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Best cheap laptops: 10 options for under $500

When you have both new materials and advanced technologies at your fingertips, you have an opportunity to transform something traditional into something pretty freakin’ remarkable. That’s what the makers of the HP Pavilion had in mind when they set out to create a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop that really reflects today’s busy lifestyle. It’s lightweight, it’s durable, and it has quite a few features that we think you’ll be happy with. 
If you want to listen to music, watch TV or movies, then then the Pavilion is a good choice because it has some of the best audio around for a laptop within this class. It comes with Bang & Olufsen Audio and HP Audio Boost. Since The Pavilion is a 360, it really is versatile. Micro Gears allow the display to roll around the base in one continuous movement, so from Notebook Mode you can rotate it around to Tent Mode and it’ll stay there until you want to adjust again. There is an IPS display so you can look at the screen from any angle and the picture should always be crisp. 
Under the hood, you’ll find 500 GB of hard drive capacity, 6 GB of system memory, and a processor speed of 2.4 GHz. The Pavilion has a Windows 10 operating system, but only has an 8.5-hour battery life.