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The Best Bargain Laptops

June 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
185 %
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
New!
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 %
07/2020
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14IIL05Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14IIL05
Intel Core i3-1005G1
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
14.00"1920x1080matte19.9 mm1.6 kg
578 %
04/2021
New!
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
678 %
07/2020
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
Intel Celeron N4020
Intel UHD Graphics 600
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
11.60"1366x768glossy17.5 mm1.1 kg
777 %
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
877 %
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
975 %
05/2021
New!
HP 255 G7 159P1EAHP 255 G7 159P1EA
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte22.5 mm1.8 kg
1075 %
09/2020
HP 250 G7-15S40ESHP 250 G7-15S40ES
Intel Core i5-1035G1
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
15.60"1920x1080matte22.5 mm1.8 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

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 – Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14

Lenovo's IdeaPad 3 14IIL05 managed to score a decent 79 percent in our review, and thus secured a spot in our top 10 list. Its main benefits are the matte display, its fast SSD, and its decent Wi-Fi performance. In addition, the device remained fairly quiet and cool overall.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad 3 14IIL05 is a simple office notebook with reduced portability due to its small battery.

As great as that matte display might be the underlying panel is simply not bright enough, which is our main gripe with this device. There are some other limitations as well, none of which are deal-breakers though.

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5th – 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.

6th – Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 is a 11.6-inch convertible that can be purchased for around 300 Euros. It is silent and offers good battery life – an intriguing combination for not a lot of money. Unfortunately, the notebook’s performance is fairly poor, and it will take quite long to finish various tasks.

The storage device is based on eMMC technology and this quite slow overall. Thus, this cheap SKU is not necessarily worth purchasing. For around 100 Euros more you get twice the storage based on modern SSD technology as well as a faster processor. Most users will benefit from this upgrade.

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7th – 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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8th – 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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9th – HP 255 G7

HP 255 G7
HP 255 G7

HP’s 250 and 255 series includes a number of affordable office laptops for office and home use. The 250-series is built around Intel CPUs while the 255-series features AMD CPUs. During our review, we praised the HP 255’s quiet modus operandi and its matte display surface. Unfortunately, HP had to cut quite a few corners, which is particularly noticeable in the display. It features a PN panel with narrow viewing angles.

At first glance the HP 255 seems like a good deal but requires some compromises.

Prices for the AMD Ryzen-equipped SKU start at around $550, and the device is available among others on Amazon.

10th – HP 250 G7

HP 250 G7
HP 250 G7

The HP 250’s highlight is without a doubt its selection of potent Intel CPUs. Unfortunately, the display ruins the overall package since it features an outdated TN panel with very narrow viewing angles. Even the excellent display finish cannot fix that.

Optical drives are few and far between. Unfortunately, we do not consider the HP 250 G7 a worthwhile offering.

The device can be purchased for around $650 among others on Amazon.

Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

360.2 mm / 14.2 inch 234.9 mm / 9.25 inch 22.9 mm / 0.902 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.9 kg4.08 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.08 lbs327.1 mm / 12.9 inch 241 mm / 9.49 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs307 mm / 12.1 inch 200.8 mm / 7.91 inch 12.3 mm / 0.4843 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs305 mm / 12 inch 198 mm / 7.8 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 1.1 kg2.43 lbs291 mm / 11.5 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 23.3 mm / 0.917 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs281.7 mm / 11.1 inch 198 mm / 7.8 inch 17.5 mm / 0.689 inch 1.1 kg2.5 lbs245 mm / 9.65 inch 175 mm / 6.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 523 g1.153 lbs
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