Three new computers you can own for under $500

Looking for a new computer on a budget? No problem. $500 goes a long way in technology.

Top three computers under $500

You might be surprised at just how much performance you can get for under $500 in a computer today. These three computers will have you gliding through tasks without breaking the bank.

HP 14" Laptop
This traditional HP laptop runs Windows 10 and has enough power to get you through any task, with the added bonus of being portable. A 1TB hard drive is enough to hold hundreds of movies, over 100,000 songs or millions of photographs – so you won’t be running out of space anytime soon.


  • 14" display
  • AMD Dual Core processor
  • 1TB hard disk drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • Multi-format card reader
  • HDMI input
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Ports
  • Windows 10 Home

Available from JB HiFi for $498.

Acer Aspire XC-230 Desktop
If you’re upgrading from an old desktop and you already have a screen/monitor, then this Acer desktop computer might be worth considering. And at under $400, you could also find a screen elsewhere and stay under your $500 budget.


  • 1TB hard disk drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • DVD burner
  • AMD Dual Core processor
  • mouse and keyboard
  • wireless internet card
  • Windows 10

Available from Harvey Norman.

Acer 11.6" Celeron Convertible Laptop
This lightweight device is a ‘Chromebook’, a laptop-tablet hybrid that runs software from Google that is similar to your smartphone’s software. Chromebooks have little on-board storage and rely on cloud storage, so you’ll need a constant internet connection to get the most out of this device. At just over 1kg, this slim device is perfect for writing or drawing on the go, using the built in touch screen.


  • 11.6” screen
  • 10-hour battery life
  • 4GB Ram
  • Intel Quad Core processor
  • 16GB flash storage
  • 1 x USB port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • Chrome OS

Available from Officeworks.

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    31st Aug 2017
    Or better still, for your $500 or much less you can buy a computer on an auction site like Graysonline. I bought an Acer i7 computer with a terabyte HD, eight gb of RAM, and running Windows 10 for less than $425. It's current value in shops is over $1000. However be warned - it comes with a very limited warranty, and perhaps it is best if you consult a friend or a relative that knows something about computers, before purchasing. However, real and genuine bargains can be purchased!
    31st Aug 2017
    I maybe wrong but I doubt if that HP has HDMI 'INPUT'. That would be very rare on a 14" and more likely an OUTPUT.
    Old Geezer
    31st Aug 2017
    I wouldn't buy anything today that didn't have a solid state hard drive.

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