Selecting the best laptops under 300 can a tough call to make – but we are here to rescue.
Trying to buy a good laptop can be one of the most difficult tasks to perform. The market is spurting with hell lot of options to choose from.
You just cannot decide which one to choose and which not. I can stretch a whole long story on this misery, but to cut the chase let’s get to the point.
Today, We will review some of the best laptops in the market, which will not only fit in your pockets, but are filled with a whole bunch of features to give you an adrenaline rush.
Just in case, if you are in a RUSH…
Let’s have an overview of the laptops to be reviewed at a glance:
|Laptop Name||Processor Speed||RAM||Hard Disk||Screen Size||Battery Life|
|Asus Chromebook C202||1.6 GHz||4 GB||16 GB||11.6 inches||8 hours|
|Acer Chromebook 14||1.6 GHz||2 GB / 4 GB||16 GB / 32 GB||14 inches||12 hours|
|HP 14-an013nr Notebook||1.8 GHz||4 GB||32 GB||14 inches||5 hours|
|HP Stream 13.3 Laptop||1.6 GHz||2 GB||32 GB||13.3 inches||5:30-6 hours|
|Asus Chromebook Flip||1.8 GHz||4 GB / 2 GB||16 GB||10.1 inches||9 hours|
|2017 New Edition Lenovo 15.6 inch||1.5 GHz||4 GB||500 GB||15.6 inches||6 hours|
|Acer Chromebook 15||1.5 GHz||4 GB||32 GB||15.6 inches||9 hours|
|Asus X540LA SI30205P||2.2 GHz||4 GB||1 TB||15.6 inches||4-5 hours|
|Samsung XE550C22 Chromebook||1.3 GHz||4 GB||16 GB||12.1 inches||7-8 hours|
|Lenovo Flex 3 11-inch||2.16 GHz||4 GB||64 GB||11 inches||7 hours|
If you are up to save the world with your assassin powers, but are worried that you may hurt your laptop then this is your last resort. One of the toughest and most durable laptops present in the market that can give the biggest company laptops run for their money. It has a sleek look with some of the most amazing features that will make you go gaga.
This rough-tough-buddy has a battery backup of around 8 hours on a charge. If you are a parent (or anyone) and want to gift your elementary kid a new laptop, then trust me – this laptop can actually take a punch in the face. Literally, it’s that tough. With a dotted plastic lid and bottom surrounded by rubber-plastic ring, this laptop can bare it all.
GOOD NEWS – Asus C202 is Water Resistant too
It has the best keyboard that I have ever seen. C202 has an 11.6 inch, 1366×788 display, which is fine. The numbers of ports which are in low quantity yet all of them are useful. The majority of the ports is on the left side of the device like – HDMI, USB 3.0, headphone, mic, and an SD card slot.
Just when you thought that this couldn’t get better Asus C202 will boom you with its sound quality. It has a really impressive sound quality. At least for its size, it surely is impressive. Now let’s get to the real business, it has a 4GB RAM and a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron processor, which together won’t bring the house down with its performance but surely are impressive.
|Great keyboard||Mixed performance rate|
|High durability and easy to maintain||Heavier in size than competition|
|Great battery life|
|Good sound quality|
A Chromebook running on Google’s Chrome operating system is expected to be small in size, non-stylish in looks and a low price. Just then Acer launched its Chromebook 14 which is not only bigger in size than regular Chromebooks but also has much more stylish looks. Acer Chromebook 14 is available in the market in two configurations.
It has a screen size of 14 inches and HD (1366×768) or Full HD (1920×1020) resolution. With an Intel Celeron processor, it has either a quad core N3160 or a dual core N3060. The on-board memory has two options, either a 2 GB RAM (with a 16GB ROM) or a 4GB RAM (with a 32GB ROM).
This laptop is not ideal for android based apps, as these are not supported. With no touch screen it is clearly not ready for the future yet, but it’s an ideal bargain for its price.
Talking about the amazing looks that this Chromebook has, it is thin and has clad in aluminium body. It has all the basic ports like HDMI out, headphone port, mic port and two 3.1 USB ports. If you thought that this cute looking Chromebook has nothing else to offer, then you will be amazed to know that it has an amazing processing speed. Acer Chromebook 14 will work absolutely fine even if you do multi-tasking.
