Best Laptops Under Rs.20,000 (March 2020)

by | Mar 11, 2020

Entry-level laptop buyers are in for a treat nowadays.

With budget offerings from established brands such as Asus and HP to feature-packed devices from new entrants, this segment is showing a lot of promise of late.

If you are planning to purchase one of the best laptops under Rs.20,000 and is clueless about which model to choose, this list will guide you the right way.

Best Laptops Under Rs.20,000

1. Lenovo Ideapad 145Overall Best Pick
2. Acer Aspire 3 315-21Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus VivobookFeature Rich Budget Laptop
4. Dell Inspiron 3595Value for Money Laptop
5. HP 14-cm0123auHonorable Mention

 

1. Lenovo Ideapad 145

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Genuine Windows 10 OS
  • A decent 15.6-inch HD display
  • Perfect for everyday computing

Lenovo has been a major player in the Indian laptop market for a long time now.

The company has been in the left, right and centre of the budget laptop segment with a lot of great products that the users liked.

The Lenovo Ideapad 145 is one of the most affordable entry-level budget laptops in the market priced just under Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops in the world. Whatever be the price bracket it fits in, Lenovo provides an aesthetically pleasing design which is often combined with the great build quality.

The Ideapad 145 is one of the finest looking laptops, if not the best in its category. The metallic design inspired chassis makes the device look and feel premium.

The symmetric bezels around the display are large but don’t look as ugly as some of its competitor models.

Processor and Performance

Fret not, the good qualities of this laptop doesn’t end with the looks.

Inside the chassis is a ninth-generation AMD A6 dual-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz. With the onboard 4GB DDR4 RAM, this laptop can breeze through any application or task you throw at it with ease.

Except gaming, this laptop is capable of handling all the day to day tasks with relative ease and speed.

The standard 1TB HDD will let you save all your files offline with no worries about space being run out after installing a couple of apps.

Display

Lenovo usually provides the best display panel with their laptops. Same is the case with the Ideapad 145as well.

This 15.6-inch display is an HD panel with an effective resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The colours are bright and vivid and the contrast levels are up to the mark.

There is no noticeable pixelation in texts at a normal distance between the eyes and the display outputs everything fine and clear.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo Ideapad 145 comes loaded with the Windows 10 operating system out of the box. Everything is pre-configured from the factory and it makes sure that the customer can start using the system as soon as he opens the box.

Lenovo provides a one year warranty with this device. In case something unfortunate happens, you can always visit the nearest service centre for repairs.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad 145 comes with a 2-cell Lithium-ion battery inside. This will let the device be run for about 5.5 hours on moderate usage with 50% brightness.

If you are running games or watching movies at full brightness, the screen on time will reduce drastically and be sure to have the charger at an arm’s length.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 145 is a very good deal for its price when it comes to a laptop priced under Rs.20,000.

The aesthetically pleasing looks and the excellent build quality further adds charm to this product.

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Relatively thin bezels around the display

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180-degree collapsible strong hinge

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Lightweight form factor

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No-CD/DVD drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD APU A6 2.6GHz
Battery5.5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED Backlit



2. Acer Aspire 3 315-21

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home OS
  • The comfortable, full-sized keyboard
  • Easy hardware upgradability

Acer Aspire series is popular for its value for money budget laptops in the Asian markets.

The Acer Aspire 3 is one of the most feature-packed entry-level laptops in the market which excels both in the software and the hardware front available under an enticing budget of Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

Built using high-quality ABS plastic and polycarbonate, the Aspire 3 is on par with others in its category in terms of build quality.

The textured matte finish with a brushed metal design of the outer chassis and keyboard deck provides a premium feel to this laptop.

The touchpad is asymmetrically placed towards the left of this device. The full-sized keyboard has sufficient key spacing and key travel distance.

The exhaust vents are located on the back and they don’t interfere with the usability in any way. The robust hinge mechanism offers a smooth yet tight lid opening and closing experience.

Processor and Performance

The Acer Aspire 3 runs on a newer AMD A9 dual-core processor clocked at 3GHz.

The higher initial clock speed means this device can perform significantly better than its competitors in resource-intensive scenarios.

This wide variation between the clock speeds allows for excellent battery life.

This chipset is very capable of running applications smoothly without any hiccups.

The processor comes with an integrated Intel UHD 605 which will assist in performing graphics-intensive tasks.

4GB DDR RAM module and the 1TB HDD can be easily swapped for an upgrade if you feel to do so.

Display

This device has a 15.6″ 1366 x 768 HD LED-backlit TFT Display that has ample brightness and decent viewing angles.

