Best laptops under 600 in 2020

10 Best Laptops under $600 in 2020

Looking for a new laptop, especially under a certain budget is a difficult task, there are many variations and limitations that come with the price range. Which is why I am glad you are here, we will give you the 10 Best Laptops under $600 in 2020 that way you won’t have to spend weeks searching an endless supply of options to find the best one for you. 

In this guide we will break down what you should look for as well as what are the best laptops that have them. 

#1 pick is this configuration of Acer Aspire 5 

Pro tip: make sure you use this exact link because if you search Amazon for “Acer Aspire 5” you will likely find 10s if not 100s of results all with different specs, price, configurations, so stay safe, make sure you get the best config and use the link above. 

Pros: 

  • Great value for money. 
  • Great all around specs for the price range. 
  • Suitable for different usages (light gaming, office work, college, or small children). 

Why did we choose this ? 

Well in this price range what will happen often is companies will cut corners to lower the price, so you will find a lot of similar options but each will miss a big feature or spec that you might need for your usage, and it is often small things that might be oversighted by non tech savvy people but will affect your usage of the laptop in the long and short term. 

That is not the case with the Acer Aspire 5, as mentioned before it is suitable for different usages and great all around with no major cons. It is also our go to recommendation among our friends with similar price range. 

At A Glance – Our Top Picks For Best Laptops Under 600 :

Short on time, here are the best 5 laptops for/under: 

  • Acer Aspire 5
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3
  • ASUS F512DA-EB51 VivoBook 
  • Dell Inspiron 5000
  • Dell Inspiron 3000

Things To Look For When Selecting The Best Laptop For/Under 600

You might not want to take our word for it and go search on your own, if so here is what you need to look for (this can be found already in our picks for you, so don’t worry you are in safe hands). 

  • Look for laptops with at least Full HD screens

This can be hard to find in laptops under 600 and it is often disregarded by descriptions of the laptops online, but the screen of the laptop is the only thing you will always use whenever you use your laptop so it is a very important aspect of your laptop when you are choosing one that you will likely and hopefully will use for years. 

  •  Look for laptops with at least SSD storage. 

Most SSD storage in this price range will be either 128GB or 256GB, we recommend 256GB because Windows (the OS) will likely take a huge part of that just to run your laptop, and we recommend SSD because it is much more faster than the old and traditional HDD storage (even though the HDD storage is often bigger in capacity/size). 

  •  Look for laptops with at least 8GB of Ram. 

For those of you would like to know Ram is the component of laptop that are responsible for multi tasking so if you are the kind of person who likes to open 10s of chrome tabs (welcome to club) and/or opens spotify while working and checking social media then you will need as much ram as you can afford, most laptops in this price range come with 4GB or 8GB ram, so make sure to get one with 8GB, it is double the ram and for similar price. 

Best Laptops For/Under 600 Reviewed

Now that you know what we look for and why, we will make it even easier and tell you which laptops have the things you should be looking for. 

Acer Aspire 5 Slim: 

  • Full HD IPS screen, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD. 
  • Backlit Keyboard,  Up to 7 5 hours battery life.
  • 4 LBs

This laptop is from the Aspire 5 line, it gets updated on a yearly basis, but the name doesn’t change accordingly which is why you might find 10 different listings on amazon with different price point and different specs, so be careful when you are buying or researching on your own. 

Pros: 

  • Great value for money. 
  • Lightweight with long battery life. 
  • More than enough ports for your day to day usage. 
  • Upgradeable (which means you can always increase storage or/and ram).

Cons: 

  • Built from plastic (it is sturdy but feels cheap). 
  • No dedicated GPU (which means it will only handle light gaming). 

What Buyers Are Saying: 

  • It is amazing for light games like sims 4.
  • Load time is very fast and snappy during usage. 
  • The screen quality was so nice that I was shocked again at its price. 

Why It Stands Out For Us : 

Because as we mentioned before the value for money on it is amazing, add to it the Full HD IPS screen and it is a done deal for the price, you simply won’t find better. 

Bottom Line :

If it is not clear yet, let us put in the final word, when you combine its lightweight, long battery life, great value for money, amazing specs (for its price) you really can’t anything bad enough about it for you not to get it. 

Close second pick is : 

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3

Pros: 

  • 14 inch screen (smaller screen laptops are usually more expensive). 
  • Great value for money. 
  • Only 3.3 lbs. (lighter laptops are usually more expensive). 

This model is part of Lenovo’s consumer grade laptops (business grade  being ThinkPad series). Which means it is more affordable but also that some corners were cut when making them. In this price range it might be the only small lightweight laptop in the list. 

Features: 

  • Full HD screen, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD. 
  • Quad core CPU (which is also hard to find within this budget range).
  • Three USB ports, and HDMI
  •  Physical shutter for your webcam for those worried about their privacy. 

Cons: 

  • No backlit keyboard.
  • Decent but not long battery life. 

