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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

Florian Wimmer, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 07/03/2017

January 2019 Update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 500 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.

Many notebooks from different brands are now offered in the price range of less than 500 USD/Euros. They are all aimed at bargain hunters and canvass for customers by offering great gigahertz and gigabyte figures. However, there is a big risk that the customers may ignore far more important components. The following rankings might be interesting for your purchase decision as well:

Every month Notebookcheck reviews many devices from the lowest price segment. Just like their premium colleagues, they have to go through many measurements and analysis. The following table shows an overview of the best Windows-based budget notebooks and convertibles (> 10 inch, no Chromebooks) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 10 months. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking its headers and filtered by entering text in the text field above it (e.g. "matte").

Note: The cheapest street price at the time of the last revision of this article applies to the following list. The sales prices shown in the following table and in the price comparison with the individual articles are automatically updated daily and can therefore differ!

Best Notebooks under 500 Euros as of January 2019

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
110/201887%Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
Intel UHD Graphics 615
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
8.3 mm523 g10"1800x1200glossy
210/201884%Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGMLenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
18 mm1.1 kg10.1"1920x1200glossy
310/201883%Chuwi LapBook SEChuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel UHD Graphics 600
4 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
17 mm1.4 kg13.3"1920x1080glossy
411/201881%Trekstor Yourbook C11BTrekstor Yourbook C11B
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
15 mm1.2 kg11.6"1920x1080glossy
508/201881%Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGMLenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
17.9 mm1.3 kg11.6"1366x768glossy
602/201880%Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026TAsus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
2 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
21.4 mm992 g11.6"1366x768glossy
703/201878%Trekstor Primebook C11Trekstor Primebook C11
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
15 mm1.2 kg11.6"1920x1080glossy
803/201878%HP 250 G6 2UB93ES HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
25 mm2 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
912/2018
New!
77%HP x2 210 G2HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
23.5 mm1.2 kg10.1"1280x800glossy
1010/201877%Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGELenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
Intel Pentium N4200
Intel HD Graphics 505
4 GB Memory
22.9 mm1.9 kg15.6"1920x1080matte

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Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing, current articles are listed first
Link: all reviewed notebooks under 500 Euros (~$554), ordered by total rating

Editors' Comments

1st - Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go

So affordable and already a high-quality convertible! The Microsoft Surface Go already starts for less than 500 Euros, but this version is shipped without physical keyboard. You can either use a Bluetooth keyboard or the optional Type Cover, which will increase the price noticeably. The storage is also limited on the base model at just 64 GB, and Microsoft charges a hefty premium for the 128 GB option. You can at least use the microSD reader to store more data.

The quality of the magnesium case is excellent, the Surface lasts long on battery, and you get a bright as well as high-contrast screen. The performance is not that bad, either. You notice that the Surface Go is no real notebook when you look at the ports, because one USB-C port will have to suffice.

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2nd - Lenovo IdeaPad D330

Lenovo IdeaPad D330
Lenovo IdeaPad D330

Lenovo offers a tough competitor for the Microsoft Surface Go: The IdeaPad D330 follows the same concept as Microsoft's smallest tablet, very long battery runtimes, an LTE modem, a bright screen, and a good keyboard dock. You also get 128 GB storage, but the IdeaPad with the keyboard dock is also much heavier and the quality is not as high compared to the rival from the Windows developer.

The Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is a 2-in-1 with a good price-performance ratio.

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3rd - Chuwi LapBook SE

Chuwi LapBook SE
Chuwi LapBook SE

The Chuwi LapBook SE is already the second notebook from the manufacturer, which uses a design similar to the MacBook for a much lower price. It is once again a compact and inexpensive laptop from China, which offers a good choice of materials and a good build quality considering the price. It also runs completely silent and the SSD can easily be replaced via slot. However, you do not get a USB-C port, the screen is not very good, and you should not use the internal speakers if you like listening to music. The device is currently also available in China, but it is a bargain in return.

