6 awesome laptops all for under £500

23rd Oct 2009 | 09:18

6 awesome laptops all for under £500

Cheap laptops that offer good grunt for the price

Cheap laptops

cheap laptops

Tumbling prices have seen laptops becoming increasingly accessible, and this group test reveals just how much you can actually get for a relatively small amount of money these days.

All six laptops here combine attractive prices with dual-core and ultra-low voltage (ULV) processors, as well as cutting-edge designs.

There's also excellent quality on offer, with robust and stylish materials used throughout.

If you're in the market for a budget laptop, none of these machines will disappoint when it comes to performing regular home and office tasks, and they provide an almost unrivalled amount of choice at amazing prices.

On test today:

  • Acer Aspire 5410T-723G25Mn
  • Advent Roma
  • Asus M51A
  • Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65-AU-010UK
  • Samsung R519
  • Sony VAIO VGN-NS30E/S

Acer Aspire 5410T-723G25Mn - £445

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Acer Aspire 5410T-723G25Mn

A thin and lightweight design that belies the budget price.

Read: Acer Aspire 5410T-723G25Mn review

Advent Roma - £350

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Advent Roma

An affordable option, but it struggles to match the best in this group.

Read: Advent Roma review

Asus M51A - £496

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Asus M51A

An incredible specification and good quality that's unrivalled at this price.

Read: Asus M51A review

Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65-AU-010UK - £450

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Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65-AU-010UK

Stylish, comfortable and well made, this is a good all-round laptop.

Read: Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65-AU-010UK review

Samsung R519 - £385

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Samsung R519

Not the fastest, but a reliable, sturdy and comfortable choice, at a great price.

Read: Samsung R519 review

Sony VAIO VGN-NS30E/S - £467

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Sturdy, stylish and comfortable, but lacking any real stand-out features.

Read: Sony VAIO VGN-NS30E/S review

TechRadar verdict

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Although these laptops are all at the budget end of the price spectrum, even we were surprised by how much is on offer.

With a choice of processing options – including the latest Intel Core 2 Duo and CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) chips – there's something to suit all needs, and the quality of all these laptops shows just how far the market has progressed in the past couple of years.

Whichever of these laptops you choose, we're certain you won't be disappointed.

The winner

The Asus M51A astounded us with its value for money, with a specification that wouldn't look out of place on a £600 laptop.

As such, it puts other laptops to shame in most areas, from performance to features, and it's one of the best budget laptops we've seen. If it's power you're after, look no further.


Not everybody places power above all else, which is where the Acer Aspire 5410T comes in.

Offering excellent portability with its slim design and Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processor, it's a great choice for the travelling business person, with a battery life to match the svelte chassis.

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