Best Laptops Under Rs.40,000 (March 2019)

by | Mar 12, 2019

After hours of research and reviews to find the best laptops, we have compiled a list of the best laptops under Rs.40,000 that are ranked based on their real-world performance, features and build quality.

We have also taken into consideration the different use cases users may have from their laptop and ranked the best accordingly. Without any further delay, let’s dive right into the article!

Best Laptop Under Rs.40,000

1. Asus Vivobook 15Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo IdeaPad 330SRunner-up pick
3. Lenovo Ideapad 130Best Compact Laptop
4. Acer Swift 3Laptop with SSD
5. HP Notebook 15 seriesHonorable Mention

1. Asus Vivobook 15

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Overall Best Pick
  • Latest 8th-generation processor
  • Extensive warranty coverage
  • Fast charging capability

Asus Vivobook series combine excellent performance and built quality at a very compelling price point.

This mid-range laptop has the best internals that aids in superior performance encased in an aesthetically appealing form factor.

Build Quality and Design

Asus Vivobook laptops have always been one of our favourite laptops with premium design, even in the entry-level budget market.

Although the device is made of plastic components, it doesn’t feel cheap at all.

The outer chassis at the back has brushed metal design which looks great when viewed from a distance.

The grooved surface also feels good in the hand.

The keyboard is of slightly disappointing quality despite being a full sized one. The keys are well laid out with enough space in between but the key travel distance is inadequate.

Since the keys are not backlit, you may find trouble typing in the dark without a supporting light.

The thick bezels around the display make the screen look a bit uninteresting but over time you will get used to it.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is the latest Intel Core i5 8250U chipset with 4GB of DDR4 RAM. This processor is an absolute beast in terms of performance.

With the RAM expandability up to 16GB, this laptop is best suited for intense multitasking.

Apps load and run faster than ever before and thanks to the much improved Intel integrated UHD 620 graphics, this machine performs way better than its predecessors in graphics-intensive tasks.

Display

Coming to the display, this device packs in a 15.6-inch full HD panel with good colours and brightness levels.

The anti-glare screen also reduces reflectivity resulting in reduced stress to the eyes while working from a brightly lit environment.

Miscellaneous

All the modern ports are present and accounted for on this laptop. There’s a USB 3.0 port accompanied by two USB 2.0 port, an HDMI as well as an SD card reader.

Warranty is an area where most of the laptop brands skimp on their promises. Contrary to this Asus provides one year of onsite warranty with this laptop.

There’s a fingerprint scanner placed alongside touchpad to ensure the safety of files and other sensitive data inside.

Battery

Battery life is quite average on this laptop. The juice lasts for about five hours tops on moderate to heavy usage.

Asus has included their fast charging technology with this device that lets you charge up the laptop from 0% to 60% in just under 50 minutes.

Verdict

Honestly speaking, the Asus Vivobook 15 is a very capable machine that can run your apps the way they meant to be for a budget just under Rs.40,000.

With the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 chipset and supported by the highly efficient UHD 620 GPU, you can expect this device to perform pretty well even in the most demanding situations without any struggle.

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Fingerprint scanner

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Genuine Windows 10 Home OS

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Powerful processor

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Thick bezels around the display

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD620
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

2. Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

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Runner-up pick
  • Stylish design
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Intel Optane memory

Lenovo has switched its focus as one of the top smartphone brands in the country to one of the best laptop brands in the country offering some excellent devices for the customers.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S is a feature-rich laptop that is priced well under an affordable budget for those who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying their performance index.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say so – Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in India. No matter the budget, be it entry-level or high-end performance segment laptops, Lenovo has managed to pull off an ace when it comes to the design.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S has a simple design with a metallic finish on the keyboard deck and the chassis. The screen flex is minimal and won’t be a problem in day-to-day usage.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330D has an island-style keyboard with a separate number pad for those who are used to the full sized desktop keyboards. The keys are large but spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time as well.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S features a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels full HD TN display.

