Top 15 Best Laptops Under $300

When it comes to laptops people want a cheap and budgeted laptop which will fulfill all their daily needs and do everyday activities for them.

Most of my friends who own laptops have taken very budgeted and pocket-friendly laptops on which they run heavy or light games, use it for work and some use it for slight PC apps.

Let us look at the best budgeted and cheap laptops that are the best in terms of battery life, can be used for heavy or light gaming or that can be used for light use.

Best Laptops Under $300 – Top 15 Picks

HP STREAM 14-AX010NR

HP STREAM 14-AX010NR

HP STREAM 14-AX010NR is a very good laptop which has a great battery life which is helpful for games and heavy media to run for the entire day. It has a great eye-catching design and body and is attractive because of its charming blue color.

Unfortunately, it has a dim display not allowing you to view images or media color clearly. Also does not give the best performance in terms of processing programs.

Hardware Specifications of HP STREAM 14-AX010NR
 RAM4 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)
 ProcessorIntel Celeron N3060
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 400
 Display14-inch diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366 x 768)
 Storage32 GB eMMC
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
 Battery Life4.5 hours
 Weight1.44 kg
PROS:
  • Long battery life
  • Eye-catching
  • Colorful design
  • Solid battery life
CONS:
  • Flimsy construction
  • Dim display
  • Underwhelming performance

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Lenovo Ideapad 330 (15-Inch) Laptop

Lenovo Ideapad 330

Lenovo Ideapad 330 (15-Inch) is a perfectly priced laptop that comes to you with a good keyboard which is common to all Lenovo Laptops. You can also upgrade your RAM and storage for this PC anytime you are lacking space.

Unfortunately, it has a poor webcam with which you cannot take clear and crisp photos or videos and the stock battery is too small. Also comes with a slow HDD and keyboard does not have a backlight.

I personally use this laptop and have found that it is perfect for gaming and watching internet videos for long hours.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo Ideapad 330 (15-Inch) Laptop
 RAM4GB DDR4 RAM (Upgradable up to 8GB)
 ProcessorIntel Pentium N5000 Quad Core 1.10 GHz Processor (Turbo up to 2.7GHz)
 GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 605
 Display15.6-Inch HD LED Display, 1366 x 768 pixels Resolution
 Storage500GB Hard Drive (Upgradable up to 1TB SSD)
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit
 Battery Life4.5 hours
 Weight4.85 lbs
PROS:
  • Adequately priced
  • Good keyboard
  • Upgradeable RAM and storage
  • 4-in-1 card reader
  • Full sized Ethernet
CONS:
  • Keyboard lacks backlight
  • Slow HDD
  • Poor webcam
  • Stock battery is too small

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ASUS CHROMEBOOK 15

ASUS CHROMEBOOK 15

ASUS Chromebook 15 has a very good display resolution and provides solid performance. This laptop is very budgeted and cheap so don’t worry about the price. It comes to you with an Aluminum Chassis body.

Unfortunately, it has a very low battery life and a dull display even though it has a good resolution. But since it is cheap you can think of buying it.

Hardware Specifications of Asus Chromebook 15
 Processor1.5 GHz Celeron 3205U
 Display15.6-inch HD LED Display, 1920 x 1080 pixels Resolution
 RAM4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
 Storage32 GB
 Operating SystemGoogle Chrome
 Battery Life5 hours
 Weight4.8 pounds
PROS:
  • 1080p touch display
  • Aluminum chassis
  • Solid performance
  • Inexpensive
CONS:
  • Below-average battery life
  • Dull display

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Dell Inspiron 11 Convertible Laptop

Dell Inspiron 11 Convertible Laptop

Dell Inspiron 11 is a convertible laptop which can be immediately converted into a touchscreen display which is really cool. Most amazingly, it has a matte screen and not a glass screen, so forget about getting dirty patches on your screen.

It has a really good battery life, the best audio and comes in multiple color options all at an affordable price.

