10 Best Ultrabooks Under $500 – 2018

TOP PICK
Acer SP513-51-34UA;NX.GK4AA.017 13.3" Intel Core i3-6006U 2.0 Ghz 128 Gb Ssd Win 10 H 1920 X 1080 Notebook
HP Pavilion x360 15-inch Convertible Laptop with Stylus Pen, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Windows 10 (15-br055nr, Silver)
ASUS VivoBook 15 X510UQ Thin and Lightweight FHD Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-7500U Processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, USB Type-C, NanoEdge WideView Display, Windows 10
ASUS X555DA-AS11 15 inch Full-HD AMD Quad Core Laptop with Windows 10, Black & Silver
Dell Inspiron 13.3? Full HD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Flagship Laptop, Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, Win 10- Gray
BLW's Score
90
89
85
83
80
MSRP
$480.87
$629.97
from $899.00
$299.00
$874.80
Processor
Intel Core i3-6006U 2.0 GHz
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz
Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7 GHz
AMD A10-8700P 1.8 GHz
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.50 GHz
RAM
4GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
1TB HDD
1TB HDD
256GB SSD
1TB HDD
Display
13.3" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
15.6" HD (1366x768)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 520
Intel HD Graphics 620
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
AMD Radeon R6
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10
Weight
3.53 pounds
4 pounds
3.7 pounds
2.3 pounds
3.4 pounds
Battery Life
7 hours
10.5 hours
8 hours
8 hours
5 hours
TOP PICK
Acer SP513-51-34UA;NX.GK4AA.017 13.3" Intel Core i3-6006U 2.0 Ghz 128 Gb Ssd Win 10 H 1920 X 1080 Notebook
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$480.87
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i3-6006U 2.0 GHz
RAM
4GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Display
13.3" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 520
OS
Windows 10 Home
Weight
3.53 pounds
Battery Life
7 hours
HP Pavilion x360 15-inch Convertible Laptop with Stylus Pen, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Windows 10 (15-br055nr, Silver)
Model
BLW's Score
89
MSRP
$629.97
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
1TB HDD
Display
15.6" HD (1366x768)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4 pounds
Battery Life
10.5 hours
ASUS VivoBook 15 X510UQ Thin and Lightweight FHD Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-7500U Processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, USB Type-C, NanoEdge WideView Display, Windows 10
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
from $899.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.7 pounds
Battery Life
8 hours
ASUS X555DA-AS11 15 inch Full-HD AMD Quad Core Laptop with Windows 10, Black & Silver
BLW's Score
83
MSRP
$299.00
More Information
Processor
AMD A10-8700P 1.8 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
AMD Radeon R6
OS
Windows 10 Home
Weight
2.3 pounds
Battery Life
8 hours
Dell Inspiron 13.3? Full HD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Flagship Laptop, Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, Win 10- Gray
BLW's Score
80
MSRP
$874.80
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.50 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
1TB HDD
Display
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.4 pounds
Battery Life
5 hours

Our comparison table only shows our top 5 picks. You can find the other recommendations within this article.

There was a time not long back when buying a below $500 laptop could actually dampen your image as they were perceived to be cheaply made with barely there functionalities.

Coming back to the present scenario, you don’t need to sell off your kidney for bagging the best gadgets and can get strong battery life, high end processor, brilliant touchscreen and a lot more by shelling out just $500. In our todays article we shall discuss in brief about top ten budget ultrabooks which can set the game rolling in your favour. 

These sleek new ultrabooks featuring a sturdy build are portable enough for you to carry around and are powered by high-end batteries which can run the system for minimum five hours without facing the need for further recharge.

The Ultrabooks listed below offer complete value for every penny spent with at least 4GB of RAM, Intel’s latest 7th generation Core processors and 500GB hard drive.

This fresh batch of CPU bring along a blast of power efficiency with blazing fast speed which can help you tackle everything from video editing to gaming like a boss.

ultrabook on the table

While taking your pick, you need to be aware of the following requirements:

  • Full HD screen having resolution of 1920x1080 as it enhances the sharpness of images and helps in fitting more content under a single page.
  • Good build quality as you might end up travelling a lot with the Ultrabook as your solitary company. This means that it shall be prone to getting manhandled whenever you throw it inside the backpack in a hurry. Real aluminium body having soft-touch finish is the ideal pick however premium plastic bodies can also serve your purpose equally well.
  • Solid State Drives having faster boot time and lower application launch lag.

