2021 Best Budget Laptops for Watching YouTube & Netflix

As people’s demand for watching movies and videos grows, people are becoming more cautious about purchasing notebooks. In this article, we will talk about Best Budget Laptops for Watching Youtube & Netflix 2021. The notebook brands are included Lenovo, Blackview, and HP, which are laptop brands with high cost-effective ratios.

Here are listed the four best budget laptops suitable for watching videos, based on hundreds of laptops we’ve tested, and their prices are from $300 to $600. Moreover, the performance and parameters are suitable for watching Youtube & Netflix. I compiled their parameters and tables below for your reference.

IdeaPad 3

IdeaPad 3 Intel (15.6’’)

Processor 

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-10110U Processor (2.10 GHz, up to 4.10 GHz with Turbo Boost, 2 Cores, 4 Threads, 4 MB Cache)

Operating System 

Windows 10 Home 64

Weight

1.7kg

Display Type 

15.6” HD (1366 x 768) anti-glare, touchscreen, 220 nits

Memory 

8 GB DDR4 2667MHz (4 GB Soldered + 4 GB DIMM)

Hard Drive 

256 GB PCIe SSD

Graphics 

Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics

Camera

720p HD

Wireless 

802.11AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.0

Average Battery Life (in hours): 7 hours

Starting at: $484.99

15.6’’ HD (1366 x 768) display enables to give you a great video viewing experience. But correspondingly, 1.7 kg bodyweight seems heavier to bring it outside, combining with its 7 hours battery life, it may be more suitable to put it at home as a ‘desktop’.

Its storage and processor can deal with your daily office work efficiently.

Blackview Acebook 1

Blackview Acebook 1

Processor

Intel® Celeron® Processor N4120

Operating System

Windows 10

Weight

1.3 kg

Display Type

14’’ (1920*1080)

Storage

128GB (can be expandable to 256GB)

Average Battery Life (in hours): 10 hours

Starting at: $499.99 (now has discount, from $389.99)

All its bodyweight, display size, storage, and battery life reveal an ideal configuration. Its processor is slightly weak among the four notebooks. However, using it to watch Youtube and Netflix is more than sufficient. Besides, the Acebook1 built Box speakers on both sides of the keyboard, the considerable sound provides you a cinematic experience.

Chromebook Flex 5

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (13’’) 2 in 1 laptop

Processor

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-10110U Processor (2.10 GHz, up to 4.10 GHz with Turbo Boost, 2 Cores, 4 Threads, 4 MB Cache)

Intel® Celeron® 5205U Processor  (1.90 GHz, 2 Cores, 2 Threads, 2 MB Cache)

Operating System

Chrome OS

Weight

1.35kg

Display Type

13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 250 nits

Storage

128 GB PCle SSD+32GB eMMC

Graphics

Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics

Bluetooth

Bluetooth® 5.0

Average Battery Life (in hours): 10 hours

Starting at: $334.99

It seems the notebook with the highest cost-effective ratio with no weakness. In addition, its 2-in-1 design satisfies people’s requirements for both work and entertainment, enabling you flexibly to treat it as a laptop or Pad.

HP Pavilion x360 intel i3-1005G1

HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 Laptop

Processor

Intel 10th Generation Core i3-1005G1 (Dual-core, Base 1.2 GHz, up to 3.4GHz)

Operating System

Windows 10 Home in S mode

Weight

1.6 kg

Display Type

 14 inches 1366 x 768 (HD) Touchscreen Widescreen LED-LCD

Memory & Hard Drive

8GB DDR4 RAM+128GB SSD

Graphics

Intel UHD Graphics (Integrated)

Average Battery Life (in hours): 6 hours

Starting at: $504.00

Like Lenovo Idea Pad3, others are suitable for watching Youtube and Netflix perfectly, except for the bodyweight. If it’s heavier for you, you could consider to put it in the home as a desktop. Besides, its 2-in-1 design can be treated as a laptop or Pad.

For watching YouTube & Netflix, what are the dimensions worth referring to?

  • An HD Display

The most critical element for Watching Youtube and Netflix is the notebook’s display, which can present large vision and bring you into the screen role. If you had enough budget for laptops, you could consider 4K resolution or UHD. Besides, any notebook below the Full HD would sufficiently satisfy your entertainment needs. The best screen size for watching them can be 14-16’’, but the screen size near 14’’ would be the best choice if you consider the portability. 

  • Processor & Storage

If you just had requirements in watching Youtube and Netflix or doing light office work without playing computer games or designing and programming. Then the processor around core-i3 is more than enough to deal with those tasks. If you hope to download movies for offline usage, more extensive storage would be better. Simultaneously, larger storage always enables quicker software processing. Notebooks with 128GB to 256 GB storage could sufficiently meet your demands in watching videos or process WPS.

  • Portability

Suppose you want to bring your laptop to the library or outdoors to watch videos. In that case, the weight of an ideal notebook should be around 1-1.5 kg (combining this weight with long battery life is a better choice because carrying a notebook without bringing charges could save more weight).

  • Battery Life:

Watching videos is an entertainment activity that consumes most of the notebook’s battery. If you felt worried about bringing charges while watching movies and videos, and you hope to enjoy them without interruptions, then the battery capacity choice would be an essential factor for purchasing notebooks. Longer battery life would be beneficial for your video-watching experience.

Model & ParametersHD DisplayProcessorStorageNotebook WeightBattery Life
Lenovo IdeaPad 315.6” HD (1366 x 768)10th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-10110U Processor 256GB1.7 kg7 hours
Blackview Acebook114’’ (1920*1080 ) Intel® Gemini lake N4120 processor 128GB/256GB1.3 kg10 hours
Lenovo Chromebook13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-10110U Processor128 GB PCle SSD+32GB eMMC 1.35 kg10 hours
HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 Laptop 14’’ (1366×768) HDIntel 10th Generation Core i3-1005G1 8GB DDR4 RAM+128GB SSD 1.6kg6 hours
*Based on the above table, you may choose your suitable laptop.

Conclusion

We hope this guideline could help you find a suitable notebook to watch on Youtube and Netflix websites. Balance and prioritize essential features for your consideration, thus acquiring your satisfaction in your needs and budgets.

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