Whether you need a computer for work or for school, it never hurts to have a laptop as they're easily portable and they're lightweight (usually), making them great for carrying around campus or to and from work. The only downside with laptops is that sometimes they can cost quite a bit of money due to them being portable, but over the past couple of years prices have come down, and you can now find plenty of great laptop options for under $500. With that said, there are loads of Laptops in this particular price category, and if you're on the hunt for a new laptop for yourself or someone else, we've rounded up 10 laptops worth considering.
Lenovo Ideapad 300
Lenovo is no stranger to a great computer, and this mode laptop aims to live up their standards. It comes powered by an Intel Core i5 processor which is paired with 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive for plenty of storage space, and it has a 15.6-inch display. It also uses DOLBY Stereo speakers for awesome audio, and it weighs in at about 5 lbs.
HP Notebook 15
When it comes to computers, HP is a great choice because they have been around forever and they know how to make a quality laptop. With the HP Notebook 15, you're getting a laptop with a 15.6-inch display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is Full HD. It has 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and it's running Windows 10.
This new 2016 model of the Dell Inspiron comes with 15.6-inch display with HD resolution, and is powered by an AMD A8 Quad-Core processor which is paired with a Radeon R5 GPU for the graphics processing. It has 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and your standard ports including USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, HDMI, and 3.5 mm audio port. Battery life is rated at up to 7 hours.
Next up is another laptop from ASUS which comes with a 15.6-inch display so you'll get a little bit more space with the screen for viewing content. On the inside it's powered by an Intel Core i3 CPU with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive for storage. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, and HDMI out port, a VGA port, and a digital media card reader.
Lenovo Ideapad 100s
If all you need is a basic laptop that can handle web browsing, some media streaming, and other basic tasks, then the Lenovo Ideapad 100s is a great option. It's extremely affordable making it a solid option for anyone who is looking to get a laptop on a budget, and it comes powered by an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. It runs Windows 10, and boasts an 11.6-inch display along with up to 8 hours of battery life.
Acer Aspire E 15
The Aspire E 15 is powered by an Intel Core i3-7100U processor and is paired with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The screen size is 15.6-inches and it's Full HD resolution so things will be crisp and clear. The laptop runs Windows 10 and you can expect up to 12 hours of battery life with it which means you should have no trouble with leaving the charger at home if you don't want to take it with you.
HP Probook 15
The HP Probook 15 comes with a 15.6-inch display and comes powered by an AMD A10 quad-core CPU, which is paired with a Radeon R6 GPU for the graphics processing. It comes with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, HDMI and VGA ports for external display hookups, Bluetooth and Wifi support, and a battery that boasts up to 6 hours of battery life.
Think of the HP Stream as a Chromebook but one that runs on Windows 10 instead of on Chrome OS. It has an 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, and it comes powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on a solid state drive. It also comes in a 14.6-inch option if you need a bigger screen size, and there are two available colors which include Aqua Blue and Violet Purple.
HP Pavillion x360
Those in need of a versatile laptop should be looking at the Pavillion x360, which features 13.3-inch IPS touchscreen display, an Intel Core i3 processor which is paired with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It comes running on Windows 10 Home and has nearly 12 hours of battery life, and thanks to the touchscreen as well as the flip around design, the laptop can also be used in a tablet-style.
HP Spectre X2
Rounding out this list is the HP Spectre X2, a Windows 10-based laptop that comes with a Full HD 12-inch display. It also has the ability to detach from the keyboard making it possible to use as a tablet. The HP Spectre X2 is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, it comes with 4GB of RAM, and it has a 128GB solid state drive for storage space. It's also touchscreen enabled for when you detach it for use as a tablet.