2-in-1 laptops have hugely grown in popularity over the years and to no surprise. They are incredibly convenient in many aspects. Firstly, being able to flip the keyboard backward and use it as a stand for a touchscreen display is practical. They’re also useful for graphic designers as they have stylus capabilities.
Top Choices Under $300
For less than $300 you can get yourself a capable 2-in-1 laptop that doesn’t break the bank and performs excellently. Here is the GizmoFusion list of the very best 2-in-1 laptops at this price point.
HP Business ProBook x360 G3
CPU: Intel Celeron N4100 Quad-Core | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 12 Hours | Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.1 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 2.97 lbs
Lots of SSD storage
Brilliant battery life
The HP Business ProBook is the number one laptop on this list for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, it has a quad-core processor which is great to find in this price range. The Intel Celeron N4100 is a nice CPU that will handle processor-intensive tasks.
It comes with Intel UHD Graphics 600 which is a decent GPU that will be able to render video content, and maybe even some light gaming.
It includes 4GB of DDR4 RAM. It isn’t much, but at this price range getting more than 4GB will be a challenge. You will be able to do some multitasking with it, such as editing photos while browsing the internet. This is the standard for all the laptops on this list.
It has remarkable storage, a 128GB SSD. For this price range, 128GB is huge. It will be able to store a lot of files and programs and last you for a long time. It is also SSD storage, meaning that file transfers and boot times will be fast, much faster than traditional HDDs which are becoming more outdated by the year.
It has a nice HD display which is 768p. Yes, it is not 1080p but at this price range, 768p is the standard.
The battery life on this laptop is exceptional, a whole 12 hours of work is great for long trips, and working for more than one day.
It is a small 11.6-inch form factor which makes it very portable. It is also very thin (0.78 inches) and lightweight (2.97 lbs).
It has a 720p webcam, and all the ports you would need on a laptop, including an Ethernet port, card reader, and USB type C, but not an optical drive.
It has high-quality speakers, and it comes with Windows 10 Pro.
Overall, the combination of a great CPU, lots of storage, and long battery life make the laptop stand out as number one on this list.
HP Business ProBook x360 G1
CPU: Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-Core | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 500 | RAM: 4GB DDR3L | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 64GB SSD | Battery: 10 Hours | Dimensions: 8.19 x 11.91 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 3.19 lbs
Great battery life
Rugged and durable
This laptop is another version of the previous one we just discussed, however, it is different in many ways.
It mostly appeals to students seeking a durable laptop that can handle working through the school day.
The main reason this laptop is high up on the list is the Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-core CPU. The more cores the CPU has the better it performs, and the easier it is for it to handle multitasking. This CPU is a great option for this laptop as it will perform great.
It integrates Intel HD Graphics 500. Now, you won’t be able to do any gaming with that GPU, but it will work fine for rendering tasks, such as editing video content and animation.
It includes 4GB of DDR3L memory. This is where the laptop is lacking because DDR3L is an older generation of RAM and almost all computers today use DDR4. It still uses 4GB, so it will still work in the same way, but it will be noticeably slower than DDR4.
The storage on this laptop is decent coming in at 64GB. It is enough for several programs and files and is an average amount for this price range. It is still an SSD which is modern and fast, unlike the RAM. The machine will boot up quickly, and you won’t see any slowdowns when moving around files. This is a great amount of storage and will last for a while.
The laptop has an average 768p display for viewing content in HD quality.
It also has a terrific 10 hours of battery life which is always great being able to work for such a long time without recharging is useful for students, or going on long trips where a laptop is needed.
The machine is very durable and rugged while remaining thin and lightweight. The keyboard is spill and pick proof, and the chassis is scratch and bump resistant.
It has all the ports you need on a laptop, including a Gigabit Ethernet port, a card reader, and USB type C.
The speakers start buzzing at higher volumes, meaning they are low quality. Otherwise, the laptop is great with its CPU, battery life, and durable design. This machine would be suited best for students, as it is made to be portable and rugged.
2019 Lenovo 300e
CPU: Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-Core | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 500 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) IPS | Storage: 64GB SSD | Battery: 7 Hours | Dimensions: 11.83 x 8.36 x 0.92 inches | Weight: 3.19 lbs
Long battery life
Windows S Mode
Lenovo is one of the world’s most popular laptop manufacturers, as they are known for their high-quality productivity machines.
This is a laptop that is great for the usual browsing the web, using creative programs such as video editors, and generally any other productivity work.
It is accomplished with the Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-core CPU which is a great resource for processor-intensive tasks and multitasking with its 4 cores.
