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Best Laptop with a $500 Budget? (No Gaming)

post #1 of 11
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My wife is going back to school and she needs a laptop of course and our budget is $500. I was wondering what were the best choices I can get, I found a few options but not really sure if I can do better.

The two that I noticed which stand out were the; Asus VivoBook V400CA-DB31T, and the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870. The Vivobook has SSD cache and the Aspire has an i5.

I was kind of hoping I could at least get 8GB of Ram and a relatively small SSD + HDD but not really coming up with much. I'm also sure those models are outdated. This would mostly be used for school work, but I'm sure if she actually had a laptop it would become much more than that since right now she only has a Chromebook. Meaning, if she had an actually decent laptop she would probably end up doing more than just schoolwork on it. Like besides browsing Facebook and Instagram, probably trying to stream 1080p movies from Netflix. No gaming though.

If you know of better options please point me in the right direction, I'm sure we could extend the budget to about $600 tops but not more than that.
post #2 of 11
Hey not sure if you wanted to buy new, or if used was ok?

I have bought a laptop from amazon before from their warehouse deals for my sister and it was literally brand new. In the ad it said used very good.

I found one that might be good for your wife and it is a pretty decent laptop with an i7 and 8GB.. for about 575

and they have a i5 version for 450-475 depending on like new or used - good.

Personally I would go for i5 and just buy an ssd for about 40 and then install and save yourself about 100 between the i7 model...thumb.gif

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00YR6BN7W/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Outlaw4lf View Post

Hey not sure if you wanted to buy new, or if used was ok?

I have bought a laptop from amazon before from their warehouse deals for my sister and it was literally brand new. In the ad it said used very good.

I found one that might be good for your wife and it is a pretty decent laptop with an i7 and 8GB.. for about 575

and they have a i5 version for 450-475 depending on like new or used - good.

Personally I would go for i5 and just buy an ssd for about 40 and then install and save yourself about 100 between the i7 model...thumb.gif

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00YR6BN7W/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ

That's a great idea, think I can get a 1080p version for that much? smile.gif
post #4 of 11
I think you might be able to, I will keep an eye out if I see anything, there are a few others that I found but only were 900 not 1080 and it was an AMD A8 17 inches

http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-17-3-Laptop-Silver/dp/B00R9NSP2G/ref=sr_1_169?m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ&s=merchant&ie=UTF8&qid=1446528010&sr=1-169&keywords=laptops&refinements=p_36%3A20000-49999
post #5 of 11
Found this, but this is a bit....over budget but it is nice biggrin.gif 1080 i5...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B013KKANTE/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ
post #6 of 11
That zen book they also have a core m version, I was searching some benches and it is not bad at all

http://www.anandtech.com/show/9117/analyzing-intel-core-m-performance/5
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Outlaw4lf View Post

Found this, but this is a bit....over budget but it is nice biggrin.gif 1080 i5...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B013KKANTE/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ

I really like this one, great find thumb.gif
post #8 of 11
No problem, Ill keep an eye out in any case, if I see anything better/cheaper I will let you know..thumb.gif
post #9 of 11
Here is one more, this one is not 1080 but it is a new laptop and it is in the same budget (well cheaper) than that zen book this is a skylake laptop

http://www.amazon.com/F555UA-EH71-Intel-Laptop-Windows-64bit/dp/B014LE6A6I/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

excellent price for an i7
post #10 of 11
And I think I found the perfect model for you, sorry this is the last one Ill send you for tonight, probably have you going crazy with all the links..

this one is 1080, it is an i3 but should be enough for your wife, and you can always buy another ssd like I mentioned and save about $200

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011KFQASE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=tbpre-20
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