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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

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

October 2018 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
110/201784%Chuwi Lapbook 12.3Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
Intel Celeron N3450
Intel HD Graphics 500
6 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
17.5 mm1.4 kg12.3"2736x1824glossy
208/201781%Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TSAsus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
2 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
17.5 mm976 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
404/201779%ODYS Vario Pro 12ODYS Vario Pro 12
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
2 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
17.5 mm1.2 kg11.6"1366x768glossy
501/201779%Medion Akoya E2215TMedion Akoya E2215T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
2 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
18.3 mm1.1 kg11.6"1920x1080glossy
602/201778%Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQAcer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
2 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
20.7 mm1.3 kg10.1"1280x800matte
712/201777%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
811/201776%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
908/201875%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
1009/2018
New!
73%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

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Editors' Comments

1st – Chuwi LapBook

Chuwi LapBook
Chuwi LapBook

The Chuwi LapBook is a very good offer for less than 300 Euros with Windows 10, high-res screen and metal case. other notebooks with these features are much more expensive. However, the performance quickly reveals the price category, and another problem of the import device is the warranty. It got our Best value Award, because you really get a lot for the money. However, there are customers report shorter battery runtimes after a short while on the Internet and we already mentioned long charging times during our review. It is a little adventure then, but the Chuwi LapBook definitely offers features you won't find on any other device in this price range.

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2nd – Asus VivoBook E200HA

Asus VivoBook E200HA
Asus VivoBook E200HA

The Asus VivoBook E200HA might be too slow for intensive computational tasks, but those who want a simple companion for web surfing and writing might find what they are looking for. With silent operation and a Wi-Fi battery life of almost 9 hours you are well equipped for everyday tasks. Low weight is another pro.

Potential buyers might be disappointed by the slightly low storage capacity of only 32 GB. The slightly unstable lid is another annoying trifle. However, you can turn a blind eye in view of the price. The Asus VivoBook E200HA delivers a very good price performance ratio.

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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 – Odys Vario Pro 12

Odys Vario Pro 12
Odys Vario Pro 12

Under 300 Euros (~$326) with active input pen: At a first glance, the Odys Vario Pro 12 appears to be an interesting alternative to convertibles from established manufacturers. In fact, only the display is slightly dark and the Wi-Fi reception could be better. Otherwise, the convertible delights with good battery runtimes, silent system noise, sufficient performance for everyday tasks, and an acceptable IPS display. Certainly, the highlight is the active input pen, which works reliably. Because of a low storage capacity of 32 GB, you will have to move files you do not need all the time to a microSD card.

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5th – Medion Akoya E2215T

Medion Akoya E2215T
Medion Akoya E2215T

The Medion Akoya E2215T is a 11.6-inch convertible with Full HD display and quite a good battery life of about 8 hours in the Wi-Fi test. However, the storage capacity is quite low with 64 GB, but it can be expanded with a microSD card. You'll get two years warranty and quite a decent keyboard. In our opinion, it is annoying that the power cable is that short. Hence, you might often need an extension cable. In addition, the case is not absolutely stable. However, the Medion Akoya E2215T is a fair offer in view of its price of under 300 Euros.

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6th – Acer Switch One 10

Acer Switch One 10
Acer Switch One 10

With bright and contrast-rich display, the Acer Switch One 10 is attractive. We reviewed the 64 GB model and would highly recommend this storage capacity for a Windows system. Otherwise you will have too less space for files. Good battery runtimes and a decent keyboard also make the device recommendable. However, we would have liked to see USB Type-C and USB 3.0 ports. In addition, the keyboard dock is not exactly stable and Acer only includes a 1-year warranty. Since price performance ratio and performance are alright, the device is absolutely recommendable.

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7th - 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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8th - 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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Platz 8 - Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP

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

Das Lenovo Ideapad 120S-14IAP ist der große Bruder des Ideapad 120S-11IAP und macht viele Dinge ähnlich, beispielsweise bietet es ebenfalls ein schickes Gehäuse. Bildschirm und Speicherplatz erfordern Einschränkungen vom Nutzer, dafür gibt es flotte USB-Ports und ordentliche Akkulaufzeiten. Auch die Tastatur überzeugt, wenn wir uns auch eine Hintergrundbeleuchtung gewünscht hätten. Man sollte beachten, dass man keine Komponenten austauschen oder aufrüsten kann, somit sollte man sich von vorneherein die passende Konfiguration aussuchen.

