Even in this economic slow down, geeks on a budget can still go techie by checking out these best desktop computers under $500. Of course, it is good to remember that we all get what we pay for. It is more critical than usual to check customer and critic reviews when purchasing computer desktops when working with a thinner wallet. Only brands with a good track record of customer and technical support should be considered when shopping around for desktop computers under $500.
- Dell Inspiron 560s. With a starting price of under $500, this choice is hard to pass up. Dell is known to provide quick technical service so the company is one of the safer bets when buying desktop computers on the cheap. Unlike the few available Dell desktops that come at a lower price, this unit includes an eighteen-inch monitor and Windows 7. The cheaper Dell models come with the much less popular Windows Vista. The initial price includes an Intel Pentium 2.7 GHz dual-core processor, a decent-sized hard drive of 360 GB, very sufficient 4 GB of RAM, a DVD-writer and one-year basic service plan. This desktop has more than enough capacity to run daily applications like Microsoft Office and should be able to play multimedia files efficiently.
- Acer Aspire AX1301-U1312. You would think a desktop running on a triple-core 2.7 GHz processor with 4 GB RAM and massive 750 GB hard drive should come with a price tag well over $500. Well you would be wrong because this strong unit is sold at only $429 on several popular electronic websites. It also comes with Windows 7 Premium, an integrated video card, HDMI output and a DVD writer. The amazing specifications come packaged in a compact size for a desktop. This baby can handle advanced graphics and multitasking easily. The price does not include a monitor but shelling out a bit more for a screen is a small price to pay for the great deal that comes with the desktop's cheap price tag and power punch.
- Lenovo ThinkCentre series. One model of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M-series, the M58e (7298C6U), is such a good deal at below $500 that more than one popular online store ran out of supplies. It comes with a 64-bit dual-core 2.8 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, integrated video and a three-year warranty. You should also check out the other Lenovo ThinkCentre units as a few others also sell within the same price range. The ThinkCentre A58 is priced at just a little above the M58e and is as close as a good deal as the frequently sold out M58e. With the A58's dual-core 2.6 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM and a larger hard drive of 250 GB, it is practically a steal. However, If it's the M58e deal that you are lusting for, a few known electronic websites have the option of alerting customers when more units are in stock.
- Compaq Presario CQ5320F. A best-seller online, the Compaq Presario CQ5320F is packed with enough strength you wouldn't believe it's awesome price tag. This sweet deal comes with an Intel dual-core 2.8 GHz processor, 3 GB RAM, huge 500 GB hard drive, DVD writer and Windows 7 Home Premium. It does have a shared memory graphics card so this unit won't be able to run advanced graphics smoothly. But for everyday computing use like internet surfing and word processing, paying below $400 for the Presario CQ5320F is a very smart move.
Computer deals come and go quickly, especially the best ones. Remember to take advantage of the auto-notify feature available on some retail websites when the product you choose is out of stock. Again, remember to stick with known brands and retailers when shopping for electronics on a budget. Always make sure to do your research when buying electronics.