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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

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

July 2018 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 July 2018

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
108/201784%Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VGAcer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VG
Intel Pentium N4200
Intel HD Graphics 505
4 GB Memory, 64 GB SSD
9.95 mm877 g12.2"1920x1200glossy
210/201784%Chuwi Lapbook 12.3Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
Intel Celeron N3450
Intel HD Graphics 500
6 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
17.5 mm1.4 kg12.3"2736x1824glossy
301/201882%Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022TAsus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
4 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
14 mm770 g10.1"1280x800glossy
412/201781%Dell Vostro 15 3568Dell Vostro 15 3568
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel HD Graphics 620
0 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
23.6 mm2.2 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
502/201880%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
610/201780%Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKBLenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U
Intel HD Graphics 610
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
19.3 mm1.5 kg14"1920x1080matte
707/201779%Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79EAcer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79E
Intel Celeron N3450
Intel HD Graphics 500
4 GB Memory, 500 GB HDD
20.3 mm1.5 kg11.6"1920x1080glossy
803/201878%Trekstor Primebook C11Trekstor Primebook C11
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
15 mm1.2 kg11.6"1920x1080glossy
903/201878%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
1003/201877%Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YUAcer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
Intel Core i3-6006U
Intel HD Graphics 520
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
22 mm2.1 kg15.6"1366x768matte

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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

1st – Acer Switch 3

Acer Switch 3
Acer Switch 3

The Acer Switch 3 is a 12.2-inch convertible with pen input and Full HD display for under 500 Euros. This is in itself an achievement. In addition, the device is stable and light, features good input devices and does not run too warm. Certainly, it is hardly apt for demanding tasks, but it is well suitable for everyday office tasks.

Cost cuts get obvious at the display. While it features quite a high resolution, its contrast is quite modest and it reflects heavily. Hence, it is difficult to work in bright environments. Furthermore, the storage capacity of only 64 GB is quite low.

Nevertheless, the Acer Switch 3 rightly took the lead in our charts, since it offers much for its price.

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2nd – Chuwi LapBook

Chuwi LapBook
Chuwi LapBook

The Chuwi LapBook is a very good offer for less than 300 Euros with Windows 10, high-res screen and metal case. other notebooks with these features are much more expensive. However, the performance quickly reveals the price category, and another problem of the import device is the warranty. It got our Best value Award, because you really get a lot for the money. However, there are customers report shorter battery runtimes after a short while on the Internet and we already mentioned long charging times during our review. It is a little adventure then, but the Chuwi LapBook definitely offers features you won't find on any other device in this price range.

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3rd – Asus Transformer Book T102HA

Asus Transformer Book T102HA
Asus Transformer Book T102HA

The Asus Transformer Book T102HA is a 10-inch convertible with an Atom processor. It features a bright IPS panel, decent battery runtimes, and performance figures sufficient for everyday tasks like web browsing or word processing. The keys of the tablet dock, however, are a bit small and the touchpad could be bigger as well. The resolution of the tablet is also limited to 1280 x 800 pixels, but this is also sufficient if you do not plan on watching videos all the time. The Transformer Book T102HA is a good choice for light workloads.

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4th – Dell Vostro 15 3568

Dell Vostro 15 3568
Dell Vostro 15 3568

The Dell Vostro 15 3568 with a 15.6-inch display has a low entry-level price and is primarily designed for smaller businesses, but can also be interesting for private users. Highlights are the decent battery runtime, the easily replaceable battery, the grippy case as well as the low noise and temperature development. In return, you have to live with a 12-month warranty and the rather mediocre TN display.

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5th - 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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6th – Lenovo IdeaPad 320s

Lenovo IdeaPad 320s
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s

Good keyboard, low weight, and solid build quality are features of the https://www.notebookcheck.com/Test-Lenovo-IdeaPad-320s-4415U-HD610-Laptop.249224.0.htmlLenovo IdeaPad 320s, an inexpensive 14-inch model. The 1080p screen is unfortunately a bit dark and the speakers are more of an emergency solution. You cannot maintain the device, either, but the IdeaPad 320s is still a very solid device for everyday tasks at home or in school for less than 500 Euros.

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7th – Acer Spin 1

Acer Spin 1
Acer Spin 1

The Acer Spin 1 provides enough performance for web surfing and office applications. Moreover, the convertible features very good battery runtimes and a good keyboard. The Full HD display is also convincing for this price category. We can actually only complain about the display brightness and the lack of a USB-C port. In return, it comes with standard USB ports and even an HDMI port.

