Owning a computer is not expensive these days. If you want to perform simple tasks like web browsing, document edition, streaming movies and using Skype, you probably don’t even need to spend more than $300. In this price range, you will get a laptop with low-end hardware and not much powerful build quality but it will help you get your daily and lightweight tasks done. Here we have selected and listed best laptops under 300 dollars for home and office use. On Windows laptops, you will be able to use Microsoft Office for documents and almost any web browser you prefer.
On Chromebooks, you will be able to use Google Apps for you daily requirements. If you have a budget of under $300, we have a list of laptops for you under this budget. Following are the 7 best laptops under 300 dollars in 2016. We have selected based on the good customer review and maxim hardware specification you can get for this price. Windows 10 laptops also included here.
2016 Review- 7 Best Laptops Under 300 Dollars
|S/N||Laptop Name||Image||Processor (GHz)||RAM (GB)|
|1||Dell Inspiron 15 3000||1.6||4|
|2||HP Stream 13||1.6||2|
|3||Lenovo Flex 3 2-in-1||1.6||4|
|5||Acer Aspire One Cloudbook||1.6||2|
|6||Samsung Chromebook 3||1.6||4|
|7||Dell Chromebook 11||1.6||2|
Dell brings the best laptops under $300 every year in their Inspiron series with incredible build quality. The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is probably the best laptop in this price range. For this price range, you will be getting an Intel Pentium quad core processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD or 500GB HDD storage options. The SSD option is the best for this laptop because it is fast and delivers quick boot times for Windows 10 which comes pre-installed.
If you do select the SSD option, you will only have 128GB of storage, so you will need some external storage as well and with USB 3.0 ports, you will get faster read and write speeds for external storage. The 15.6” display is very good and the laptop has around 6 hours of battery life. The performance is best for tasks like web browsing, document editing and watching videos. This laptop does not have an optical drive which makes it very lightweight and it should be okay for many people since CDs and DVDs are not used very much these days.
The HP Stream 13 is a very slim laptop with 13.3 inch display which looks very stylish and performs very well for its low-end specifications. The HP Stream 13 comes with an Intel Celeron dual core processor, 2GB RAM and blazing fast 32GB eMMC SSD along with pre-installed Windows 10 and one year of Microsoft Office 365.
The storage is very small but it delivers fast performance and you can use external storage with this laptop by connecting them to the USB 3.0 or 2.0 ports. The HP Stream 13 is very lightweight due to the absence of an optical drive and a HDD. The build quality is pretty good but in some places very flimsy. HP Stream 13 is best for web browsing, document editing and using Skype.
The Lenovo Flex 3 is the best convertible laptop under 300 dollars which combines low-end hardware, touchscreen and slim build quality for ultra-portability. The Lenovo Flex 3 comes with an Intel Celeron dual core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD along with pre-installed Windows 10.
Its slim and rigid build quality makes it very slim, lightweight for portability and it delivers around 6 hours of battery life which is more than enough for a laptop under $300. Its keyboard may not be very good, but the touchscreen is very responsive and useful with Windows 10. If you have enough budget to go beyond 300 dollars, check this 400 dollars laptop list here.
Asus is not highly regarded for its entry level laptops, but the Asus X553SA is a very good entry in this list. The Asus X553SA delivers good performance in a tight budget and you may like this one over the other laptops in this list.
The Asus X553SA comes with Intel Celeron dual core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD along with Windows 10 and a very nice 15.6” display. It has a USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port, LAN port and SD card port so you have plenty of features. The Asus X553SA does have pre-installed software which can reduce performance and luckily, it is very easy to remove.
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook aims to deliver cloud storage options while reducing on-board storage to only 64GB HDD. Due to this and no optical drive, this is the thinnest Windows laptop with a 14 inch display. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook comes with an Intel dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 64GB HDD along with Windows 10 and a long battery life of up to 12 hours.
In terms of performance, the Aspire Cloudbook is best for document editing, web browsing and multimedia. Multitasking is not recommended due to its 2GB RAM, which is not sufficient for multitasking. Acer offers 1TB of OneDrive storage and free Office 365 subscription for a year. You can also use other cloud based storage platforms or external storage.
Samsung makes the most elegant Chromebooks and the Samsung Chromebook 3 has an incredible matte finish black body which does not look cheap for a laptop under $300. The Samsung Chromebook 3 comes with an Intel Celeron dual core processor, option for 2GB or 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC SSD along with Chrome OS.
The storage is very small, but you can use cloud storage like Google Drive or USB 3.0 external storage. For a Chromebook, the hardware is incredible because mostly with this laptop, you will be web browsing or editing documents online on Google Docs.
The Dell Chromebook 11 is the simplest Chromebook and has the most excellent build quality among all the laptops in this list. Being an 11-inch laptop, its sturdy plastic body is very unbelievable for most people. The Dell Chromebook 11 comes with an Intel Celeron dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC SSD along with Chrome OS.
For web browsing, document editing on Google Docs and portability, this laptop is the best. The Dell Chromebook 11 has been tested for durability involving pressure, temperature and humidity which makes it a laptop that is built to last.
These were the top and best laptops under 300 dollars in 2016 you can buy for home, office or college use. Laptops under this price range cannot get you much performance, but you will be able to do easy and everyday tasks. You may be able to upgrade the HDD or RAM in some Windows 10 laptops if the laptop is designed that way.