The best 2-in-1 laptops under $300 offer many of the benefits of a laptop coupled with many of the benefits of a tablet. Of course, owing to their versatility and the increasing demand for them, 2-in-1 laptops can be quite pricey, with some going for as much as four figures. Thankfully, not all 2-in-1 laptops will set you back upwards of $1,000. In fact, there are a number of models on the market right now which can be purchased for $300 so let’s analyze the best 2-in-1 laptops under $300.

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1. Acer Chromebook R11

Key Features of the Acer Chromebook R11 include: tent mode hinge, HD webcam and microphone, excellent video and audio quality, up to 9 hours battery life, USB and HDMI ports.

2018 Newest Acer R11 11.6' Convertible HD IPS Touchscreen Chromebook, Intel Celeron Dual Core up to 2.48GHz, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.0, Webcam, Chrome OS
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2018 Newest Acer R11 11.6" Convertible HD IPS Touchscreen Chromebook, Intel Celeron Dual Core up to 2.48GHz, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.0, Webcam, Chrome OS
  • 360° flip-and-fold design, 11.6 in HD IPS touchscreen (1366x768 ), Energy-efficient LED backlight, 10-finger multi-touch support ; Intel HD Graphics 400 with shared graphics memory
  • Intel Dual-Core N3060 1.6 GHz, Up to 2.48GHz, 4GB DDR3L 1600 MHz; 16GB eMMC storage. SD card reader, No Optical drive
  • Bluetooth4.0, 802.11ac, HD Webcam, 1 x USB 2.0; 1 x USB 3.0; 1 x HDMI; 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo
  • Chrome OS, 3-cell lithium ion battery., Weighs 2.76 lbs. and measures 0.8" thin, Color: White

Modes

While it can obviously be used in laptop mode and tablet modes, the Acer Chromebook R11’s 360° hinge means it can also be used in tent mode. Tent mode, which sees the device standing horizontally with its screen and keyboard facing opposite directions, is perfect for watching movies and television shows, which is why the Acer Chromebook R11 is a popular choice among those searching for a 2-in-1-laptop for leisure.

Webcam

Many 2-in-1 laptops available for less than $300 attain their low price tag by eradicating certain features, one of the most commonly eliminated being the webcam. The Acer Chromebook R11, however, is not one of them. Equipped with a HD webcam and microphone, this 2-in-1 laptop makes it possible to communicate with friends and clients overseas with almost flawless video and audio quality.

Battery Life

Fitted with a three-cell lithium ion battery, the Acer Chromebook R11 can be used for up to 9 hours on a single charge. If you purchase this 2-in-1 laptop to tackle work assignments while traveling, its battery life should be enough to complete a full day’s work on the road.

Pros Acer Chromebook R11

  • USB and HDMI ports
  • Headphone jack
  • 10-finger multi-touch support

Cons Acer Chromebook R11

  • No disc drive
  • Keyboard lag
  • Unresponsive trackpad

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2. Lenovo N23

The Lenovo N23 is one of the most durable 2-in-1 laptops in any price range and offers up to 10 hours of battery life, light weight, Anti-glare display, HD webcam and dual microphones.

Lenovo N23 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop (2017 ), 11.6' Touchscreen HD IPS Display, Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor up to 2.5 GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Professional
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Lenovo N23 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop (2017 ), 11.6" Touchscreen HD IPS Display, Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor up to 2.5 GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Webcam, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Professional
  • 11.6" touchscreen HD IPS display, Convertible body with 360-degree hinge for laptop and tablet modes, Intel HD graphics
  • Intel Celeron N3060 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 4GB memory, 32GB eMMC storage
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity, 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0, Intel HD graphics, Memory card reader, Stereo speakers, HD webcam with dual microphones, Semi-rugged design and spill-resistant keyboard. Inputs/outputs: USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, audio/mic jack and MicroSD card slot
  • Windows 10 Professional operating system, Black finish. Includes laptop, power adapter and user guide. Dimensions: 11.83"L x 8.37"W x 0.92"H. Weight: 3.1 lbs.
  • The Lenovo N23 laptop features a convertible body with a 360-degree hinge for easy switching between notebook and tablet modes. The 11.6" touchscreen and Intel dual-core processor make this laptop a powerful portable companion.

Durable

The Lenovo N23 is one of the most durable 2-in-1 laptops in any price range and serves to further Lenovo’s reputation as a manufacturer of truly impressive products. With its spill-resistant keyboard, the N23 can survive contact with all manner of liquids, so you won’t have to worry about losing your documents and images by spilling a cup of coffee on it.

Battery Life

When this 2-in-1 laptop has been fully charged, it can be relied upon for up to 10 hours without issue. That, of course, means it can be used for more than a full day of college or work. Because of this, the Lenovo N23 has proven immensely popular with students and business people, particularly the former, who often must shop for college essentials on a budget.

