Best Laptops Under $300 in 2024 [Updated List]

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Recommended Pick from the List of 300$

Dell Latitude E5270


Looking for the best laptop for under $300?

After a lot of research, I came up with a list of The Best $300 laptops you can download today and start using any type of work you need for a portable laptop, budget.

However, it would be better if you could increase your budget a bit, which should get you a powerful laptop like this.

But if you don’t want to, let’s start with this list!

Laptops for less than $300 by 2023

Here are some $300 laptops. However, the above are the ones you should look at especially as they continue to renew as the buying trend changes in this budget, laptops for $300


Dell Latitude E5270

The Dell Latitude E5270 has excellent specs for performance; however, it looks bad, to be honest. Due to its large bezels and circular chassis design. But if you don’t care about appearance and you want high performance, this one is better than the one I put on top.

4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived with “new” under capacity battery installed
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This laptop seems like a good value and certainly performs better than anything that is brand new for the same price.

The issue I have is with the seller skirting Amazon’s 80% battery policy by installing a new budget battery that is (at best) 72% the capacity of the lowest capacity battery Dell originally sold with this laptop. Dell offered 47WHr and 62WHr capacities with this model laptop. The 62Whr battery only fits if the higher end M.2 hard drive was installed, so I’ll settle on 47WHr being the benchmark to compare for Amazon’s “Products with batteries will exceed 80% capacity relative to new.” guarantee.

The first laptop I received arrived with a generic 34WHr battery that was only able to achieve 28WHr at full charge. I received a laptop with 59% capacity relative to new (it was also missing the cord needed for the charging brick to work). I requested a replacement and it also arrived with a 34WHr battery.

In my opinion, shipping a laptop with a brand new battery with a lower capacity than the original is skirting Amazon’s 80% battery description. With that logic, just send out a brand new 5WHr battery if you want to be able to say it’s got a new battery installed.

This would not be a big deal if I were going to keep this laptop plugged in all day long, but as it is I get 45 minutes life under load and 70 mins life with casual usage watching YouTube videos. – James Hetfield

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ASUS L210 MA-DB01 Ultra Thin Laptop

The ASUS L210MA is a great option for people looking for a budget portable computer. It is powered by an Intel Celeron N4020 CPU and features 4GB of RAM. Comes with Windows 10 in pre-loaded S mode. It is lightweight and has a small form, which makes it easy to navigate.

The ASUS Laptop L210MA is designed to help you produce throughout the day – even when you’re traveling. This compact and lightweight 11.6-inch laptop is powered by the latest Intel processor and offers a long-lasting battery life. With eMMC storage and pre-loaded Windows 10 in S mode, it offers full compatibility with a wide range of software and peripherals. The best laptop for people on the go.

 GREAT little powerhouse!
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I’m giving this little engine that could five stars. Why? Well, it’s two hundred dollars. So I’m reviewing it as a two hundred dollar product. If I was comparing it to a Macbook Air M1, it would probably be three stars. If I was comparing it to a Microsoft Surface, three and a half. But it’s a small, budget laptop, and in that category, it’s excellent.

QUICK RUNDOWN – It blows my mind how good of a job they did with this. I’ve used a lot of computers, and this one impresses me. If you’ve ever had a Chromebook, or even just a cheap (or perhaps even more expensive) laptop you’ll feel the difference immediately. It has a few issues, none of which are deal breakers, but it has many, many pros. Read on.

Incredible Price to Performance Ratio
Very well built, with no cheap parts
Full-size, comfortable keyboard
Small and lightweight
Good design (add stickers if it’s a little too plain for you)
Full Windows 10 License, and no hardwired bloatware
Internal NVMe slot and external SD Card slot
I could keep going… it’s $200.

