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The Best Notebooks For Less Than 300 Euros

Q2/2021 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.
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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
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
2
75 %LincPlus P1LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
Intel UHD Graphics 600
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
16 mm1.4 kg13.30"1920x1080glossy
3
09/2020
74 %Chuwi GemiBook CWI528Chuwi GemiBook CWI528
Intel Celeron J4115
Intel UHD Graphics 600
12 GB Memory,  SSD
17.75 mm1.3 kg13.00"2160x1440glossy
4
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

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 – 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.

2nd - 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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3rd – 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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4th - 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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Best Laptops under 300 USD/Euros in Comparison

Size Comparison

327.1 mm / 12.9 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 20.9 mm / 0.823 inch 1.4 kg3.09 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 lbs281.7 mm / 11.1 inch 198 mm / 7.8 inch 17.5 mm / 0.689 inch 1.1 kg2.5 lbs

Test Results

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
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
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (20, 18)
36 (20, 16)
37.6 (18.8, 18.8)
44 (24, 20)
Response Time Black / White *
25 (14, 11)
29 (17, 12)
30.4 (16.4, 14)
14 (10, 4)
PWM Frequency
250 (60)
250 (20)
147 (60)
Screen
Brightness middle
270
264
255.8
245
Brightness
259
256
246
226
Brightness Distribution
76
84
91
86
Black Level *
0.195
0.25
0.24
0.445
Contrast
1385
1056
1066
551
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.98
7.36
3.61
10.75
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.46
12.72
8.73
20.82
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4
2.12
0.9
5.48
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.57
8.74
5.9
12.85
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.41 91%
2.19 100%
2.42 91%
CCT
6332 103%
8741 74%
6805 96%
15973 41%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
43
62
63.1
39
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
67
95
99
62
Noise
off / environment *
26.2
Idle Minimum *
26.2
Idle Average *
26.2
Idle Maximum *
26.2
Load Average *
26.5
Load Maximum *
26.7
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
37.4
36.2
33
32.8
Maximum Bottom *
41.4
33.9
38
34.9
Idle Upper Side *
27.2
26.8
29
27.7
Idle Bottom *
27
25.4
30.4
28.7
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
WiFi v1.3
555
370
335
339
Load
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
2.4
2.9
7.1
3.2
Idle Average *
4.5
7.7
9.3
4.9
Idle Maximum *
4.6
8.2
9.6
5.4
Load Average *
12.8
13.8
14.1
13.4
Load Maximum *
14.3
14.5
24.4
14.7

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
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%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
1811 Points ∼29%
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%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
589 Points ∼1%
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%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3 11IGL05
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4020, SanDisk DA4064
345 Points ∼1%
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%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
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%
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