Up until a few years ago, whenever you were in the market for a laptop, you were needed to spend a chunk of cash to get your hands on a decent one. Then you’d have to pay some more if you wanted one which is portable but also doesn’t lag behind your existing desktop. While you’re offered a better category of options when you go for higher-end notebooks, it’s almost impossible for a layperson to sort through the ocean of notebook options that are available in the budget category.
Being the most sought-after devices, we decided to handpick some of the best budget laptops you can buy right now. Here’s a list of budget-centric laptops that you’ll be able to afford in and around Rs 30,000, all of which offer a combination of performance, display, build and design.
HP 15q-by002AX | Rs 23,490
We’re starting the list here with the most balanced portable computer and it’s a laptop from HP’s 15q series. For a price of Rs 23,490, the HP 15q-by002AX offers a very well balanced machine in terms of build and functionality without burning a hole in your pocket. It’s a lightweight laptop that weighs in at 1.86 kg kgs, measures 23.8 mm on the thickest side and is available in a Sparkling Black colour.
In terms of specifications, the HP laptop features a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlit Widescreen BrightView Display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It’s powered by an AMD APU Dual Core A9 processor that has a clock speed of 3 GHz with Turbo Boost Up to 3.6 GHz. The model is paired with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage and is equipped with an AMD Radeon 520 GPU. Connectivity features include an HDMI port, two USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an RJ45 port and an audio jack.
Dell Inspiron 15 3565 | Rs 28,990
Dell is offering an upgrade over the above-listed HP laptop. While it features the same AMD APU Dual Core A9 processor as HP, it features a higher 8GB RAM alongside 1TB of storage and an AMD Radeon R5 GPU. The device features a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlit Truelife Display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and it’s coupled with 2 x Tuned Speakers with Waves MaxxAudio Pro. There’s the same bunch of connectivity options which include an HDMI port, two USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an RJ45 port and an audio jack.
The Inspiron 15 3565 is available in Black colour for an asking price of Rs 28,990 on Flipkart. The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home and comes with an HD 720P Webcam. It weighs in at 2.3 kgs and measures at 380 x 240 x 26 mm.
Acer Aspire 3 A315-33 | Rs 18,990
Down to the other end of the budget spectrum is Acer’s Aspire 3 A315-33 laptop which is available for Rs 18,990. Similar to the rest, the Acer laptop features a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlit TFT Display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 Pixels. It weighs in at 2.1 kgs and its dimensions are 381.6 x 262.8 x 21.6 mm.
The Aspire 3 A315-33 is powered by an Intel Pentium Quad Core CPU with 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. The laptop runs on Windows 10 Home and features two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, an RJ45, an SD card reader and an audio jack.
Lenovo Ideapad 330-15ARR | Rs 29,990
The Lenovo Ideapad 330 is now being offered with an AMD Ryzen 5 Quad Core processor with AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics card and it’s coupled with 8GB of RAM and 1TB storage. It features a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlit Anti-glare TN Display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 Pixels. Connectivity options include 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0 Type C, 1 x HDMI Port, a 4-in-1 Card Reader, an RJ45 port and an audio jack.
The Ideapad 330-15ARR is available in a Platinum Grey colour and weighs in at 2.2 kgs and measures at 378 x 260 x 22.9 mm. The laptop is available for a price of Rs 29,990 o Flipkart and is the most expensive device on this list.
ASUS VivoBooK X407UA-BV345T | Rs 28,990
The Asus VivoBooK X407UA-BV345T is the thinnest option in the lineup with a weight of 1.55kg and it measures at 32.8 x 24.6 x 2.3 cm. The Asus Vivobook can be purchased for a price of Rs 28,990 on Amazon India and is available in Star Gray colour option.
In terms of specifications, the VivoBook is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i3 processor with Intel HD graphics 620, 4GB RAM and 1TB storage. It features a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, thin 7.1mm bezel and 73.8% screen-to-body ratio. Ports included are 1 x COMBO audio jack,1 x Type-A USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1), 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x HDMI, 1 x micro SD card reader. Additionally, it also features a fingerprint sensor for quick and easy logins with Windows Hello. It comes with ASUS fast-charge technology that charged the laptop from 0 to 60 percent in 49 minutes.