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 buying 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.

NB : To further reduce the sale 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. On the other hand, 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 17/01/2021! Happy reading and happy shopping!

The best budget notebooks

HP Chromebook 12b Acer Aspire 3 HP 4QX25EA Acer Chromebook R13 CHUWI Lapbook Pro HP 15s-eq1015nl Microsoft Surface Go Bonus: Honor MagicBook 14

HP Chromebook 12b

The HP Chromebook 12b is a product of absolute value because it combines good technical characteristics with an operating system. And it is ChromeOS that manages to enhance the good that is contained under the body of this device! Entering the technical specifications, we find a 12-inch display with HD resolution, an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC memory. In addition there are also: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HP TrueVision HD webcam with digital microphone, SD and Micro SD reader, USB Type-C. All at a super-competitive price!

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Acer Aspire 3

The Acer Aspire 3 is a great 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 enjoyment 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, which boasts 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 HeroBook Pro

Chuwi is one of the protagonists undisputed of this particular buying guide, thanks to its countless products that sometimes manage to enter the hearts of enthusiasts for their value for money. Among these we mention the Chuwi HeroBook Pro, a device that has an Intel Gemini Lake N4000 processor and is therefore capable of making everyday operations efficient. A good CPU is assisted by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory, to ensure good responsiveness when opening the latest generation applications. And then, we must underline the presence of a screen with a diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution in FullHD, ideal for watching all the films of the moment.

»Click here to buy CHUWI HeroBook Pro

Microsoft Surface Go

In this special guide to the best budget notebooks we have included a small bonus, represented by the new Microsoft Surface Go. 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 an 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.

»Click here to buy Microsoft Surface Go

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, we must not underestimate the weight of this device 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

How to choose a notebook

Notebooks are vital tools nowadays because they allow you to perform a series of operations, useful both at work and at home. Precisely for this reason, the choice is particularly difficult: we have to consider several factors based on our needs and expectations, which are the characteristics to be privileged and which ones to give up in order not to exceed the set budget (in this case, 500 euros ed ).

Processor and RAM

One of the first factors to check before making a purchase is the processor, because it simply represents the beating heart of a laptop. A good processor, combined with a series of quality components, will be able to guarantee excellent performance over time in all circumstances, as specified in the opening. In this price range, the performance of notebooks at this level tends to be not the best, which is why some major sacrifices have to be made in terms of design and secondary functionality.

Design and form factor

They say “what is beautiful is not beautiful, but what one likes is beautiful”. Practically an absolute truth, however good hardware is not always associated with good design and, in some cases, budget limits require you to choose an inexpensive notebook that is aesthetically "less beautiful" than its competitors.

How another aspect to consider is the form factor, which means the type of product among the four currently available on the market. In fact, it is possible to opt for a simple notebook (heavier and generally more performing), an ultrabook (light but with some limitations at the hardware level to make it light and transportable) or a 2-in-1 convertible (a sort of middle ground between a tablet and a notebook; the striking example is the Microsoft Surface).

Operating system

A particularly subjective aspect is that of the Operating System, like the design and form factor. In this guide we have selected two different systems, but both will be able to offer excellent performance. In the first case, Windows is the most used operating system at the moment, boasts many new features and a huge catalog of applications. In the second case, however, we have selected ChromeOS which is installed on many low-end devices.

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