Unfortunately, it cannot be upgraded to higher storage and has a very small storage space. It has a very dim display which is again bad about this PC and you get a really uncomfortable typing experience.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 11 (2-in-1) Laptop
 Display11.6-Inch HD LED-lit Touchscreen display with 1366×768 Resolution
 Processor7th Generation AMD A9-9420e 2.6GHz Processor
 GraphicsAMD Radeon R5 Graphics
 Storage500GB 5400RPM HDD
 RAM4GB DDR4 RAM
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit OS
 Battery LifeUp to 6 hours
 Weight2.7 lbs
PROS:
  • Matte screen
  • Noiseless operation
  • Very good battery life
  • Affordable price
  • Solid audio
  • Multiple color options
CONS:
  • Cannot be upgraded, tight storage capacity
  • Dim, inaccurate display
  • Uncomfortable typing experience

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Lenovo Chromebook C330

Lenovo Chromebook C330

Lenovo Chromebook C330 has a really bright screen and has good size and weight and solid 10-hour battery life. It comes to you with a slim design.

But sadly, the white light shows off the scratches and grimes on the screen. The keyboard is mediocre and you cannot upgrade the storage space and has a low display resolution.

Hardware Specifications of Lenovo Chromebook C330 Chromebook
 RAM4GB DDR3L RAM
 Storage64GB eMMC storage
 Display11.6-Inch HD IPS Multi-Touch display with 1366×768 Resolution
 ProcessorMediaTek MT8173C 2.1 GHz Quad-core Processor
 GraphicsIMG PowerVR GX6250
 Battery LifeUp to 10 hours
 Operating SystemChrome OS
 Weight2.6 lbs
PROS:
  • Bright screen
  • Good size and weight
  • True 10-hour battery life,
  • Slim design
  • Inexpensive price
CONS:
  • White shows scratches and grime
  • Keyboard is mediocre
  • no upgrades possible
  • Lower-resolution display

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DELL I3552-3240BLK (15-inch) Laptop

DELL I3552-3240BLK

DELL I3552-3240BLK (15-inch) has a really long battery life and is affordable. You can do quick and easy file transfer from this laptop anytime you wish. A highly reliable laptop which can work for years and promise you the best performance forever all under an affordable pocket-friendly price.

Also has a great sound quality by which you will be amazed to expect such crystal-clear sound or audio from this device.

Hardware Specifications of DELL I3552-3240BLK (15-Inch) Laptop
 ProcessorIntel Pentium N3700 1.6 GHz
 Display15.6-inch HD LED Display, 1366 x 768 pixels Resolution
 RAM4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
 Storage500 GB SATA
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home Basic
 Battery Life4 hours
 Weight4.85 pounds

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Acer Aspire 1 (14-Inch) Laptop

Acer Aspire 1

Acer Aspire 1 (14-Inch) has an elegant display and has a really fast processor. You get Nvidia processor which means you do not get integrated graphics and which ultimately means you get good and fast gaming experience.

Also, you get good battery life for this PC and high luminosity which means strong screen brightness.

Unfortunately, everything has a dark side and this laptop too has one. It has a mediocre interface which is not so impressive and has a dismal display. Also has a bad performing AC adapter.

Hardware Specifications of Acer Aspire 1 (14-Inch) Laptop
 RAM4GB DDR4 SDRAM
 ProcessorIntel Celeron N4000 Dual Core Processor (Up to 2.6GHz)
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 500
 Storage64GB eMMC Storage
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit
 Display14-Inch Full HD LED backlit display with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
 Battery LifeUp to 6 hours
 Weight3.64 lbs
PROS:
  • Elegant design
  • fast processor
  • IPS display with high luminosity
  • Nvidia GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM
  • Good battery life
CONS:
  • Performance of the AC adapter
  • Mediocre interface
  • Dismal display

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HP 14-df0010nr (14-Inch) Laptop

HP 14-df0010nr Laptop

HP 14-df0010nr (14-Inch) is a laptop with good productivity and really long battery life. This inexpensive laptop has good display colors. This laptop is light in weight so you can carry it anywhere you want.

