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The Best Notebooks For Less Than 300 Euros

Q4/2020 update. The price bracket of less than 300 Euros is sparsely populated as most devices fail to stay under this threshold. Devices that do make it tend to be limited to the bare essentials requiring a long list of sometimes massive compromises. The following table contains an overview over all devices in this incredibly low price range.
Florian Schmitt, Tanja Hinum (translated by Finn D. Boerne),

For a long time this price bracket was occupied exclusively by Netbooks. However, we can now find an increasing number of traditional notebooks for under 300 Euros as well. This has been made possible by more powerful and cheaper entry-level processors from Intel and AMD as well as affordable Windows licenses. Windows 10 is no longer a no-go on cheap devices.

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 Best Laptops For Less Than 300 Euros

Pos.
Date
Rating
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
Best Price
1
08/2019
80 %Medion Akoya E4253-30025387Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
15 mm1.4 kg14.00"1920x1080matte
2
08/2019
79 %Chuwi LapBook ProChuwi LapBook Pro
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel UHD Graphics 600
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
13.4 mm1.4 kg14.00"1920x1080glossy
3
07/2020
78 %Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
Intel Celeron N4020
Intel UHD Graphics 600
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
17.5 mm1.1 kg11.60"1366x768glossy
4
04/2019
77 %Asus E203MA-FD825TSAsus E203MA-FD825TS
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
16.9 mm980 g11.60"1366x768glossy
5
01/2020
76 %Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGELenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
AMD Athlon 300U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
4 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
19.9 mm1.9 kg15.60"1366x768matte
6
75 %LincPlus P1LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
Intel UHD Graphics 600
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
16 mm1.4 kg13.30"1920x1080glossy
7
09/2020
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74 %Chuwi GemiBook CWI528Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
Intel Celeron J4115
Intel UHD Graphics 600
12 GB Memory,  SSD
17.75 mm1.3 kg13.00"2160x1440glossy
8
02/2020
74 %Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05
AMD A6-9220e
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
20.9 mm1.4 kg14.00"1920x1080matte
9
06/2019
73 %Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
17.95 mm1.7 kg14.00"1920x1080matte
10
04/2019
72 %Chuwi HeroBook 14Chuwi HeroBook 14
Intel Atom x5-E8000
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
21.3 mm1.5 kg14.00"1920x1080matte

The table above contains an overview over the best notebooks for less than 300 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.

Editors' Comments

1st - Medion Akoya E4253

Medion Akoya E4253
Medion Akoya E4253

If you are looking for a simple 14-inch notebook for less than 300 Euros, the Medion Akoya E4253 provides long battery runtimes, a matte IPS screen, and passive cooling, which handles the heat development pretty well. Sure, you cannot expect a lot of performance in this segment, but at least you can expand the storage if necessary and there are SKUs with more RAM if required.

The screen is a bit dark and the keyboard average at best, but the features including USB-C with Displayport and the low price create a pretty appealing laptop if you only need it for very basic tasks.

2nd - Chuwi LapBook Pro

Chuwi LapBook Pro
Chuwi LapBook Pro

Chuwi is known for its extremely affordable laptops that sometimes offer features you would not expect in this price range. The LapBook Pro, for example, has a metal chassis, a decent keyboard including keyboard illumination, and an IPS screen with pretty good color gamut. You can also expand the limited storage via M.2 SSD and we like the battery runtime.

The Wi-Fi performance is average at best, the memory is cannot be upgraded and is a bit limited at 4 GB. The screen is glossy, pretty dim, and lacks contrast ratio. You should also consider that the Chuwi LapBook is not available in every country, so you might have to import it, which is more complicated in terms of purchase and warranty cases.

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3rd – Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 is a 11.6-inch convertible that can be purchased for around 300 Euros. It is silent and offers good battery life – an intriguing combination for not a lot of money. Unfortunately, the notebook’s performance is fairly poor, and it will take quite long to finish various tasks.

The storage device is based on eMMC technology and this quite slow overall. Thus, this cheap SKU is not necessarily worth purchasing. For around 100 Euros more you get twice the storage based on modern SSD technology as well as a faster processor. Most users will benefit from this upgrade.