One of the most important feature that a laptop should have is battery life, 12 hours (14 hours for the screen with HD configuration).
|A 14-inch screen||No SD or micro SD card slot|
|Sleek and stylish body|
|12 hour of battery back up|
A basic laptop with the most svelte body for the chaps, who are in love with inexpensive yet stylish Chromebook. Presenting the HP 14-an013nr 14-Inch Notebook. Breaking the stereotypes, HP 14-an013nr has a Windows 10 operating system. With its operating system, it is the cheapest Windows 10 laptop with a 14 inch Full HD screen in the market.
Having said that, it may not be the best Chromebook in the market, but if you are in search for the one with the Windows 10 platform then this one is a good buy.
If compact is the word that excites you, then HP 14-an013nr 14-Inch is one of the Best laptops you can get under 300. It weighs around 3.9 pounds, which are quite bearable. With a 1.8 GHz AMD E2-7119 quad-core processor and built-in AMD Radeon R2 Graphic – this Notebook will offer you an average working speed. If you are looking for something lightweight, peppy and has an average performance, then this laptop won’t disappoint you.
It has a 4GB RAM and a 32GB ROM which is an average combination to work with. Though the memory combination isn’t that commendable, but this laptop has an SD card slot so you can easily expand the memory. This laptop has an Ethernet port, headphone jack, mic port, a card reader slot, a USB 2.0 port, and a USB 3.0 port.
If you are using this laptop heavily, in the longer run this laptop may slow down and freeze eventually going down to a snails speed
The battery life HP 14-an013nr 14-Inch Notebook is quite depressing as it will only work for 5-6 hours maximum which is not at all impressive.
|Full HD screen||5 hours of battery life|
|Inexpensive as compared to competitor Notebooks||Little sluggish performance|
|Easy to use and handle|
Flirty looks and a capable Chromebook alternative this laptop is just spot on (at some places). A compact laptop that runs on preloaded Windows 10 and gives you more than just the cloud. Built with Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. HP Stream is a good option for a light class and internet surfing.
A vibrant matte blue color gives this laptop an instant appeal. To top it all, the brushed plastic keyboard deck and the white contrasting chiclet layout are eye catching. Beside the charging point, it has all the basic ports like HDMI, mic, headphone, USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, and a micro-SD card reader on the left-hand side.
If I haven’t bragged enough about the looks of this laptop, then let me say it has a really good 13 inch (1366×768) display too. Moving forward and talking about the amazing keyboard panel that this laptop has. The matte blue finish and chiclet-like keys have an amazing combination to give you an extra mile comfort while typing.
While playing audio this laptop may make weird sounds and God! Save me from the keyboard quality as it jams every now and then
With a 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3050 CPU processor, 2GB RAM and a 32GB flash storage, the Stream 13.3 is ready to fulfil your basic needs. One thing that will disappoint you a lot is the battery life; expected to be 5:30 – 6 hours which is quite modest.
|Good display||Low battery life|
Just like its opponents Asus Chromebook flips in four considerable positions, stand, tablet, tent and notebook. Weighing only 1.96 pounds and with measurements of 10.6×7.2×0.6 inches Asus Flip is the lightest of them all. Though if you are not a petite / slim body fan, this might not be it for you. It is one pound heavier than its competitor iPad Air; still it is easy to carry around.
A sleek 10 inch screen and 1280 x 800 IPS touch screen really stand out. In the bottom right corner of the tablet, there is a square-like icon which lets you work on all the open apps. The best part about this device is the smoothness it produces while you go from tablet mode to notebook to tent mode to stand that too within seconds.
There surely is some problem with the touch screen. When you rotate it from tent mode to laptop mode the screen will jam for a while.
Its small size may deceive you, but if you go out in the market searching for the top laptops under 300 then this one is sure to impress you with its whole package. It has an incredible keyboard deck which has a brushed metal finish.
