Laptops Under $500 - Gift Guide 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – 2016: Top 10 Best Laptops Under $500

November 9, 2015 - Written By John Anon

If you are in the market for a new laptop but are still undecided on what to go for, then luckily there is a number of worthwhile options available this year. Especially, for those looking for a good laptop but on a budget. If that is the case, then below we have put together ten laptops and 2-in-1s which are certainly worth checking out. The best thing about these options, they are all priced at under $500.

Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB Tablet Bundle with Type Cover

Microsoft Surface Pro 64GB Tablet Bundle with Type Cover (4GB, Windows 8 Pro, Wi-Fi)

The Surface range of laptops from Microsoft are extremely popular options and kicking off our under $500 list is the Microsoft Surface Pro. This is essentially a 2-in-1 device, as it makes use of its tablet nature but also offers the form of a laptop when needed and thanks to its attachable keyboard. The Surface Pro comes equipped with a 10.6-inch display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and comes powered by an Intel Core i5 (3rd Gen) processor (clocking at 1.7 GHz).

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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 11.6 Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 11.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Pentium N3540, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Silver) Integrated Intel HD Graphics

Sticking with the 2-in-1 form factor for a moment and up next is the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series. This one comes with an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, the Inspiron 11 3000 comes equipped with 4GB RAM, 500GB storage and powered by an Intel Pentium (N3540) processor (clocking at  2.16 GHz). One of the additional benefits of this one, is its form factor which allows it to be used in multiple modes and from multiple viewing angles.

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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 15.6-Inch Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 15.6-Inch Laptop (Intel Pentium N3540, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, ) with MaxxAudio- Free Upgrade to Windows 10

Continuing with Dell, for those looking for a bigger laptop for under $500 then the Dell Inspiron 5000 series is worth a look. This one comes with a 15.6-inch screen which makes use of a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, much of the rest of the specs are the same as the 3000 series including 4GB RAM, 500 GB storage and the Intel Pentium (N3540) processor powering everything. However, this one is much more laptop-like and does not adopt the same form factor as the 3000 series. Good option for the price, for those looking for a more traditional form factor.

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Toshiba C55-A5281 16 Inch Laptop

Toshiba C55-A5281 16 Inch Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel 2020M Processor, 6GB RAM, 750GB Hard Drive, SuperMulti DVD Burner, Windows 8)

Sticking with the more traditional form factor and up next in this price range is the Toshiba C55 Laptop. This one comes sporting a 15.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, the Toshiba C55 makes use of 6GB RAM, 750GB storage and powered by an Intel Pentium (2020M) processor (clocking at 2.4 GHz).

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Asus – X555LA-SI50203H 15.6″ Laptop

Asus - X555LA SI50203H 15.6 Laptop, Intel Core i5-4210U d 6GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive, HD Webcam, Windows 8.1 64-bit (Matte Black)

Next up is a laptop from Asus. This one is the Asus X555LA and also comes equipped with a 15.6-inch screen. However, this one will offer you a bit more power and comes loaded with 6GB RAM, 1TB storage and powered by a 5th Gen Intel Core i5 processor.

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Lenovo G50 80E30181US 15.6-Inch Laptop

Lenovo G50 80E30181US 15.6-Inch Laptop (AMD A8, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD-SuperMulti Drive, Windows 8.1)

Continuing the size theme, the next sub-$500 laptop worth checking out is the Lenovo G50, This is quite a popular option in this price range and especially for those interested in gaming. The Lenovo G50 comes equipped with a 15.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. On the inside, this one comes with 6GB RAM, 500GB storage and powered by an AMD A8-6410 Quad-Core Processor, along with an integrated AMD Radeon R5 for processing the graphics.

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HP Pavilion X360 2-in-1 Laptop

HP Pavilion X360

Moving back to the 2-in-1 options and here we have the HP Pavilion X360. This one comes with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display. Inside, the Pavilion X360 comes loaded with 4GB RAM, 500GB storage and powered by a 5th Gen Intel Core i3 (5010U) processor. Again, as this one is a 2-in-1 device, you can make use of its more versatile form factor when needed.

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Toshiba Radius 2-in-1 11.6″ Touch-screen Laptop

Toshiba Radius 2-in-1 11.6 Touch-screen Laptop - Intel Celeron Processor N2840

Next up is another 2-in-1 and this time from Toshiba. This is the Radius 2 and this one makes use of an 11.6-inch screen which comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, the Radius 2 comes equipped with 4GB RAM, 500GB storage and powered by an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. Another great option for those looking for a portable yet functional laptop.

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ASUS Transformer Book

ASUS Transformer Book 12-Inch T200TA-C1-BL 2-in-1 Detachable Touchscreen Laptop, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage

The Asus Transformer Book is the next 2-in-1 to hit the spotlight and although slightly lower on the specs, proves to be a popular option due to its use as a tablet when needed. This one comes sporting an 11.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, it comes loaded with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and powered by a 64-bit Intel Quad Core processor (clocking at 1.59 GHz).

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HP 15-d020nr 15.6-Inch Touchsmart Notebook

HP 15-d020nr 15.6-Inch Touchsmart Notebook (1.5 GHz AMD A4 Processor, 4GB DDR3L, 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1) Sparkling Black

Closing out the list today is another option from HP. This one is the HP TouchSmart laptop and again adopts more of a traditional form factor. This one comes equipped with a 15.6-inch screen along with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Inside, the HP TouchSmart come loaded with 4GB RAM, 500GB storage and powered by an AMD A4 Quad-core processor (clocking at 1.5 GHz).

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