Finding a great laptop for less than $500 isn’t as easy as it once was, thanks to parts-supply shortages and high demand for cheap Windows and Chrome OS laptops (better known as Chromebooks) spurred on by the pandemic. However, it is holiday shopping season and if you weren’t able to snag a Black Friday or Cyber Monday laptop deal, you can still find models under that threshold.
Below, you’ll find some of our top picks below $500. However, if you’re not entirely sure what to look for in a good budget laptop, jump to our straightforward buying advice below our recommendations. It’s based on our years of testing and review experience to help you understand just what to expect from a laptop priced under $500. It’ll also let you know what to look for if you want to continue your budget laptop hunt on your own.