The Best Laptops under 300 Dollars – Our Picks

Posted by Terry on June 13, 2015 in Personal Computing |

We are extremely lucky to be born in this day and age. Laptops certainly did not exist, which seems crazy considering you can pick up some of the best laptops under 300 dollars today.

I can’t even imagine what life would have been like a hundred years ago, where there was basically no technology.

Even the average family would spend more than $300 on monthly food expenses. That’s how cheap laptops have become. They’re also actually very good laptops as well. Surfing the web should be lightning fast and calling with family on Skype should be quite easy as well, because most laptops come with a built-in webcam.

What Are The Best Options?

This question isn’t very easy to answer. There are just so many choices available, so it really does depend on the features you’re looking for. The following are some of the laptops I would personally buy if I had $300, along with reasons as to why I recommend them.

HP Stream 13 – Best Windows OS Machine

The HP Stream is arguably one of the best laptops under 300 bucks out on the market today. It’s very lightweight and comes in two different colors. It has an Intel Celeron N2840 Processor, which is more than enough for basic tasks such as Word processing and browsing the web. 2GB of RAM is also included as well as a 32GB solid-state drive.

Those are some impressive specifications for a $269 laptop. The solid-state drive is a little on the low side but should make the laptop very quick and snappy. With cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive readily available, I think 32GB should be enough for most people.

The 13.3-inch screen looks to be of a good quality and is nice to have, because most manufacturers normally include an 11-inch screen at this low price.

If you want to save as much money as possible, it might be worth taking a look at the lower end version of the HP Stream. The 11″ version costs around $200 and has a 16GB SSD as well as 2GB RAM. It’s still a good option if you just want to browse the web and don’t mind the smaller screen size.

In my opinion, it really is the best laptop for under $300 and it seems most review websites seem to agree with me.

Samsung Chromebook 2 – One of the Top Laptops under 300 Bucks

I really like Samsung as a company. I think they make some very good products and when they released the Galaxy S2 Android smartphone, I was incredibly impressed. Similarly, they have released an excellent cheap Chromebook as well.

For those of you who don’t know what a Chromebook is, it’s basically a laptop, which uses Google’s Chrome operating system. Yes, that means there is no Windows operating system. This does have some negatives of course. For example, you can’t install most normal applications such as Photoshop or even Skype. Chrome OS is basically a cloud-based OS and is very light.

If all you’re planning to do is surf the web, Chrome OS may just be perfect for you. It’s lightning fast and you never need an anti-virus software. Boot up times are less than 10 seconds and comparable to Apple’s very expensive Macbooks. If you compare the speed to Windows laptops within this price range, you will notice that Chromebooks are much faster. This is due to Chrome OS being very light and cloud-based. Perhaps, the most impressive aspect of the Samsung Chromebook 2 is its monster 8.5 hours battery life.

For those who travel often, this is very much needed and something you don’t often see in Windows-based laptops. It’s also got 4GB RAM and a 16GB SSD, along with a beautiful 1080p Full HD display. That’s a very impressive piece of kit for $300. You can also get the cheaper 11.6-inch version. However, I feel it’s worth spending a bit more as you get more RAM and a better display. Obviously, that’s up to you, but it’s what I would personally recommend.

For some reason, people find it difficult to buy good cheap laptops. As I have shown above, it’s actually very easy to find laptops under 300 bucks, which have amazing specifications. In my opinion, the HP Stream and Samsung Chromebook 2 provide the most value for money. All you need to do is decide whether you want a Windows machine or a Chromebook.


Video Games – Console vs. PC (An Infographic)

Posted by Terry on June 11, 2015 in Gaming |

If you speak with any of my friends, they will tell you that I love video games. Okay, I’m not a crazy gamer who spends every moment of his spare time playing video games. But, I do enjoy playing on my PS4, especially when some of my friends come over. It’s just a great way to relax and get rid of work stress.

You have no idea how many times people have told me that console gaming is terrible and PCs are way more popular. What I don’t get is why these people have to try and belittle us console gamers. If you love your PC gaming so much, why are you wasting your time telling us what’s better? Personally, I like to be able to sit on the couch with a controller and play some games. I would hate the thought of using a keyboard and mouse to play soccer games for example. Yes, I know you can get controllers for the PC, but still, dedicated controllers on the PS4 and Xbox One work much better in my opinion.

Let’s not forget the ridiculous costs involved in building a high end gaming PC. A PS4 console costs less than most good graphic cards. Then, you add on a CPU, cooler, case, RAM and a lot of other things. I could probably get a PS4, Xbox One and an iPhone 6 for the cost of a good gaming PC. The PS4 also has some amazing exclusives that you won’t get on the PC.

I think I should stop my rambling now. This post is about a really cool infographic that I saw the other day, which discusses PC versus console gaming. Have a look below and let me know your thoughts.

Gaming infographic


Have you seen the New Amazing YouTube 360 Degree Mode?

Posted by Terry on June 10, 2015 in Video |

Let me just start off by saying that when I first saw this a couple of days ago, it completely blew my mind. YouTube has actually implemented technology, which lets its users upload 360-degree videos. Viewers can literally see the entire background and move the video 360 degrees.

I’m not sure how that’s possible but it is a super cool feature. There’s no need for expensive glasses or a $5,000 laptop either. In fact, it doesn’t matter which laptop you have. All you have to do is head over to YouTube and find a video that was shot in 360 degrees. Believe it or not, there have been quite a few of these over the past week.

Just in case you can’t find one though, I’ve included one that I loved. So, have a look below and let me know what you think of this new mode? Did you also find it cool or is it pointless? Either way, make sure to let me know your thoughts.


Will Virtual Reality Become Useful in Sports?

Posted by Terry on June 9, 2015 in Sports |

Over the past 2 decades, we have had massive leaps in technology. From 4K TVs to powerful Gaming PCs, it’s incredible how far technology has come. Laptops have become very popular in the 21st century and it’s certainly no surprise. A couple of years ago, even the cheapest laptop would easily set you back $2,000. Now though, you can pick up a good one for less than $400.

It’s quite obvious that laptops have made certain tasks much easier. From finding directions with Google Maps to shopping online on Amazon, everything is so much more convenient when you have a laptop. It seems like virtual reality is heading the same way. There’s currently a lot of optimism that virtual reality headsets will become readily available in the next few years and open up a world of new technologies.

It’s not exactly easy to integrate virtual reality with sports. I would think that it would require a lot of testing to perfect it. Saying that, it seems to have already started in American Football. Just recently, there was a rumor going around that the Dallas Cowboys had started using a virtual reality in order to give players better tactical awareness. The idea involves showing 3D images of the live action during practice sessions.

Virtual Reality American Football

The virtual reality company leading the project is known as StriVR Labs and apparently, they have agreed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys to supply the software and equipment. I’m no American Football fan, but I’ve had a quick look and can see that the Dallas Cowboys finished top of the NFC East Table in 2014. To me, that suggests that they are a very good team, and if they’re using this technology, there has to be something very interesting in it.

I’m genuinely fascinated by this technology and looking forward for any further developments. I do think virtual reality can play a big part in our daily lives.

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