Unfortunately, the keyboard is not so good and the touchpad is also not so responsive. Comes with onboard storage capacity and a bad display.

Hardware Specifications of HP 14-df0010nr (14-Inch) Laptop
 RAM4 GB DDR4 RAM
 Storage128GB M.2 SSD
 ProcessorIntel Pentium N5000 Quad-Core Processor (Turbo up to 2.7GHz)
 Display14-Inch Full HD IPS display with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
 GraphicsIntel UHD 605 Graphics
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home S 64-bit OS
 Battery LifeUp to 6 hours
 Weight3.1 lbs
PROS:
  • Productivity is good
  • Long and lovely battery life
  • Inexpensive
  • Colors are good.
  • Light weight
CONS:
  • Keyboard is not good
  • Touchpad is not worthy
  • On board storage capacity
  • Display is not good

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LENOVO FLEX 3 (11-inch) Laptop

LENOVO FLEX 3

LENOVO FLEX 3 (11-inch) is a fully flexible laptop under a cheap price and is fully optimized for entertainment and gaming. It is incredibly stylish, classy and slim and most amazingly it is light in weight.

With its long battery life, you can enjoy for long hours on this PC for up to 8 hours. You get multitouch for the screen after converting it. But it has a dull screen, shallow key travel, and weak performance.

Hardware Specifications of LENOVO FLEX 3 (11-inch) Laptop
 ProcessorIntel Core i7-6500U (6th Gen)
 Display15.6-inch HD LED Display, 1920 x 1080 Pixels Resolution
 RAM8 GBDDR3
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 520
 Storage1 TB
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home Basic
 Battery Life5 hours
 Weight2.1 Kg
PROS:
  • High quality design
  • Excellent touchpad
  • Crisp audio quality
  • Long lasting battery
CONS:
  • Weak performance
  • Dull Screen
  • Shallow key travel

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Dell Inspiron 3000 (15.6-Inch) Laptop

Dell Inspiron 3000

Dell Inspiron 3000 (15.6-Inch) is a laptop with a large and vivid display and a slim and lightweight body. It comes with an Aluminum lid and sturdy body. Very good battery life and awesome maintenance options.

But sadly, you get an only 1-year warranty for this product and has a bad display with a strong bluish tint. Also has a flaky keyboard, bad touchpad and throttled GPU.

Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 3000 (15-Inch) Laptop
 Storage500GB Hard Drive
 ProcessorIntel Celeron N5000 1.1GHz Processor (Up to 2.7GHz)
 RAM4 GB RAM (Expandable up to 8 GB)
 Display15.6-Inch LED Backlit display with 1366×768 Resolution
 GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 605
 Battery Life6.5 hours
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit
 Weight5 lbs
PROS:
  • Large, vivid display
  • 16GB of memory
  • Slim, lightweight chassis
  • Aluminium lid
  • Great maintenance options
  • Good battery life
CONS:
  • Flaky keyboard and trackapd
  • “Throttled” GPU
  • Only 12 months of warranty
  • Display with strong bluish tint

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Acer Chromebook 14

Acer Chromebook 14

Acer Chromebook 14 is an affordable laptop with a sturdy aluminum body and a multitasking performance. It has a vibrant display, a long battery life, and strong audio.

Sadly, it has a dim display, shallow keyboard, and a mediocre processor limit. Also, it does not have an SD card reader, which is hugely bad for a laptop.

Hardware Specifications of Acer Chromebook 14
 Display14 Inch Full HD IPS Display with 1920×1080 Resolution
 Operating SystemChrome OS
 ProcessorIntel Celeron N3160 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (Turbo – 2.4 GHz)
 RAM4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
 Storage32 GB (100 GB of Google Drive Storage)
 Battery Life12 hours
 Weight3.4 lbs
PROS:
  • Sturdy aluminum chassis
  • Solid multitasking performance
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Vibrant 1080p display
  • Long battery life
  • Strong audio
CONS:
  • Shallow keyboard
  • Dim display
  • No SD memory reader
  • Processor performance has limits

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Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02

Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02

Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02 has a great keyboard at a reasonable price. It is very durable and easy to repair and has superb battery life.

