VOTE The Best Laptops for Under $500  

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List Rules Only new models. Refurbished or used laptops should not be on here

These days, it's easier to find a laptop computer that suits your needs than ever before. Computers prices have fallen dramatically, and with that comes a superior selection of high quality devices for a low cost. Nowadays, you can score a killer computer for less than $500, which was unfathomable a decade ago and would be considered a bargain today. College students don't need to break the bank or plunk down most of their loans to have a device of their own. The same goes for families who aren't able to afford a fancy schmancy Macbook. Don't let the price tag fool you, these are not cheap laptops by any stretch. In fact, these devices are just as good as the big ticket items, plus or minus a few nice features, some software and RAM.

So, what is the best laptop you can snag for less than $500? The dominant brands on here are Dell, Lenovo and Asus. It seems like you can get a pretty great deal with any of those respected brands. Plus you'll have money to spare! Many of the computers on this list aren't near the $500 threshold, which means you'll be able to splurge for a printer or something else. 

That said, it's up to you to decide what is the best bargain laptop. Any cheap computer can make the cut here, so if you notice something isn't on the list (BUT isn't refurbished, that doesn't work for this) feel free to add it.

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211 5
Asus F555LA is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Asus F555LA

2
156 4
Lenovo N22 11.6 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Lenovo N22 11.6

3
77 2
HP 15-ba010nr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
HP 15-ba010nr

4
148 9
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP2... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA

5
113 7
Acer Chromebook 14 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Acer Chromebook 14

6
79 4
Lenovo N22-20 Touch Chromebook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Lenovo N22-20 Touch Chromebook

7
116 11
Dell Latitude 15" is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Dell Latitude 15"

8
75 10
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series

9
144 58
Lenovo 310-15ABR 80ST 15.6″ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Lenovo 310-15ABR 80ST 15.6″

10
108 51
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15 15.6"... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15 15.6"

11
102 53
CTL J5 Chromebook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
CTL J5 Chromebook

12
104 57
Asus VivoBook E403SA-US21 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Asus VivoBook E403SA-US21

13
24 3
Acer Chromebook R 13 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Acer Chromebook R 13

14
21 4
HP Stream 14-ax010nr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
HP Stream 14-ax010nr

15
28 10
Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK

16
17 4
Toshiba CB35-B3340 13 Inch Chr... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Toshiba CB35-B3340 13 Inch Chromebook

17
21 8
Lenovo Ideapad 110S is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Lenovo Ideapad 110S

18
24 11
HP 15-BA079DX is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
HP 15-BA079DX

19
16 5
Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK)

20
14 4
Acer Chromebook CB3-131 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Acer Chromebook CB3-131

21
16 8
Hisense Chromebook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Hisense Chromebook

22
61 53
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series (... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series (3558)

23
15 9
Lenovo ThinkPad13 Chromebook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Lenovo ThinkPad13 Chromebook

24
15 9
Asus VivoBook X540SA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Asus VivoBook X540SA

25
61 55
Lenovo IdeaPad 100S-11 (80R200... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Lenovo IdeaPad 100S-11 (80R2003XUS)

26
14 9
Asus Chromebook Flip is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Asus Chromebook Flip

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12 10
Acer Chromebook 15 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Laptops for Under $500
Acer Chromebook 15