Laptops:

Best budget laptops of 2015

Updated

The era of the Netbook may be long gone, but you can still find their successors -- Chromebooks and Atom-powered Windows tablets -- for under $300. We're including the $900 11-inch MacBook Air here as well, as the most affordable Apple option. To explore the best in all categories, check our list of the best laptops overall.

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HP Stream 11.6

The HP Stream 11 aims to be a cloud-focused laptop, much like a Chromebook, but with the added utility of Windows 8. It's a rock-bottom budget laptop, so don't get your hopes up, but the battery life is impressive.

Price: $199.00 - $212.09 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Acer Chromebook 15

If your one gripe about Chromebooks is the small screen sizes, the Acer Chromebook 15 is the solution and it's a very nice solution at that.

Price: $338.62 - $346.61 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Toshiba Chromebook 2

If you're looking for an all-around solid Chrome OS experience -- with one of the best screens we've seen on a Chromebook -- the Toshiba Chromebook 2 should be your starting point.

Price: $279.00 - $329.16 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Hisense Chromebook

The Hisense Chromebook offers just enough power and comfort for far less money than the competition.

Price: $149.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Microsoft Surface 3

The budget-priced Surface 3 is a solid tablet that finally runs the real version of Windows, but it would be a much better value if the must-have keyboard cover was included.

Price: $499.00 - $579.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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