The display houses a VGA camera that outputs videos of 640 x 480 resolution which is nothing to write about.

Miscellaneous

This device comes preinstalled with Windows 10 and has all the latest driver support for enhanced usability.

Connectivity

On the connectivity front, this laptop features an 802.11ac wireless LAN.

Port selection on this laptop is nothing that will blow your mind.

Acer modestly included two USB 3.0, one USB 3.0, and the regular slew of ports such as an RJ 45 port, an HDMI port along with an SD card reader.

Battery Life

Even those laptops priced below Rs.40,000 with efficient processors has considerably less battery life. That is where the Acer Aspire 3 is a pleasant surprise.

Supplying juice to this laptop and beating the competitor’s hands down is a 2 cell 4810 mAh lithium polymer battery that the company claims to last for a whopping 7 hours of continuous usage.

Verdict

If you are in search of a budget laptop that has a decent display and great battery life, this is it.

The preinstalled Windows 10 Home OS lets you use this laptop right out of the box without going through any additional setup hassles.

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Excellent build quality

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Gigabit Ethernet port

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Multi-gesture trackpad

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD A9 APU dual core
BatteryUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED 1366 x 768 pixels

3. Asus Vivobook

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Feature Rich Budget Laptop
  • Nationwide service centres
  • Full-size chiclet keyboard
  • Relatively powerful processor

Asus is a well-known brand in the Indian market known for its phones as well as its computers and related peripherals.

This Taiwanese manufacturer has been delivering solid products across the spectrum at competent prices for a while now, the Asus Vivobook being one of the latest among the bunch.

Design and Build Quality

Starting with the build quality, Asus has done a good job with this product. The textured back panel and the brushed aluminium deck offers a subtle but premium look to this device.

The trackpad is sufficiently large and has the support for the gesture input. The keys are a little less clicky but for its price, we’d agree this is an acceptable keyboard to type with.

One of our major gripes with this laptop is its chunky bezels around the display.

Processor and Performance

We all agree with the fact that the processor is the most important factor in the laptop purchase decision.

This device right here features an AMD A9 dual-core processor with a 3.1GHz base clock. Don’t get confused with the clock and speed jargon, we’ll help you simplify that.

The base clock is the minimum speed at which a processor runs. Higher the base clock, snappier the processor. A speed of 3.1GHz is more than sufficient for you to run all your daily casual tasks.

Assisted with a 4GB DDR4 RAM which is expandable up to 16GB, this laptop can run your daily chores with no problems whatsoever.

Display

The 15.6-inch HD display offers decent brightness and acceptable colour and contrast levels.

The anti-glare coating does limit the reflectivity and relieves some stress off your eyes while working on this budget laptop under bright lights.

Now for the students, you do get a full-fledged disk drive for burning or copying content from an optical disk and a1TB HDD for storing all your files safe and secure.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity features, this laptop comes loaded with useful ports.

The Asus Vivobook features two USB 2.0 ports and a USB 3.0 port. There’s also the regular HDMI port along with an integrated SD card reader.

The mandatory Bluetooth support is present so does the VGA webcam.

Battery Life

The Asus Vivobook lasts for a good 4-5 hours on a single charge on the medium screen brightness.

Asus has integrated some sort of quick charge technology on this laptop that aides in fast charging the battery up to 60% under an hour.

Verdict

The Asus Vivobook is a feature-rich package for the price at which it retails.

With this budget and considering the features that come with this laptop, this is one of our best laptops picks under Rs.20,000.

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Easy hardware upgradability

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Comfortable keyboard

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Fast charging support

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Thick bezels around the display

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD APU A9 3.1GHz
BatteryUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED



4. Dell Inspiron 3595

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Bundled MS office
  • Suitable for students
  • Excellent battery life

Dell Inspiron laptops range from entry-level to premium budget segment, offering value for money specifications at an affordable price.

The Inspiron 3595 is an entry-level budget laptop that targets the first time laptop buyers looking for a low-cost machine for casual purposes.

Design and Build Quality

The Inspiron 3595 is a practicality oriented budget laptop. To cut the costs down, Dell hasn’t done anything too impressive in the build quality department.

The entire construction of this laptop is plastic. There is a bit of flex at certain points but it is to be expected with the asking price at which this laptop retails for.

The design is simple and minimalistic. We prefer this simple look over the sharp cuts and grooves on the chassis to make the laptop more aggressive.

Performance

The Dell Inspiron 3595 comes equipped with a medium grade AMD A6 APUclocked at a respectable 2.6GHz.

For starters, this is an entry-level processor that can easily complete all the basic tasks that an entry-level laptop should perform.

