Budget laptops are a popular category at the moment, and with school starting back up soon, it may be a good idea to take a look at the options. On this list we go over 12 different budget laptops and compare them. Let’s find the best option for your needs.
Lenovo Ideapad 100S $170
Kicking off this list is the Lenovo Ideapad 100S. Like every other laptop that is going to be here, the Ideapad 100s is a well priced piece of tech, coming in at $170. For that price you can expect an 11.6 inch 1366×768 display with 32GB of eMMC flash storage coupled with 2 GB of DDR3L RAM and an Intel Atom z3735f clocked at 1.33-1.83 GHZ. The good news is that the CPU is quad core, so there shouldn’t be too many bottlenecks when it comes to multi threaded applications.
The 100S also comes with Windows 10 preinstalled and as far as peripherals you get 2 USB 2.0 ports (no USB 3/3.1 sadly), an HDMI out (presumably 1.4) and a multi card reader.
Toshiba Chromebook 2 $300
While Chrome OS is not as capable as Windows 10 in terms of what it can do, there is a lot of potential and it will only get better, not to mention you can easily install a Linux distro like Ubuntu quite easily.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 comes in at $300, a little under double the price of the Lenovo Ideapad 100S, but the upgraded hardware may make it well worth it. Speaking of hardware, you get a pretty good setup for the price, with an Intel Celeron-3215U or Intel i3-5015U depending on what you choose as well as a 13 inch 1080p display and 4 GB of RAM. The only real downside is the poultry 16 GB of storage.
As I mentioned, the Chromebook 2 comes with Chrome OS and has 1 USB 3 port and multi card reader. This laptop also has a backlit keyboard, which is a nice touch.
Asus VivoBook E403SA $379
This is an interesting offer from Asus, in a good way. While still a reasonable $379, the Asus VivoBook E403SA offers some really great features. Starting with the display, the VivoBook has a 14 inch 1080p display powered by a quad core Intel Pentium-N3700 and 4 GB of RAM.
As far as storage and connectivity you get 128 GB of flash storage and 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port and even a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
Lenovo 100S Chromebook $163
Back to Lenovo, this is essentially the Lenovo Ideapad 100S’ brother running Chrome OS. The specs are not quite as good though, with a dual core Intel Celeron N2840, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The screen is also the same with an 11.6 inch 1366×768 display along with the same connectivity options.
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-175 $528
The Toshiba Satellite C55-C-175 is the most expensive on the list, but the price may be worth it for you. For the price you get a 15.6 inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 and 500 GB HDD (not SSD) powered by a dual core (4 core hyper threading) Intel i5-5200U and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM.
As far as connectivity you can expect 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an multi card reader, RJ 45 Ethernet jack and a rarity in today’s computers, a DVD RW optical drive.
HP Chromebook 14 $299
The HP Chromebook 14 is another Chromebook on this list. This laptop offers a 14 inch 1366×768 display with 16 GB of flash storage and 2 GB of DDR3L RAM powered by a Intel Celeron 2955U. The connectivity options include a pair of USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI 1.4 and a multi card reader.
Asus X553SA $263
The Asus X553SA offers everything the Toshiba Satellite C55-C-175 offers, sans an Intel i5 CPU. Instead, the Asus is equipped with a dual core Intel Celeron N3050. Along with this, you get a 15.6 inch display with a resolution of 1366×768. You can also expect 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB HDD. In the connectivity department, you get 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, an optical drive, RJ 45 Ethernet jack, HDMI 1.4, VGA and a multi card reader.
HP Stream 11 $215
The main appeal to this laptop is that it comes with 1 terabyte of OneDrive storage and Office 365 personal included in the box. As the name suggests, this laptop has a 11 inch display with a resolution of 1366×768. This powered by a dual core Intel Celeron N3050 and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. As far as storage goes, you get 32 GB of flash storage, the low capacity is somewhat alleviated by the free 1 TB of cloud storage. The connectivity options are about the same as most of the others on this list, with 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI 1.4 and a multi card reader.
Dell Chromebook 11 $242
This laptop has the standard set of features we’ve come to expect in a sub $300 Chromebook. This offering includes a 11.6 inch 1366×768 display along with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM powered by a dual core Intel Celeron N2840. To keep all of your files, 16 GB of flash memory is included, so it may be a good idea to get a cloud storage service if you plan on using this as a daily driver. Connectivity wise you get 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, multi card reader and an HDMI 1.4 port.
Acer Chromebook 13 $323
A very interesting option from Acer, this laptop runs Chrome OS as is powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 System on a Chip (SoC). The K1 offers quad core performance and pretty decent graphics compared to Intel’s offerings. The only issue with the K1 is that is ARM using the ARMv7-A architecture. In layman’s terms, this is a last generation 32 bit SoC that has been surpassed by offerings like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that is 64 bit and offers better performance in some cases.
The real world complication of using an ARM based SoC versus a x86 or x86_64 architecture is that you will not be able to install something like Ubuntu and expect everything to work, as most applications are made for the two latter architectures.
The specifications of the Acer Chromebook 13 include a 13.3 inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. The storage is a respectable 32 GB of flash storage while connectivity options include 2 USB 3.0 ports and HDMI 1.4.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 $355
Moving back to a Windows 10 option, this laptop offers an 11.6 inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 powered by a quad core Intel Pentium N3540 with 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB HDD.
This laptop is more of a hybrid, as you can fold the keyboard back and use the device as a tablet, yes, this laptop has a touch screen! This opens up a whole lot of possibilites of what can be done with this laptop, and for the price, it is a pretty good deal. As far as connectivity, you will get 1 USB 2.0 port, 2 USB 3.0 ports (one has PowerShare), multi card reader and a HDMI 1.4 port.
HP 255 G4 $554
This the first laptop on this list with an AMD SoC – the A6-6310 is going to be weaker than most of the other CPUs offered on this list – but it probably will not matter in real world use. This SoC is powering a 15.6 inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 coupled with 4 GB of DDR3L RAM and a 500 GB HDD. Connectivity options include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI 1.4, RJ45 Ethernet jack and an optical drive.
Budget laptops are popular options for people that do not require a lot of power from their machine or for people who are just on a budget. If you have a bigger budget be sure to check out our guide on what MacBook you should buy and stay tuned to TabTimes for more content like this! Let us know in the comments which laptop you like the best!