Finding the Best Budget Laptops Under $300

Last Updated: April 16, 2017 by

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Welcome to our weekly updated pro guide to the best cheap laptops under $300 based on reviews, specs, retail sales volume and retail discounts.

With so many options available on the market and the amount of research required before making a purchasing decision, finding the right laptop for a decent price can be a real chore. We’re here to help. Below you’ll find lists of the top netbooks, 10 to 13-inch laptops, and full size 15-inch laptops. The price of some of the best budget laptops has gone down significantly over the past few years and finding a new $300 laptop worth recommending, once an impossible mission, is now only made difficult by the vast array of options that have entered the market. Students and mobile users will benefit from the portability of the netbook variety at bargain prices while more advanced users may also want to check out our guides featuring deals on finding laptops under $400 and laptops under $500.

For those on a shoestring budget, our guide to laptops under $200 is another great place to start as part of our weekly updated series of guides on finding the best cheap laptops. On the flipside, those looking for gaming laptop under $300 with a dedicated graphics processor may want to view some more budget gaming options in our guides to the best gaming laptops especially our budget gaming laptops guide and sub-$300 gaming laptop guides. That said, we’d strongly recommend increasing your budget for a gaming laptop to $400 plus unless you plan on playing only much older games.

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Laptops Under $300 – Overall Top Picks

Note:  Retailers often change prices fairly regularly. Be quick to capitalize on these laptop deals if you can in case the item goes back to it’s regular price (usually discount margins also fluctuate by quite a bit from week to week).

HP 15-F222WM 15.6-inchHP 15-F222WM 15.6-inch

The HP 15-F222WM replaces the 2015 HP 15-F211WM in HP’s line-up of affordable laptops. Priced under $300, the HP 15-F222WM is best suited for home or office use. While its Intel Pentium N3540 processor and 4GB of RAM will easily cope with tasks such as Skype, Internet browsing and sending emails, it is slightly underpowered for more intensive tasks. You might want to consider either an Intel i3 or an Intel i5 based laptop if you intend on working with more intensive apps. Like its predecessor, you get the same 500GB mechanical hard drive which offers a decent amount storage space. However, the entry-level hard drive will mean slower Windows boot speeds and your apps will take a bit longer to load. You will be able to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, however these are still expensive for the amount of storage space that they offer. One of the key features of the HP 15-F222WM is the touchscreen display. Despite the laptop’s low price, the touchscreen is fairly responsive and this will allow you to easily navigate around Windows or your favorite web browser. However, the HP 15-F222WM still features the same budget display panel which offers a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 and average viewing angles. While the display does not offer Full-HD resolution, it will still allow you to stream your favorite series or movies in 720p quality. A minor drawback is that the HP 15-F222WM does not feature Bluetooth connectivity. While this is not a train smash, it would have been nice for HP to include it in there updated laptop.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5.5 hours battery life
  • 5.05 lbs

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Touchscreen display
  • Decent amount of storage
  • Good build quality

Cons

  • Slightly underpowered
  • Average keyboard
  • Poor webcam quality
  • No 5GHz WiFi connectivity
  • No Bluetooth

Summary

The HP 15-F222WM is a budget friendly laptop for home or office use. However, if you are looking for a more powerful machine that does more than basic tasks, then this laptop is not right for you.

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ASUS VivoBook X540SA BPD0602V 15.6-inchASUS VivoBook X540SA BPD0602V 15.6-inch