Web browsing and document editing are pretty much easy with this. Light multitasking is possible, thanks to the 4GB RAM that comes with this device out of the box.

There isn’t any dedicated GPU, so you shouldn’t expect anything when it comes to the graphics.

Display

This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch display that offers decent visual output.

Since the display is large and is not a full HD one, you might see pixelations when it comes to texts and certain images.

However, for the price, we felt that the colour accuracy and brightness levels are comparatively good.

Miscellaneous

The hard drive size of this laptop is 1TB. This makes it suitable for storing all of your files offline – be it be movies or other document files.

Apart from that, Dell has partnered with Microsoft to provide free MS Office license for every customer who buys a Dell computer.

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 3595 lasts for up to six hours on a single charge.

But again, this budget laptop is mainly meant for first-timers who will use this primarily at home or office with an option to always plug into a power source when needed.

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron is a great entry-level device for beginners to try and test their familiarity with the laptop.

Loaded with genuine windows 10 out of the box, this is one of the low-cost alternatives to enjoy a full-sized desktop experience on a budget.

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Durable laptop

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Elegant design

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Silent operation

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Plastic build

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD APU A6 2.6GHz
BatteryUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

5. HP 14-cm0123au

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Honorable Mention
  • Fast charging support
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Decent processor and display

The HP 14-cm0123au is an entry-level laptop that aims to cater to first-timers as well as students who want a decently powerful machine to assist them in their daily routine.

This budget laptop is built to last and has a very durable and tough feel to it.

Capable of surviving minor abuses without any damage, this laptop from HP is a serious contender in the sub Rs.20,000 budget market.

Design and Build Quality

The HP 14-cm0123au is made using a combination of ABS plastic and polycarbonate material.

To minimise scratches, HP has given a textured matte finish of the chassis, which looks and feels fantastic with embossed shiny HP logo.

The keyboard deck has the same textures finish found on the chassis and features a full-sized keyboard. The keys are well spaced and have decent key travel which provides excellent typing comfort.

The trackpad on this laptop is the standard plastic one with two selection buttons at the bottom.

The exhaust vents are located on the sides and beneath the long hinge. These vents help in an efficient dissipation of heat and minimise issues due to overheating.

Processor and Performance

Under the hood, the HP 14-cm0123au is powered by an AMD Dual-core A4 processor with a base clock of 2.3GHz that can turbo boost up to 2.6GHz under heavy loads.

This dual-core processor performs reasonably well with the applications that you will use daily.

Loaded with a 4GB DDR4 RAM, multitasking between causal apps is snappier and smooth.

If you want to squeeze out more performance from this laptop, there is the provision for expanding the memory up to 16GB.

However, even with the out of the box 4GB RAM configuration, Web browsing and productivity suites like Microsoft office work well with this processor and you won’t feel any performance issues.

Display

This device features a 14-inch HD LED Display that offers decent viewing angles and colour reproduction. This is a widescreen LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and has sufficient brightness and decent colour reproduction.

HP Truevision HD Webcam is present and accounted for that will capture the video in 720p while making video calls to your dear and near ones. This webcam performs on par with comparatively expensive laptops priced under Rs.30,000.

Miscellaneous

The HP 14-cm0123au has a 1TB hard disk which will be enough for your data storage needs if you plan to keep them offline in these “cloud” centric era.

Operating system and connectivity

The HP 14-cm0123au comes loaded with a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home edition OS right out of the box for you to use.

Port distribution is good with HP providing one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and an SD card reader.

Battery life and fast charging

A 4 cell lithium-ion battery powers the device that the company promises to provide up to 5 hours of usage on a single charge. The inclusion of a fast-charging feature will let you charge this device quickly.

Verdict

HP is one of the most recognizable brands in the country when it comes to consumer durables such as laptops and other computer peripherals.

This brand value reflects in the service network of the company across India as well.

The HP 14-cm0123au offers you the best of both worlds – build quality and performance under a reasonable budget.

Having customer access points all over the country ensures that if anything unfortunate happens with your device, help is only a phone call away.

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Excellent build quality

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MS Office 2019 subscription

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Compact form factor

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No-CD/DVD drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM256 GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD APU A4 2.3GHz
Battery4-5 Hours
Display14 inch HD LED backlit

There you are!

We hope this list will provide you with some insights about the best laptops under Rs.20,000 price range.

We have tried our best to pick the ones we feel best in each category that will help you further narrow down your search for the laptops you’re looking for.

Go ahead and make your mind.

If you don’t mind to spend a few bucks extra for more features, you might want to check out our best laptops under Rs.25,000 list.

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