Best Laptops Under £500

So you’re looking to buy a new laptop, and have a budget of £500, but are unsure which one to buy? Want to read impartial reviews of £500 laptops? Well here’s our guide to the best laptops for under £500.

We’ve arranged these reviews into three sections – Laptops with 15.6″ screens, Laptops with 17.3″ screens, and budget laptops (under £300)


15.6″ Screens

These laptops are ideal for students, work, and any other situation where you need a small portable laptop that’s easy to travel with. All laptops are priced (at time of writing) at under £500.00, as well full specifications – laptops are listed in order of the amount of RAM – from the highest to the lowest:


Acer Aspire 5733

Acer Aspire 5733
Pros: Fast, Reliable, Good Battery, Exceptional Value
Cons: None
Specification
Screen: 15.6 inch
Processor: Intel Core i3 380 2.53GHz
RAM: 8GB RAM,
Harddrive: 750GB HDD
Additional Features: DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Acer Aspire 5750

Acer Aspire 5750
Pros: Screen, High Spec, 8GB RAM
Cons: Speakers, Battery life
Specification
Screen: 15.6 inch
Processor: Intel Core i5-2430M Processor
RAM: RAM 8GB
Harddrive: HDD 500GB
Additional Features: DVD-Super Multi DL Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Toshiba Satellite C855-18D

Toshiba Satellite c855 18d
Pros: Good Screen and Battery life, Decent RAM
Cons: Textured palmrest gathers dust / dirt
Specification
Screen: 15.6 inch
Processor: (Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5/3.1GHz
RAM: 6GB RAM
Harddrive: 640GB HDD
Additional Features: USB 3.0, Windows 7 Home Premium


Samsung NP350V5C

Samsung NP350v5c
Pros: 6gb RAM, runs fast
Cons: Screen not as sharp as other models
Specification
Screen: 15.6 inch
Processor: Intel Core i3 2370M 2.4GHz
RAM: 6GB RAM
Harddrive: 500GB HDD
Additional Features: DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Sony VAIO SVE1511L1EW.CEK

Sony VAIO SVE1511L1EW.CEK
Pros: Fast, Looks great
Cons: Not as high spec as other similar priced models
Specification
Screen: 15.5 inch
Processor: Intel Core i5 2.5GHz Processor
RAM: 4GB RAM
Harddrive: 640GB HDD
Additional Features: Windows 7 Edition Home Premium


17.3″ Screens

These laptops are ideal for those who’d prefer to have a slightly larger screen – this will make the laptop easier to work from, but will increase the overal size and weight, as well as typically use more power – so battery life may be less than the 15.6″ equivalent models. All 17.3″ laptops are priced (at time of writing) at under the £500.00 threshold, and are listed with full specifications – again laptops are listed in order of the amount RAM – from the most to the least:


Samsung Series 3 300E7A

Samsung Series 3 300e7a
Pros: Large clear screen
Cons: Will be replaced by newer (albeit more expensive model) soon.
Specification
Screen: 17.3 inch
Processor: Intel Pentium B950 2.1GHz
RAM: 6GB RAM
Harddrive: 750GB HDD
Additional Features: DVD SuperMulti DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Acer Aspire V3-771

Acer Aspire v3-771
Pros: Great Spec for money
Cons: Comes with pre-installed software which you may not want
Specification
Screen: 17.3 inch
Processor: Intel Core i3-2370 2.4GHz
RAM: 6GB RAM
Harddrive: 500GB HDD
Additional Features: DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Sony VAIO SVE1711F1EW.CEK

Sony VAIO SVE1711F1EW.CEK
Pros: Decent Screen, looks great
Cons: Not as high spec as similar costing laptops from less well know brands
Screen: 17.3 inch
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.30GHz Processor
RAM: 4GB RAM
Harddrive: 500GB HDD
Additional Features: Windows 7 Edition Home Premium


Toshiba Satellite C870-156

Toshiba Satellite c870 156
Pros: Great overall performance, Good spec
Cons: Keyboard a touch flexy, USB slots not ideally placed
Specification
Screen: 17.3 inch
Processor: Intel Pentium B950 2.1GHz
RAM: 4GB RAM
Harddrive: 320GB HDD
Additional Features: USB 3.0, Windows 7 Home Premium


Budget Laptops under £300.00

Not everyone can afford to spend £500 on a laptop – for some either financial constraits, or their actual needs from a laptop, means that a more expensive laptop is either not possible or simply not required. Typically these budget laptops will have less processing power and less RAM, than their more expensive counterparts, and so will be less suited to applications that require a lot of computing power, wuch as graphics intensive games and video editing – however they will be ideal for surfing the web, checking your e-mails, and word processing.


Samsung 305U

Samsung 305u
Pros: Light, easy to transport due to small size
Cons: Technically a netbook, small screen, Battery life is about 3 hours
Specification
Screen: 11.6 inch
Processor: AMD E450 1.65GHz
RAM: 4GB RAM
Harddrive: 500GB HDD
Additional Features: LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Acer Aspire 5250

Acer Aspire 5250
Pros: Great Spec, fast, robust, bargain price
Cons: Speakers, keys on keyboard
Specification
Screen: 15.6 inch
Processor: AMD E300 1.3GHz
RAM: 4GB RAM
Harddrive: 320GB HDD
Additional Features: DVD SuperMulti DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


HP Pavilion G6-1311

HP Pavilion G6-1311
Pros: 6GB RAM, fast, great spec
Cons: A touch over £300
Specification
Screen: 15.6 inch
Processor: AMD Dual-Core A4-3305M 1.9 GHZ Processor
RAM: 6GB DDR3 RAM
Harddrive: 500GB 5400RPM SATA HDD
Additional Features: AMD Radeon HD 6480G Discrete-Class Graphics, Integrated Webcam, DVD ROM, Windows 7 Home Premium


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