Finding a budget laptop under $500 is quite an easy this year.

When looking for a budget / under $500 laptop think of traditional or touchscreen models. In 2018 HP, Acer, Lenovo, Dell and Chromebooks (Samsung, Asus) are the best selling models. 

If you still can't decide which model to take and your budget is up to $500 -  consider screen size, RAM, HDD or SDD and of course processor power / manufacturer.

In this article you will find top 20 best selling laptop / notebook models under $500.

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2018 Newest HP Premium 15.6" Laptop, AMD A6-9220 Dual-Core Processor 2.50GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Radeon R4 Graphics, DVD-RW, HDMI, Bluetooth, HDMI, Webcam, Windows 10 (Newest Model)

2018 Newest HP Premium 15.6" Laptop, AMD A6-9220 Dual-Core Processor 2.50GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Radeon R4 Graphics, DVD-RW, HDMI, Bluetooth, HDMI, Webcam, Windows 10 (Newest Model)

  • AMD Dual-Core A6-9220 Processor 2.50GHz, up to 2.90 GHz. Integrated AMD Radeon R4 Graphics
  • 4 GB DDR4L SDRAM Memory, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, DVD-RW Burner
  • 15.6" diagonal HD (1366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit display; Webcam, DTS Studio Sound
  • 1 HDMI, 2 USB 3.1, 1 USB 2.0, 1 Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 RJ-45, 1 multi-format SD media card reader
  • Windows 10 Home, 3-cell Lithium-ion up to 6.25 h battery life, weighs 4.52 lbs. and measures 0.9" thin, Color: Jet Black

List price: $295.85 Buy this laptop on Amazon

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch FHD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Generation , 4GB DDR4, 1TB 5400RPM HD, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home), Obsidian Black

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch FHD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Generation , 4GB DDR4, 1TB 5400RPM HD, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home), Obsidian Black

The new Aspire E Series laptops provide a comprehensive range of choices for every-day users, with many appealing features and an attractive design aesthetic that exceed expectations. Incredible performance, fast 802.11ac wireless with new MU-MIMO technology and great battery life make the Aspire E series shine in any situation.

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • 15.6" Full HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit Display supporting Acer ColorBlast technology
  • 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Up to 12-hours Battery Life

List price: $359.99 Buy this laptop on Amazon

HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax020nr (Intel Celeron N3060, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC) with Office 365 Personal for one year

HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax020nr (Intel Celeron N3060, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC) with Office 365 Personal for one year

  • Intel Celeron N3060, 1.6GHz, dual-core Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory
  • More productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done.
  • 32 GB eMMC, no optical Drive
  • 14.0-Inch diagonal HD sva bright view wled-backlit (1366x768)

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Newest Lenovo IdeaPad 320 15.6-inch HD Anti-Glare(1366x768) Display Laptop PC, Intel Celeron N3350 Processor 1.1GHz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, HDMI, Bluetooth, WiFi, Webcam, DVD-RW, Windows 10- Black

Newest Lenovo IdeaPad 320 15.6-inch HD Anti-Glare(1366x768) Display Laptop PC, Intel Celeron N3350 Processor 1.1GHz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, HDMI, Bluetooth, WiFi, Webcam, DVD-RW, Windows 10- Black

  • 15.6" LED Backlit HD Anti-Glare Display (1366x768) Display, Intel HD Graphics 500, DVD-RW
  • Intel Dual Core Celeron N3350 1.10GHz Processor (Turbo boost up to 2.40GHz, 2M Cache)
  • 4GB DDR4 SDRAM, 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, HD webcam, 4-in-1 Media card reader
  • 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth, HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x headphone/microphone jack, Up to 4 hours and 30 minutes battery life
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home, Dimensions: 14.88" x 10.24" x 0.90", Weight: 4.84 lbs, Color: Black

List price: $298.00 Buy this laptop on Amazon

2018 Newest Premium Dell Inspiron 15.6" HD LED-backlit Display Laptop PC Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor 4GB RAM 500GB HDD WiFi HDMI DVD-RW Webcam Bluetooth MaxxAudio Windows 10-Black

2018 Newest Premium Dell Inspiron 15.6" HD LED-backlit Display Laptop PC Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor 4GB RAM 500GB HDD WiFi HDMI DVD-RW Webcam Bluetooth MaxxAudio Windows 10-Black

  • Powered by Intel® Celeron Processor. 15.6" LED backlit screen with Truelife HD. Lets you enjoy your favorite movies, shows and games in stunning 1366 x 768 resolution.
  • 4GB of memory is available to run games, programs and more. 500GB hard drive has plenty of storage space for your documents and programs.
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics for outstanding gaming and streaming video.HDMI™ port lets you view videos, photos and games right on your HDTV or larger screen
  • Features 1 USB 3.0 port for lightning-fast data transfers. USB 3.0 is up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, yet fully compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 technology. Permits short-range wireless data transfers at up to 30' with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, including speakers, printers and phones.

