Top 3 Best Travel Notebooks of 2018 To Buy On A Budget

March 3, 2018, 5:43 p.m.

Travelling can be fun until you need to pack all your stuff in one small bag. The ultraslim notebooks presented in this article are budget so you can buy one of these without spending a lot of money. It is still a great working machine for people who work with documents or Google Docs, browse the internet, or just watching movies. Portable size and modern design make these portable computers one of the best travel notebooks of 2018 that costs less than $300.

Acer Chromebook R 11 - the touchscreen portable notebook with decent battery life

What makes Acer Chromebook R 11 is one of the best budget travel notebook in 2018

Specifications

Weights & Size  
Weight 1.25 kg / 2.76 in
Width 29.3 cm / 11.57 in
Diameter 20.4 cm / 8.03 in
Height 1.9 cm / 0.76 in

First Glance & Acer Chromebook R 11 Design

Acer Chromebook R 11 is made of white plastic with a matte finish. The lid of the machine features a textured white metal panel. Both Acer and Chrome logos you will find on the metal panel. In general, Acer keeps the design quite minimalist. It has an 11.60-inch touch-enabled display with a resolution of 1366 x 768px. At just 19.2mm thin and weighing less than 1.6kg, this stylish notebook fits into your bag with ease which makes it perfect for traveling.

A USB 3.0 port sits on the left side, joined by an SD card slot and the HDMI output. At the right side, you will find the USB 2.0 port and a microphone/headphone jack. The Chromebook R 11 supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Performance

Acer Chromebook R 11 is powered by 1.6 GHz quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 processor supported by 2/4GB of RAM, and 16/32GB of storage. Thanks to the 360° hinge feature dual-torque technology the notebook is easy to open, but it locks when you need to tap, swipe or use the touchscreen.

Battery

The Chromebook R 11 comes with a 3-cell 3,220 mAh Lithium-ion battery that keeps the laptop going up to the whole 9 hours.

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Verdict

Chromebook R 11 gives you unlimited access to all the Chrome apps which makes Chromebooks perfect for those who need browsing, working with documents and maybe watching movies. Check out our list of 11 reasons to buy a Chromebook. That's why they claim that this kind of laptops is made for schools and universities.

Along with this, the notebook comes with a less than 300 dollars price so you can use it while traveling if you don't need a super powerful laptop. Also, the Acer is portable and can fit into your backpack without taking a lot of free space that is limited when it comes to travel. Anyway if you are looking for a touchscreen notebook to use it either as a tablet, you can consider buying the Acer Chromebook R 11.


Jumper EZbook 3 Pro - the ultrabook with minimalist design

Jumper EZbook 3 pro portable notebook for travelling

Specifications

Weight & Size  
Weight 1.4 kg / 3.08 in
Width 31.5 cm / 12.4 in
Diameter 20.8 cm / 8.21 in
Height 1.5 cm / 0.59 in

Design

For a price less than $300, you get an aluminum laptop giving the notebook a premium look. It is available to buy in two colors: silver and gold. EZbook 3 Pro keeps things minimalist making the notebook feels more expensive. At the top, you will find a silver logo, and that's it.

There are three ports on each side of the EZBook 3 Pro: two USB 3.0 ports along with an SSD slot, an earphone jack, a mini HDMI port, and a DC jack.

It has a 13.3-inches IPS display with the full-HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.

At just 15 mm thin weighing 1.4 kg, this device is still eminently portable and fits into a travel backpack even though it has a 13.3-inch screen.

Software

Jumper EZbook 3 Pro runs the Intel Apollo Lake N3450 quad-core processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. There is also dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The EZbook 3 Pro comes with a 9600mAH Lithium-polymer battery that can work about 6 hours in one charge.

Does Jumper EZbook 3 Pro is the ultrabook worth spending money on?

For less than $300 you get a premium looking fully-aluminum MacBook Air look-a-like ultraslim notebook. It's thin enough to fit into your travel bag still can be called portable even though the screen is 13.3 inches. It’s capable of day-to-day computing tasks and low-intensity gaming and does an excellent job of balancing portability with a usable size screen. The Jumper EZbook 3 Pro is a nice-looking budget travel notebook to get in 2019.


ASUS Chromebook C202SA - the best-rugged laptop for traveling

ASUS Chromebook C202SA - The best budget rugged laptop for travelling

Specifications:

Weight & Dimensions  
Weight 1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs
Width 29.3 cm / 11. 57 in
Diameter 19.9 cm / 7.87 in
Height 2.5 cm / 0.89 in

Design

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA is surrounded by 3mm of dark-blue rubberized molding that gives the laptop some good protection from breaking when falling down. There are also two runner grips located on the bottom that help keep the laptop on your desk from sliding around. The 11.6-inch display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 with an anti-glare screen. It is a clear panel or filter placed over a screen that helps prevent sun and light glare on a screen which helps a lot when working outside with the laptop. The hinge can open up to a full 180 degrees.

On the left panel, there is the HDMI port, USB 3.0, audio jack, and three-in-one card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC). On the right side, you will find the other USB 3.0 port, Kensington lock slot, power jack, and two lights that indicate whether you're plugged in or if your battery is charged. Also, the C202SA has a Wi-Fi light to let you know when Wi-Fi is on. Inside there are speakers, that are definitely not the best speakers ever.

On the front bottom corners, the Chromebook houses the two stereo speakers that are definitely not the best speakers but still can get pretty loud with good audio quality.

Asus claims that this laptop can withstand drops up to 3.9 feet (about 1 meter). Also, the keyboard is spill proof2 and can repel up to 66cc of liquid.

Working performance

The Asus Chromebook C202 is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor with Intel HD Graphics 400. It comes with 4GB memory supporting 16GB of eMMC flash memory. It also has a 720p HD webcam and dual-band 802.11 AC Wi-FI.

When it comes to the battery, the Asus C202SA runs up to 8-10 hours which sounds great considering its size and the price tag.

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Bottom Line

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA has a rubber-wrapped protective design that makes it perfect for your kids. Actually, ASUS designed this laptop as the ideal education computer for every school IT manager, student, and teacher. It comes with an affordable price of about $230, has a battery that lasts up to 10 hours making it perfect for travel as well. It is a small lightweight laptop for browsing, checking emails or working with documents. All these features making the ASUS C201SA is one of the best budget travel laptops to buy in 2019.


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