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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

Florian Schmitt, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 01/01/2018

June 2019 Update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 USD/Euros as reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.

For a long time only netbooks were really cheap, but now "conventional" notebooks are also available for under 300 USD/Euros. This has been made possible by more powerful and cheaper entry-level processors from Intel and AMD, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing. The latter is a fully-fledged Windows operating system. However, Microsoft Bing is the pre-configured default search engine in the browser (Internet Explorer), which can be modified in the browser settings. Windows 10 is often pre-installed on cheap devices, too.

Because of the low price, cost has to be cut on all sides. Since the display is an important cost factor, it is affected in most cases. You should not expect excellent contrast or colors in this category. Battery size, and as a result battery life, used materials, available interfaces, and communication modules offer many possibilities for savings too. If you are looking for a simple typewriter and have low requirements in general, you might find an appropriate device anyway. For affordable devices please also consider the following rankings:

The following table is an overview of the best Windows-based notebooks (>10-inch, no Chromebooks), under 300 USD/Euros (including OS) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past 10 months. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking its headers and filtered by entering text in the text field above it (e.g. "matte").

Note: The cheapest street price at the time of the last revision of this article applies to the following list. The sales prices shown in the following table and in the price comparison with the individual articles are automatically updated daily and can therefore differ!

Top 10 Notebooks under 300 Euros

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
111/201881%Trekstor Yourbook C11BTrekstor Yourbook C11B
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
15 mm1.2 kg11.6"1920x1080glossy
204/201981%Asus E203MA-FD825TSAsus E203MA-FD825TS
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
16.9 mm980 g11.6"1366x768glossy
302/201880%Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026TAsus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
2 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
21.4 mm992 g11.6"1366x768glossy
412/201879%Lenovo V130-14IGMLenovo V130-14IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
20 mm1.6 kg14"1366x768matte
512/201777%Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAPLenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
1.8 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
15.9 mm1.3 kg11.6"1366x768matte
611/201776%Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAPLenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
Intel HD Graphics 500
3.8 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
18.5 mm1.4 kg14"1366x768matte
712/201876%Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YAAcer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
Intel Pentium N4200
Intel HD Graphics 505
4 GB Memory, 1000 GB HDD
27.3 mm2.8 kg17.3"1600x900glossy
808/201875%Trekstor Primetab T13BTrekstor Primetab T13B
Intel Pentium N4200
Intel HD Graphics 505
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
17.4 mm1.5 kg13.3"1920x1080glossy
904/2019
New!
74%Chuwi HeroBook 14Chuwi HeroBook 14
Intel Atom x5-E8000
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
21.3 mm1.5 kg14"1920x1080matte
1009/201873%Acer Extensa 2519-P35UAcer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel Pentium N3710
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell)
4 GB Memory, 500 GB HDD
26 mm2.4 kg15.6"1366x768matte

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing, recent tests first

Editors' Comments

1st - Trekstor Yourbook C11B

Trekstor Yourbook C11B
Trekstor Yourbook C11B

The Trekstor Yourbook C11B is a small convertible with a touchscreen, which is well-suited for everyday tasks. Its construction is identical to the Yourbook C11, but offers additional software like a one-year subscription for Microsoft's Office 365. There is not much storage, but a free slot for an M.2-SSD. Both the 1080p screen as well as 802.11ac WLAN are real highlights in this price segment. Trekstor offers a lot of device for the money in general; you should obviously not expect high-end power, but entry-level performance. The Yourbook is easily sufficient if you occasionally browse the web or write a text document.

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2nd - Asus E203MA

Asus E203MA
Asus E203MA

The Asus E203MA is available in some configurations for less than 300 Euros, and the performance is sufficient for simple office tasks and web browsing. The device is equipped with a microSD reader, and it is really necessary to expand the 25 GB internal storage. The battery runtime in our Wi-Fi test is pretty good at 8:15 hours.

The display is the main issue here, because it is glossy and not particularly bright. You also have problems if you like to expand or maintain your laptop.

The Asus E203MA is still a good 11.6-inch laptop for simple applications.

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3rd - Asus VivoBook E12

Asus VivoBook E12
Asus VivoBook E12

A solid notebook for typing, web browsing and video playback is pretty much everything you can expect in the segment up to 300 Euros. This is just what you get with the VivoBook E12, an 11.6-inch notebook without any real highlights, but a good keyboard, silent operation, low temperatures, and low weight. Windows 10 is included as well. You must make compromises in terms of memory and the display is rather dark with limited viewing angles. A good offer for 250 Euros, but there are cheaper offers.

