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Budget notebooks are not noted for their efficiency or portability and are more apt for web surfing, documenting, photo viewing and editing or basic videos, and incorporate screen sizes of 12 to 15 inches while weighing anywhere between 3 and 6 pounds.

The configuration is another aspect to consider while on a limited budget, and a basic dual core processor with 2GB RAM and 120 GB HDD size is definitely a minimum requirement. The best budget notebook also implements a good OS like Windows 8 to provide a user friendly interface at a less expensive price range.

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jul 2015
Apr 2015
Jul 2015
Jun 2015
Hard Drive
16GB SSD
16 GB, SSD
256 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
Operating System
Google Chrome
Google Chrome OS
Microsoft Windows 8
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Processor
1.70 GHz Intel Celeron 3215U
1.8 GHz, Rockchip RK3288-C
0.8 MHz, Intel Core M 5Y10
2.16 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
2.16 GHz, Intel Atom N2840

It has a great screen, looks good and delivers in every way that matters.

Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02), on the other hand, delivers a stunning, lightweight convertible design, excellent performance, and impressive battery life for under $300.

The Asus Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 may be extremely thin and feather-light, but an ultraportable laptop can't get by on those aspects alone.

the Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch is ideal for any grade-school classroom or for use as an affordable, everyday laptop.

The Dell Chromebook 11 Touch is a decent Chrome OS laptop for education, with a rugged design that should survive whatever stresses are inflicted upon it in the classroom.