Finding the Best Budget Laptops Under $200

Last Updated: February 18, 2017 by

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Welcome to our guide to the best laptops under $200 based on value for money, hardware performance, ease of use, design and consumer feedback.

For those of you that are shopping for a new laptop on a very limited budget, finding a cheap or refurbished laptop might be the best option for you.  In this list you will find some of the best deals on new, used and refurbished laptops all priced under the $200 mark. The second hand laptop market has exploded over the years and not everyone needs a fancy laptop to achieve what they are after and there are also many brand new netbooks and Chromebooks with some seriously attractive designs on offer. These budget laptops will work perfectly fine for browsing the web, MS Office applications (except for Chromebooks), and basic programs. Note: The main drawback of buying a laptop under $200 is that to get the best performance out of your machine you will need to run either an older operating system (usually Windows XP) or Chrome OS, Google’s custom operating system that is based on the cloud and is fully browser orientated (no standard Windows apps). We’d strongly recommending checking out our guide to laptops under $300 if you can afford it for a lot more solid options or more of our cheap laptop guides to fit every budget.

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Best Laptops Under $200 – Top Picks

These are our current top picks for the sub-$200 laptop market and anyone looking for budget laptop that can handle your day to day tasks.

HP 14-an013nr 14-inchHP 14-an013nr 14-inch

If you are looking for a small laptop for basic tasks such as web browsing, Skype and word processing, then the HP 14-an013nr might be right for you. The HP 14-an013nr is an updated version of the HP 14-an010nr and you now get a Full-HD IPS display. While the HP 14-an010nr only offers a 1366 x 768 TN display, the new and improved display on the HP 14-an013nr offers richer colors and wider viewing angles. You now get a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is a vast improvement over its predecessor. The AMD Qaud Core E2-7110 and 4GB of DDR3L RAM will not win any awards, but it will easily cope with everyday basic tasks. While it does have an eMMC solid state drive, it is tiny and only offers 32GB of storage space. With Windows 10 installed, you will only have about 15GB of internal storage space to use. We recommend at looking at a Cloud based storage option or an external drive to store your multimedia files. The entry level Radeon R2 graphics is by no means a gaming GPU, but you will be able to play Sims 4, World of Warcraft and Counter Strike: Go on the lowest of settings. The battery life is not as good as we had hoped and users have reported an average battery life of around 5 hours, which will mean carrying your power cord around with you.

Specs

  • 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 3.86 lbs

Pros

  • Full-HD IPS display
  • Price
  • SSD
  • Compact size

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • Slightly under powered
  • Weak graphics chip
  • No optical drive

Summary

The HP 14-an013nr is an affordable 14-inch laptop that offers a Full-HD IPS display. But the tiny solid state drive cannot be upgraded and users are not left with much space with Windows 10 installed.

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Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ 11.6-inch

Acer has started to make a name for itself in the Chromebook market as of late. With multiple additions to their chromebook lineup the CB3-131-C3SZ is one of the most popular. Don’t let the 2.16Ghz Celeron processor and 2GB DDR3L RAM fool you, the CB3-131-C3SZ is lightning fast thanks to Google’s lightweight Chrome OS. Boot up times are around 7 seconds thanks to the 16GB SSD drive and with around 8 and a half hours of battery life this couldn’t be more suited for a on-the-go professional or student. There are a few limitations due to Chrome OS such as only being able to install apps off the Chrome web store as well as a lack of a file browser, however the tech savvy user will easily be able to install Linux to turn this Chromebook into a fully fledged laptop computer.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (IPS)
  • Chrome OS
  • 11.5 hours battery life
  • 2.43 lbs

Pros

  • Compact
  • Aluminum Cover
  • Long Battery Life
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Chrome OS Limitations
  • No optical drive

Summary

The Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ is fast, light and lasts a long time on a single charge, the only downside is the limitations imposed by Chrome OS.

