Best overall

Chuwi Lapbook 14.1

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You might not have heard of Chuwi, but don't let that put you off. This is a seriously good laptop for people on a budget or who are just looking for something solid to take to school.

It's got a seventh-gen quad-core Celeron processor from Intel, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also has an excellent 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display. All for under $300.

Bottom line: It's well made, extremely well priced and perfect to throw in a school bag.

One more thing: Up to 12 hours battery life means a full school day of use and more.

Why the Chuwi Lapbook 14.1 is the best

What is Chuwi? You're forgiven for asking that, but the truth is it's a brand making some great, affordable Windows 10 hardware. Coming out of China, the company's products are easily available in the West and what they're producing easily gives some of the bigger brands a run for their money.

A great display, good hardware and excellent battery life.

The Lapbook 14.1 doesn't cut obvious corners that others in this kind of market would. You get a great looking Full HD display, for example, as well as 4GB of RAM, which makes a difference.

Chuwi also packed all this goodness into a laptop that looks nice. Not just for a cheap laptop either, it just looks good. It's well made, sturdy as can be and has enough battery life to get through a school day and beyond. At less than $300, it's virtually impossible to do better right now.

Runner up

Dell Inspiron 11 3000

Dell Inspiron 11

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The Inspiron 11 3000 is very close to the popular Lenovo Ideapad 100s, it just costs a little more and looks less "grown up," which is good if you're a kid. But for the most part, it's on par with that Lenovo device, and there are equally wild color choices to get the kids excited.

That means you'll still get great battery life, a decent display and a tough build quality that can take the kind of abuse that kids deal out. And at 11 inches, it'll fit in their bag just great.

Bottom line: It's on par with Lenovo's Ideapad 100s, but a little pricier and more childish-looking.

One more thing: There's a "big boy" version with a 15-inch display and a 500GB hard drive if you're OK with spending a little more.

Best 2-in-1

Lenovo MIIX 310

Lenovo MIIX 310

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There are distinct benefits to getting a Windows 10 device that is both a tablet and a laptop, and this low-cost 2-in-1 from Lenovo is just the ticket. It's small enough to go inside a school bag, has a great keyboard , and a 10-inch touch display for those times when it's better to use your fingers.

Add in up to 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, around 10 hours of battery life, and optional LTE connectivity and what you have is a superb mobile machine for all the schoolwork you need. The top model costs about $270, which isn't bad.

Bottom line: Its a well-priced, well-equipped 2-in-1 perfect for trips to school.

One more thing: Add in LTE connectivity for a truly mobile work machine.

Best convertible

HP Stream X360

HP Stream X360

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Touching a screen on a mobile computing device is fast becoming a natural way to interact. With a small convertible like the Stream X360, you get tablet and laptop features in one handy, portable package. The hardware is mostly on par with the other options here but with the added bonus of a touchscreen.

That increases the price but it also increases the options you get. It's not a premium worth paying if a laptop is all you want, but by folding the Stream's display over you've got an 11-inch tablet running Windows 10. And that's just great. At $260, this is one of the cheapest convertibles around.

Bottom line: It's a kid-friendly convertible that offers the best of both worlds.

One more thing: Snag a year's free subscription to Office 365 with the Stream X360

Conclusion

All of these are great laptops, but the Chuwi Lapbook is a great laptop for an unbelievable price. It's got everything a grade school student could need, looks great, is sturdy and will last all day between charges. It's impossible to argue with that.

Best overall

Chuwi Lapbook 14.1

Chuwi

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You might not have heard of Chuwi, but don't let that put you off. This is a seriously good laptop for people on a budget or who are just looking for something solid to take to school.

It's got a seventh-gen quad-core Celeron processor from Intel, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also has an excellent 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display. All for under $300.

Bottom line: It's well made, extremely well priced and perfect to throw in a school bag.

One more thing: Up to 12 hours battery life means a full school day of use and more.


Updated June 29, 2017 We added a new best pick in the Chuwi Lapbook 14.1, as well as a convertible.