Ready 4 School: Laptops for under $500 –


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — In the $300 to $500 range, you can find a good, solid PC laptop running Windows that should function fast and efficiently for three to five years, depending on usage.

When your shopping for a laptop, stick with name brands — like Dell, HP, Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, and Toshiba

You want at least 4 GB of memory. And you want at least 320 GB of hard drive space, or as much as you can get. Look for a machine that offers two USB 2.0 ports, and at least one USB 3.0 port.

You also want your new laptop to have 802.11g connectivity for the best WiFi speeds.

Another thing to consider is the new convertible devices, or sometimes called 2 in 1 devices. They are both a tablet and a laptop.

Here are some good laptops Tech Reporter Gabe Slate recommends:

Best Buy under $500 –

Lenovo ThinkPad E555 –

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1   –

Dell Inspiron 15 5000  –

Microsoft Surface 3 –

Acer Aspire E5-411-P32N –

Lenovo G50 –

HP Stream –

ASUS EeeBook X205TA   –

ASUS Transformer Book T200 –

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA –

Microsoft back to school offerings:


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