Best Laptops Under Rs.30,000 (May 2020)

by | May 26, 2020

Even though smartphones have taken over a lot of tasks we used to do in laptops, they are still an essential gadget to have.

The high range flagship laptops provide superior performance, the mid-range ones deliver the best of both worlds and low-end laptops are worthy of the money you pay.

For an average Indian user who uses a laptop for casual purpose, the most affordable price to buy a laptop is under Rs.30,000.

That’s why we have made a comprehensive list of laptops that fit your needs perfectly in this budget.

Here is our list of the best laptops under Rs.30,000 in India.

If you want to read reviews on some other price ranges as well, please check out our articles on Best Laptops under different budgets here.

Best Laptops Under Rs.30,000

1. Acer Aspire 3Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Ideapad S145Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus Vivobook 15Value for Money Laptop
4. HP Notebook 15 Feature-Rich Laptop
5. Dell Vostro 3490Honourable Mention

Note: The price shown are the once when we reviewed the products. However, as the promotional offers changes on the given E-commerce sites, the price may vary. Bettershark is supported by it's readers. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

1. Acer Aspire 3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Suited for multitasking 
  • A decent full HD display
  • Multi-gesture touchpad

Acer has been at the forefront of value for money laptop revolution in the Indian market.

The Acer Aspire 3 comes with powerful internals for those who are looking for a performance-oriented laptop under a budget of Rs.30,000.

Build Quality and Design

The Acer Aspire 3 laptop is entirely made of plastic but feels solid and strong throughout the entire body. There is no flex whatsoever, but the device does feel a little bit heavy.

The design of this laptop looks awesome for its asking price. A great amount of detail has been enforced into the design of this budget laptop. The large and comfortable keyboard offers an excellent typing experience.

Due to the powerful internals inside, Acer had the foresight of having heating issues and has provided large exhaust vents for cooling down the laptop, resulting in minimal throttling.

Display

This device packs in a large 15.6-inch full HD display with an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The colour reproduction and contrast levels of this screen seem to be on par when compared with its competitors in the same price segment.

This display can get decently bright and usage under direct light won’t be much of a problem per se.

The thick bezels around the display might bother you a bit at first but will get used to afterwards.

Processor and Performance

Powering the device is the latest AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor with a base clock of 2GHz.

This processor performs great when it comes to graphics-intensive tasks as well as with the causal applications and multitasking.

This laptop comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133Mhz and is expandable. Coupled together is a traditional 1TB mechanical HDD.

The AMD Vega 8 integrated graphics chip works great and n times better than the earlier integrated graphics solutions from Intel.

You can use this laptop to play AAA titles with acceptable frame rates at either low or medium settings.

Miscellaneous

The speakers are placed at the bottom of the laptop and will often get muffled due to the covering up of speaker grills. The sound output is loud but the bass is lacking.

All the legacy ports are present and accounted for on this device. There are two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port and an RJ 45 port for connecting the ethernet cable along with an SD card reader.

Battery Life

A 4810 mAh Li-ion battery powers this laptop. The company claims that the laptop can last for about 7 hours on a single charge but take that with a grain of salt.

Verdict

The Acer Aspire 3 can be considered as a performance-oriented entry-level laptop if we consider the budget.

For those budget-conscious game enthusiasts, this might be the start you’re hoping for.

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Genuine Windows 10 OS

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1-year onsite warranty

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Dual stereo speakers

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 Quad core 2GHz
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery BackupUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD Display

2. Lenovo Ideapad S145

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Full HD display
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen processor
  • 65W fast charging

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 S145 is one of the latest entries to the mid-range budget laptop catalogue in the country.

Build Quality and Design

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 S145 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.

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

Also, the company has an improved hinge mechanism which allows up to 180-degree rotation. However, we’re still not sure what advantage this brings to the table.

Processor and Performance

Fret not, the good qualities of this laptop doesn’t end with the looks. Inside the chassis is the latest AMD Ryzen 3 processor.

This processor is clocked at 2.6GHz and has a maximum clock speed of 3.1GHz, which for a laptop under this budget offers an interesting mix of performance and battery life.

