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The Best Bargain Laptops

June 2022 update. If price is the most important criteria for you when purchasing a new laptop then maybe this list will help you narrow your choices down. The following table contains an overview over the best laptops for less than 600 Euros reviewed by us.

Every month, Notebookcheck reviews various affordable devices that have to undergo the exact same tests and identical review process as their premium siblings. The price bracket of less than 600 Euros is occupied by a number of notebooks made by various manufacturers competing for the price-conscious customer’s attention. Constant marketing emphasizing Gigahertz and Gigabytes carries the risk to lose sight of what is really important in a notebook. The following top lists might be interesting for your purchase decision as well:

The Best Cheap Notebooks For Less Than 600 Euros

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Size
Resolution
Screen
Height
Weight
182.6 %
05/2022
new!
Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500UHuawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte16.9 mm1.6 kg
281.5 %
12/2021
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1Acer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1
Intel Pentium Silver N6000
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
4 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
14.00"1920x1080matte14.95 mm1.3 kg
381.2 %
01/2022
Fujitsu Lifebook A3510 (FPC04905BP)Fujitsu Lifebook A3510 (FPC04905BP)
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte23.9 mm1.8 kg
481.2 %
11/2021
Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GUAcer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GU
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
14.00"1920x1080glossy16.9 mm1.5 kg
581 %
02/2022
Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte18 mm1.7 kg
681 %
01/2022
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KKAcer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KK
Intel Pentium Silver N5030
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
11.60"1920x1080glossy20.95 mm1.5 kg
780.3 %
11/2021
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26NAcer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26N
Intel Celeron N4120
Intel UHD Graphics 600
7.7 GB Memory
11.60"1366x768glossy20 mm1.2 kg
880 %
04/2022
new!
Lenovo V15 G2 ALC-82KD003XGELenovo V15 G2 ALC-82KD003XGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte19.9 mm1.6 kg
979.9 %
04/2022
new!
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
14.00"1920x1080glossy18.6 mm1.7 kg
1079.3 %
02/2022
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GELenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
Intel Core i3-1115G4
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte19.9 mm1.7 kg

The table above contains an overview over the best notebooks for less than 500 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

This month, we see three new entries on our list of budget laptops. The Huawei MateBook D 15 manages to secure first place while the Lenovo V15 Gen 2 and the Asus Chromebook Flip CM1 can be found further down the list.

1st – Huawei MateBook D15 AMD

Huawei MateBook D 15 AMD
Huawei MateBook D 15 AMD

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is a recently updated affordable multimedia notebook. It comes with a sleek and robust metal case, which is uncommon in this price range. Huawei’s CPU of choice, an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U may be a bit dated but still a great choice considering its high performance and excellent energy efficiency making for a long battery life.

Huawei’s current MateBook D15 is a good multimedia notebook at an affordable price featuring a metal case and an AMD processor. However, its low price requires a few compromises.

Huawei devices are not available in North America.

2nd – Acer Swift 1

Acer Swift 1 SF114-34
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34

Acer’s 14-inch notebook offers great battery life (11-16 hours), a silent mode of operation, a backlight keyboard, and a matte IPS display, and all that for just 280 Euros.

The Acer Swift 1 SF114-34 is not an all-rounder. Instead, it is a portable and silent surfing, writing, and streaming machine.

The new generation of the Acer Swift 1 is currently not available in North America.

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4th – Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N

Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N
Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N

With a Ryzen 3 APU, 8 GB of RAM running in dual-channel mode, and an NVMe SSD Acer’s affordable 2-in-1 device is well suited for office and internet use. Its 14-inch touchscreen supports stylus input.

Acer’s 2-in-1 laptop offers comparatively poor connectivity. Low emissions and stylus support managed to turn the tide.

The only SKU currently available in North America is equipped with a Ryzen 3 3250U APU, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of SSD and sells for a low $400 on Amazon.

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6th – Acer TravelMate Spin B3

Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KK
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KK

Acer’s 2-in-1 device offers a silent mode of operation, good battery life, and an NVMe SSD. Its touchscreen supports both finger and stylus input, which happens to be included.

Acer’s TravelMate Spin B3 is a simple 2-in-1 device that comes with a stylus by default.

The new generation of the Acer TravelMate Spin B3 is currently not available in North America.

