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 a 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 on 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. There are netbooks that run Google’s Chrome OS and can do all the same 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
This laptop actually caught me a bit off guard. I wasn’t expecting to find a full sized 15-inch laptop with a SSD for less than 350 dollars.
The HP 15 comes with the new and improved Microsoft Windows 10 a 15-inch LED screen, a very good AMD Quad-Core A6-7310 processor running at up to 2.4GHz, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. That processor also boasts a built in Radeon R4 graphics card that is far superior to anything in an Intel-processor at this price. Compared to other computers in this price range it is very well equipped and is a bargain I think. You might have to get an external HDD for extra storage.
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.
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.
My last pick is the Asus X555DA 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, but it has the bonus of having a AMD Quad-Core A10-8700P processor running at up to 3.1GHz. This processor also features the Radeon R6 graphics card. This laptop with a RAM update would be much faster than the one an the top of our list.
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.