Highest Rated Laptops Under $500 (2013-2014)

The speed at which the tech world moves is great news for the price sensitive consumer. The quicker new laptop models are being rolled out and the more competitive the market gets, the lower the prices will be. Here is a short list of the best laptops that you can buy for under $500 at the time of writing.

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5245 15.6-Inch Laptop

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If based purely on customer reviews, this laptop model is arguably the best desktop replacement laptop that you can buy for under $500. The Toshiba Satellite C55-A5245 comes with a 2.3Ghz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk for storage. It measures 9.53 x 14.96 x 1.39 in dimensions and weighs 5.4 pounds. The 15.6-inch HD screen has a 1366 x 768 resolution and other features include DTS sound stereo speakers, a DVD optical drive and a 4-hour battery life. The device runs on the 64 bit Windows 7 OS. Basically, the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5245 is a excellent mainstream desktop replacement laptop model that will prove to be more than capable of handling moderate-heavy computing tasks. Currently, you can buy one of these for less than $450.

Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6144BLK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

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Dell is well known for producing affordable and budget friendly laptops so it will come as no surprise for many to see a Dell laptop model on this list. This model comes with a 1.9Ghz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a 1366 x 768 pixel 15.6-inch touchscreen HD display and runs on Windows 8. It is currently priced at around $480, which is a very good price for a Windows 8, touchscreen laptop. It is also relatively compact for a mainstream 15.6-inch laptop, measuring 10.20 x 14.80 x 1 inches and weighing just 5 pounds. If you are looking for a desktop replacement laptop with an excellent specs-price ratio, the Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6144BLK might be your perfect laptop.

Gateway NE72206u 17.3-Inch Laptop

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For those who prefer a little more space on the laptops and a little extra computing power, this 17.3-inch laptop is definitely worth your consideration. The 17.3-inch HD screen has a 1600 x 900 resolution and under the hood, the device comes with a set of powerful specs including a quad-core 2Ghz AMD A6 processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and 500GB for storage. Specs like these are powerful enough to handle a variety of heavy computing tasks. It is even powerful enough to handling resource-hungry, 3D gaming. The device runs on Windows 8. Currently, the Gateway NE72206u is priced at just under $500. So far, this laptop model has been receiving near perfect ratings from customers.

Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 15.6-Inch Laptop

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Acer is another famous brand for making budget-friendly laptops. Measuring at just 1-inch in thickness, the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 comes with a powerful Intel Core i5-4200U processor (yes, you heard right), a 500GB hard drive 4GB of DDR3 RAM and the Windows 8 OS. It is currently price at around $480 each. It sports a minimalist, clean design with little aesthetic frills. Overall, it is a very well priced and good-looking laptop. Thanks to the powerful Intel Core i5 processor, it is the perfect laptop for those who are looking for that extra computing power within the $500 range.

Lenovo G505 15.6-Inch Laptop

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The Lenovo G505 is another Windows 8 laptop that comes with a 2GHZ quad-core AMD A6 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 500GB for storage. The rest of the features are run-of-mill, such as the 1366 x 768 resolution HD screen, DVD optical drive and Dolby Advanced Audio features. You can be the proud owner of this laptop for less than $420. Compared to the other laptops on this list, the biggest selling point would have to be the Lenovo brand name itself. Lenovo is one of the most reputable laptop brands in the world. Some tech publications even go as far as saying that they make the best laptops in the market, second probably on to Apple. Lenovo are also famous for making keyboards that are very comfortable to type on.

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