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7th – Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T

Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T

Acer’s Chromebook Spin is one of the many Chromebooks used in schools across the nation. IT is cheap and offers decent performance. This 2-in-1 laptop combines the benefits of an Android tablet with those of a full and light-weight laptop. Its battery should easily last all day long.

Not all laptops come with Windows. Acer’s Chromebook proves that browsing the web, using office applications, streaming videos, playing games, and using educational applications can be easily done on a Chromebook as well. The only downside is that you will have to adjust to the available software.

The only SKU currently available in North America comes with 32 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, an Intel Celeron N4020 CPU, and sells for around $300 on Amazon.

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8th – Lenovo V15 Gen 2 AMD

Lenovo V15 Gen 2 AMD
Lenovo V15 Gen 2 AMD

The Lenovo V15 Gen 2’s strengths are its two SSD and RAM slots, its good performance thanks to an AMD hexa-core CPU and Vega 7 GPU, its good keyboard, and its comparatively robust case. It also comes with acceptable battery life as well as low noise and temperature emissions.

The Lenovo V15 G2 AMD is an affordable and fast office notebook. However, its TN panel renders it useless for many users.

The Lenovo V15 is not available in North America.

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9th – Asus Chromebook Flip CM1

Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1

The Asus Chromebook Flip CM1 2-in-1 comes with an IPS touchscreen, a completely silent mode of operation, good battery life, and USB-C with Power Delivery. It is also not particularly expensive. It may not offer exceptional performance but in turn remains silent and comparatively cool.

The Chromebook Flip CM1 is a simple 2-in-1 notebook for undemanding everyday tasks.

The Asus Chromebook Flip CM1 was not yet available at the time of writing. 

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Size Comparison

361 mm / 14.2 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 23.9 mm / 0.941 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs362.2 mm / 14.3 inch 253.4 mm / 9.98 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.7 kg3.75 lbs363.4 mm / 14.3 inch 250.5 mm / 9.86 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.7 kg3.8 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 235.8 mm / 9.28 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.6 kg3.62 lbs357.8 mm / 14.1 inch 229.9 mm / 9.05 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.6 kg3.54 lbs326.5 mm / 12.9 inch 228.8 mm / 9.01 inch 18.6 mm / 0.732 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs325 mm / 12.8 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs322.8 mm / 12.7 inch 212.2 mm / 8.35 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 1.3 kg2.87 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 205 mm / 8.07 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.2 kg2.6 lbs295 mm / 11.6 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 20.95 mm / 0.825 inch 1.5 kg3.28 lbs