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4th - Trekstor Yourbook C11B

Trekstor Yourbook C11B
Trekstor Yourbook C11B

Except for the somewhat slow processor, the Trekstor Yourbook C11B is a recommendable convertible if you do not need the best performance: The screen resolution is high, and the battery lasts long. The device runs completely silent, the Wi-Fi is quick and the build quality is adequate for this price.

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5th - Lenovo Yoga 330 11IGM

Lenovo Yoga 330 11IGM
Lenovo Yoga 330 11IGM

Good performance figures, fast Wi-Fi, silent operation – the Lenovo Yoga 330 has a number of positive aspects. The convertible also manages good battery runtimes, has a lot of storage, and even a free slot for an additional hard drive. The display on the other hand is not very good since it is pretty dark and has a low contrast ratio.

A TN panel is an unusual bad choice for the display, but the Lenovo Yoga 330 is still a well-equipped and comparatively fast convertible.

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6th - Asus VivoBook E12

Asus VivoBook E12
Asus VivoBook E12

A solid notebook for typing, web browsing and video playback is pretty much everything you can expect in the segment up to 300 Euros. This is just what you get with the VivoBook E12, an 11.6-inch notebook without any real highlights, but a good keyboard, silent operation, low temperatures, and low weight. Windows 10 is included as well. You must make compromises in terms of memory and the display is rather dark with limited viewing angles. A good offer for 250 Euros.

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7th - Trekstor Primebook C11

Trekstor Primebook C11
Trekstor Primebook C11

Decent battery runtime, pretty good color gamut, and a maintenance slot, which can be used to integrate an SSD: The Trekstor Primebook C11 has its advantages. However, you should not expect too much performance from the small convertible, but the power of the Celeron processor is sufficient for basic tasks. The Primebook C11 is very inexpensive and is available for less than 300 Euros.

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8th - HP 250 G6

HP 250 G6
HP 250 G6

Want a bit more? The HP 250 G6 is a device with a comparatively powerful Core i3 processor, matte screen, replaceable battery, quiet operation, and comparatively fast Wi-Fi if you are looking for an inexpensive 15.6-inch laptop. However, the screen is dark and the card reader slow, and you only get a one-year warranty for the business device. Still, that are all the drawbacks; a good offer for less than 500 Euros.

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9th - HP x2 210 G2

HP x2 210 G2
HP x2 210 G2

If you want a modern processor, you might want to stop reading at this point, because the HP x2 210 G2 is equipped with an old Intel Atom CPU. It is powerful enough for simple tasks like web browsing or video streaming, but your expectations should not be too high. One advantage of the slow processor: The convertible can be cooled passively without a fan, and the battery runtime benefits as well. 64 GB storage is not much, but you can expand it via microSD-card.

The HP x2 210 G2 can be an interesting device, even though there are less expensive rivals with similar specs. Or you get a more powerful device for the same price. You should consider this before you purchase HP's convertible.

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10th - Lenovo IdeaPad 320

Lenovo IdeaPad 320
Lenovo IdeaPad 320

Lenovo's IdeaPad 320 wants to convince customers with its light 15-inch chassis for a low price. The manufacturer even includes a 1080p screens and an SSD. It is even passively cooled, so the notebook is completely silent.