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8th - 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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9th - 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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10th - Acer Aspire 3

Acer Aspire 3
Acer Aspire 3

You can already get the Acer Aspire 3 for little less than 500 Euros. You get a Core i3 processor, which is not bad in this price range. The quiet operation and the good maintainability are advantages for the system. The outdated connectivity with two USB 2.0 and just USB 3.0 port is annoying; you can only dream of USB Type-C or Thunderbolt. If this is no problem for you and you can live with the low display resolution, then you get a lot for your money.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VGAcer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79EChuwi Lapbook 12.3Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKBDell Vostro 15 3568Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022TAsus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026THP 250 G6 2UB93ES Trekstor Primebook C11Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37 (18, 19)
36 (19, 17)
48.4 (24.8, 23.6)
42 (21, 21)
39 (21, 18)
29 (16, 13)
41 (22, 19)
42 (23, 19)
41 (20, 21)
47 (25, 22)
Response Time Black / White *
25 (14, 12)
24 (14, 10)
30.8 (16.4, 14.4)
31 (16, 15)
11 (7, 4)
28 (15, 13)
11 (7, 4)
13 (8, 5)
32 (18, 14)
12 (8, 4)
PWM Frequency
20000 (90)
352 (90)
28410 (90)
294 (80)
2500 (90)
200 (20)
Screen
Brightness middle
364
251
224
274
195
530
253
184
272
222
Brightness
341
247
219
253
195
491
234
178
249
210
Brightness Distribution
85
86
81
85
89
88
87
80
81
89
Black Level *
0.47
0.21
0.13
0.31
0.44
0.46
0.33
0.38
0.44
0.34
Contrast
774
1195
1723
884
443
1152
767
484
618
653
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.4
4.27
2.4
5.74
12.23
4.33
10.84
11.29
6.36
11.6
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.61
11
3.7
8.26
20.85
7.32
17.48
19.48
11.06
19.63
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.7
3.77
2.5
4.61
13.39
3.51
11.86
12.43
7.15
12.63
Gamma
2.36 102%
2.26 106%
2.31 104%
2.14 112%
2.5 96%
2.36 102%
2.72 88%
2.34 103%
2.47 97%
2.13 113%
CCT
6750 96%
6524 100%
6869 95%
7281 89%
15759 41%
7007 93%
12882 50%
13823 47%
8664 75%
13294 49%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
47
63.4
39
38
50
36
37
60
34
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91
72
98.3
61
59
77
57
59
93
54
Noise
off / environment *
29.8
30.2
30.4
30.4
Idle Minimum *
30.3
31.1
30.2
31.6
30.4
Idle Average *
30.6
31.1
30.2
31.6
30.4
Idle Maximum *
30.6
31.1
30.2
31.7
31.2
Load Average *
30.6
34.8
36.4
33.1
34.6
Load Maximum *
30.6
33.7
36.5
33
34.7
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
39.4
38.5
39.2
34.3
35.6
38.7
42
30
33.4
34.6
Maximum Bottom *
38.6
46.4
39.4
30.1
35.3
36.3
43.2
30.1
33.7
33.4
Idle Upper Side *
36.5
29.8
27.7
28.1
25.1
30.6
33
22.6
28
28.7
Idle Bottom *
30.2
32.4
26.8
27.5
26.1
27.1
33.6
23.6
27.8
34
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
874
WiFi v1.3
309
564
395
460
379
658
493
409
454
368
Load
109
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
4.1
4.6
5.9
3.4
3
2.5
2
3.4
4
4.1
Idle Average *
9.3
6.6
7.7
6.3
5.5
5.7
3.6
5.9
7.1
7.3
Idle Maximum *
9.8
7.1
8.6
6.7
5.7
5.9
4.4
6.3
7.8
8.7
Load Average *
18.9
13.8
18.2
24.5
27
12
16.5
23
17.2
25.4
Load Maximum *
19
13.1
23.6
20.2
27.4
13.9
14.2
24.3
17.9
26.6

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2152 (min: 2150, max: 2152) Points ∼33%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4544 Points ∼70%
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%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VG
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Hynix HCG4a2 64 GB
2066 Points ∼34%
Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79E
HD Graphics 500, N3450, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1530 Points ∼25%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
HD Graphics 610, 4415U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
2657 Points ∼44%
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1461 (min: 1450, max: 1461) Points ∼24%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3417 Points ∼56%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1587 Points ∼26%
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%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Hynix HFS128G39TND
2872 Points ∼47%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VG
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Hynix HCG4a2 64 GB
800 Points ∼3%
Acer Spin 1 SP111-31-C79E
HD Graphics 500, N3450, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
414 Points ∼1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB
HD Graphics 610, 4415U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
898 Points ∼3%
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
655 Points ∼2%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
1532 Points ∼5%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 128 GB eMMC Flash
397 Points ∼1%
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%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-36YU
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Hynix HFS128G39TND
1160 Points ∼4%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2262 (min: 2253, max: 2266) Points ∼5%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5611 Points ∼11%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1697 Points ∼3%
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 ∼9%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 128 GB eMMC Flash
13527 Points ∼1%
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