The 5 best laptops for less than 500 €

All computers have their claws entry level, some, such as Acer, even if specialized in the segment of “cheap laptop”. Provided which machine has the best price / quality ratio, and what use can you expect with this type of computer?

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For 150 to 200 € more than EEE PC, there are laptops that can replace a desktop for “basic” tasks while offering more performance and versatility than the ultraportable Asus. Featuring Single processor or dual core, 1 or 2 GB of RAM, comprehensive connectivity, a large storage space and a DVD player / recorder, these laptops for tight budget are bluffing, but it will still make some concessions …

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Autonomy: manufacturers generally attribute to their machines battery of 4 or 6 cells. The first will allow you between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours of use while the latter will offer a fleuretant autonomy with 3:30.

Hard disk: there are no small savings, if the standard seems to be around 120 GB, some manufacturers offer disks of 80 GB other 160GB.

Processor: between a Simple older Core and Dual Core guarantee of autonomy, there are real differences. For office and multimedia, the main uses for this type of machine, these differences become negligible.

RAM: If you choose Vista, opt for at least 1 GB, and yet to be truly comfortable, 2GB seems to be the minimum required.

Graphics: this is graphics chipset with shared memory 128-356 Mo. Needless to hope play recent games, they are, by contrast sufficient for multimedia, photo editing view, for the best capable video editing provided you use a bit greedy like Windows Movie Maker software.

Connectivity and accessories: you will find of course Wi-Fi, but some laptops offer more TV output, up to 4 USB 2 ports, a FireWire port and a memory card reader.

Acer Aspire 5315-102G12Mi

Specializing in low-cost computers, Acer offers a fairly consistent laptop. If the Celeron M540 clocked at 1.86 GHz is older, it has 2GB of RAM to properly run Windows Vista Home Premium and gourmet interface “Aero Glass”. At this price level, the Intel X3100 graphics chipset supported by 358 MB of shared memory provides adequate performance.

Chapter concession, there was a self just a little less than 1 hour 30 minutes and not exceptional finishes. Without being a heavyweight, its 2.8 kg and above its excessive dimensions of 366 x 274 x 42.6 mm does not make this PC a portable model.

Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Li 2727-P2375

End and sober, the Amilo does not look like a laptop “low-cost”! Marketed under the € 500 bar, it displays enviable dimensions of 355 x 255 x 34 mm 2.7 kg. Besides the Single Core processors that usually offers competition, Fujitsu Siemens wisely opts for a Pentium Dual Core T2370 clocked at 1.73 GHz. His 2048 MB RAM will allow you to be more comfortable with Vista Home Premium. The graphic part is entrusted to an Intel X3100 chipset and you especially appreciate its 160 GB hard drive. Richly endowed with connectivity, this Fujitsu Siemens has 4 USB 2 ports, a S-Video output and its 6-cell battery will ensure good it autonomy. One of the best choice of this selection.

Nec Versa One

The transition from XP to Vista put you off? Looking for a standalone computer?

Nec Versa One will meet your expectations. It runs on Windows XP Pro and lightweight configuration associated with a 6 cell battery enable it to reach 4 hours of battery life in eco mode. Its Intel Celeron M530 processor 1.73 Gz is the worst performer in our selection, but accompanied by 1 GB of RAM, it shows powerful enough to run XP in good condition.

Very well equipped, this laptop has a memory card reader, a Firewire socket, 4 USB ports and 2 displays with size and relatively low weight (358 x 260 x 35 mm to 2.6 kg). At less than 450 €, it could have been a very good choice if he was not penalized by its small hard drive of 80 GB.

Toshiba Satellite L300D-115

A Toshiba laptop for less than € 500, it’s possible, but it will satisfy you just 1GB of RAM and less successful has the usual finishes with the Japanese manufacturer. For the rest and this price, you will not be disappointed. A dual heart AMD Athlon X2 TK-57 clocked at 1.9 GHz, signed ATI graphics chipset (Xpress 1200) up to 319 MB shared with the RAM, a 120GB drive and Vista Home Premium. With his size 362 x 267 x 37.7 mm, it is not the most compact in this comparison but its refined design will probably make you forget his overweight.

Toshiba Satellite A210-16C

Another Toshiba less than 500 €, it can not refuse, especially as it includes a FireWire jack, 4 USB ports, a memory card reader and TV output. We find an AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-55, this time clocked at 1.8 GHz, 1GB of RAM, an ATI X1200 chipset with 319 MB shared memory and a 120GB drive. If one puts aside his size rather imposing 362 x 267.8 x 39.5 mm to 2.7 kg and its limited RAM to 1GB of origin, Toshiba remains an excellent choice.

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