The best laptops under £300 for work and study in 2021

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Even if the laptop is on the lower end of the price scale, you still want to make sure you’re getting good value for money and something that will stand the test of time. As there are so many laptops on the market, tracking down one that can handle your workload while still fitting within your budget can take a lot of searching, so we’ve done the search for you. We trawled through all the biggest laptop retailers to find six models under £300 that don’t compromise on quality, so keep scrolling to see the list.


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6 of the best laptops under £300 (Image: GETTY)

Lenovo ThinkPad

Lenovo ThinkPad (Image: Amazon)

4.3 stars from 592 ratings

This high-quality refurbished laptop has been professionally inspected, tested and cleaned by qualified suppliers so you can be sure it remains at a high standard. 

With premium internet security and an included Office package, you can rest assured your work will be protected from viruses and harmful malware. 

Key specifications: 

  • Screen size: 14.1-inches
  • Storage: 256GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Battery life: 7 and forty hours
  • RRP: £300

Promising review:

“Bought for my Granddaughter and she absolutely loves it – I have over 30 years in the computer industry (now retired) and I was really pleased with both specs and the build quality all at a great price – would highly recommend”. 

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HP Chromebook 14

HP Chromebook 14 (Image: Amazon)

4.5 stars from 1,139 ratings

Just as good for entertainment as it is for work, this laptop comes with high-quality dual speakers that guarantee a premium audio experience.

The AMD A4 processor gives you the speed and power you need to take on your day, and the long battery life gives you the freedom to roam without being beholden to a power point. 

The thin and lightweight size of this model makes it perfect for bringing with you wherever you go, as you’ll barely be able to feel it in your bag. 

Key specifications: 

  • Screen size: 14-inches
  • Storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery life: 10 hours and 30 minutes.
  • RRP: £239

Promising review:

“I bought this to replace a Windows laptop that had become very unreliable. I was a bit apprehensive of the Chrome operating system but it is brilliant, so much faster than Windows. Everything Google transferred with ease, downloads are up and running in seconds. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new laptop”.

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Acer Chromebook 314

Acer Chromebook 314 (Image: Amazon)

4.5 stars from 446 ratings

Sick of getting tired eyes from staring at your screen? This laptop by Acer has been designed to help you work in brightly lit conditions without having to strain your eyes by adding an anti-glare coating to the screen. 

 The long battery life means you won’t have to stress if you forget your laptop charger at home, as the efficient battery lasts for 12 and a half hours of continuous use. 

Key specifications: 

  • Screen size: 14-inch
  • Storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery life: 12 hours and thirty minutes. 
  • RRP: £229

Promising review:

“I’m a lifelong Apple user – possibly until now. My computer died and I needed to find a replacement quickly and economically tried this Chromebook after watching multiple youtube video reviews of the different brands. Now I’m wondering why anyone uses PCs and Macs. This has been an excellent purchase, great value for the money. The keyboard is great for typing and I simply use web-based Microsoft word now. It does everything and the battery life is a dream. Highly recommend”.

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ASUS VivoBook

ASUS VivoBook (Image: Amazon)

4 stars from 2,896 ratings

Currently seeing a discount of 12 percent, this already budget-friendly laptop is now even more so. 

Perfect for work and study, this laptop included Microsoft 365 for all your day to day computing needs, and 1TB of cloud storage so you can ensure all your work is secure. 

Despite having a large HD screen, this device is still lightweight enough at 1.05kg to be portable and can easily slip into a backpack or handbag. 

Key specifications: 

  • Screen size: 14-inch
  • Storage: 64GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery life: Seven hours
  • RRP: £249.99, on sale now for £219.99 – you save £30

Promising review:

“I returned a more expensive laptop computer after one month as it was full of glitches on the keyboard and of general low quality all round. This ASUS laptop is a joy. Everything about it is good. The feel, the screen, the speed, the keyboard etc etc. Incredible value and outstanding. Definitely the best laptop I’ve purchased within the lower price range, looks and feels more expensive”. 

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ASUS 15.6 Inch Touchscreen ChromeBook

ASUS 15.6 Inch Touchscreen ChromeBook (Image: Amazon)

4.4 stars from 2,909 ratings

Enjoy the best of a laptop, desktop computer, and tablet with this device, as it has an extra-large screen, long battery life, and touchscreen capabilities. 

The anti-glare panel ensures your eyes are protected, and despite the large screen size the laptop only weighs 1.69kg – making it light enough to be easily transportable.

Key specifications: 

  • Screen size: 15.6-inch
  • Storage: 64GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • RRP: £379.99, on sale now for £279 – you save £100.99

Promising review:

“This is a brilliant little Chromebook. I have had it on constantly from full charge for an hour now and it’s at 91%. I have gone from windows to this and would never look back. After having it for 2 days it’s brilliant and easy to learn your way around it”. 

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Jumper Laptop

Jumper Laptop (Image: Amazon)

4.3 stars from 566 ratings

Key specifications: 

The six hours battery life makes it the smallest on this list, but the speedy quad-core processor makes up for that by being highly efficient. 

Designed to have everything you need to keep up with a fast-paced lifestyle with reliable dual-band wifi and Bluetooth 4.2 for easy collaboration – making it perfect for students. 

  • Screen size: 13.3-inch
  • Storage: 126GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Battery life: Six hours
  • RRP: £274.99

Promising review:

“Great little laptop for a great price! I’ve been using it a few weeks for college work and had no problems with it. I would recommend it”.

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