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Top 5 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 77%
Reviewed Jul 2017
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
5 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
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A fast booter at just seven seconds, this nippy laptop won't keep you waiting. The i3 processor is more than enough for daily tasks, and while 4GB of Ram won't turn heads, it can be expanded.

Which? score 74%
Reviewed Jul 2017
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
5 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
2 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
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A great choice for those looking for a laptop that can carry out every day tasks with ease, as well as packing in respectable battery stamina. A solid state drive means that accessing files is pleasingly fast.

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
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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 71%
Reviewed Sep 2017
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Performance:
4 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
4 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
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This laptop is a bargain, offering a full Windows 10 experience at a knock down price. There are a few caveats to consider, admittedly the battery life isn't as good as we'd like, but it's lightweight, fast to boot, and a great budget choice.

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.

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