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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

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

Which? score 72%
Reviewed Mar 2017
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
4 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
3 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
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This budget laptop hits the sweet spot of having a decently-sized screen, brilliant battery life and 128GB of storage.

Which? score 69%
Reviewed May 2016
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
2 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
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This laptop's indomitable battery life and comfortable keyboard mean you can do much, much worse.

Which? score 67%
Reviewed Nov 2016
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
2 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Resolution (pixels):
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Processor:
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This Windows 10-based Chromebook alternative deserves credit for putting out something so affordable and portable.

Which? score 64%
Reviewed Oct 2016
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
3 out of 5
Battery:
3 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Resolution (pixels):
Member exclusive
Processor:
Member exclusive
Ram (GB):
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Unlike the other PCs on the list, this two-in-one device has a large spinning hard drive so you can save down files, photos and music.

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