20 Budget Laptops / Notebooks under $250 in 2016

Nowadays the budget laptop market is pretty much oversaturated with Chromebooks, if you find you cannot spend more than $250 right now on a new laptop purchase, a Chromebook might be a very good alternative, thus if you still prefer classical laptop with Windows OS, there are few models available just under your budget price.

Depending on your daily computing needs - are you looking for a laptop to take with you on your travels, maybe perform your accounting? If you are looking for simple machine, that's always connected to internet, and you don't need to run specific programs on it (like Adobe Photoshop or MS Word) - try Chromebooks (their price is really low in our days)

Update: This article have been updated, listing three best selling budget laptops under $250 in 2017. For a complete list, please visit: Top Budget Laptop / Notebook Computers Under $250 - 2017

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HP 15.6" HD WLED Backlit Display Laptop, AMD A6-7310 Quad-Core APU 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD WiFi, DVD+/-RW, Webcam, Windows 10, Black

HP 15.6" HD WLED Backlit Display Laptop, AMD A6-7310 Quad-Core APU 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD WiFi, DVD+/-RW, Webcam, Windows 10, Black

  • AMD Quad-Core A6-7310 APU (2 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB cache)
  • 15.6" diagonal HD (1366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit display; Integrated AMD Radeon R4 Graphics
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM memory, 500GB 5400rpm hard drive
  • Multi-format SD media card reader, SuperMulti DVD/CD burner, VGA webcam (front-facing) with integrated digital microphone, DTS Studio Sound; Dual speakers; Full-size island-style with numeric keypad; Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support
  • 802.11b/g/n (1x1), Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN, 1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone/microphone combo jack. 1x RJ-45, Windows 10; 3-cell Lithium-ion, 5.5 hr battery life

List price: $252.49 Buy this laptop on Amazon

HP 14-inch Laptop, AMD E2-7110, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, Windows 10 (14-an013nr, Silver)

HP 14-inch Laptop, AMD E2-7110, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, Windows 10 (14-an013nr, Silver)

  • Processor: AMD Quad-Core E2-7110 APU, 1.8 GHz; Processing power for everyday productivity.
  • Display: 14.0-inch diagonal FHD (1920x1080) IPS UWVA BrightView WLED-backlit; Enjoy vibrant, crystal-clear images with 178-degree wide-viewing angles.
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM; Use multiple applications at the same time without slowing down.
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC; Reliable flash-based storage at a great value and without the moving parts of a traditional hard drive, so there’s less chance of failure and damage.
  • More productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done. Minimum dimensions (W x D x H) 13.6 x 9.51 x 0.94 in. Weight 3.86 lbs
  • Battery life: Up to 5 hours and 15 minutes; Keep going without worrying about recharging.

List price: $219.99 Buy this laptop on Amazon

ASUS E200HA Portable Lightweight 11.6-inch Intel Quad-Core Laptop, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage, Windows 10 with 1 Year Microsoft Office 365 Subscription

ASUS E200HA Portable Lightweight 11.6-inch Intel Quad-Core Laptop, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage, Windows 10 with 1 Year Microsoft Office 365 Subscription

Simple and elegant, the portable, lightweight ASUS VivoBook E200 has everything you need for computing on-the-go.

This compact and affordable 11.6-inch notebook weighs less than 1kg and is equipped with an all-day battery. Windows 10 gives you full compatibility with software and peripherals when compared to other operating systems.

  • 11.6 inches ultra-compact design (2.2 lbs) with Windows 10 Pre-installed and 1 year Office 365
  • Intel Quad-Core Atom Z8350 1.44 GHz (Turbo to 1.92 GHz) Processor, 32GB eMMC storage, 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Free 1-Year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal ($69.99 value). Access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Onenote, Outlook, Publisher, and more.
  • Full-size chiclet keyboard with intuitive Smart Gesture input and large trackpad, 802.11ac WiFi with Multi-user MIMO for the strongest wireless connection
  • All-day battery, 2Cells 38 Whrs Polymer Battery rated up to 13 hours of video playback
  • Product Dimensions - 7.6 x 11.3 x 0.7 inches

List price: $249.99 Buy this laptop on Amazon

Aspire 11-AO1

Aspire 11-AO1

Stay productive and connected to what matters wherever you are with the Acer Aspire Cloudbook. This lightweight 11-inch laptop comes with 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years, and with Windows 10 you get easy ways to snap apps in place, create new desktops, and work and play across all your devices.

  • Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3050(2MB Cache, up to 2.16GHz), Intel HD Graphics, 2GB Memory, 16GB eMMC Solid State Drive
  • 200GB One Drive Cloud Storage 2 years, Signature Edition PCs No Junkware or 3rd party trialware
  • 11 inch HD LED (1366 x 768) Display, HD webcam, HDMI, Up to 6-hours Battery Life
  • 802.11ac Gigabit Wifi (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, SD card reader
  • Windows 10, Weighs only 3.5 lbs. and measures jus 0.7" thin

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HP Stream 11-r010nr

HP Stream 11-r010nr

Looking for a notebook that can keep up with your busy day? The HP Stream is the hard-working, smartly-designed notebook that's light on price.

  • Intel Celeron N3050 1.6 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB SDRAM
  • Windows 10 with pre-loaded Office 365 Personal subscription for one year
  • 32 GB Solid-State Drive, No Optical Drive
  • 11.6-Inch 1366x768 pixel LED-lit Screen

List Price on Amazon: $198.45 : Buy now

 

Acer CB3-131-C3SZ Chromebook

Acer CB3-131-C3SZ Chromebook

As the best value 11.6-inch Chromebook - the Acer Chromebook 11 has everything you need. The fast wireless connection keeps you closer than ever, no matter where life takes you. Long-lasting battery life gives you all day to run your favorite Google apps or access your photos, videos, music and documents. Acer Chromebook 11 makes life on-the-go easy.

  • Intel Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Internal Storage
  • 11.6-Inch HD IPS Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Patterned Aluminum Cover, Google Chrome, Up to 9-hour battery 

List Price on Amazon: $179.99 : Buy now

 

Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US

Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US

Enjoy fast performance and easy maintenance with the Samsung Chromebook 2. This slim, lightweight laptop features a 11.6-inch HD display, a powerful Intel Celeron processor, an elegant leather-like stitched design, and up to nine hours of battery life on a single charge. It boots up in just 10 seconds and delivers Wi-Fi speeds three times faster than standard 802.11n. Security features like automatic updates and sandboxing technology protect your Chromebook from viruses and malware. This laptop comes with AirDroid Premium, Wunderlist Pro, and Little Bridge software.

  • Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive
  • 11.6 inches 1366 x 768 pixels LED-lit Screen
  • Chrome Operating System; Silver Chassis

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Dell i3452-5600BLK

Dell i3452-5600BLK

NON TOUCH Inspiron 14 (3452) - Black cover. 14.0-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display. Intel Celeron Processor N3050 (2M Cache, up to 2.16 GHz). 2GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz (2GBx1). 32GB eMMC. WinHome Entry Ntbk OneDrive 10. Intel HD Graphics. No Optical Drive. 3-in-1 Media Card Reader and USB 3.0. Bluetooth tied to wireless card. 802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0, 2.4 GHz, 1x1. Stereo speakers + MaxxAudio. Standard Keyboard, English. 40 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (removable). 45 Watt AC Adaptor. Power Cord, US/CAN.

List Price on Amazon: $190.39 : Buy now

 

Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K01US

Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K01US

Samsung's newest Chromebook provides the perfect balance to computing and mobility. Easy to take with you on the go, this notebook provides just what you need to check your email, work on a school project, do some web searching, and check your SNS accounts. Do what you need to get done without being weighed down by unnecessary features. The long-lasting battery will keep you going all day long!

  • Celeron N3050 1.6 GHz
  • 2.0 GB RAM
  • 16.0 GB eMMC Solid State Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen
  • Google Chrome

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​MacBook

Apple A1181 Macbook

  • White MacBook
  • I-life-Additional Upgrade
  • Original Charger
  • Apple Mouse Included: for those who are uncomfortable using a touchpad

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​Nextbook Flexx 10

​Nextbook Flexx 10

  • 1 Year subscription of Office 365 and 1TB One Drive Cloud Storage Included
  • Intel Atom Z3735F 1.83GHz Quad-Core processor, 2GB DDR3L RAM, 32GB onboard storage memory, additional memory via microSD card slot
  • 10.1" high resolution (1280 x 800) IPS touchscreen display with Detachable foldable POGO keyboard
  • 2XUSB 2.0 | 1XmicroUSB 2.0 Port | microHDMI port | Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery | Bluetooth V4.0
  • Windows 8.1,Free Windows 10 Upgrade Eligible .Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.

