Laptops Under $300
In this post we’ll discuss what computer specs you need to consider when shopping for the best laptops under $300. To be perfectly honest most models under $300 are refurbished, meaning they have had problems but have also been fixed by the manufacturer. These models are safe to buy, but make sure that you keep the warranty paperwork.
For the most part, any computer that costs $300 or less is going to have a small amount of RAM (random access memory), a small hard drive (about 256 GB), and will lack an optical CD/DVD drive. This is because most computers in this price range are considered netbooks. Netbooks are computeres with screens smaller than 12 inches. I personally used one for quite a while, and while they are not designed for people who work online 8-10 hours/day, they are sufficient for students who are just doing basic word processing and browsing the web.
Best Laptops Under $300
The advantages to using a netbook include the fact that they are cheap and small. Netbooks are typically some of the lightest laptops available on the market, and gained popularity because of how easy they were to carry around. These days, they are being phased out because of how powerful smartphones have become and how prevalent tablets have become. With that said, neither smart phones nor tablets include a full keyboard, which a netbook would.
Further, while the processing power on a computer this cheap is going to be low by relative standards, it will likely be faster than the computer you were using just 4 years ago. As is the case with all technology, what was considered premium a few years ago is now considered old news. Because of this, it is entirely possible to find a laptop under $300 that still have a 2GB DDR3 RAM and an older model Intel processor. It won’t be the fastest computer ever, but it will get you around Facebook, your email program, and Microsoft Word just fine.
As you can imagine, the downside of using a netbook is the lack of performance. To put things in perspective, most netbooks have 2GB RAMs, 128 or 256GB old school hard drives (which are slow), and old Intel or AMD processors (also slow). Modern computers have anywhere from 4GB to 8GB advanced DDR3-SD RAMs, 500-750GB Solid State hard drives (faster)) and Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors (the higher the faster).
It goes without saying that modern computers blow netbooks out of the water. Further, netbooks tend to be flimsy, as they are the absolute base model most manufacturers offer to the public. And last but not least, to save money manufacturers have removed the CD/DVD drive on most netbooks. This means you cannot watch DVDs, burn CDs, or install software that comes via CD. Instead, you must purchase an attachable optical drive or download everything (most everything can be downloaded now anyways).