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Best budget laptop for under $350 in 2021

Pick of the best $350-or-less budget laptops and convertibles.

Not everyone wants to pay thousands of dollars for a new laptop.

Some are happy with cheap and cheerful systems that just get the job done without bells and whistles or fancy branding. Here are a handful of Windows 10 laptops, all priced under $320, and are perfect for most day-to-day tasks.

Asus VivoBook 15.6-inch

Great all-rounder

ASUS VivoBook 15.6-inch

A cheap and cheerful workhorse which is deal for back-to-school because it is fully compatible with Google Classroom.

  • 15.6-inch FHD display with NanoEdge bezel display allowing for an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio
  • AMD R3-3200U processor
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM 
  • 128GB M.2 SSD storage
  • Windows 10 Home in S mode
  • Fingerprint reader
$299 at Walmart

Dell Chromebook 3100 Education

Rugged enough for students

Dell Chromebook 11 3100

This is a Chromebook designed to last. It's been rigorously tested to the MIL-STD standards, and it can survive 5,000 free-fall drops and 30-inch micro drops onto steel, while rubberized edges minimize impacts from drops and bumps.

It also features a spill- and tamper-resistant keyboard that withstands up to 12 ounces of liquid.

Tech specs:

  • 11.6-inch HD 1366 x 768 display
  • Intel Celeron N4020 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC storage
$249 at Dell

Dell Inspiron 15 3580

Plenty of ports

Dell Inspiron 15 3580

Day-to-day tasks are not a problem for this laptop. It features an Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, and it comes with a wide variety of different ports. There's even the possibility of adding an optional DVD drive if you still need one.

A good all-rounder, with enough power for the average user to handle day-to-day tasks.

Tech specs:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Celeron processor
  • 15-inch display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB hard drive
$299 at Dell

Lenovo Chromebook C340-11

Budget can still feel premium

Lenovo Chromebook C340-11

A Chromebook, but with the Lenovo touch. It has a 10-hour battery life, a 360-degree hinge that allows it to switch from a laptop to a tablet, and the convenience of Chrome OS.

While coming in at under $300, this device still feels like a premium device.

Tech specs:

  • Chrome OS
  • Intel Celeron N4000 processor
  • 11.6-inch touch display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC
$299 at Best Buy

Dell Inspiron 11 3195 2-in-1

Need a tablet and a notebook?

Dell Inspiron 11 3195, 2 in 1

A great device for those who can't choose between a laptop and a tablet -- with just a flip of a hinge you can swap between one configuration and another with ease. Choose between tablet mode, presentation mode, tent mode, and laptop mode.

The 64GB eMMC storage means this is a more robust platform, ideal for throwing into a messenger bag or school bag since there's no hard drive to knock about.

Tech specs:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • AMD A9-9420E processor
  • Radeon R5 graphics
  • 11 6-inch HD (1366 x 768) LED-backlit touch display
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • 64GB eMMC storage
$300 at Amazon

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (14-inch, AMD)

Stylish and modern

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 (14-inch, AMD)

A lightweight laptop with a decent processor and good battery life wrapped up in a lightweight yet robust package. On top of that, you also get Dolby Audio, so the sound is quite spectacular for such a budget notebook. 

A very portable laptop that comes with a decent array of ports, and it has enough power and battery life for day to day tasks in the home, school, or office.

Tech specs:

  • Windows 10 Home in S Mode
  • AMD A6-9220E processor
  • Integrated AMD Radeon R4 graphics
  • 11.6-inch display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC
$229 at Lenovo

HP Stream 11-inch

Cloud-connected laptop

HP Stream 11-inch

This is a laptop for work or school. It comes with Office 365 and 1 TB of cloud storage, and an anti-glare display that's great for working outdoors.

Tech specs:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • 11.6-inch diagonal HD SVA AntiGlare WLED-backlit display
  • Intel Celeron dual-core N3060 processor
  • 4GB memory
  • 32 GB eMMC storage
  • 8 hours and 45 minutes battery (video playback)
$314 at Amazon