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A pc for less than 500 euros? We tried 6 (and a tablet)

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A pc for less than 500 euros?  We tried 6 (and a tablet)

Thanks to the shortage of semiconductors and the commercial policies of manufacturers and resellers, the prices of personal computers have soared. However, there is the possibility of choosing PCs below 500 euros with the certainty of having made good purchases for those who use them for work or study (including distance learning).

We have tried some of them, in the medium-low range, which we report here in ascending price order.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

It is in effect a tablet with a 10.1-inch diagonal which, accompanied by the keyboard supplied with the device, falls into the category of 2-in-1 laptops and is suitable for students, a market to which it is aimed also by virtue of the operating system, Google Chrome OS.

The processor, a 2018 MediaTek P60T, should not mislead: its 8 cores and 2.1 GHz frequency allow for smooth use of the device, the cost of which starts at 229 euros.

The graphics card, Arm Mali G72, is typical of mid-range products and, in our opinion, is a compromise considering the price of this netbook, equipped with 4 Gb of ram and a storage capacity of 64 Gb. A USB-C port, Wifi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac which covers wireless frequencies from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz and a Bluetooth 4.2 module complete the device.

The use is fluid, even making long use of the 2 Megapixel front camera and the 8 Megapixel rear camera.

The keyboard, despite its small size, allows for easy writing and the battery lasted for 10 hours and eight minutes. The weight is 450 grams.

What we liked:

· The fluidity of use

· Battery life

What we didn’t like:

· The brightness of the display

· The low volume volume

Lenovo Notebook V15-IGL

Entry level machine, therefore low-end, fully satisfies the typical needs of school use. The Intel Celeron N4020 processor from 1.1 Ghz with two cores is not powerful but it accompanies in a balanced way the equipment that Lenovo has decided to put on board this pc. It is the 4 GB of ram that arouse some doubts, but the price of about 250 euros makes the absence of a greater budget understandable. It should be noted that the Intel UHD Graphics 600 graphics chip is integrated and therefore shares the computer ram.

The operating system is Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and the TPM 2.0 firmware supports upgrade to Windows 11. It has a 256 Gb SSD hard drive, wireless 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, one port Usb 2.0 and two Usb 3.1 ports in addition to the HDMI socket. The card reader is the classic “4 in 1” for Sd, MultiMediaCard, Sdhc and Sdxc media.

15.6 inch HD display with backlit LCD, VGA video camera and lithium polymer battery that allowed us to work for 4 hours and 12 minutes. It weighs 1.9 kg.

What we liked:

· An abundance of ports for external peripherals

· Battery life

What we didn’t like:

· The 4 Gb ram seem insufficient

· The brightness of the display

Chuwi gemibook pro

Chinese manufacturer founded in 2004, Chuwi is not very famous in our latitudes, it specializes in ultra-portable, such as the geminibook pro which, despite being low-end, has its versatility and durability.

A PC equipped with 8 Gb of ram and a two-core Intel Celeron Gemini Lake N4020 processor, with a base frequency of 1.1 GHz. Not a splinter but in line with the price, which starts at 305 euros.

Equipped with 64-bit Windows 10 Home and a 14.1-inch LCD display, it has a keyboard with an English layout but, in the package, there is an over-cover to be applied to the keys that returns the classic arrangement of Italian keyboards.

The plastic chassis, which is particularly weak on the sides of the displays, suggests being handled with particular tact.

In the weight of 1.4 kilograms is enclosed a 256 GB solid state drive, a Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n module, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port and a mini-Hdmi. The micro SD reader allows you to expand the storage space. The graphics chip is the classic Intel UHD Graphics 600 which, having no proprietary ram, uses that of the computer.

We used this machine for 3 hours and 23 minutes without connecting the power supply to the power supply, making it mostly the typical office use without running multimedia files and without encountering major difficulties, although experiencing a certain slowness in the start-up phase of the applications. Most common.

What we liked:

· The fluidity of use

· Battery life

What we didn’t like:

· The lightweight plastic chassis

· The brightness of the display

Teclast F7PLUS2

Teclast is a Chinese manufacturer born in 1999 whose products are not among the most famous in Italy. The F7PLUS2 pc is a pleasant surprise as regards the relationship between quality and price: it can be found starting from figures close to 350 euros.

The 4-core Intel Gemini Lake N4120 processor has a base speed of 1.1 GHz, typical of cheap PCs and not very powerful. 8 Gb of ram, a 256 Gb solid state drive and an Intel HD Graphics 600 graphics processor (which shares the ram of the computer) complete the basic equipment of this machine.

On board is 64-bit Windows 10 Home which we upgraded to Windows 11 with no problems whatsoever.