9th - 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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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

Measurement Results

Medion Akoya E2215T
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, 64 GB eMMC Flash
ODYS Vario Pro 12
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
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
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
31 (13, 18)
39 (17, 22)
60 (31, 29)
45 (25, 20)
48.4 (24.8, 23.6)
35.2 (18, 17.2)
72.8 (30.4, 42.4)
41 (22, 19)
38 (19, 19)
45 (24, 21)
Response Time Black / White *
26 (6, 20)
22 (5, 17)
36 (22, 14)
18 (14, 4)
30.8 (16.4, 14.4)
17.2 (12, 5.2)
22.8 (16.4, 6.4)
11 (7, 4)
29 (19, 10)
13 (8, 5)
PWM Frequency
50 (20)
52 (70)
24750 (30)
495 (99)
Screen
Brightness middle
338
315
282
267
224
257.4
266.2
253
324
202
Brightness
309
311
250
265
219
239
251
234
333
194
Brightness Distribution
76
82
74
85
81
87
90
87
87
77
Black Level *
0.39
0.29
0.37
0.35
0.13
0.54
0.67
0.33
0.39
0.49
Contrast
867
1086
762
763
1723
477
397
767
831
412
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.94
6.78
5.63
6.67
2.4
11.8
12.4
10.84
8.42
14.24
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.96
11.61
11.28
10.32
3.7
28
24.5
17.48
15.11
23.76
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.54
7.7
5.04
7.84
2.5
13.3
14.4
11.86
9.18
15.46
Gamma
2.38 92%
2.23 99%
2.19 100%
2.3 96%
2.31 95%
2.2 100%
2.16 102%
2.72 81%
2.34 94%
2.55 86%
CCT
6902 94%
8676 75%
7254 90%
8076 80%
6869 95%
16811 39%
19436 33%
12882 50%
8841 74%
20358 32%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
46
49.9
43
42
63.4
39
37
36
62
36
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
71
77.9
67
65
98.3
62
59
57
95
57
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.85
2.95
Noise
off / environment *
30.5
30.5
Idle Minimum *
30.5
31.8
Idle Average *
30.5
32.1
Idle Maximum *
30.5
32.1
Load Average *
30.5
33
Load Maximum *
30.5
35
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
44.1
38.4
36.5
40.6
39.2
41.2
40.6
42
42
34
Maximum Bottom *
43.2
44.3
36.5
40.2
39.4
47.2
47.8
43.2
41.8
42
Idle Upper Side *
35.1
36
28.4
28.8
27.7
26.8
29
33
35.8
27.6
Idle Bottom *
33
29
30.2
29.4
26.8
29.2
30.6
33.6
30.1
30.2
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
957
919
WiFi v1.3
474
533
453
534
395
419
434
493
244
164
Load
118
230
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.4
3.1
4.8
4.3
5.9
2.7
2.8
2
3.9
5
Idle Average *
7.5
5.1
7.8
6
7.7
5.3
4.2
3.6
9.3
6.9
Idle Maximum *
8.2
5.5
8.2
6.3
8.6
5.7
5.1
4.4
10.9
7.8
Load Average *
14
10.4
14.8
11.4
18.2
12.9
11.8
16.5
12.6
14.4
Load Maximum *
14.2
10.5
14.4
10.8
23.6
13.1
12.1
14.2
15.6
18.7

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2152 (min: 2150, max: 2152) Points ∼33%
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%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Medion Akoya E2215T
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1282 Points ∼21%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1315 Points ∼22%
ODYS Vario Pro 12
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1437 Points ∼24%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
1464 Points ∼24%
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1461 (min: 1450, max: 1461) 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%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Medion Akoya E2215T
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
334 Points ∼1%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, 64 GB eMMC Flash
338 Points ∼1%
ODYS Vario Pro 12
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 32 GB eMMC Flash
339 Points ∼1%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
395 Points ∼1%
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
655 Points ∼2%
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%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
286 (min: 284, max: 292) Points ∼1%
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%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
HD Graphics 500, N3450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2262 (min: 2253, max: 2266) Points ∼4%
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%
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