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Best cheap laptops for under £500

By Callum Tennent

We round up our top-scoring laptops for less than £500, to help you find the best laptop available without breaking the bank.

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The best cheap laptop for you

Technology has moved on so much that you really don't have to spend big to get a laptop that will do everything you need. Here, we round up the best cheap laptops for less than £500. These cheap laptops will tackle most tasks with ease, and we've picked out a range of sizes so you can have an ultra-portable 11-inch laptop or a cheap 15-inch laptop for everyday use.

Best laptops under £500

Asus E200
Which? score 73%
Tested Jun 2016
Best Buy
Ease of Use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
2 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 5
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We couldn't quite believe how good this £180 laptop is. A Best Buy laptop for a rock-bottom price.

Asus EeeBook E403
Which? score 72%
Tested Jul 2016
Ease of Use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
3 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
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Easy to operate and has a battery that keeps going, and going, and going and going…

Asus Transformer Book T101
Which? score 71%
Tested Nov 2016
Ease of Use:
3 out of 5
Performance:
3 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
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Member exclusive
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It's so small that you can take it practically anywhere with you, and the battery seems to last forever. It has a detachable screen, you can use as a tablet.

HP Pavilion x360 15
Which? score 68%
Tested Oct 2016
Ease of Use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
3 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Resolution (pixels):
Member exclusive
Processor:
Member exclusive
Ram (GB):
Member exclusive

As far as affordable 15-inch laptops go, this isn't bad at all - it's pretty fast and, for a machine this size, the battery life is impressive.

HP Stream 11
Which? score 67%
Tested Nov 2016
Ease of Use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
2 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Resolution (pixels):
Member exclusive
Processor:
Member exclusive
Ram (GB):
Member exclusive

This Windows 10-based Chromebook alternative deserves credit for putting out something so affordable and portable.

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