Best Cheap Laptops (Under $200) Ranked Best to Worst – Laptop Mag

A great value, the 11.6-inch Chromebook 3 offers the brightest screen we’ve seen on any laptop in this price range, hitting a strong 259 nits on our light meter, where other sub-$200 systems struggle to reach 200 nits. That luminosity allows for wider viewing angles and a much better web-surfing and movie-watching experience. Thanks to its 4GB of RAM, the Chromebook 3 is also a multitasking champ, easily handling a huge array of tabs. Best of all, Samsung’s laptop lasted over 9 hours on a charge, which is more than enough of a life span to get through a school day. Since, as its name suggests, this is a Chromebook, it’s great for kids and anyone who lives online. However, if you need the flexibility of Windows, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Pros: Bright display; Long battery life; Good performance
Cons: Weak audio; Bottom runs warm
Key specs: Intel Celeron N3060 CPU; 11.6-inch/1366 x 768 screen; 4GB of RAM; 2.5 pounds


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