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Acer Aspire AO1-131-C9PM

Acer Aspire AO1-131-C9PM

The Aspire One Cloudbook is a cloud-minded Windows laptop that gets you into the cloud faster. It’s like dynamite in a small package, a highly portable device that keeps you productive with a faster wireless connection.

  • Intel Celeron N3050 1.6 GHz
  • Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-Year Subscription
  • 2GB of DDR3L Onboard Memory
  • 32 GB Internal Storage
  • 11.6-Inch HD Screen, Intel HD Graphics, 8-hour battery life. Please refer the User Manual before use.

List Price on Amazon: $189.99 : Buy now

 

HP Elitebook 8440p

HP Elitebook 8440p

HP Notebooks are well known through the industry for their performance and durability. They were originally designed for heavy use in the corporate environment. HP built these with higher quality components than you'll find in the typical off the shelf retail model. These are perfect for business or home. A fresh installation of Windows 7 is performed with the included New license. HP 8440P Laptop/Notebook CPU: Intel Core I5 Dual Core 2.4 GHz Processor Ram: 4 GB (This upgraded amount is a great feature for multi-taskers) Hard Drive: 250 GB SATA (Can easily hold thousands of high quality pictures and more) Optical: DVD-RW Drive USB: USB 2.0 ports for connectivity Network: Onboard Gigabit Network Adapter included Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit This computer will arrive at your doorstep ready to use right out of the box. All necessary cables are included.

  • Intel Core i5 2.40GHz
  • 4GB Memory 250GB HDD
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7
  • DVDRW

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Acer CB3-111-C670

Acer CB3-111-C670

As the best value 11.6-inch Chromebook - the Acer Chromebook 11 has everything you need. The fast wireless connection keeps you closer than ever, no matter where life takes you. Long-lasting battery life gives you all day to run your favorite Google apps or access your photos, videos, music and documents. Acer Chromebook 11 makes life on-the-go easy.

  • Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive
  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels, LED-lit Screen
  • Chrome Operating System; Moonstone White
  • Please refer the User Manual before use.

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Asus X553SA-BHCLN10

X553SA-BHCLN10

  • Intel Celeron Dual-Core N3050 Processor
  • 4GB DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, up to 8 GB, 500GB 5400rpm HDD
  • 15.6" Auto HD LCD (1366x768)
  • Super-Multi DVD, card reader (SD SDHC), VGA Web Camera, Built-in BluetoothTM V4.0
  • USB2.0 + USB3.0

List Price on Amazon: $300.00 : Buy now

 

Dell - Inspiron I3452-600BLK

Dell - Inspiron I3452-600BLK

Efficiency you need in a portable design with this 14" laptop. You can wirelessly link with other devices using the Bluetooth 4.0 interface and connect to the Web with built-in Wi-Fi. Plus, view content on your HDTV by plugging into the HDMI output.

  • Intel Celeron processor N3050 / Intel HD graphics
  • 2GB Memory / 32GB eMMC flash memory
  • 14" display 1366 x 768 HD resolution. LED backlight / Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs
  • Microsoft Windows 10 / 1 USB 3.0 port & 2 USB 2.0 ports / HDMI 1.4a
  • NO Optical Drive / Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n

List Price on Amazon: $178.96 : Buy now

 

​ASUS E402MA-EH01-BL

​ASUS E402MA-EH01-BL

The latest ASUS EeeBook E402 is an affordable 14-inch compact and lightweight notebook. It gives you a larger display, fast storage, and is packed with technologies designed to enhance your computing experience, making it the best choice for daily productivity tasks and entertainment.

  • Intel Dual Core N2840 2.16GHz(Turbo up to 2.58GHz).
  • 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage. Windows 10 operation system. 14 inches compact and lightweight notebook. 1366 by 768 resolution.
  • Durable, full size chiclet keyboard. 1.6mm key travel distance.
  • Feature 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI and VGA ports. Bluetooth 4.0. Ergonomically designed keyboard with IceCool technology keeps the palm rest at a comfort temperature.
  • This product does not have a CD/DVD drive.

