Getting your hands on a beautiful, well-performing laptop within a tight budget for a college student has never been easier than reading on. There is a multitude of laptops released as we speak and it can be baffling to go through all of them trying to catch what works best for you at your budget. This is a brief article that tries to alleviate that hassle by presenting a few selected affordable laptops that you can consider while hunting for one. Please read-on

1. ASUS Vivobook E203NA-YS03

As a student, busy career or business person, the ASUS VivoBook is designed to help you be productive all day — even when you’re on the move. This compact and lightweight 11.6-inch laptop is powered by the latest Intel® processor and provides up to 10 hours of battery life. And with pre-loaded Windows 10, it offers full compatibility with a wide range of software and peripherals. It’s the best laptop for people on the go. Being smaller than an A4 sheet of paper in dimensions, Vivobook fits perfectly and silently in your bag without adding that uncomfortable bulk that itches.

Its style does not compromise on its performance. The VivoBook E12 is powered by the latest Intel® processor that delivers class-leading performance for both work, study and play. In addition to that the Vivobook has 180° hinge, such that it can be laid flat on the table to share content with friends and colleagues.

ASUS Vivobook
Credits: ASUS
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® Dual-Core N3350 Processor,
Intel® Pentium® Quad-Core N4200 Processor
Memory2 GB Onboard memory, total up to 4 GB SDRAM
GraphicsIntegrated Intel HD Graphics
StorageeMMC: 32GB/64GB/128GB
Display11.6″ (16:9) LED-backlit HD (1366×768) with 45% NTSC
With ASUS Splendid
Reference: ASUS Vivobook

ASUS VivoBook E203MA Ultra-Thin Laptop [2019 Version], Intel Celeron N4000 Processor (up to 2.6 GHz), 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, 11.6” HD, USB-C, Windows 10 S mode (Switchable to Pro), E203MA-YS03

 out of stock
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

2. HP Chromebook 14

Stay productive and entertained with the Chromebook 14 through a seamless Chrome experience and easy access to your favorite Android apps via the Google Play Store. Do more, experience more with plenty of performance, all-day battery up to 10 hours, and entertainment features like Audio by B&O PLAY and an optional touchscreen. Perfect for home, work, and school. Get great connectivity, up to 32 GB of storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

HP Chromebook 14
Credits: HP
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® N3350 Processor (1.1 GHz base frequency, up to 2.4 GHz burst frequency, 2 MB cache, 2 cores)
Memory4 GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (onboard)
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 500
Storage64 GB eMMC
Display35.56 cm (14) diagonal HD SVA micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (1366 x 768)
Weight1.54 kg
Reference: HP

HP Chromebook 14-inch Laptop with 180-Degree Swivel, AMD Dual-Core A4-9120 Processor, 4 GB SDRAM, 32 GB eMMC Storage, Chrome OS (14-db0020nr, Chalkboard Gray)

 in stock
47 new from $169.99
28 used from $134.24
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

3. Lenovo Flex 11

This 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop offers the versatility that anyone can appreciate with the capabilities of a notebook for easy productivity, tent-mode to binge your favorite shows, and the convenience of a tablet as you make your project presentations or read an interesting book. You’ll enjoy next-level productivity, creativity, and entertainment, all in one convenient package. Not only is the Lenovo Flex 11 a great choice for portable productivity, but it also offers brilliant screen clarity, with HD and anti-glare features, and crisp Dolby Audio Premium sound. It also features an ergonomic keyboard for maximum comfort and a redesigned touchpad for a more precise user experience with multi-finger gestures.

Lenovo Flex 11
Credits: Lenovo
ProcessorIntel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core Processor
Memory4GB RAM
Storage64GB eMMC Solid State Drive
Display11.6″ 2 in 1 1366 x 768 pixels
BatteryAverage Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Reference: Lenovo

Lenovo Flex 11 Laptop, 11.6 Inch HD (1366 X 768) Display, Intel Pentium Silver N5000 Processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 64GB eMMC SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 605, Windows 10, 81A7000BUS, Onyx Black

 out of stock
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

4. HP Stream 11

Tough enough for the school day ahead
Deploy this durable device with a strong 180° hinge into any school day. Just 18.0 mm thin and with a starting weight of <1.3 kg, it’s designed to pass a 70 cm drop on concrete and MIL-STD 810G testing. Tackle school and beyond with the latest Intel® processors and long battery life. See and collaborate clearly with an optional 11.6″ diagonal touchscreen VGA webcam, and stereo sound.

HP Stream 11
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® processor
Memory4 GB memory
GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 600
Storage64 GB eMMC storage
Display11.6″ HD display (1366×768)
Battery2-cell, 37 WHr Long Life Battery
WeightStarting at 2.78 lb (non-touch)
Starting at 2.82 lb (touch)
Reference: HP Stream 11

HP Stream Laptop PC 11.6" Intel N4000 4GB DDR4 SDRAM 32GB eMMC Includes Office 365 Personal for One Year

$345.00  in stock
3 new from $338.38
10 used from $199.99
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

5. Acer Swift 1

This all-metal body laptop with multicolor options gives you the look and feel you want and the strength you need. With an embedded fingerprint reader, it is a quick and secure way for Windows Hello to verify your identity without a password as you are busy with your studies or work. Nevertheless, it has a battery life of up to 20 hours, designed to stay at your side for the entirety of the day as you move about from library to class to cafeteria without carrying the charger.