With the onboard 4GB DDR4 RAM, this laptop performs on par with laptops powered by Intel processors inside.

The AMD Radeon Vega 3 integrated graphics is the best out there and will chew through most of the resource-hungry applications related to graphics and gaming effortlessly.

This will give you an upper hand in the graphics-intensive process and even some light gaming, to say the least.

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

Display

Lenovo usually provides very good display panels with their laptops. Same is the case with the Ideapad S145 as well.

This 15.6-inch display is a Full HD panel with an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The colours are bright and vivid and the contrast levels are up to the mark.

There is no noticeable pixelation in texts and everything appears fine and clear. The thin side bezels enhance the immersive experience with the display when you are watching video content.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 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 thanks to the wide service centre network of Lenovo in India.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 comes with a 2-cell Lithium-ion battery inside. This will let the device run for about 4.5 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

For a laptop priced under Rs.30,000, the Lenovo Ideapad S145 is a steal. With a fairly excellent screen and a powerful processor inside having excellent graphics performance, this laptop is worthy to be the best in the business in its price category.

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

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Premium design

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Robust build quality

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180-degree tiltable flat hinge

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 Dual core 2.6GHz
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 3
Battery BackupUp to 5  Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

3. Asus Vivobook 15

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Suited for productivity on the go
  • Easy to carry around
  • Rich connectivity features

Asus is quickly catching up when it comes to the competition in the laptop market with the giants like HP and Dell.

Asus has been a star performer in many of our lists including the premium budget category to the entry-level laptops.

This time with the budget-oriented Vivobook S15, Asus has a strong contender in the sub Rs.30,000 price bracket.

Build Quality and Design

If you ask us to describe the build quality and design of this laptop in just one word, it would be this – gorgeous!

Yes, the Asus Vivobook S15 has the same chassis and the looks of its premium laptop cousins bearing the same Vivobook badge.

This thing looks dope and people would often mistake this beauty for a MacBook Air at a distance.

The plastic hard shell with metallic brushed design has been our favourite for some time now and the same is present in this laptop as well.

Everything feels great and the fit and finish of the product, in general, are great for the asking price.

Performance

Inside the stunningly stylish Asus Vivobook S15 is the latest AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor clocked at 2 GHz.

Higher clock rate equates to better performance in general but usually at the expense of battery life.

This device is ideal to be a travel laptop that can handle all the essential productivity tasks such as document editing on the go without any lags.

The 4GB DD4 RAM can be easily upgraded to double the amount that for better multitasking.
It has to be noted that this is a slightly faster 2400MHz RAM than the normal 2133 MHz ones found on most laptops in the price segment.

There is also the provision to swap the existing 1TB HDD for an SSD to make this laptop perform as great as any other premium laptop out there.

The AMD Vega 8 graphics which comes with the Ryzen processor has been tried and tested for its graphics handling performance and is found to be on par with the Intel integrated graphics solutions.

Display

The Asus Vivobook S15 features a 15.6-inch widescreen full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This display is an anti-glare panel that will restrict the light from reflecting off the surface, thereby reducing the stress on your eyes while looking at it.

The visuals and text look sharp and clear and the colour reproduction is also decent.

However, the viewing angles are mediocre and you won’t be able to distinguish between the colours when looked at this display in slight angle change.

Connectivity

Asus is no miser when it comes to including connectivity options on their laptops. The

Asus Vivobook S15 comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port and a new generation USB C port for faster data transfer speeds.

Remember that USB C ports are still finding its way to budget laptops of other brands when Asus has done it already.

Battery Life

The two cell Lithium-ion battery inside this laptop is generally good and provides battery life up to 8 hours on a single charge.

The 45W charger bundled with the package supports fast charging and will let you juice up the device pretty quickly.

Verdict

The Asus Vivobook is one of the best looking laptops around Rs.35,000 price point.

It is compact and lightweight and is the perfect choice for travellers who would prefer taking their files with them and do some casual work on the fly.

Fast charging and the full HD display aids the laptop in being a perfect media consumption device.