4th - 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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5th - Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API

Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API

The IdeaPad S145-15API is an inexpensive 15-inch laptop: The Athlon 3000 APU hardly gets warm and enables quiet working, and the performance is much better compared to Intel's Celeron or Pentium CPUs. You can even upgrade the laptop if necessary, but there are also some drawbacks: The display is a TN screen with limited viewing angles and a low contrast ratio. The battery runtime is not very long, either, so you will have to live with 4:30 hours in our Wi-Fi scenario.

Still: The IdeaPad S145 is a great offer for less than 300 Euros.

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6th - LincPlus P1 Laptop

LincPlus P1
LincPlus P1

The LincPlus P1 is not really powerful, but that's not what the Celeron N4000 is made for: You get a decent keyboard with large keys, a sturdy aluminum chassis (!), the display manages a decent contrast ratio and there is no fan, so you always have a silent device. It is also possible to expand the storage.

You should not hope for a USB-C port though, which is not available. The webcam is hardly usable, either. You basically get a very affordable laptop that looks better than it really is. If the limited performance is sufficient for you, but you still want a good looking machine, the LincPlus P1 is still worth considering.

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7th – Chuwi GemiBook

Chuwi GemiBook
Chuwi GemiBook

Chinese manufacturer Chuwi specialized in shamelessly copying successful laptops made by competing OEMs, and this time they chose a popular model made by another Chinese manufacturer. The Chuwi GemiBook is modeled on the Huawei MateBook 13 and available for an impressively low $300.

Surprisingly, at this price point you get a high-resolution 3:2 display with full sRGB coverage, an elegant design, and even a backlit keyboard.

Downsides include build quality and the slow charging battery. Performance is also fairly limited. However, taking its price into consideration the GemiBook does offer quite a few impressive features.

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8th - Lenovo Ideapad Slim

Lenovo Ideapad Slim
Lenovo Ideapad Slim

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim is supposed to be a competitor for Chromebooks, but the APU is a bit slow for Windows 10. So you have to be careful not demanding too much from the system by limiting the number of active applications. This can be an issue in practice, especially since you only get slow eMMC storage.

In return, you get a matte screen, a silent and cool system, a two-year warranty, and a one-year license for Microsoft Office 365. We also like the keyboard, even though it is not illuminated.

if you don't need a lot of performance, you can have a look at the notebook, but everyone else will probably find better alternatives in this price range.

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9th - Acer Aspire 1 A114-32

Acer Aspire 1 A114-32
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32

Thanks to its Pentium Silver processor, the Acer Aspire 1 offers sufficient performance for simple office and web browsing tasks. The 14-inch screen even has the Full-HD resolution, but is unfortunately pretty dim and does not provide stable viewing angles. You cannot upgrade the laptop, either, which is very painful considering that 44 GB of storage is not much. You do at least get a pretty fast card reader, so you can store some of your data on an SD card.

The silent cooling system is another advantage, so we can recommend the device for simple tasks or a secondary device.

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10th - 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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Best Laptops under 300 USD/Euros in Comparison

Size Comparison

362 mm / 14.3 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.08 lbs343 mm / 13.5 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs332 mm / 13.1 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 21.3 mm / 0.839 inch 1.5 kg3.26 lbs327.1 mm / 12.9 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 20.9 mm / 0.823 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs330 mm / 13 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs324.2 mm / 12.8 inch 209 mm / 8.23 inch 13.4 mm / 0.528 inch 1.4 kg3.15 lbs317 mm / 12.5 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.12 lbs289 mm / 11.4 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 17.75 mm / 0.699 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 193 mm / 7.6 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 980 g2.16 lbs281.7 mm / 11.1 inch 198 mm / 7.8 inch 17.5 mm / 0.689 inch 1.1 kg2.5 lbs

