10 Best Ultrabooks Under $500 – 2020

TOP PICK
Acer Spin 3 2-in-1 Laptop: Intel Core i3-8130U, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 14" Full HD Touch Display, Windows 10 S
HP Pavilion x360 14 Inch HD touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop , Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4 GHz, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, USB-C, HDMI, HP Active Stylus Pen included, Windows 10
ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 Thin and Light 2-in-1 Laptop, 14” HD Touchscreen, Intel Quad-Core Pentium N5000 Processor, 4GB DDR4, 128GB eMMC Storage, Windows 10, TP401MA-AB21T
2019 ASUS 15.6" High Performance Laptop, AMD Quad-Core A12-9720P Processor up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, SSD, AMD Radeon R7 Graphics, WiFi, BT, USB 3.0, HDMI (15.6", 8GB RAM, 256GB, Windows 10 Pro)
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
$399.00
$549.00
$349.99
Price not available
$999.11
Processor
Intel Core i3-8130U
Intel Core i3-8130U (up to 3.4 GHz)
Intel Pentium N5000 Processor (up to 2.7 GHz)
AMD A12-9720P (up to 3.6 GHz)
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.50 GHz
RAM
4GB DDR4
8GB DDR3
4GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
500GB HDD
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
1TB HDD
Display
13.3" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
14" HD (1366 x 7680)
15.6" HD (1366 x 768)
15.6" HD (1366 x 768)
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
Intel HD Graphics 620
Intel UHD Graphics 605
AMD Radeon R7
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10 S
Windows 10
Windows 10 S
Windows 10
Windows 10
Weight
3.31 pounds
3.2 pounds
3.3 pounds
3.2 pounds
3.4 pounds
Battery Life
6.5 hours
10.5 hours
8 hours
8 hours
5 hours
TOP PICK
Acer Spin 3 2-in-1 Laptop: Intel Core i3-8130U, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 14" Full HD Touch Display, Windows 10 S
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$399.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i3-8130U
RAM
4GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Display
13.3" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10 S
Weight
3.31 pounds
Battery Life
6.5 hours
HP Pavilion x360 14 Inch HD touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop , Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4 GHz, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, USB-C, HDMI, HP Active Stylus Pen included, Windows 10
BLW's Score
89
MSRP
$549.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i3-8130U (up to 3.4 GHz)
RAM
8GB DDR3
Hard Disk
500GB HDD
Display
14" HD (1366 x 7680)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.2 pounds
Battery Life
10.5 hours
ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 Thin and Light 2-in-1 Laptop, 14” HD Touchscreen, Intel Quad-Core Pentium N5000 Processor, 4GB DDR4, 128GB eMMC Storage, Windows 10, TP401MA-AB21T
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
$349.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Pentium N5000 Processor (up to 2.7 GHz)
RAM
4GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Display
15.6" HD (1366 x 768)
Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 605
OS
Windows 10 S
Weight
3.3 pounds
Battery Life
8 hours
2019 ASUS 15.6" High Performance Laptop, AMD Quad-Core A12-9720P Processor up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, SSD, AMD Radeon R7 Graphics, WiFi, BT, USB 3.0, HDMI (15.6", 8GB RAM, 256GB, Windows 10 Pro)
BLW's Score
83
MSRP
Price not available
More Information
Processor
AMD A12-9720P (up to 3.6 GHz)
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
15.6" HD (1366 x 768)
Graphics
AMD Radeon R7
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.2 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
$999.11
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.

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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

1. Acer Spin 3

Acer Spin 5

Specs:

  • Intel Core i3-8130U Processor
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM

The chubby little Spin 3 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 aluminum covered lid displays a brushed-metal texture but acts as a fingerprint magnet given its black exterior. 

The Spin 3 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 Pavilion X360

HP X360

Specs:

  • Intel Core i5-8130U Processor
  • 500GB HDD
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM

Are you looking for a flexible laptop with the ability to take notes with a stylus, then look no further. The HP Pavilion X360 may check your boxes and do it at a very affordable price.

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 durable 360-degree geared hinge allows you to position in a way that's perfect for your activity.

The well-spaced keys guarantee comfortable typing experience with enough travel time. Keeping in sync with the typical HP tag, the Pavilion x360 brings along an ultra-wide touchpad providing plenty room to perform gestures. Its HD 1366 x 768 touchscreen display has great color accuracy, but we'd personally prefer a display with higher resolution.

The pre-loaded Bang & Olufsen audio software along with the stereo speakers provides a great audio experience. If you're willing spend a little more, you can also get this laptop with a higher-end processor and more memory. Check the product page for more details.

3. ASUS VivoBook Flip 14

Asus VivoBook Flip 14

Specs:

  • Intel Pentium Processor
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4GB RAM

The super thin and super sexy VivoBook Flip 14  weighing just 3.3 lbs embeds the operational brilliance of a hardcore laptop in the compact body of an Ultrabook. The NanoEdge display with its ultra slim bezel means that Asus was able to fit a 14 inch laptop into the size of a 13 inch chassis. It also makes the display looks great.

The touchscreen is where this laptop excels. It uses high-precision touch sensors to accurately track display touches. We liked how easy it was to work with Windows 10 applications using this touchscreen.

We thought the audio was impressive for a laptop in this price range. The laptop uses ASUS SonicMaster technology and it works well with voice applications, streaming video, and for light gaming.

The Pentium N5000 processor and 4GB of RAM are sufficient for everyday computing tasks. However, be aware that this laptop's RAM cannot be upgraded. If you want a laptop for tasks beyond surfing, email or video streaming, you may want to look for a model with more memory.

The best features of the laptop are the super portability and the flexibility of the 2-in-1 design that allows the laptop to also be used as a tablet. It can also be configured in a so-called tent configuration for giving presentations or streaming video content.

For a budget laptop, this model packs a lot of features. If you don't need the flexibility of a 2-in-1 or need the touch screen, you may want to choose one of our other picks with more memory instead.

4. Asus X555QA

ASUS X555DA-AS11

Specs:

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