The visuals are adequately colourful and rich in details and the 14-inch size makes the pixel density count higher than most other laptops in its price range resulting in a sharper and more clear text and image viewing experience.

The anti-glare coating on the screen helps it to prevent reflections from the display. This greatly enhances the viewability and reduces stress on your eyes.

The bezels around the display are considerably thinner and make the screen look much bigger than its actual size.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i3 – 8130U processor.

With Turbo Boost technology enabled, the processor will run at minimal power when idle and when something resource intensive is launched, the cores will run at a higher clock to ensure smooth performance.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups.

With the 4GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

In addition to the 4GB RAM, Lenovo has thrown in a 16GB Optane memory into the mix for better performance.

Optane memory acts as a middle man between the CPU and hard drive on the system, storing most frequently used apps for faster access.

The 16GB Optane memory on this system acts like an SSD, but with a much smaller memory footprint.

The boot and application loading times on this laptop, thanks to the Intel Optane memory is much quicker compared to the rest of the competition.

Accompanying the processor is a 2GB DDR3 dedicated AMD Radeon 530 graphics card.

This makes this laptop capable of some low-level performance computing.

You can even play some of the popular games with low to medium settings.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on pot distribution either. This Ideapad series laptop from Lenovo comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

The keyboard on this system is backlight enabling to used in darker environments with no external light source.

The dual speakers on this laptop are certified by Dolby and give out a loud sound output.

Running on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box, this laptop comes with a 12-month free McAfee Livesafe antivirus subscription.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion cell, the Lenovo Ideapad 330S can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S priced under Rs.40,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

If you really need a laptop that performs well under all circumstances, the Ideapad 330 is worth checking out.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

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The screen needs manual colour calibration

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4 + 16GB Optane
ProcessorIntel core i3 8130U
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 520
Battery Backup4-6 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080

3. Lenovo Ideapad 130

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Best Compact Laptop
  • Stylish design
  • Great performance for the price
  • Good quality 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 130 is one of the newest entries to the budget laptop segment in India.

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 130 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 8th generation Intel Core i5 8250U processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

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 without any 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 130 as well.

This 14-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. The display outputs everything fine and clear, thanks to the smaller size of the display.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo Ideapad 130 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 1-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 130 is a very good deal for its price when it comes to a laptop priced under Rs 40,000.

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

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Great design

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Decent display

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DDR4 RAM

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Random slowdowns when used continuously

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery Backup4-5 Hours
Display14-inch 1366 x 768 pixels

4. Acer Swift 3

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Laptop with SSD
  • 256GB SSD
  • Hardware upgradability is a big plus
  • Best laptop for secure file storage

Acer Swift 3 is a budget laptop in the Indian market which comes with a highly reliable and super fast SSD instead of a traditional HDD in the sub. Rs.40,000 price category.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-52 is advertised as a processing and multitasking powerhouse for its price tag and delivers on its promises effortlessly.

Design and Build Quality

The Acer Swift 3 SF314-52 has a metallic finish chassis that imparts the device a distinct premium look despite the plastic components used in its construction.

This laptop comes with a fingerprint scanner for added protection.

If you are a programmer and wants to restrict the access to the system, this would be an ideal method to do so.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range laptop is powered by a seventh generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor clocked at a respectable 2.4GHz.

Although this being a slightly outdated processor, the performance is on par when compared with the competitor models, thanks to the 256GB SSD inside and the 4GB DDR4 RAM.

The booting process is very quick and the apps open up significantly faster than in a laptop with a traditional hard disk.

On the graphics front, the integrated Intel HD620 assists the processor and does perform decently well in normal day to day tasks.

Gaming is strictly a no go with this laptop, given the old processor and the lack of a dedicated graphics card.

Display

The display on this device is a15.6-inch full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This screen has decent brightness levels and the viewing angles seem OK for the price.

At times the colours seem to get washed out and the sharpness is not up to what we had expected from a full HD display. Maybe the aggressive cost-cutting has ruined it for Acer.

Miscellaneous

This laptop features a backlit keyboard and will let you do your work without turning on the light and distract others at night. The keys are large and tactile. The touchpad works well too.