List price: $279.95 Buy this laptop on Amazon

HP 14 Inch Stream Laptop, Intel Celeron N3060 Processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 1-year Office 365 Personal included, HDMI

HP 14 Inch Stream Laptop, Intel Celeron N3060 Processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 1-year Office 365 Personal included, HDMI

  • Intel Celeron N3060, 1.6GHz, dual-core Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory. Processor technology : Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • More productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done.
  • 32 GB eMMC, no optical Drive
  • 14.0-Inch diagonal HD sva bright view wled-backlit (1366x768)

List price: $197.49 Buy this laptop on Amazon

2018 Newest Lenovo 320 Premium Business Flagship Laptop PC 15.6" LED-backlit Display Intel Celeron N3350 Procoessor 8GB DDR4 RAM 1TB HDD DVD-RW Bluetooth Webcam 802.11AC HDMI Windows 10-Blue

2018 Newest Lenovo 320 Premium Business Flagship Laptop PC 15.6" LED-backlit Display Intel Celeron N3350 Procoessor 8GB DDR4 RAM 1TB HDD DVD-RW Bluetooth Webcam 802.11AC HDMI Windows 10-Blue

  • Powerful Intel Celeron N3350 1.1 Ghz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.4 GHz, Intel HD Graphics
  • 8GB system memory for basic multitasking Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once. 1TB HDD for incredible speed and for serviceable file storage space Holds your growing collection of digital photos, music and videos. 5
  • 15.6" incredible 1366 x 768 HD resolution, glide and make the most of Windows 10. IPS technology. WLED backlight.
  • 1 USB 3.0 port maximizes the latest high-speed devices Also includes 1 USB 2.0 port to connect more accessories and peripherals. USB 3.0 port is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds). HDMI output expands your viewing options Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture. Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer Supports SD, MultiMediaCard, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
  • Weighs 4.85 lbs. and measures 0.9" thin Balances portability and screen size, so you get a respectable amount of viewing space without the laptop being too cumbersome for practical portability. 3-cell lithium-ion battery. Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

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HP 15.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Quad Core Pentium N3710 1.6GHz, 4GB DDR3L-1600 Memory, 500 GB HDD, DVD Burner, HDMI, HD Webcam, Win 10)

HP 15.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Quad Core Pentium N3710 1.6GHz, 4GB DDR3L-1600 Memory, 500 GB HDD, DVD Burner, HDMI, HD Webcam, Win 10)

  • 15.6" HD LEDTouchscreen Display (1366 x 768), 10-finger multi-touch support
  • Intel Pentium Processor N3710 (1.6GHz, up to 2.56GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3L-1600 Memory; 500GB HDD Hard Drive
  • SuperMulti DVD burner, HDMI, HD Webcam, DTS Studio Sound, Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 802.11b/g/n, Multi-format SD Slot, Win 10 Home 64-bits

List price: $349.99 Buy this laptop on Amazon

Lenovo Ideapad 15.6" HD Premium High Performance Laptop (2017 Newest), AMD A12-9720P Quad core processor 2.7GHz, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, DVD, Webcam, WiFi,Bluetooth, Windows 10, Platinum gray

Lenovo Ideapad 15.6" HD Premium High Performance Laptop (2017 Newest), AMD A12-9720P Quad core processor 2.7GHz, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, DVD, Webcam, WiFi,Bluetooth, Windows 10, Platinum gray

  • 15.6" HD display with 1366 x 768 resolution; Integrated AMD Radeon graphics
  • Powered by a 2.70GHz AMD A12-9720P Quad core processor
  • 8GB DDR4 memory; 1TB 5,400rpm HDD hard drive provides plenty of storage; DVD recordable optical drive
  • 802.11 ac Wi-Fi technology provides Internet speeds up to 3x faster than other laptops; Bluetooth 4.1; 10/100/100M gigabit Ethernet; 1 USB Type-C port and 2 USB 3.0 ports; 4-in-1 memory card reader; 2-cell lithium ion battery
  • Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.

