Budget Laptops: A growing segment
Computers at one point in time were one of the most expensive devices and were only reserved for usage by government agencies and big corporations. Ever since the advent of the integrated circuit these devices have since been available in much smaller sizes and are used by everyone in the world. one can very easily find a laptop with almost every working individual and they have multiple uses, such as for multimedia consumption and also for work.
Lately, developing countries such as India and China have seen a huge demand for laptops which fall into the budget category. This is an area where the personal computers are not as well equipped or are of the best quality. Yet they come packed with features such as good RAM, a moderately powerful graphics card, ample storage space, and vivid screens. There is more than meets the eye in this segment of computers, as one can be surprised to find great options. It is a great option for a starter and one can expect to find some superb laptops that can last for many years. Manufacturers are also giving this segment ample focus, with new models being launched almost every month.
The budget range in general is pricing under Rs35000 and under this bracket comes hundreds of laptops. Some of the best laptops under 35000 are:
- HP 15Q-BU006TU: One of the most simplistic laptops, designed to be a great everyday device, this model also is significantly cheaper than some others in the same price range. HP has been making laptops for quite some time and their craftsmanship and expertise shows in devices like the HP 15Q-BU006TU. This is a device that comes packing with an Intel core i3 6th generation processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. This combination is more than enough to deliver a power packed performance. The device is also surprisingly lightweight. It also comes with a ton of ports and even a CD/DVR writer. For the price point the device is quite well built and looks sleek with its edges and design.
- Lenovo G50-80 80E502Q3IH 15.6-inch Laptop: one of the most powerful laptops on offer at this price range. Featuring a combination of a matte and an aluminium stylized finish, this device is head turner. It also packs quite a punch with specifications such as an Intel core i3 5th generation processor and a 4GB DDR3 RAM. It also has a dedicated graphics card, which has a memory of 2GB; this helps it run graphics intensive games without slowing the laptop down tremendously. It does, however, have some disadvantages, it is bulky for its size and weighs around 2.5 kg and has a relatively poor battery life. Yet, it picks up the slack with its blazing fast performance and its great screen. At this price point, it can be hard-pressed to find a laptop capable of gaming, yet the Lenovo executes this perfectly.
- Lenovo IdeaPad 320: this latest iteration from Lenovo improves a lot on the failures and problems of past models. It comes with Intel i3 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It also comes with the latest Windows version, the Windows 10. The most appealing quality about this laptop would be its sleek unibody design. It also comes with a full HD display for better and more immersive viewing experience. This is one of the more holistic models in this price range and does everything pretty well, without any compromises. Its only drawback would be the lack of a better battery, although it is still moderately good. One of the few laptops which can do it all at this price, it is suited for everyday usage and even for office work.
- Asus Vivobook X541UA-DM1358D: The Taiwanese company has been around the market for a long time and finally have a great device at this price point. This Vivobook packs an Intel i3 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. This combined with 6 hours of battery backup mean that it can run smoothly for a very long time. It also comes with a class leading 1 TB of onboard storage. One of the main selling points of this device is the looks, it comes with one of the best designs at this price point and one would be amiss if they’d think this laptop would cost more. Priced very well and on the lower side of things, combined with an abundance of make it an enticing buy.
- Dell Inspiron Core i3 6th Gen: Dell is one of the most renowned computer manufactures in the world and has been making some of the most powerful devices for quite some time. They have decided to venture into the budget segment with the Dell Inspiron Core i3 6th Gen. It is one of the more polished devices available at this price range and comes with a whole host of features. Technically it includes a Intel i3 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, which help it run programmes very smoothly. It also comes packing an Intel integrated HD graphics 520, which helps the device run certain, games fairly well. However, running graphics intensive games might be a bit of a problem and may cause overheating. It comes with a neatly packaged design and a decent battery life making it a device worthy of consideration.
Laptops are devices which are used by the young or old and have more functionality than any other portable device. One can work on a laptop and at the same time use the device to watch movies or play games. Because of this, there are many different types of laptops, each with different functionality. India is growing country, with a technologically aware population. The only problem that remains is the divide of cost between the consumer’s income and the price of the laptops.