5 Best Gaming Laptops Under 500

Best Gaming Laptops Under $500
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Are you looking for a the best gaming laptops under 500 but don’t know what to get for your budget?

Well in this article I am going to go over the best gaming laptops under $500.

These laptops have been picked out based on research for the best value for your money.

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Vivobook F515

Just so you know, the cheapest laptop on the list and probably the cheapest laptop I would even recommend is the asus vivo book f515, which costs approximately $370 right now on Amazon. It has a 15.6-inch 1080p display using an i3 processor from the 10th generation, four gigabytes of ddr4 memory, and a 128 gigabyte nvme.

Now, as a reminder, most games typically call for eight gigabytes of RAM at the very least, so unless it’s a really light game like among us, you probably won’t attempt gaming much on this laptop with four gigabytes.

However, you should also keep in mind that this vivobook is among the greatest laptops available for the money and that its battery life, which varies depending on the job, is often approximately 7.5 hours.

A micro SD card reader, two USB type A ports, a USB type C port, a hdmi connector, and other connectivity options are also available. Now that you know all of that, the f515 seems okay for the price but you can’t really expect the performance to be really fantastic, especially for gaming with four gigabytes of memory.

However, if you’re looking for a cheap laptop to possibly use for schoolwork, watching videos, or even using Discord, this one might be a good fit. To be clear, I sought to find an inexpensive choice for individuals on a tighter budget, therefore this is the only laptop on the list with four gigabytes of RAM.

Lenovo Ideapad 3

It sports a 15.6-inch 1080p display and the same 10th generation i3 processor, but instead of 4 gigabytes of expandable ddr4 memory, we get 8 gigabytes.

The SSD has also been upgraded to a 256 GB capacity. The idea pad 3’s specs are quite comparable to those of the previous notebook, with an increase in RAM and storage and it also has two USB 3.0 connections and Bluetooth 5.0.

This laptop still utilises integrated Intel graphics, so if you try to game with it you’re probably going to be playing on low settings unless the game demands minimal requirements.

However, if you acquire this laptop you’ll have a better experience playing games that require 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Overall, I would recommend choosing this laptop over the previous one as it does come with more memory, more storage, and extra features. If you’re interested, this laptop has a battery life of up to 7 hours, which is going to be quite normal for most of the laptops on this list.

Acer Aspire 3

Moving on to the Acer Aspire 3 which is now available on Amazon for roughly $490. It employs a 10th generation i5 CPU, a 15.6-inch 1080p display, 8 gigabytes of ddr4 memory, and a 256 GB SSD as its final components.

Similar to the Idea Pad I mentioned previously, this laptop has a faster CPU since it has twice as many cores and threads, which results in 20% greater performance.

With this laptop’s 3200 MHz RAM, we get quicker RAM in addition to that. Apart from the improved processor, there aren’t any other significant improvements between this laptop and the previous one.

Even though this acer laptop costs $15 more than the idea pad, it does have a better CPU and faster RAM.

Even though 20% better performance might not sound like much to some of you guys, it’s actually a fair amount when it comes to these cheap laptops, especially if you want to consider gaming on this. If you had to ask my personal opinion, I would choose this laptop over the idea pad.

As we all know, playing games on a low-cost laptop requires a lot of power, so even while the performance may not seem like much now, it will be worthwhile in the long run. Overall, for an additional $15, I would highly suggest purchasing this laptop.

HP 14

I purchased an HP 14 laptop for $500. It has comparable specifications to the Acer Aspire that I just discussed, but this HP 14 has several improvements, such as a Ryzen 5 5500u processor with more cores and faster clock speeds than the 10th generation i5.

Additionally, the hp 14 features a 256 GB nvme drive for speedier storage utilisation in place of an SSD.

For a 10% price rise over the previous laptop, the upgrades you’ll be getting are unquestionably going to be worth it.

In addition, the HP 14 includes Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6, which will provide you with a better wireless experience and up to three times quicker file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5.

If you’re concerned about the battery life, you’ll be relieved to learn that it can last for up to 9 hours and 45 minutes. This HP laptop also recharges rapidly thanks to HP fast charge technology, which can charge it from 0 to 50 percent in 45 minutes.

There are plenty of connectivity choices available, including two USB type A and USB type C ports, an HDMI connector, a headphone jack, and lastly an SD card reader.

So there is no need to be concerned about battery life in this case. In spite of everything, the HP 14 laptop is a top pick for me and is likely to be for you as well.

It is a fantastic value for the money and might last for a long time if you chose to update it with additional RAM, but you could also do so with any of the other laptops on this list.

chuwi corebook x

I selected this chuwi core book x, which was selling at $500.

This laptop has a 14-inch 1440p IPS screen for better color reproduction. An 8th generation i5 processor with a base clock speed of 2.3 Ghz and a boost speed of 3.8 Ghz.

With 8 gigabytes of ddr4 memory clocked at 2400 Mhz, and finally a 512 GGB SSD with one slot open for nvme storage that can be expanded to 1TB.

Now, some of you might wonder how the 8th generation i5 stacks up against the 10th generation i5 in the prior laptop.

In terms of single core performance, the 10th generation i5 does better, but, to my surprise, not significantly better. Interestingly, according to internet research, the multi-core performance of the 8th generation i5 is actually superior.

However, not by a great deal, so taking that into account, they are rather comparable even if the 10th generation is more recent.

Just a reminder that if you’re not satisfied with the ram in any of these laptops, you can always expand the ram to match your demands.

The ram on this laptop supports twin channels and can be extended to a maximum of 16 gigabytes. If you’re curious, they claim that the maximum battery life can last up to 9 hours.

But in practise, depending on the task you’re working on, it’s safe to say that you’re looking at an average of about five hours of rigors non-stop use or an average of seven hours of casual use since a 1440p display will use more energy than a 1080p display.

The connectivity choices include one USB 3.0 port, one USB type-C connector, a headphone jack, and lastly a micro SD card reader. H

owever as I stated, this may vary depending on the workload. As a result, if you were hoping for a hdmi connector, you will be disappointed, but pleased to learn that the USB type-C port can be utilised to output video at up to 4K at 60 Hz.

Now that I’ve considered everything, I can see that this is the best 1440p laptop I could find at this price range. It can be difficult to find a nice laptop for 500 or less, but you could build a better PC for a comparable cost.

This would likely be your best option but depending on your circumstances, you might not be able to use a PC. However, altogether, you get a respectable laptop for $500 with a lovely 1440p IPS display, a solid CPU, and the possibility of nvme storage extension.


After going over all those laptops, I have to say that you’re gonna get a good deal with these if you’re not looking to break the bank on a good laptop.

The HP 14 and the Chuwi Core Book X would tie for my own preference if you were to ask which laptop I would personally pick. primarily because, of all the laptops that support fast charging, the HP 14 boasts the longest battery life.

However, the Chuwi Corebook X is the only laptop in our comparison group with a 1440p IPS display that offers excellent colour reproduction.

Even though it’s difficult to get a good laptop for under $500, I did my best to hand pick these models. Since all of the laptops are from Amazon, the prices are constantly subject to change, and depending on the day and hour, certain items may run out of stock.

Therefore, I advise purchasing your desired laptop as soon as you can, before the stock or pricing changes.

Grayson is a laptop specialist who writes informational articles and reviews about all kinds of laptops.