Anujeet MajumdarOct 29, 2013 18:43:45 IST
Tablets are fast becoming a popular gadget to carry around. But what about your productivity needs? Portability and on-the-go access aside, you can’t beat all the features that a laptop comes with. Going to the market to get a good one, though, may be a task, given that all the major brands are competing with each other for the top spot in each price bracket.
While the very best will set you back by quite a bit, it should not be forgotten that you can also get a pretty good deal for a relatively modest amount. While it is tough to recommend a good laptop for a decent budget, we decided to bring you a list of devices under Rs 30,000 that are worth checking out:
Lenovo IdeaPad S405:
The first laptop on the list, the IdeaPad S405, is definitely worth a second glance. While the launch price of the laptop is Rs 39,490, you can pick up the same at retailers like Croma for Rs 30,499 or on Flipkart for Rs 28,989. The device, which is offered in silver grey, comes with a pretty decent set of features. The model measures 260x168x24.4mm and weighs in at 1.8kg, making it the lightest one on our list.
Lenovo's IdeaPad is definitely worth a look
A quick look at the specifications sheet reveals that the S405 comes with a 14-inch HD LED display. The laptop comes with an APU Quad Core AMD A8 processor clocked at 1.6GHz along with Turbo Core technology that can push the speed upto 2.4GHz. The device comes with 4GB of system memory, which can be expanded up to 8GB thanks to an extra memory slot. The gadget also comes with a VGA Webcamera.
The S405 also comes with 500GB of internal storage, which should address most of your multimedia needs, althought there is no optical disk drive. It also comes with Windows 8 out-of-the-box as well as an ATI Seymour XT HD 7450 GPU, two USB 2.0 ports, a mic in, an HDMI port as well as a 4-in-1 card reader. The laptop also packs in the standard Bluetooth, Wireless LAN and Ethernet support. Rounding up the package is a 4-cell battery, which the company promises will give up to 3 hours of backup time.
Dell Inspiron 15 3521
The Dell brand traditionally comes with positive feedback from many users, and we decided to put one in as well. The 3521 comes with an official price tag of Rs 29,990, although you can get it for a little cheaper on Flipkart. The product comes with a 15.6-inch HD LED display with True Life and a resolution of 1366x768 pixels.
Dell's laptop offering comes with a pretty solid albeit heavy body
Currently, Dell is offering the laptop in black. The device measures 376x259x25.3mm and weighs in at a heavy 2.25 kg. The device comes with an Intel Pentium Dual Core (3rd Generation) processor clocked at 1.9GHz. The 3521 comes with 4GB of DDR3 system memory that can be expanded up to 8GB through two extra memory slots. The laptop also comes with 500GB of internal storage. The device, for the CD runners among us, comes with a tray-load DVD RW Drive.
The 3521 also comes with Windows 8, an Intel HD Graphics processor, a 1-megapixel Web camera as well as the standard touch pad and keyboard. Audio is taken care of with stereo speakers with Waves MaxxAudio 4. In terms of communication, the device comes with both wireless LAN and Bluetooth support. The laptop comes with two USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports, RJ45 LAN, an HDMI port as well as a multi-card slot. To protect your privacy and data, Dell has also packed in a McAfee anti-virus suite which will be valid for 15 months. The company also offers one year of accidental damage protection. Rounding up the offering is a 4 cell battery, which according to the company, will give up to 5 hours of battery backup.
Acer Aspire E1-522A
The Acer Aspire E1-522A will set you back by Rs 27,900, according to the listings put up by online retailer stores. The E1 comes with a 15.6-inch HD TFT LCD Display with LED Backlight. The gadget comes with an AMD APU quad-core A4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz as well as an AMD Radeon graphics processor. Also packed in is 2GB of DDR3 system memory which can be expanded up to 8GB via two extra memory slots.
Pretty standard looking gadget
The laptop comes with 500GB HDD along with a DVD RW optical drive. The laptop runs on Windows 8, has an HD Webcam, a Chiclet keyboard and the standard touchpad. In terms of communication, the E1 comes with Gigabit LAN as well as Bluetooth support. For all your multimedia needs, Acer has put in two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI and VGA port as well as a multi-card slot. The company is also offering a one-year warranty and currently the laptop is currently available in black.
HP Pavilion 15-B004TU Sleekbook
The HP Pavilion 15-B004TU will set prospective buyers back by Rs 25,380. The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch HD Brightview Widescreen LED Backlit display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and comes in a black avatar. The device measures 385.8x259.08x21.08mm and weighs in at 2.1kg.
Under the hood, the device comes with an Intel Pentium Dual Core (2nd Generation) processor clocked at 1.5GHz as well as an Intel HD Graphics processor. The laptop comes with 2GB of DDR3 system memory, with an extra memory slot that will allow for memory expansion up to 8GB. The device also comes with 500GB of SATA II internal storage, but does not sport an optical drive. Also rolled into the package are two USB 3.0 as well as a USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI slot and a multi-card slot.
Good features, decent price
Running on Windows 8, the HP Pavilion comes with an HP TrueVision HD Webcam, as well as an island keyboard with a numeric keypad. On the audio front, the device comes with Altec Lansing stereo speakers and HD Audio as well as Dolby Advanced Audio v2 layered on top. In terms of connection, the laptop offers the usual suspects like Ethernet, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth support. On the security front, the HP Pavilion comes with a Kensington lock slot, and the company has also put in a one year Accidental Damage Protection warranty.
The last laptop on our list, the Asus F200CA will set you back by Rs 25,380 and comes in black. It comes with an 11.6-inch TFT Colour Display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and measures 300.2x200x20.56mm, weighing in at 1.3kg.
The F200CA comes with an Intel Pentium Dual Core (3rd generation) processor clocked at 1.8GHz as well as an Intel HD 3000 graphic processor. The laptop comes with 2GB of DDR3 system memory, expandable up to 4GB. The laptop also comes with a 500GB HDD. The product comes with Windows 8 out-of-the-box.
Asus's offering comes with a good price tag
In terms of communication, it comes with Ethernet, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth support, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port as well as a 2-in-1 card reader. On the camera front, the laptop comes with an HD Webcamera. The laptop battery, according to the company, will give up to four and a half hours of backup time, and the company has also offered a one year global In-Site Warranty.
All told, this festive season promises to be a good time to pick up the laptop of your choice given the deals that both retailers as well as e-tailers are offering now. So which one are you planning to pick? If you are still unsure, stay tuned for tech2's Live Buying Guide for laptops and tablets that will be held this Thursday at 15:00 hours.
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