Best Laptops Under Rs.25,000 (March 2019)

by | Mar 11, 2019

We guess you are looking for your first laptop.

Or searching for a second one just to browse the web and watch some content on a wider screen.

Maybe you want to gift a laptop to your parents.

If yes, you’re in the right place.

Here we present to you the curated list of the best laptops under Rs.25,000 that will satisfy all the needs mentioned above.

Best Laptop Under Rs.25,000

1. Lenovo Ideapad 330Overall Best Pick
2. HP 15q-by002AXRunner-Up Pick
3. Asus A541UABest Build Quality
4. Acer Aspire E5 576Best Battery Life
5. Dell Inspiron 3552 NotebookHonorable Mention

1. Lenovo Ideapad 330

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Overall Best Pick
  • Full HD display
  • Laptop with Ryzen 3 processor
  • Suited for media consumption

Lenovo has been selling laptops and notebooks for a while in the Indian market.

The speciality of Lenovo is that they offer a wide range of custom configurations that users can select based on their personal preference.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 has a metallic silver coloured chassis made of high-quality hard plastic.

The design is simple and right on point without any unnecessary distractions to talk about.

The minimal branding and use of dual tone black and silver colour scheme makes this laptop look and feel stylish and premium.

The sufficiently large trackpad and easy to use full-size keypad will make you feel right at home if you are used to the desktop computing experience.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 packs in the latest AMD Ryzen 3 processor and is one of the first laptops in the Indian market to sport the same.

This dual-core processor runs at a base clock of 2.5GHz with a boost speed up to 3.4GHz.

The Ryzen 3 performs much better than the similarly priced Intel processors and even gives this laptop an edge over the graphics performance.

The integrated AMD Vega 3 graphics helps the processor to compute graphics tasks much faster and fluid than any other laptop in its segment.

With the 4GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD, this laptop proves to be a winner by a definite margin in the under Rs.25,000 budget.

If you are a fan of expandability, the Lenovo Ideapad 330 comes with an option to expand the RAM up to 8GB for better and more fluid multitasking experience.

Display

The display is the main USP of this device.

The Lenovo 320E features a 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 pixels full HD LED Backlit Anti-glare display that outputs punchier and vivid colours and excellent viewing angles.

Reflection from the screen is minimal, thanks to the anti-glare coating, using this display in bright light is a joy.

A very few laptops if not none offers such a good quality full HD display in the segment.

The texts and visuals appear crisp and clean with no noticeable pixelation to be seen anywhere.

We’d say, if you love to watch a lot of movies and other media content on your laptop, purchasing this one won’t leave you disappointed.

Miscellaneous

Windows 10 Home is the preinstalled Operating System that is bundled with this laptop.

Lenovo also provides a 12 months free subscription of McAfee Livesafe antivirus with this device for protection from viruses and unwanted malware on the internet.

Lenovo has done an impressive job in thermal management that results in less heating even when the laptop functions under heavy loads.

Connectivity

Ports-wise, the laptop features two USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port along with an HDMI out and a 4 in 1 card reader.

The RJ45 port will let you connect wired LAN to the device if that’s your choice of connection.

Remember that even expensive laptops are inclined to omit these legacy ports nowadays.

Battery life

Lenovo Ideapad is equipped with a 2 cell lithium battery that will last you about 5 hours of continuous usage.

Included in the box is a 45W AC adapter that will charge the device fairly quickly.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad e330 has the best display among the other contenders on this list. Period.

If you intend to purchase a budget laptop priced under Rs.25,000 for multimedia consumption and casual productivity tasks, this is one of the better choices in the market right now.

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Great display with punchier and vivid colour

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Stylish design

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Good battery life

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Slow HDD

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorRyzen 3 Dual Core 2.5-3.4GHz
GraphicsAMD Vega 3
Battery Backup5 Hours
Display15.6 inch full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels

2. HP 15Q-BY002AX

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Dedicated graphics card
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Decent display

The brand HP is one of the front-runners in the Indian laptop industry.

The company has been very popular in the market with its budget as well as performance laptops.

The HP 15Q-BY002AX is one of the entry-level laptops that the company has to offer for the budget-constrained buyers in the country.

Design and Build Quality

The HP 15Q-BY002AX laptop is a fine example of how companies can design better-looking laptops even in the low-end price segment.

It’s not that only a laptop with good looks performs better, but having a pleasing aesthetic beauty to any device, not just a laptop is certainly appreciable.

The minimal design with the metallic HP logo adorning the back side of the laptop makes this device very attractive. The plastic yet sufficiently strong keyboard deck is given a brushed metal finish.

The keys on the full-sized keyboard are very tactile and offer great typing response.

The metallic hinges work exceptionally well, without any squeaks while opening and closing the lid.

Performance

The first question from any prospective buyer would be – Where did HP cut the corners?

At its processor and the RAM with lower clock speed.

Is this some kind of a deal breaker for someone looking for an entry level casual laptop?

No.

The AMD APU A9 is not a mediocre processor by any means. Most of the competitors in this price come with the same. We wish HP had gone the Intel way with this one.

