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Cheapest Laptop in the World

Updated on December 10, 2011

If you are in the market for a cheap computer, your best bet is to consider purchasing an inexpensive laptop from the Compaq Presario line.

Compaq has been manufacturing computers since the early 1980s, and the word "cheap" might be a bit misleading, becuase there isn't anything inherently wrong with their computers.

Their products have always been about as reliable as all of the other major computer manufacturers, and there has never been any type of mass complaint that their products are sub-par.

Compaq was bought out by Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 2002. Since the HP buyout, it appears that HP is marketing the Compaq computers as their "discount laptop" line.

So now, the cheapest laptop in the world (brand new) is the Compaq Presario. Keep reading to get the scoop on these affordable laptops.

Get a Decent Laptop for Less Than $300

Two of the biggest retailers, Walmart and Best Buy, sell a model from the Compaq Presario line for Around $298.

The model numbers change slightly, but the price never changes. This means that you can probably go into either of the big box retailers and pick up a Presario for less than $300 on any given day.

Alternatively, you can purchase these inexpensive laptops on the Internet as well.

Who Should Not Purchase Such an Inexpensive Laptop

If you are the person who is looking to get into a lot of game play, do tons of video editing, make movies, or anything else that is system intensive, these inexpensive laptops are not for you.

You are the type of user who should be looking at laptops that start at around $700, but I suspect that you already know that...

So, let us move right along to the details about these affordable computers, for the people who can make good use of them....

The Perfect Family Computer
The Perfect Family Computer

Who Should Purchase Such an Inexpensive Laptop?

I would say that the overwhelming majority of the general public is not in the market for a super high powered computer, or a super gaming computer.

Most people are simply looking for a computer that will allow them to go on the Internet, check their email, blog, Facebook, watch DVDs, watch streaming video/movies, and fire off a couple of word processing documents, spreadsheets, and or the occasional presentation.

If you are one of those people that I just described above, any one of the models in the Compaq Presario sub $300 line will allow you to do all of the activities I just mentioned and more.

With these inexpensive computers you can accomplish these 10 activities (among hundreds of other things):

  1. Create Word Processing Documents
  2. Create Spreadsheets
  3. Create Presentations
  4. Watch DVDs
  5. Go Online (Facebook, Blog, Netflix, etc.)
  6. Start a Home Based Business
  7. Create Videos & Upload to YouTube
  8. Get All of Your School Work Done
  9. Get out of the House and Connect Via WiFi at your local Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods Internet Cafe, Park, Campus, or anywhere else where WiFi is available.
  10. Have Fun Uploading and Manipulating Thousands of Photos

What are the Specs? (Details)

These inexpensive laptops all have similar specifications, which includes:

  • Single-Core Intel Celeron Processor
  • 2 GB of Memory
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • WiFi Capabilities
  • DVD Burner
  • Windows 7
  • Microsoft Works Software (The cheaper version of Microsoft Office Suite)
  • 15 Inch Monitor

*most of the inexpensive laptops do not come with webcams. If you can manage to find one that does, you have SCORED and you need to jump on it really fast.

The Sub $300 Laptop Market

There are other computer manufacturers that make laptops that retail for less than $300.

I have seen affordable models from Toshiba, Acer, and occasionally Dell as well.

You just have to be in the right place at the right time to catch one.

The reason I feature the Compaq Presario line in this hub is because they seem to be more readily available than any other brand or model.

Alternatively, you can purchase a refurbished computer for maybe a few bucks less, and you might be able to get a more powerful system this way.

If you are looking for a cheap laptop (inexpensive laptop) that can perform the basic functions of a computer, check out the Sub $300 market - you will not be disappointed.


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      ace11 6 years ago from Boston

      check out the specs on the Acer AspireOne 722 11", for the same $300 range. I got mine at Target, online sale for 279.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great, a lot of people are looking for affordable laptops for Christmas.