The Five Best Laptops Under Rs. 30000 in India

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Asus X Series X541UA-DM1358D Laptop

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Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 Laptop

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Asus X Series X541UA-DM1232D Laptop

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ASUS K510UQ-BQ667T

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Dell Inspiron 15 5570

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Are you looking for a laptop under 30,000 rupees? Well, guess what- you have come to the right place. Since there are literally hundreds of brands and models to choose from, we handpicked five of the best laptops you can buy in India right now, for less than 30,000 rupees.

Value for money was the first thing we considered while selecting these five budget laptops. Whether you are a college student, gamer, or office worker, we have something that is perfect for you.

Overview:

Simply put, this is the fastest laptop you can get for under 30,000 rupees. The only real weakness of the X541UA-DM1358D is its availability in online marketplaces- these laptops are selling like hot cakes, and you would miss a great opportunity if you do not check it out.

While it lacks dedicated graphics, and does not come with Windows 10 pre-installed, this X-series laptop from ASUS more than makes up for that with its insanely efficient CPU. Y

ou would be painfully mistaken if you thought that the Core i3 processor in this laptop is anything like the previous generation Core i3’s which can be found on similarly priced laptops from other manufacturers. 

On top of the amazing processor, this ASUS is also equipped with the best sounding speakers on any notebook below 30,000 rupees and you get to enjoy the brilliant 1080p FHD 15.6” display.

What we liked about this:

  • An excellent CPU- the Intel Core i3 7100U processor is a massive step ahead of any previous generation Core i3. It is hyper threaded, which means you get 4 threads from 2 physical cores that are both running at a clock speed of 2.4 GHz (no turbo, that is reserved for the i5 lineup). This laptop excels at multitasking, gaming, and media playback. And it does all of that while gently sipping on battery power, so you have a battery life in excess of 4 hours even with moderate usage (movies, songs, office work, programming, light gaming, etc.)
  • A stunning display- While most laptops under 30,000 rupees use the good old 1366 x 768 LED backlit screen to keep costs low, ASUS somehow managed to stuff in a full HD display. It is not an IPS panel, but the viewing angles and color reproduction is still very good, better than what we expected.
  • Great connectivity- Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 AC WIFI (the latest WIFI standard, much faster than b/g/n), and USB Type C, this laptop is loaded with all the connectivity options you might want to use as a student or creative professional, and it even comes with a 3-in-1 micro SD card reader slot. Oh, we forgot to mention this laptop also features a DVD drive, while weighing just 1.9 kg (battery installed)

  • Nice keyboard- With minimal key float, and a proper 2.5mm of key travel, the full-size chiclet keyboard on this laptop is a pleasure to type on

What we don't like:

  • Does not come with Windows- You are already getting so much for your money, surely you will be able to arrange a copy of Windows. You can purchase genuine Windows 10 OEM keys for less than 1000 rupees on online stores. Keep in mind, OEM keys are not the same as retail keys, and once you install the OS, it is locked to that specific machine.  
  • Availability- Since this laptop is so incredible and provides amazing value for the price; finding one can be hard. Online stores list it for just under 30,000, but we suggest that you place your order soon because these units are selling out really fast.

Overview:

Acer has always been renowned for building quality products, even when it is a low-end machine such as the Aspire 3 A315-51. We say this is a low-end laptop because of the price tag, not because of the performance. Because, this laptop performs far better than some of the models from Dell and HP that cost nearly 5000 rupees more. The secret to this amazing performance is the new Intel 7th generation Core i3 processor.

What we liked about this:

  • It is very fast- Despite the aggressive pricing, this laptop is one of the few in its class, which comes with a 7th gen Core i3. The main benefit to having a processor like this is the immense boost that you get in multitasking performance. Unlike previous generation i3 CPUs, it features hyperthreading which gives 2 threads per physical core, resulting in a processor that handily outclasses any 6th generation i3 (those have only 2 threads total). Movies, office presentations, photo editing, gaming, etc. will feel smooth and responsive at all times on the Acer Aspire 3 A315-51.
  • The keyboard is nice- It is a chiclet keyboard and on first look, there is nothing spectacular about it. However, we did not get the same mushy feeling when pressing keys, which we experienced on the Dell and HP models. In fact, the spacing between the keys is very nice, and the tactile feedback is much better than we expected, allowing for faster and longer typing sessions.

  • Built to last- The hinges are thick and feel rock solid, the lid on the screen is made from high quality plastic and doesn’t flex too much when you press down on it with your fingers. The keyboard is nice, and the lower body feels tough enough to take a drop or two, and come out with barely anything more than a scratch. There are ample air vents, so you do not have to worry about overheating.
  • Decent stereo speakers- These are no Bang & Olufsen speakers, but you will still get a decent enough experience. Great for the price, you can gather around with your friends in college and share movies or videos. Dialogue quality does not degrade when you turn up the volume.

What we don't like:

  • Linux OS- It is perfectly fine if you do not game or use specific software suites, such as MS Office. However, we suspect most people will want to use Windows, in which case you have to arrange your own copy.
  • 768p display- This is 2018, and 768p displays should be outdated. Nevertheless, this is all you get for the price.

Overview:

This is an X-series model just like the first laptop on our list, and they both share the exact same chassis. In terms of specifications, the X541UA-DM1232D has the exact same CPU and memory as the X541UA-DM1358D. However, it costs less and will serve as a nice alternative in case the first model is out of stock.

