPM and DVD double layer writer also included in current listed price 450$.
10) HP 15-r050nr
The upgraded version of their earlier famous model in this price range, this could be the best deal in 2015 to buy for less than 500 dollars. A touch screen laptop from HP with reasonably powerful processor and other hardware configuration. It ships with Intel Core i3 1.8GHz and 4GB DDR3L RAM. 750 GB hard drive would be sufficient for your data storage purpose. Screen size is 15.6 and 1366 x 768 pixels with Intel HD 4000 display processor. The average 5 hours battery life with Windows 8.1 Operating System could be the best points with this model. The price is hanging around 498$, it is a good deal for a touch screen laptop under 500 dollars.
We will be keep updating this review list of top 10 best laptops under 500 in 2015/2014 which can have Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 as primary Operating Systems.