No backlight keyboard (at least on the 11.6 model)
Some irksome viewing angle problems
Maddeningly little built in storage
Almost too little RAM
Realtek Wifi Card (explained why in the ‘Linux’ section)

I’ve divided the review into individual sections: webcam, speakers, performance, software, etc, so scroll down to the one that’s most important to you, or read the review from top to bottom. They are (in order):

Introduction (above)
Weight & Build
Keyboard and Trackpad
Performance (including Gaming)
Speakers & Sound
Other (SD Card Slot, NVMe slot, HDMI output, heating, cleaning)

Let me start with a few disclaimers. First, I’ve only been using it for a few weeks, which is about enough time to get a good sense of its mettle and iron out any problems it has. There’s been a few things I’ve noticed that I’ve added to this review, (see ‘performance’ and ‘screen’) and I’ll add more if more arise. No problem has been significant enough that it made me in any way wonder if it was worth. $200 is a really good price point.

The second disclaimer, is there’s a few reviewers saying either A, they got a dud, or B, it clunked out on them after two years. Duds happen, with any product, this is no exception. So if mine does decided to go on the fritz, I’ll update my review relative to the exchange process – I WON’T deduct stars *just* because it gave out. Second, if you get two years of solid use out of this, it’s a good product. Just buy another one.

With that being said, let me get into the details.

WEIGHT AND BUILD – This is one of its greatest strengths, and rivals many laptops in higher price ranges. There’s no creaks, no cheap plastic waiting to shatter, it’s not a flimsy toy. It’s a solid electronic. It feels right, in your hands, on your lap, on a desk. So many laptops try and woo you with larger screens or better specs [or, for the life of me, a lower price tag], and turn out to be cup coasters you have to plug in. Not this. It really feels like it has some life in it.

It’s not obscenely light, like a MacBook Air, but you can move about and use it on your lap without strain. If traveling’s your kind of thing, then the weight is sufficient. I would feel comfortable carrying it through an airport.

The screen hinge feels durable and like it won’t be breaking anytime soon, and when you set it at the position you like, it stays. The laptop isn’t super-ultra-mega thin, but it is thin, and that’s a nice bonus. You could probably fit it in an envelope, just maybe a slightly larger envelope then the one Steve Jobs used.

KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD – The keyboard, I’m in love with. It’s full size; no cramping on tiny keys or accidentally presses. The give is decisive and gratifying, and it just feels good to use. The keyboard is actually the one (literally, the only one) thing I feel they cut a little too close to the corner on. There’s no backlight. It appears as those some of the models have a backlight, though I’m not sure, but mine doesn’t. (I got the 11.6 model). This can be a little frustrating, and I’m considering getting a book light so I can type in the dark. Again, this is a two hundred dollar laptop, so it is what it is. I’ll make due.

Another note, is they put the ‘delete’ key right next to the power key. Shucks. A few times, I’ve gone to press the delete key, and the computer goes into sleep mode. This is more of an inconvenience than anything. Just press the power button again and it will start right back up where you left off. Still, if you’re doing sensitive work, it’s something to consider, and I’m sure you’ll learn very quickly to be cautious.

Also, the ‘enter’ key is green. I thought this was strange, but I really like it. Hard to explain.

The trackpad is responsive and that click is also decisive and gratifying. I don’t have any issues accidentally pressing it while I’m typing, and it’s very good at doing what I expect it to. If I click or tap, the mouse clicks. If I click on the right, it right clicks. Scrolling is painless and intuitive and very nuanced. The numpad on the keyboard is a nice touch, though I would have traded it for a backlit keyboard.

SCREEN – Going back to where we started, this is a two hundred dollar laptop. You’re not getting an Apple Retina display. It has some minor viewing angle problems you’ll have to accommodate for. If you’re looking directly at it, everything looks good – pure colors, no whitening. If you turn it horizontally or bend the screen back, there’s a noticeable change in tone. It is what it is, and it likely won’t interfere with your work. Just don’t do color grading for professional photoshoots on it.

The screen resolution is just right. The screen is small, but there’s enough room to do what you want and then some. This is one of the most significant factors in comfort. If it were cramped, it would give you a headache and strain your eyes. But they did a good job of making sure there’s some breathing room with a healthy buffer zone around whatever it is you’re focusing on. You feel like you can move and engage in multiple things.

There’s a few reviews complaining it’s not a touch screen. You can’t please everyone. It’s not something I feel is missing, especially for $200.