While most budget 15.6-inch laptops weigh in at over 5 pounds, the ASUS VivoBook X540SA is noticeably lighter and weighs in at just 4.41 pounds. Its sturdy plastic construction is quite rugged and will easily withstand being carried around on a daily basis. The battery life is also a lot better than some of its competitors and some users have reported run times of over 7 hours off of a full charge. Realistically you can look at 5-6 hours of web browsing or word processing and 3-4 hours while streaming videos. Powered by an Intel Quad Core Pentium N3700 processor and 4GB of RAM, the ASUS VivoBook X540SSA will easily cope with basic tasks at home or at the office. But the installed 4GB of RAM is soldered to the mainboard and you will only be able to install another 4GB RAM module. But 8GB of RAM is more than sufficient for the needs of most basic apps and for the limitations of the Pentium processor. The 500GB mechanical hard drive offers a decent amount of space to store your files and your installed apps, but it is a slower 5400rpm drive. You can upgrade to a faster drive, but it is not necessary for this budget friendly laptop. You get a standard 1366 x 768 display, which offers great image quality, but the viewing angles are not as good as IPS displays. The display offers impressive image quality for video playback and you can comfortably stream videos at 720p. The superfast USB 3.1 Type-C port allows you to connect to a host of next generation devices and peripherals, which helps in future proofing the ASUS VivoBook X540SA.

Specs

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

Pros

  • Price
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Decent battery life
  • Light

Cons

  • 4GB of onboard RAM can’t be removed
  • Slightly underpowered processor
  • Slight keyboard and display flex
  • Only two full size USB ports

Summary

The ASUS VivoBook X540SA offers great value for money and even features a USB 3.1 Type-C port. But the Intel Pentium processor is slightly underpowered for more intensive multitasking and you only receive two full size USB ports.

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HP Stream 14-ax010nr 14-inchHP Stream 14-ax010nr 14-inch

HP has been releasing its Stream series for a number of years and the HP Stream 14-ax010nr is one of their latest offerings. Its compact size and light weight make it a great laptop as an everyday carrier, but the tiny hard drive will mean that you will need a connection to the internet or an external hard drive. The fast 32GB solid state drive allows Windows 10 to boot up in seconds and will allow you to launch your apps much faster than a traditional 5400rpm mechanical hard drive. But with just under 20GB free with Windows 10 installed, you are not left with much space to store your work or personal files. But you do get a year’s subscription to Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive storage. However if want a good offline solution then we recommend a 1TB Seagate external hard drive. Powering the HP Stream 14-ax010nr is an Intel Celeron N3060 Dual Core processor and 4GB of RAM. While its entry level hardware is underpowered for the power user, it is sufficient for basic home and office use. The same goes with the display, like most budget laptops you get an entry level 1366 x 768 display panel. However the BrightView panel does offer brilliant image quality and a bright visual experience for indoor use.

Specs

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

Pros

  • Thin and light
  • 1TB of OneDrive storage
  • Two USB 3.1 Type-A ports
  • Good battery life
  • Price

Cons

  • Limited offline storage space
  • Underpowered for power users
  • No optical drive

Summary

The HP Stream 14-ax010nr is a portable budget friendly laptop that performs great when it comes to basic tasks, but it is not recommended for power users.

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HP 15-af131dx 15.6-inchHP Pavilion 15-af131dx 15.6-inch

While there are loads of powerful HP laptops on the market that have price tags to match, the HP Pavilion 15-af131dx is not one of these. It is more of a budget friendly laptop with decent hardware and simple looks. Perfect for home and office use where the majority of the tasks are fairly basic. The HP Pavilion 15-af131dx sports a Quad Core AMD A6-5200 and 4GB of RAM, which is sufficient for day-to-day tasks such as word processing, Skype and web browsing. The RAM can be upgraded to a maximum of 8GB, but the RAM slots are not easily accessible.. The 500GB, 5400rpm mechanical hard drive offers ample storage space for media and work documents. The hard drive can be upgraded to either a solid state drive or a hybrid drive, but at its price it is a bit unnecessary for most users. To offer the Pavilion 15-af131dx at such an attractive price, HP had to cut costs and this is noticeable with the display panel. While it is not terrible, it does have a low maximum brightness level, a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 and average viewing angles. But the display will offer decent image quality for 720p videos and while browsing the web. The Radeon R4 graphics chip is underpowered for modern games and users will struggle with any form of decent frame rates when it comes to hardware intensive games. Overall the HP Pavilion 15-af131dx is a great buy on a budget and at its extremely attractive price as a second laptop for travelling.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.73 lbs

Pros

  • Price
  • Decent hardware
  • Optical drive
  • Good port selection

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Not the newest hardware
  • Hard to upgrade

Summary

The HP Pavilion 15-af131dx combines the reliability that we know and love from HP, with decent hardware and an extremely attractive price for budget conscious buyers.