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4th - Lenovo V130-14IGM

Lenovo V130-14IGM
Lenovo V130-14IGM

The Lenovo V130-14IGM is equipped with a small battery on paper, which cannot be replaced. But the battery runtime in the WLAN test is still competitive at 7:21 hours. The power of the notebook is also sufficient for office tasks. The display is not a highlight of the system; it is dark with a low contrast ratio, but the surface is at least matte. Lenovo includes an SSD for a decent system performance and it also results in a decent price-performance ratio.

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5th - Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP

Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP

Lenovo cannot really do much about the design of an inexpensive device like the Ideapad 120s-11IAP, right? It turns out they can by choosing a simple yet elegant design, which creates a much more noble impression than you expect from this segment. The stability is decent as well, and we like other systems to do the same. Still, there are drawbacks at this price point like the memory equipment at just 2 GB RAM. The system performance is mediocre and the storage limited. The IdeaPad 120s-11IAP can still be a good choice for a small budget and low expectations.

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6th - Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP

Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP

The Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP is the bigger sibling of the Ideapad 120S-11IAP and is similar in many respects, including a nice chassis. Display and storage capacity require limitations from the user, but you get fast USB ports and decent battery runtimes in return. The keyboard convinces as well, even though we would have liked to see a background illumination. You should note that it is not possible to replace or upgrade components, so you should make sure you get the right configuration for your requirements.

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7th - Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA

Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA

Acer's Aspire ES1-732-P7YA is an inexpensive 17-inch laptop. The hard drive can store 1 TB of data and can be replaced. The device also offers sufficient performance for simple office tasks. It does not get really warm and you can only hear the fan under load. The glossy screen is pretty dark, but the contrast ratio is decent.

Our test model costs about 400 Euros, but online retailers already sell it for little less than 300 Euros, so we use the device for our ranking.

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8th - Trekstor Primetab T13B

Trekstor Primetab T13B
Trekstor Primetab T13B

The Trekstor Primetab T13B for about 300 Euros is a well-equipped 13.3-inch convertible. Thanks to its sturdy chassis and the expandable storage it manages to secure a spot in our ranking. However, potential buyers have to live with short battery runtimes and the comparatively high weight. The color reproduction is good once you calibrate the screen, so it is an inexpensive alternative to some more expensive machines.

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9th - Chuwi HeroBook 14

Chuwi HeroBook 14
Chuwi HeroBook 14

The Chuwi HeroBook 14 looks like a high-quality Ultrabook at first, but a closer inspection quickly reveals that neither plastic materials, nor the stability of the case can keep up with more expensive devices. However, the HeroBook retails for just 279 Euros or even less, so the performance is actually decent.

You should not expect current ports; there is no USB-C, but a proprietary charging connector for the power adapter. The keyboard is not illuminated and the performance of the notebook is very low, especially in multi-core scenarios.

The battery runtime and the decent screen are definitely advantages and you will be happy with the Chuwi laptop if you don't have high requirements for the performance and appreciate the large keys of the input devices.

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10th - Acer Extensa 2519-P35U

Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U

The Acer Extensa 2519-P35U is a notebook for low requirements: Low performance figures, dim screen, and short battery runtime are not perfect if you plan on using complex applications. It is still powerful enough for test editing and some web browsing, an optical drive can be added, and the good keyboard is interesting for frequent writers. You should have a look at the Acer laptop if you are on a tight budget.

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Best Laptops under 300 USD/Euros in Comparison

Size Comparison

423.3 mm / 16.7 inch 289.9 mm / 11.4 inch 27.3 mm / 1.075 inch 2.8 kg6.17 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs343 mm / 13.5 inch 247 mm / 9.72 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs332 mm / 13.1 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 21.3 mm / 0.839 inch 1.5 kg3.26 lbs334 mm / 13.1 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 18.5 mm / 0.728 inch 1.4 kg3.17 lbs335 mm / 13.2 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 17.4 mm / 0.685 inch 1.5 kg3.23 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 193 mm / 7.6 inch 21.4 mm / 0.843 inch 992 g2.19 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 193 mm / 7.6 inch 17.5 mm / 0.689 inch 976 g2.15 lbs287 mm / 11.3 inch 200 mm / 7.87 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs280 mm / 11 inch 190 mm / 7.48 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.2 kg2.56 lbs