BATTERY – The battery life is on point. The time remaining Windows estimates seems to vary quite a bit, but I watched two movies and used it for 4 hours, and still had 17%. It’s the kind of thing you can charge at night and it will last you the day under normal conditions. It also doesn’t have quick charge, another little cut corner, but I’m not stressing about it. Then again, I’m around a power outlet most of the time. If quick charge is an issue for you, you’re in the wrong price point.

Side note: the charging port really plugs in. You have to give it a little oomph to pull it out. Which can be a pro and a con. You definitely don’t want to trip on the cord; the whole thing will go flying off the table. But you can reposition the device without having to worry about the cord falling out.

PERFORMANCE – This is actually one of its biggest strengths, and really surprised me. All the components come together to create a seamless experience. I was nervous about the odd named Intel Processor (N6 something something) but it turns out, it’s actually an Intel Celeron. And only four gigs of memory? Doesn’t seem like quite enough. But it somehow manages to muscle out the minimum, and have some left over. My guess is, this is largely due to the SSD. Just a few years ago, laptop manufacturers had two options for storage: a physical hard drive, which was expensive, bulky, and a power drain, or some sort of memory like a thumb drive. Both were slow and huge bottle necks.

Well, this thing has a Solid State Drive. And that makes all the difference. With a decent processor, just enough memory, and the SSD, it will breeze through any routine task you ask it to do: open Microsoft Word, surf the web, torrent files, play music, and it will do it all without a hitch. Performance, under reasonable conditions, should never be a problem: you’ll never feel a pause or get frustrated.

I LOVE the original Warhammer: 40K: Dawn of War series. This plays it effortlessly, even with mods. Which is very welcomed. I can imagine it can also play Sins of a Solar Empire, Age of Empires, Among Us, Terraria, and maybe even Minecraft, if that’s your kind of thing. Check out (great old games) and you’ll be surprised at what’s out there. If you are planning to do some light gaming, the NVMe slot will really come in handy.

IMPORTANT EDIT: After using it for some weeks, the lack of RAM is starting to become an issue. Windows has done a good job managing memory, but even day-to-day tasks can overwhelm it. This expresses itself as stalled applications, dropped Chrome tabs, or even system notifications that the system has run out of Memory. It did reach a significant error, though – everything went black, and after a reboot, Windows wanted to help set up my system (which is a big error.) Luckily everything was intact, my files, settings and programs. So it’s just kind of a startling headache.

I was running a few programs, nothing too demanding. So if you’re planning on using this for anything more then Spotify and Chrome, be forewarned.

WEBCAM – The webcam is about what you would expect. It’s a hefty 0.3 megapixels, but there aren’t any dropped frames, and the color processing is alright. If you need a webcam on the fly, it’ll due. If you use a webcam for any serious purposes, I would suggest investing in a nice one, which you were probably going to do anyway. The device will be able to handle it without issue.

Of special note, is the microphone, which is actually great. Audio comes through clear and audible, distinct and focused. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to use the onboard webcam, the video quality won’t be great, but you won’t have any problem being heard and understood.

SPEAKERS & SOUND – The speakers are placed under the device, pointing directly down. You would think this would make them impossible to hear, but it projects and doesn’t distort the sound. I’ve watched a few movies, and haven’t had an issue hearing them – it gets plenty loud. I’m a bit of an audiophile, (though there are many more advance then I), and what I can say about these speakers is they’re passable. They’re not so bad that you’re getting irked with the sound quality, but they’re not so good you would enjoy Beethoven’s 5th. The various aspects of sound – the bass, and whatever else the other parts are called, are balanced and clear.

If you’re using it for casual media use, the lackluster sound quality will fade into the background and you’ll be able to enjoy whatever it is you’re doing.

The headphone amplifier is decent and it appears they didn’t skimp on it. I tested it with a pair of Sony MDR7506s (which are one-for-one studio monitors with a higher than average impedance.) The amplifier didn’t quit reach optimal levels, but it produced clear and pleasing sound. (and it does have a nice kick to it.) For an onboard amplifier, it’s more then adequate. If you’re a real audiophile and use an external amplifier, the primary factor to consider is if the sound it’s putting out can be boosted, and it definitely can.

