Recently one of my friends asked me to help him find a laptop. But his budget is limited, 500$ max. He used to have Dell and the new laptop must also be Dell, he said. After a bit of research, I gave him a list of 5 best Dell laptops under 500 dollars.

I thought it would be nice to publish the compiled list online if anyone else is struggling to find a nice Dell laptop for that amount of money.

What is the best Dell laptop under $500?

For 500 bucks it is of course unrealistically to expect from a laptop to have high-end components. We need to make priorities and compromises.

But some components are “a must have” and we take it from there while choosing the right laptop to suit our needs.

  • The first component is a storage drive. Traditional HDDs are becoming obsolete. They are just slow and unreliable nowadays and can only be served as a second disk for storage space. Absolutely not for your system partition. So having an SSD drive is A MUST.
  • A clear picture is also a priority, so FULL HD (1920 x 1080) display resolution is recommended. Most of the laptops in this price range have only 1366 x 768 resolution, but the ones with an FHD can also be found.

Other components such as CPU, GPU and RAM are also important. But nowadays all the laptops are fast enough for everyday use, so it doesn’t matter much whether it has an i3 or i5 processor. Or 4gb or 8gb of RAM. These are the compromises we need to make.

I’ve found one particular Dell laptop with SSD, FULL HD resolution, 8GB of RAM and even a touch screen and backlit keyboard. I was quite surprised I was able to find a laptop with these specs for less than 500 bucks. This model is also the one I recommended to my friend. So if it suits your needs, you can look no further. This is the one:

Last update on 2021-05-18.

 

You may also look at some other 4 models I found worth this amount of money:

 

Comparison Table

Dell Inspiron 5000 15.6" Full HD Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i3-8130U up to 3.40GHz,...
Dell Vostro 3000 15" Notebook 6HD0T - Intel Core i3-4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD - Windows 10 Pro...
Dell Inspiron 14 5485 i5485-A186SLV-PUS Laptop (Windows 10 Home, AMD Ryzen(Tm) 3 3200U,...
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Laptop, 15.6" Full HD Screen, Intel Core i3-8145U Processor up to...
Dell Inspiron 14 5481, 2 in 1 convertible Touchscreen Laptop 14 inch HD (1366 X 768) 8th...
Processor
i3-8130U
i3-8145U
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
i3-8145U
i3-8145U
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel UHD Graphics 620
AMD Radeon Vega 3
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM
8GB DDR4
4GB DDR4
4GB DDR4
4GB DDR4
4GB DDR4
Disk
256GB SSD
128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
128GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080), Touchscreen
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
14" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
14" HD (1366 x 768), Touchscreen
$799.77
Price not available
$599.77
$500.00
$519.90
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Dell Inspiron 5000 15.6" Full HD Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i3-8130U up to 3.40GHz,...
Processor
i3-8130U
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM
8GB DDR4
Disk
256GB SSD
Display
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080), Touchscreen
$799.77
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Dell Vostro 3000 15" Notebook 6HD0T - Intel Core i3-4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD - Windows 10 Pro...
Processor
i3-8145U
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM
4GB DDR4
Disk
128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Price not available
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Dell Inspiron 14 5485 i5485-A186SLV-PUS Laptop (Windows 10 Home, AMD Ryzen(Tm) 3 3200U,...
Processor
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
GPU
AMD Radeon Vega 3
RAM
4GB DDR4
Disk
128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Display
14" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
$599.77
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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Laptop, 15.6" Full HD Screen, Intel Core i3-8145U Processor up to...
Processor
i3-8145U
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM
4GB DDR4
Disk
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
$500.00
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Dell Inspiron 14 5481, 2 in 1 convertible Touchscreen Laptop 14 inch HD (1366 X 768) 8th...
Processor
i3-8145U
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM
4GB DDR4
Disk
128GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display
14" HD (1366 x 768), Touchscreen
$519.90

Last update on 2021-05-18.

 

1. Dell Inspiron 5000

Photo: youtube.com

CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U  GRAPHICS: Intel UHD Graphics 620  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), Touchscreen  |  RAM: 8GB DDR4  STORAGE: 256GB SSD

Full HD Touchscreen display   SSD

 

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

2. Dell Vostro 3000

CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U  GRAPHICS: Intel UHD Graphics 620  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080)  |  RAM: 4GB DDR4  STORAGE: 128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

FULL HD resolution   No touchscreen

 

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

3. Dell Inspiron 14 5485

Photo: laptopmain.com

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U  GRAPHICS: AMD Radeon Vega 3  |  SCREEN: 14″ Full HD (1920 x 1080)  |  RAM: 4GB DDR4  STORAGE: 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Slightly better GPU   Only 128GB SSD

 

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

4. Dell Inspiron 15 5584

Photo: amanz.my

CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U  GRAPHICS: Intel UHD Graphics 620  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080)  |  RAM: 4GB DDR4  STORAGE: 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

FULL HD resolution

 

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

5. Dell Inspiron 14 2 In 1 Laptop

 

CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U  GRAPHICS: Intel UHD Graphics 620  |  SCREEN: 14″ HD (1366 x 768), Touchscreen  |  RAM: 4GB DDR4  STORAGE: 128GB M.2 PCIe SSD

2 in 1   Portability   Only HD screen resolution

 

Last update on 2021-05-18.

 

 

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