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The Best Bargain Laptops

September 2021 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
184.6 %
10/2020
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
Intel Core i5-1035G1
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
8 GB Memory,  SSD
12.40"1536x1024glossy15.69 mm1.1 kg
281 %
12/2020
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MCDell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
Intel UHD Graphics 620
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte18 mm1.9 kg
380 %
05/2021
Lenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGELenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGE
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
17.30"1920x1080matte19.9 mm2.2 kg
479.3 %
08/2021
Samsung Galaxy Book GoSamsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
Qualcomm Adreno 618
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
14.00"1920x1080matte15 mm1.4 kg
579 %
07/2021
Chuwi CoreBook XChuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
14.00"2160x1440glossy20.6 mm1.5 kg
677.5 %
04/2021
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05
AMD Athlon Silver 3050e
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
11.60"1366x768matte19.9 mm1.2 kg
777 %
09/2021
new!
Teclast TBOLT F15 ProTeclast TBOLT F15 Pro
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
12 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080glossy20.5 mm1.9 kg
876.9 %
09/2021
new!
HP 14s-fq1357ngHP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
14.00"1920x1080matte17.9 mm1.5 kg
976.5 %
03/2021
Lenovo V15-ADA 82C7009SGELenovo V15-ADA 82C7009SGE
AMD Athlon Gold 3150U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte20 mm1.9 kg
1076.9 %
12/2020
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
Intel UHD Graphics 600
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
13.30"1920x1080glossy12.3 mm1.1 kg
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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 welcome the Teclast TBOLT F15 Pro and HP 14s entering this list on 7th and 8th place, respectively.

1st – Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

The base model of Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go is available for less than 600 Euros already. The compact laptop comes in a particularly premium aluminum case unique for this category of affordable notebooks. The 12.4-inch 3:2 touchscreen offered good color representation. Keep in mind that storage is not upgradable, and the device lacks an SD card slot. The Surface Laptop Go is made primarly for simple tasks such as browsing the web, reading/responding to emails, or educational use.

Great display and premium case paired with meagre storage space.

Prices in the US start at $549 for the base model, and the device can be purchased either directly through Microsoft or the usual retail channels, such as Amazon.

2nd – Dell Latitude 15 3510

Dell Latitude 15 3510
Dell Latitude 15 3510

Dell’s Latitude series is built specifically for day-to-day business and educational use. Latitude notebooks feature a robust and sturdy case, are subjected to a variety of torture tests, and tend to come with a matte display. The Latitude 15 3510 features a 15-inch IPS display and offers good battery life of up to 8 hours. The combination of Core i3 CPU and fast SSD should offer enough performance for daily tasks including office applications, mails, and browsing the web.

Dell’s Latitude 3510 remains quiet and offers good battery life despite its large 15-inch display.

Prices start at just around $600 for the base model, which is available among others at Best Buy. In comparison, Amazon carries a selection of better equipped yet also more expensive SKUs.

3rd – Lenovo V17-IIL

Lenovo V17-IIL
Lenovo V17-IIL

In Lenovo’s laptop line-up the letter V tends to signify particularly affordable laptops designed for simple business and personal expectations and applications. Accordingly, their primary intended use cases include browsing the web and office applications. Due to its large 17-inch display the Lenovo V17 IIL is most likely going to be used as more or less stationary desktop device at home. Its matte display performed adequately overall in regard to brightness, contrast ratio, and color representation. A Core i3 processor paired with a fast NVMe SSD ensures sufficient performance for simple applications.

Thanks to its large display Lenovo’s V17-IIL is intended primarily for stationary desktop use.

The device is currently not sold in North America.

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4th – Samsung Galaxy Book Go

Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Samsung Galaxy Book Go

The 14-inch Samsung Galaxy Book Go comes with an energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 ARM processor as well as a Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU. Its 4 GB of RAM are on the low side. However, its poor TN display is its worst downside.

A better display would have turned the Samsung Galaxy Book Go into a good and affordable notebook.

The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is available on Amazon for just $299.

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5th – Chuwi CoreBook X

Chuwi CoreBook X
Chuwi CoreBook X

Unlike the Galaxy Book Go the Chuwi CoreBook X is an affordable solution if you are looking at maximum display and color quality for the lowest possible price. Its downsides include build quality and potentially longevity as we found both coil whine and comparatively poor hinges.

Its specs and its display make this a great catch for its price. However, don't be surprised if you encounter quality issues after a few months of use.

The CoreBook X is available among others am Amazon with prices starting at $549.

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6th – Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05

Finding a notebook for less than $300 can be challenging since devices in this price range require a large number of compromises. The IdeaPad 1 11ADA is a small 11.6-inch notebook with AMD dual-core CPU and a meagre 64 GB of storage. We liked its mostly silent mode of operation as well as its matte display. Portability is limited due to its battery life of no more than 6 hours.