SOFTWARE – There’s a few pieces of bloatware you’ll want to uninstall. McAfee, Skype, MyAsus. (if you don’t know what bloatware is, ask the techy in your family to remove it for you.) Fortunately, none of them are hard coded into the software or hardware, so uninstalling them is straight forward and simple and can be done through ‘Add or Remove Programs.’ The laptop does come in Windows S mode (which is suppose to be a simpler version of Windows, but has some bothersome limitations for power users.) They made it extremely easy to convert into regular Windows 10. I clicked a button once and haven’t had to worry about it since: full Windows 10.

LINUX – I’m not a super user when it comes to Linux. I do know enough to install and use it on a day-to-day basis, and for low-performance computers like this one, Linux is tantalizing. Unfortunately, the WiFi card in the system [as of 11/19/21] doesn’t work with Linux and there doesn’t seem to be any support on the horizon. Most people who need or prefer Linux have taken to using a USB WiFi antenna, an untenable inconvenience for most. Some people have been reporting switching out the NIC entirely, but I don’t know enough to speak about that.

OTHER – What I find really helpful is the SD Card Slot. The 64 gigs of storage it comes with goes REALLY quick. I like to watch, uh, documentaries in public domain (like ‘Joker’ with Joaquin Phoenix). It’s amazingly simple to plug in an SD card (I got a 256gb one for $45), set up uTorrent to load all the unfinished and finished torrents onto the card, and that solves the whole problem. Just about any SD card you buy will be fast enough to download movies and play one at the same time.

Other reviewers have pointed out it comes with a slot for an NVMe SSD. If you don’t know what that is, it probably doesn’t make much of a difference. If you do, it’s a very helpful addition. Hooray.

It has tons of ports, which is great. Two USB ports, a USB-C port, the above mentioned SD card slot, an auxiliary port, and an HDMI port. I’ve used the HDMI port on a full screen TV, and it works for watching a movie. The quality of the movie file will make a difference – but the sound compression changes that are necessary with downloaded media [generally done through VLC] help a lot. It’s not blu-ray, but performance doesn’t seem to be affected by what’s happening in a scene or the amount of sound.

If you’re planning on using this for presentations, it’s exactly what you want. Plug, play ‘n forget.

During normal, unplugged, use you wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s turned on just by the heat. If you’re running a process-intensive program or have it plugged in, it does heat up, but that’s normal. You can use it on your lap without a worrying. I don’t see heating being an issue. It’s also fanless, which is a big deal if you live in a dusty environment. You won’t slowly be running it into the ground just by using it, listening to the fan whir louder and louder as it tries to compensate for all the dust.

Side note: If it overheats, it’ll just turn off. It won’t hurt it.

I like to take good care of my computers, so ease of cleaning matters to me. Being fanless, that alleviates a lot of of the issues you would come across. Still, you can’t access behind the keyboard, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. You might be able to remove each key and clean it out, which would go a long way, but I wouldn’t try it without doing some research and carefully weighing the benefits and risks.

Either way, do yourself a favor: buy a small pack of Q-tips, a little bottle of house hold cleaner (Pinesol works well), and lens clothes, and throw them in the bag or case you’re carrying the laptop in. Occasionally go over the keyboard with the Q-tips and wipe down the exterior, and the lens cloth will come in handy a lot more then you think. I don’t know if it will necessarily add to the life of the machine, but it will feel a lot better. And it’s worth taking some pride in your devices.

CONCLUSION – The bottom line is, is it feels good to use. Everything from the keyboard to the performance to the build quality makes it a very enjoyable and complete experience: there’s nothing really lacking that will get in your way. It’s spectacular for day-to-day use, and it’s got a little muscle to it. For $200, you’re getting a real product, and it even has something to say to higher end laptops. If you decide to go with this, I think you’ll be very pleased. Nathan Dumas

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HP Stream 11 Laptop

If you are looking for a good budget portable computer, you should consider the HP Stream 11. It boasts a strong dual-core CPU, a high-resolution display, and a long battery life. Comes with Windows 11 pre-installed. The only result of this laptop is that it is not a very efficient laptop, but it works well for normal tasks.

Other notable features are an HD display, a Windows 11 operating system, and a solid dual-core processor. It also comes with pre-installed Microsoft 365 which gives you office applications like Word and Excel. Battery life lasts 13 hours and weighs only 2.37 lbs. An added benefit of a portable computer like this is that it does not consume much power so the laptop will remain charged for a while.

