The 5 Best Laptops Under Rs. 40000 in India

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HP 15-BS145TU Laptop

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HP 15-bw091AX

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Lenovo Yoga 510 2-in-1 Laptop

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Dell Inspiron 15 3567 Laptop

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Asus R542UQ-DM153 Laptop

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Are you looking for the best laptop under Rupees 40,000? Well then, your search ends here, because we have compiled a list of the five best laptops you can purchase in India right now, for less than 40,000.

We talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each model, and focus on what makes a particular laptop different from the rest. 

Our goal is to give you the complete perspective on why a specific laptop is good/ bad for you, which will help you make the right purchase decision.  

Overview:

It is the only laptop on our list that is equipped with an Intel 8th generation Core i5 processor. Which puts it on par with laptops that are using older generation Core i7 processors, so you get the same level of multitasking performance as an older generation i7 laptop, but with much superior power-efficiency, and at a far lower price than you would normally pay for a high-end model.

      What we liked about this:

  • It is fast- Should come as no surprise, since this laptop is equipped with an 8th generation i5 processor. Many of its competitors from other brands are still using older generation i5 chips, while some laptops in this price range even use the much slower i3 CPUs. The Intel Core i5 8250U in this laptop has four physical cores, with hyperthreading for a total of 8 threads. Maximum clock speed through turbo-boost is up to 3.4 GHz (base clock is 1.6 GHz). 
  • Long battery life- Despite being as fast as older generation low-voltage Core i7 chips, the i5 8250U has an average TDP of just 15 watts, which means that this processor barely uses any batter power while doing day-to-day tasks such as viewing photos or browsing the web. But when you switch to more intensive workloads such as gaming, 3D modelling, video editing, etc. you will experience how powerful this laptop can be, and it will still manage an average runtime of 5+ hours on full charge. 
  • Sleek design- The chrome hinges, the metallic HP logo on the back, the textured full-size keyboard, and the slim profile make this a laptop that is extremely inconspicuous, yet elegant at the same time.   
  • Dependable- You get a laptop that performs as advertised, and is backed by a brilliant warranty from one of the most reputable manufacturers. It is built well, and rarely overheats even under sustained usage for long periods.  

       What we don't like:

  • No Windows- This is a slight bummer, but we are willing to accept this compromise in exchange for the awesome hardware.  
  • Still uses b/g/n WIFI- Why HP chose to use an older wireless LAN standard is something we do not know, since every modern phone, tablet, and laptop uses 802.11 ac WIFI. 

2.HP 15-bw091AX

Overview:

It is cheaper than the 15-BS145TU, and comes with superior graphical capabilities. However, you will sacrifice processing power and battery life if you choose to go with the 15- bw091AX. This laptop is intended for customers who want good graphics at a decent price, and almost always use the laptop in its plugged-in state.

      What we liked about this:

  • Amazing graphical performance- Since it features an AMD 12-9720 APU and discrete Radeon 530 2GB graphics; this is one of the few laptops on our list, which is capable of workloads like gaming or 3D modelling. It can also handle software such as Photoshop or Lightroom, and will smoothly playback 4k movies when you connect it to an external 4k display.  
  • Superb build quality- Unlike previous generation budget HP laptops, this one actually feels like it will last more than a year before all the hinges and joints begin to come apart.  
  • Nice speakers- A nice pair of stereo speakers with Dolby technology really helps when you are watching a movie, or listening to a song without headphones. 
  • Proper keyboard and trackpad- This laptop features a full-size island style keyboard and a large multi-gesture trackpad with smooth left and right buttons. 

       What we don't like:

  • Mediocre battery life- If you plan to use this laptop while travelling, or inside a college campus without plugging it in, do not expect the battery to last for any more than 4 hours.
  • Poor display resolution- Back in 2015, a resolution of 1366 x 768 would have been considered decent for a mid-range laptop in India. These days, it is barely passable.

3. Lenovo Yoga 510 2-in-1 Laptop

Overview:

If you are a tech person, or someone who is familiar with the laptop market, you must have heard of the Lenovo Yoga series. These are 2-in-1 notebooks, which can transition between laptop and tablet modes. They are slim, can swivel up to 360°, have touchscreen displays, and use Intel low-voltage processors.

      What we liked about this:

  • Really portable- It weighs under 2 kilos, and is barely 2cm thick. The body swivels around, so you can use it like a tablet. The display is fairly large for a notebook of this type; we expected a 13.3” screen. However, despite the large screen, it actually fits really well in your hands.
  • Efficient multitasker- It is powered by an Intel 6th generation Core i3 CPU, which gives it more than enough performance for regular tasks such as web browsing, light gaming, movies, etc. In addition, the processor is very efficient, so you the battery will easily last more than 5 hours.
  • Great wireless connectivity- If you are a college student, traveler, or work inside a WIFI-enabled campus, the 802.11 AC WIFI adapter inside this Lenovo Yoga laptop will be your best friend all day long. It can transfer data several times faster than the old b/g/n standard, and is more energy efficient so your battery should last longer.
  • Brilliant display- The 14” 1920x1080 touchscreen supports 10-point multitouch and is coated with anti-glare layers to prevent the sunlight from reflecting off your screen when you use this laptop outdoors.