Our Top Picks for Best Ultrabooks under $500 in 2018

1. Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-34ua

Acer Spin 5

Specs:

  • Intel Core i3-7100U Processor
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM

The chubby little Spin 5 having a plastic build comes off as a compact and good looking model which is sure to deliver you a complete value for money. Its aluminium covered lid displays a brushed-metal texture but acts as a fingerprint magnet given its black exterior. 

The Spin 5 features dual hinges which imparts a 360 degree rotational advantage so that you can enjoy screen viewing in a variety of modes. Weighing at 3.5 lbs, it might come off as slightly bulkier than its 13 inch convertible contemporaries but the budget price tag and 4-Cell Battery more than makes up for the same.

Its grippy exterior prevents the Ultrabook from slipping off and makes sure that it stays fit even when you roughly throw it inside the backpack. The screen is not much heavy from the top and can be easily adjustable according to individual needs whereas the rounded corners and blunt edges of the keyboard pave the path for comfortable typing.

The backlit keyboard features dual light intensity levels and the plastic made trackpad works brilliantly to register taps and clicks with utmost precision. Its connectivity frontier stands guarded with an HDMI slot for video output, three USB slots, a card reader and a Kensington Lock slot.

2. HP X360

HP X360

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-7200U Processor
  • 1TB HDD
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM

This summer of 2016 release having precision-cut edges and smooth corners is sure to strike your fancy as one of the most well-performing Ultrabooks within the $500 price bend.

 Hewlett Packard engineers has been quite generous while designing the ports section of the X360 which comes loaded with an SD card reader, 3.5mm headset jack and USB 3.0 connector in the left and a pair of USB 3.1 Type-C connector on its right hemisphere.

Wireless connectivity gets established via Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The robust laptop feels strong enough to undergo rough usage and its hinge does not wobble under pressure. Its backlit island-style keyboard comes as a breather over the same old laptops with its slightly-bluish LED light emission.

The well-spaced keys guarantee comfortable typing experience with enough travel time. Keeping in sync with the typical HP tag, the Spectre x360 brings along an ultra-wide touchpad providing plenty room to perform gestures. Its Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 touchscreen display demarcates between colours with utmost accuracy.

The dual-array microphone of the x360 accentuates clarity by minimising noise and echo while the pre-loaded Bang & Olufsen audio software helps you tweak the customisation chords to the level you deem fit. Its webcam supports facial recognition feature of Windows Hello thus helping in effortless system login without having to type in the password time and again.

3. ASUS VivoBook X510UQ-NH71

ASUS VivoBook 15 X510UQ

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 1TB HDD
  • 8GB RAM

The super thin and super sexy VivoBook X510UQ weighing just 3.7 lbs embeds the operational brilliance of a hardcore laptop in the compact body of an Ultrabook. The ASUS Splendid visual optimization technology can optimize the visual brilliance of the content to an absolutely magnificent level.

Its four display modes of Normal, Manual, Vivid and Eye-Care can be accessed with an instant click. The ASUS Tru2Life Video technology uses intelligent algorithms to accentuate the sharpness and contrast in every pixel by a whopping 150% which ultimately results in realistic and vivid imagery.

The VivoBook comes well stocked with USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB 2.0, SD card and HDMI ports so that you can establish hassle-free connectivity across all the available peripherals. Now you can enjoy lightning fast speed of up to 867Mbps powered by the dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi which is six times faster than its predecessor 802.11.

The 15.6 inch FHD display of the VivoBook having an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 80% supports wide angle viewing of up to 178° which maintains spot-on contrast and colour accuracy even when viewed at from extreme angles. If you are wishing to watch a movie with a bunch of college friends then the ultra-narrow VivoBook will surely serve your purpose. 

4. ASUS X555DA-AS11

ASUS X555DA-AS11

Specs:

  • AMD Quad Core Processor
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM

Given its budget tag, the ASUS tech baby serves up a pretty decent all black design which does not spread the hype of flashy hues or aluminium bodies. However its plastic built-up surely brings a premium feel to the table imparting an executive like feel.

Its Quad Core AMD A10-8700 Processor having a maximum clock speed of 3.2 GHz, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM accumulates all the necessary horsepower to keep the machine running with maximum efficiency even when taxed with heavyweight applications.