If you are looking for the BEST budget portable computer, consider buying one from HP as laptops have a longer battery and come with more powerful processors than most other models. The HP Stream 11 laptop is a great example of a portable computer budget. It has all the advantages of a highly efficient portable computer but costs less than most other laptops in its class.

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Capacity: 11-11.99 inchesStyle: N4020 Diamond WhiteColor: Diamond whiteVerified Purchase
I’ve had several technology fails this year, including my gaming laptop and my Linux laptop breaking down. My budget is not what it was when I bought the gaming laptop, and the other one was a hand-me-down from a relative. So, I needed a cheap laptop to do basic typing and web browsing on until I can afford something to game on. Finding a non-Chromebook under $300 is tough these days, so I took a chance on this model.

This laptop is good for very basic functionality. It’s small, lightweight, and runs quickly enough (granted you buy a separate hard drive and don’t overload its very small memory). I have the feeling that it would run better with an older OS: Windows 11 is not only awful on its own, it’s terribly bloated for a small-memory machine like this one. I won’t go into all the reasons why I hate W11 here, that would be a whole other review. I would recommend installing another OS on it if you have the know-how to do so. I may eventually install a Linux OS on it if performance ever decreases. So far, it’s quick enough for me. Don’t expect lightning-fast loading, though. Another tip: look up ways to unload extra programs to free up space and don’t have any programs run on start/continuously in the background if you can help it (OneDrive really bogs the system down).

The screen quality is middling but it displays videos crisply enough. I wish it would dim a little more, since I often type in low-lighting. This leads me to my biggest complaint: NO KEYBOARD BACKLIGHT. I suspected it wouldn’t have one since it wasn’t mentioned in the product description, but since it’s such an important feature, I’m mentioning it in all-caps here. I use a low-wattage lamp to type by and I can see the keys (the white keyboard helps with this), not to mention I can type without looking at the keyboard often, but be warned about this! I know a keyboard backlight is a must-have for anyone that may need to type in extremely low/no-lighting situations.

I’ll also mention that this is not a touchscreen laptop. I never use touchscreen laptops, but I know some buyers may expect this feature. The touchpad mouse has no buttons and can be a bit wonky; I highly recommend buying a separate mouse.

I tried to run Steam and some games on this machine out of curiosity. Don’t do that. Even pixel art games with low-demand graphics will skip, sometimes freeze, and put too much demand on the system. I haven’t tried streaming video from this machine to my TV yet. This is not a media or gaming laptop, though. You can stream any service on its native screen (YouTube, etc) easily, play music streaming or old school mp3s (you’ll need a separate drive for CDs/DVDs), but I wouldn’t push it beyond that.

In conclusion, it’s what I expected for the price. I wish it had an older version of Windows and a keyboard backlight, but neither is necessary for my needs. I use it for listening to music while typing and sometimes streaming YouTube, it works fine for those things. I’ve un-bloated the system as much as possible and done some tweaks to get it to run as fast as it can, but not every buyer may know how to do this and especially running OneDrive all the time can bog the system down considerably. It definitely needs a separate flash or hard drive to extend its memory. I will update this review in the future if any issues arise.
– Natalie R.
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Budget Choice Tips, $300 Portable Computer

Budget laptops are now being created with more power than ever before. For those who are looking for a budget option, you can’t go wrong with these.


For the CPU, it is best to get something at least i3 as it will provide smooth video playback (classified as ‘basic’ for most videos) and usable functionality in most web browsers.


In RAM, it is best to get 4 GB on-budget laptops, as the cheap ones come with only 2GB much smaller than anything in basic browsing.


A portable computer is a great idea for budget laptops, as it allows you to get more out of your money without spending too much new money.


It is important to look at the reviews and see how well the functions that require graphics such as video editing or playing games will work.

Can I Play Games for $300?

This can be easily answered by looking at the benchmarks; if you get 60 fps in high resolution is enough for most gamers.

If you want to play on this laptop, I recommend you go with the i5 or higher (or preferably the i7), then choose the best specification within your budget.

Ashley Gilberg

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