Best Laptop under £300 UK [2020]

For those on a tight budget, finding a good laptop isn’t an easy task. Although you won’t be able to afford a Macbook, you can still find a solid laptop for less than £300.

Not everyone wants, or even needs, to spend a lot on a laptop. As long as you know what to look for when you’re considering which laptop to buy, then you can find what you’re looking for. As long as your laptop has enough RAM to function and a good processor, then you should be good to go.

However, there are quite a few options available on the current market, and it can be difficult to know what to opt for. So, let me take a look at some of the best laptops that are less than £300.

Best Laptop under £300

ProductImageScreen SizeSpecsGet More Info
HP Notebook 15HP 15s-fq0024na 15.6 Inch Full HD Laptop - (Silver) (Intel Pentium Gold 5405U, 4 GB, 128 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home)15.6 inch4GB/128GBFind Best Price
Jumper EZbook X3Jumper EZbook X3 13.3 inch FHD Windows 10 Laptop, Apollo Lake N3450 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, notebook computer Supports Up to 128GB TF Card and M.2 SSD extension13.3 inch8GB/128GBFind Best Price
HP Chromebook 14HP Chromebook 14-db0003na 14 Inch Laptop - (Grey) (AMD Dual Core A4, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, 100 GB Cloud Storage with Google One (1 Year Subscription) Chrome OS)14 inch4GB/32GBFind Best Price
Lenovo Thinkpad (Refurb)Lenovo Thinkpad X230 Renewed Laptop Core i5-3320M 2.60GHz 12.5in Widescreen Warranty Webcam (8GB Ram, 500GB HDD, Windows 10)12 inch8GB/500GBFind Best Price

HP Notebook 15

HP 15s-fq0024na 15.6 Inch Full HD Laptop - (Silver) (Intel Pentium Gold 5405U, 4 GB, 128 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home)

When trying to buy for a cheap laptop, you need to look at the specifications that the laptop has. One of the best laptops less than £300 is this HP Notebook, which has pretty much everything you could ask from a budget laptop.

One of the main things that stands out about this laptop is the quality of the screen. Often with cheaper laptops, the screen quality is the first place where brands compromise to try and cut costs down. However, this isn’t the case with this HP Notebook, as the large screen is perfect for chilling and watching Netflix on. The micro-edge bezel display allows it to make the most of the width of the laptop.

It has 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, which combine with the Intel CPU to give you an quick and responsive laptop. It also comes with the Window OS installed, which I recommend for most people if they don’t know which operating system they want to use.

Of course, with this laptop you also get the famous HP fast charge capability. This means that you can easily charge the laptop from nothing to 50% in less than 45 minutes. This can be a lifesaver if you’re someone who often uses coffee shops and other places to work. So, if you’re looking for a low priced laptop with a lot to offer, then this HP Notebook is definitely worth considering.

Jumper EZbook X3

Jumper EZbook X3 13.3 inch FHD Windows 10 Laptop, Apollo Lake N3450 CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, notebook computer Supports Up to 128GB TF Card and M.2 SSD extension

Although generally I prefer to opt for better known brands, for those on a tight budget it can pay to look at brands you might not have heard of before. Jumper is a Chinese manufacturer who make some bargain laptops.

As with any laptop, the brand does matter, but it isn’t the most important thing for you to consider. You should be looking at the specifications of the laptop first and foremost, and this Jumper laptop actually has pretty good capabilities. With 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, this laptop is quite powerful, and can easily cope with running larger programs.

This laptop uses an Intel Celeron processor, and at only 1.2KG, it’s extremely light in comparison to other laptops out there. With a 13inch screen, it’s the perfect size for you to get some work done.

As well as this, it has pretty much everything that most people will need. A HDMI port and a USB too will easily allow you to link this up to any of your devices. It’s very good for people looking for a daily laptop to send emails and surf the internet. For those looking for a lightweight laptop available at a reasonable price, then this is definitely a pretty good choice.

HP Chromebook 14

HP Chromebook 14-db0003na 14 Inch Laptop - (Grey) (AMD Dual Core A4, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, 100 GB Cloud Storage with Google One (1 Year Subscription) Chrome OS)

Another good HP laptop that is worth considering is their Chromebook series, with the Chromebook 14 being within our price point.

