The best budget notebooks under 500 euros

The best budget notebooks under 500 euros
In this particular historical period it is really complicated to grab a cheap notebook under 500 euros because the market offers many different alternatives. In this price range, moreover, there are many products that sometimes do not guarantee an overall decent experience, and for this reason we have decided to help you.

Read also: The best laptops to study If you are interested therefore when purchasing an inexpensive notebook, in this article you can find valid products chosen and selected by the editorial staff of Italia, which will certainly be able to justify the expense and above all to offer you excellent performance for this price range. The choice was particularly difficult, but we used some search parameters, namely:

Processor: an excellent processor guarantees better performance, but at a low price it is difficult to find performing products. The same goes for RAM memory and for all the other components of a laptop. In this price range, we have selected components that ensure decent performance in daily operations, such as reading emails and viewing multimedia content. Design: They say “what is beautiful is not beautiful, but what one likes is beautiful”. Absolute truth, but good hardware must be associated with absolutely good design. Type: notebook, ultrabook or 2-in-1 convertible. In this guide, net of some shortcomings, we have included all the types while keeping the price below 500 euros. Operating System: Windows and ChromeOS. The first because it is the one most used by consumers, while the second is specific for all those low-end devices and is able to make them snappy in everyday operations. N.B. : To further reduce the selling price, Amazon Italy offers the possibility of buying some products in installments. As already specified by the well-known e-commerce store, there are no costs in benefiting from this purchase option, in fact the usual interest rates are not present. Instead, as regards the other stores (UniEuro, MediaWorld and Euronics), there is the possibility to purchase the products in installments with the application of rates.

Editor's note: We have updated the article to 05/10/2020 with a new addition! Enjoy your reading and shopping!

The best budget notebooks

Lenovo IdeaPad S145 Acer Aspire 3 HP 4QX25EA Acer Chromebook R13 CHUWI AeroBook Ultrabook ASUS Chromebook C423NA CHUWI Lapbook Pro HP 15s-eq1015nl Microsoft Surface Go Bonus: Honor MagicBook 14

Lenovo IdeaPad S145

One of the first products at a low price (we are talking about only 299.99 euros) is the Lenovo IdeaPad S145, which enters by right in this special article. It represents in all respects a low-end product in terms of technical characteristics and cost. However, it has been designed to perform at its best for all those who do not have big demands on their laptop. Entering the technical specifications, under the body we find an AMD A6 9th Gen coupled with 4 GB DDR4-SDRAM and 256 GB SSD. Its screen is 15.6 inches with an HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels). In short, this IdeaPad is suitable for giving the best on all those standard operations.

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Acer Aspire 3

The Acer Aspire 3 represents an excellent product for internal components and selling price. It is a device equipped with an Intel Core i3-6006U processor paired with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card. With its 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD it guarantees good performance in all the various daily operations, such as consulting e-mails and the various applications of the Office package. As for the display, the Aspire is equipped with a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution in FullHD - that is to say 1920 x 1080 pixels -, which could certainly assert itself also in the multimedia field, therefore use of content on YouTube and Netflix. The keyboard layout is Spanish (which differs from the special characters compared to the Italian one), therefore we recommend the purchase of a set of stickers for keyboards.

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From Hewlett-Packard (known simply as HP) comes a low-cost notebook with great potential. We are talking about the HP 4QX25EA, a laptop that stands out for its Intel Core i3-7020U processor with Intel HD 620 graphics card, and from a memory park featuring 4 GB of DDR4 SDRAM and a 256 SATA M.2 SSD GB. The technical features of this laptop are better suited to everyday operations.

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Acer Chromebook R13

We hardly recommend a Chromebook, but this laptop is the exception. The Acer Chromebook R13 is an ultra-thin convertible, boasting a MediaTek M8173C processor and 4GB of LPDDR3-SDRAM RAM. Among the technical features we also find a 13.3-inch touch-screen with a resolution in FullHD. The strength of this product lies in its operating system (Chrome OS), which guarantees a very high speed in everyday operations and above all good compatibility with all recent multimedia files. For just over 400 euros it is really difficult to find such a product!

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CHUWI AeroBook Ultrabook

In the previous paragraphs we talked of many devices belonging to the best manufacturers on the market, but the time has come to recommend a laptop from China: the 13.3-inch CHUWI AeroBook. Under the hood we find an Intel Core M3 6Y30 processor paired with an 8th generation integrated graphics card. Moreover, thanks to an 8 GB RAM memory and a 256 GB SSD, this device can satisfy the needs of many people. Being an ultralight device it can better suit students and workers as well.

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ASUS Chromebook C423NA

After the Chromebook R13, we have decided to include the Asus Chromebook C423NA, which is the second ChromeOS-based laptop in this guide. This chromebook is equipped - for those who do not know - by an Intel Celeron N3350 processor combined with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 graphics card, which guarantee excellent performance on ChromeOS and unprecedented autonomy. The screen of this laptop also has a diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution in FullHD, and consequently suitable for any need. Its price is 319 euros.

»Click here to buy ASUS Chromebook C423NA

CHUWI LapBook Pro

Chuwi is enjoying great success in recent years thanks to its affordable and top-notch laptops. Another product of the Chinese house that we feel we can recommend is the LapBook Pro, a device that has an Intel Gemini-Lake N4100 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. There is also a 37.24 Wh battery, capable of guaranteeing excellent autonomy in any circumstance. The screen has a diagonal of 14 inches with a resolution in FullHD, therefore suitable for watching any multimedia content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney +. Its price? Well under 500 euros, or 389 euros!

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HP 15s-eq1015nl

With an AMD Ryzen 3 3250U processor, the 'HP 15s-eq10115nl is a great product for anyone looking to buy a performance notebook. In addition to a good processor, this device integrates 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 128 GB SSD (in part, however, occupied by the Windows 10 Home operating system). To all this, moreover, we must add that the notebook in question boasts a 15.6 ″ anti-glare display with a resolution in FullHD, a backlit keyboard and a full connectivity compartment. Its price? Of course under 500 euros, in fact you can buy the HP 15s-eq10115nl for 419.99 euros.

»Click here to buy the HP 15s-eq1015nl

Microsoft Surface Go

In this special guide to the best budget notebooks we have included a small bonus, represented by the new Surface Go from Microsoft. It is a tablet equipped with an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor paired with an integrated Intel HD 615 graphics card. As for memory, the Surface Go is equipped with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Its weight is only 0.522 kg and therefore represents a good travel companion, suitable for the use of multimedia files or for classic daily operations.

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Bonus: Honor MagicBook 14

High-performance, elegant and light. These are the three characteristics of the Honor MagicBook 14, a laptop that therefore represents the perfect combination of quality and price. Under the body we find an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor combined with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM memory and 256 GB of SSD internal memory, which guarantee excellent performance in any circumstance. In support of these three components we find an integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics card that manages a 14-inch panel with FullHD resolution. Then, the weight of this device should not be underestimated because, with its 1.38 kg and with a thickness of 15.9 mm at the thickest point, it offers previous portability. Finally, its selling price is 599.00 euros, which is why we have included this laptop in the guide bonus.

»Click here to buy Honor MagicBook 14

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