Best Laptops Under Rs.20,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 13, 2019

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. Acer Aspire 3Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Ideapad 330Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus Eeebook E203Feature Rich Laptop
4. HP 245 G5Best Build Quality
5. RDP 1310-EC1Entry Level Netbook
6. Dell Inspiron 3552Honourable Mention

1. Acer Aspire 3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Decent display
  • Up to 6.5 hours of battery life
  • Powerful processor

Acer is a Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer with some impressive products up their sleeve.

The Aspire series has been a runaway success in many of the markets around the globe.

Design and Build Quality

The Acer Aspire 3 is completely made out of hard plastic, which is common for laptops in its price category.

The fit and finish might not feel the best out there, but definitely passable in terms of its price tag.

The hinge mechanism is robust and offers easy opening and closing of the lid without applying much pressure. The display stays rigid in place without much flex as well.

Overall, the Acer Aspire 3 attains a decent score when it comes to build quality.

Processor and Performance

Speaking of the internals, this laptop features with a relatively powerful AMD A4-9125 processor with a base clock of 2.6GHz.

The A4 chip is one of the best-performing entry-level chipsets in the sub. Rs.20,000 price range at present.
With the 4GB DDR4 RAM, casual internet browsing and document editing can go hand in hand without any lags.

If you want to do some serious multitasking, we’d at least recommend a laptop priced under Rs.30,000 for acceptable performance.

Having said that, you can expand the RAM module on this laptop up to 12GB.

The accompanied 1TB HDD is more than enough to save your files offline.

Display

The 15.6-inch HD LED display is surprisingly brighter and offers pretty good visuals across the colour spectrum.

Acer has done a good job in choosing a good monitor for this laptop at such a low price tag.

Acer has incorporated a blue light filter technology on its display panels to reduce the strain on your eyes after a long working session.

The filter will stop the display from emitting blue light, thereby providing a cool display that ensures relaxed eyes and easy sleep as proved from various scientific studies.

Keyboard

When it comes to the keyboard, budget laptops don’t care much. But with the Aspire 3, Acer has certainly provided the best keyboard that feels easy to type on.

The keys are laid out with sufficient spaces in between them and have a clicky feel to it. This aids in faster typing speeds with fewer mistakes.

Miscellaneous

One of the small quirks you’ve to live with is the inclusion of a single USB 3.0 port.

With all the similarly priced models coming with at least 2 USB 3.0, this is a bit of a letdown.

Battery Life

The Acer Aspire 3, with all the power hungry hardware inside, delivers an exceptional 6-hour battery life.

The battery charges in pretty quickly under 2 hours as well.

Verdict

The Acer Aspire 3 is a capable entry-level laptop with a good display and acceptable performance for the price at which it is offered at.

If your after a laptop that is well built and gives you a sense of durability this is it.

It comes with Windows 10 preinstalled and saves you a lot of time and effort in installing one afterwards on your own.

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Easy to type keyboard

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Windows 10 pre-installed

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DDR4 RAM module

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Low-speed HDD

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD A4-9125 2.6GHz
BatteryUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED Backlit TFT

 

2. Lenovo Ideapad 330

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Windows 10 preinstalled
  • USB C port
  • Vivid and bright display

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 really liked.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 is one of the newest entries to the entry-level budget laptop catalogue in the country.

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 great build quality.

The Ideapad 330 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.

Minimal bezels on either side of the display are stunning and make the display look even bigger than it is in reality.

Processor and Performance

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

Inside the chassis is an AMD A4-9125 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 330 as 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 330 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 330 comes with a 2-cell Lithium-ion battery inside.

This will let the device be run for about 5 hours on moderate usage with 55% 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 330 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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Elegant design

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Sensitive trackpad

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Excellent display

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Random slowdowns when used continuously

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM1 TB
RAM4GB DDR3
ProcessorAMDA4-9125 2.6GHz
BatteryUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

 

3. Asus Eeebook E203

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Feature Rich Laptop
  • Speakers with loud sound output
  • Pre-installed Windows 10 OS
  • One year warranty

We know you’re in search of an entry-level laptop either for your casual use or for your kids to enrich their academic learning process and for that, we would wholeheartedly recommend this product for you.

The latest offering from Asus, the Eeebook E203 is an ultra-compact netbook suitable for students as well as adults looking for an affordable and portable machine.

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 have good key travel distance, making it one of the comfortable keyboards to type on among the competition.

Processor and Performance

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

The Asus Eeebook E203 packs in an Intel Celeron N4000 processor with clock speeds up to 2.6GHz.

This processor isn’t the fastest out there, but performs reasonably well in handling casuals tasks such as web browsing and document editing, making a powerpoint presentation, handling excel sheets etc.

Assisted with a 2GB DDR4 RAM, this laptop can run your daily chores with minimal hiccups.

Display

The smaller 11.6-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 light.

Connectivity

The Asus Eeebook 203 features a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port for ultra-fast data transfers. 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. There is also an optical drive to access the contents from a traditional CD or DVD.

Battery Life

The Asus Eeebook 203 lasts for a good 7 hours on a single charge on 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 Eeebook 203 is an ultra-compact and portable laptop aimed at students and casual users with a tight budget.

The elegant design and the adequate build quality with decent performance make this notebook a good choice under Rs.20,000.