What Buyers Are Saying:

“This is the best 500$ range laptop I found after scouring the review sites for days. “

“You can play Warface, Fortnite on low settings which was a pleasant surprise “

Why It Stands Out For Us: 

The lighter laptop, great specs, smaller screen for such a low price is a great combination, makes us want to buy a 3rd laptop even though we don’t really need one. 

Bottom Line :

If you are on a tight budget, or like great value for money, and you also want a small, light, semi powerful laptop then the lenovo ideapad is the one for you, hands down. 

#3 ASUS F512DA-EB51 VivoBook 

  • Light, low cost, big laptop. 
  • Pretty good iGPU for light gaming. 
  • Very good value for money. 
  • Ergonomic backlit keyboard with fingerprint sensor 

This is Asus’s attempt in entering the lower range laptops and they did a great job at that. It has all the check marks we mentioned from before in our “what to look for “ section. 

Pros:

  • Full HD screen, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD. 
  • Decent iGPU for light games. 
  • 15.6 screen but with compact body. 

Cons: 

  • It doesn’t have the Asus’s higher build quality in its more premium series. 
  • No IPS screen, only TN panel. 

What Buyers Are Saying :

The screen to body ratio on this laptop is great, no wonder it is only 3.53 lbs” 

“The screen quality and booting speed is impressive, this laptop is fast, trust me”

# Lenovo Flex 5

Features: 

  • 14 inch FHD touchscreen (first touchscreen in this range). 
  • 2 in 1 options, SD card reader. 
  • 4GB ram, 256GB SSD. (models with more ram/storage avail).

Description: 

This is a 2 in 1 laptop (which means it can be used as a tablet or a laptop). It is a follow up for the flex 4 from 2 years ago, which was also a great laptop for its time. 

Pros: 

  • Storage with up to 2 TB SSD. 
  • Long battery life (up to 10 hours). 
  • Digital pen included which is a nice bonus. 

Cons: 

  • Right now it has some price hike due to the covid situation. 
  • Wifi range is smaller than usual so you might see drops in the connection if you live in a big home. 

What Buyers Are Saying: 

People from outside of the US point out that if you buy it from a US store you won’t get a warranty outside of US. 

The laptop is surprisingly  well built and not many corners were cut in making it. 

Why It Stands Out For Us: 

The two in one features and great price tag (pre covid) made it an easy recommendation to friends, family and strangers on the internet. 

Bottom Line :

If you need or have usage for a touchscreen laptop or a 2 in 1 with a tight budget then this flex is by far an easy recommendation. 

#5 Dell Inspiron  5000

Features: 

  • 14 inch HD touchscreen (first touchscreen in this range). 
  • 2 in 1 options, SD card reader. 
  • 8GB ram, 256GB SSD.

Description: 

This is one of the oldest Dell series around, it has a bad rep because it is their lowest consumer grade and they sometimes cut corners, but it is still worthy to be added on our list.

Pros: 

  • Plenty of ports (3 USB ports, SD card reader, full HDMI port) 
  • Good price point. 

Cons: 

  • Only HD screen not Full HD (this is a major con, so only get this if you need the touchscreen that bad). 

What Buyers Are Saying:

“The laptop runs pretty well, I like the cam the most” 

Why It Stands Out For Us : 

When this came out, having 2 in 1 with a touchscreen in this price range was unheard of, plus the old and big brand of Dell made it caught our eyes. 

Bottom Line:

Only for the touchscreen and 2 in 1 options, if you don’t need those then other options on this list are better for you, or even push your budget a little and get a better 2 in 1 laptop. 

#5 Acer Aspire 5 Slim (different config)

This is a more affordable version of our top pick the Acer Aspire 5 Slim, same great features, but with weaker specs and lower price. 

Features : 

  • AMD Ryzen 3 3200u (up to 3.5GHz), Vega 3 Graphics (both are weaker than the more expensive config, but not by much). 
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB PCIe SSD + 500GB HDD.

Pros: 

  • Slim and sleek (which is rare in this price range). 
  • Screen is is sturdy and prone to flexes.

Cons: 

  • A little on the heavier side (lighter options are available but not as sturdy). 

What Buyers Are Saying: 

Finally found something decent for my broke budget. 

Why It Stands Out For Us:

Because it offers the same great features, for a much lower price and not as much of a compromise, you even get more storage with this config. 

#6 Dell Inspiron 15 3000

Features: 

  • 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.
  • 2 x USB3.1, 1 x USB2.0, 1 x HDMI
  • 4.46 lbs. 

Pros: 

  • Good value for the specs. 
  • Good brand with very good support. 

Cons: 

  • Only HD screen (which as we mentioned is a big con, but if you are not used to Full HD or 4k screen it will be adequate). 

Why It Stands Out For Us:

Solely for its price, it is rare to find a decent specced laptop from a major brand like Dell for this price, even with the HD screen it still offers good value. 

What Buyers Are Saying 

It is so user friendly.”

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