The performance this notebook won’t disappoint you. With a 1.8GHz Cortex Rockchip processor, 16 GB of flash memory and a 4GB RAM, Flip surely turns around your working world. Other than 4GB RAM, Asus Flip has a 2GB variant too. This notebook has a lot to offer in its small and sleek body- let’s say it gives a battery backup of 9 hours.
|Great battery back up||Might feel small in size for some|
|Sleek and stylish looks|
|1.8GHz Cortex processor|
|Easy transition from notebook to tab to tent|
….And we are back in the business with the 2017 New Edition Lenovo 15.6 inch. Talking about the top laptops under 300 and not mentioning an old school laptop would have been unfair. So here it comes. With an AMB E1 Dual Core processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB Hard Drive this laptop will give you some nostalgic feels.
With a built-in media reader (SD, MMC), one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 15.6 HD LED (1366 x 768) display this laptop has some serious features to offer. Weighing 5.5 pounds and 1.0″ thickness Lenovo’s new edition laptop is easy to carry.
This laptop lags a lot and is not for the multi-tasking lovers
With a 4-cell lithium ion battery, this laptop offers an average battery backup of 6 hours. It works on a Windows 10; it reads / writes a variety of media formats. It also has an additional VGA port. The keyboard quality is just like an average laptop which allows you to do the basic job on your laptop.
|500 GB of storage||Below average battery life|
|Not too big not too small|
|HD LED screen|
|Wide piece of fabric to wrap over both shoulders|
If you are on a budget and want to buy a full-fledged laptop, then Acer Chromebook is surely one of the laptops under 300 best buys. With a 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) screen display, which produces very fewer glares, this laptop is one you should think about buying. This laptop is useful for you, if you want to do picture editing and watch Netflix all night long because a little extra display is good any day.
It has a weak keyboard quality and chances are that the keys may fall off too
With good screen space comes some extra pounds too. Hence, the laptop weighs around 5 pounds. All important ports like HDMI, earphone, mic, USB 3.0 and power point are on the left-hand side. The right side is jammed with USB 2.0 and a full-size SD card slot which supports capacity of up to 128 GB.
A dual-core Intel Celeron 3205U processor, 4GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC; this laptop will give you an average working speed. At the price of this laptop, you will get 100GB of Google Drive Storage and 60 days of Google Play music. All in all this 5th Generation laptop gives a battery backup of around 9 hours and has better performance than its previous versions.
|Better performance as compared to the previous version||5 pound weight may not be travel friendly|
|9 hours of battery life|
With a high-end Intel Core i3 5020U processor, Asus X540LA SI30205P is much better and faster than Asus X540SA SCL0205N. Though it belongs to the lower mid-range of the Laptop CPU spectrum, it can literally churn down your daily dose of work very easily. This laptop has an Intel 5500 series integrated graphic card which will provide a modest low detail and low-resolution gaming.
With a standard 4GB RAM and whopping 1 TB storage, this laptop is a good choice for the lazy ones who hardly bother to format their laptops. It has an above average laptop-like looks with a 15.6-inch display (1366 x 768). Besides, it has all the basic connectivity options, stereo speakers, DVD optical drive, a webcam, etc.
This laptop may show some issues while rebooting. The screen quality is questionable too.
It comes with a pre-installed Windows 10 and external display connectivity is enabled via HDMI and VGA ports. To give this laptop an exciting turn the company has reduced its weight to a 4.4 pound, which is lesser than its competitor laptops.
An Intel core i3 5th Gen Broadwell Dual core 2.2GHz and 3Mb cache, this laptop will work at a whopping high speed without any lag. This laptop has a 3 cell 33Whr battery and gives a 4-5 hour of battery backup.
|A whooping 1TB storage space||Below average battery life (4-5 hours)|
|Good for basic gaming|
A better version of itself, Samsung XE550C22 Chromebook has looks to die for. Much attractive and genuine body than before Samsung’s Chromebook have a lot to offer. All the ports are in the right place, a headphone port, mic port, power port on the left side and one USB 2.0 port on each side of the laptop.
If you are in love with huge keyboards, then this laptop has one. With a 12.1inch display, this laptop has a huge keyboard attached to it. You may think that it would be hard to operate a 14-15 inch keyboard along with a 12.1-inch display but somehow it comes to you automatically. Though most of the keys are in their normal position, but the function keys are in different places than it used to be on a Windows laptop.
