The Acer Aspire E1-571-6870 is a budget laptop that offers the latest Intel Haswell CPU, a comfortable keyboard and removable battery. It does lack an optical drive, the display could be a little better and the battery life is short.
The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 is a stylish 15-inch notebook with a beautiful display, a comfortable keyboard and good overall performance. It does have its downfalls as it suffers from below-average battery life and mediocre graphics performance.
The Asus N550JV-DB72T is a power user's desktop replacement laptop. It has a fourth-generation Intel Core processor, enthusiast level Nvidia GeForce graphics, and enough hard drive space for the video editor or video collector.
The Acer Aspire V3-772G-9402 is a gaming laptop that delivers decent overall performance, a large, bright display and good battery life. However, the hard drive is lacking and does not have a solid-state drive for cache purposes.
The MSI GS70 has the latest forth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, a 17.3-inch 1080p HD display and strong Nvidia GTX graphics into one, slim, stylish body. It also offers excellent performance and above average battery life.
The ultra-low pricing and Web-centric Chrome operating system have undeniable appeal for shoppers that want a laptop purely for getting online, and the prices are hard to beat. The new Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2457) is the third Chromebook variation from Acer which boosts performance and battery life with a larger battery and double the installed RAM.
If you only have $300 to spend on a laptop, you don't have to settle for a refurbished model or take your chances on eBay, but you will have to make some sacrifices. Case in point: With the HP 2000-2b19wm you get a brand new 15-inch notebook from a reputable retailer, but it's not a very powerful notebook and its feature set is not what you'd call robust.