What we liked about this:

  • Modern CPU- this ASUS notebook features the Intel Core i3 7100U 2.4 GHz processor, which although not as fast as the 7130U (2.7 GHz) found in the Aspire 3 A315-51, is still one of the best chips you can get in a laptop at this price range
  • Ample storage- 1TB is the standard nowadays, but we are still happy to find a proper hard drive in a 15.6” notebook that costs under 28000 rupees and has a fast 7th gen i3 processor. ASUS really squeezed their budget tight on this one.

  • Good audio- We have already mentioned this in our review of the ASUS X541UA-DM1358D, but the stereo speakers on this laptop are amazing (both models share the same speakers) 
  • Full HD display- The Acer has a slightly faster processor, but this ASUS has a far superior display (1080p vs 768p)

What we don't like:

  • No Windows- If you go for this model over the X541UA-DM1358D, use the couple grand that you saved to buy a copy of Windows.

  • Mediocre battery life- In case you were thinking why this laptop costs less than the X541UA-DM1358D, even though both have the exact same specs, this is the reason- a smaller battery capacity.

4. HP 15q-BU008TX 15.6” Laptop

Overview:

It is a slightly older laptop, and features 2017 technology. However, for the price, you will be hard pressed to find something better. Besides, it even features a dedicated graphics processor, the AMD Radeon 520. Oh, and did we mention it looks really cool?

What we liked about this:

  • Better graphics performance- The AMD Radeon 520 is superior to the Intel HD 620 integrated graphics found on 7th generation laptop CPUs. Which means, you will get superior performance in applications that rely on graphical power, such as games and movies. But it is still one of the weakest dedicated mobile GPUs from AMD, so do not expect to run AAA games.

  • Looks neat, built well- The chrome hinges, the metallic HP logo, the visual strata finish on the C-deck, all of these give the HP 15q-BU008TX a very modern and civilized look. You will not feel ashamed carrying this laptop around, because it sure looks more expensive than it is. In addition, it feels good when you use it.

  • Decent connectivity- While you get features such as 802.11 ac WIFI and USB Type C ports on more recent models, we appreciate what HP is offering for the price, especially since this is 2017 tech.  

  • An all-rounder- It is decent at everything, from gaming to office work. You could be a college student, coder, creative professional, or photographer- this laptop will fulfil all your needs.

What we don't like:

  • Okay multitasking- The Core i3 6006U processor was great in its time. However, if you try to run 3 or more programs simultaneously, this CPU will begin to show its age.  

  • No Windows- This has become a trend by now with these budget laptops, but the OS is a compromise we are willing to make in exchange for good hardware.

5. Lenovo Ideapad 110 80TJ00BNIH

Overview:

It is loaded with a bunch of amazing features, and is powered by an AMD A8 quad-core APU (Accelerated Processing Unit). This laptop is what you want if you are a gamer, since it provides the best graphical processing capabilities of any other machine on this list. But it is also very capable of working as a daily driver, or an office machine. You could even use it for photo and video editing if you want, although the display resolution is not very good.  

What we liked about this:

  • It is a beast in gaming- The AMD A8 7410 APU features 4 physical cores, each core can clock up to 2.5 GHz. This chip is also loaded with a Radeon R5 graphics coprocessor, which absolutely annihilates anything that Intel has to show in terms of integrated graphics.

  • Good audio quality-Lenovo laptops can range from okay to excellent in terms of audio quality; this one has a nice pair of stereo speakers, which deliver decent audio clarity even at the highest volume.

  • Sleek and lightweight- It is slim at just 2.3cm in thickness, and weighs a mere 2.2kg even with the battery pack installed. Mind you, this is a full-size laptop with DVD drive, card reader, WIFI, webcam and Bluetooth. 
  • Brilliant keyboard- It is proven by now that Lenovo absolutely dominates in the sub-30,000 rupee laptop market when it comes to keyboards. Their laptops are equipped with these unique chiclet keyboards, which have indented keycaps and nice tactile feedback on each keypress.

What we don't like:

  • Low-resolution display- 1366 x 768 is not many pixels to work with, but as long as you use this notebook for low-end gaming, office presentations, or programming, it should not be an issue.

  • Mediocre battery life- This is a slightly older machine, and it employs an AMD A8 processor. That combination does not sound good if you plan to use it for any more than 5 hours in one stretch.

And The Winner Is-

The ASUS X Series X541UA-DM1358D. There are many capable laptops on this list, but the ASUS dominates in terms of efficiency and overall design. It comes with a full HD display, 802.11 ac WIFI, Bluetooth V4.0, and USB Type C. It also sports one of the most advanced processors on this list, second in speed only to the Core i3 7130U, which is found on the Acer Aspire 3 A315-51.

When we talk about overall performance and reliability, none of the other laptops can beat the ASUS X541UA-DM1358D. In case this model is out of stock and you are willing to trade away some battery life, go for the ASUS X541UA-DM1232D instead, which has the exact same specs, but a weaker battery.

Conclusion-

Different people will have different needs, so choose your laptop carefully. Factor in the qualities that matter the most to you, for example- a college student probably wants a lightweight laptop that has a long battery life and good WIFI capabilities, while an office worker will be looking for a laptop, which is built to be rugged and equipped with a nice keyboard. Every laptop has its strengths and weaknesses so read the pros and cons of each model, before you make your choice.

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