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More Laptops Under $300


Asus X553SA-BHCLN10 15.6-Inch

Asus X553SA-BHCLN10 15.6-Inch

With technology advancing so rapidly and becoming cheaper we begin to find the price of entry level machines dropping and the performance rising. A sub $300 dollar laptop nowadays is a fairly capable machine. We are still a long way away from gaming grade but for most users who only need word processing and Internet access the ASUS X553SA-BHCLN10 is a very strong competitor in the tight budget space. Featuring a dual core Intel Celeron N3050 running at 2.16GHz and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, this packs enough power to run every day tasks with ease. For file storage a 500GB 5400RPM hard disk drive takes care of all your personal files and folders. Blessed with a fair amount of connectivity ports the ASUS X553SA-BHCLN10 sports an HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit LAN port and a 4-in-1 SD card reader as well as a Super-Multi DVD-RW. At this price a metallic chassis is out of the question but the plastic casing, while not feeling premium does hold quite well and doesn’t feel flimsy. Gaming, unless much older games are installed, is pretty much out of the question and at this price point and would be an unrealistic expectation. This is a great starter machine for users new to computing or for users who only really need to check mail and type up spreadsheets.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Stylish design
  • Quiet operation volume

Cons

  • Bloatware

Summary

A great entry level laptop that performs day to day tasks quickly and quietly.

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Lenovo Ideapad 100 80MJ00AEUS 15.6-inch

Lenovo Ideapad 100 80MJ00AEUS 15.6-inch

Users on a tight budget often have to sacrifice performance and quality due to financial constraints, however the Lenovo IdeaPad 100 may just be a saving grace for those users. Sporting a relatively quick Intel Quad-Core Pentium N3540 processor running at 2.16GHz and 4GB of DDR3L RAM, it’s not winning any awards for speed however for simple day to day tasks and even consuming media the IdeaPad 100 holds its own. The chassis is simple and stylish with a glossy finish that does tend to attract fingerprints and the battery life is not amazing at 4.75 hours during normal operation. Many reviewers noted that the keyboard was quite comfortable and responsive which is unusual on cheaper laptops. The biggest selling point of this machine is its low sub $300 price tag offering incredible value for the money and better performance over some of its Celeron based rivals. This is an ideal machine for users who only need to perform simple tasks such as browsing, streaming, Skype and email although gaming is completely out of the question.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.75 hours battery life
  • 5.1 lbs

Pros

  • Low price
  • Good build quality
  • Minimal bloatware
  • Good keyboard

Cons

  • Runs hot with prolonged use
  • Mediocre battery life

Summary

At this low price don't expect great performance for anything other than basic tasks.

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HP 15-F211WM 15.6-inch

HP 15-F211WM 15.6-inch

A very basic machine at its heart the HP 15-F211WM delivers good day to day performance at a reasonable price. Powered by a Celeron N2840 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, advanced applications such as music production or media editing are out of the question, as is gaming. With 500GB of storage space and a respectable display this machine is good for 720p media. The good sound quality and capable volume level contributes to the multimedia experience. The keyboard and trackpad are where this machine shows its price point. The keyboard is unresponsive at times and the trackpad fails to register input periodically. This machine is best suited to college or business users who need basic browsing and word processing with some media consumption on the side.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.9 lbs

Pros

  • Great price
  • Good build quality
  • Acceptable day to day performance
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Unresponsive keyboard
  • Clunky trackpad

Summary

A budget laptop that’s best for basic tasks and watching media.