The 14 ”display is in full hd and, at times, we noticed a slight and annoying flicker that we were not able to correct even by updating the chipset drivers. The keyboard is backlit but, another sore point, it has an English layout and, at the beginning at least, it is necessary to trace the accented letters. Wifi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2 (therefore not of the latest generation), to which are added 2 Usb 3.0 ports, a Usb-C port, a mini-Hdmi and a micro SD card reader. The weight of 1.3 kilograms is in line with PCs of this size.

The 5-cell battery is a strong point of this laptop, which we used for typical office functions (word processor, spreadsheet, web browsing) for 5 hours while retaining 19% charge. Another positive note, together with the metal chassis, is the absence of cooling fans, which makes the machine silent.

What we liked:

· Fanless cooling

· Battery life

What we didn’t like:

· The English keyboard

· The display flickers

Acer Aspire 3 A315-35-P3XM

The Taiwanese Acer has been able to create a laptop worthy of entering the mid-range, while maintaining the price oriented towards that typical of low-end products. In its configuration with a 4-core 1.1 GHz Intel Silver N6000 processor produced in the first quarter of 2021, it is found at a price that fluctuates around 400 euros.

Equipped with 8 Gb of DDR4 ram (expandable up to 16) and a 128 Gb solid state drive, it already has Windows 11 in S mode on board, designed to ensure maximum safety of the device and in any case can be deactivated for free. of an irreversible operation. Once S mode is deactivated, it will no longer be possible to reactivate it.

The 15.6 ”display is in full hd, has a Usb 2 port, two Usb 3.2 ports and the inevitable Hdmi port. In addition to the 802.11 ac Wifi network card and the Bluetooth 5.0 module, there is also a Lan port (10, 100 and 1000 Mbit / s). The weight is 1.7 kilograms.

The two-cell battery held up very well for 6 hours, though typically doing office tasks and using the VGA camera at times. At the end of the work, the indicator indicated 23% of residual energy.

In addition to the absence of a cd / dvd player (forgivable), the MicroSd slot and a Usb-C port are missing.

What we liked:

Performance is good, but considering office-related activities

· Battery life

· Cooling

What we didn’t like:

· The audio, at maximum volume, is not very powerful

128 Gb of disk space

· The operating system in S mode

Asus P509JA-EJ025R

It is a PC that satisfies medium needs for both the home and the office. Let’s start with the operating system, Windows 10 Pro, which is already an indication of the ambitions of this machine, also designed for business use. The processor, Intel Core i3-1005G1, has a clock speed of 1.2 GHz which can go up to 3.4 GHz in the turbo frequency and is a more than acceptable compromise for this Asus PC, whose price is around 490 euros. 4 Gb of ram, Intel UHD video card that shares the computer ram and 256 Gb SSD hard drive.

Equipped with 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, the Bluetooth 4.1 module (standard dating back to 2013) leaves a little perplexing and, considering that the machine is also designed for professional users, the absence of a Lan port is surprising.

The display is 15.6 inches full hd. The pc is equipped with a Usb 2.0 port, a Usb 3.2 and a Usb-C and, in addition to the HDMI input, it also mounts a micro SD card reader. All enclosed in 1.8 kilograms of weight.

We stressed the PC a bit, using multiple applications at the same time, including watching a movie in streaming. It handled the workload well but the battery ran out after about two and a half hours.

What we liked:

The Windows 10 pro operating system

· Multitasking execution

What we didn’t like:

· The absence of a Lan port

· Battery life

· Cooling

Tablet Huawei MatePad 11

Let’s start with the price: 429 euros, not exactly the cheapest of the tablets, but with a relationship between quality and price in our opinion among the best.

The operating system is HarmonyOS 2.0, an alternative to Android launched by Huawei in 2021. The absence of Google services is felt, even if there are valid alternatives on AppGallery, the Huawei application store.

It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, octa-core with a clock speed of 2.84 GHz, has 6 Gb ram and a storage space of 128 Gb. The 10.95-inch display with IPS technology and an average brightness of 515 candelas per m2 for a resolution in 16:10 (typical of tablets, i.e. 2560 x 1600 pixels).

The 8 Megapixel front camera and the 13 Megapixel rear camera, to which is added Wifi 6, a Bluetooth 5.1 module and a Usb-C port and the M-Pencil, the active pen for interacting with the touch display complete the hardware equipment of this tablet. All concentrated in 27 centimeters and 485 grams of weight.

We used the tablet to navigate and to test the handwriting recognition, then we concentrated on the use of HiSuite, the native application for synchronization with PC and Mac. Finally we took advantage of the 4 speakers to test their audio quality. The battery has supported us for 6 hours and 35 minutes and, considering that we have made an intense use of it, the 12 hours of duration guaranteed by Huawei are not utopian.

Fluidity of use and precision of the M-Pencil make the experience pleasant. Facial recognition, however, needs to be improved, he recognized the same face with and without a mask.

What we liked:

· The fluidity of use

· The accuracy of the pen

What we didn’t like:

Facial recognition

· The absence of Google services makes the use of the device more malicious

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