The Best Budget Laptop for All-rounders Under 40k

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Laptops are becoming a basic amnesty for our daily life. Even now some of us cannot even think about one day of our life without our personal computer. So, here we are going to share our list of best budget laptop for daily use which can handle your daily work and will be able to uphold your gaming experience simultaneously. Based on our testing result we found that Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN is the best laptop available under Rs. 40k. It gives a fantastic performance with a long lasting battery backup and a great gaming experience powered by 2GB NVidia graphics with a very affordable price. This is simply a bang-for-buck for everyone.

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Choosing a laptop to fit the variable needs of multiple kinds of users was a tedious job. We had to consider employees who need a light-weight, slim, good performing laptop and then there are students who want a budget laptop with good performance, long lasting battery life, reliable storage and a comfortable keyboard for taking their notes. It should also satisfy mild gaming needs of the users to keep them entertained.

And certainly, we had to consider bloggers also (as if I have to say) they need a notebook which is having a keyboard that can handle their torture of stress typing and storage space should not be an issue. And our best pick will SATISFY ALL THE NEEDS… Keep reading and you will find out.

 

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN is our best pick for the best budget laptop.It offers a lot of features for the price range. The powerful Intel i5-7200U (7th Gen) processor coupled with 2GB NVIDIA Graphics provides a powerful yet seamless performance for this kind of budget. We cannot ignore the great battery backup which is enough for your college or for your workplace use. Also it lasts longer than most of the contenders on this list.

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With a great visual performance, the Lenovo Ideapad 320E also provides a great long battery backup. It is really helpful if you are in the classroom or in any seminar or working at your cubicle and feeling lazy to put on the power outlet or even if you are traveling a lot. Depending on the usage it can last up to 7 hours (take 15 minutes plus minus) which is in our view great for this price tag.

The webcam quality is decent for everyday use but it is not an HD camera. There is a webcam indicator LED placed on the right side of the webcam.

Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN is having 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB type C port which is convenient for most of the uses. It will be more useful in future as we already know type C ports are getting more and more common every day. The only drawback is 80XL0376IN is not having any micro HDMI or any kind of USB 2.0 ports(like anyone want those these days =.=). One important point to consider is that the USB type C port is only gen 1 you cannot charge your laptop with this port.

Dimensions and weight

80XL0376IN has a good ratio weight and balance. The laptop itself is 14.8 inches wide, 10 inches deep and 0.9 inches thick and around 2.2 KGs in weight. The size is quite good for general use and carrying around and weight factor is also a plus on this item. The matte finished laptop looks quite premium. There are many color options available for this laptop. But on e-commerce sites mostly you will find the Onyx Black and Platinum Grey available.

Display

The 1366 x 768 display packed with 2GB Nvidia GeForce 920MX gives a soothing experience to your eyes. The display also having a matte finish and featuring antiglare technology providing perfect visual clarity. The display is quite decent and will not cause irritations to your eyes if you prefer to work for longer hours. Personally, I quite love this display as I work in darkness and work late nights.

Battery Life

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN is packed with a 2 Cell Lithium Battery Energy Content 35 Watt Hours. But I am not going to throw numbers on you guys, we tested moderate to heavy usage on this laptop and it lasted for 7 hours (15 minutes ±). And if you want to save more power you can use the battery saver mode to use it for a little longer (More than 8 hours backup it can provide). This laptop will not disappoint you in the terms of power backup.

Keyboard and touchpad

The 80XL0376IN keyboard is having quite soft and springy keys which felt very comfortable while using for a long time. If you are stuck with your assignments or have to work late in the office with heavy work, you need not worry about your fingers, they will not be in pain after completing your work. As a personal opinion, I am now using this same laptop as my personal laptop and typing this post on the same.

The touchpad is also very reliable and has a good sensitivity. You don’t need to press too hard or too soft to navigate through the screen and it registers click with precision. The surface of the touchpad feels quite smooth while using though it will attract dust particles and will be dirty if you use quite dirty hands (Happens to me sometimes 😛 ). And keep in mind the keyboard is not backlit so if you like to work in the dark it might be a con for you.

But if you still feel that you might need to use additional keyboard or mouse we recommend you to get a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. As there are limited numbers of USB ports so getting separate mouse and separate keyboard will take up space for you.

Processor

Featuring 7th Gen Core i5-7200U Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN provides a good experience when the requirement is fast processing. In terms of speed and multitasking, it is needless to say anything about Intel i5 7th Gen. It can handle almost anything you throw on this processor. In this price point, it will be hard to beat this processor in its own game.

