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Best Budget laptops

Best laptops for under £500

By Michael Passingham

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What's the best laptop for under £500? We run you through of our top picks at different sub-£500 price points to let you find the perfect budget laptop for your needs.

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Technology has moved on so much that you really don't have to spend a lot to get a laptop that'll do everything you need.

In our selections, we've tried to pick laptops that score well in every area but, inevitably, there are compromises when you buy a cheaper laptop; often the screen or performance won't be the absolute best around. With that said, for if you mainly use your laptop for writing documents and browsing the web, all of these choices can handle that with aplomb. 

Want something cheaper? See our guide to laptops under £300

Best laptops under £500

Typical price £330.00
Which? score 72%
Reviewed Mar 2017
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Performance:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Portability:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Processor:
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Ram (GB):
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Screen size (inches):
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Resolution (pixels):
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This cheap laptop hits the sweet spot of having a decently-sized screen, brilliant battery life and 128GB of storage.

Typical price £400.00
Which? score 67%
Reviewed Jun 2018
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Performance:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Screen quality:
2 out of 52 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Processor:
Member exclusive
Ram (GB):
Member exclusive
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Resolution (pixels):
Member exclusive

This is a highly-flexible budget laptop. It might not tick every box but its small size, versatile 2-in-1 design and reasonable performance make it worth a look.

Typical price £400.00
Which? score 63%
Reviewed Sep 2018
Ease of use:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Performance:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Battery:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Portability:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Processor:
Member exclusive
Ram (GB):
Member exclusive
Screen size (inches):
Member exclusive
Resolution (pixels):
Member exclusive

This cheap laptop will get all your work tasks done, and while there are compromises, you can do a lot worse for £400.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of October 2018.

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