Laptops: Best cheap laptops for under £500

  • We pick the five best cheap laptops
  • The best bargain Windows 8 laptops we've tested
  • Laptops with screen sizes from 11-inches to 15-inches

Technology has moved on so much that you really don't have to spend that much to get a laptop that will do everything you need at a great price. Here we round-up the best cheap laptops for under £500. These five 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.

For more advice about what to look for in a budget computer read our guide to buying the best cheap laptop

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Best cheap laptops for under £500
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  • A great all-rounder, this laptop is pretty good at everything.
  • There are some design compromises, so you may want to handle this laptop with care when transporting it.
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Subscriber only contentSatisfactoryGoodExcellentGood72%
  • With an inexpensive price, portable design and touchscreen functionality, this model is perfect for anyone who wishes to be mobile.
  • This budget themed laptop has solid build quality and plenty of connectivity options, but there are concerns over battery life.
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  • Great for students or anyone searching for an ultraportable laptop, this laptop offers a good compromise between price and performance.
  • The keyboard is comfortable and the touchpad is responsive, making it easy to use whether you're working at a desk or have it sitting on your lap.
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  • With premium styling at an affordable price, this model is a good choice for anyone looking to upgrade to a Windows 8.1 system.
  • This laptop isn't the best on test but it has a good-sized keyboard and comfortable screen you can really work with. Plus it's light enough to carry around easily.
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  • This model isn’t quite a true convertible laptop/tablet, but it’s a variation on the theme.
  • It has a responsive touchpad and a variety of connection ports, but the lower price does mean a slightly less powerful processor.
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What makes a Best Buy laptop?

Which? has put hundreds of laptops through our independent lab test. We check the screen quality and sound quality to make sure you’ll get the most from films and TV. We test battery life to see how the claimed battery life by the manufacturer and the real battery life measure up and just how much juice you’ll get when on the go. You can find out more about how we test laptops in the video below.

 

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