Acer Swifet 1
Credits: Acer
Processor1.6GHz Intel Pentium N3710 (quad-core, 2MB cache, up to 2.56GHz burst frequency)
Memory4GB DDR3L
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 405
Storage128GB Flash Drive
Display6.3mm bezel design and full HD IPS display
Batterybattery life of up to 20 hours
Reference: Acer Swift 1

Acer Swift 1, 14" Full HD Notebook, Intel Pentium Silver N5000, 4GB, 64GB HDD, SF114-32-P2PK

$398.88  in stock
8 new from $392.05
4 used from $299.00
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

6. Samsung Chromebook Plus

The Samsung Chromebook Plus adapts to whatever you’re doing. Use it like a laptop to reply to emails or to work on a paper. When you need a break, flip the screen so you can play games or catch up on your latest book. For the students with creative prowess, make your ideas personal and your notes clear with the built-in pen. Whether you’re doodling, sketching or personalizing a photo – the built-in pen will help you get every detail just right. You can even use the pen to take a screenshot, magnify or unlock the screen. The sleek, metal body of the Samsung Chromebook Plus is comfortable to carry as a tablet and easy to fit in your bag while you’re on the go.

Samsung Chromebook Plus
Credits: Samsung
ProcessorOP1, Made for Chromebooks. Hexa-core (Dual A72, Quad A53)
Memory4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB)
GraphicsGraphic Internal Graphics
Storage32GB e.MMC
Display12.3″ 2400×1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel
Battery2cell/Li-Ion 5140 mAh
Reference: Samsung

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, 2-in-1, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13MP Camera, Chrome OS, 12.2", 16:10 Aspect Ratio, Light Titan (XE520QAB-K03US) (Renewed)

$289.99  in stock
8 new from $289.99
Free shipping
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

7. Lenovo IdeaPad 330

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 will not only serve you in your studies but is an investment that will go beyond school. Stacked with premium processing and advanced graphics options, the Ideapad 330 is as powerful as it is easy to use. Cutting-edge processing—up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7—and advanced discrete graphics options from AMD and NVIDIA® assure seamless multitasking. It boasts up to 6 hours’ battery life, and also supports Rapid Charge—15 minutes plugged in will give you up to 2 hours of use which saves your time remarkably.

Lenovo Ideapad 330
Credits: Lenovo
ProcessorUp to 8th Gen Intel® Quad Core i7-8550U
Memory4 GB onboard DDR4 + 8 GB DIMM
4 GB onboard DDR4 + 4 GB DIMM
4 GB onboard DDR4 + 2 GB DIMM
4 GB onboard DDR4
16 GB Intel® Optane™ (optional)
Storage128 GB PCIe SSD
Display15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
15.6” HD (1366 x 768)
BatteryUp to 6 hours*; Rapid Charge (Charge 15 minutes for up to 2 hours use)
Reference: Lenovo

Lenovo Ideapad 330 15.6" Anti Glared HD Premium Business Laptop (AMD A9-9425 up to 3.7 GHz, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon R5 Graphic, DVD-RW, HDMI, Windows 10 Home) - Purple

 out of stock
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

8. Asus Chromebook C302CA

The slim, light and incredibly stylish Chromebook Flip C302 combines the simplicity of Chromebook with powerful components and an amazing 360° hinge that lets you flip instantly between a high-performance Chromebook, a handy Chromebook tablet, or anything in between! This versatile touchscreen device frees you to study or play anywhere, anytime with its long-lasting battery life, backlit keyboard with a spacious 104.5mm x 61mm touchpad.

Asus Chromebook C302CA
Credits: Asus
ProcessorIntel® Core™ M 6Y30 Processor,
Intel® Core™ M 6Y75 Processor,
Intel® Pentium® 4405Y Processor
Memory4 GB Onboard memory
8 GB Onboard memory
GraphicsIntegrated HD Graphics 515
StorageeMMC: 32GB/64GB/128GB
Display12.5″ (16:9) FHD (1920×1080) 60Hz Panel 45% NTSC
Weight2.65 lbs with battery
Reference: Asus Chromebook

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 2-In-1 Laptop- 12.5” Full HD 4-Way NanoEdge Touchscreen, Intel Core M5, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, Backlit Keyboard, Chrome OS- C302CA-DH54 Silver

$897.00  in stock
2 new from $897.00
5 used from $399.97
Free shipping
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

9. Acer Aspire E 15

Acer Aspire E 15 comes in different models with different pricing and configuration. Even though the Aspire E 15 has small to offer on the stage of style, it is celebrated for always leaving your piggy bank happy. What sets the E 15 apart is its inclusion of a VGA port and optical drive which certainly adds to its appeal, especially for enterprise users and students.

Acer Aspire E
Credits: Acer
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 i5-8250U 1.60 GHz Quad-core (4 Core™)
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 Up to 2 GB GDDR5
Storage1 TB Serial ATA
Display15’s display reaches a maximum brightness of 227 nits
Battery4-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) 2800 mAh
Reference: Acer Aspire E

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L,Silver

$406.00  in stock
102 new from $406.00
11 used from $329.99
as of July 25, 2021 1:28 am

Drawing the curtains

Having a combination of appeal, performance and a deal that leaves a good light on your wallet can actually be realized. The catch is having the right priorities. At the end of the day, we all need the work done and the laptops listed above can handle the school work-load amazingly well.

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