It has a very slow response speed which makes the laptop lag a lot
As mentioned, this laptop has a 12.1-inch display and a mighty resolution of 1280 x 800 which is sure to please your eyes. One of the biggest change that this laptop has is that it operates silently. No matter how much you use the laptop, it won’t burst a sound. It has a built-in Chrome OS, which has definitely improved over the time. It has a 4GB RAM and 16GB storage all in all. This laptop has a battery life of 7-8 hours in total which is better than average.
The performance of the laptop which is average, it has a 1.3 GHz Intel Celeron dual-core processor. Though this laptop is an advanced version of all others in the market, still it lacks features like Turbo boost and Hyper-Threading.
|Better Chrome OS||Its competitor laptops have better features at the same or lesser price|
|Long battery life|
|Faster processor than previous version|
Whenever we talk about stylish laptops having sleek looks and light design– Lenovo pops up in my mind. With yet another exciting feature filled laptop Lenovo is back in town. Lenovo Flex 3 11-inch offers one of the best multiple mode experiences in this budget category. The Intel Celeron processor offers a modest net surfing and multimedia operations.
The looks that this low budget laptop has been just commendable. This laptop doesn’t feel that you are on a budget – just look at it. The brush finish interiors and chrome line touch-pad adds up to the aesthetics. For the ports, you have a USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, expandable gigabit Ethernet and power button on the right side. On the left side, you have a USB 2.0, headphone port, mic port and an SD card reader port.
This laptop just cannot handle its Windows 10 operating system and seems to be quite overwhelmed with it
Weighing only 3 pounds, 11.8 x 8.2 x 0.86-inch dimensions this laptop is one of the best laptops under 300. The keyboard quality of this laptop is on the lower side which is quite disappointing. Sorry to disappoint you more, but the video and audio quality of the Flex are also on the lower side.
The performance – 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron N2840 processor with 4 GB RAM this laptop is waiting for a task to be granted. It has an above average battery life of 6-7 hours.
|Above average battery life||Low end on video and sound quality|
|2.16 GHz processor|
|High end looks|
By now you must be aware of all the laptops under your budget. It’s time that you dig in even harder to find yourself the best possible laptop with great features and a decent price. So let’s go.
What to look for before buying a laptop
Whether you want a2 in 1 or not: Market is filled with Yoga laptops, 2 in 1 laptops and so on. These laptops are surely in trend, but are you in the same space as these. Sometimes it’s okay to not follow the trend and buy something that you can relate with.
Choose the right size for yourself: This is the most important part as it will decide your relationship with your laptop. The options are many starting from 11 inch going up to 15 inches (in this budget).
Keyboard quality check is a must: If you are a student or your work is keyboard devoted then it is important for you to buy a laptop that has a good keyboard quality.
RAM, ROM and Processor: Don’t go for a RAM less than 4GB as it will affect the speed of your work. Processor speed is recommended above 1.6 GHz, then only you can expect it to work without lagging.
Good battery life is a must: Who doesn’t want a good battery life? So keep this point in mind before you go shopping.
What brand to go for? You may consider it as an unimportant detail, but trust me it is very important. Each company does a set of job perfectly and won’t be good in other areas. So choose a company that suits your set of jobs.
How to Clean your Laptop?
Your laptop enables you to perform application tasks on a go. This is a tool that connects you with the world. Just like any other equipment and gadget that you use across the day-to-day life, Laptops require cleaning from time to time. The information underneath shall let you know how can these Laptops be cleaned safely.
Arrange the necessary supplies
Before starting, arrange the right supplies that the process will take. You will require screen cleaner and lukewarm soap-water, a cleaning brush and a bowl.
Remove the battery, turning it off
The process starts by turning off the device and subsequently removing the battery from the Laptop. This will eliminate the chances of electrical shock or the damage to the Laptop.
Eliminate all the additional attachments
You require removing the mouse, CDS & Discs, or USB keys if attached to the device. This will make sure that the cleaning brush can move freely, producing the best cleaning. If you desire to clean the laptop without eliminating these attachments, you should use a can of compressed air.
Use a sharp item to clean the space in between the keys
You can use a sharp object like a knife to eliminate the dust and debris that collects between the keys. Take adequate care so that the keys are not getting damaged. To clean the keys, you should wipe it with soap-water using cotton balls or a soft piece of cloth.
Cleaning the Body
You can clean the body of the device by wiping it with soap-water using soft cloths or cotton balls. Once you wipe the body with soap-water, rub the misted surface with a dry cloth or cotton to ensure no moisture is left on the surface. You should use a screen cleaner for cleaning the laptop screen.
Cleaning the device in lesser intervals will ensure that the device retains its perfect look & lasts for years.
How to Protect your Laptop from Physical Damage?
If you have to use your laptop to the optimal extent, you need to ensure that you are handling the device adequately. It turns your responsibility to ensure you are taking adequate measures to prevent the physical damage to the device. This article shall discuss a few effective tricks and tips to safeguard your Laptop.
Get a robust and sturdy Laptop bag
You will be carrying the laptop from one place to another and in this course of the carriage; your device stands vulnerable to the chances of physical damage. The best way to mitigate these threats is to get a robust and sturdy carry bag which will enable you to carry the device safely and securely.
Don’t exert excessive pressure on the keys and the Operating console
You should never exert excessive pressure on the keys or on the operating console as it will damage those units, making repair or replacement inevitable. This will significantly enhance the cost.
Safeguard the Laptop screen as well as the exterior
Scratch, dust, and water can damage the laptop screen as well as the exterior parts. Hence, you need to ensure that you are safeguarding the device from such threats. You can get the laptop skins to accomplish this objective. These skins will also make the device appear trendy and appealing. For protecting the screen of the laptop, you can use a screen guard. You get this accessory available in the market within the competitive rates.
To prevent unsolicited parties from using your laptop, you can add a security lock to the device. Most importantly, you should use the device with care so that the device stands safely from the threats arising out of the mishandling. Adhering to these steps you can eliminate all the threats of physical damage to the device and use the device to the optimal extent.
How to Optimize your Laptop’s Performance?
Laptops have surpassed the popularity of the basic computers by unparalleled extent. Laptop users keep on looking for ways that will enable them to optimize the performance of their devices. The paragraph’s underneath shall discuss a few effective tricks and tips in that regard.
Eliminate Spyware, Adware, and Malware
If you want to take the performance of the device to the optimal extent, you need to ensure that your device is not getting affected by spyware, adware, or malware. These applications not only reduce the speed of the device but, can also completely damage it. In addition, these applications can put your safety and security at stake.
You should disable the startup programs that are unwanted
Various programs carry a component that runs automatically during the startup. Even if it comes convenient for the programs that is used most frequently; then too running unsolicited software during the startup can reduce the speed of the laptop. Hence, you should disable the unsolicited programs during startup.
Don’t load the device with unwanted software and programs
Resist the temptation of downloading whatever software and application that comes in your way. If you go on loading the device with such applications, it will not only retard the performance of the device but, eventually, you will not be left with space to download those applications that you actually need. Besides, more is the extent of download; your device will get more exposed to the threats of virus and malware that can permanently damage the laptop.
Likewise, you should be considerate in using the visual effects. You should disable the animations and shadows as it will slow down the computer and hamper the performance of the device. It is also important to keep the operating system updated so that you can reap the benefits of the latest version. You should clean up the disk from time to time to ensure optimal performance from the device.
How to Make your Laptop Battery Life Last Longer?
One of the biggest challenges that the laptop users face is the drainage of the battery power. Often laptop users get stuck in instances that it is getting power-off due to the exhaustion of the battery. The paragraph’s underneath shall discuss the tricks and tips to make the battery life last longer.
You should activate the Eco or the Battery saver mode
Activating the Eco mode or the Battery saver mode will automatically enhance the life span of the battery. Once you activate this mode, you will require closing the unused apps and processes as well as adjusting the display setting. These adjustments will reduce the power consumption.
Disable the ports and devices that you are not using
The easiest yet the most effective way to enhance the battery life is to disable the ports and devices that you are not using. You should not power all the components of the laptop at a go as it substantially increases the rate of power consumption.