This processor is sufficient for carrying out the daily causal activities without any a headache.

The 4GB DDR4 RAM is quite nice as well. But the lower clock speed of 1866 MHz will cause some troubles during multitasking.

Dedicated GPU !!

Now comes the interesting part.

This budget laptop comes with a discrete AMD Radeon 520s 2GB DDR3 GPU.

Yes, you’ve read it right.

This gives leeway to the slightly underpowered processor in terms of performance.

Also, the RAM expandability up to 16GB is another interesting aspect worth mentioning.

Display

The 15.6-inch HD screen does the job quite well. The brightness levels are adequate and colours look natural and vivid.

Budget laptops have a budget constraint when it comes to including a full HD display for the price so you should always expect just an HD panel no matter what.

There is no dearth of ports on this product. This laptop features two USB 3.0 ports and the usual set of connectivity options such as HDMI and SD card reader.

Battery Life

With the 4-cell Li-ion battery pack inside, this laptop will last about 4 hours on a single charge.

We expected a bit more juice out of this laptop mainly because of its non HD display and a slightly underpowered processor but didn’t.

Verdict

For the amount of money you spend, the HP 15Q-BY002AX offers impressive internals and features.

Combined with the brand reliability and vast service centre network, this laptop is your best bet when purchasing a laptop under Rs.25,000.

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1-year onsite warranty

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Respectable performance

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Build quality

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Lower clocked RAM

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Average touch pad response

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB 1866MHz DDR4
ProcessorAMD APU Dual Core A9 3GHz
Graphics2GB DDR3 AMD Radeon 520s
Battery Backup4 Hours
Display15.6 inch 1366 x 768 HD LED Backlit Widescreen BrightView

3. Asus A541UA

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 Best Build Quality
  • Best for casual/academic use
  • USB C port
  • Aesthetically pleasing design

Asus is a well-known competitor 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 A541UA being one of the entry-level offerings 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 gesture input. The keys are little less clicky but for its price, we’d agree this is an acceptable keyboard to type on.

The fit and finish of this laptop is exemplary for its price and can be definitely considered as a champion in terms of build quality.

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 Intel Core i3-6100u processor with a base clock of 2.3GHz.

Don’t get confused with the clock and speed jargons, 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.

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

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity features, this laptop comes loaded as well.

The Asus A541UA features a single USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port and the recent USB C port for ultra-fast data transfers. There are the regular HDMI and SD card reader slot as well.

Operating System

The Asus A541UA comes with free DOS as its operating system out of the box. You’ll have to install a preferred OS on your own – be it Windows or Linux based ones.

Rest assured, this laptop is fully compatible with all the operating systems and the specific drivers for this laptop are available officially from the Asus website.

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.

Battery Life

The 2-cell Li-ion battery pack in this laptop lasts for a decent 4-5 hours before dying out.

Remember that battery life statistics are very subjective and might significantly vary from person to person.

Verdict

If you want to purchase a laptop under a tight budget and later want easy upgradability options to enrich the performance, there’s nothing better than an Asus laptop.

This device offers cutting-edge features for the price and gives you an overall satisfactory performance.

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RAM can be upgraded up to 16 GB

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Elegant design and good build quality

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1-year onsite warranty

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No Windows OS

Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i3 6100U 2.3GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 520
Battery Backup4-5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED 1366 x 768 pixels

4. Acer Aspire E5 576

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Best Battery Life
  • Suitable laptop for travel junkies
  • Well built product
  • Windows 10 OS pre-installed

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

The Aspire E5 576 is one of the 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.25,000.

Design and Build Quality

Built using high-quality ABS plastic and polycarbonate, the Aspire E5 676 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 E5 576 runs on an Intel Core i3 6th generation processor that is clocked at 2.3GHz.

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

The processor comes with an integrated Intel HD 520 which will assist in performing graphics-intensive tasks.

The 4GB DDR RAM module and the 1TB HDD is 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

Storage wise, Acer Aspire E5 676 has a more than adequate 1TB HDD that you can use to save your memories and to cherish them at a later date.

A 4GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133MHz runs the show and is expandable up to 12GB.

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 2.0, a USB C port 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 E5 576 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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Superb battery life

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Better processor

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Expandable memory slot

Q

Mediocre front camera

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i3 6100U 2.3GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 520
Battery BackupUp to 7 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

5. Dell Inspiron 3552 Notebook

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 Honorable 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 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.

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 4 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 Windows 10 Home, 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 center network
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Plastic build
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Outdated processor

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB 1666 MHz DDR3
ProcessorPentium Quad core N3710 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Intergrated HD 405
Battery Backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6 inch 1366 x 768 HD LED Backlit

That concludes our list of the best laptops available under Rs.25,000. If you weren’t able to find a suitable model in this budget, you can check out some of the best laptops we have listed in other budgets here.

Please do check out the best laptops under Rs.30,000 article for a more wider choice spectrum at a slightly higher budget.

We hope you have made up your mind with ease after reading our suggestions.

We will be adding new laptops when products that can challenge our top picks are launched. So stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter. Cheers!

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