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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for best gaming laptop under $500.

A gaming laptop is a powerful portable computer designed to handle the demanding needs of gamers. These machines are equipped with high-end components that can deliver smooth gameplay and high frame rates. Browse the top-ranked list of best gaming laptops under $500 below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Lenovo - Ideapad 1 15.6" HD Laptop - Athlon Silver 3050U  - 4GB Memory - 128GB eMMC - Cloud Grey - Front_Zoom
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    "Runs great but the hard drive is small other than that it does the job ut s suppose to do...Its an amazing computer for my 5 year old perfect starter for anyones kid for gaming"

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    The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 is powered by an ultra-fast AMD Athlon Silver processor and it packs responsive performance in a thin and compact 17.9 mm chassis, making multitasking on-the-go a breeze. Get the most out of your device with a frameless display for more screen and Dolby Audio® speakers, along with 10 hours of battery life and rapid charge.
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    "Runs great but the hard drive is small other than that it does the job ut s suppose to do...Its an amazing computer for my 5 year old perfect starter for anyones kid for gaming"

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    The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 is powered by an ultra-fast AMD Athlon Silver processor and it packs responsive performance in a thin and compact 17.9 mm chassis, making multitasking on-the-go a breeze. Get the most out of your device with a frameless display for more screen and Dolby Audio® speakers, along with 10 hours of battery life and rapid charge.
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    Your price for this item is $329.99
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  2. ASUS - Vivobook 14" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 3 3250 - 8GB Memory - 128GB PCIE SSD - Slate Grey - Front_Zoom
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    "Inexpensive Gaming Laptop...It functions well and is fast enough to play games! Great starter gaming laptop....Great Computer for kids gaming games. There is no lagging in the processors pretty fast."

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    ASUS Vivobook Laptop. Enjoy everyday activities with this ASUS notebook PC. The AMD Ryzen 3 processor and 8GB of RAM let you run programs smoothly, on the 14-inch HD display. This ASUS notebook PC has 128GB SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.
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    "Inexpensive Gaming Laptop...It functions well and is fast enough to play games! Great starter gaming laptop....Great Computer for kids gaming games. There is no lagging in the processors pretty fast."

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    ASUS Vivobook Laptop. Enjoy everyday activities with this ASUS notebook PC. The AMD Ryzen 3 processor and 8GB of RAM let you run programs smoothly, on the 14-inch HD display. This ASUS notebook PC has 128GB SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.
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    Your price for this item is $399.99
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  3. Lenovo - Flex 3i Chromebook 15.6" FHD Touch-Screen Laptop - Celeron N4500 - 4GB Memory - 64GB eMMC - Abyss Blue - Front_Zoom
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    "Great with gaming Roblox...Great video playback and kids games. My daughter loves it and the touch screen....Got for our 11 year old son. He’s a gamer and this was perfect for him"

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    One of the most versatile Chromebooks on the market, the IdeaPad™ Flex 3i Chromebook 15" merges accessibility with power, with an Intel Celeron N4500 processor to handle even the most arduous tasks without a hint of strain. Its slim and light 360° convertible design and 10 hours of battery life makes it suitable for any setting. And as a Chromebook, you can quickly access all your files, photos, music, and more. You can also talk to Google to help you multitask, control your smart home devices or manage your day.
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    "Great with gaming Roblox...Great video playback and kids games. My daughter loves it and the touch screen....Got for our 11 year old son. He’s a gamer and this was perfect for him"

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    One of the most versatile Chromebooks on the market, the IdeaPad™ Flex 3i Chromebook 15" merges accessibility with power, with an Intel Celeron N4500 processor to handle even the most arduous tasks without a hint of strain. Its slim and light 360° convertible design and 10 hours of battery life makes it suitable for any setting. And as a Chromebook, you can quickly access all your files, photos, music, and more. You can also talk to Google to help you multitask, control your smart home devices or manage your day.
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    Your price for this item is $429.00
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  4. HP - 14" Laptop - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 64GB eMMC - Indigo Blue - Front_Zoom
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    "Works as expected. S version of windows actually isn’t bad....Good but Windows S isn't compatible with a lot of...Only complaint is windows S does not let you download a whole lot of programs."

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    Take it anywhere. See more. With its thin and light design, 6.5 mm micro-edge bezel display, and 79% screen to body ratio – take this PC anywhere and see and do more. Reliable performance for every day: Powerful enough for your busiest days, this PC features an Intel processor and reliable flash-based storage at a great value. Powered up and productive. All day long. With a long battery life and fast-charge technology, this laptop lets you work, watch, and stay connected all day. Integrated precision touchpad with multi-touch support speeds up both navigation and productivity. Make the most out of your 365: Bring your ideas to life. Your creativity now gets a boost with Microsoft 365. Office - Word, Excel, and Power Point - now includes smart assistance features that help make your writing more readable, your data clearer and your presentations more visually powerful. One year subscription included.
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    "Works as expected. S version of windows actually isn’t bad....Good but Windows S isn't compatible with a lot of...Only complaint is windows S does not let you download a whole lot of programs."

