Finding the Best Laptops Under $300

laptops-under-400-dollarsThis list covers our top selection of the best laptops under $300 based on reviews, specs, and retail sales. 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. Most 15 inch models in this list are refurbished / second hand as it’s hard finding any new 15 inchers that are worth recommending in this price range. Students and mobile users will benefit from the portability of the netbook variety. More advanced users may also want to checkout our guides to laptops under $400 and laptops under $500, or if you wanna save even more bucks our guide to laptops under $200.

CNET Laptop Buying Guide

Laptop Buying Guides

If you have some time I would recommend giving CNet’s laptop buying guide a good read.  This will help you to understand some of the technical jargon involved so you can make a better purchasing decision.

Current Laptops Under $300 on Sale – March 2014

Note:  Amazon change prices fairly often. Be quick to capitalize 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).
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HP Pavilion 10-e010nr

The HP Pavilion 10-e010nr is a bestselling 10-inch touchscreen laptop that offers an attractive ultra-portable design and some impressive hardware for such a small package including a Radeon HD 8180 graphics card. Although not as fast as many more expensive alternatives, the 10-e010nr is perfect for anyone on a tight budget looking for a slick and extremely mobile laptop or workstation for basic apps and surfing the web on the go. It is currently on special for $279 at a discount of  $120.

  • AMD A4 1.0 GHz (1 MB Cache)
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 320 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013
  • 10.1-Inch Screen, ADM Radion HD 8180 graphic

HP Pavilion 10-e010nr

Chromebooks Laptops Under $300

Chromebooks marked Google’s first entry into the laptop market a couple years back. 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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HP Chromebook 14

The HP Chromebook 14 is one of the most recent Chromebooks to enter the market and has swooned users with it’s modern slick design combined with top performance and a lively screen, along with a bunch of bells and whistles to boot. Asides from the obvious limitations of Chrome OS also listed below, the Chromebook 14 comes as close to as ‘MacBook’ replacement that a Chromebook has ever come in terms of class and pure design finesse.

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz (2 MB Cache)
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 14.0-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Chrome OS

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Toshiba-Chromebook-(13-inch)Toshiba CB35-A3120 13.3-Inch Chromebook

The CB35-A3120 is another extremely popular Chromebook from Toshiba that boasts a larger than usual 13-inch display as well as great performance and a pearly design. It received acclaim from most users for it’s overall look and feel with great battery life and audio quality to boot. For fans of Toshiba or anyone looking for a Chromebook with a larger display than usual then the CB35-A3120 is the best option currently on the market.

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Chrome, 9.0-hour battery life

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Samsung Chromebook 3 Series (11.6-Inch)

Samsung-chromebookThe Series 3 Chromebook is currently the most popular Chromebook on the market.

  • 11.6 inches Display
  • Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L RAM
  • 2 USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0, HDMI Port
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

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Acer C710-2487

Acer C710-2487 11.6-Inch Chromebook

The C710-2487 is another one of Acer’s most popular Chromebook models. Major differences between this model and the models listed above are the addition of large 320 GB harddrive for storing media as well as an additional 2GB of RAM for handling multitasking better and a more conservative design with shorter battery life. For those who need a lot of storage in a small package the C710 could be for you, but it’s relatively low 4 hour battery life may be a breaking point for others.

  • Intel Celeron 847 Processor – 1.1 GHz (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 320 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Chrome OS, 4-hour battery life

Acer C710-2487 buy

Netbook Laptops Under $300

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Acer Aspire V5-123-3659

The Acer Aspire V5-123-3659 is a sneaky extremely mobile 10-inch machine that offers some decent specs and even a dedicated Radeon graphics chip all in a tiny package perfect for being productive on the go. Don’t expect to do any powerhouse work on this machine but rest assured for basic tasks and browsing the web it won’t leave you short. Some users may be tempted to use the  V5-123-3659 as a gaming laptop – just be warned that the graphics chip is powerful enough for basic games such as World of Warcraft at best but won’t stretch much further than that, otherwise you’re in for countless hours gaming classics on the move.

  • AMD E-Series E1200 1.0 GHz Processor (1 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 8210
  • Windows 8.1, 4-hour battery life

Acer Aspire V5-123-3659 buy

Apple Macbook 13-Inch Laptop (2007)

apple-macbook-mid-2010A 13 inch Apple MacBooks from 2007. These are highly sought after in the second hand market due to Apples reputation for build quality and the longevity of their products. The MacBook still has specs comparable to a lot of todays more modern laptops and at under 300 dollars it provides a cheap entry into the world of Mac that’s hard to beat. There are dozens of these laptops available on the second hand market at various prices.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 Processor 2GHz
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 13-Inch Screen, Intel GMA 950
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Apple Mac OS X v10.6 Leopard

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Apple MacBook 13.3-Inch Laptop (2007)

Macbook-13-inchAs above, the 2007 MacBook is another popular buy in the second hand market due to it’s low price point and reliable hardware. Despite the time difference these models are very similar spec wise with minor differences as also more than stood the test of time. Specifically, this model has a smaller hard drive and more RAM along with a faster graphics processor.

  • 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 2 GB of 800MHz DDR2 RAM
  • 120 GB 5400RPM Hard Drive, DVD/CD SuperDrive
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Leopard Operating System
  • GeForce 9400M NVidia Graphics, 13.3 Inch Glossy Display

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That marks the end of our list 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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