Hard Drive Recovery Associates (HDRA) has published a new post covering four laptops that one can get for less than $300. Like their previous release, this article is intended to help keep people informed regarding the many data storage options available to them.
“If you’re looking for a laptop under $300, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with a bad notebook,” says the company in their article. “There are laptops under $300 that offer 1080p displays, long battery life and even 2-in-1 functionality. If you’re against getting a Chromebook, you might want to reconsider, especially because that device will most likely run a lot smoother with a weaker processor compared to a Windows 10 machine.”
The first of the four options suggested by the article is the HP Stream 11. It is considered one of the best Windows 10 laptops available at its price. It features an 11 inch chassis, with a battery capable of lasting the whole day while offering relatively strong performance. The laptop’s small size and light weight make it very portable, given that it is less than an inch thick and weighs about 2.5 pounds. The small size can mean that its keyboard can seem a bit cramped but it still offers decent key travel. “You won’t find a better Windows laptop for under $200,” says Hard Drive Recovery Associates.
Another device that might be worth looking into is the HP Chromebook 14. The Intel version of the HP Chromebook 14 is considered an improvement over its AMD counterpart. For just under $300, one can get an attractive laptop with a 14 inch 1920x1080 display (which is rare at this price point). It also includes a comfortable keyboard and battery capable of lasting an entire workday and more. “If you’re looking for a Chromebook that doesn’t scream elementary school, then the HP Chromebook 14 is the one to get,” says the article.
The third recommended device is the Lenovo IdeaPad 33, which is known for bringing a lot of features at a very low price. Compared to more expensive laptops, HDRA would not rank it as one of the best—but for less than $300, it can be considered decent. “Its design is pretty standard, but the chassis itself is actually sturdy, not giving into pressure when flexed,” says the article. “Additionally, Lenovo’s gold-standard keyboard design remains intact on this budget machine, as the system is super comfortable to type on. However, be wary of its short, 5:52 battery life and its subpar Celeron N4100 processor.”
In case one would like more battery life, the article recommends the Lenovo Chromebook C330, since it boasts a solid amount of endurance in this regard. The C330 gets almost 10 hours of battery life, and it features a comfortable keyboard and an HDMI port. It measures 11 inches and is also quite light and thin. Notably, this comes at the cost of its performance and the brightness of the display. It is, however, considered a good deal for the price.
“The 4 laptops mentioned above are pretty good considering their affordable price tags. However, you shouldn’t expect much from them. Sure, they great for simple writing tasks but that’s about it,” the article continues. It may be wise to look into purchasing a simple, cheap laptop as they are usually a lot easier to replace than their more expensive counterparts. Regardless of the cost, however, all laptops are prone to data loss. Hard Drive Recovery Associates even discussed how to avoid data loss in a post on their website; however, damage or a simple malfunction can lead to the loss of irreplaceable data and, in cases like this, it always pays to have access to a data recovery specialist. HDRA offers hard drive recovery services and can help one recover important files that might otherwise be permanently lost.
A number of clients have contacted HDRA for help and found themselves very pleased with the results. A review on the company’s website says, “I called Hard Drive Recovery Associates after my son accidentally nudged my laptop off the table, making it pretty much useless. Unfortunately, I had tons of baby pictures and other super important memories, and I wasn't willing to give them up! Louis was my data recovery engineer, and I am eternally grateful for his help during what was a pretty scary time. I'm not sure that laptop data recovery could be any easier than this! Would definitely recommend!”
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