[2015 Review] Top 10 Best Laptops Under 500, i5, i7 with Windows 10/8.1 OS

Buying the best and suitable laptop is always tricky, you have to do proper research about several models 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 which come with Windows 8.1, and of course it can be upgraded to latest Windows 10.  Several great laptops under 500 with Intel i7 and i5 processors are listed below. If you are looking for good laptops under 500 then this list can full fill your requirements, few models suitable for college students too.

We refined the below top rated laptops under 500 based on good customer feedbacks and number of 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 still hope that it would be in the price range of under 500 dollars.

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 425$ whereas i5 for 550$. It is always recommended to invest some more money and go for the better configuration, because it is 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 and 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 laptop under 500.

Lenovo G50 windows 8 best laptop

2) Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241, i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD

#1 Best seller in Amazon as of publishing this list.  For the selling price $450 (Original listed price was $599), you will be getting a great hardware spec laptop for just less than 500 dollars. It comes with Intel Core 5th Generation i5-5200U 2.2 GHz Processor and 8 GB DDR3 RAM (1600MHz), addition to this you will be getting 1TB hard disk for storage, what else wanted?

Pre-installed Windows 10 included in the laptop and the screen size is 15.6 inches with 1366×768 pixels. Display adapter is Mobile Intel HD graphics 5500 (which is latest one) and you will be getting most of the required ports on the laptop. This is a powerful but still budget laptop under 500.

Toshiba budget laptop under 500

3) ASUS X555LA 15.6 Inch- i5, 8 GB

Similar to previous Toshiba model but this is from Asus. Two options are available to purchase online. You can get Asus X555LA with i5 and i7 processors. Both processors are 5th generation from Intel, therefore you will be getting latest and upgraded version of mobile processors that have more cache memory and processing power. The i5 processor comes with 8GB DDR3 RAM and 500GB hard disk, that is costing around $506. The i7 laptop comes with 1TB hard drive and same 8GB RAM that is costing $579.

As we say always, by investing little more money you will be getting powerful i7 processor and 1TB storage hard disk. The screen size is 15.6 inches and filled with 1366×768 resolution and LED-lit screen. As usual it’s a stylish laptop from Asus and it can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free.


4) HP 15-G012DX

One of the great gaming laptop under 500 you can buy. This laptop is powered by AMD processor (Quad-Core A8-6410) and accelerated with Radeon R5 graphics. The R5 series graphics from Radeon provides superior gaming experience and image quality on the laptop. The 4GB DDR3 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 380 US dollars which is much cheaper for gaming lovers.

HP 15-G012DX windows 8.1


5) Toshiba Satellite C55-B5200

This is for Toshiba brand fans. The hardware specification is almost same as other models, but major points are; it comes with 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor with 6GB DDR3. The processor power and 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 which would be wonderful to watch. The current price is around 425 US dollars which is far under 500 dollars as one of the best laptops. 750 GB Hard drive and DVD writer also included.Toshiba Satellite C55-B5200 laptop 2015

6) Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK

One of the best budget laptops under 500 from Dell. Since the model is quite successful and famous, Dell is selling it in several options. It comes with 4th Generation i3 processor touch and non-touch, and 5th generation i3 processor with touch.  The selection depends on your budget, but luckily even the 5th Generation i3 laptop with touch screen will cost you just around 385$.  The latest model of Dell Inspiron ships with Intel Core i3-5005U Processor 2.16 GHz and 3MB Cache, 4 GB DDR3 and 500GB hard disk. Its really a top rated/best budget laptop with 5th generation i3 processor under 500 dollars. The screen size is 15.6 inches. Free update to Windows 10 is available with this model. It will handle your multi tasking activities without any complaints.Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK

7)  HP 17-f030us 17.3-Inch Laptop

This is for large screen lovers. HP 17-f030us comes with 17.3 Inch screen size and priced slightly above 500 dollars. It ships with 4th generation Intel Core i3 1.9 GHz processor to power up your all computing activities. 4GB DDR3 RAM and 750GB 5400 RPM hard disk will suite well with the combination of processor.

This is the upgraded version in 2014/2015 of HP 17 inch series laptops. HP is famous in making attractive laptops with great display and sound quality. For movie lovers, this laptop will be a great treat with Intel HD graphics 4400 and 1600×900 pixels screen. The weight is around 6.39 pounds and Windows 8.1 comes in it and that can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free of cost. Average battery life is around 4.5 hours which is not bad for a powerful laptop with larger 17.3 inch screen size. HP 17-f030us laptop for less than 500

8.) Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571 15.6-Inch (Titanium Silver)

Worth mentioning the particular model here as one of the best and budget laptop under 500 dollars, because its going to cost $370 only. Excellent hardware configuration for the price you are going to pay. It comes with 4th generation Intel Core i3 1.7GHz processor. 4GB DDR3 RAM and 500GB Hard drive make this laptop super professional and worth for money.

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. Surprisingly the Acer claims that battery life of this laptop is 7 hours, it’s a great battery life for a Windows OS laptop.Acer Aspire E5-571-56UQ

9) Toshiba PSKNJU-004001 – 17inch, 6GB RAM

Can you imaging an 17-inch laptop with 6GB RAM for less than 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 a widescreen laptop with 17.3” TruBrite LED backlit display.  Since it’s having all basic requirements to be good gaming laptop under 500, you can consider Toshiba PSKNJU-004001 as one of the great choice.

It is having reasonably good customer reviews in Amazon store and that is the reason it has been listed here as one of the best laptop under 500 dollars in 2015. 750 GB Hard disk with 5400 RPM and DVD double layer writer are also included in current listed price $499.Toshiba PSKNJU-004001

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 4th generation Intel Core i3 1.7GHz and 4GB DDR3L RAM. 750 GB hard drive would be sufficient for your data storage purpose.

Screen size is 15.6 with 1366 x 768 pixels and 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 420$, it is a good deal for a touch screen laptop under 500 dollars.HP 15-r050nr 2015 best laptop under 500

We hope one of the above laptop will match your requirements to make the purchase decision easy. We will be keep updating this review list of top 10 best laptops under 500 in 2015 that can have Windows 8.1/7 and latest Windows 10 as primary Operating Systems.