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Best Laptop Deals: 5 Sub-$500 Laptops That Are Worth Your Time

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This week's roundup of the best laptop deals focuses on budget machines with five laptops you'll actually want that each cost under $500. That includes the Editors' Choice $359 Lenovo G50-80 and the $330 Toshiba Chromebook 2 with its stunning 1080p display.

Lenovo S21e-20Lenovo S21e-20 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop
Store: Lenovo
Price: $199 via coupon code "USPS25US514" with free shipping
Lowest By: $20
Expires: May 22

Is It Worth It?: The top Editors' Choice laptop in this week's roundup is the budget Lenovo S21e-20 Celeron 2.16GHz 11.6" Laptop. This $199 laptop is currently $201 off and it's the cheapest 11.6" laptop we've seen since Black Friday, when we saw a similar machine for $100. It features an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz Bay Trail dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.


HP 15t IntelHP 15t 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: HP Home
Price: $389.99 via coupon code "SV3846" with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $190

Is It Worth It?: The HP 15t Intel Haswell Core i3 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop packs enough power for everyday tasks, but at a price that's not too hard on the wallet. Unlike the aforementioned Lenovo S21e-20, this machine offers a little more power thanks to Intel's budget Core i3 Haswell processor, which is paired with 4GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.


Dell Inspiron 15Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $499 via with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $115

Is It Worth It?: The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 5548 Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Signature Edition Laptop is the latest model in Dell's popular Inspiron 5000 line. A refresh of the 5547, the 5548 substitutes last year's Haswell Intel processor with a newer Broadwell CPU. In terms of features, this 5.7-lb. machine packs an Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x720 touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. (Click "PC Only, Core i5" to see this offer.)


Lenovo G50-80Lenovo G50-80 2.2GHz 15.6" Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $359 with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $40

Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo G50-80 Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6" Signature Edition Laptop has no intention of giving up its spot in our weekly roundup. The 4.9-lb. machine packs a Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 8.1 for an impressive $349. This Editors' Choice deal remains the cheapest Core i5-equipped 15" Broadwell laptop we've seen.


Toshiba Chromebook 2Toshiba CB35-B3340 2.16GHz 13.3" Chromebook 2 bundled with the Toshiba 14" Laptop Accessory Bundle
Store: Toshiba
Price: $329.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $24

Is It Worth It?: "The Toshiba Chromebook 2 refreshes the original with a slimmer design, a gorgeous 1080p IPS display and powerful speaker," says Laptop. In terms of features, the Toshiba CB35-B3340 Celeron Dual 2.16GHz 13.3" 1080p Chromebook 2 packs an Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz Bay Trail dual-core processor, 13.3" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash storage, 802.11ac wireless, 3-cell battery, and Google Chrome OS. The accessory bundles includes a lightweight 14" Laptop case, USB optical mouse, and 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive.

Senior Features Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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