Test Results

Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500UAcer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1Fujitsu Lifebook A3510 (FPC04905BP)Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GUAcer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KKAcer Chromebook Spin 511 R752T-C26NLenovo V15 G2 ALC-82KD003XGEAsus Chromebook Flip CM1Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
Display
Display P3 Coverage
42.3
41.4
39.9
37.8
38.09
49.6
38.8
38.5
sRGB Coverage
63.4
61.8
58.9
56.8
57.3
72.9
58.4
56.7
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
43.7
42.9
41.3
39
39.35
51.3
40.09
39.8
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
51.2 ?(23.6, 27.6)
29 ?(13, 16)
45 ?(21, 24)
48 ?(21, 27)
38 ?(18, 20)
34 ?(16, 18)
33 ?(15, 18)
38 ?(19, 19)
40 ?(19, 21)
42 ?(21, 21)
Response Time Black / White *
34.4 ?(18.8, 15.6)
20 ?(12, 8)
32 ?(17, 15)
28 ?(14, 14)
27 ?(14, 13)
21 ?(11, 10)
27 ?(14, 13)
14 ?(7, 7)
27 ?(15, 12)
30 ?(15, 15)
PWM Frequency
25000 ?(10)
1000 ?(90)
66 ?(70)
200 ?(10)
Screen
Brightness middle
299
295
218
231
229
272
291
235
200
258
Brightness
280
265
209
232
224
267
271
231
196
237
Brightness Distribution
89
85
64
90
73
87
85
84
84
72
Black Level *
0.2
0.31
0.11
0.4
0.12
0.3
0.11
0.25
0.2
0.26
Contrast
1495
952
1982
578
1908
907
2645
940
1000
992
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.2
5.43
4.89
4.01
3.76
4.1
8.14
10.59
4.82
6.01
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
20.8
9.51
8.3
8.23
5.97
9.08
19.9
22.08
20.61
9.38
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
4.2
3.88
4.44
5.41
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.1
4.19
2.57
2.04
3.01
4.03
5.84
12.5
1.64
4.69
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.11 104%
2.22 99%
2.25 98%
2.41 91%
2.23 99%
2.5 88%
2.43 91%
2.43 91%
2.21 100%
CCT
6548 99%
7084 92%
6272 104%
6751 96%
6484 100%
6557 99%
6761 96%
16404 40%
6475 100%
6260 104%
Noise
off / environment *
24.1
25
25
25
25
25
Idle Minimum *
24.1
25
25
25
25
25
Idle Average *
24.1
25
26.7
25
25
25
Idle Maximum *
28
25
27.5
29.5
25
25
Load Average *
35.9
39.2
33.2
38.6
33.6
37.9
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.9
Load Maximum *
43.9
39
36
38.6
34.5
38
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
40.6
38.9
34.4
35.3
40
36.8
42.6
40.4
37.4
37.2
Maximum Bottom *
43.9
43.3
30.9
36.2
42.8
46
43.2
41.1
47.2
38
Idle Upper Side *
25.6
28.5
27.7
32.5
32.4
27.8
23.3
34.6
31.7
27.3
Idle Bottom *
26.2
29.6
29.2
30.2
29.4
28.8
23.9
40
31.8
29.1
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
529
693
390
425
652
532
489
479
524
319
Reader / Idle
1771
562
944
H.264
981
525
371
Load
285
107
187
64
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
5.5
2.4
4.2
3.9
3
2.8
1.9
6.5
3.9
4
Idle Average *
9.1
4.1
7.5
5.8
5.5
4.8
4.1
7.5
6.3
7.4
Idle Maximum *
9.7
4.7
8.5
7
8.2
5.5
4.2
8.3
6.8
8.7
Load Average *
40
13.6
31.2
26
34.2
11.8
7.8
29.7
12
30.7
Witcher 3 ultra *
38.9
14.3
30.7
25.4
30.2
11.8
36.7
29.9
Load Maximum *
59.5
12.1
52.7
36.3
38
23.5
15.7
40.6
12.3
52

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2438 Points ∼37%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GU
Vega 3, R3 3250U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
3057 Points ∼46%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1
Vega 8, R7 5700U, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
4159 Points ∼62%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2201 Points ∼31%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GU
Vega 3, R3 3250U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
4426 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1
Vega 8, R7 5700U, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
5304 Points ∼75%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500U
Vega 7, R5 5500U, Phison PS5013 311CD0512GB
5136 Points ∼7%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1448 Points ∼2%
Fujitsu Lifebook A3510 (FPC04905BP)
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ256HAJD
2051 Points ∼3%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GU
Vega 3, R3 3250U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
2229 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1
Vega 8, R7 5700U, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
4249 Points ∼6%
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KK
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5030, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
655 Points ∼1%
Lenovo V15 G2 ALC-82KD003XGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPMPZ-512G
5351 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
3734 Points ∼5%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500U
Vega 7, R5 5500U, Phison PS5013 311CD0512GB
19080 Points ∼21%
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
5333 Points ∼6%
Fujitsu Lifebook A3510 (FPC04905BP)
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ256HAJD
7548 Points ∼8%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GU
Vega 3, R3 3250U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
7678 Points ∼8%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1
Vega 8, R7 5700U, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
13219 Points ∼14%
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KK
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5030, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
2861 Points ∼3%
Lenovo V15 G2 ALC-82KD003XGE
Vega 7, R5 5500U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPMPZ-512G
18854 Points ∼20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
10930 Points ∼12%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Swift 1 SF114-34-P6U1
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Pentium N6000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
39223 Points ∼12%
Fujitsu Lifebook A3510 (FPC04905BP)
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ256HAJD
53282 Points ∼16%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-21N-R4GU
Vega 3, R3 3250U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
58149 Points ∼17%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R4R1
Vega 8, R7 5700U, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
85514 Points ∼25%
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31-P5KK
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5030, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
21430 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, Lenovo UMIS RPJTJ256MEE1OWX
63329 Points ∼19%
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