Best Laptop For Under £500

Dec 08, 2010 View Comments by Steve

What should I be looking for?

First make sure its a laptop you want. If you don’t need to be mobile and have the space, then a desktop computer will be cheaper.  If you only want to surf the internet and check emails, then consider a netbook or an iPad. However laptops for most people are the best solution, the compact mobility just makes a laptop more versatile and practical without the limitations of a netbook or iPad. The key to a decent laptop is build quality, battery life and memory (RAM). Memory is very important for the performance of your laptop and it’s not something to compromise on. Ideally you want 3 or 4GB of RAM.

Brands you can trust

Make sure you go for one of the brands with a good reputation this way you should ensure a decent build quality. The brands I trust here are Apple, HP, Compaq, Samsung, Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba. Unfortunately Apple are out of the equation here as they don’t offer a laptop for under £500 but if you can flex the budget the MacBook & MacBook Pro’s are brilliant machines. Take a look at best laptop all-rounders for more details. To better understand those laptop specs check out the laptop jargon busting buyers guide.

Experts Choice

  • hp laptop

    HP G62-B18SA 15.6″ Notebook, Windows 7. 3GB RAM, 320GB Disk, i3 Processor

    Expert RatingConsumer RatingEnergy efficient. Fast, stylish, good build quality, 3 USB, HDMI socket, Bluetooth, DVD RewriterOnly 3hr Battery life. 3kg weight

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  • acer aspire

    Acer Aspire 5551, 15.6″, Windows 7, AMD Athlon Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB Disk

    Expert RatingConsumer RatingGreat screen, Superfast wireless(N), HDMI, 3xUSB, Slick design, Multi touch mousepad. DVD Rewriter, BluetoothOnly 3hr battery life at best. Quite Heavy. No Bluetooth

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  • Samsung Laptop

    Samsung R440 14-inch Notebook i3 Processor, 4 GB RAM, 320GB Disk, Windows 7

    Expert RatingConsumer RatingIncludes new Intel i3 chip which uses less battery and is high performance. Runs quiet. Quality screen. 4GB RAM, Bluetooth, DVD RewriterThe peacock red shell is not for everyone. Price is fluctuating a lot. Not always available under £500.

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Agree, disagree? Let us know by commenting below and together we can make sure we are getting the absolute best laptop that £500 can buy.

 

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