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Lenovo N22 80S6 11.6-inchLenovo N22 80S6 11.6-inch

If you are after a compact laptop that won’t break the bank, then the Lenovo N22 80S6 is well worth looking at. The long battery life means that you will be able work or browse the web for up to 10 hours, making the Lenovo N22 80S6 great for college students and travellers alike. One of the Lenovo N22 80S6’s unique features is its rotational camera, which can rotate 180 degrees. The Lenovo N22 80S6 was designed for the K-12 education market and has been designed to be extremely sturdy and even features a water-resistant keyboard just in case you spill liquid on it. The hardware won’t win any awards, but the Dual-Core Intel Celeron N3050 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM will easily cope with basic tasks. However, the processor will struggle with heavier multitasking and this will leave the laptop feeling very sluggish. The superfast SSD allows Windows to boot up in seconds, but with only 64GB of storage space it severely limits the amount of apps that you can install and the amount of files that you can store. Both the 4GB of RAM and the installed SSD cannot be upgraded, but you can add a large microSD card to extend the laptop’s storage. A big plus for business users is that the Lenovo N22 80S6 comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Professional, which offers far more options than the Home edition.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 10 hours battery life
  • 2.8 lbs

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • SSD
  • Windows 10 Pro National Academic
  • Price to performance ratio
  • Compact design
  • Durable build quality

Cons

  • Slightly underpowered
  • RAM and SSD can’t be upgraded
  • No full size SD card slot
  • No optical drive
  • No Ethernet port

Summary

The Lenovo N22 80S6 is a budget friendly laptop that offers excellent battery life and a compact and durable design. But the hardware is underpowered for power users and the RAM and SSD cannot be upgraded.

Lenovo N22 80S6 11.6-inch
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HP Stream 11-y010nr 11.6-inchHP Stream 11-y010nr 11.6-inch

The Stream range of laptops have been extremely popular with users who are after a reliable laptop that won’t break the bank. Designed for the everyday user, the HP Stream 11-y010nr will easily cope with tasks such as web browsing, emails and Skype, but its entry level processor will struggle with more intensive tasks. Designed for streaming and working online, the HP Stream 11-y010nr only features a tiny 32GB of storage space. However with Windows 10 installed you are only left with around 20GB of usable storage space. While the SSD will allow you to start up Windows in seconds, it is far too small to store any larger media collections or large amounts of photos. Luckily HP have fitted the HP Stream 11-y010nr with a microSD card slot and you can use a large 128GB microSD card to increase the internal storage of the laptop. Don’t forget to format the card to NTFS to allow Windows to copy larger files. You can also look at an external hard drive or a cloud based storage option if you would prefer even more space. An Intel Celeron N3060 processor and 4GB of RAM power the HP Stream 11-y010nr, but neither the RAM nor the storage drive can be removed or upgraded, so you will have to make do with the 4GB of RAM. You get an 11.6-inch display that offers impressive colors and image quality for its attractive price. However, to keep costs down, HP have used an entry level TN display that offers far narrower viewing angles than laptops with an IPS displays. You also get a fairly large bezel around the display which is noticeable and makes the overall display area look a lot smaller than it really is. Overall if you are looking for a cheap entry level laptop for basic tasks, then the HP Stream 11-y010nr is well worth considering. Alternatively you can also look at the slightly larger HP Stream 14-ax010nr if you would prefer a 14-inch laptop.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • 10.75 hours battery life
  • 2.57 lbs

Pros

  • Light and compact
  • Great battery life
  • Good display
  • Fast boot speeds
  • Attractive price
  • 12 month of Office 365

Cons

  • Tiny amount of storage space
  • No optical drive
  • Limited ports
  • Slightly underpowered hardware

Summary

The HP Stream 11-y010nr offers great value for money, but the underpowered hardware is more suited to basic tasks and the internal storage space is fairly small for a modern laptop.

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ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS02 11.6-inchASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS02 11.6-inch

If you are in the market for a sleek, ultra-portable laptop that is very stylish yet functional but you don’t want to spend a fortune then the ASUS 11.6 Chromebook might just be the choice for you. Powered by the Baytrail line of processors from Intel, it offers quick and steady performance through most tasks although some heavier duty applications might see slower processing times. With it’s incredible 11 hour battery you are easily free to take with you wherever you go without worrying about running low on power and the 16 GB solid state drive gives you a fair amount of storage while speeding up load times while you work. Running the ChromeOS, you will gain access to the vast library of apps from the Chrome Web Store but, like many Chromebooks, you need to be online in order to fully take advantage of the features. The ASUS 11.6 Chromebook is the perfect budget Chromebook for users who don’t want to spend a lot of money but need a fast laptop to take with them wherever they go.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 2.5 lbs

Pros

  • 4GB of RAM
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Light
  • Battery life

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • No optical drive
  • Limited apps

Summary

The ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS02 is great for streaming videos, editing word documents and surfing the web.

