Top 6 Laptops Under $500
Your next piece of hardware doesn't need to break the bank.
Buying a new laptop can be a bit of a pain.
Double that if you don't know much about computers in the first place. If you're on a budget, too, you might be ready to ram your head into a wall.
Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6", 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Chromebook (XE500C13)
This lightweight Samsung Chromebook is one of the cheapest portable options on the market. While it might not be the most powerful computer, it's a great, affordable option for students, writers, and those who don't need their laptop to perform feats of processing. The keyboard is water resistant, too, so you can feel secure bringing it to a coffee shop.
Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop, 11.6-Inch HD (1366 x 768) IPS Display, MediaTek MT8173C Processor, 4GB LPDDR3, 64 GB eMMC, Chrome OS, 81HY0000US, Blizzard White
As one of the cheapest laptops with a 64GB hard drive, the Lenovo Chromebook is a great option at its price point. With that much storage space, you can easily save all your pictures, documents, and even a few movies. It also has ports for USB 3.0, USB-C, and MicroSD, meaning you never need to worry about accessing or transferring files.
2018 Newest HP 11.6" HD IPS Touchscreen Chromebook with 3x Faster WiFi - Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 up to 2.48 GHz, 4GB Memory, 16GB eMMC, HDMI, Bluetooth, USB 3.1, 12-Hours Battery Life
Optimized for Chrome OS, this chromebook is a possible alternative to the Lenovo Chromebook depending on what you value most. What it lacks in hard drive space (it only has 16GB), it makes up in usage/accessibility features like Bluetooth capability and extra battery life.
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-C1YA, 14" Full HD, Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB DDR4, 64GB eMMC, Office 365 Personal, Windows 10 Home in S Mode
Featuring a sleek design and a full HD screen with LED backlights, the Acer Aspire 1 is a good-looking laptop that covers the essentials. It also comes preloaded with Windows 10 and a 1-year personal subscription to Microsoft Office, so it's a perfect fit for anyone looking to stay productive.
HP Notebook 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Premium Laptop PC (2017 Version), 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, SuperMulti DVD Burner, Bluetooth, Windows 10
A great, mid-range laptop, this HP Notebook can handle more than just your basics. With a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3 processor and a 1TB hard drive, you can stream videos, download movies, and even run most single-player video games (so long as they don't rely on intense graphics). The touchscreen is a nice added bonus as well.
ASUS C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook Flip 12.5-inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook, Intel Core m3, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, USB Type C, Corning Gorilla Glass, Chrome OS
If you're looking for a powerful piece of mid-range hardware and value portability over storage capacity, this ASUS Chromebook is the way to go. It's aluminum frame weighs in at only 2.65 pounds, and its 360º hinge allows you to switch between tablet and laptop modes with ease. The battery is also built to last for up to 10 hours, making it a great option for someone on the move.
Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com