That Chromebooks usually cost less than most laptops does not mean they can’t get expensive. If you take your time to shop for Chromebooks online you’re necessarily going to find Chromebooks running north of $600, with some models venturing well into the $1000 range. However, I have good news for you, you may be surprised to learn how much processing power and RAM you can lock down in a Chromebook that prices no more than $300.
With that in mind, I have compiled this list of the best Chromebooks under $300. While I would not suggest picking up one of these laptops as your main computer if your work requires a lot of processing power, each laptop on this list is more than capable of carrying out fully well everyday task you throw its way.
- ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04 – One of the best Chromebooks
- Samsung Chromebook 3
- HP Chromebook 14
- Acer Chromebook N7
This laptop is ideal for frequent travelers and clumsy creatives who have been known to spill a drink or two, its equipped with reinforced rubber guards that protect against most drops, along with a spill-resistant keyboard that can face the occasional splash of a drink. Its weight is only 2.65lbs, this laptop is superbly lightweight and most important 11.6-inch HD screen that features anti-glare technology.
ASUS Chromebook is powered by a Celeron N3060 Processor for fast and snappy performance on most applications, and also you get 4GB of DDR3 RAM which is not enough for pro-level applications or multitasking but more than enough to get you through your everyday web browsing and email tasks. This laptop also comes with standard 16GB or 32GB of flash storage that offers fast performance and reliable data retrieval, and since you will be doing almost all of your work through the Google cloud. It’s unlikely that you had ever need much more storage space. It comes with preloaded all of the Google apps that you have come to know and like, and you will be able to easily edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs.
The battery life is also impressive, you should expect this laptop to stay up for over 8hrs.
Samsung Chromebook 3 comes with a surprisingly fast Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 4GB of SDRAM DDR3 memory, and a 16GB SSD hard drive that’s just as fast and reliable as you’d hope. I was also fascinated with the battery life of this machine, which can power your online experiences for up to 11 hours from a single charge. Moreover, this machine comes with two USB ports since one USB port and an HDMI connection is all you can demand from most of the other Chromebooks in this price range.
In addition, if you can arrange to go quite a bit above the $300 mark, I recommend the latest Chromebook 4 from Samsung, which starts at $240 and provides a much modern experience than that of aging Chromebook 3.
When it comes to computers and home electronics in general, HP is an instructive and highly trusted brand that delivers quality products in sleek and affordable packages. This lightweight Chromebook is no exception, thanks to its compact design that can be tossed in a bag at a moment’s notice without issue. It carries a super-fast Intel Celeron Dual-Core N3350 processor that operates at 2.4GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and an abnormally quite large 32GB SSD hard drive that may be helpful for those of us who do not trust the cloud with all of our files.
HP Chromebook comes in a 14-inch full HD color display that’s quite impressive, thanks in part to its touchscreen compatibility and backlighting that makes it comfortable to read even in super light conditions. You also get an Intel HD graphics card that’s more than capable of rendering movies and TV shows on the go, and a specific media card reader comes in handy if you are a photographer or other creative professional who’s tired of continually having to sync your files between devices and the cloud.
The battery life is also good, you can expect up to 8hrs of battery life or more with mixed usage. The downside to this laptop is that you can’t upgrade the 4GB RAM and it does easily get hot.
Acer Chromebook comes in just under the $200 mark, this laptop is similar in both price & size to Samsung’s Chromebook 3. Although the design is a little bit more dated, you get a bit more processing power that may come in handy if you need to render larger files or take advantage of faster download times.
It comes with an Intel Celeron N3060 Quad-core processor along with 32GB of storage space. Also, you get two USB ports and an HDMI port for connecting external displays. This laptop iteration also boasts an impressive battery life at up to 12 hours on a full charge, and the overall build quality appears to be a bit stronger than the Samsung Chromebook 3.
Like every other commodity out there, the higher the price, the better the quality and features you get. However, if you are looking for a laptop that handles everyday computing requiring fewer resources, then the aforementioned laptops are some of the best chromebooks you can find on the market. Although not the best quality, but decent features and performance.