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. HP Stream 11 + Office Home & Student
Now: £179.99 (Free Office)
A great deal on a bundle that includes a basic Windows 10 S laptop with Microsoft Office subscription.
2. Lenovo V155 (15.6in FHD, Ryzen 3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
Now: £279.90 (£20.09 off)
Though the Black Friday discount itself isn't huge, this is a cracking laptop under £300. Offering double the memory and solid-state storage of most laptops at this price (8GB/256GB), it also has a 15.6in Full-HD screen, a Ryzen 3 processor, Windows 10 Home AND a DVD drive.
3. Acer Aspire 3 (15.6in FHD, AMD Ryzen 3, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £264.97 (£65 off)
Now with £65 off the price, this Aspire 3 laptop is arguably the most appealing of those listed here, with both a 15.6in full-HD screen and the best processor, the Ryzen 3 (also from AMD).
4. Acer Aspire 3 A314-21 (14in HD, AMD A9, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £249 (£100 off)
One of several variations of the Acer Aspire 3, this one has an AMD processor and a 14in screen.
5. Acer Aspire 3 A315-22 (15.6in FHD, AMD A9, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD)
Now: £269.99 (£60 off)
Slightly more expensive than the Aspire 3 listed above, this model swaps out the SSD for an expansive 1TB HDD and comes in a flashy red colour.
6. Acer Aspire 3 (15.6in FHD, AMD A6, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD)
Now: £269 (£30.99 off)
By swapping out the AMD A9 for the more power-efficient A6, at the same price Acer is able to include a 15.6in screen. This budget laptop also has a 1TB HDD for storage.
7. Lenovo IdeaPad S340-14API (14in FHD, AMD Ryzen 3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £259 (£120 off)
A fantastic deal on a Windows 10 S laptop under £300, but if portability isn't everything save some money and get a larger screen on the 15.6in full-HD model above. Both have the same core spec with the Ryzen 3-3200U chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD.
8. Lenovo IdeaPad 320 (15.6in HD, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 2TB HDD)
From: Laptop Outlet
Now: £299.96 (£80 off)
The highest-storage option in our round-up of budget laptop deals under £300, this Lenovo laptop has a 2TB hard drive - perfect if your storage needs are great. It also runs a Core i3 processor and has a 15.6in HD screen.
9. Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15IWL (15.6in HD, Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £299 (£100 off)
Though you can find better value for money in the laptops higher up our list (while stocks last), no-one can complain about a 15.6in Windows 10 S laptop with a Core i3 processor at £299.
10. HP Stream 14 (14in HD, AMD A4, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD)
Now: £239 (Free Office)
If you just need a basic laptop without breaking the bank then this is bargain from HP, with a no-frills AMD A4 processor that isn't the fastest you'll find in the budget market but capable for most daily computing tasks. It's got what you need, plus includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
11. Asus 14in CloudBook with Office 365
Now: £214.99 (£35 off)
Much like a Chromebook, this CloudBook from Asus has a browser-based operating system that enables it to run on some pretty low-power hardware, hence the cheap price. Note the inclusion of a one-year subscription to Office 365, which could make this an ideal laptop for homework.
12. Acer Chromebook 14
Now: £239.54 (£60.45 off)
Cheaper than Acer's other Chromebooks, this model is also more easily portable with a 14in HD screen. It runs an Intel Celeron chip and has 32GB of solid-state storage, which sounds meagre but should be plenty given that you'll be interacting with its browser-based OS.
13. Acer Chromebook 315 (CB-315-2H)
Now: £248 (£31.99 off)
A great deal on a budget laptop running Chrome OS, this Acer model has a 15.6in HD screen and an AMD A4 processor. Step up to a full-HD screen and the AMD A6 chip for an extra £13.99.
14. iOTA 360
Now: £142.99 (£47 off)
Save with this super cheap iOTA laptop, which has a 360 convertible hinge, a touchscreen and Windows 10 - but don't expect miracles from it, this is a low-power laptop.
15. iOTA Flo
Now: £99.99 (£71.01 off)
If you simply need a laptop for a little cost as possible then check out the iOTA Flo. This little 11.6in laptop might not have very powerful specs but it will handle basic tasks if you just need to do things like email and word processing.