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ASUS VivoBook E200HA-US01-GD 11.6-inchASUS VivoBook E200HA-US01-GD 11.6-inch

The ASUS VivoBook E200HA is a great machine for users who are after a lightweight laptop that can easily be packed it into a backpack or handbag while on the go. Featuring an Intel Atom Quad-Core Z8300 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC flash storage, the ASUS VivoBook E200HA is by no means a powerful laptop. But the hardware installed will cope with basic day-to-day tasks such as; emailing, web browsing, Skyping and word processing. Reviewers have praised ASUS for using a slightly snappier Atom Quad-Core processor over a Dual-Core Celeron of some of its rivals, and the fast flash storage device. But the storage space is limited and a 64GB or 128GB version would be preferable as users are only left with about 15GB with Windows 10 installed. ASUS have however added a Micro SD slot that can be used to expand the storage space of the VivoBook E200HA. The rest of the hardware is also non-upgradable and users will have to make do with the limited 2GB of RAM, but for day-to-day tasks the RAM should be sufficient. The integrated graphics will run basic flash games and multimedia, but the Cherry Trail GPU is underpowered and will not run any new titles. Some classic titles such as Age of Empires 2 or Counter Strike 1.6 will run with acceptable frame rates. But at under $200, it would be unreasonable to expect a gaming laptop. The display offers average colors, average viewing angles and a maximum resolution of 1366×768. The battery is surprisingly good and will offer an average of 6-8 hours of use off of a single charge, which is great for travelling.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 13 hours battery life
  • 2.16 lbs

Pros

  • Battery life
  • Thin and light
  • eMMC storage
  • Price

Cons

  • Storage space
  • None upgradable hardware
  • Limited USB ports
  • No optical drive

Summary

The ASUS VivoBook E200HA-US01-GD offers great battery life and a small and light design for users who are constantly on the go.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 100s 80R2001FUS 11.6-inchLenovo IdeaPad 100s 80R2001FUS 11.6-inch

Lenovo is known across the globe for their budget laptop solutions, the Ideapad 100s is an 11.6-inch laptop that boasts a sleek and thin design and is priced well under $200. With a 9-hour battery life and weighing in at 2.2lbs, the 100s is the perfect travel companion for users who only require a laptop for basic tasks such as web browsing and word processing. The Quad Core Intel Atom Z3735F processor is backed by 2GB of RAM, which is a configuration that is commonly found on Windows 10 based tablets. The 32GB of eMMC flash memory is limited to only 17GB with Windows 10 installed, but users can install a microSD card to expand the 100s’ storage space. We recommend a high speed 64GB or 128GB microSD card. Like most Windows based tablets, Lenovo offers the 100s with a 1 year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. The display offers good viewing angles with average colors and has a maximum resolution of 1366×768. The display is powered by Intel Bay Trail graphics chip and is in no way a gaming laptop. Classic games will run, but more modern titles will not run at all. While the keyboard offers large keys for typing, it does suffer from a large amount of flex which can annoy some users. The trackpad offers responsive navigation, but lacks gesture support. Available in four brilliant colors, red, blue, white and silver, you can pick one that matches your style.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 2.2 lbs

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Large keys
  • Good viewing angles

Cons

  • Keyboard flexes
  • Touchpad doesn't support gestures
  • No USB 3.0

Summary

The Ideapad 100s features good hardware that offers users a solid performing laptop for web browsing and word processing.

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More Laptops Under $200

ASUS E402MA 14-Inch

ASUS E402MA 14-Inch

Users looking for a light basic machine that will be primarily used for email, Skype, browsing and word processing should definitely check out the ASUS E402MA. With an Intel N2840 and 2GB of RAM, it’s by no means a powerful machine. While technically able to play HD video content the low resolution screen and low amount of storage very much hinder the media experience. Where this machine does shine is thanks to the SSD the bootup and load times of basic applications are very fast and the Celeron N2840 handles most, if not all, day to day applications provided not too much multitasking is involved. At under $300, the E402MA offers users who would otherwise not be able to afford a laptop a foot in the door to the computing world. ASUS is also known for their good build quality so while cheap in price these laptops do tend to last a bit longer than some of their rivals.

Specs

  • 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 5.1 lbs

Pros

  • Low price
  • Fast boot time
  • Good day to day performance
  • Good build quality

Cons

  • Low resolution screen
  • Limited storage space

Summary

An affordable machine only suited to basic tasks and not very media friendly.