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Portable and lightweight

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Trackpad with gesture support

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Robust connectivity options

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No disk drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM500 GB
RAM2 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Celeron N4000
BatteryUp to 6 Hours
Display11.6 inch HD LED Antiglare

 

4. HP 245 G5

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Best Build Quality
  • Brand reliability
  • 7200 rpm HDD
  • Comes with DOS OS only

The HP 245 G5 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 245 G5 is made using a combination of ABS plastic and polycarbonate material.

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

The keyboard deck has a brushed metal finish with 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 245 G5 is powered by an AMD Dual-core E2 processor with a base clock of 1.8GHz that can turbo boost up to 2.2GHz under heavy loads.

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

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 245 G5 has a 500GB HDD which will be enough for your data storage needs if you plan to keep them offline in these “cloud” centric era.

One of the interesting things to notice is that this HDD has a spinning speed of 7200rpm, which results in faster app loading times as well as booting.

One of the best features of this laptop is the inclusion of a disk drive. This will let you play media/data from a CD or DVD. Although the optical disks are becoming more of a story of the past, having this feature is definitely an added bonus.

Operating System and Connectivity

One of the main gripe with this device is that it comes with Free DOS meaning you will have to install the operating system of your choice on your own.

Port distribution is good with HP providing two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, 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 245 G5 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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Good build quality

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Bright display with good viewing angles

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Fast charging support

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720p Webcam

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No Windows 10 out of the box

 Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Storage/RAM500 GB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAPU Quad Core A6 2.2GHz
Battery4-5 Hours
Display14 inch HD LED backlit

5. RDP 1310-EC1

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Entry Level Netbook
  • Suited for casual usage
  • Excellent battery life
  • Dual speakers

RDP is an Indian company that has been active in the market with its products such as tablets and laptops.

This affordable device costs only a fraction of what other manufacturers asks for their products with similar configurations.

Netbook

The RDP 1310-EC1 is a thin and light netbook which runs a full-fledged Windows OS priced similarly to that of many budget smartphones.

If you’re too low on budget but still is in search of a netbook that your kid can make use for his/her academic purposes, this is the best bet.

Processor and Performance

Running on a less powerful Intel quad-core processor clocked at 1.44GHz and coupled with 4GB of RAM, this little device can be as useful as any of the laptops priced under Rs.20,000 available in the market.

As this budget netbook comes loaded with Windows 10 OS, it can run most of the windows based apps in its full flex.

Apps like MS word and powerpoint works pretty well, considering the processor and limited amount of RAM inside.

Remember that this is a netbook and is not capable of heavy multitasking. You may face certain hiccups but nothing major enough to be a dealbreaker.

Storage

A 32GB eMMC lets you store some of the data, if not all on the device.

Be sure you have an external storage source if you plan to use this device as apps and other data can take up space quite quickly.

eMMC stands for embedded Multi-Media Controller. It is basically a flash memory that is found on compact communication devices such as smartphones and tablets. Generally, this eMMC are of limited memory sizes.

Display

The RDP 1310-EC1 sports a 11.6-inch HD LED Backlit display with good colour and saturation levels.

This display is perfect for viewing video content on youtube and casual browsing on the go.

Thanks to its smaller size, the higher pixel density of this display render the images and text with excellent sharpness and clarity.

Miscellaneous

Since it’s lightweight and compact, students can carry it around in their regular school bags easily.

Windows 10 is preinstalled and users can use the device right out of the box without having the need for setting up anything else.

On the connectivity front, the RDP 1310-EC1 features a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port along with an HDMI input port and an SD card reader.

Battery Life

This netbook can last up to 9 hours on a single charge. This makes it a perfect travel companion.

Verdict

The RDP 1310-EC1 is a thin and lightweight carry anywhere netbook which is affordable to most of the consumers.

Featuring a full-fledged version of Windows 10 Home, this product will enhance the enjoyable learning experience of your kid to an entirely new level.

Having excellent battery life means the device can be carried in trips to enjoy watching interesting videos as well.

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Affordable

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4GB RAM

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Portable notebook

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Thick bezels around the display

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage/RAM32GB
RAM4 GB DDR3
ProcessorIntel Quad-core 1.44GHz
BatteryUp to 7 Hours
Display11.6 inch HD LED

 

6. Dell Inspiron 3552

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Honourable Mention
  • Best for first-timers
  • Good for casual use
  • Bulky and heavy

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

The Inspiron 3552 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 3552 is 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 of 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. Actually, we prefer this simple look over the sharp cuts and grooves on the chassis to make the laptop more aggressive.

Performance

The Dell Inspiron 3522 comes equipped with a medium grade Intel N3710 processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

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 Dropbox to provide free 20GB worth of cloud storage for every customer who buys a Dell computer.

If you have some files that you think should be on the cloud accessible anywhere and every time, this is a great choice.

Battery Life

Since the Intel N3710 is not much of an efficient processor, this device lasts for only under 6 hours of continuous usage.

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 Ubuntu 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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Affordable

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Minimal design

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Wide service centre network

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Plastic build

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Outdated processor

 Specifications

Operating SystemUbuntu
Storage/RAM1TB
RAM4GB DDR3
ProcessorIntel Quad-core 1.6GHz
BatteryUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

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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