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ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B

ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B 15.6-inch

Similar to the other ASUS laptops reviewed in this guide, the X551MAV-EB01-B provides a good balance of price, performance and design. The X551MAV-EB01-B is no exception and comes with standard features to meet the needs of a basic user without putting a dent in their wallets and its build is also lighter than many of its 15-inch rivals. Most buyers were wary of the performance of its Celeron processor but it’s actually one of the best entry-level processors available and combined with the device’s standard memory it can run basic tasks smoothly on Windows 8.1. For a first time buyer on a tight budget or a student looking for a quality homework/research machine, the X551MAV-EB01-B is definitely worth its weight in gold.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.7 lbs

Pros

  • Highly affordable
  • Good battery life
  • Large display

Cons

  • Poor performance
  • No Bluetooth
  • Maximum 4GB of RAM

Summary

A very basic entry level machine priced perfectly for users who only use basic apps and web browsing.

ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B 15.6-Inch
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Acer Aspire ES1-512-P84G 15.6-inch

The Acer Aspire ES1-512-P84G is another laptop offering users some of the best features and hardware specs available at this price range.  Just like any budget machine, there are sacrifices, but this Acer manages to back in the best Intel based configuration you can find in this price range.  Powered by an Intel Pentium N3540 and 4 GB of RAM, the ES1-512-P84G offers quick processing times on most every day tasks such as word processing, email and web browsing.  However, it will struggle somewhat under heavy multitasking loads and some heavier applications will take longer compared to its more expensive competitors. Overall, the Acer Aspire ES1-512-P84G packs in a large number of features such as HDMI, USB 3.0, a card reader, and more to make it a great productivity machine for office use while also included enough power to double up as a mobile multimedia machine.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 8.1
  • 7 hours battery life
  • 5.3 lbs

Pros

  • Quad-Core Processor
  • Cool operating temperature
  • Quiet operation

Cons

  • Only 500GB 5400RPM hard drive

Summary

A great all round machine that would have been even better with an SSD drive however at this price it's understandable why it wasn't included.

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2-in-1 Laptops Under $300

Dell Inspiron i3168-3272GRY 11.6-inchDell Inspiron i3168-3272GRY 11.6-inch

Over the years Dell has learned a thing or two about making great affordable laptops and the Dell Inspiron i3168-3272GRY is no exception to the rule. Not only do you get a great laptop, the Dell Inspiron i3168-3272GRY can also be easily transformed into a Windows tablet for easy web browsing or streaming. Its Pentium N3710 processor won’t win any performance awards, however it will easily cope with basic tasks such as Skype, web browsing or sending emails. Its 4GB of RAM will run most applications, however the memory cannot be upgraded. This means that RAM hungry applications such as Google Chrome will cause the system too feel sluggish once you reach a certain amount of open tabs. Its Intel HD Graphics 405 GPU won’t allow you to play GTA V or Fallout 4, however it will allow you to play some classic titles and even World of Warcraft on the lowest settings. The Dell Inspiron i3168-3272GRY is by no means a gaming laptop, however it will allow you to enjoy your favourite 720p media content thanks to its 1366 x 768 pixel display. You will also be able to copy over some of your favourite media onto the 500GB storage drive to allow you access when you are on the go. While you get both WiFi and Bluetooth, the Dell Inspiron i3168-3272GRY doesn’t feature the faster AC WiFi that some of its competitors feature.

Specs

  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 3.24 lbs

Pros

  • Touchscreen display
  • Good amount of storage space
  • Price
  • Convertible design

Cons

  • Average hardware
  • No optical drive or Ethernet
  • RAM cannot be upgraded
  • No full size SD card reader

Summary

The Dell Inspiron i3168-3272GRY is a budget friendly laptop that can be quickly transformed into a handy Windows 10 tablet. However, the hardware is not suited to intensive tasks and the RAM cannot be upgraded.