List price: $347.88 Buy this laptop on Amazon

2018 Newest Dell Premium Business Flagship Laptop PC 15.6" HD LED-backlit Display Intel i3-7100U Processor 8GB DDR4 RAM 1TB HDD HDMI DVD-RW Bluetooth Webcam MaxxAudio Windows 10-Black

2018 Newest Dell Premium Business Flagship Laptop PC 15.6" HD LED-backlit Display Intel i3-7100U Processor 8GB DDR4 RAM 1TB HDD HDMI DVD-RW Bluetooth Webcam MaxxAudio Windows 10-Black

  • Powered by 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-7100U mobile processor Smart dual-core processing performance for HD-quality computing.. 15.6" LED backlit Display with Truelife HD. Lets you enjoy your favorite movies, shows and games in stunning 1366 x 768 resolution.
  • 8GB of DDR4 memory is available to run games, programs and more. 1TB Hard Drive for fast start-up while still has plenty of storage space for your documents and programs.
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 for outstanding gaming and streaming video.HDMI™ port lets you view videos, photos and games right on your HDTV or larger screen
  • DVD-RW Features 1 USB 3.0 port for lightning-fast data transfers. USB 3.0 is up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, yet fully compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 technology. Permits short-range wireless data transfers at up to 30' with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, including speakers, printers and phones.

List price: $799.00 Buy this laptop on Amazon

Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6", 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Chromebook (XE500C13-K04US)

Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6", 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Chromebook (XE500C13-K04US)

  • 11.6 inch ( 1366 x 768), 16:9
  • Intel Celeron Processor N3060, 1.6 GHz to 2.48 GHz
  • 4 GB Memory
  • Google Chrome system

List price: $219.99 Buy this laptop on Amazon

2018 Newest Premium HP 15.6” Touchscreen HD Laptop, Intel Dual Core i3-7100U Processor 2.40GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, HDMI, Bluetooth, Webcam, HD Graphics 620, DVD-RW, 8-Hours Battery, Win 10

2018 Newest Premium HP 15.6” Touchscreen HD Laptop, Intel Dual Core i3-7100U Processor 2.40GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, HDMI, Bluetooth, Webcam, HD Graphics 620, DVD-RW, 8-Hours Battery, Win 10

  • 15.6 inch HD SVA WLED-Backlit Touchscreen (1366 x 768), 10-Finger Multi-touch Support, HD Graphics 620,
  • Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40 GHz Processor with 3M Cache,
  • 8GB DDR4 SDRAM, 1TB 5400 RPM SATA HDD,
  • DVD-RW, Webcam, Bluetooth, Multi-format Digital Media Card Reader, HD Audio with stereo speakers
  • 802.11ac, 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45, 8-Hours Battery, Windows 10 64-bits Home

List price: $459.00 Buy this laptop on Amazon

2018 HP Business 15.6-inch HD Touchscreen Laptop PC, Quad-Core AMD A12 Processor up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM, 1TB HDD, Webcam, HDMI, DVD±RW, AMD Radeon R7 graphics, DTS Studio Sound, Windows 10

2018 HP Business 15.6-inch HD Touchscreen Laptop PC, Quad-Core AMD A12 Processor up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM, 1TB HDD, Webcam, HDMI, DVD±RW, AMD Radeon R7 graphics, DTS Studio Sound, Windows 10

  • AMD Quad-Core A12-9720P Processor 2.7 GHz (Boost up to 3.6 GHz, 2MB cache), AMD Radeon R7 graphics
  • 15.6 inch diagonal HD SVA WLED-backlit touchscreen (1366x768) Display, DTS Studio Sound with dual speakers, SuperMulti DVD/CD burner
  • 8GB 1866MHz DDR4 SDRAM memory, 1TB SATA Hard Drive, Full-size island-style keyboard with integrated numeric keypad, Built-in Media Card Reader
  • 802.11 b/g/n, 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45, 1 headphone/microphone combo, Webcam
  • Windows 10 64-Bit Home Edition, Wireless Mouse & Backpack included, Weighs 4.52 lbs

List price: $519.00 Buy this laptop on Amazon

HP Flagship 15.6" HD Touchscreen Signature Laptop Computer, Intel Core i3-7100u 2.40 GHz, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, HDMI, HD Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Home

HP Flagship 15.6" HD Touchscreen Signature Laptop Computer, Intel Core i3-7100u 2.40 GHz, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, HDMI, HD Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Home

  • 15.6" HD WLED-backlit Touchscreen Display (1366 x 768), 10-finger multi-touch support
  • 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40 GHz
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory; 1 TB HDD Hard Driver
  • SuperMulti DVD burner, HDMI, HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, DTS Studio Sound, Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 802.11b/g/n, Multi-format SD Slot, Win 10 Home 64-bits

List price: $418.98 Buy this laptop on Amazon

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue, Silver)

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue, Silver)

Introducing the all-new ASUS Chromebook C202, a Chromebook featuring a 180-degree hinge, spill-resistant keyboards, and reinforced rubber wrapped frames that meet the daily rigors and intense usage by students both inside and outside of the classroom. From note taking in class to sharing videos, the ASUS Chromebook C202 lets you communicate, share and play seamlessly.

  • Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)
  • Designed for rugged use with reinforced rubber guards, easy grip handles, and a spill resistant keyboard
  • Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM; 16GB Flash Storage; No CD or DVD drive
  • 11.6 inches HD 1366x768 Anti-Glare Display, up to 10 hours of battery life

List price: $229.00 Buy this laptop on Amazon

HP 15.6" Laptop Computer with AMD A6-Series Processor, 4GB Ram, AMD Radeon R4 Graphics, 500GB Hard Drive, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB 3.1, DVD-RW Reader, Windows 10 Home 64bit (No Touch)

HP 15.6" Laptop Computer with AMD A6-Series Processor, 4GB Ram, AMD Radeon R4 Graphics, 500GB Hard Drive, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB 3.1, DVD-RW Reader, Windows 10 Home 64bit (No Touch)

  • Dual Core AMD A6-9220 processor (2.50GHz, up to 2.90 GHz), 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • 15.6" no Touch HD (1366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit display, Full-size island-style keyboard with integrated numeric keypad
  • Integrated AMD Radeon R4 Graphics Chipset with Shared Video Memory, w
  • Weighs 4.52 lbs. and measures 0.9" thin, Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs, and 2 SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 ports
  • Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer (Supports SD memory card formats)

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HP Notebook 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Premium Laptop PC (2017 Version), 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, SuperMulti DVD Burner, Bluetooth, Windows 10

HP Notebook 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Premium Laptop PC (2017 Version), 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, SuperMulti DVD Burner, Bluetooth, Windows 10

  • 15.6 in HD WLED-backlit touchscreen display (1366 x 768)
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40 GHz dual core Processor (3M Cache), Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133 MHz Memory, 1TB 5400 RPM Hard Drive, SuperMulti DVD burner
  • 802.11b/g/n (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth 4.0, Multiformat SD, DTS Studio Sound with dual speakers, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo, LAN (10/100), HP TrueVision HD webcam
  • Windows 10 home 64 bit, 3-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (31 Wh), 15.12 x 10.0 x 0.95, 4.60 lbs, Black.

List price: $431.00 Buy this laptop on Amazon

2017 HP 17.3" Business Flagship Laptop PC HD+ WLED-backlit Display Intel i3-7100U Processor 8GB DDR4 RAM 1TB HDD Intel 520 Graphics DVD-RW 802.11AC Wifi Webcam HDMI Windows 10-Silver

2017 HP 17.3" Business Flagship Laptop PC HD+ WLED-backlit Display Intel i3-7100U Processor 8GB DDR4 RAM 1TB HDD Intel 520 Graphics DVD-RW 802.11AC Wifi Webcam HDMI Windows 10-Silver

  • 17.3" display BrightView glossy screen maintains the vivid colors in your photos and videos. SVA BrightView WLED-backlit Display 1600x900 resolution for high-quality images and fine detail.
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor, 2.0 GHz to 2.9 GHz with Intel HD Graphics 520. Powerful performance easily keeps up with all your multitasking demands and enables new ways to interact with your PC.
  • 8GB DDR4 SDRAM Memory, 1TB 5400RPM Serial ATA hard drive. With its higher bandwidth, everything from multi-tasking to playing games gets a performance boost.
  • Wifi, Bluetooth4.2, HDMI, USB 3.1, Webcam, media reader, Headphone/microphone combo jack. Re-writable DVD driver, Full size keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • Windows 10 Home, 3-cell battery 31 Wh Li-ion, up to 9 hours battery life, Weighs 5.29 lbs , Gray/Silver

List price: $522.80 Buy this laptop on Amazon

Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6" HD Flagship High Performance Laptop PC | A6-7310 Quad-Core | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | DVD+/-RW | HDMI | Windows 10

Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6" HD Flagship High Performance Laptop PC | A6-7310 Quad-Core | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | DVD+/-RW | HDMI | Windows 10

  • AMD A6-7310 accelerated processor 2.0 GHz ; AMD Radeon R4
  • RAM 4GB Memory ; Hard Drive 500GB HDD ; DVD-RW
  • 15.6" 1366 x 768 HD display & Energy-efficient LED backlight
  • 1 x HDMI, 10/100 Ethernet, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Combo Headphone/Mic Jack
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit; 3-cell lithium ion Battery; Dimensions: (W x D x H)14.90" x 10.40" x 0.90"; Weight: 4.85 lbs ; 0.9" Thin

List price: $269.98 Buy this laptop on Amazon

HP Laptop 15-bs091ms, 15.6-inch HD touchscreen, Intel Core i3-7100U, 8GB memory/1TB HDD, DVD-Writer, Windows 10, GA webcam with integrated digital microphone

HP Laptop 15-bs091ms, 15.6-inch HD touchscreen, Intel Core i3-7100U, 8GB memory/1TB HDD, DVD-Writer, Windows 10, GA webcam with integrated digital microphone

  • 15.6-inch HD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i3-7100U
  • 8GB memory/1TB HDD
  • DVD-Writer

List price: $445.00 Buy this laptop on Amazon