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Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM 11.6-inch

The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM is a great alternative to budget Chromebooks and entry level tablets. Looking at its specs, you can say it is a Windows tablet with a permanently attached keyboard. As expected at this price, it has a very basic design made of plastic. It still feels sturdy, has little flex and weighs only 2.5 pounds. Having a 0.70-inch body means it lacks a DVD drive, but its compact frame houses adequate connectivity options including a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, a full-size HDMI port and even fast 802.11a/c Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has a full-size keyboard and a large touchpad providing smooth typing and fluid navigation. Its 11.6-inch anti-glare display is bright and sharp, and supports a native resolution of 1366 x 768. The Cloudbook is a fanless system with a power efficient Dual-Core Intel N3050 processor that is backed by 2GB of RAM for fluid mainstream computing such as social networking, editing spreadsheets, web browsing and video playback. It has rather weak integrated graphics that cannot handle any latest desktop games. The laptop only has 32GB of storage because Acer wants you to save your files in the Cloud and offers 1TB of free cloud storage for a year along with a free Office 365 subscription. The Cloudbook comes with a large number of useful cloud-enabled apps like abPhoto, ab Music, abFiles, and abDocs. The laptop can run for 8 hours on battery, and gets adequately loud despite its tiny speakers. All in all, the One Cloudbook 11 could be a reliable second laptop for travel and a super cheap option for users who just want a fast enough machine for typing and web browsing.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 8 hours battery life
  • 2.54 lbs

Pros

  • Battery life
  • Thin and light
  • Dual-Band WiFi

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • 2GB of RAM
  • No optical drive

Summary

The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM is a small and light laptop with excellent battery life, but the hard drive offers limited storage space.

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Toshiba Satellite CL15T 11.6-inchToshiba Satellite CL15T 11.6-inch

If you are a user who is after a small portable laptop with a long battery life then the Toshiba Satellite CL15T is an option to look at in the sub $200 price range. Powered by Intel Celeron N2840 processor and 2GB of RAM, the Toshiba Satellite CL15T won’t win any prizes for its performance. But if you only require a laptop for basic tasks such as word processing, web browsing and Skype, then the hardware will be adequate for your needs. The eMMC flash memory offers fast Windows boot times and allows for faster app launching times, but at 32GB it offers limited storage space. With Windows 10 installed there are less than 12GB of storage space for users to use for storage. While many budget laptops feature microSD slots, the Toshiba Satellite CL15T only features a full size SD slot making it less suited as a permanent storage extension as the card sticks out a bit. Neither the RAM nor the storage device can be upgraded. The Toshiba Satellite CL15T features a multi-touch display that is fairly responsive, but the image quality and colors are not going to win any awards, but once again it is a sub $200 laptop. But its light weight and long battery life make it a great choice for travellers and backpackers.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 2.9 lbs

Pros

  • Price
  • Battery life
  • Small and light

Cons

  • Underpowered processor
  • Limited storage space
  • 2GB of RAM

Summary

The Toshiba Satellite CL15T is a light weight 11.6-inch laptop with a long battery life, but the underpowered hardware and limited storage space mean it is only intended for basic tasks.

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HP 14-an010nr 14-inchHP 14-an010nr 14-inch

If you are looking for a small laptop for basic tasks such as web browsing, Skype and word processing, then the HP 14-an010nr might be right for you. Powered by an AMD Qaud Core E2-7110 and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, the HP 14-an010nr will handle all your day-to-day tasks, but the processor is slightly underpowered for more intensive multitasking. While it does have an eMMC solid state drive, it is tiny and only offers 32GB of storage space. With Windows 10 installed, users will only have about 15GB of storage space to use. We recommend purchasing an external hard drive or using a cloud based storage service to extend the laptop’s storage capabilities. The Radeon R2 graphics are very disappointing and is mainly there to run the Windows apps. This is in no way a gaming laptop and at its price we don’t expect it to be. The display is exactly what we expect from a budget laptop and users can expect average image quality. With a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768, users can still enjoy video streaming at 720p. Luckily the HP 14-an010nr features an HDMI and VGA port so that it can be connected to a TV or monitor for Full-HD video streaming. While the battery life is not terrible, it won’t last an entire work or school day, so make sure you have your power cord with you.

Specs

  • 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 6 hours battery life

Pros

  • Price
  • SSD
  • HDMI and VGA ports
  • Quad Core processor

Cons

  • No optical drive
  • No Bluetooth
  • Average display
  • Slightly underpowered
  • Limited storage space

Summary

The HP 14-an010nr is a budget friendly laptop for basic tasks at school and at home. But the tiny SSD offers very limited storage space and will mean using a cloud service or external drive.

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Dell Inspiron i3542-602BLK 14-inchDell Inspiron i3542-602BLK 14-inch

Dell has a large range of budget laptops that are tailored to suit users’ needs and their budgets. The Dell Inspiron i3542-602BLK is an entry level netbook that features many of the sleek black design elements of its more powerful siblings, but at a fraction of the price. Sporting a 5th generation Intel Celeron N3050 processor and 2GB of RAM, the Dell Inspiron i3542-602BLK is designed for users who need a laptop for basic tasks. The Celeron processor is slightly underpowered for more intensive apps and multitasking has its limits with the onboard 2GB of RAM. While the eMMC flash storage device offers fast boot and app loading times, the total amount of storage space is limited to 32GB. This is not ideal for users who want to store large amounts of multimedia on their laptops as the 32GB is largely taken up by Windows 10 and the preinstalled apps. Many of its competitors offer MicroSD slots for the expansion of the storage space, but Dell has opted for a full size SD card slot that is only suited for temporary storage while users are not on the move. Users will have to look at Cloud based and external USB storage options for extended storage. The Dell Inspiron i3542-602BLK is in no way a gaming laptop with its Braswell Graphics chip, but it will run 720p HD videos on its 14-inch display. The display offers vibrant colors and a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 which offers less pixilation that 15.6-inch displays. While it is not the most powerful laptop on the market, it does offers great value for money.

Specs

  • 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 3.9 lbs

Pros

  • Price
  • eMMC flash memory
  • Office 365 Personal subscription
  • Small and light

Cons

  • Underpowered processor for multitasking
  • Small storage space
  • None upgradable hardware
  • No optical drive

Summary

The Dell Inspiron i3542-602BLK is a small and light netbook that offers great value for money, but its small storage drive is not ideal for multimedia storage.

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Acer Aspire E 11 ES1-111M-C40S

Acer Aspire E 11 ES1-111M-C40S 11.6-Inch

The Acer Aspire E11 ES1-111M-C40S is a no-frills Windows 8 netbook laptop equipped with just the right features for budget users. This compact 11-inch laptop features what Acer calls the FlowCurve design, which looks stylish and stands out in a crowd of last gen netbooks. However, once you touch the laptop, you will realize that it’s all plastic. Equipped with an Intel Celeron N2840 processor and 2GB of RAM, its performance is identical to other recent low-end notebooks like the HP Stream 11 and Dell Chromebook 11. Document editing, Web browsing and video streaming are all possible, but don’t try any big games on it because its integrated graphics is very weak. If the performance isn’t fast enough, you can replace the installed RAM with a larger 8 GB stick. Using a 32GB flash storage instead of a regular hard drive has helped it maintain a compact frame while at the same time keeping it cool and quiet during long hours of use. The internal storage is pretty small especially if you want to watch movies on this laptop. However, there is a fast USB 3.0 port which you can use to easily connect a higher capacity external harddrive. The keyboard and touchpad doesn’t flex much and users have found it very usable despite its small size. All in all, the Aspire E11 is a very responsive laptop suitable for frequent travelers, office goers and students.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 4.25 hours battery life
  • 2.84 lbs

Pros

  • eMMC flash memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Thin and light
  • Price
  • Battery life

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • Underpowered CPU

Summary

The Acer Aspire E 11 ES1-111M-C40S is a small and light 11.6-inch laptop, but the limited storage space will mean using a cloud based storage or an external hard drive.

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ASUS X205TA-UH01-BK Signature Edition 11.6-inch

