Best budget laptops of 2015


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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Lenovo N20

Lenovo's N20p is a long-lasting touchscreen Chromebook with a design on the sharper side of budget, but its semi-hybrid hinge feels like a half measure.

Price: $269.00 - $299.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Asus Transformer Book T100

The Asus Transformer Book T100 revives the Netbook value proposition (and Netbook usability issues) in a budget-price 10-inch laptop that doubles as a tablet. You won’t love it, but for sheer bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat.

Price: $247.58 - $281.92 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

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: $198.96 - $208.49 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best Chromebook

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: $309.00 - $329.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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