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Chromebooks Under $300

Chromebooks marked Google’s first entry into the laptop market a couple years ago. Since then they have dominated the budget PC market as a basic portable entry level PC perfect for work or casual web browsing. Google’s app suite provides numerous productivity tools with the benefits of being hosted online and accessible from anywhere. Chromebooks run Chrome OS, Google’s flagship operating system, a simplified OS designed specifically for the web. Note: You will not be able to run standard Windows applications on a Chromebook.
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Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T9B0 13.6-Inch

If you spend most of your daily time working online and wouldn’t mind a browser based OS on your laptop, the CB5-311-T9B0 Chromebook is another top choice featuring a stand out design. Although it cannot be compared with the fastest Chromebooks around,  the new NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core 2.1 GHz Processor it is capable of giving you fast day to day performance for a really low price. The excellent better battery life and lightweight design make the CB5-311-T9B0 another great budget Chromebook or netbook alternative.

Specs

  • 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 11 hours battery life
  • 3.31 lbs

Pros

  • Tegra K1 processor
  • Full HD screen
  • Long battery life
  • Large comfy keyboard

Cons

  • Poor audio

Summary

With a price tag as attractive as this it's very easy to overlook the poor sound quality on this stylish, fast and portable Chromebook.

Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T9B0 13.3-inch
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Acer C910-C37P 15.6-inch Chromebook

Acer Chromebook C910-C37P 15.6-inch

People usually associate Chromebooks with small-screen productivity-oriented laptops for schools or offices. The C910-C37P, on the other hand, offers larger screen real estate with a 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS screen. If you’re coming from a garden variety TN panels, you will see a big improvement in color accuracy, contrast and viewing angles. Despite its large proportions, at just 4.8 pounds, it’s not as heavy as similar sized Windows laptops, and its battery lasts a lengthy 9 hours – similar to many smaller chromebooks and Windows ultrabooks. As for its design, Acer has reinforced its textured cover to endure accidental force and drops, and the hinges are robustly fixed without feeling too tight. It has a typical Chromebook style chiclet keyboard that leaves out dedicated number pad and Windows buttons like delete, print screen and caps lock. Keys are well spaced so that the typing accuracy won’t be any different from a regular keyboard. Its internal hardware includes the new Intel Celeron 3205U Processor, 4GB Ram and a 32GB SSD. You get a more powerful system than ARM-based Chromebooks like the Samsung Chromebook 2 and Intel Celeron equipped Toshiba CB35. However, the CB35 has a better quality screen. Overall, audiophiles, movie lovers and productivity users will love the bigger, affordable and more capable C910-C37P Chromebook.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Chrome OS
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 4.85 lbs

Pros

  • 1920x1080 IPS Display
  • Great battery life
  • Blazing fast solid state drive

Cons

  • Bulky design
  • low storage space
  • Poor integrated graphics

Summary

The full HD screen is crisp and bright, near instant boot and restart times thanks to the SSD. 15.6 inch screen is rather large for a Chromebook and effects portability.

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Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C1DZ Chromebook 15.6-inch

If you are okay with running only Google applications on your laptop, the Acer Chromebook 15 is a nice alternative to 15-Inch Windows notebooks under $300. In fact, on day to day tasks like Google doc editing, web browsing and Youtube streaming, the Chromebook 15 performs on the same level as the top Windows 8 laptops of this category, plus it has a nicer looking frame and much longer battery life. Its all-white chassis looks bright and has woven pattern that add style and extra grip, but it picks up dirt easily. Images, texts and videos look sharp in its matte finished 1,920 x 1,080 pixel IPS display, which is the best you can expect at this price. However, don’t mistake it for a high-end display because it loses its brightness slightly if you view the screen from the sides. Its speakers are loud and the keyboard is large and sturdy, with black keys to complement the white look. Thanks to a zippy 1.5-GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 3205U CPU and 4GB RAM it delivers impressive performance on basic tasks. Its 16GB of onboard storage won’t be enough for media users who will have to add a high capacity SD card to its cardreader slot. It also features a solid set of other connectivity options with an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and a Kensington lock slot. The Chrome OS is easy to learn and minimalistic, with an Android like interface including a menu button, app launcher, settings, Wi-Fi and Clock displayed at the bottom right.

