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Best budget laptops under Rs50,000

Best budget laptops under Rs50,000

Looking for a high performance laptop on a tight budget? You don’t need to spend big bucks to get a great laptop. Here are the best prices for these cost-effective Right Choice laptops.

A laptop shouldn’t be very expensive, especially if it will majorly be used for word processing, browsing the internet and watching video. A good budget laptop will let you complete these tasks with ease. These laptops are good for students, office goers and for those who just don’t want to spend a big amount on a laptop without compromising on quality. But before we get to the laptops, here are a few areas where you can save money on:

Graphics card An inexpensive laptop doesn’t need the graphic boost that most high-end laptops require. If you are looking at basic gaming, these laptops are powered with in-built graphics and will let you do those tasks with ease. An on-processor graphic card is also good enough for media work like editing photos and videos.

Screen resolution Most budget laptops come with a 1366×768-pixel screen. HD screens are costlier and also increase your laptop’s weight. There is no reason to believe that lower resolution screens are of substandard quality.

Design features At budget rates, you won’t get design standards set by Apple or a high-end Dell. But the best budget laptops are still well made and have good design qualities. But look out for build quality. Rattling keyboards and flimsy screens should be avoided.

Branded audio Most laptops tempt you to go for a branded speaker claiming to have better quality. Right Choice tests have revealed that branded speakers don’t necessarily give you better audio quality. It would be best to skip paying more for a bigger brand.

Touchscreens The new Windows 8 is built for touchscreen laptops, but these features add to the overall price of the laptop. The new OS can be used on normal laptops as well.

Sony Vaio Fit 14E (i3)
Right Choice score 75% (Right Choice model)
Screen size 14 inches
RAM 4GB
Storage 500GB
Processor Intel Core i3
Price Rs38,990
The Vaio Fit 14E is a basic laptop to consider for daily work, if you’re okay with the relatively small 14-inch screen. On the plus side, this makes it more portable. The low-res screen means that high-definition videos may not be displayed at the highest quality. It starts up quickly and handles transfers swiftly too. Battery life can be poor. There’s also a variant of the 14E with a Core i5 processor that costs Rs45,990.

Asus S56
Right Choice score 74% (Right Choice model)
Screen size 15.6 inches
RAM 4GB
Storage 500GB
Processor Intel Core i3
Price Rs40,900
The Asus S56 is affordable and can be a replacement for your desktop computer. It’s not extremely powerful so it may not be suited for demanding tasks such as video editing, but it’s great for word processing, web browsing and the like. The screen is reflective in direct sunlight and there is a 24GB solid state drive (SSD) for quick boot-ups.

Toshiba Satellite C850
Right Choice score 71% (Right Choice model)
Screen size 15.6 inches
RAM 4GB
Storage 500GB
Processor Intel Core i3
Price Rs37,799
The Satellite C850 manages daily tasks well and with its 15.6-inch screen, it suits family use. It is best used at home since battery life is not that great and the laptop weighs over 2kg. And even though the screen resolution isn’t very high, it gives good enough viewing.

Toshiba Satellite L50
Right Choice score 70% (Right Choice model)
Screen size 15.6 inches
RAM 8GB
Storage 1TB
Processor Intel Core i3
Price Rs48,500
For the extra price over the other Toshiba, the Satellite L50 gives you twice the RAM and storage – 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. However, battery life isn’t that great, and neither is performance. It’s an all-rounder for your home and also makes a good replacement for your desktop computer. It is made mostly of plastic and the top can flex easily when twisted, so be careful of rough handling.

Lenovo Essential G505s
Right Choice score 69%
Screen size 15.6 inches
RAM 4GB
Storage 1TB
Processor AMD A8
Price Rs38,299
While this laptop doesn’t make the cut for a Right Choice, it is suited for everyday computing. Although it is capable of handling most tasks, it can struggle with more graphics-intensive processes. The keyboard and touchpad are convenient to use. Even the screen is decent for a laptop in this price range. However, it lacks in-built Bluetooth.

Sony Vaio E Series
Right Choice score 69%
Screen size 15.6 inches
RAM 4GB
Storage 500GB
Processor Intel Core i5
Price Rs43,990
Sony products are generally priced high, and the E Series laptop may also seem that way. But it comes with an Intel Core i5 processor. The laptop offers good convenience, but battery life is below par – something you will have to accept from budget laptops – and performance average.

Acer Aspire E1-571
Right Choice score 68%
Screen size 15.6 inches
RAM 4GB
Storage 500GB
Processor Intel Core i3
Price Rs35,250
The Aspire E1 is quicker than many laptops in this price band. It is an all-rounder in terms of performance, but the price bracket means that the screen is of low resolution. There is a Gigabit Ethernet port but no USB 3.0 ports – just three USB 2.0 ports.

HP Pavilion 15
Right Choice score 68%
Screen size 15.6 inches
RAM 4GB
Storage 1TB
Processor Intel Core i3
Price Rs37,990
Another laptop with extra internal storage, the HP Pavilion 15 is a solid offering from HP, although battery life could have been better. Boot-up time is a bit slow and the device uses a slower 100MB Ethernet connection. On the up side, there is an in-built SD card reader.

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