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Best Cheap Laptops Of 2018 – Chromebooks, Windows, And Laptop-tablet Hybrids



LOOKING for a budget-friendly laptop that won’t break the bank? We’ve rounded up the best portable computers for under £800, £500, and some for less than £300.

From smooth-running Chromebooks to sturdy Windows devices, and laptop-tablet hybrids, they’re all here in this regularly updated list.

Lenovo The Lenovo Yoga Book has a virtual keyboard that turns on when you use it

The best laptops under £300

Acer Chromebook R11

The aluminium top plate gives Acer’s Chromebook a sleek metallic finish. Below the hood is 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, giving you a bit more file space than budget alternatives.

You can flip it over to use as a touchscreen tablet, thanks to a 360-degree hinge. The R11 is powered by a Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor, and has a USB 3.0 port, and HDMI connector, and a microSD port.

£249.99 at Argos Jargon explainer: Chromebook, Windows, 2-in-1 tablet

Unlike Windows 10 devices or Macs, Chromebooks run on Google’s Chrome OS operating system, and are meant to be used while connected to the internet, with web-based apps and documents stored on the cloud. They tend to be the cheapest around. If you’re after more customization options, more third-party software, and extar RAM and storage, then you’ll have to stick with Windows laptops. Although at these budget prices, some Chromebooks may be just as fast. A 2-in-1 tablet-laptop hybrid essentially combines a tablet with a laptop, so you get the best of both worlds: touchscreen and keyboard functions. There are no Macs included here because the latest macOS hardware tends to be expensive.

Asus Chromebook C201

Even cheaper than the Acer Chromebook R11, this sub-200-quid Chrome OS device packs the same screen (11.6 inches), battery life (10 hours), and the same variety of ports. The finish is plastic, but you get to choose between three colour models. You can grab it with either 2GB or 4GB RAM, and it has a Rockchip RK3288 ARM processor.

£184.90 at Amazon

Acer’s Swift 1 is a bargain laptop with a full HD screen and a compatible fingerprint scanner

HP Stream 14

As much as Chromebooks are beginning to catch on, we realise some people still want Windows (even on a budget). So we give you the HP Stream 14: a candy-coloured, super-affordable laptop that HP’s been churning out for a few years now. It has a 1336 x 768 resolution, which is common in this price bracket, and weighs just 3.11 pounds. Browsing the web and social media or doing some work on Office is fine, just don’t expect it to handle anything too demanding.

£219.99 at Argos

The best laptops under £500

Acer Swift 1

Acer’s bargain price Swift 1 gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s got a IPS 1080p screen, a Windows-Hello compatible fingerprint scanner, and solid battery life at over 12 hours. Plus, it crams in a full-sized HDMI port and SD card slot. Unfortunately, the 64GB storage and 4GB RAM isn’t anything to write home about. Still, at this price, it’s a steal.

£399.99 at Amazon

Lenovo Yoga Book

A laptop-hybrid is a great alternative to a conventional device for those on a budget. And the Lenovo Yoga Pad’s innovative features may result in you never going back to standard laptops again. The hybrid features a virtual keyboard that reveals itself only when you start using it. You can also clip a notepad on top of it to write notes and draw sketches with a stylus.

£449.99 at Lenovo

Asus Don’t want to shell out for a Macbook Air? Buy the thin and light Asus Zenbook instead

Acer Switch 3

A tablet-laptop 2-in-1 for anyone in the market for a cheaper alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Pro. The Zenbook is a detachable hybrid that comes complete with a tablet, keyboard cover and stylus. Inside is a 1.1 GHz (2.5 GHz turbo) Pentium quad-core CPU, with 4GB of memory and 64Gb of flash storage.

£399 at Amazon

The best laptops under £800

Lenovo ThinkPad 13

With its durable design and excellent keyboard, the ThinkPad is a safe bet for a work laptop. It’s made for business, but can work for casual use (although it’s a bit bulky) and weighs 3.17 pounds. Believe it or not, its keyboard is one of the best things about it – with firm, responsive keys and physical left, centre, and right mouse buttons. If only it was backlit too.

£549.99 at Lenovo

Asus The Asus Chromebook Flip transforms into a touchscreen hybrid thanks to its 360-degree hinge

Acer Swift 3

The Swift 1’s bigger brother, this 14-inch laptop has a 1080p full HD display. Its looks aren’t special, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Here, you’re looking at an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD storage. There’s also plenty of ports and the battery life is top-drawer, too. Just ignore its exterior.

£649.99 at Currys

Asus Zenbook UX305

If you like the way a Macbook Air looks, but want to save £300 in spare change, then snap up this Asus Zenbook. It’s thin and light, has a glare-free screen, and a great keyboard and trackpad to boot. It also has 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage.

£679.99 at Tesco

Asus Chromebook Flip

Why buy a 600 quid Chromebook when you can get one for less than £200? Well, more screen for one: ASUS’ device has a 12.5-inch display. Plus, you get perks like a backlit keyboard and a larger trackpad. Inside is a standard 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The processor is a 6th generation Intel Core m3, which is decent for this price range.

£599.99 at Currys

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