Best Laptops Under £500

If you’re in need of a brand new laptop for everyday use and you want to get the best value for your money, this is the guide for you. We’ll talk you through some of the factors to consider before buying a laptop, as well as share our top recommendations under £500 – ideal if you’re limited on budget.

What to consider when buying a laptop

When you’re on a tight budget, laptop specifications can seem very similar. So how do you know which one to choose? Here are some factors to help you decide.

Acer Aspire E5-771
Acer Aspire E5-771, shop.bt.com

Work out what’s most important to you

The type of laptop you need really depends on exactly what you intend to use it for. If you’re looking for something to work on during the daily commute then a lightweight, slim design will be advantageous. However, if you want to create video and photo projects, a laptop with plenty of storage and a better graphics card will help you make the most of your creativity. Perhaps you want a good all-rounder for the whole family to share? Then look for a laptop with at least 4GB installed memory, a minimum of 500GB hard drive capacity and fast processor for multi-tasking.

Screen quality

If you’re using your laptop as your main computer, chances are you’ll be looking at the screen for long periods at a time – so why not make life easy and opt for a screen that will be comfortable to view. We recommend opting for Full HD resolution (1920×1080-pixel) and IPS (in-plane-switching) for the optimum viewing experience.

Keyboard

Similarly to the screen, it’s important to choose a keyboard which feels comfortable. Opt for one with full-sized keys that are responsive to the touch for the best experience.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550, shop.bt.com

Battery life

If you’re using your laptop on the move, it’s vital that the battery stays charged for as long as you need it. Take into consideration that many factors can affect the battery life of your laptop, such as screen resolution, screen brightness and the types of tasks you run. Transferring multiple files or streaming videos are process-intensive tasks which can soon drain the battery.

Wi-Fi

Whether you’re using your laptop on a train or moving from room to room in your house, having a Wi-Fi connection will allow you to browse the Internet without having to use an Ethernet cable. Look for a laptop with an 802.11ac wireless adapter for fast file transfer and networking.

So now you know what to look for, here are our top picks under £500:

ASUS X555LA

  • Good for: everyday multitasking and entertainment
  • Display size: 15.6in
  • Processor model: I5-5200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 1TB

HP ProBook 450

HP ProBook 430
HP ProBook 430, shop.bt.com
  • Good for: performance and productivity on the go
  • Display size: 13.3in
  • Processor model: I5-6200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 128GB SSD

Dell Inspiron 5758

  • Good for: cinematic media experience
  • Display size: 17.3in
  • Processor model: I3-4005U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Acer Aspire E5-771

  • Good for: creative projects such as video, photos and music
  • Display size: 17.3in
  • Processor model: I3-4005U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Lenovo B50-80

Lenovo B50-80
Lenovo B50-80, shop.bt.com
  • Good for: stunning visuals and fast data transfer
  • Display size: 15.6in
  • Processor model: I3-4005U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550

  • Good for: webcam users (integrated HD webcam and microphone), fast performance
  • Display size: 15.6in
  • Processor model: I5-5200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Toshiba Satellite Pro A50-C-100

  • Good for: speed and multitasking
  • Display size: 15.6in
  • Processor model: I5-5200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Acer TravelMate P246-M

  • Good for: productivity on the move
  • Display size: 14in
  • Processor model: I3-4005U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Fujitsu Lifebook A544

Fujitsu Lifebook A544
Fujitsu Lifebook A544, shop.bt.com
  • Good for: solid, reliable, good all-rounder
  • Display size: 15.6in
  • Processor model: I3-4000M
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Dell Latitude 3450

  • Good for: lightweight portability
  • Display size: 14in
  • Processor model: I5-5200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Installed memory: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB

Browse BT Shop’s wide range of laptops under £500 to find the best one for your needs.

 

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