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$500 is a reasonable price in 2016 for notebooks with high configurations and the best notebooks under $500 are integrated with powerful second generation Core i3 processors, 4 GB RAM and 500 GB HDD. Some of Lenovo's ultraportable models and Dell netbooks dedicated to internet surfing and poker are most popular laptops in this bracket. Some of the best laptops under $500 price range are also the best thin and light laptops with Intel/AMD processors of speed at least 2 GHz.

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571-C09S)
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571-C09S)
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Release Date
Sep 2015
May 2015
Sep 2015
Jul 2015
Feb 2015
Hard Drive
16GB SSD
128 GB, SSD
64GB , eMMC
500 GB, HDD
32 GB, SSD
Operating System
Google Chrome
Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Google Chrome OS
Processor
1.70 GHz Intel Celeron 3215U
1.2 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y71
1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N3050
1.83 GHz, Intel Celeron N2930
1.6 GHz, Intel Celeron 3205U
Average Rating
 4.5 stars
 3.4 stars
 3.5 stars
 3.5 stars
 3.7 stars
Display
100% Positive
81% Positive
19% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
87% Positive
13% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
Speaker
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
Battery
100% Positive
8% Positive
92% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
Keypad
100% Positive
41% Positive
59% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive