Best Laptops Under $300 – $350 dollar
Each month there are thousands of people looking for the best laptops under $300 hoping to find a good deal for their new laptop. In this price range you will mostly find entry level and compact laptops. Before making your purchase be sure you understand the main difference between a mini laptop (also know as an NetBook) and a laptop (also known as a Notebook).
Any laptop with a screen size smaller than 13-inch can be considered a Netbook. Netbooks got their name because as a side effect of their smaller size the available electronics that would fit weren’t very powerful and could mostly be used for browsing the internet on the go with good battery life. Today very often this is no longer the case. Netbooks are basically smaller, cheaper, lighter, more portable laptops. When using a netbook for a longer period of time you can find the smaller screen and keyboard difficult to use and tiring for the eyes. That’s why they are perfect for web browsing, e-mails, light office use & mostly for internet-based tasks. They are being slowly getting replaced by Chromebooks that run Google’s Chrome OS and can do all these basic tasks.
In recent years manufacturers have started to offer full sized 15-inch Laptops under the 350 dollar mark with quite decent performance. Some of them have proven themselves to be quite good and offer enough power for basic computer and even gaming needs. As such here is our list of some very good laptops in this price range.
The best performance for $350 dollars
Although laptops like these are usually a bit more expensive, it seems ASUS has managed to offer and Intel i3-powered, full sized 15-inch laptop for less than 350 dollars.
Asus F555LA-AB31 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Core i3-5010U Processor,4 GB RAM,500 GB Hard Drive, Windows 10), Black
Price: $369.99 Go to Store
(1282 Customer Reviews)
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
The ASUS F555LA-AB31 comes with the new and improved Microsoft Windows 10 a FullHD 15-inch screen(which is very rare at this price), a thin elegant design with a very good Intel Core i3-5010U processor running at up to 2.1GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD. Compared to other computers in this price range it is very well equipped and is a bargain I think.
While there are plenty of Netbooks, Chromebooks and various other compact devices we can choose from, we will stick with laptops here. We will pick one of the more compact models only if they have something above average ore special that might make them better choices than a regular full sized laptop.
Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6-Inch Laptop (Pentium, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 10) 80MJ00AEUS
Price: $289.95 Go to Store
(39 Customer Reviews)
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
The Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6-inch laptop is what basic computing looks like. Most devices in this price range come with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD and this Lenovo does as well. I am listing it here because compared to everything else that comes with an Intel Celeron processor, it is equipped with a quad core Intel Pentium N3540 processor running at 2.1 GHz. This being Lenovo, the fit and finish looks very much sober and sturdy as we have become accustomed from them.
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5161 16-Inch Laptop
Price: $299.95 Go to Store
(8 Customer Reviews)
My last pick is the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5161 15.6-inch laptops. It has the basic hardware configuration you would come to expect from this price range, with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD and an entry level dual core Intel Celeron N2840 processor. While there are other laptops on the market at the moment, mostly with identical configurations, this is one of the cheapest ones. If you are looking for one affordable laptops for basic computing this is it.
Personally here’s how I see the difference between Laptops & Mini-Laptops:
Can play games, HD movies & complex software
Larger screens, usually between 13-to-19 inches.
Larger keyboards for comfortable typing.
Have built-in DVD drives.
Battery life between 2 to 6+ hours.
Weight between 5 to 12+ pounds.
Can be used as a primary PC
Prices between $350 to $1500+ for a good laptop.
Medium performance (for office use mostly).
Smaller screens, usually between 10-to-13 inches.
No built-in DVD drives.
Smaller and more portable than Laptops.
Longer battery life, 6 to 10+ hours.
Small & light-weight, making them ultraportable.
Not suitable or capable for gaming or complex 3D apps.
Prices between $250 to $600 depending on bells and whistles.