Memory

Memory is quite obvious in this case. 80XL0376IN comes with 4GB DDR4 RAM which is quite efficient in your daily work, you might need more memory in future so if you feel like to upgrade your memory do not try it yourself it will void your warranty. Take it to a Lenovo support and tell them to upgrade it for you.

Graphics Card

Laptop graphics play a vital role in your configuration because it comes with the setup, you cannot choose it or alter it in future. 320E 80XL0376IN comes with a 2GB Nvidia GeForce 920MX card which is quite good on its own. The GPU itself is clocked at 1072 MHz with 1176 MHz boosted clock while the memory is clocked at 900 MHz. And please note with this laptop DDR3 variant of this GPU comes into the picture, not the DDR5 one.

Storage unit

Storage is also not a spectacular mention for this laptop, it is quite average. Ideapad 320E 80XL0376IN comes with a 1TB SATA hard-disk which is having 5400 RPM and that’s about it. The read-write speed is quite common, we cannot expect one SSD Hard-disk for this price range, can we?

I/O Ports

On the left side of the laptop, you will find all the necessary input/output ports which consist of

  • 1x Power input port
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN cable
  • 1 x HDMI Port
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • 1x Audio out/Mic in port (you can use your phone’s headset with mic here)
  • 1 x USB type C
  • 1 x Card Reader

And that’s about it power led, HDD led everything is there itself. On the right side, you will find 1 DVD writer drive.

Additional Details

One point to note: this laptop 320/320E model comes with a lay-flat hinge. And we tested the durability of the hinge more than 500 times continuously and rigorously by laying it flat and closing it totally it didn’t even flinch once. So you can forget about that fear of your laptop hinge because you can lay it flat now (It is not Lenovo yoga so 180/360 degree movement is not possible. Do not break your laptop trying it.).

Lenovo Ideapad 320E layflat

The exhaust system of this laptop is another great thing it is situated at the hinge so wherever you put your laptop to use there will be ample airflow to keep the dust and the heat out of the system. This placement of the exhaust system is quite unique and it is a simple solution we would like to see in most of the laptops. This variant of 320E comes with free DOS as OS, so you need to install your favorite OS before using it.

Value for money

Here comes the final conclusion. Is it value for money? Well to make it quite simple we would like to say “It is” the best budget laptop you can get. All the features, performance, Lenovo after sales service and 1-year warranty will make it you’re worth. Kind of for all-purpose you can use this laptop without giving it a double thought. When we bought this laptop it was 37,000 in price which is quite great for most of the people who wants an all-rounder budget-friendly laptop.

 

Lenovo Ideapad 320E

Score : 9

"The IdeaPad 320E is designed to handle any task with ease. With powerful processing, discrete graphics, and a streamlined design."

Pros:

  • Stylish Design
  • Lay-flat Hinge
  • Powerful Processor
  • Great Display
  • Good exhaust system

Cons:

  • Scratch Prone
  • Comes with Free-Dos
  • Less number of USB

Our Ratings

  • Design 90%
  • Interface 85%
  • Portability 90%
  • Display 95%
  • Keyboard and Track-pad 80%

HP 15-bs145tu

HP Notebook 15 -BS146TU made to the 2nd position in our list of the best budget laptop just because of the lack of dedicated graphics otherwise you would be seeing it in the top position today. Packed with latest Intel 8th gen technology this laptop is a beast while comes to performance or to handle stress at this price point. Featuring a Full-HD with SVA antiglare display the viewpoints and the movie experience was great on this laptop. The battery performed great (better than our best pick) in all of our test from moderate to heavy use. The keyboard and trackpad were decent, a great screen, enough memory simply makes this laptop a budget-friendly option for us. Let’s take a look at the different aspects below.

Dimensions and weight

HP Notebook 15 -BS146TU is a bit similar to Lenovo 80XL0376IN in measurement, it is 14.96 inches wide, 10 inches deep and 0.9 inches thick. BS146TU weighing 1.86KG, compare to our pick it is lighter with a 0.4 kg difference, which is a good thing in terms of mobility. The black matte finish looks great on this laptop with a silver hp logo on the top. There is an only color option available which is sparkling black, I personally feel there should be more color options added to this laptop.

 

Display

BS146TU comes with 15.6 inches 1920 x 1080 resolution with FHD SVA antiglare WLED-backlit glossy display to satisfy your eyes. There is no dedicated graphics card comes with this which is a takeaway but the display itself gave us a great viewing experience. The screen is glossy but antiglare is there so less right reflection, so if you do prefer a matte display here you will be disappointed. The WLED backlit display gave us quite soothing experience while watching a movie for long hours.