Small and cheap: The IdeaPad 1 11 offers an 11-inch display and Windows S at a price point of less than 300 Euros.

The device can be purchased directly through Lenovo’s own web store and is currently available for under $240.

7th – Teclast TBOLT F15 Pro

Teclast TBOLT F15 Pro
Teclast TBOLT F15 Pro

The F15 Pro bei Chinese manufacturer Teclast is a 15-inch laptop with aluminum case and an Intel Core i3 processor. It features plenty of connectivity as well as an IPS display. In our review, it failed to exhibit any major flaws and impressed us in particular with its colorful IPS display with full sRGB coverage. However, when compared to the Huawei MateBook D 15 it cannot keep up.

The Teclast F15 Pro is great for basic demands and features a good IPS display. With that said we should also note that similarly priced competitors offer more.

The Teclast F15 Pro is available on Amazon for $500.

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8th – HP 14s

HP 14s
HP 14s

The thin HP 14s is a simple laptop, and it can come with both cheap as well as expensive internal hardware. Its decent case suffers from below average sturdiness, and it can feature both AMD and Intel CPUs.

Considering the weak case, its poor input devices, its poor display, its complicated maintenance, its slow Wi-Fi, and its lack of connectivity there isn’t really much we liked about the HP 14s, save for its Ryzen 5 5500U of course.

In North America, the HP 14s is marketed as the HP 14 and available on Amazon with prices starting at around $500.

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9th – Lenovo V15

Lenovo V15
Lenovo V15

What is often the first corner cut on inexpensive laptops? That’s right, the display. The Lenovo V15 is another prime example. Low contrast ratio, low brightness, and to add insult to injury the panel is based on TN technology with massive color deviations and loss of brightness when looked at from the sides. Battery life is rather poor and makes it very hard to recommend the Lenovo V15 to anyone.

It’s a shame, really, because Lenovo’s inexpensive laptop offers decent and consistent performance under load, a robust and sturdy case, and good maintenance options. However, long-term use is rendered all but impossible due to the poor display.

If you are still interested in this laptop it can be purchased through the usual retail channels, such as for example Amazon.

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10th – Chuwi LarkBook

Chuwi LarkBook
Chuwi LarkBook

The Chuwi LarkBook looks great on the outside but leaves a lot to be desired on the inside. The device can be imported for around $500 if risky bets and experiments are your thing. Previous Chuwi devices often suffered from keyboard and hinge problems, and its performance is too low for its price range.

In return you get an accurate display, a thin case, and decent speakers all housed in a lightweight case. Charging and Wi-Fi are comparatively slow, and the device will remain a niche object for curious and courageous users.

The Chuwi LarkBook can be purchased through Chuwi’s official web shop with prices starting at around $400.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Größenvergleich

402 mm / 15.8 inch 281.3 mm / 11.1 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs374 mm / 14.7 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 20.5 mm / 0.807 inch 1.9 kg4.29 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.9 kg4.08 lbs361.4 mm / 14.2 inch 247.8 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.21 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 225 mm / 8.86 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.22 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 225 mm / 8.86 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 229.5 mm / 9.04 inch 20.6 mm / 0.811 inch 1.5 kg3.3 lbs307 mm / 12.1 inch 200.8 mm / 7.91 inch 12.3 mm / 0.4843 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs288 mm / 11.3 inch 200 mm / 7.87 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs278.18 mm / 11 inch 205.67 mm / 8.1 inch 15.69 mm / 0.618 inch 1.1 kg2.45 lbs

