The entry-level laptop space used to be pretty laughable.
Sure, there were always products in this space that were standouts and offered a usable blend of power and performance, but the overwhelming majority of laptops in the sub $300 space usually wasn’t worth the money.
Nothing could be further from the truth these days.
In fact, one could argue that (considering the speed in which technology advances) it’s almost insane to spend more than $300 on every day laptop – completely flipping the way that people look at sub 300 dollars laptops from the way that they used to.
Here are some of the best available on the market in the upcoming year!
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5287
Toshiba laptops have almost always been available at bargain based price points, focusing on delivering “just enough” performance for the price without ever threatening to break anyone’s bank account at the exact same time.
The new Toshiba Satellite stays pretty true to that focus, though they have been able to pigeonhole some beefier pieces of hardware and components into this particular form factor than they may have in past.
It’s not going to set any land speed records as far as performance is concerned, but it’s not going to lag on you, either.
Lenovo Flex 2 14
Lenovo is a Chinese company that has really tried to find ways to hit that sweet spot between power, performance, and price, offering amazingly powerful machines at ridiculously low prices – especially when compared to the rest of the competition.
This Lenovo Flex 2 is a prime example of that approach.
All of the hardware that makes up this top rated $300 laptop you would find in $400 or more laptops from just about every other manufacturer out there, but somehow Lenovo is able to cut costs and pass those savings along to consumers without dropping the reliability or performance of the machine in any way.
Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK
Dell continues its mission to offer people ridiculously inexpensive computers and laptops that are reliable, just powerful enough for day to day use, and offer some real portability benefits, and this Dell Inspiron sticks true to that focus.
Not exactly ultra-compact by any stretch of the imagination, it still isn’t going to break 7 pounds.
Obviously, in this day and age where ultrabooks reign supreme it’s definitely a bit on the larger side of things, but when you stack it up against the competition from even just a year or two ago – or any of the other best $300 laptops out there – it’s probably one of the smallest options that you could decide to go with.
This laptop also offers an impressive battery life, and has quick charge capability so that you don’t have to worry too much about running out of juice while on the go.
Acer Aspire E5-571-56UQ
This Acer Aspire laptop is definitely budget focused, but it still doesn’t make too terribly many compromises on the performance front, either.
Sure, it doesn’t have lightning fast technology built right in, and there isn’t an overwhelming amount of room for customizations or upgrades, but for those that just need a computer or laptop for the “basics – light online use, email, Microsoft Office, and the like – they aren’t going to need anything else, either.
Definitely one of the more attractive $300 laptops out there, Acer always make sure to pay attention to aesthetic design with each of the products that they put out and this one is a looker for sure.
Asus is another company that somehow finds a way to blend power, performance, and price without threatening to break anyone’s bank account.
And even if they aren’t able to go to the same lengths as a company like Lenovo is, their machines are still very impressive.
This Asus laptop is powerful enough to tackle pretty much anything that a general computer user is going to throw at it, while at the same time being able to handle light photo editing, even lighter video editing, and maybe even a bit of gaming.