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The best notebooks in the sub $250 price range are Wi-Fi enabled budget tablets, Netbooks designed for watching movies and a few ultraportable laptops.

Asus Chromebook Flip is our pick for the best notebook under $250 and is a highly recommended buy as per the ReviewGist score of 88%. This is because the Asus Chromebook Flip not only has good reviews but being one of the recent models in the market will come with top end specifications. It has good ratings from over 6 review sources with an average rating of 3.5 stars. Top review sources include PCMag.com(4.5 stars), CNet.com(3.5 stars), TheVerge.com(3.7 stars) and LaptopMag.com(4.0 stars).

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Asus Chromebook Flip

Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)


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Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook (14-inch)
Samsung Chromebook 2
Lenovo S21e-20
Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)
Dell Chromebook 11 Touch
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook (14-inch)
Samsung Chromebook 2 (XE500C12-K01US)
Lenovo S21e-20
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Release Date
Jul 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Oct 2014
Jul 2015
Display
10.1 inches, Widescreen, 1280 x 800
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
11.6 inches, Widescreen, 1366 x 768
11.6 inches, Standard
Hard Drive
16 GB, SSD
16 GB, SSD
64GB , eMMC
16 GB, SSD
64 GB, HDD
Installed Memory
4 GB, 4 GB
4 GB
2 GB
2 GB
Operating System
Google Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS
Windows 10
Google Chrome OS
Microsoft Windows 8
Processor
1.8 GHz, Rockchip RK3288-C
2.16 GHz, Intel Atom N2840
1.6-GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N3050
2.58 GHz, Intel Celeron N2840
2.25 GHz, Intel Celeron N2940
Laptop Type
General Purpose, Value, Widescreen
Value, Widescreen
Value, Widescreen
Value

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 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.

uninspired build quality

The Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Celeron offers sturdier construction than your average Chromebook with good performance with more than 7 hours of battery life, a responsive touchpad and a comfortable keyboard given the 11.6-inch size.

decent ultraportable budget laptop