Not everyone needs a powerful laptop, and though the HP Stream 11 isn't going to win any performance accolades it is a decent choice as a cheap laptop on which to do homework, work with documents, browse the web, enjoy social media and watch online video.
The Stream has an 11.6in HD screen, which is smaller than most, but ideal if you want a machine that is going to be easily portable. This budget laptop weighs just 1.06kg.
Typically retailing at £179, a Cyber Monday discount sees a full copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student (retails separately at £119.99) and a Jam portable bluetooth speaker (£9.99) thrown in for just £188.99.
Core specs include an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of solid-state storage, along with dual speakers, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, a basic webcam, a 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI, a USB-C port and three USB 3.0 ports. The battery is said to last up to 13 hours, and though the storage allocation is rather meagre, microSD support does let you expand this.
Rather than Windows 10 Home this laptop runs Windows 10 S, which is primed for cheaper systems and education-oriented PCs. It is more streamlined and runs much faster than full-fat Windows, allowing the machine to also boot much more quickly, but a key difference is it will run only applications available in the Windows Store.
Since it is possible to get Microsoft Word for free, you might prefer to buy only the HP Stream 11 itself, which we've seen as low as £139 for Cyber Monday. Check out our live price comparison below:
If the HP Stream 11 doesn't take your fancy, here are some other great deals on cheap laptops under £300:
1. Asus E410 (w/ Office 365)
Now: £229 (£20 off)
Our favourite budget laptop of 2021 (as of August), the Asus E410 comes with money off and a year's worth of Microsoft Office 365 in this latest AO deal.
2. Acer 314 Chromebook
Now: £269.99 (with free Acer laptop bag and mouse)
This offer from Argos bundles in additional accessories with the Acer 314, all for £269.99. The The Acer 314 Chomebook received 4/5 stars in our review.
3. Asus C523NA Chromebook
Now: £229 (£70.99 off)
This Chromebook has basic specs, but it's a bargain if you only have less than £250 to spend on a laptop.
4. Asus VivoBook L410 (w/ Office 365)
Now: £199.99 (£50 off)
If you need a laptop for under £200 then you're unlikely to find a better deal. This VivoBook has modest specs but can get the basics done, plus includes a one-year Microsoft Office 365 subscription, worth £59.99.
5. Lenovo IdeaPad S145
Now: £299.95 (£130.04 off)
Lenovo's IdeaPad S145 comes with a 15.6in HD display, 4GB RAM, a 128GB SSD and runs on an Intel Pentium 5405U. This DealBuyer discount shaves off a sizeable chunk from the original RRP.