You obviously have to live with some drawbacks for the low price of around 300 Euros: You could expect more performance, the speakers are bad, and the screen is bad except for the high resolution. You also have to live with a clattering touchpad. Otherwise, you get a very affordable 15-inch laptop with sufficient power for light workloads.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026THP 250 G6 2UB93ES Trekstor Primebook C11Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGMMicrosoft Surface Go MHN-00003Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGMChuwi LapBook SETrekstor Yourbook C11BLenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGEHP x2 210 G2
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (22, 19)
42 (23, 19)
41 (20, 21)
50 (30, 20)
44 (22, 22)
39 (21, 18)
39.2 (19.2, 20)
42 (21, 21)
41 (22, 19)
46 (22, 24)
Response Time Black / White *
11 (7, 4)
13 (8, 5)
32 (18, 14)
14 (9, 5)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
29 (17, 12)
27.7 (14.8, 12.9)
32 (18, 14)
12 (7, 5)
35 (18, 17)
PWM Frequency
2500 (90)
200 (20)
200 (90)
1020 (99)
200 (29)
200 (20)
6000 (90)
Screen
Brightness middle
253
184
272
224
456
389
227
304
209
292
Brightness
234
178
249
213
426
376
210
267
198
275
Brightness Distribution
87
80
81
80
88
91
89
77
86
82
Black Level *
0.33
0.38
0.44
0.52
0.31
0.43
0.44
0.28
0.41
0.17
Contrast
767
484
618
431
1471
905
516
1086
510
1718
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.84
11.29
6.36
11.64
1.3
5.23
6.6
7.28
9.3
6.76
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
17.48
19.48
11.06
20.8
3
9.39
12.2
12.65
16.64
24.45
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.86
12.43
7.15
13.4
1.4
5.45
7.9
8.34
10.78
6.01
Gamma
2.72 81%
2.34 94%
2.47 89%
2.57 86%
2.24 98%
2.49 88%
2.16 102%
2.33 94%
2.56 86%
2.26 97%
CCT
12882 50%
13823 47%
8664 75%
15186 43%
6687 97%
7728 84%
8879 73%
9038 72%
12162 53%
6749 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
37
60
38
62.3
51
60
37
40
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57
59
93
61
96.8
81
92
58
63
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.1
1.99
1.9
1.89
3.21
Noise
off / environment *
30.4
Idle Minimum *
31.6
Idle Average *
31.6
Idle Maximum *
31.7
Load Average *
33.1
Load Maximum *
33
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
42
30
33.4
37.7
44
41.7
37
49
36
40.8
Maximum Bottom *
43.2
30.1
33.7
39.5
43
39.7
34
41.4
38.5
38.9
Idle Upper Side *
33
22.6
28
27.1
26
31.7
29
27.7
28
32.4
Idle Bottom *
33.6
23.6
27.8
27
24.4
26.5
28
27.2
28.7
29.8
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
771
WiFi v1.3
493
409
454
565
448
684
444
502
298
551
Load
180
347
H.264
384
564
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
2
3.4
4
2.3
2.88
3.1
2.7
3.2
3.4
2.9
Idle Average *
3.6
5.9
7.1
4.2
4.8
5.6
6.3
6.1
6.5
4.8
Idle Maximum *
4.4
6.3
7.8
5.4
7.5
6.2
7.6
7
7.9
5.2
Load Average *
16.5
23
17.2
15.4
16.9
13.5
12.6
13.4
10.4
Load Maximum *
14.2
24.3
17.9
21.4
23.8
15.3
24.6
24.7
14.4
10.9

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2703 Points ∼41%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
3617 Points ∼56%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3525 Points ∼54%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3125 Points ∼48%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2370 Points ∼36%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1220 Points ∼19%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1816 Points ∼30%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
2845 Points ∼47%
Trekstor Primebook C11
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
1564 Points ∼26%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2321 Points ∼38%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
741 Points ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
HD Graphics 505, N4200
1756 Points ∼29%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2201 Points ∼36%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1700 Points ∼28%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1546 Points ∼25%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
548 Points ∼2%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
1322 Points ∼4%
Trekstor Primebook C11
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
589 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
703 Points ∼2%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1334 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP-80XR018UGE
HD Graphics 505, N4200
476 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
846 Points ∼3%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
541 Points ∼2%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
620 Points ∼2%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
397 Points ∼1%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2080 Points ∼4%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
4501 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3230 Points ∼6%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4186 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3579 Points ∼6%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
2486 Points ∼4%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2280 Points ∼4%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1511 Points ∼3%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
39091 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
24818 Points ∼2%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
25262 Points ∼2%
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