Measurement Results

Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Trekstor Primetab T13B
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SEM64G
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45 (25, 20)
35.2 (18, 17.2)
72.8 (30.4, 42.4)
41 (22, 19)
38 (19, 19)
45 (24, 21)
42 (21, 21)
49 (28, 21)
52 (30, 22)
35.6 (18, 17.6)
Response Time Black / White *
18 (14, 4)
17.2 (12, 5.2)
22.8 (16.4, 6.4)
11 (7, 4)
29 (19, 10)
13 (8, 5)
32 (18, 14)
15 (10, 5)
13 (8, 5)
32.8 (13.2, 19.6)
PWM Frequency
24750 (30)
495 (99)
200 (20)
961
520.8 (100)
Screen
Brightness middle
267
257.4
266.2
253
324
202
304
227
234
213.6
Brightness
265
239
251
234
333
194
267
209
216
197
Brightness Distribution
85
87
90
87
87
77
77
80
83
82
Black Level *
0.35
0.54
0.67
0.33
0.39
0.49
0.28
0.15
0.51
0.18
Contrast
763
477
397
767
831
412
1086
1513
459
1187
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.67
11.8
12.4
10.84
8.42
14.24
7.28
12.93
11.84
5.78
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.32
28
24.5
17.48
15.11
23.76
12.65
20.92
25.17
19.89
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.84
13.3
14.4
11.86
9.18
15.46
8.34
14.69
13.97
4.6
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.2 100%
2.16 102%
2.72 81%
2.34 94%
2.55 86%
2.33 94%
2.38 92%
2.13 103%
2 110%
CCT
8076 80%
16811 39%
19436 33%
12882 50%
8841 74%
20358 32%
9038 72%
19863 33%
18080 36%
7481 87%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
42
39
37
36
62
36
60
51
35
36.5
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
65
62
59
57
95
57
92
80
55
57.5
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.85
2.95
1.89
4.2
Noise
off / environment *
30.5
30.2
30.2
Idle Minimum *
31.8
31
30.2
Idle Average *
32.1
31
30.2
Idle Maximum *
32.1
31
30.2
Load Average *
33
35.1
30.2
Load Maximum *
35
35.1
31.5
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
40.6
41.2
40.6
42
42
34
49
35.7
31.2
37.2
Maximum Bottom *
40.2
47.2
47.8
43.2
41.8
42
41.4
37.1
31.7
40.2
Idle Upper Side *
28.8
26.8
29
33
35.8
27.6
27.7
29
26.1
28.2
Idle Bottom *
29.4
29.2
30.6
33.6
30.1
30.2
27.2
30
27.4
32.4
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
957
919
WiFi v1.3
534
419
434
493
244
164
502
308
441
368
Load
118
230
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
4.3
2.7
2.8
2
3.9
5
3.2
6
3.2
4
Idle Average *
6
5.3
4.2
3.6
9.3
6.9
6.1
9.6
5
6.3
Idle Maximum *
6.3
5.7
5.1
4.4
10.9
7.8
7
10.7
5.6
7
Load Average *
11.4
12.9
11.8
16.5
12.6
14.4
21.2
15.8
10.7
Load Maximum *
10.8
13.1
12.1
14.2
15.6
18.7
24.7
26
19
14.6

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2703 Points ∼41%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2634 Points ∼40%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2558 Points ∼39%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2370 Points ∼36%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
3606 Points ∼55%
Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2717 Points ∼42%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
1464 Points ∼24%
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1816 Points ∼30%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1810 Points ∼30%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1788 Points ∼29%
Trekstor Primetab T13B
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SEM64G
1485 Points ∼24%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1794 Points ∼29%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1700 Points ∼28%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
2393 Points ∼39%
Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2052 Points ∼34%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
1453 Points ∼24%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
395 Points ∼1%
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
548 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
530 Points ∼2%
Trekstor Primetab T13B
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SEM64G
572 Points ∼2%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
548 Points ∼2%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
620 Points ∼2%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
775 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
721 Points ∼2%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
289 Points ∼1%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
313 Points ∼1%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
301 Points ∼1%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
358 Points ∼1%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
401 Points ∼1%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
434 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
378 Points ∼1%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA-FD026T
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2080 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2031 Points ∼3%
Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2306 Points ∼4%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2280 Points ∼4%
Lenovo V130-14IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, SK Hynix HFS128G32TND
3154 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire ES1-732-P7YA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2856 Points ∼5%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
1457 Points ∼2%
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