But it has a mixed performance so it won’t provide good performance in all fields. Also, it lacks a touchscreen and is heavier than competitive products.

Hardware Specifications of Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02
 RAM4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
 ProcessorIntel Celeron Dual Core N3060 2.4GHz
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
 Storage16GB Flash Storage (Comes with SD Card slot)
 Operating SystemChrome OS
 Display13.3 Inch HD Anti-Glare 1366×768 Display
 Battery Life10 hours
 Weight2.2 lbs
PROS:
  • Great keyboard
  • Reasonable price
  • Durable and easy to repair
  • Very good battery life
CONS:
  • Mixed performance
  • Lacks touch screen
  • Heavier than competition

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Asus VivoBook E203MA Laptop

Asus VivoBook E203MA Laptop

This PC is lighter than it looks and has a work-friendly keyboard and is very inexpensive. It has mediocre battery life.

This one is not so good for gaming or heavy-duty application to run and even not worth buying such a slow PC with a low battery life under 300 bucks.

Hardware Specifications of Asus VivoBook E203MA Laptop
 ProcessorIntel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core 1.1GHz Processor (Turbo up to 2.6 GHz)
 Storage64GB eMMC Storage (Upgradable via SD card slot)
 RAM4 GB DDR4 RAM
 GraphicsIntel HD 600 Graphics
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro S
 Battery LifeUp to 10 hours
 Display11.6-Inch HD Glossy Display, 1366 x 768 Pixels Resolution
 Weight2.2 lbs
PROS:
  • Lighter than it looks
  • Work friendly keyboard
  • Inexpensive
CONS:
  • Middling battery life

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Samsung Chromebook

Samsung Chromebook

Samsung Chromebook is a Chrome OS laptop and is a fast and stable device. These laptops are typically very light in weight.  But they are not good for gaming at all.

Well, you should be keeping in mind that not all PC applications and games support Chrome OS and so expect some apps do not function on this laptop which used to work on your Windows PC.

Hardware Specifications of Samsung Chromebook
 Processor1.7 GHz Exynos 5000 Series
 Display11.6 -inch HD LED Display, 1366 x 768 Pixels Resolution
 RAM2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
 GraphicsIntegrated Graphics
 Storage16 GB Solid state
 Operating SystemChrome
 Battery Life6.3 hours
 Weight2.4 pounds
PROS:
  • Chrome OS is fast and stable.
  • Machines are typically light
CONS:
  • They’re not great for gaming

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HP 15z (15.6-Inch) Touch Screen Laptop

HP 15z Laptop

This laptop has a really good battery life and comes with a slim chassis body. Applications work best on this Windows PC. Also, this laptop uses very low energy.

It has some bad features as well. It does have a fast ethernet, has a low number of I/O ports and a little dark display and has a blue cast. Also, it has only a 1-year warranty.

Hardware Specifications of HP 15z (15.6-Inch) Touchscreen Notebook
 Display15.6 Inch HD LED Touchscreen (multi-touch) display with 1366×768 Resolution
 ProcessorIntel Pentium N5000 Quad-Core 1.1GHz Processor (Turbo up to 2.7GHz)
 RAM4GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
 Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit
 GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 620
 Battery LifeUp to 5 hours
 Storage1TB HDD
 Weight4.6 lbs
PROS:
  • Good battery runtimes
  • Slim chassis
  • Good application performance
  • Decent battery runtimes
  • Low power consumption
  • Slim appearance
  • Solid application performance
CONS:
  • Display is a bit dark and has a blue cast
  • Only 12 months warranty
  • Only Fast Ethernet
  • Slow Ethernet
  • Lower number of I/O ports
Conclusion

After looking at the above range of laptops, I have come to the conclusion that you should be selecting laptops only from the above range and not from anywhere else.

Even local stores will not provide laptops with such good performing, made for light or heavy gaming or with excellent battery life under such a low price of $300.

 

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