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Excellent design

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Lightweight and portable

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USB C port

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No dedicated GPU

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 Quad core
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery BackupUp to 8 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD Display

4. HP Notebook 15

HP Notebook 15
Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Full HD widescreen display
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home OS
  • Fast charging support

HP is one of the most accomplished electronic hardware manufacturers across the globe.

The HP Notebook 15 model specifically targets users who are in search of a device mainly for media consumption at large.

Build Quality

The build as you’d have already guessed is plastic, yes. But the textured finish on the back with metallic HP logo is very much appealing to the eyes.

The robust hinge mechanism feels solid and ensures durability no matter how many times you open and close the lid. There is no noticeable flex in the shell and the build feels durable.

The full-size island-style keyboard has a dedicated number pad on it. This will make it feel at home for those who are used to desktop keyboards.

Processor and Performance

The HP Notebook 15 is one of the first laptops under Rs.30,000 in the country to rock an AMD Ryzen series mobile processor. This laptop features an AMD Ryzen 3 2200U processor clocked at 2.6GHz.

With the 4GB of DDR4 RAM, it comes with, this laptop breaks no sweat while running the usual set of applications such as web browsers and office suites. It also performs incredibly well when it comes to multitasking.

If you’re inclined to suck up more power out of this incredible mobile processor, we’d suggest you invest a few bucks on an additional RAM module.

The AMD Radeon Vega 3 integrated graphics on this chip blows the Intel integrated GPUs in performance. You can easily play light to medium games at low/medium settings comfortably on this laptop.

Storage-wise, this machine comes with a 1TB mechanical HDD on board to store your media files all in one place.

Display

The screen on this machine is a 15.6-inch Full HD widescreen anti-glare panel that provides vivid and punchier colours and sharper images with a decent level of detail.

This 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display has a maximum brightness up to 220 nits, which is quite OK for indoor use. On top of the display, a 720p webcam is provided for making video calls.

The built-in dual speakers located on the underside of the laptop might get muffled when placed on a surface.

Connectivity

The HP 15 comes with 2 USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader.

Battery Life

All this is powered by a 4 cell Lithium-ion battery pack that the company claims will last up to 6-7 hours.

The fast charging technology from HP will let you charge this device up to 70% in under 40 minutes.

Verdict

In conclusion, If you are looking for a perfect companion for your academic as well as casual uses, the HP Notebook 15 is a great choice.

Those who love consuming content on a bigger, better screen would love to have this laptop with them.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Built-in dual speakers

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Robust build quality

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A bit bulky

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 2200U
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 3
Battery Backup6-7 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

5. Dell Vostro 3490

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Honourable Mention
  • Latest 10th generation Intel processor
  • Secure file storage via biometric protection
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home OS

Dell is one of the oldest computer and related peripherals brands in the Indian market.

The Vostro series has been in the market since time immemorial and is one of the widely regarded budget laptop lineups in the country.

The Dell Vostro 3490 brings back the age-old build quality of Dell combined with the latest processor from Intel by which the company intends to deliver the best of both worlds.

Design and Build Quality

Starting with the design, It’s completely made of plastic and the design is of a typical Dell laptop style. The textured matte finish offers excellent grip and aesthetic beauty to this entry-level laptop.

Not the slimmest out there, this laptop weighs around 2.25Kg. This is because there is an optical disk drive tucked underneath the shell, which is almost a rarity nowadays.

The quality of construction is very good for the price. There is no substantial flex on the chassis or the display.

The island-style keyboard doesn’t feature a numeric pad but otherwise is perfectly comfortable to type on.

To ensure security, Dell has added a fingerprint sensor on this laptop for biometric identification instead of plain old passwords.

Display

The display is a 14-inch HD LED panel and for some people, that will be the perfect display size for a laptop. This display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

Not the best display out there, but with the decent brightness and colour accuracy, it is perfectly usable for students as well as casual users.

A compact display means that it’s much easier to slip it in a bag and carry around.
The smaller display size also helps in saving battery life.

Processor and Performance

One of the reasons why Dell Vostro 3478 stand-out from the rest is its 10th Generation Intel Core i3 processor.

