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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

  • If you want a Chromebook, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the one we recommend. It has a great screen, looks good and delivers in every way that matters.


  • The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 puts a bright, highly accurate display and stellar battery life in a sharp, silver form that makes it the Chromebook to beat.


  • The pricey Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is a very thin, elegant-looking detachable-hybrid tablet that makes some major concessions in the name of portability.


  • The $699 Transformer Book T300 Chi is the better version of Asus' two tablet-laptop hybrids, but its battery life is still a little underwhelming.


  • This good-looking fanless hybrid works as a slim Windows tablet or an ultra-portable laptop, but still suffers from the same awkward marriage of base and screen as many hybrids.


  • Asus' TP200SA packs a ton of value into its 2-in-1 with a colorful, rotating display and almost 11 hours of battery life, all for just $349.


  • The Asus Flip TP200SA is a wonderful budget notebook with an unforgivably slow processor.


  • The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e is a tough midrange convertible-hybrid laptop built to withstand the rigors of the school day.


  • The education-aimed Yoga 11e Chromebook bends into several useful hybrid shapes, but it's also too thick and rugged for commuters who want lightweight hardware for their lightweight operating system.


  • The Yoga 11e feels like a love letter to touch typists, but it falls too far short in other areas.


  • Acer's Chromebook 15 is the largest Chromebook yet, but this 15-inch, Web-connected laptop doesn't offer much else to distinguish it from the pack.


  • Supersizing the Chrome OS experience, the Chromebook 15 offers a large 15-inch screen, a zippy fifth-generation Intel CPU and long battery life.


  • If your one gripe about Chromebooks is the small screen sizes, the Acer Chromebook 15 is the solution and it's a very nice solution at that.