ASUS X205TA-UH01-BK Signature Edition 11.6-inch

Besides color differences, the ASUS X205TA-UH01-BK and Asus EeeBook X205TA-DS01 are basically the same laptop featuring identical screens, design and internal hardware. Some may prefer the dark blue color of the X205TA-UH01-BK, which looks more futuristic compared to the golden X205TA-DS01. Nobody expects a powerhouse laptop at this price but the X205TA-UH01-BK holds its own while running all manners of simple tasks from web browsing and word processing to video watching and organizing multiple spreadsheets. The credit for its smooth performance goes to the onboard 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735E Quad Core processor backed by 2GB RAM. The 32GB storage will be enough if you’re just working with doc files, spreadsheets and such, but considering almost 11GB is occupied by the Windows 8 OS itself, media users should purchase an SDCard. External ports are also plenty with two USB 2.0 ports, a Micro-HDMI port and Bluetooth 4.0. Its chiclet keyboard is well fitted and very comfortable to type on, and the processor operates quietly and efficiently giving 10+ hours of battery life on normal use. All in all, if you are looking for something cheap, fast, portable and capable of running regular Windows 8 programs, the X205TA-UH01-BK could be the right laptop for you.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 2.11 lbs

Pros

  • Light weight
  • Battery life
  • Travel friendly
  • MicroSD slot

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • Underpowered CPU
  • microHDMI
  • Poor quality web cam

Summary

The ASUS X205TA-UH01-BK Signature Edition is a great choice for users after a laptop for basic tasks, but the Atom processor will struggle with intensive multitasking.

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Chromebooks Under $200

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HP Chromebook 11 G4 11.6-inch

The HP Chromebook 11 G4 is another great addition in the Chromebook line of low cost, well-built laptops. The competition is tough in this price range, but the G4 tries to stand out with a better than average design and a well-built keyboard that offers a superior typing experience compared to many of run-of-the-mill budget laptops. The G4 has a minimalistic design but it has a slightly sophisticated look thanks to its matte black lid, curved edges and textured bottom. Inside, it has a black Chiclet style keyboard resting on a silver finished base. The keys are sufficiently spaced and are matte finished for a satisfying typing experience. The 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixel resolution display offers similar clarity as other budget screens, and its colors are accurate but get slightly washed out at wider viewing angles. The display doesn’t get as bright as the Lenovo N21’s screen, but its anti-glare coating does help in brighter settings. The small chassis houses all of the necessary ports that includes a USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port and a SD card reader. This base model G4 features an Intel Celeron N2840 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB flash storage. Tasks like typing on Google Docs, YouTube video streaming and web browsing, all can be done at once without any significant performance drops. However, if you plan on opening more than 15 tabs on the browser, the pricier 4GB version is better equipped for such intense web browsing sessions.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 7.5 hours battery life
  • 2.8 lbs

Pros

  • light weight
  • comfortable keyboard
  • decent audio quality
  • long battery life

Cons

  • cannot handle demanding applications
  • narrow viewing angles

Summary

The HP Chromebook 11 G4, with a portable design, comfortable keyboard and solid sound, is a good choice if a large portion of your day is spent travelling, typing and researching online.

HP Chromebook 11 G4 11.6-inch
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ASUS C201PA-DS02 Chromebook 11.6-inch

The ASUS C201PA-DS02 is an entry level Chromebook built for basic users who want a workable laptop for a very low price. With an attractive blue chassis with silver accented surfaces surrounding the keyboard, it mimics the design of the latest ultraportable. There is no inbuilt optical drive which helps keep the profile stay thin and the weight low. The construction is primarily plastic but it’s sturdy and feels well-made. The 11-inch screen is a glossy one with adequate pixels and a reasonably wide viewing angle for comfortable viewing. The keyboard has ample sized keys that are properly spaced to prevent accidental strokes. The trackpad is smooth and responsive. With over 10 hours of battery life, you won’t need to carry your charger with you all the time. ASUS has included a decent amount of ports by including two USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMi, an SD Card reader and Bluetooth 4.0. Equipped with a Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor and 2 GB DDR3 RAM, it is clearly meant for the most basic of tasks and not hardcore gaming and designing. The hardware adequately handles document editing, video playback and web browsing on Chrome. However, the system might slow down when working with complex files such as multiple large PDFs. The storage of 16 GB SSD is only enough if you plan on uploading most of your content in the cloud, but it’s better to purchase a large capacity SDcard for your media files. If you want an easy to use laptop for documents and basic multimedia, the C201PA-DS02 is one of the cheapest Chromebooks available.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 2 lbs

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Price
  • Decent performance
  • Thin and light

Cons

  • Average display
  • Limited storage space
  • No USB 3.0
  • No full size HDMI port

Summary

The ASUS C201PA-DS02 Chromebook offers a sleek and compact design, but the the tiny SSD will mean purchasing a microSD card to extent its storage space.

