Top 5 Best Rated Laptops Under 500 Dollars (2014)

by PaulGoodman67

Here are my selections for the best rated laptops available at present.

Laptop computers have become an essential part of most people's lives in the modern age. Many of us, including myself, struggle to imagine the days before we had portable computing and all its advantages.

There are many factors which decide which laptop is the right one for your own needs, the technical suitability and relative value for money of individual models are two of the most important issues, but there are many other factors that need to fit before we are happy to spend our hard earned cash on a purchase.

I have put together this top 5 list of the best rated laptops under 500 dollars that are available in 2014 with value for money in mind - the more you get for your buck, the better, as far as I am concerned.

Specifications to Consider

The essential technical factors that should be taken into account when assessing a laptop for purchase are listed below:  

* The size of its display screen is the first thing to consider.  This will effect how easy the laptop computer is to use for different tasks: for example, a small screen is fine for checking and sending emails, but watching videos or gaming is a much better experience on a larger screen.  Screen size is measured from corner to corner.   A typical laptop screen might be 15 inches, whereas netbook screens are commonly 11 inches.

* Secondly, the speed of the laptop computer's processor will effect how quickly the machine can deal with information.  Things like the laptop's RAM (memory) can often easily be increased, but it is more difficult to upgrade a processor.

* Thirdly, the size of the laptop computer's hard drive will effect how much that the laptop computer can store on it, software as well as files such as photographs, word documents, music and video.  You can always supplement storage space with an external hard drive, however.

* Woman working on laptopFourthly, the quality of the laptop computer graphics card can be important, especially if you play a lot of computer games, or regularly undertake other tasks that involve a lot of complex visuals and video.

* The amount of RAM (memory) will play a big factor in how smoothly your laptop computer runs and how many tasks it can perform simultaneously.

* The operating system is also something to consider.  Most computers that aren't made by Apple use a version of Windows as their operating system.  Bear in mind, however, that modern versions of Windows generally require more RAM than older ones in order to run smoothly.

* The final thing that I will mention is battery life.  Some laptop computers have much more of it than others and if you are planning to do a lot of traveling with your laptop, then I would put battery life pretty high on your priority list.

I hope that you enjoy my list of the top 10 best rated laptops under 500 dollars (2013).

# 1

An excellent blend of style and functionality, the Samsung Series 3 NP300E5C-A08US is an excellent multi-tasking laptop with a 15.6-Inch high-definition screen.  Using Windows 8 for its operating system, there is a generous 500 GB hard drive, and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM to ensure that it runs smoothly.

Samsung Series 3 NP300E5C-A08US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Blue Silver)

From students to social networking enthusiasts, home office to the kitchen table, the Samsung Series 3 laptop was designed to keep you connected, entertained, and looking stylis...

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# 2

The first thing that people notice about the Acer Aspire V3-551-8469 is how slender it is, at just one inch thin, it is an easy laptop to carry around.  The 15.6 inch screen, effective Quad-Core processor, and great graphics make it a great multi-tasker too.  The 5 hour battery life isn't bad either, for a laptop of this size.

Acer Aspire V3-551-8469 15.6-Inch Laptop (Midnight Black)

Acer V3-551-8469 comes with these high level specs: AMD Quad-Core A8-4500M Accelerated Processor, Windows 8, 15.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, AMD A70M Fusion...

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# 3

The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 is radically different from your typical laptop, using the Google Chrome operating system instead of Windows.  This has proved to be very popular with many users, as there are many advantages.  The Chromebook will wake from sleep almost instantaneously, for instance.  It is also extremely light and compact.  This laptop is available in a wifi or a 3g version.

Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook (Wi-Fi)

Samsung Chromebook XE550C22 12.1" LED Notebook - Intel Celeron 867 1.30 GHz XE550C22-A01US Laptops & Notebooks

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# 4

With Windows 7 Home premium operating system, a 500GB Hard Drive, an AMD Radeon HD 6480G processer and 4GB of DIMM RAM, the Dell Inspiron i15RM-1765BK 15-Inch Laptop is perhaps not ideal for gamers, but will more than suffice for everyone else and offers exceptional value for money.

Dell Inspiron i15RM-1765BK 15-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black)

Introducing the new Inspiron 15R laptop. With a 15.6-inch display, 2nd Gen Intel Core processors and optional switchable lid designs, you get the look you want and the performan...

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# 5

With 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a Intel Core i3-2328M 2.2GHz processor, the ASUS X55C Series Laptop Computer is a powerful and fast computer for this price range.  Using Windows 8 Home Premium and with a built-in microphone, speakers, and webcam, this laptop is a fantastic performer and multi-tasker.

ASUS X55C Series Laptop Computer, Intel Core i3-2328m, 6GB Memory, 320GB HHD, WiFi, Webcam, Windo...

Operating System: Windows 8 Home Premium (64bit) Processor and Memory Processor Type: Intel/Huron River/I3-2328M Processor Speed: 2.2GHz Memory (RAM): 6GB DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM Ma...

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Updated: 01/15/2014, PaulGoodman67
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