Test Results

Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Chuwi LapBook Pro
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
Asus E203MA-FD825TS
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, SanDisk DA4064
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
LincPlus P1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, Morebeck-S100 256GB
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (23, 19)
42 (21, 21)
38 (20, 18)
41 (22, 19)
43 (23, 20)
36 (20, 16)
37.6 (18.8, 18.8)
44 (24, 20)
43 (23, 20)
35.6 (18, 17.6)
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
29 (15, 14)
25 (14, 11)
10 (6, 4)
17 (9, 8)
29 (17, 12)
30.4 (16.4, 14)
14 (10, 4)
13 (9, 4)
32.8 (13.2, 19.6)
PWM Frequency
24500 (20)
200 (90)
250 (60)
192 (90)
250 (20)
147 (60)
250 (20)
520.8 (100)
Screen
Brightness middle
262
297
270
235
218
264
255.8
245
208
213.6
Brightness
242
268
259
227
207
256
246
226
192
197
Brightness Distribution
87
77
76
93
80
84
91
86
85
82
Black Level *
0.505
0.625
0.195
0.44
0.645
0.25
0.24
0.445
0.41
0.18
Contrast
519
475
1385
534
338
1056
1066
551
507
1187
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.49
5.23
3.98
11.73
12.12
7.36
3.61
10.75
10.1
5.78
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.63
9.53
8.46
18.8
23.06
12.72
8.73
20.82
28.85
19.89
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.84
6.72
2.57
12.64
15.09
8.74
5.9
12.85
10.96
4.6
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.38 92%
2.3 96%
2.61 84%
2.32 95%
2.41 91%
2.19 100%
2.42 91%
2.24 98%
2 110%
CCT
6347 102%
7015 93%
6332 103%
14819 44%
18082 36%
8741 74%
6805 96%
15973 41%
11669 56%
7481 87%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
63
43
34
35
62
63.1
39
38
36.5
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61
96
67
54
55
95
99
62
59
57.5
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4
3.73
3.53
2.12
0.9
5.48
4.38
4.2
Noise
off / environment *
30.2
30.3
26.2
Idle Minimum *
30.2
30.3
26.2
Idle Average *
30.2
30.3
26.2
Idle Maximum *
30.2
30.3
26.2
Load Average *
30.2
30.8
26.5
Load Maximum *
30.2
32
26.7
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
38.8
44.5
37.4
41.1
34.5
36.2
33
32.8
38.5
37.2
Maximum Bottom *
38.3
49.5
41.4
42.2
33.8
33.9
38
34.9
45.4
40.2
Idle Upper Side *
29.4
33.3
27.2
23.7
23.9
26.8
29
27.7
28.7
28.2
Idle Bottom *
29.5
33
27
24.3
25.9
25.4
30.4
28.7
35.6
32.4
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
951
WiFi v1.3
555
491
555
495
270
370
335
339
383
368
Load
157
H.264
594
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
2.1
3.3
2.4
1.9
2.8
2.9
7.1
3.2
3.8
4
Idle Average *
4.8
6.1
4.5
3.5
4.8
7.7
9.3
4.9
5.9
6.3
Idle Maximum *
5.3
8
4.6
3.9
4.9
8.2
9.6
5.4
6.2
7
Load Average *
14.6
17.3
12.8
12.7
23
13.8
14.1
13.4
12.8
10.7
Load Maximum *
22.4
25.7
14.3
19
24.5
14.5
24.4
14.7
13.5
14.6

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3188 Points ∼47%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2991 Points ∼44%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
4524 Points ∼66%
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, Morebeck-S100 256GB
2926 Points ∼43%
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2326 Points ∼34%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3120 Points ∼46%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2015 Points ∼32%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1918 Points ∼31%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
1811 Points ∼29%
Asus E203MA-FD825TS
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, SanDisk DA4064
2070 Points ∼33%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
2821 Points ∼45%
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, Morebeck-S100 256GB
1866 Points ∼30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1106 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1933 Points ∼31%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
1453 Points ∼23%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
847 Points ∼2%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, 64 GB eMMC Flash
652 Points ∼2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
589 Points ∼2%
Asus E203MA-FD825TS
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, SanDisk DA4064
711 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
1612 Points ∼4%
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, Morebeck-S100 256GB
472 Points ∼1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
430 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
664 Points ∼2%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
289 Points ∼1%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
524 Points ∼2%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, 64 GB eMMC Flash
400 Points ∼1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
345 Points ∼1%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
877 Points ∼3%
LincPlus P1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
358 Points ∼1%
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, Morebeck-S100 256GB
300 Points ∼1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
253 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
393 Points ∼1%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Medion Akoya E4253-30025387
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3238 Points ∼4%
Chuwi LapBook Pro
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4100, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3187 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Ideapad S145-15API 81UT002XGE
Vega 3, Athlon 300U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
5655 Points ∼8%
Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, Morebeck-S100 256GB
2672 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 1-14AST-05
Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge), A6-9220e, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1029 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1
UHD Graphics 605, Pentium N5000, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2670 Points ∼4%
Chuwi HeroBook 14
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), E8000, SanDisk DF4064
1457 Points ∼2%
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