Cheap laptops: 8 of the best student laptops for under £300 –

With A-Level results out of the way, university season is well and truly here – and you’ve got just under four-weeks to get yourself kitted out for your year ahead on campus.

If you’re shopping for a new laptop, don’t forget to ALWAYS ask for student discount, or at least haggle for a freebie – whether it’s a complimentary USB stick or a laptop bag, there’s always 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.

For more uni essentials, see our everything you’ll need for under £20 guide (including kettles and toasters), or for half price MacBook Air’s, see our pick of the best deals on refurbished laptops.

1. Toshiba 15.6” Laptop , £299

This lightweight (and purple) Toshiba laptop will keep you up to date with Facebook, your lecture PowerPoint slides and, your favourite movies in one.

The 1TB hard drive gives you storage space for up to 280,000 digital photos, 250,000 MP3s, and 120 hours of HD video.

Skullcandy tuned speakers combined with DTS Sound audio enhancement also means you’ll have rich, deep audio (perfect for house parties).

Plus, you can use the webcam for checking in with mum.

How much is it? £299 at, with a one year warranty included.

2. Lenovo FLEX 10 10.1” Touchscreen Notebook, £219.97

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? £219.99 on Amazon, (usually £279.97).

3. Toshiba 13” Chromebook, £279.99

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? £269.99 on Amazon (usually £279.99).

4. 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 Currys PC World, with a one year warranty included.

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.

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, £179.98

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? £179.98 including Office Home & Student 2013, 1 year internet security and a 3 year warranty included at

8. Lenovo B40-30 Laptop, £149.99

The Lenovo B40’s display delivers crisp visuals in 16:9 widescreen format full HD format, and up to 5-hours’ battery life.

This island-style keyboard is ergonomically designed to make typing more comfortable and to reduce errors – ideal for those late night essays.

This Lenovo laptop also feature Dolby® Advanced Audio to deliver an immersive surround sound experience whether listening to music, playing games, or kicking back with a movie.

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

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