There are so many laptops available that shopping for a new one can be overwhelming.  Here are the best budget laptops you can buy right now if you're looking for a laptop under $500

Gateway GWTN141 was best known in the 1990s for its low-cost desktops and laptops. In 2020, it will only be available through Walmart. We tested both 15.6- and 14.1-inch models with 11th-generation Intel processors

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 3 is the successor to the original Microsoft Surface Go. It is a compact touch screen laptop and a 10-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard and touchpad, similar to the Go. It's a smaller, albeit less powerful Pixel Slate that makes more sense for more people, with a low laptop price that's closer to what people expect a Chromebook to cost

The Acer Aspire 5 15-inch clamshell laptop remains one of the best laptop deals on the market. This Windows AMD Ryzen 3 3350U processor, 4GB of memory, and a fast 128GB SSD weighs less than four pounds. This low-cost laptop also has a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, Ethernet, and an HDMI port

Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Flex 5 2-in-1 is a little small, with a 13-inch full HD display, but it Flex 5 delivers convertible laptop convenience as well as excellent performance and battery life for the money, with an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of SSD storage. The Lenovo Flex is not a good choice for outdoor use due to its dim display

The Asus VivoBook 15 is an older Core i3 8GB model that costs less than $450, which is a reasonable price for a Windows laptop with an Intel Core processor. You'll also see listings with 4GB RAM, which is insufficient memory for Windows, which barely manages with 8GB. It should not be confused with the thinner, lighter, and more expensive Asus VivoBook S15

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 2-in-1 laptop is required to run Windows, though it is unlikely to be very fast. The dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM are the reasons for the low price.  It does, however, have a larger full HD screen than the Chromebook model

To keep costs down, many Windows laptops in this price range use AMD Athlon and lower-end A series processors, or Intel Celeron and Pentium processors

Best Under $500 Laptop for 2022