Test Results

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MCLenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGESamsung Galaxy Book GoChuwi CoreBook XLenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05Teclast TBOLT F15 ProHP 14s-fq1357ngLenovo V15-ADA 82C7009SGEChuwi LarkBook CWI509
Display
Display P3 Coverage
64.4
40.78
68.5
67.2
42.53
65.6
38.11
37.13
69.89
sRGB Coverage
94.64
61.35
97.08
98
63.6
98.1
57.05
55.78
92.7
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
65.72
42.15
70.07
68.8
43.97
67.8
39.37
38.36
67.84
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34.8 ?(19.6, 15.2)
38 ?(19, 19)
39 ?(19, 20)
40 ?(21, 19)
36.4 ?(18.4, 18)
39 ?(20, 19)
39.6 ?(20.4, 19.2)
41 ?(19, 22)
26 ?(8, 18)
32 ?(14.8, 17.2)
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 ?(17.2, 12)
28 ?(17, 11)
28 ?(15, 13)
11 ?(7, 4)
26.4 ?(13.2, 13.2)
17 ?(12, 5)
26.8 ?(16, 10.8)
27 ?(15, 12)
14 ?(4, 3)
34.4 ?(19.6, 14.8)
PWM Frequency
21930 ?(51)
250
200 ?(20)
10000 ?(99)
24000 ?(60)
1000 ?(99)
Screen
Brightness middle
354.3
262
330
230
355.3
263
293
220
232
235.3
Brightness
353
236
309
201
344
254
266
223
211
223
Brightness Distribution
95
86
88
80
94
88
84
85
82
79
Black Level *
0.29
0.31
0.33
0.36
0.34
0.48
0.21
0.225
0.41
0.24
Contrast
1222
845
1000
639
1045
548
1395
978
566
980
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.41
4.92
2.82
12.23
6.2
11.59
2.1
4.16
6.83
8.37
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.96
15.83
6.27
23.26
10.96
18.73
5
7.43
18.77
15.79
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.44
4.34
1.23
0.7
2.64
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.2
3.47
3.58
15.28
7.9
13.03
3.5
2.35
8.52
9.8
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.4 92%
2.42 91%
2.55 86%
2.02 109%
2.34 94%
2.21 100%
2.62 84%
2.45 90%
2.16 102%
CCT
6600 98%
6680 97%
6994 93%
18403 35%
7450 87%
15442 42%
6681 97%
6389 102%
9753 67%
7557 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.2
39
63
41
35
60.1
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.4
61
97
64
56
92.4
Noise
off / environment *
26.4
25
25.5
24.9
24.2
26
25
Idle Minimum *
26.4
25
25.5
25.5
24.2
26
25
Idle Average *
26.4
25
29
25.5
24.2
26
25
Idle Maximum *
26.4
27.8
29
29.1
24.2
31.6
26.3
Load Average *
36.9
35.1
30.1
36.8
24.2
41
31.5
Load Maximum *
44.2
34.8
33.4
37.1
25.3
41
38
Witcher 3 ultra *
37.2
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
42
39
37.7
35.4
44.4
38.3
43.1
37.7
32.1
41
Maximum Bottom *
51
40.6
35.1
41.6
47.6
41.6
51.8
45.6
31
46.8
Idle Upper Side *
30
26
29.2
25.6
30.2
25
29.9
30.6
27.3
25
Idle Bottom *
34.6
27.8
32.4
27.6
35.2
25.6
31.4
29.8
29
27
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
2102
675
WiFi v1.3
481
465
369
778
400
371
353
507
241
266
Load
118
359
Witcher 3 ultra
89
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
2.8
3.6
4.4
1.9
6.2
3.7
7.3
4.2
4.9
5.2
Idle Average *
6.8
6.6
10
4.2
10.7
7.1
9.9
6.3
7.5
7.3
Idle Maximum *
8
9.7
11.7
4.8
12.5
8.8
10.9
7
8.4
8.9
Load Average *
37.2
38
8.2
40.5
15.6
22
27.7
33
18.1
Load Maximum *
51.6
45
42
11.4
39.2
17.4
38
42
41.3
27.8
Witcher 3 ultra *
26.8
39.4
23.3
27.7

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3469 Points ∼55%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
2898 Points ∼46%
Lenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGE
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
3200 Points ∼51%
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05
Vega 3, Athlon 3050e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2494 Points ∼40%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3256GJ
1884 Points ∼30%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
2647 Points ∼37%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
4314 Points ∼61%
Lenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGE
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
2618 Points ∼37%
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05
Vega 3, Athlon 3050e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4057 Points ∼57%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
2458 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1690 Points ∼4%
Lenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGE
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
2174 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Adreno 618, SD 7c Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
645 Points ∼2%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
2836 Points ∼7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05
Vega 3, Athlon 3050e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1190 Points ∼3%
Teclast TBOLT F15 Pro
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Teclast BD256GB
2290 Points ∼5%
HP 14s-fq1357ng
Vega 7, R5 5500U, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
5982 Points ∼14%
Lenovo V15-ADA 82C7009SGE
Vega 3, Athlon 3150U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPMPZ-265G
1947 Points ∼5%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3256GJ
685 Points ∼2%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
10013 Points ∼13%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
5883 Points ∼8%
Lenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGE
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
7703 Points ∼10%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
10632 Points ∼14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05
Vega 3, Athlon 3050e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4256 Points ∼6%
Teclast TBOLT F15 Pro
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Teclast BD256GB
8278 Points ∼11%
Lenovo V15-ADA 82C7009SGE
Vega 3, Athlon 3150U, WDC PC SN530 SDBPMPZ-265G
7417 Points ∼10%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3256GJ
3372 Points ∼4%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
51185 Points ∼5%
Lenovo V17-IIL 82GX008TGE
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Samsung PM991 MZALQ256HAJD
57993 Points ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 11ADA05
Vega 3, Athlon 3050e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
41613 Points ∼4%
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