Whether it is an important seminar where you need to prove your worth or just a regular file transfer, an array of ports accumulated under a single roof in the Asus model in terms of HDMI, USB 3.0, VGA ports and a 3-in-1 SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader.

Its full size chiclet-styled keyboard featuring a new and improved back-assembled design and IceCool technology guarantees comfortable typing with minimal key float and 1.6mm key travel.

The  multi-point touchpad which is the USP of ASUS X Series notebooks gets the solid backing of ASUS Smart Gesture technology which delivers a much more natural and intuitive fingertip-input experience.

Usually notebooks are embedded with minuscule speakers which does not help out much in the audio department but the deadly combo of ASUS AudioWizard and ASUS SonicMaster technology creates an immersive experience with omnidirectional high-fidelity audio.

5. Dell Inspiron i5378-2885GRY

Dell Inspiron 13

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-7200U Processor
  • 1TB HDD
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM

Gorgeous’ that is the first word which comes to our mind whenever we think about the Inspiron Ultrabook from the house of Dell. This grey beauty is built on the latest Iris technology which brings a whole new level to face recognition as a password pin by activating its Infrared camera.

Weighing down only 3 pounds, this sleek model can be your perfect travel companion. Whether it is work or play, its 13.3 inch screen size having maximum screen resolution of 1920x1080 pixels serves up enough potential for sufficing both.

The versatile 360-degree hinge aids this impressive 2-in-1 model in toggling between various usage modes. This 5000 series model equally stuns with its less bezel and optimum screen space to make sure that your eyes don’t deviate away from the magnificent screen as images spring up to life with accentuated brightness, contrast and colour accuracy.

Compared to its predecessors the 802.11ac Wi-Fi helps in establishing long-range wireless connectivity with minimal buffering. Waves MaxxAudio Pro comes preinstalled in the system thus paving the way for rich audio content with proper sound enhancements.

With 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200u processor having maximum turbo speed of up to 3.10 GHz, 5,400-rpm HDD, 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz memory which can be expanded up to 16GB and 1TB HDD storage, the i5378-2885GRY is one tough beast when it comes to multi-tasking.

6. ASUS Q304UA

ASUS 2-in-1 Laptop

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-7200U Processor
  • 1TB HDD
  • 6GB RAM

This 13.3 inch convertible painted in silvery hues in sync with the company’s signature style stands out with its dual hinges having a chrome finish which can help this stylish beauty flip at any angle between 0 and 360.

Its brilliant touch screen having a resolution of 1920x1080 brings crisp imagery straight out of the movie to your tablet screen and allows you to make the most out of Windows 10 with its hands-on control powered by finger-touch navigation. Weighing at just 3.3 pounds, this tablet surely is portable enough for being tagged along as you brave through the day.

The keyboard decides to give a separate number pad section amiss but the comfortable backlight feature more than suffices for the same helping out in managing those gruelling night sessions when you have to function in a dimly lit environment.

Built on an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, the ASUS model delivers efficient performance by properly optimised power intake. Its  6GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM ensures that the machine doesn’t suffer from unnecessary hiccups while dealing with your multitasking requirements.

Its built-in 1TB hard drive with a spindle speed of 5400 rpm paves in the way for ample file storage space so that you can store all your favourite pictures and movies without breaking any sweat about space worries.

7. ASUS Zenbook Flip UX360CA

ASUS Zenbook 13

Specs:

  • Intel Core M3-6Y30 Processor
  • 256GB SSD 
  • 8GB RAM

Asus has tried to merge in the best of both worlds by combining portability of featherweight laptops with the functionality of a 360 degree hinge to come up with its convertible Flip range which had been subject to user appreciation right since its unveiling days.

The ultra-sharp touchscreen of this tablet wrapped in a gunmetal grey aluminium chassis spreads across a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and NTSC colour gamut of 72%.

The IPS display makes every image spring up to life irrespective of the angle of viewing. Powered with 8GB LPDDR3 memory, Kabylake Intel Core i5-7Y54 Processor and 256GB Solid State Drive the ZenBook Flip UX360 starts up at blazing fast speed and thrills you all the way with its rapid paced operations.

The ergonomic keyboard of the ASUS model having a travel time of 1.5mm ensures that your fingertips don’t complain at days end. Its 1.2 megapixel HD camera having high-sensitivity sensors is the perfect monster to win-over low-light captures with utmost precision and colour accuracy.