This laptop has 4GB of RAM, and uses a dual-core AMD processor. This should be more than enough power for daily usage for the majority of people. However, if you’re looking to do more complex stuff like editing videos, it probably won’t be powerful enough.

It also has a long battery life, with most users finding ion excess of 9-10 hours of usage from a full charge. It uses the Chromebook OS, so it will be easy for you to download apps quickly and use them straight from your desktop. It’s a lightweight and easy to use laptop that will do the job pretty well.

Where this laptop is lacking a little bit is the storage. It only has 32GB of eMMC storage, which isn’t a great deal. Plus, eMMC storage generally isn’t as fast as SSD storage, so typically I prefer to opt for laptops that use SSD. However for casual users who browse the internet, you may not need a ton of storage space. And if this is you, then the HP Chromebook 14 might prove to be a good choice.

Lenovo Thinkpad (Refurb)

Lenovo Thinkpad X230 Renewed Laptop Core i5-3320M 2.60GHz 12.5in Widescreen Warranty Webcam (8GB Ram, 500GB HDD, Windows 10)

With laptops, I always recommend people consider looking at second hand and refurbished options. If you aren’t bothered by opting for something refurbished, then I’d definitely suggest looking at getting a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad. There are different models to look at, but currently the X230 is available at a really good price.

Of course, this kind of laptop is going to be quite old. However, there are definitely benefits of going for a laptop like this as opposed to a brand new laptop less than £300. The main advantage is that you can get a more powerful laptop for your cash.

This laptop has 8GB of RAM and 500GB of SSD storage space – it would never be possible to get these specifications for this kind of price new. Heck, the Macbooks and Thinkpads being released now have the same specs as this model for over £1000, so it’s easy to see why refurbs can be a great choice.

So, as long as you get a warranty with your laptop, then you shouldn’t be too worried about opting for a refurb. And, the Lenovo Thinkpad is the perfect choice as they’re available in abundance.

Laptop Buying Guide – Popular Questions

Can I add 8GB of RAM to a 4GB laptop?

One common question people ask when they are looking to cut costs is whether you can add 8GB memory to a 4GB laptop. The simple answer is, for the majority of laptops, yes! You can easily replace your laptops 4GB RAM, or even just add another 4GB to your laptop to make it up to 8GB of RAM. Check what model of laptop you want to do this for beforehand, as it isn’t possible for every laptop (however it usually is for brands like Acer etc).

Why are laptops cheaper on Amazon?

Although you might think it would be a good idea to buy a laptop directly from the manufacturer, this often isn’t the case. This is typically because it’s actually more expensive directly from the manufacturer, as they don’t expect customers to come to their direct site and don’t market it as much as retailers. This probably isn’t the case for Apple, as often you can find deals on their laptops on their actual website.

Are laptops a waste of money?

For some people, laptops will definitely be a waste of money. However, for the people out there who works via their laptop, they’d probably argue with you that a good laptop is definitely not a waste of money! For some people, a laptop might not get used enough to validate the purchase. However, at less than £300, you’re almost sure to get enough value out of your purchase.

Are HP laptops any good?

I’m more than happy to recommend HP laptops to my friends, as I’ve never found any issues with them over the years. In all honesty, the majority of laptop and computer company’s customer services isn’t great. However, I’ve never had any issues with HP (neither have I had any problems with Apple, but their reputation is well known).

Can a cheap laptop run games?

If you’re looking for a laptop to play games on, then you’ll probably want to opt for something a little more powerful. The majority of cheaper laptops have only 4GB of RAM, which isn’t going to be enough to play some of the bigger file games, like Minecraft or Counterstrike. You should be able to play simple games on a cheap laptop, though.

Conclusion

Although £300 isn’t a massive budget to purchase a laptop, it can still get you something relatively decent if you shop around. If you want a good laptop at this price, you may have to look at refurbished models, as the majority of laptops are more expensive than this.

It can be difficult to find the right laptop for your needs. Hopefully this has helped you a little in that process. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions!

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