When you set out to buy a laptop you are faced with a number of choices. The first is whether to go for an expensive and sleek model that costs around $ 1000 or more, or consider a budget under $ 500. For most users the second category (i.e. laptops under $500) works just fine and all you need to consider is what is more important for you: large screen, bigger battery, more RAM, faster processor or a larger hard disk. Even in this category you will find models that shine in one or the other departments and give you satisfaction.
This is a light-weight high performance portable model from Asus, known for reliable and durable computer components. You get a small screen size of 10.1 inches which puts it in the tablet range, AMD A4-1200 CPU running at 1 GHz, 320 GB hard disk and 2 GB RAM. This laptop has the usual chiclet keys and a trackpad. It is good for occasional users and will work fine if a large screen is not your most important consideration.
Asus Transformer Book T100TA
This is a hybrid laptop-tablet and mobile docking station all rolled into one with Windows 8 running on Intel Atom Z2760 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz in tandem with 2 GB RAM. Unfortunately the storage is only 64 GB SSD, sufficient if you are not into storing photos and videos. The keyboard is small and it takes quite a while to recharge the battery. In its favor, it has a detachable keyboard and you can use the 10.1 inch IPS display as a touchscreen and the sound quality is surprisingly good and loud. The battery powers the device for the entire day all these features makes this one a perfect buy laptop under 500 dollars
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series
Another good value for money laptop is the Dell Inspiraon 11, 3000 series, featuring Windows 8, Intel Pentium N3530 2.16 GHz processorand 2 GB RAM with 500 GB hard disk. This convertible has an 11.6 inch IPS touchscreen and the battery is rated for 8 hours. However, the keyboard is not detachable. The screen, the keyboard and the trackpad are responsive and that makes the Dell 11 a good value for money proposition for laptops under 500 USD.
Dell Inspiron 17, 5000 Series
This model has a non-touch 17.3 inch display, Windows 8, 1.7 GHz Intel 3558BU CPU and 4 GB RAM with a battery that is supposed to work for 5 hours. If you go purely by specs and performance, this could be the best of the under $500 lot due to its large screen, 4 GB RAM and 500 GB hard disk. You get a chiclet style keypad, a comfortable trackpad, more than satisfactory multimedia performance and lively display. The only downside is that it is large and heavy.
Samsung Chromebook 2
If you want a value for money laptop under $500, opt for the Samsung Chromebook 2. It does have a slower Celeron 2.58 processor, 11.6 inch screen, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB SSD drive. The main attraction is it is equipped with Google Chrome OS and has a rated 9 hour battery life. It is also extremely light in weight. Instead of chiclet keys you get curved keycaps and a smooth trackpad with gesture support and two finger control.
Well we had a great eye when picking these laptops however if we missed some great laptops under 500 USD, pls let us know in comments.