While using the Laptop indoor, keep the charging ON in the course of use
While you use the device indoors, you should keep on charging the laptop in the course of usage. Batteries deplete at a massive pace and by following this step, you can keep the batteries completely charged up while going outdoors.
Put off the processes and Apps that you are not using
It is obvious that you will not be using all the processes and Apps at one go. However, if you are still keeping these applications running, it will keep consuming power, depleting the power at a massive pace. Hence, you should always turn off these applications while not in use.
These steps will enable you to control the rate of depletion of the power and extend the battery life by the significant extent of time.
10 Tips to Secure your Laptop on the Web
Laptops not only connects you to the web, but also it is one such device that holds emotional value to you. The information beneath shall suggest 10 effective tips secure a Laptop.
- Ensure you are connected to the Right Network
Though it might apparently sound evident, however, often it gets noticed that there are unscrupulous people who intentionally name their connection with some unscrupulous names that makes it tough to explore the right network to connect. Known as the “Evil Twin, these unscrupulous connections can damage your device as well as put your confidentiality at the stake.
- Establish Secure Connection
Especially if you are a home user, you need to ensure that you are establishing a secure connection. The most effective way to accomplish this objective will be to encrypt the connection with WPA2.
- Get the Right Frequency Channel
If you don’t want to stake your confidentiality and privacy, you should inevitably tune into the right frequency channel.
- Explore the Strongest Signal
While you are on the roads, you will automatically get connected to the most prominent signal. However, while working indoors, you have to ensure that you are connected to the strongest signal.
- Use Whole Disk Encryption
You should use whole disk encryption as it extends better protection to the USB drives. This arrangement will check the attempt to steal data from the device using USB connectivity.
- Install Firewall Protection
Ensure that firewall protection has been installed on the device and it is running perfectly. This will protect the device from the threats of unsolicited applications and software that cannot only steal data, but also protect from damaging the device completely.
- Put Off the Network Adapter while Flying
You should put off the network adapter in the course of flying. It will not only secure your device, but also will check the unnecessary consumption of the battery.
These days, establishing a connection through hotspot is a popular approach. While establishing such connectivity you need to select the provider carefully.
- Rebooting the Laptop
For instance, if you are facing troubles in establishing a connection to the network you want, you may try rebooting the windows to overcome the troubles.
- SSH Public Keys and SSL Certificates
You should accept the SSH Public Keys and SSL certificates being wise and considerate. It will be wise to refrain from using public hotspot connectivity.
The steps discussed above will enable you to safeguard your privacy and safety as well as protect your device from the probable chances of damage.
Laptops for Beginner’s – Tutorial
Is it that you are going to use a laptop for the first time? If yes, this article will guide you how to use the device perfectly so that you can reap the maximum benefit that these devices offer.
Setting up the Laptop
- When using a laptop in an indoor ambiance, you should find an outlet for plugging the charger. The batteries of the laptops deplete at a massive pace and this trick will enable you to fight this challenge.
- You should place the Laptop on a desk or table which you will be sitting in front of.
- Open the lid to the extent so that you face no inconvenience in looking over the screen.
- Explore the power button and turn the button on.
- Wait until the device is booting up.
- You should utilize the pointing area in the laptop. In the majority of the devices, this happens to be a touch-sensitive, flat area that enables the user in using their finger as the mouse.
- You should be using the left click button of the track pad as the primary mouse while the right-click button serves as the secondary mouse.
- Explore the optical drive for the gadget
Steps to install a software
- You should ensure that the software is kept updated at all points of time
- To serve the basic drafting as well as the annotation purposes, you will be required installing the MS-Office package. However, to serve advanced purposes, you will need the comprehensive MS-office Suite. You may even adopt Google Drive instead of installing MS-Office suite.
- Additionally, based on your probable usage, you can load other softwares. However, ensure that you are not loading the device with the unnecessary application as it will exhaust the available space and hence, you might have space crunch in loading your necessary applications.
Connecting to the Web
Once you are through with the steps discussed above, it is time to access the web. You have the options to opt between broadband, dial-up or using an internet dongle. Alternatively, you can use the WI-FI technology for accessing the internet. To use the device while on the go, you may do it using the internet dongle.
The steps suggested will enable a newbie to use the device easily and safely to stay connected to the world.