New school year, new books, new clothes, and of course, new laptop. Get college started with the right tools for all your computing needs because college means more papers and more research to do! Besides, you can’t let yourself bite the dust when socializing with new friends on Facebook or Twitter. But before you drown in college loans, make sure to squeeze up your wallet and purchase the best laptop under $500 and save some cash for those expensive textbooks. We graded the best laptops in the market today that will give you the best deal for that coveted 4.0 grade.
Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2055)
Price as reviewed: $279
With that price, who can say no to a Chromebook with a 4GB RAM, 1366 x 768 screen display and smooth performance. Acer has also improved its Chromebook predecessor when it comes to battery life. You can take it with you to your four-hour class and you’ll have an above-average battery to last the whole time.
For an 11-inch laptop, the weight of 3 lbs is heavy enough, probably due to the bigger battery. The sound volume is slightly muffled when the laptop is placed on the lap, but works fine when on a table.
It’s not a bad deal for a Chromebook because of its affordability and good battery life.
Price as reviewed: $479
Despite its budget price, this Windows 8-equipped laptop does not compromise its design and performance with its 15.6” HD LED display and 4GB RAM. Typing is also made fast and easy with its AccuType keyboard plus numeric keypad.
We want a cheap laptop but we don’t want it to look cheap. Unfortunately, that is the case with the Lenovo G580 because of its black plastic cover and reflective chassis that will guarantee annoying fingerprints all the time. It’s also bulky and heavy at a weight of 5.37 lbs.
Don’t judge the book by its cover. The Lenovo G580 may not be a looker but it does perform for your needs and is one of the best budget laptops out there!
Dell Inspiron 15 (I15RV-6190 BLK)
Price as reviewed: $349
This is a great-looking Windows 8-equipped budget laptop with its thin, 15-inch chassis so you won’t have to lug around a bulky laptop from one class to another. It possesses a long battery life and speedy 4GB RAM (expandable to 8GB) that will help you ace your multitasking skills.
It would have been perfect if it also has a touch screen. The 1080p display is also not commendable if you’re a major YouTube user.
It’s not perfect but it’s still a great substitute for any expensive laptop that will meet your needs for homework, research, Web browsing, or emailing.
Dell Inspiron 17-3721
Price as reviewed: $450
Another great choice for a budget laptop, the Inspiron 17 is worth the small price of $450 especially if you want a bigger 17.3-inch display at a lightweight 5.9 lbs. The keypad is also comfortable to use, including a numeric keypad on the right side. It has an Intel Core i3-3227U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 so you can watch all the movies you want on brilliant display while you chat with friends on Facebook.
The only thing missing is a touch screen.
A good buy for a low price under $500 and you still get the value of an expensive laptop.
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Mike Hall is a prolific writer of the latest technology news and trends. As a blogger, he helps people keep up to date on how to protect their data and how they can stay ahead of hackers. This article is provided by Data Recovery Group, recovering data from laptops and failed hard drives since 1986.