It integrates an average Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU which can handle some light productivity work such as video editing and rendering of content.
The laptop also has an average 4GB of (thankfully) DDR4 RAM which is fine for this price range and allows for multitasking by working in line with the CPU. Having DDR4 RAM means it is faster than older DDR3 memory, which is always a good thing.
The machine includes a nice 64GB of SSD storage for enough storage for many of your files and programs. It helps that the drive is solid-state, meaning that it is much faster than traditional hard drives at booting up and moving around files. As stated before, 64GB is great for this price range and will last for a long time.
This machine has a great display. It has an average 768p resolution, however, the laptop uses an IPS panel, meaning that the colors on the display will be bright and accurate. More importantly, the viewing angles on this laptop will be great, you will be able to look at the screen from the side, and the colors will remain the same as if looked at straight on, instead of looking washed out.
It has a good battery life of 7 hours for long workdays and trips. It includes lots of connectivity but does not include a disc drive and an Ethernet jack. It comes with low-quality speakers that crackle and buzz after a while.
The laptop comes with Windows 10 S Mode, meaning that you can only use dedicated Windows apps, although you can switch out of it for free into Windows 10 Home edition though.
Overall, the laptop is a nice machine that is lightweight and thin and will be very useful for productivity and school with its beautiful display.
Acer Spin 1
CPU: Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-Core | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) IPS | Storage: 64GB SSD | Battery: 8 Hours | Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.5 x 0.85 inches | Weight: 3.75 lbs
Long battery life
This Acer Spin laptop is a great example of a stylish, high-quality machine. It has an Intel Celeron N4000 Dual-core processor which is worse than the quad-core processors higher up on the list, however, it still performs great and powers through CPU-intensive tasks.
It also houses an Intel UHD graphics 600 GPU which is a good resource for rendering processes.
It has a usual 4GB of DDR4 RAM, just an average amount for a laptop in this price range. Some multitasking can be achieved, and the CPU will benefit from the memory. This is always nice, as the RAM is DDR4 and will be faster than older DDR3.
The storage is also a regular 64GB solid-state drive for many files and programs. As always with SSDs, the speeds of transferring files are high, while boot times are low. Overall it is a good amount of storage with a fast drive.
The laptop has an average 768p resolution on its display, but as the laptop before, it uses an IPS panel which makes colors appear more vibrant and accurate and also improving viewing angles, allowing the display’s colors not appear washed out when looked at from the side. This is very rare to see in this price range, and it is very nice to have such a great display on a laptop this affordable.
It has a brilliant battery life of 8 hours which means working for the whole day without having to recharge. 8 hours is a very long time, and just generally is very helpful.
It has a beautiful, thin, and sleek design that is pleasing to the eye.
It has almost every port other than an Ethernet jack and an optical drive. It has two high-quality audio speakers and comes with a Windows 10 Home edition OS.
Overall, this laptop is a beautifully designed piece of tech with nice specs, a great display, and a long battery life.
Acer R11 Chromebook
CPU: Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core | GPU: Intel HD Graphics N3000 Series | RAM: 4GB DDR3L | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) IPS | Storage: 32GB SSD | Battery: 10 Hours | Dimensions: 11.57 x 8.03 x 0.76 inches | Weight: 2.76 lbs
Long battery life
This is the first Chromebook on our list. Chromebooks use Google’s operating system “Chrome OS”. This means that the only things the laptop can do are browse the web, download apps from the Chrome Web Store, and the Android Play Store.
Since it can run android apps, it can be useful to have a Chromebook which can browse the internet while emulating a mobile device.
Keeping that in mind, the Chromebook has an Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-core processor which is always a good thing. It helps with multitasking and CPU heavy tasks.
The GPU is an Intel HD Graphics chip made specifically for the N3000 series of Celeron CPUs. Since the Chromebook can run android apps, it can run mobile games. Since these are not that spec-intensive, the laptop can do some mobile gaming.
It has 4GB of DDR3L memory. Now, the Chrome browser is notorious for hogging RAM, so having older generation DDR3L memory is not great. It would be nice to see either more RAM or newer generation RAM, especially for a Chromebook. It will run slower than regular DDR4 RAM and generally will create slowdowns in easy to run tasks.
Onto the storage, it’s hard to say whether it’s good or bad. It is only 32GB of SSD storage, and that seems like it isn’t much. However, it is a Chromebook, so the only programs you can download are android apps. So the 32GB is not that good relatively, but for a Chromebook, it’s a decent amount.
