Budget laptops are getting better and offering more value for money with each iteration. Unlike smartphones, if you need a good laptop, you will have to spend at least Rs 25,000 for a decent laptop, and spending a little extra gets you a significantly better machine.
If you are in the market looking for a decent laptop under Rs 30,000, we have listed down some of the best laptops under Rs 30,000 available in India currently. These are best suited for light to medium tasks like web surfing, emails, and handling documents. These are best suited for a college student or a teacher who is taking classes online and for those who need a laptop for casual use.
However, there are a few compromises at this price point — lesser RAM, slower HDD storage, VGA camera, and CPU. However, you get at least 4GB RAM in this segment and some of the laptops even offer an additional slot to expand RAM.
What to expect under the sub-Rs 30,000 price range?
The best processors you can hope to get in this range are the Intel Core i3 (8th gen) and AMD Ryzen 5. There are a few that also have dedicated graphics. And more often than not, you’ll find 4GB of DDR4 RAM tagging along with 1TB of storage. The maximum display quality available in this segment is Full-HD.
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The Lenovo IdeaPad S145 comes with a sleek design and a powerful CPU. It’s thin, lightweight (1.85kg) and an overall good product which can be an ideal choice for not only students but also IT professionals because of the good processing power. It’s also got a great 15.6-inch Full-HD display with a 180-degree hinger. It also has anti-glare technology which is great to see at this price point.
This is as good as it gets under the Rs 30,000 range. If for some reason, you don’t want an AMD CPU, you can opt for the Intel Core i3 (8th gen) model as well.
If you’re looking for something to game on, then the Aspire 3 has an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. It’s RAM is also upgradable to 16GB and it comes ready with Windows 10 Home. The 15-6-inch screen also has Bluelight Shield technology that filters out the eye-straining blue light so it will not be an eye-sore during longer sessions.
This is the most powerful laptop on the list and can be used for gaming, or other resource-intensive tasks. However, we don’t expect it to run heavy graphics titles like Rise of The Tomb Raider for instance.
If you’ve gotten fed up of a Windows laptop, then a change of ecosystem like Chrome OS would be a breath of fresh air. Chrome OS devices perform very well even with average hardware and they age very well also. That’s why this 12-inch HP Chromebook X360 is on the list.
It has a convertible design with a touch-sensitive display and a promised battery life of 13 hours. On the negative side, the storage is a measly 64GB (although expandable via microSD) and the processor could’ve been better. If you’re just looking for a casual work machine that won’t give up on you in the long run, this is a good option.
If you’re not concerned with hardware as much as build quality, then this Intel Core i3 model is worth a shot. It has slim bezels and a sleek-looking modern chassis that most others in this price range don’t. It costs a tad bit lower than Rs 27,000 but gets you a Full-HD screen and 1TB of storage space. It also has a USB-C port that will be super useful when everyone’s switching over to it.
The Dell Vostro 3568 is another laptop that offers exceptional price to performance ratio. It is powered by 7th generation Intel Core i3 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD storage. The Vostro 3568 has integrated graphics and runs on Windows 10. The built quality of the Dell Vostro 3568 is exceptional and it manages to handle day-to-day tasks very easily.
The Asus Vivobook serves the needs of most students and working professionals. The build quality of the laptop is good and doesn't feel cheap. While it is a strict no-no for gamers because of the integrated graphics chipset, this laptop from Asus is a good choice if you want a machine for casual and entertainment purposes.
The Lenovo Ideapad 330 features a 14-inch full HD display which is rare for laptops in this budget and is powered by 7th Generation Intel Core i3 coupled with 4GB of RAM. It is a good performer when it comes to entertainment or your office work and can well be your daily driver.
Lenovo’s IdeaPad series is one of the most popular series that offers premium, mid-range, and budget offering. In this segment, the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 offers a dual-core Ryzen 3 with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz and turbo boost up to 3.5GHz. You get 4GB of RAM, which is expandable up to 12GB and a 1TB hard disk.
On the front, you get a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel with 16:9 aspect ratio. It runs on Windows 10 OS and lasts for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge. Ports option include 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x HDMI Port, 4-in-1 card reader. Other features include dual stereo speakers with Dolby audio and a VGA webcam.
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Acer Aspire is for the ones who prefer not to travel with a laptop and mostly keep the machine at a place and work as it weighs 2.3Kgs. We definitely can’t call it portable. Under the hood, it packs in Ryzen 5 processor which can go up to 3.6GHz. It comes with 4GB of RAM and you also get the option to add RAM up to 16GB. On the storage front, you get 1TB HDD.
The Aspire 3 can last up to 6 hours on a single charge. It houses a couple of USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, LAN, and SD card reader. There is a 15.6-inch Full HD display, which is one of the best in the segment. For audio, you get stereo speakers with Acer TrueHarmony Plus technology.