Battery Life

With a 4 Cell battery, 41-watt-hour Li-ion battery this laptop survived our battery tests for long enough. We got at least of 8 hours of backup while testing which is a very good thing when you are in an area where finding a charging module is hard or you want to keep your work going without worrying about the juice to run out. Whether you are in the office or in college you can blindly trust this laptop in terms of battery life.

 

Keyboard and touchpad

One of the great features of this laptop is the keyboard itself. HP Notebook 15 -BS146TU is having a full island-style keyboard with a full num-pad, and that my friend is a great plus point for most of the office people. You will feel quite flex in the keys when pressed and a springy feeling when striking hard. The build quality for the keypad is good but the arrow keys(up and down) are small similar to our pick, these things kill the gaming experience of some people who like to use the arrow keys. The trackpad is smooth, grippy and very precise, I was quite fond of using it ( I am mostly a mouse guy).

Processor

Here comes the best part of this laptop. It contains Intel i5-8250U(8th gen) processor-based 1.6 GHz base frequency and can boost up to 3.4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache and 4 cores which simply feels like butter when comes to processing power. I am not going to throw numbers on you guys, take my word for it; you will love using this laptop for all the multitasking needs it doesn’t lag or slows down. While we were testing the clock boosted multiple times without any kind of problem and it didn’t give any kind of lag whatsoever, but the gaming experience was not as per as our best pick (lack of dedicated graphics card) but the Intel HD graphics is good enough for normal usage.

Memory

Inside HP Notebook 15 -BS146TU the memory unit is common it is having 4 GB DDR4 RAM with 2400 MHz (1x 4GB) so there is an option of any future update but do not try it yourself you will void the warranty. For daily usage this memory is sufficient.

Storage unit

A decent storage size of 1TB is provided in BS146TU with 5400 rpm SATA nothing great here. The read/write speed is decent for this price point.

I/O Ports

On the left side of the laptop you will find a power input port, the heat exhaust, RJ-45 Ethernet point, HDMI port, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 port (only can be used for data transfer not for charging) and 1 headphone/microphone combo. On the right side you will find the DVD writer, 1x USB 2.0 port, and the card reader, the HDD, and power LED are also situated on the right side also.

Additional Details

In addition, I would like to put light on some points we found during testing. The sound of the internal speakers of BS146TU is great. The quality of sound is better than any entries on this list of the best budget laptop; we played many genres of songs while testing in highest volume possible. We have not observed any kind of sound crack or noise, the voice was clean and smooth likewise.

 

The inbuilt camera was very good while video conferencing in daylight, in the low light condition the images were a bit grainy but not bad at all. There was a heating issue while playing games but not too much that you need to worry just it was hard to put on lap while playing games (Like anyone does that). BS146TU comes with Windows 10 pre-installed on the system so no need to worry about your OS, it also comes with a lot of HP bloat wares which you might not like in that case you can simply uninstall them. In case you want to reset your laptop to factory setting there is a dedicated button for that.

Value for money

Definitely HP Notebook 15 -BS146TU is a value for money laptop. You are getting i5 with latest Intel 8th Gen processor, WLED backlit FHD, display and quite a great battery-life in less than Rs. 40000 you cannot ask for more feature at this price point. It is in the 2nd position in the best budget laptop because of this is a budget-friendly laptop for student and working professionals alike.

 

HP 15-bs145tu 15.6-inch FHD Laptop

Score : 8.5

"Perfect combination of Style, Productivity and the Power to do more. HP 15 comes with a big 15-inch display and long lasting battery life to bring you mobility and peace of mind."

Pros:

  • 8th Gen Processor
  • Great sound quality
  • Windows 10 pre-installed

Cons:

  • Minimalist Keyboard
  • Glossy finished display
  • Camera not good for low light

Our Ratings

  • Design 75%
  • Interface 80%
  • Portability 85%
  • Display 80%
  • Keyboard and Track-pad 75%

 

Asus Vivobook Max X541UV-XO029D

If you are on a tight budget and hesitating to go with our first 2 picks then you should go with Asus Vivobook Max X541UV which is the 3rd entry of best budget laptop. By choosing Vivobook Max X541UV you need to sacrifice some feature from the top picks but in our opinion, if your budget is low you should not think much about them. ASUS VivoBook Max Series laptops are designed to give you a great multimedia experience and will be a great choice for your daily computing.

