Cheap laptops: 10 of the best for under £300, including Dell, HP and Lenovo –

These days, laptop prices can go well into the thousands, from new Microsoft gizmos to the latest Apple Mac, but if you’re after a speedy device to get your university coursework in on deadline, or for surfing the web, you don’t have to splash out to find gold.

If you’re shopping for a new laptop and are a student, don’t forget to ALWAYS ask for student discount, if you’re not a student, always try your luck for a freebie with your expensive purchase – whether it’s a complimentary USB stick or a laptop bag, there’s often something up for grabs.

To help you find a good deal, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best laptop deals going right now below.

1. Lenovo FLEX 10 10.1” Touchscreen Notebook, £299.99

The Lenovo Flex 10 is an ultraportable dual-mode laptop that flips 300 degrees from laptop to stand mode, an ideal way to enjoy movies on the go at university, or take notes during lectures using its touchscreen technology.

It’s also got built-in Dolby Advanced Audio for speaker-quality sound straight from your laptop.

Features include Windows 8.1, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 USB ports and Lenovo Voice Control.

How much is it? £299.99 on Amazon, (usually £279.97).

2. Toshiba 13” Chromebook, £249.99

Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 features a bright 13.3″ full HD screen, stereo speakers tuned by Skullcandy and a lightweight design for easy campus use.

Features include 4GB RAM, two USB ports and a HDMI port ideal for Now TV or Amazon Fire TV add-ons.

How much is it? £249.99 on Amazon (usually £279.99).

3. HP Stream 11” Laptop, £179.99

This bright blue HP laptop is guaranteed to brighten up anyone’s university experience, even when you’re on a deadline.

There’s no disk drive – so you won’t be able to watch DVDs on it, but, on the plus side, the HP Stream Laptop comes with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. This gives you access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access, so you can get to work right-away without having to buy any other software.

How much is it? £179.99 at Argos, with a one year warranty included. Find out how to save even more in our Argos voucher codes guide.

4. Lenovo G50 15.6-Inch Notebook, £229.99

The Lenovo G50 is a slim and light multimedia notebook with an integrated DVD drive and Dolby-enhanced audio.

Its HD display, powerful processor and graphics together offer first class multimedia performance, ideal for multitasking students after a device for entertainment and coursework.

Stuck on which Lenovo laptop is right for you? Find out in our guide.

How much is it? Lenovo Z50 15.6-Inch Notebook (in red), £229.99.

5. HP 15.6” Intel Pentium Laptop, £299.99

This HP laptop comes in four fab shades – red, white, blue and purple and boasts a longer lasting 8-hour battery – ideal for taking to lectures.

With the 1TB capacity and increased memory, you can store more of your favourite music, photos and videos, and, move effortlessly between your favourite apps and games like Skype, iTunes, Solitare, Photoshop and Office.

How much is it? £299.99 at Argos, with a one year warranty included. Save more on your order with these Argos voucher codes.

6. Acer Aspire 14” Laptop, £199.95

The stylish Acer Aspire ES1 features a 14” spacious screen, 500 GB storage and an impressive 7-hours battery life.

Three USB ports, including one ultrafast USB 3.0 will help you connect peripherals, including external drives, printers and mice, while Bluetooth 4.0 will enable wireless transfer of files and even music to compatible Bluetooth speakers.

How much is it? £199.95 at John Lewis with a two-year guarantee included.

7. HP Pavilion 10, 10.1” Touchscreen Laptop, £179.99, refurbished

The HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart 10-e010sa laptop boasts a slim, sleek and curvy design, with a 500GB hard drive and three USB ports – making it handy for external storage, sharing media and backing up files.

With a low power consumption of just 3.9W this neat notebook stays cool and quiet, ideal for mobile computing.

How much is it? £179.99, from Amazon (refurbished).

8. Lenovo B40-45 Laptop, £149.99

The Lenovo B40-45’s display delivers bright, crisp visuals in 16:9 widescreen format in Full HD.

Users can move data between the B40 and other devices quickly with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed.

Enjoy an immersive surround sound experience whether listening to music, playing games, or kicking back with a movie with its built in Dolby® Advanced Audio™.

How much is it? £149.99 including a one-year manufacturer warranty.

9. HP Pavilion x2 10.1” 2 in 1 laptop – White, £199.97

The Pavilion x2 is a 2 in 1 – a versatile laptop/tablet hybrid that gives you the best of both words. You can browse the web, watch films and update your social media in tablet mode and, with a click, attach the keyboard to accurately type up essays or reports.

The screen also rotates around the base, so you can stand the x2 up and watch films and other media completely hands-free, for up to 12 hours.

How much is it? £199.97 from Currys, including a one-year manufacturer warranty.

10. Dell Vostro 3549 15.6” Notebook, £239.98

This Dell notebook boasts a 15.6” anti-glare screen with HD resolution to offer clear vivid-viewing in any environment.

Store files with a 500GB hard drive. Save and access presentations, documents and media without worrying about space limitations and play music with its impressive Waves MaxxAudio sound system.

The Vostro 15 is fitted with a durable textured cover and grey wave pattern so it’s easy to grip. Take your meetings online or chat with friends and family thanks to an HD webcam and

How much is it? £239.98 via Tesco Direct.

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