It is quite a surprise that Dell has managed to include the latest generation processor at such a competitive price segment, giving this laptop a clear mandate over its competitors.

The 4GB DDR4 RAM helps in running multiple programs and keeping several tabs open simultaneously without any problems.

Furthermore, there is provision for expanding RAM further to aid better multitasking performance. The Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU is integrated with the chipset.

This GPU is much more powerful than the previous generation and can easily handle light to medium gaming as well as other graphics-intensive tasks.

All in all, you can expect great performance while doing office work, browsing the Internet or doing other day-to-day tasks.

Fingerprint Scanner

The Dell Vostro 3490 also offers certain specifications not seen in other budget laptops.
It has a fingerprint scanner for unlocking your laptop in a flash.

It also contains a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip for an extra layer of security for your sensitive data, under the hood.

Connectivity

There is a VGA+HDMI connectivity option on this notebook as well. The Dell Vostro 3490 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It has all the necessary ports like one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI port and an SD card slot.
It doesn’t have any USB-C ports, which may be an inconvenience as more and more devices are switching to them.

The speakers in Vostro offer output that’s quite accurate and loud enough to fill a medium-sized room. The clarity is good but at higher volume, it sounds distorted.

Battery Life

The Dell Vostro has a battery backup of 5-6 hours under normal usage which delivers a 3-hour backup under continuous heavy usage.

When compared with other contenders, these figures are more or less the standard for laptops in this price bracket.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Dell Vostro 3490 is a great budget laptop and it offers some unique specifications not found in its competitors.

The latest 10th generation processor and the fast DDR4 RAM will prove beneficial for a fast computing experience.

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Expandable memory

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Compact in size

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Fingerprint Scanner

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Not the most beautiful design

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorInte Core i3 -10110U
GraphicsIntel integrated graphics
Battery Backup5-6 Hours
Display14 inch HD LED

This concludes our best picks for the laptops priced under Rs.30,000.

Mind you, the list is incomplete as the choices are highly subjective.

Even then, we have tried our best to provide you with the relevant models that might interest you.

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When you are on the lookout to buy a laptop, how do you select the right one?

For most people, we believe, it starts with the processor.

How many cores it has, dual core or quad core? Is it core i3 or core i5?

The speed of the processor and the RAM installed is another concern.

Then comes the amount of hard disk storage available inside the laptop.

Finally, it is down to the weight, looks and of course the price.

If a consumer likes the processor, amount of RAM, available storage and finds the look of laptop appealing he buys it.

But this is a wrong way to buy a laptop.

Over the years, the laptop manufacturers and their marketers have misled consumers a lot by talking about components like processor, RAM etc.

They are packing insane specifications on them to purposefully lure customers by carefully compromising on certain very important aspects.

That’s why it’s about time you stop listening to the sales people and get a bit more proactive in how you choose your laptops.

Here is a useful guide to help you buy the right laptop for your needs on a budget without compromising on features you really want.

1. Processor

In the last few years, processors have become very fast and powerful.

The AMD dual-core and Intel Core i3 processors in budget laptops right now are way better than the processors found in top-end laptops a few years ago.

Most of the general-purpose programs like a web browser don’t even use 20 percent processing power of a Core i3 processor.

To put this into perspective, the MacBook Air that is utterly expensive and powerful is running on a dual-core processor at a speed of 1.4GHz.

While buying a laptop for your basic needs, don’t worry about the processor.

Yes, Core i7 is usually better than Core i5 and Core i5 is better than Core i3.

But even if you are getting Core i3, it is more than enough for a general-purpose laptop.

Another misconception people have is the quality of AMD processors.

There was a time in the past when processors from AMD were performing below par when compared with Intel.

But they have bridged that gap now.

They are even releasing processors with computing power way better than Intel’s flagship (Google AMD Ryzen).

For a budget laptop buyer, it is cost-effective to go for an AMD processor as it has more than enough computing power for moderate usage.

2. Amount of RAM

Nowadays, all laptops have 4GB RAM. And that is all you need. If you can get more, go for it.