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Dimension and weight

Asus Vivobook Max X541UV is 15 inches wide, 9.9 inches deep and 1 inch thick weighing up to 2kg.The laptop itself is quite stylish in look and comes will multiple colors and textured finish. But the build quality itself was not up to the mark, it started to getting scratches within a week even though it was handled with care. After 4-5 weeks of usage, it really started looking 1-year-old laptop.

 

Display

Vivobook Max X541UV comes with a 1366×768(15.6 inches) HD display coupled with ASUS eye care protection which claims to reduce the blue light level up to 33%. Though it is mentioned that the display is HD but the quality is poor compared to our other picks. If you have any HD monitor or have used any HD laptop beforehand you will get difference at once. The finish on the screen is matte Anti-Glare with 45% NTSC LED backlit is provided so you will not observe too much of light reflection while watching movies or doing your office work.

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Battery Life

Powered by a 3 Cells Li-ion battery with a capacity of 36 watt-hours Vivobook max will give you a battery backup of 5-6 hours with moderate usage. We noticed that battery life is not as per on this laptop but to compensate that, the charging time we have experienced during charge test was really very fast. So if you are planning to buy this laptop keep in mind your working hour and the battery backup it can provide.

 

Keyboard and touchpad

If you are going for our 3rd pick of best budget laptop, you will love the keyboard, I personally tested the keyboard it feels great in every key press. A bit mushy feeling and gaps between buttons are also very good I felt enough comfortable after a long writing session as 2.3mm key travel distance boosted the typing speed by a lot.

The touchpad is also really very smooth and made high quality. It doesn’t get sticky if you having sweaty fingers but attracts dust.

 

Processor

You are going to sacrifice in the term of processing power a bit if you are going with this pick. Asus Vivobook Max X541UV comes with Intel Core i5-6198DU(6th Gen) with 2 cores speeding at 2.3 GHz which will give you ample amount of speed for your daily needs. But during testing when we put multi-tasking pressure on this laptop it lagged a bit which is unavoidable for this price point. CPU intensive applications like Photoshop, Adobe primer will cause a visible amount of lags.

 

Memory

Here you will be getting 4 GB of DDR4 RAM with 2133MHz clock speed with this laptop. One ram is attached to the motherboard itself but you will also find one free slot of memory where you can add up to 8GB. The memory unit for this laptop is quite common for this genre.

 

Graphics Card

The dedicated graphics card comes with this laptop is same as our best pick. Powered by Nvidia GTX-920MX 2 GB graphics card Vivobook Max X541UV support most of the latest games but with moderate or low settings. The GPU itself is clocked at 1072 MHz which is a bit better than GTX-920M. It’s not like you will be able to play games at Ultra Settings but it will be playable.

 

Storage unit

For the storage, you will be getting one SATA 1TB Hard disk with 5400RPM speed similar to all our picks.

 

I/O Ports

Asus Vivobook Max X541UV is having most of its input/output ports attached to the left side of the laptop.

  • 1x Charging Port
  • 1x USB 3.1(C-type) Port
  • 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet Port
  • 1 x VGA Port (Looks really very bad)
  • 1x HDMI Port
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Port
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 1x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack

On the right side, you will get the optical DVD RW which is quite normal.

 

Additional Details

There are some best features for this laptop one covered in the keyboard section. The quality of the speakers of this laptop is great, simply great. We have tested with many kinds of acoustic instruments, remix, songs, and movies with great sound effects in all of our testings this laptop took the top of the rank. The sound output is crystal clear and yes I can compare it with BOSE itself and the quality of sound is similar. This notebook comes with DOS OS so you need to install windows 10 before using, Asus provides only windows 10 drivers DVD(64 bit only).

 

Value for money

For this price point, this laptop is quite good I must say. We have done all the similar testing on this as we tested on our top 2 picks. The only con we could find is the processor itself but we cannot complain regarding that at this price point. So yes Value for money.

 

Asus Vivobook Max

Score : 7.5

"ASUS VivoBook Max Series laptops are designed to give you a truly immersive multimedia experience."

Pros:

  • Stylish build
  • Always available to buy
  • Good keyboard and touch pad

Cons:

  • Poor build quality
  • Scratch prone
  • Anti glare not as per
  • Low battery backup
  • 6th Gen Processor

Our Ratings

  • Design 90%
  • Interface 75%
  • Portability 80%
  • Display 70%
  • Keyboard and Track-pad 80%

 

This whole list of the best budget laptop is based on our personal view and personal testing. All the hardware we are posting reviews about are bought and borrowed (only new items) and tested thoroughly. Please share your comments below.


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