In this article, we would like to include fully-functional budget laptops for college students in the price range of $500-600, excluding Chromebooks. We tried to select the laptops with the best performance possible that will last you for a few years. So, our list of top 3 best budget laptops for college students in 2019 includes Lenovo ThinkPad E580, HP 15t touch, and Acer Swift 3.
Lenovo ThinkPad E580
For $519.43 Lenovo laptop comes with 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 500GB HDD. Lenovo gives you enough storage for your files, but not enough RAM. Ideally, we recommend you upgrading it to 8GB. It also has a 15.6-inch HD screen, fingerprint reader, and battery that can last up to 13 hours. If you will have 2-3 classes in a row, this is a perfect choice for you because of its battery life.
HP Laptop 15t touch
The price of this laptop is $539.99, which is slightly higher than $500. However, it is the only touchscreen laptop among our top 4 budget laptops for college students. Besides, you also get the recommended 8GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD that comes with Intel Optane memory. In short, HDD with Intel Optane memory performs like a budget SSD. However, we suggest you paying extra $30 and upgrading it to 256GB SSD.
Acer Swift 3
We think that this is the best laptop among our chosen four. It comes in a stylish aluminum body and is available in silver color for $499.99. It has the 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, which is the latest in this list. Acer also gives us 8GB RAM with 1TB HDD storage with 16GB Intel Optane Memory. Besides, it has a 14-inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080-pixel screen resolution while the other three models only have 1366 x 768. The icing on the cake is the 12-hour battery life, which is slightly less than Lenovo ThinkPad E580.