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    Take it anywhere. See more. With its thin and light design, 6.5 mm micro-edge bezel display, and 79% screen to body ratio – take this PC anywhere and see and do more. Reliable performance for every day: Powerful enough for your busiest days, this PC features an Intel processor and reliable flash-based storage at a great value. Powered up and productive. All day long. With a long battery life and fast-charge technology, this laptop lets you work, watch, and stay connected all day. Integrated precision touchpad with multi-touch support speeds up both navigation and productivity. Make the most out of your 365: Bring your ideas to life. Your creativity now gets a boost with Microsoft 365. Office - Word, Excel, and Power Point - now includes smart assistance features that help make your writing more readable, your data clearer and your presentations more visually powerful. One year subscription included.
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    Your price for this item is $219.99
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    The previous price was $249.99
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  5. HP - Pavilion - 2-in-1 14" FHD Laptop - Intel Core i3 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Space Blue - Front_Zoom
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    "This was a great pickup, and the price is great. S mode sucks though...I like the item, it works really well. Just wish while in S mode you could download from other safe sites, in S mode you can only download from the one app store they provide and it has a limited selection."

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    Entertainment anywhere you choose: Innovatively engineered to rotate 360 degrees so that you can be entertained from any angle you choose. Let the immersive experience move you with HP speakers custom-tuned in collaboration with the experts at B&O. Binge-grade performance: This Intel powered machine is engineered with binge-grade performance to keep you up and running wherever life takes you. Stay connected wherever and personalize your performance with HP Network Booster. Equipped with HP Palette, you can also create seamlessly no matter where you are. Stay connected: Get out of your zone. Make staying connected on the go faster and easier with fast Wi-Fi. And power through marathon sessions with long battery life and HP Fast Charge. Better for the planet by design: The HP Pavilion x360 Laptop was designed with sustainable materials like ocean-bound plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic.
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    "This was a great pickup, and the price is great. S mode sucks though...I like the item, it works really well. Just wish while in S mode you could download from other safe sites, in S mode you can only download from the one app store they provide and it has a limited selection."

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    Entertainment anywhere you choose: Innovatively engineered to rotate 360 degrees so that you can be entertained from any angle you choose. Let the immersive experience move you with HP speakers custom-tuned in collaboration with the experts at B&O. Binge-grade performance: This Intel powered machine is engineered with binge-grade performance to keep you up and running wherever life takes you. Stay connected wherever and personalize your performance with HP Network Booster. Equipped with HP Palette, you can also create seamlessly no matter where you are. Stay connected: Get out of your zone. Make staying connected on the go faster and easier with fast Wi-Fi. And power through marathon sessions with long battery life and HP Fast Charge. Better for the planet by design: The HP Pavilion x360 Laptop was designed with sustainable materials like ocean-bound plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic.
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    Your price for this item is $449.99
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    The previous price was $599.99
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  6. HP - 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Natural Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "I got this thing on sale not really expecting a whole lot as far as gaming or it being super fast but for the price this computer way way blew through my expectations its alot faster then i ever thought it would be and is able to run some relatively system demanding games Obviously if your a serious gamer this isnt for you but for for the casual gamer or day to day tasks this thing is pretty impressive...Love the computer, not a big fan of windows 11 in S mode."

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    Take it anywhere. See more. With its thin and light design, 6.5 mm micro-edge bezel display, and 82% screen to body ratio(40) – take this PC anywhere and see and do more. Reliable performance for every day: Powerful enough for your busiest days, this PC features an Intel® processor and a solid state drive for speedy boot-up and snappier overall experience. Powered up and productive. All day long. With a long battery life and fast-charge technology, this laptop lets you work, watch, and stay connected all day. Integrated precision touchpad with multi-touch support speeds up both navigation and productivity.
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    "I got this thing on sale not really expecting a whole lot as far as gaming or it being super fast but for the price this computer way way blew through my expectations its alot faster then i ever thought it would be and is able to run some relatively system demanding games Obviously if your a serious gamer this isnt for you but for for the casual gamer or day to day tasks this thing is pretty impressive...Love the computer, not a big fan of windows 11 in S mode."

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    Take it anywhere. See more. With its thin and light design, 6.5 mm micro-edge bezel display, and 82% screen to body ratio(40) – take this PC anywhere and see and do more. Reliable performance for every day: Powerful enough for your busiest days, this PC features an Intel® processor and a solid state drive for speedy boot-up and snappier overall experience. Powered up and productive. All day long. With a long battery life and fast-charge technology, this laptop lets you work, watch, and stay connected all day. Integrated precision touchpad with multi-touch support speeds up both navigation and productivity.
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    Your price for this item is $499.99
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    The previous price was $629.99
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  7. HP - 17.3" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 - 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Natural Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "I'm very impressed with Windows S mode....I love it. If you are a gamer on a budget this laptop is for you."

