In this day and age, people live by accessibility and convenience to accomplish a lot, whether at work, in school, in business, on social networking activities, etc. Everyone seems to be on the go, especially those who live in the metropolitan areas. Due to this demand in urban living, technological advancements continuously improve to make people’s lives easier.
The laptop, a portable computer, is one of the many electronic devices that offers this ability to improve your life and work. However, the demand doesn’t end there. While it’s true that the more portable a device is, the more convenient it is for us, we need to consider the other side of the coin, which is, it is also true that the more portable a device is, the more expensive its retail price becomes. And so, the dilemma for most people is, are there laptops that have satisfying features but at a reasonable price.
You’d probably be surprised to know that there are laptops on sale at under 500 dollars. Yes, there are! But, before we go into full details, remember that they come at a cheaper price because they are not intended for multifunctional mainstream use and rich media applications; thus lacking in a number of advanced computer programs and applications. But, who needs an optimal disc drive, or a high-powered media player, or NVIDIA and ATI graphics card if you just need a good network connection and office applications so that you can be connected to your emails and paperwork even when hundred miles away from the office? These kinds of laptops are ideal for travelers, writers, journalists, and students.
They may not be the fastest and prettiest laptop products, but they provide all you need in a Windows-compatible software computer. Forget about Apple, they are priced too high. Just stick to what you need and can provide for financially.
Below is a list of the best laptops under 500 dollars. I have compiled these models and brands from pcmag.com, Yahoo!® Shopping, and hp.com.
HP Pavilion dm1z series
HP Pavilion g6x series
HP 2000t series
Dell Vostro V13
Asus Eee PC Seashell 1201N-PU17
Sony Vaio W Series
Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ661
Toshiba Satellite L645-S4102
Compaq Presario CQ62Z
MSI X Slim X340-021US
Based from my own research, HP and Asus seem to have more choices for laptops under $500. Reading several users’ reviews on each laptop will definitely help you to decide which one to purchase but this list should give you a great start.