The best laptops under $600 to buy in 2021: HP, Microsoft Surface, Acer and more!
Laptops today come in all shapes and sizes, as well as different price points. Honestly, it isn’t very difficult to get a decent notebook even if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Today we’ve got a very specific list of recommended laptops that are available under $600. At that price point, you aren’t going to get a mighty powerful machine, but it hits the perfect spot for an entry to mid-range laptop that can attend to most of your everyday needs, especially if your work doesn’t go beyond typing, making presentations and light photo editing. We’ve added a good mix of options from Microsoft, HP, and even a Chromebook from Acer.
As you’d expect, all of the Windows laptops will be eligible for a free Windows 11 upgrade this holiday season.
Navigate this guide:
- Best overall: Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
- Best convertible laptop: HP Pavilion x360 14
- Best AMD laptop: Dell Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1
- Best 15-inch laptop: HP Laptop 15
- Best Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Spin 713
- Best tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Best overall: Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
The most affordable and lightest Surface laptop offered by Microsoft, the Surface Laptop Go is a tiny workhorse that’s great for students and basic professional use cases. At $600, the laptop offers 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, along with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 quad-core processor. You also get a comparatively better-looking design language since most laptops in this range feature a sub-par build to cut costs.
Other notable features include a 12.4-inch touchscreen display with a 1536 x 1024 resolution, a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button to quickly sign into Windows, and a claimed battery life of 13 hours.
Best convertible laptop: HP Pavilion x360 14
The new Pavilion x360 series recently got an update with HP bringing the latest Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors. The base model comes with a Core i3-1115G4 with 8GB of memory and 128GB of SSD storage. You also get a 14 inch touchscreen display with a full HD resolution, a fingerprint scanner, an HDMI port so you can connect it to a monitor, a USB Type-C port, and Wi-Fi 6. HP also gets marks for sustainability as it makes use of post-consumer recycled and ocean-bound plastic along with recycled aluminum.
Best AMD laptop: Dell Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1
Dell offers a fantastic 2-in-1 convertible notebook if you’re looking for an AMD-powered machine under $600. The Inspiron 14 7000 series is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U which is a six-core processor, paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz and a 256GB internal SSD. The laptop comes with a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen, two USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, a full-size HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and even an SD card reader. The only compromise you’ll have to make is the color, as it’s currently only available in a golden or ‘Sandstorm’ finish.
Best 15-inch laptop: HP Laptop 15
HP’s entry-level laptops aren’t bad for the price especially since the company started offering the laptop with the latest 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors with Iris Xe graphics. The laptop comes with a 15.6 inch IPS anti-glare display with a full HD resolution, 256GB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, and 8GB of memory. HP claims a battery life of up to seven hours when being used for productivity and up to nine hours of video playback. Apart from offering fast Wi-Fi 6, the laptop comes loaded with an SD card reader, a full-size HDMI port, a USB Type-C port, and two standard USB Type-A ports. It does come with a plastic build, but that’s a given at this price range.
Best Chromebook: Acer Chromebook Spin 713
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 has been rated as one of the best Chromebooks you should buy if you’re looking for top-tier performance. It’s also on our list of the best laptops to buy in 2021. The good thing is, the Core i5 model is currently selling under a budget of $600. The laptop is powered by the Intel Core i5-10210U with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. It also comes with a sharp 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 resolution touchscreen display with a 3:2 ratio and 2-in-1 form factor. The laptop also meets Intel’s “Project Athena” standard which brings you features like quick wake and long battery life.
Best tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Another Surface product from the house of Microsoft, the Surface Pro 7 is the best Windows tablet on the market today. It comes with a 12.3 inch display, a solid kickstand, and a detachable keyboard to improve your productivity. You can get your hands on the tablet at $600 as Best Buy is selling the base variant with the Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. Note the Surface Pro Type keyboard cover and the Surface Pen are sold separately.
We also have a list of some of the best cheap laptops you should buy in 2021, and if you’re looking into budget gaming laptops, make sure you check our recommendations on that too. We are now also slowly moving into the 5G era, so that gives us the perfect opportunity to list some of the best laptops that support 5G connectivity.