       What we don't like:

  • Not for heavy-duty workloads- It is efficient and powerful enough for daily tasks, but the dual-core 6th generation i3 is not designed for gaming or video/ photo editing.
  • Trackpad could have been better- While it is large and feels smooth, the response is slightly delayed and inputs don’t register as precisely as you would expect them to.

Overview:

It looks bland and uninteresting; it feels like every other budget laptop out there with the plastic body and boring display. However, in terms of performance, this is not a boring laptop at all. The Intel Core i5 7th generation CPU and Radeon R5 M430s dedicated graphics card give you all the performance you could possibly want from a laptop that costs less  than 37000 rupees (at the time of writing this).

      What we liked about this:

  • Great multitasker- With two cores and four threads, you will be breezing through everyday tasks such as web browsing, watching movies, or creating documents. But as soon as you turn up the demand for power, the i5 7200U will boost itself up to 2.7 GHz and give you everything it has for stuff such as games, video editing, CAD design, etc.
  • Discrete GPU- the Radeon R5 430s is not a very fast dedicated graphics chip, but when you only have 4GB of system RAM to work with, it is very useful to have a separate graphics processor with 2GB of its own memory.
  • Superb audio- Waves MaxxAudio technology acts as a sound enhancer, it uses software and specially tuned drivers to deliver superior clarity and a wider range.
  • Great connectivity- The 802.11 AC WIFI and V4.0 Bluetooth will ensure that you always stay connected, no matter where you go.

        What we don't like:

  • Ubuntu OS- Unless you actually wish use Linux, we believe most people will install a copy of Windows on this laptop as soon as they pull it out of the box.
  • 768P display- It seems as though the 1366 x 768 display has become a staple amongst Indian laptops that cost under 30 to 40k rupees. Not unbearable by any means, but you would expect more in a laptop for 2018.

5.Asus R542UQ-DM153 Laptop

Overview:

Although it uses the same processor as the Dell Inspiron 15 3567, this ASUS laptop possesses a far more capable graphics unit in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX. This is the only laptop on our list that we recommend for gamers, since it is actually capable of running modern AAA games, albeit on low graphical settings. And the fun doesn’t end there, it even features a full HD display.

      What we liked about this:

  • Best Graphics- the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB GDDR5 graphics card is the only GPU on this list, which is actually designed for serious gamers. It is a low-end GPU, but will run modern day AAA games nevertheless. And for less than 40,000 rupees, this is the only laptop in the Indian market, which offers this kind of graphics horsepower. The competitors do not even come close with their weak Intel HD integrated graphics, and puny AMD 530 series GPUs.
  • Lots of RAM- 8 GB of RAM in a laptop that costs under 40,000 rupees? That is unheard of, the most you would find is 6GB, and we all know that manufacturers simply put a 4GB stick in their budget laptops and hope that you will figure out the rest with your own wallet. However, ASUS gave us a pleasant surprise with this one.
  • Fast charging- It will charge from empty, all the way up to 60 percent in just 49 minutes. Great for college students and frequent travelers.
  • Superb display- The ASUS R542UQ-DM153 comes with a 15.6” anti-glare FHD screen, which is a true godsend when you consider the fact that Dell and HP would most likely put a 768p display in their sub-40,000 rupee laptops.

       What we don't like:

  • DOS preinstalled- again, this is one of the compromises you must make with a laptop that costs under 40 grand and features a discrete GPU.
  • Slightly heavy- at just over 3 kilos, this is not the laptop you would want to carry around in your hands while taking a walk around the campus.

And The Winner Is

The HP 15-BS145TU and the ASUS R542UQ-DM153 are without doubt, two of the most amazing laptops you can purchase in India for under 40,000 rupees. However, there can only be one winner. This was a very tough decision to make, especially because the ASUS offers a much more powerful graphics card compared to the HP, despite lacking the processing power of the 8th generation i5.

However, at the end of the day, we believe that most of our readers who wish to purchase a laptop in this price range, aren’t buying it just for the graphics package. They want a machine that is an all-rounder, has good battery life, and is fast in daily tasks. While the HP is slower in gaming and photo/ video editing, it is the fastest laptop on this list in everyday tasks, and is the best multitasker.

It responds quicker, does file transfers and compression/ decompression tasks faster than the ASUS, and will run longer. But if you really want that extra graphics horsepower, definitely go for the ASUS since it is the best machine on our list for gaming and video editing.

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