Looking to buy a laptop? We have what you need

It’s been eight months since we published the, and I sometimes have to jump in on Twitter when I see someone sharing it, to clarify that there are better options available now. It therefore seems appropriate to publish an updated list.

I will repeat the warnings in the last column. I haven’t personally reviewed all of these machines. Thus, my recommendations are based on the specifications offered by the laptops, professional reviews of the model when available, and the experience of people who have used it.

Recommendations are based on availability and current prices and these may change in the coming days. And if you can’t find them as described, I apologize.

Below 30,000

The budget segment is where Chromebooks reign supreme elsewhere, but the Chromebooks available in India are generally poorly specified and overpriced. Add to that the fact that internet connectivity in this country isn’t always a given, and I’d say Chromebooks are better off.

This shows how pathetic the budget laptop options are in India that there is hardly anything to recommend under Rs 25,000, so I had to change that category definition to squeak in a few models. relatively inexpensive! There is a piece of our less than 25,000 year old pillar from the last column,, still available, but I don’t know for how long.

For Rs 26,500, offers decent specs including a Pentium processor, and the flexibility of scalable RAM and storage. The inexpensive extended warranty is a big plus. While, for Rs 26,990, does not come with Windows preloaded, if you know how to install Windows, or know someone who does, it does provide a significantly better AMD processor and largely similar specs.

There are a bunch of other laptops under 30,000 from different manufacturers, but they all seem to offer roughly the same (or worse) specs as these models, and for more money. If you can go just above 30,000, offers a configuration similar to Lenovo Ryzen 3, but with Windows preloaded, for Rs 31,000.

Below 40,000

It’s around 40,000 that 11th Gen Intel processors are starting to be available, and if you can afford it, it’s worth spending at least that much on your laptop purchase. I was able to find a few decent models with 11th gen Core i3 processors under Rs 40,000 and the first is the X415. The 4GB RAM spec sheet is upgradeable, and if so, it might be the best option under Rs 40,000, especially since MS Office is also provided.

There’s also the, which has pretty much the same specs as the Asus, but is a bit bigger and heavier, for the same price.

There are a few other models that offer configurations with older processors, but unless the Vivobook or Inspiron isn’t available, or the other laptops tick a specific box you’re looking for, I wouldn’t particularly consider them. convincing.

Below 50,000

This is the segment with the most options, so let me list a few that offer great value for money.

For starters, I would look for Rs 46,990. It has the same 11th gen Core i3 processor as the category recommendations below, but offers plenty of improvements including a thin and light chassis, backlit keyboard, 8GB of RAM and an IPS display, all of which should offer a significantly improved user experience compared to the rest.

Not to mention that it is beautiful and well built, to boot!

For roughly the same specs but without the big screen or build quality, you can choose. While it doesn’t have the backlit keyboard, it does have expandable RAM and comes bundled with MS Office. Less pretty, more practical.

Below 60,000

Things get fun at this price. More options in terms of processors and form factors become available. If you’re feeling inclined to buy a convertible, a laptop that turns into a tablet offers good value for a little over Rs 50,000 (there’s even one that has double the storage). A weight of 1.7kg is a bit bulky for a tablet, no doubt, but if you need the touchscreen and flexibility, it’s a solid option for the price.

Moving on to traditional laptops (yes, an improved version of the one in the previous section) ticks all the boxes for Rs 55,000. An 11th gen Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, backlit keyboard, good build and display . A solid mid-range laptop that should meet the needs of most users. The 11th gen Core i5 is probably the best processor for most users, as it offers the highest single-core performance in its price class.

On the AMD side, there is the with the Ryzen 5 5500U. While this lags behind the Intel Core i5 in single-core performance, it is significantly better in multi-core performance (not to mention better battery efficiency), so if you need to render video , to edit large volumes of photos or to process a lot of data, it may be a better choice than Intel machines.

Above Rs 60,000

Now we are in premium territory. Above Rs 60,000 you are really spoiled for choice so these are just a few of the really good options you can buy, if you have that much cash to spend.

If you remember, in the last edition I advised against buying Apple laptops because at the time not all of them were good value for money. Now, I’m happy to say that one of my top picks for a high end laptop would be the M1 processor, for Rs 92,900. The processor is extremely powerful and efficient, and can match or surpass anything. other in its price category. The laptop still lacks ports, but it’s otherwise a great machine in pretty much every way. Even if you are a Windows user, it is worth considering upgrading to.

But, of course, if you don’t have Rs 90,000 to spend, there are still several options in the premium segment. My favorite model line in this segment continues to be the HP Envy series. The machines are very well built, with great displays, keyboards and trackpads, and with a plethora of processor and configuration options. The cheapest entry point to this line is this model for Rs 67,999. It has a latest generation Ryzen 5 4500U processor, but it is still a very capable processor, and in all other aspects it is it’s both a great laptop and a solid tablet.

You can get the same excellent machine but for Rs 85,000. This also comes with Intel’s Evo certification which guarantees certain performance standards for laptops.

The Acer Swift 5 is available in year and in, for Rs 68,999 and Rs 94,999, respectively. Both come with Evo certification, and the i7 version has lavish specs with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

Conclusion

There are laptops even above this price range, but like I said before, if you’re spending that much money, you probably know precisely why you’re spending it and don’t need my advice. If you choose any of the machines based on the recommendations here, I hope you enjoy using them. If you think I missed convincing models in these price ranges, please tweet them to me!