Lightweight

If you’re searching for a 2-in-1 laptop you can use for college, it is essential that the model you settle on is light and compact. The Lenovo N23 2-in-1 laptop ticks both of those boxes. Weighing in at just 3.1 pounds, this 2-in-1 laptop can be carried upon one’s back for an entire day of classes with minimal, if any, strain on the body. Furthermore, with dimensions of just 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches, it can be easily stashed inside a backpack with plenty of room for additional supplies, which has also made it a popular choice among backpackers and digital nomads.

Pros

  • Anti-glare display
  • HD webcam
  • Dual microphones

Cons

  • No disc drive
  • Unresponsive touchpad
  • Divisive Windows operating system

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3. ASUS Chromebook

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ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6' Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue, Silver)
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ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue, Silver)
  • Ready for drops and spills with rugged construction with reinforced rubber guards, easy grip handles, and a spill resistant keyboard
  • Lightweight 2.65 pound body and rugged construction that can be dropped from 3.9 feet* so you can take it anywhere without disruption
  • 11.6 inches HD 1366x768 Anti-Glare Display, with 180 degree hinge for easy viewing
  • Powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz) for fast and snappy performance
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM; 16GB Flash Storage; No CD or DVD drive; Power adapter: Input: 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

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4. HP Pavilion x360

The HP Pavilion x360 offers a powerful backlit keyboard, compatible pen, impressive speakers, dual USB slots and SD card slot. (Note: The price has increased since we first wrote this article and we are searching for another <$300 laptop alternative)

HP 2019 Flagship Premium Pavilion 15.6 Inch FHD 1080p 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop (Intel i3-8130U up to 3.4 GHz, 4GB/8G/16G/32G RAM, 128G/256G/512G/1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10)
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HP 2019 Flagship Premium Pavilion 15.6 Inch FHD 1080p 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop (Intel i3-8130U up to 3.4 GHz, 4GB/8G/16G/32G RAM, 128G/256G/512G/1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10)
  • 15.6-inch diagonal FHD (39) IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit touchscreen (1920 x 1080); Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, Full-size island-style backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
  • Intel Core i3-8130U Processor (4MB Cache , 2.2 GHz up to 3.4 GHz), 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Webcam,
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 HP Sleep and Charge); 1 HDMI 1.4; 1 headphone/microphone combo 1 multi-format SD media card reader, Front-facing HP Wide Vision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphones
  • Choose from a) 8GB/16GB DDR4 RAM; b) 1st HDD (Boot) 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD for better performance; and c) optional 2nd Optical Drive: 1TB/2TB Hard Drive for extra storage space. A solid State Drive (SSD) will boost the overall performance for the computer
  • 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. | 1-Year UpgradePro Limited Warranty* | View description and warranty section below for more details.

Backlit Keyboard

Many 2-in-1 laptops tend to focus more on tablet mode than laptop mode. This is especially true with models below $500 in price, which is why many of the less expensive 2-in-1 laptops lack a backlit keyboard. The HP Pavilion x360, however, is not one such 2-in-1 laptop. With a powerful backlit keyboard despite its low price, this is a great choice for those who work late into the night and become so engrossed in their work they forget to even turn on a light.

Bundled Pen

When you purchase a 2-in-1 laptop – or any kind of laptop, for that matter – for under $500, you can’t expect the device to come with any impressive additional accessories. That being said, HP does package the Pavilion x360 with a compatible pen, allowing the wielder to write and draw using the device, not to mention browse in a manner which is more natural than using a mouse. It is important to remember, however, those who purchase a refurbished model of the HP Pavilion x360 cannot be certain they will receive this pen, so you should be prepared to purchase one separately should you decide to go the refurbished route.

Audio

2-in-1 laptops which sell for less than $500 tend not to have the best audio quality, which is why we were pleasantly surprised to find that the HP Pavilion x360 comes fitted with a pretty impressive set of speakers. When its volume is at its highest, this 2-in-1 laptop is capable of rivaling the audio of far more expensive alternatives, including Apple’s iPad and MacBook. Because of this, the HP Pavilion x360 is often chosen by those searching for a 2-in-1 laptop on which they can watch Netflix and YouTube.

Pros HP Pavilion x360

  • Dual USB slots
  • 720p webcam
  • SD card slot

Cons HP Pavilion x360

  • No disc drive
  • Poor battery life
  • Heavy

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Conclusion Best 2-in-1 Laptops Under $300

If you’re a student searching for a lightweight and compact 2-in-1 laptop which you can rely on to complete college assignments, there is no model on this list better suited to your needs than the N23 from Lenovo. Along with its high-definition webcam, spill-resistant keyboard, and anti-glare display, this 2-in-1 laptop boasts the lowest price tag of any model to appear above, making it perfect for students.

For those searching for a means of watching their favorite movies and television shows and little more, the HP Pavilion x360 is most definitely the way to go. Although it does not boast the most vibrant colors, its display is more than acceptable by the standards of the casual viewer and its superior audio quality ensures not a single streamed syllable goes unnoticed.

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