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    Purposefully designed: See more and enjoy flicker-free images on a FHD IPS screen with a narrow bezel, and get comfy while you type with a new lift-hinge that elevates the keyboard. Performance you can trust: Multitasking feels easy and fast with the performance of an AMD processor, powerful graphics, and speedy Wi-Fi technology. Store more of what you love with a lot of storage. Breathe easy: Everyday computing made easy, with a wide array of comfort features like HP Fast Charge and an enlarged click pad. It makes it so all you need to do is you, and not think about anything else.
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    "I'm very impressed with Windows S mode....I love it. If you are a gamer on a budget this laptop is for you."

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    Purposefully designed: See more and enjoy flicker-free images on a FHD IPS screen with a narrow bezel, and get comfy while you type with a new lift-hinge that elevates the keyboard. Performance you can trust: Multitasking feels easy and fast with the performance of an AMD processor, powerful graphics, and speedy Wi-Fi technology. Store more of what you love with a lot of storage. Breathe easy: Everyday computing made easy, with a wide array of comfort features like HP Fast Charge and an enlarged click pad. It makes it so all you need to do is you, and not think about anything else.
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    Your price for this item is $479.99
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  8. HP - Stream 11.6" Laptop - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 64GB eMMC - Diamond White - Front_Zoom
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    "Good for work (Office, internet, email); don't know about games (I'm not a gamer)....I'm happy with it. It is in S-mode."

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    Extremely portable. Expressive design. Live your best life on-the-go and in style with a slim, expressive design. With its smooth finish, vertical brushed pattern, and pop of color, the HP Stream perfectly fits your personality. More features. More value. With an Intel processor and up to 13 hours and 15 minutes of video playback battery life, work all day or binge-watch your favorite shows – all while staying under budget. Plus, stay connected with fast Wi-Fi and all the ports you need. Make the most out of your 365: Bring your ideas to life. Your creativity now gets a boost with Microsoft 365. Office - Word, Excel, and Power Point - now includes smart assistance features that help make your writing more readable, your data clearer and your presentations more visually powerful. One year subscription included.
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    "Good for work (Office, internet, email); don't know about games (I'm not a gamer)....I'm happy with it. It is in S-mode."

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    Extremely portable. Expressive design. Live your best life on-the-go and in style with a slim, expressive design. With its smooth finish, vertical brushed pattern, and pop of color, the HP Stream perfectly fits your personality. More features. More value. With an Intel processor and up to 13 hours and 15 minutes of video playback battery life, work all day or binge-watch your favorite shows – all while staying under budget. Plus, stay connected with fast Wi-Fi and all the ports you need. Make the most out of your 365: Bring your ideas to life. Your creativity now gets a boost with Microsoft 365. Office - Word, Excel, and Power Point - now includes smart assistance features that help make your writing more readable, your data clearer and your presentations more visually powerful. One year subscription included.
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    Your price for this item is $209.99
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  9. HP - 14" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 3 3250U - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Natural Silver - Front_Zoom

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    View more, carry less: See more of your screen on the 14 inch micro-edge bezel display. A thin and light design makes it easy to take this PC anywhere. Dependable performance: Tackle your busiest days with the performance of an AMD processor. Save more of what you love with plenty of storage for all your photos, videos and documents. Stay connected: Long-lasting battery life and HP Fast Charge technology lets you work, watch, and stay connected all day. Integrated precision touchpad with multi-touch support speeds up navigation and productivity.
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    View more, carry less: See more of your screen on the 14 inch micro-edge bezel display. A thin and light design makes it easy to take this PC anywhere. Dependable performance: Tackle your busiest days with the performance of an AMD processor. Save more of what you love with plenty of storage for all your photos, videos and documents. Stay connected: Long-lasting battery life and HP Fast Charge technology lets you work, watch, and stay connected all day. Integrated precision touchpad with multi-touch support speeds up navigation and productivity.
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    Your price for this item is $279.99
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  10. HP - 15.6" Laptop - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Natural Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Watch Out for S-Mode Cheapy HP Laptops...Did not realize this was a S-Mode HP laptop with limited apps capability. ...Love the Laptop but Dislike the S Mode...Yet if you take it out of s mode you can’t ever place it back into that."

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    See more. Take it anywhere. With its 6.5 mm micro-edge bezel display, slim and light design, plus 81% screen to body ratio – this PC lets you see more and do more, no matter where the day takes you. Reliable performance for every day: Powerful enough for your busiest days – this PC features an Intel processor and integrated graphics. Powered up and productive. All day long. Designed for all-day productivity with extended battery life and precision touchpad.
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    "Watch Out for S-Mode Cheapy HP Laptops...Did not realize this was a S-Mode HP laptop with limited apps capability. ...Love the Laptop but Dislike the S Mode...Yet if you take it out of s mode you can’t ever place it back into that."

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    See more. Take it anywhere. With its 6.5 mm micro-edge bezel display, slim and light design, plus 81% screen to body ratio – this PC lets you see more and do more, no matter where the day takes you. Reliable performance for every day: Powerful enough for your busiest days – this PC features an Intel processor and integrated graphics. Powered up and productive. All day long. Designed for all-day productivity with extended battery life and precision touchpad.
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    Your price for this item is $314.99
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