Best overall

CHUWI 14.1 LapBook

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For a laptop that costs about $270, the CHUWI 14.1-inch LapBook has a lot to offer. Inside is a seventh-generation Intel Celeron quad-core N3450 processor (CPU), 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64GB of SanDisk eMMC storage. The 14.1-inch IPS display has a beautiful 1080p resolution and a matte finish.

Bottom line: The best overall laptop below $300 is the CHUWI 14.1 LapBook.

One more thing: Check out our review for more information on what makes the CHUWI LapBook so great.

Why the CHUWI 14.1 LapBook is the best laptop under $300

Beautiful display, slim design, and an attractive price. Can't beat the CHUWI 14.1 LapBook.

Most sub-$300 laptops have a display that suffers from low resolution, but the 14.1-inch LapBook's 1080p IPS screen is gorgeous. It has a great viewing angle and a thin bezel with just enough room for a webcam at the top.

The Intel Celeron N3450 CPU can hold its own with light computing tasks, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM is there to back it up. Storage is limited to 64GB, but you can expand that with a 128GB TF card for a decent amount of space.

The white chassis is reminiscent of the MacBook Air thanks to the wedge design, and it's built surprisingly well. For ports, you have one USB-A 3.0, one USB-A 2.0, micro HDMI, micro TF card, and a 3.5mm jack.

Best 2-in-1

ASUS Transformer Mini

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If you love the design of the Surface Pro, you'll love the Transformer Mini from ASUS (about $250). It has the same hinged kickstand to prop up the tablet when the keyboard and touchpad are attached, and it even includes a pen for inking. The 10.1-inch touch display has a 1,280 x 800 resolution, and there's a front-facing webcam tucked in at the top. Inside, get an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage.

Bottom line: An outstanding 2-in-1 is the ASUS Transformer Mini.

One more thing: This is the Signature Edition straight from Microsoft, meaning no bloatware or other added software.

Best cloudbook

Acer Aspire One

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The Acer Aspire One's internal storage isn't huge at 32GB, but included with the purchase is a year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes 1TB of OneDrive storage — your laptop won't get bogged down with files, so you can keep performance up. The Intel Celeron N3050 CPU has a clock speed up to 2.16GHz, and is paired with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, which is enough for word processing and web browsing and other light work. With an 11.6-inch display at 768p, this is a great compact laptop you won't mind toting around with you. This laptop starts at about $200.

Bottom line: For a great laptop that thrives when connected to the internet, check out the Acer Aspire One.

One more thing: Plenty of ports here, including one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one HDMI, and one SD card reader.

Best convertible

Dell Inspiron 11

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If you can't live without a touchscreen on your laptop, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 is a great choice. The 11.6-inch display has a 1,366 x 768 resolution, and the touch functionality is responsive and precise. An Intel Celeron N3060 CPU has a clock speed up to 2.48GHz, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM keeps things running smoothly — this laptop is great for a light workload. Rotate the screen around for tent, stand, and tablet modes, or keep it in notebook mode for when you need to get serious work done. This laptop starts at about $200.

Bottom line: Consider the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 if you want a great convertible laptop under $300.

One more thing: Pair this laptop with OneDrive storage so that the 32GB eMMC drive doesn't fill up.

Best business

Dell Inspiron 14 3000

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Having multiple projects going at once demands a larger screen; the Dell Inspiron 14 has a 14-inch display at 768p. As far as RAM goes, the initial model comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, but it can be upgraded to 4GB if you find that having multiple processes open is slowing things down. The Intel Celeron N3060 CPU has a clock speed up to 2.48GHz, which will handle word processing and web browsing, and the 32GB eMMC drive is backed up by a year subscription to Office 365, which includes 1TB of OneDrive storage. This laptop starts at about $230.

Bottom line: The Dell Inspiron 14 3000 is a great business option for under $300.

One more thing: Ports include HDMI 1.4, USB-A 3.0, and USB-A 2.0.

Conclusion

One of the best 2-in-1 laptop options out there is the ASUS Transformer Mini, but the overall best choice is definitely the CHUWI 14.1 LapBook. If you want something for business, check out the Dell Inspiron 14 3000, and if you want a convertible with a touchscreen, go with the Dell Inspiron 11 3000. Looking for a great cloudbook? Check out the Acer Aspire One.

Best overall

CHUWI 14.1 LapBook

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For a laptop that costs about $270, the CHUWI 14.1-inch LapBook has a lot to offer. Inside is a seventh-generation Intel Celeron quad-core N3450 processor (CPU), 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64GB of SanDisk eMMC storage. The 14.1-inch IPS display has a beautiful 1080p resolution and a matte finish.

Bottom line: The best overall laptop below $300 is the CHUWI 14.1 LapBook.

One more thing: Check out our review for more information on what makes the CHUWI LapBook so great.

Updated August 24, 2017: We've refreshed this list, including a new overall best choice, to ensure you're still getting the best budget laptops.