Specs

  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Chrome OS
  • 9 hours battery life
  • 4.8 lbs

Pros

  • Large Full HD Display
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
  • Clear definitive sound

Cons

  • Not as portable as most chrome books
  • Picks up dirt fast

Summary

While a bit bigger and less portable than some of the other Chromebooks the Acer 15 CB5-571-C1DZ can offer a fast immersive multimedia experience thanks to its great performance, Clear Full HD screen and excellent sound quality.

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Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US 11.6-inch

The Samsung Chromebook 2, with its black chassis and a matte finish, is a very elegant machine. It looks and feels more like a regular laptop than a cheap netbook. Armed with an eight-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor and 4GB of RAM, it outshines competing Chromebooks from Acer and HP, which are equipped with less powerful CPU’s and half the amount of memory. However, the Samsung Chromebook 2 costs over $60 more than the Intel-Celeron integrated competitors. Tied to the Chrome OS, most of its functionality is useful only when you’re online, but users who are always browsing will prefer this cheap option over the more expensive, entry-level Windows machines.

Specs

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

Pros

  • Good processor
  • Generous amount of RAM
  • Anti-glare screen

Cons

  • Less competitively priced
  • Low resolution display

Summary

While being priced slightly higher than its competitors the Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US makes up for it with its above entry level specs and anti-glare display, although it does have a slightly lower resolution.

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Laptops Under $300 Buying Tips

The most important factor to consider when buying a laptop is what you intend to use it for. Do you want to use it for office work? Are you a work-at-home pro who uses the laptop mostly to scour the internet for jobs and communicate with clients? Or a college student who wants his notes and assignment to be in one place? Regardless of the task, there’s something here to fit your needs.

For students

Students are more or less all-round users. While they primarily use their laptops for downloading and uploading notes and tests, they also spare some time to watch movies, listen to music and even play a few games. While you may not need a 1TB laptop, you need to consider the need for space to store your movies and notes. If you are studying anything requiring your PC for work applications such as video or graphic editing then you to check the requirements for these programs beforehand. Luckily for most students a $300 laptop will do just fine.

For office and other general purpose tasks

For people who work from their laptops and do a lot of business over these devices, what matters most is reliability. The last thing you expect is a laptop that will freeze up when you’re in the middle of a conversation with a potential client.  Portability is also a big concern especially if you intend to take your laptop with to meetings.  In terms of a general office laptop, a 15.6-inch laptop with 4GB of RAM and excellent Wi-Fi are recommended. Many of our other best laptop guides cover laptops in higher price brackets that may be better suited to business applications, although a cheap 13-inch laptop or 2-in-1 specifically for taking notes at  client meetings is also not a bad idea.

For gamers

Gamers need powerful laptops with high processing power and significant memory (both RAM and HDD). You may also want to pick a laptop with high graphics and reliable battery life otherwise you may have to play while the laptop is plugged into the power supply. For a great laptop that won’t let you down when trying to play the games you love most you’ll probably want t to raise your budget to between $500 and $1,000, although we have also curated some uber budget gaming laptops in our guide to gaming laptops under $300 if you are comfortable only playing older games.

That marks the end of our list of the top laptops under $300 for now. If you are still unsure after reading all of your options here be sure to checkout our other guides to cheap laptops which cover various budgets and models for the savvy consumer and be sure to check back for updates soon.

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