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.