Laptops: Best cheap laptops for under £500

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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 three 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.

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Best cheap laptops for under £500
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Subscriber only contentGoodGoodSatisfactoryExcellent75%
  • This convertible laptop is designed for anyone that wants both a tablet and a laptop for less than £500.
  • The keyboard and touchpad are simple to use, plus the screen is bright, with good viewing angles.
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Subscriber only contentGoodGoodGoodGood65%
  • A solid device with no outstanding strengths, but very few weaknesses either.
  • It looks a lot more expensive than it actually is.
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Subscriber only contentExcellentGoodGoodSatisfactory65%
  • We loved this laptop's premium build, and really enjoyed using it.
  • It's super versatile and very capable as well - although its trackpad could be better.
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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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