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It's that time of year when you might be looking for a new laptop for yourself or a loved one.
And there are plenty of excellent deals to be had right now, including on computers under $500.
The great thing about the laptops on this list (other than their low prices) is that they still have lots of specs and features that make them great computers. There's no bargain-basement laptops here...just powerful, feature-packed laptops that will help you or someone you're shopping for to get daily tasks done.
HP X360 2in1 Chromebook 14-Inch
This 14-inch laptop has a 2.6GHz Intel processor, Bluetooth, a 12-hour battery, and a touchscreen display.
The 360-degree hinge gives you extra versatility while the 4GB of internal memory allows you to multitask and run multiple browser tabs at the same time.
There's 32GB of eMMC flash memory and it comes with Google Chrome OS for ease of use. All this for well under $500.
2020 HP 14-Inch Laptop
This laptop comes fitted with an Intel Celeron N4020 processor with up to 2.8GHz burst speed and 4GB of DDR4-2400 SDRAM.
The 14-inch diagonal display offers an HD picture for a clear, crisp view.
There are many different ports for attaching accessories, including a USB 3.1 Type-C, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an AC smart pin, an HDMI port, a headphone/microphone port, and a multi-format SD media card reader.
This laptop uses Windows 10 Home in S mode for extra security. You also get a Legendary Computer Travel Laptop Backpack and USB charging port.
That's not bad for just $359.99!
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop
The Acer Aspire 5 Slim laptop comes with an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U dual-core processor that operates at up to 3.5GHz. That's paired with 4GB of DDR4 memory and 128GB of SSD storage.
The display on this computer is 15.6 inches and offers a full HD widescreen view. The IPS display is LED backlit for beautiful colors and sharpness. The AMD Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics card helps boost the graphics capabilities of this laptop.
There are ports galore, Wi-Fi, a backlit keyboard, Windows 10 in S mode, and 7.5 hours of battery life as well.
At $364.99, this is a great deal!
Fusion5 14.1" Full HD Windows Laptop PC
This Fusion5 laptop is the first on our list with a quad-core Intel processor. That processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and dual-band 5GHz WiFi.
If you need more storage, you can do so with up to 256GB with a MicroSD card or you can insert an HDD up to 1TB.
This is also a super lightweight laptop at just over two pounds.
You can enjoy a full-HD 14.1-inch screen as well as a 12-month warranty and service center assistance.
This is also one of the cheapest laptops on this list at just $259.99.
HP Chromebook 14-inch HD Laptop
This new HP Chromebook sports a dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 processor with up to 2.6GHz burst speeds.
The 14" screen has SVA anti-glare properties, a WLED-backlit display, and a micro-edge bezel to give you as much screen area as possible.
There's 4GB of SDRAM and 32GB of eMMC. You'll appreciate the sleek design, backlit keyboard, and multi-touch touchpad too!
This laptop is also budget friendly at $278.89.
HP 14" HD WLED Backlit High Performance Business Laptop
Though this is advertised as a business laptop, it's also a good option for kids for getting homework done.
It has a beautiful 14" WLED backlit screen with gorgeous colors, contrast, and sharpness. There's an HDMI port for attaching accessories, Bluetooth, a webcam, Windows 10 S, and an SD card reader as well.
The AMD Athlon Silver 3050U processor has speeds up to 3.2GHz. With 4GB of DDR4 and 128GB of SSD storage, you won't soon run out of storage space!
Priced at $352.00, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
2020 HP 17.3" Laptop Computer
This 2020 HP laptop offers one of the largest screens on our list at a massive 17.3". But that's not the only impressive feature...
It also has an 8th-generation Intel quad-core i5 processor that operates at up to 3.9GHz. The processor is joined by 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, a DVD drive, and Bluetooth.
Add to that USB 3.1, HDMI, and Windows 10 Home, and you have the makings of one of the most feature-rich laptops on this list.
HP Stream 14-Inch Laptop
This slim and trim HP laptop comes equipped with a 14" screen, an Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core processor with speeds up to 2.6GHz, and 4GB of RAM.
You also get 32GB of eMMC, Windows 10 Home in S Mode, and a complimentary subscription to Office 365 for one year.
If you're on the go a lot, this laptop is for you because it has a maximum battery life of more than 14 hours.
Though there are many customizable options in this Asus lineup, this particular Vivobook comes with a 15.6" FHD display, a backlit keyboard, fingerprint access, and Windows 10 in S mode.
The 10th-generation Intel i3 processor can operate at speeds up to 3.4GHz. You get 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD drive, and loads of USB ports to attach accessories.
This is also one of the slimmest laptops on this list despite having one of the larger screens.
Get yours today for $461.99!
HP Stream 14-Inch Laptop
If the rose colored HP Stream discussed earlier doesn't suit your fancy, perhaps this jet black version will.
Like the other one, this laptop features an Intel Celeron N4000 processor at up to 2.6GHZ. You get 4GB RAM, too, but in this model, the eMMC is upped from 32GB to 64GB.
The same Windows 10 Home in S Mode appears on this laptop, and you get a free personal subscription to Office 365 as well.
This laptop is priced under $290, so it's one of the least expensive on this list.