But don’t buy a laptop just because it has 8GB RAM.

There are more important things that you should consider instead of going after RAM.

Look for the cache memory available and the number of levels of cache (L1, L2, L3 cache memory hierarchy).

Remember that better the cache memory, faster the processing speed.

The only thing that additional RAM does is to allow your computer to do more things at once, not actually make it faster.

3. Graphics Card

There was a time when integrated graphics chip used to be really weak.

A graphics card made sense at that time.

Nowadays, if you are looking for a laptop on which you can browse the web and watch videos, don’t worry about the graphics card.

Are you going to play demanding games like GTA V and FIFA 18 on your laptop?

Then only consider going for laptops with a dedicated graphics card.

4. Display Size and Quality

The display is something that is going to define your computing experience.

It is your window into computers and the work they do.

A bad display means a bad experience.

Don’t buy a laptop just because it has a large screen.

A large screen with a poor quality display or low resolution is going to affect your overall experience negatively.

Remember that the display is where you will be staring all day.

So, go for a better screen even if the size is small.

There are full HD (1080p) laptops available under Rs.30,000 that you can consider like Asus Vivobook Max though most of the budget laptops are having HD display only.

My recommendation for a balance between portability and viewing comfort is a 14-inch display.

The 14-inch notebooks are generally lightweight and easy to carry around, but as a compromise, you will be working with a smaller screen.

A bigger screen size, on the other hand, is more comfortable to sit and look at for extended periods but is significantly less portable due to the physical size of the notebook.

It will be difficult to slip it into a bag and carry with you.

We recommend trying out different screen sizes in person to find the size that works best for you.

5. Keyboard and Touchpad

These two are very important parts of a laptop but often overlooked by consumers and exploited by laptop manufacturers.

Good laptops have typing keys that are firm and comfortable to type.

Ideally, we suggest you find the laptop you really like online, visit your nearby laptop store, get a feel of the keyboard and touchpad, the speaker quality and display.

Then make up your mind, come back and buy it online at a lesser price. Voila!

6. Build Quality

Good quality of keyboard and touchpad is often a sign of the overall quality of the laptop.

Don’t go by the looks.

See the finishing of the laptop.

Go through the user reviews.

The build quality of a laptop is very important because that will determine how long it is going to last.

Most of the notebooks under Rs.30,000 are made of plastic body laptops, so go for those laptops that feel sturdy and have an impeccable finishing.

Some budget laptops even have metallic finishing over the plastic body.

7. Speakers

As I said earlier before you buy a laptop, go to your local store with a pen drive full of your favourite songs.

Play these songs on the machine you want to buy.

If that is not possible try to go through user ratings and reviews in popular e-Commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart.

Also, visit the official site of the laptop manufacturer to get a better understanding of specifications.

8. Weight

This is particularly important if you want to carry around your laptop.

Go for lighter laptops under 2 Kilograms.

A lightweight laptop will be having a compact physical dimension so that you can easily slip it into a bag.

9. Battery Life

You don’t want to plug in your laptop to a power source all the time.

Don’t you?

So, Go for laptops that offer to claim better battery life.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many super efficient laptops under Rs.30,000 offering a long-lasting battery.

But still, if someone claims to give 7 hours battery life on a laptop, it is likely that the machine will last for at least 4 hours, which is better than the laptops claiming to give 4 or 5 hours of battery life.

One last thing

When it comes to buying a laptop, don’t go by the specifications listed on the site or what the sales boy tells you when you walk into a store.

Go by what you see and what you have researched.

The components like screen, keyboard, touch pad, audio output and the laptop body that you can see are much more important.

The internal hardware is more or less the same on every laptop in a particular price bracket.

Don’t get fooled by what the seller says.

For this, you can use reviews from YouTubers, user opinion from e-commerce sites and the official site of the manufacturer.

There are some dedicated forums for laptops as well.

What we at Bettershark have done is to do all those steps for you so that you can buy our best picks without breaking a sweat and without getting fooled.

So be proactive, take matters into your hands and make the right decision. Good Luck!

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