It has a 768p HD IPS screen which is always great to see at this price range, accurate, vibrant colors with clear viewing angles provide a great experience. One thing to note is that the display has a large black band around it, making the display seem much smaller than it is by limiting viewable space.
It has a very long battery life of a whopping 10 hours which make it great for long days at school/work and being able to use it for more than one day.
It has an all-white design that looks sharp, especially with how thin the laptop is. It is also extremely lightweight, which always helps.
It doesn’t have many ports. It has a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI port, so pretty basic.
Overall, if you like the simplicity of Chromebooks, or you don’t need anything complicated this laptop would be the one for you.
Dell Inspiron 11.6”
CPU: AMD A6-9220e Dual-Core | GPU: AMD Radeon R4 Graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 64GB SSD | Battery: 4 Hours | Dimensions: 7.87 x 11.3 x 0.71 inches | Weight: 3.22 lbs
Only 4-hour battery life
Here we have the Dell Inspiron laptop which has hundreds of different versions of it. This one has an AMD A6 Dual-core CPU, a decent little processor which will be able to handle some light tasks. It has AMD Radeon R4 graphics which is a pretty capable GPU and will be able to do some rendering.
It includes an average 4GB of DDR4 memory, as usual, it’s good for the price range as it does help a little with multitasking and taking stress off of the CPU. 4GB of memory seems to be a good amount for laptops in this price range, as multitasking means editing a video while browsing the internet at the same time.
It has 64GB of SSD storage which is an average amount for this price range, and it allows you to store several programs and lots of files. It is SSD storage meaning that booting up and transferring files will be fast, and more painless than traditional HDDs. 64GB is great, and will last for a long time before running out for most users.
The laptop has a regular HD 768p display for viewing of content in high definition, so nothing to write home about.
It has a 4-hour battery life which is a bit short for this price range but will do if you just need this as a backup laptop. If you plan to use it for longer periods of time, keep a charger handy.
It has lots of connectivity, including a microSD card reader, but does not include an Ethernet jack or a disc drive.
It also has great, high-quality audio speakers, and Windows 10 S Mode which you can switch out of and use regular Windows 10 Home.
The laptop has a red design which some might like, and some might not. Overall, this is a great laptop for basic productivity work and school.
Lenovo 11.6” Chromebook
CPU: MediaTek MT8173c Quad-Core | GPU: GX6250 Graphics | RAM: 4GB LPDDR3 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 128GB SSD | Battery: 3 Hours | Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.5 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 2.2 lbs
CPU and GPU good for mobile gaming
Lots of storage
Nice and lightweight
Low battery life
Here we have another Chromebook. Again, Chromebooks use Chrome OS to only be able to run the Chrome browser and Android apps, and they don’t need a lot of powerful hardware for that reason.
This machine includes a MediaTek MT8173c CPU. If that doesn’t ring a bell, the processor is designed for mobile devices such as phones and tablets, it won’t perform amazingly but will run Chrome browser fine. It integrates GX6250 graphics which can run mobile games at 30-50 FPS, so it is a good choice for mobile gaming.
It includes 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. LPDDR3 is memory also made for mobile devices and will be able to handle several Chrome tabs open, however, it is still a very old generation of RAM that has been outdated for a while and will create some slowdowns when opening too many tabs.
It surprisingly has a great amount of storage with its 128GB SSD. 128GB is a lot for all your files and apps and will last for a long time, especially on a Chromebook, as mobile apps don’t take up lots of storage. 128GB might even be a little overkill for a Chromebook, but it does allow you to store lots of photos and videos on it.
It has a regular 11.6-inch 768p display, just like almost every laptop on this list. It also has a disappointing battery life at only 3 hours, so keep the charger nearby. Luckily, USB Type C chargers are very easy to get a hold of if you lose yours.
It has a beautiful, sleek white design which looks great. It is very thin and lightweight at only 2.2 lbs.
It also has a webcam, great speakers, and many ports such as one USB 3.1 Gen 1, one USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort.
Overall, this Chromebook is great as a backup device that can do some mobile gaming and web browsing, and lots of file storage.
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core | GPU: Intel HD 400 Graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR3 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) | Storage: 32GB SSD | Battery: 7 Hours | Dimensions: 11.83 x 8.37 x 0.92 inches | Weight: 3.1 lbs
Good battery life
This is another laptop made by Lenovo, and it is a good one. This machine includes an Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core CPU which is a decent little CPU that will handle some easy processing tasks.
