If you’re looking for an affordable computer under $500, but worry about sacrificing performance, look no further.
The 2020 Newest Lenovo IdeaPad 3 boasts a powerful Ryzen 3 CPU, which beats the intel i7-7600U in CPU Benchmark’s comparison. The 8GB of RAM provides enough memory for virtually all productivity tasks and less demanding games. And the 256GB SSD hard drive delivers up to 100 times the performance of traditional SATA HDDs. This translates to faster boot times, quicker file transfers, and consumes less power than SATA drives.
The Newest Acer Aspire 5 offers the same CPU, RAM and screen size as the Lenovo above, but has a smaller main SSD hard drive at 128GB, with an added 1GB of traditional SATA storage in a second hard drive. this would be good for someone who is not going to be installing a lot of programs, but has a large photo, music or video collection.
I’m cheating a little by including the Asus X512DA-BTS2020RL, because it lists for $522. But for that little bit of extra money, you get a much faster CPU and video card. The Lenovo and Acer both have a Ryzen 3 CPU and use the Ryzen Vega 3 graphics card. The Asus X512DA-BTS2020RL has a Ryzen 5 CPU and the much faster Ryzen 8 video card, and also doubles the storage of the Lenovo with a 512GB SSD hard drive.
These are all good choices for anyone who uses their computer for web browsing, email and word processing, but wants more power and storage than a Chromebook will provide.