ASUS Golden Ear team joins hands with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower to entangle users in an enriching experience like never before. ASUS AudioWizard technology having  pre-set sound profiles is sure to delight audiophiles with advanced controls which can be customized according to individual taste and preferences.

8. HP Spectre X2 12-a008nr

HP Spectre X2

Specs:

  • Intel Core M3-6Y30 Processor
  • 128GB SSD 
  • 4GB RAM

If you looking to strike the perfect chord of balance between flashy style and best-in-class performance then your search for best Ultrabooks under $500 range will surely come to a halt once you stumble upon the detachable HP Spectre X2.

Curved out from sandblasted aluminium, the X2 radiates an elegant aura from every angle. Its Intel Core m3-6Y30 Processor, 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM and 128 GB M.2 solid-state drive comes together to help this mean machine multitask like a pro.

Experience zero time lags as you toggle between heavy running applications such as live streaming of Netflix and high end gaming. Its RealSense 8MP rear facing camera allows hi-tech functionalities such as 3D scanning of people and objects.

It’s equally brilliant 5MP front-facing shooter captures shots with much perfection even in low-light settings. With no moving parts and fans, the Spectre X2 promises pin drop silence with its running to ensure the complete Tablet experience without cutting down on the horsepower required to run Windows 10.

But the sacrifice made in the department of fans add up to the system’s temperature which again is barely noticeable given its clever system engineering. With LTE capability and 10 hours of battery life you can leave the plugging cable back at home as you enjoy unbridled freedom on the go.

9. Dell Inspiron i5559-4415SLV

Dell Inspiron i5559-4415SLV

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-6200U Processor
  • 1TB HDD
  • 6GB DDR3L RAM

The 15.6 inch Inspiron model has garnered a lot of appreciation thanks to its handsome design and solid performance. This versatile laptop with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor can tackle even the most excruciating task like an absolute boss without draining out the system from its juice.

Powered by 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM and 6th-gen Skylake 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U dual-core processor, this budget ultrabook is an absolute monster when it comes to multitasking.

Even with multiple background tabs open and juggling between the same, the i5559-4415SLV can open up your desired files and programs instantly. Storage worries gets looked after by its 1TB hard drive with 5400 rpm.

Its Intel RealSense 3D camera having depth perception technology can create 3D digital models simply by scanning the same. Such models can be printed to lifelike brilliance using a 3D compatible printer.

In comparison to standard webcam, the 3D camera is better at tracking movement. So the next time you try to take a groupfie with people coming in and out of the frame randomly, expect zero blur.

10. Lenovo Ideapad 310

Lenovo Ideapad 310

Specs:

  • AMD A10 Processor
  • 1TB HDD
  • 8GB RAM

The simplistic design of the Ideapad 310 having a silver-coloured lid made of anodized aluminium spells out clear class without going over the top. In spite of being structured around a single hinge, the Lenovo model feels pretty smooth to operate and can be opened using only one hand.

Its flat black sides seals off the connectivity perimeter in one full circle with an ample amount of offerings in the form of  DC charging connector, LAN, VGA, HDMI, 3.5 mm audio jack, USB 3.0 and an SD card reader to the left and the optical drive and two USB 2.0 connectors in the right.

The keyboard having an AccuType design ensures optimal comfort with stiff feedback and efficient key travel. Equipped with integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics and latest AMD processors, the Ideapad brings extreme processing prowess to the graphical arena of this mean machine.

Its built-in stereo speakers powered up by Dolby technology can easily fill in a medium sized room with crisp vocals which do not get diluted even with the volume button turned to the maximum. Wireless connectivity gets established through 802.11a/c Wi-Fi which paves the way for streaming, browsing and downloading at lightning fast speed.

Conclusion

Just because you are surveying the market looking for an Ultrabook doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend a fortune on the same.

No doubt ultrabooks once comprised of the most premium segment of laptop buyers but few years and considerable technological advancements hence ultrabooks have undergone significant price reduction thus widening up its market penetration amongst even the budget consumers.

With the market filled with equally good options you are sure to come across the one which suits you best. The ones mentioned in our article will help you take on everyday activities such as watching movies, browsing, working on documents or listening to music with much ease.

Some will even double up as an inexpensive option to help your children with their school project whereas others can run light-gaming or advanced gaming at moderated settings. Whatever be the case you surely will emerge victorious if you select any of the ones mentioned above.

This post was last updated on September 1st, 2018 at 03:18 pm

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