It includes Intel HD 400 Graphics which is a nice GPU made for light graphics processing tasks, such as rendering videos.
As with many of these laptops, it has 4GB of memory, however, this machine has older DDR3 RAM instead of the newest DDR4 RAM. DDR3 is slower and will have a noticeable lag when switching between apps and multitasking, so bare that in mind.
Here is where the laptop falls, though. It only has 32GB of SSD storage, which is very little. Higher up on this list was a Chromebook which had 32GB of storage, but it was acceptable since it is a Chromebook. This, however, is a Windows PC that can have any program. The PC also does have quite a bit of bloatware which takes up a lot of storage. With the bloatware and the OS, you get only around 15GB of storage, so an external USB hard drive will be the way to store your files better.
It has a regular HD 768p display for viewing content in high resolution. It also has a great battery life at 7 hours.
It has a standard black design with no special features. The laptop has a lot of ports that you need such as USB 2.0, 3.0, HDMI, and a MicroSD card reader, but no Ethernet jack. It has covers for those ports to prevent dust accumulation which is a nice little bonus.
It also has a webcam and a rugged spill-resistant keyboard. Disappointingly it has a lot of bloatware on it which takes up a lot of storage. Also, the touchpad on this machine is not great, as it is slow and not very responsive.
Overall, this is a nice laptop that you can use to browse the web and do some light work but beware of the storage capacity as it will be difficult to store a lot of programs on it.
CPU: Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-Core | GPU: Intel HD 500 Graphics | RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 | Screen: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) IPS | Storage: 32GB SSD | Battery: 10 Hours | Dimensions: 12.05 x 8.19 x 0.77 inches | Weight: 2.7 lbs
Good specs for mobile gaming
Long battery life
Display looks a bit small
The last laptop on our list is an HP Chromebook. If you didn’t know, a Chromebook is a laptop with Chrome OS only allowing for internet browsing and emulating Android apps since the Google Play Store is available on the Chromebook.
This one houses an Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-core CPU which is a decent CPU that will handle light processing tasks.
It comes with Intel HD 500 Graphics which is a nice GPU which will handle lots of video rendering tasks. The CPU and GPU make the Chromebook have mobile gaming capabilities, and have games run at around 40 FPS.
It comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, this is a newer generation of mobile RAM. It is made for mobile devices such as phones and tablets. It is not as fast as regular DDR4 RAM, however, it will work well with Chromebooks which are pretty much mobile devices.
The Chromebook has 32GB of SSD storage which might seem like it is little, however, it is a Chromebook and mobile apps do not take up much storage. So 32GB is enough for a device like this.
It has a great display, an HD 768p screen with an IPS panel which provides the best colors and creates great viewing angles. It is covered with gorilla glass to improve durability. It has a black band around the display, though. It makes the display seem smaller than it is by reducing visible space.
It has a very long battery life at a whole 10 hours, this is good for long periods of work or using the Chromebook for more than one day.
It has an HD webcam at the top, and lots of ports (as usual, no Ethernet jack). Just like all the Chromebooks on this list, it has a great design, a sleek, thin, and light laptop is very appealing to the eye. It has high-quality speakers that produce a clear sound.
Overall, this Chromebook is a nice laptop for light work and maybe even some mobile gaming.
Best Overall Buy
We chose the HP Business ProBook x360 G3 as the number one laptop on this list for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, the CPU and GPU combo is great, it is a quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 CPU which means that it will be able to multitask much better than dual-cores.
It also integrates a great GPU, the Intel UHD 600 Graphics. That GPU will work nicely with tasks that require rendering, such as video editing. It can also do some light gaming at around 30 FPS on some light games such as FIFA, Minecraft, etc.
It does have a regular 4GB of DDR4 RAM as most of the laptops on this list, nothing remarkable. Something that IS remarkable about this laptop is the storage, 128GB of SSD storage. Such amounts of storage are hard to find in laptops in this price range, and 128GB will last for a long time by storing all your files and programs. It is SSD storage, meaning that it will be fast at booting up and transferring files.
Lastly, the laptop has an exceptionally good battery life. A whole 12 hours of being able to work without recharging, that is a massive number, and it is very convenient for working over long trips, or for more than one day.
Overall, this is just a great laptop that does everything well, it is convenient, thin, and lightweight, not to mention its durability and great speakers.
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James Cosgrove has been the lead writer at GizmoFusion since 2019. He has a huge passion for the latest technology and gadgets. He loves to talk and write about this interest. He hopes that visitors to the website will find his reports informative and helpful when it comes to making the best choices for their needs.