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Top 5 Affordable Laptop Range from Rs. 25,000+ or $450+ (As of November 2011)

We are seeing many tablets coming in each month from every different manufacturers. While tablets like iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab are great products, they certainly cannot replace Notebooks / Laptops, which can do better than any mobile device.

There are many activities we can do with Laptop with tablets can not. And that is the reason, most of the popular electronics brands are trying hard to set their impression in Laptop segment. Famous consumer electronics companies like Samsung, LG, Fujitsu and Toshiba are focusing to compete against Dell, Lenovo and Acer.

Laptops are now trying to out-date conventional Desktops in many areas being lightweight, powerful as Desktops, Mobility and most importantly not needing any UPS power back-up due to electricity issues (in India).

Perhaps, that’s the prime reason, we start looking for a cheaper yet worthy notebook alternative… only getting confused with variety of products & brands.

So, to help you get started – I am trying to list them all according to Notebook range which, I would prefer. Also… these are are suggested for small businesses looking for an affordable solution.

Pick #1: Lenovo Essential Series

This Lenovo series starts from as low as Rs. 21,000 + taxes and comes with 1G RAM but I would suggest to consider buying any laptop from this series with minimum 2G RAM and above, which is available for approx. Rs. 24,500/- in India

Comes with Intel i3 processor, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVD R/W, Wi-Fi, Camera, Bluetooth, Finger print authentication, 15.6” LED display panel, Free DOS installed and 1 year warranty.

Best performance with best price range. Lenovo rigorously test their laptops with set of configuration before sending in the market. This is why you would find Lenovo does not release new hardware configs in market even if their competition is making money out of it.

Pick #2: Dell Inspiron 15 (N5050)

Another great laptop series from none other than Dell. Though they’re not very known for rigorous testing as Lenovo, they have a very good reputation for providing amazing after sales service.

Intel i3 2330M processor, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, DVD R/W, Wi-Fi, Camera, 15.6” HD LCD, Pre-installed Windows 7 Home Basic & price starts from Rs. 32,200/-

Price is high due to pre-installed Windows 7 license, lacks Bluetooth connectivity, Fingerprint authentication & other features are available. I like their hardware & superb tech support.

Pick #3: Samsung Essential Series

Recently, Samsung re-started their notebook campaigns ‘Take me out’ and now, people are at least willing to check them out in Stores, which was never the case. I too recently gave a good look at this series.

Samsung NP-RV509-A0GIN with 2GB RAM is priced at as low as Rs. 27,990/- looks like a good pick. Of course, you can always grab a laptop with more RAM from the same series.

Samsung NP-RV509-S03IN with Intel core i3 -370M (2.4GHz, 3MB), 3 GB RAM, 1 GB NVIDIA GeForce 315M card, 500 GB HDD, DVD R/W, Camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 15.6” HD LED panel with FREE MS-DOS which comes for approx. Rs. 30,000 would be the best deal.

The best part is, Samsung produce their own LCD Panel, HDD, Camera and few other laptop parts. With their focused approach on laptops gives me a feeling of stability for hardware performance. I am not very sure about how good they are in providing technical support, which could be an issue for few of us.

Pick #4: Toshiba Tecra

These are my favorite laptops in terms of performance and rigidity. They don’t look glossy from outside like others but from inside, they’re solid than anyone else.

Toshiba Tecra A11, R840 & R850 all powered with Intel i3 processor, 3 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, DVD R/W, Camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint, 15.6” HD LED with pre-installed Windows 7 Professional… price starts from Rs. 38,000/-

It may not sound affordable but t is a SOLID laptop to own in terms of configuration. Doesn’t come cheap as others but highest performing laptops with toughest hardware from Toshiba. Price and service could be an issue as they don’t have good service network.

Pick #5: Acer Aspire Series

Well, I am not a big Acer fan when it comes to Laptops (I like their Netbooks). My friends say they’re good and never faced any issues so far. Well, lets trust them on it. 🙂

Acer Aspire is one of the most sold laptops because of its easy availability and less price. You may get one of the best deals on Acer anywhere. More often, first time laptop buyers end-up buying this brand.

Acer Aspire 5733 comes with Intel i3 processor, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVD R/W, Camera, Wi-Fi, 15.6” LCD, Bluetooth, HDMI with pre-installed Linpus Linux… Price starts from Rs. 25,000/-

Good option considering the price. Go for it only if Acer has service center in your city.

Notes

I hope this guide brings you closer to decide on a laptop. You can handpick any from this range or feel free to ask me in comments.

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