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Hisense Chromebook C12 11.6-inch

If you are a student or someone on a tight budget, check out the Hisense Chromebook C12, which is one of the cheapest Chromebooks on the market right now. While it lacks many hardware features found on regular laptops, the C12 is a decent machine for the price and it costs even less than most netbooks. It has a simple matte-plastic chassis with textured surfaces on the lid. Its construction is good with no flexing or creaking at the hinges, and weighing just 2.5 pounds you won’t have any problem carrying it all day. The wrist rest area is actually metal plated which gives it a solid feel. The keyboard is also well made with full sized shift keys and a responsive touchpad. The connectivity features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and ports include two USB 2.0, one HDMI and an SD card reader that lets you extend the rather low 16GB of onboard storage. It has a conventional 11.6-inch 1366 x 768-pixel TN screen that you find on most low-end Chromebooks. It is bright but doesn’t have the best viewing angles. However, the display is good enough for video playback as well as reading. Diving into the main specs, the C12 is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 Quad Core processor, which is a low cost CPU that scores slightly lower on benchmarks than the Intel Celeron N2840 but performs on the same level during actual use. Thus, users should have no problem doing their basic activities on this machine.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 8 hours battery life
  • 2.5 lbs

Pros

  • Low price
  • Portable design
  • Long battery life
  • Decent web browsing performance

Cons

  • No USB 3.0 port
  • Doesn't support regular Windows programs

Summary

If you need something for video streaming, document editing and light web browsing, the Hisense Chromebook C12 will handle those tasks well for a very low price.

Hisense Chromebook C12 11.6-inch
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Acer CB3-111-C8UB Chromebook 11.6-Inch

The Acer CB3-111-C8UB is a bestselling 2014 Chromebook set to take on the ultra-budget segment of the Chromebook market in style. For users who are happy with Google’s web only operating system this Chromebook presents a stylish design, modest hardware and an extremely lightweight and portable build including exceptional battery life of up to 11 hours. Although many users may feel constrained with using Chrome and Chrome apps only, the Acer CB3-111-C8UB presents the modern evolution of a budget netbook replacement with an outstanding design sure to turn heads.

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Used and Refurbished Laptops Under $200

Samsung Chromebook Series 3 (XE303C12)

Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01US 11.6-Inch

The Samsung XE303C12-A01US is Samsungs series 3 Chromebook back from 2012 and their bestselling Chromebook to date. Now available at a hefty price reduction, it features an all inclusive Chromebook experience at a bargain price and is still attracting hordes of happy customers every day despite its age – definitely a tried and trusted crowd favorite.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 7 hours battery life
  • 2.4 lbs

Pros

  • Samsung Exynos 5250 processor
  • Thin and light
  • Quiet
  • Trusted Platform Module

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Limited apps

Summary

Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12 has been refurbished to offer a new lease of life for video streaming, web browsing and word processing.

Samsung Chromebook Series 3 XE303C12 (Refurbished)
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Dell Latitude D630 14.1-Inch

Dell Latitude ATG D630 14.1-Inch

The Dell Latitude D630 has been a trusted favorite for years and was one of the most successful original dual core laptops to enter the market. It is perfect for anyone looking for a portable laptop that is cost effective with a 14.1-Inch display who doesn’t mind being a few years behind in terms of software. The D630 ships with Windows XP installed and while it is possible to install and run Windows 7 and even Windows 8 for best performance it is best to stick with Windows XP. Performance wise it is on par with most of the other modern laptops in this category and has a solid full size LCD display. On the downside the batter life is only 2 hours (a lot less than the modern equivalent) and the on-board sound isn’t great. All in all this laptop is a classic and perfect for light business use and if you can find one in decent condition one of the cheapest sub $300 laptops available.

Specs

  • 14.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels (TN)
  • Windows XP
  • 3.5 hours battery life
  • 6.39 lbs

Pros

  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Track stick
  • Widescreen

Cons

  • Only 512MB of RAM
  • No DVD burner
  • Older hardware

Summary

The Dell Latitude ATG D630 is a durable and tough business laptop that has been refurbished for a new lease of life. The older hardware and Windows XP will limit the uses of this laptop.

Dell Latitude ATG D630 14.1-inch
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As you can see, with a little digging you can easily find laptops available for under $200 if you are shopping on an extremely tight budget.  However, for best performance, we recommend that you spend just a little more to truly get the best bang for your buck.  To help you, consider visiting our other guides including our weekly list of laptops under $300 and under $400 articles to find some of the best budget laptops available.

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