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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

It has a great screen, looks good and delivers in every way that matters.

The biggest weakness of the quad-HD T300 Chi was its poor battery life.

In many areas the notebook is an excellent budget system.

Not a good value

Although the Chromebook 15's 1080p screen is plenty large, it doesn't offer a great picture.