List Price on Amazon: $199.00 : Buy now

 

Acer Aspire Cloudbook 16G

Acer Aspire Cloudbook 16G

  • Windows 10 Home, 32-bit
  • 11.6-inch HD display
  • Intel Celeron N3050
  • 2GB memory, 16GB eMMC
  • Includes 2 years 100GB OneDrive storage

List Price on Amazon: $179.99 : Buy now

 

ASUS VivoBook E200HA-US01-GD

ASUS VivoBook E200HA-US01-GD

  • 11.6" ultra­compact design (2.2 lbs) with Windows 10 Pre­installed and 1 year Office 365
  • Fast performance with Intel Quad­Core AtomTM Processor and 32GB eMMC storage
  • Full­size chiclet keyboard with intuitive Smart Gesture input and large trackpad
  • All­day battery, 2Cells 38 Whrs Polymer Battery rated up to 13 hours of video playback
  • 802.11ac WiFi with Multi­user MIMO for the strongest wireless connection

List Price on Amazon: $199.00 : Buy now

 

​ASUS Chromebook C300MA-DH02-RD

ASUS C300MA-DH02-RD

Start your ASUS Chromebook C300 in a flash and keep moving lightning fast as you cruise through your to-do list or favorite video streaming site with up to 10 hours of battery life*. Featuring a refined chiclet keyboard and the largest touchpad in its class, this 13.3-inch Chromebook gives you plenty space to type, zoom and scroll for a person of any size while staying portable for a carrying bag of virtually any size.

  • 10 Hours Incredible Battery Life; Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
  • Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
  • Intel Dual-Core 2.16 GHz Processor with 4 GB RAM.
  • 13.3" HD LED Display. HD Webcam; USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card Reader, & Bluetooth 4.0.
  • 16 GB local flash storage; No CD or DVD drive. 100 GB Google Drive storage for 2 years.

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988 Android 4.2 Netbook with 9.0 Inch WVGA WM8880 Cortex A9 Dual Core 1.5GHz 4GB WIFI Camera

988 Android 4.2 Netbook with 9.0 Inch WVGA WM8880 Cortex A9 Dual Core 1.5GHz 4GB WIFI Camera

Product Notes:1. Download your favorite apps through the Google Play Store or Market installed.2. Note: This Android/Windows tablet is designed only to work with the current Android/Windows OS installed in it. Any alterations such as upgrades or flashing a newer version will void the warranty.3. The stated ROM amount shows the maximum available ROM with nothing installed. However, the Android/Windows OS and pre-installed software from the manufacturer will occupy some of his ROM. The available ROM on the device will therefore be slightly less than the ROM listed. Basic Information Type: Notebook OS: Google Android 4.2 CPU Brand: VIA CPU: WM8880 Core: Dual Core, 1.5GHz, Cortex-A9 Network WiFi: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet Connectivity TF Card Slot: Yes USB Host: Yes (3 x USB Host) HDMI: Yes 3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes Package Contents Notebook: 1 USB adapter RJ-45 Cable: 1 Power Adapter: 1 English Manual: 1 Storage RAM: 512MB ROM: 4GB External memory: TF card up to 32GB (not included) Display Screen size: 9.0 inch Screen Resolution: 800 x 480 (WVGA) General Battery Type: 2300mAh Battery / Run Time (up to): 2-3 hours video playing time AC adapter: 100-240V 5V 2A Material of back cover: Plastic Skype: Supported Youtube: Supported Speaker: Supported MIC: Supported Dimensions Product size: 23.6 x 15.0 x 1.8 cm Package size: 26.5 x 23.0 x 4.5 cm Product weight: 0.598 kg Package weight: 1.200 kg

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​Lenovo IdeaPad 80R2001FUS

80R2001FUS

This laptop features a compact design and built-in Wi-Fi, so you can connect to the Internet, stream videos, type up notes or view photos wherever you go. USB ports let you connect a variety of accessories.

  • Intel Atom processor Z3735F
  • 2GB DDR3L / 32GB eMMC flash memory
  • 11.6" LED backlight / Intel HD Graphics
  • Built-in Webcam / WLAN 802.11n / HDMI /USB 2.0 / Headphone / Microphone
  • Windows 10 / Optical drive not included

List Price on Amazon: $219.99 : Buy now

 

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21-AZ2US

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook XE500C21-AZ2US

Innovatively designed to go as long as you can, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 lets you spend the whole day surfing, streaming, and working on the web on just one charge. With less than 10-second booting and an amazing 6.5 hours of battery life, the light and sleek Chromebook Series 5 gives you the ultimate web experience that you won't find on any other laptop. 

  • Intel ATOM N570 Processor 1.66Ghz
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 12.1-Inch Screen, Intel GMA 3150
  • Chrome OS

List Price on Amazon: $159.95 : Buy now