One thing to remember while purchasing this laptop is that it lacks an RJ 45 port. So wired internet connectivity is out of the equation with this device.

Everything being wireless these days, we don’t think this will be much of a dealbreaker for you.

Verdict

The main advantage of the Acer Swift 3 is that it comes with an SSD on board which significantly improves the overall day to day performance.

The backlit keyboard and the fingerprint sensor are value-added features which makes this laptop worth checking out under a budget of Rs.40,000.

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Fingerprint sensor for added security

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Backlit keyboard

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Average display

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No Windows OS out of the box

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage256GB SSD
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i3 7100 2.4GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD620
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display14 inch 1920 x 1080 pixel

5. HP Notebook 15 series

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Honorable Mention
  • Best in class CPU
  • Suited for intense multitasking
  • Great after sales support

Choosing HP over other laptop brands is a no-brainer for many people here in India.
Such is the popularity of this brand in consumer electronics and other related peripherals.

The HP 15-bs164tu is probably the best laptop that you can gift your kid this academic season. Let us explain why.

Design and Build Quality

The HP 15-bs164tu is designed to look impressive at first glance itself. What will strike your eyes at the first look will be those chrome hinges.

These hinges look premium and work great. There is no creaking sound when opening and closing the lid and the operation is so smooth.

The C deck on this budget laptop comes with a textured finish which looks really nice and feels comfortable to lay your hands on.

The metallic back plate has a shining HP logo which gives this device a luxury feel.

Processor and Performance

Thanks to the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8250U processor inside, this laptop can blaze through your academic work and related software like a cakewalk.

The new and improved processor from Intel now has four physical cores compared to only two on its predecessor. This has improved the overall efficiency and performance of up to 50%.

Multitasking with the 4GB DDR4 RAM is not an issue anymore. Opening up multiple tabs in chrome and doing stuff on MS Powerpoint? No worries mate!

You can further expand the memory in case you need your system to perform much faster when it comes to multitasking.

The graphics department is handled by an integrated Intel UHD 620 which will assist the processor for enhanced performance in related apps and tasks.

This laptop ships with no real OS out of the box. You will have to install either Windows or Linux to use it as a daily driver.

Display

The HP 15-bs164tu comes with a large 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The large display can get very bright and the colour reproduction is on par with other laptops priced at the same budget.

If you are a student and want two apps opened side by side, having a large and wide display is very beneficial. The ability to see more content will be definitely a time-saving method rather than closing and reopening apps more often.

Since the display is of full HD resolution, the texts will appear sharper and crisper and reduce the stress on your eyes.

Connectivity

HP has left no stones unturned when it comes to connectivity options on this budget laptop.

This device has two USB 3.1 port for high-speed data transfers, 1 USB 2.0 port for plugging in the peripherals and an SD card slot.

Along with these, the HP 15-bs164tu comes equipped with an optical disk drive for students who have a lot of their textbook contents on CDs.

Battery Life

The battery life on the HP 15-bs164tu is nothing spectacular to brag about. But this laptop gives an approximate screen on time of up to 5 hours on a single charge.

With HP fast charging technology, the device can be juiced up quickly, as much as 90% in just under 90 minutes which is very beneficial.

Verdict

The HP 15-bs164tu is the best laptop for academic purposes if you don’t mind the price tag of Rs.40,000.

Equipped with the latest 8th-generation processor from Intel, this machine can perform all the tasks with relative ease.

The full HD display and the fast charging battery is yet another attractive feature when it comes to making the purchase decision of this laptop.

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Good build quality

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Powerful processor

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Full HD display

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DOS out of the box

Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD620
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

Final Thoughts

That concludes our list of the best laptops you can buy right now in India under Rs.40,000. We will be updating this list as and when new laptops that can dethrone our best picks are launched.

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This buying guide is intended to help you understand what to expect from a laptop under Rupees 40,000 and how to pick the best out of it.

At Rs.40,000 you have crossed the entry-level laptop segment and have ventured into the midrange laptop segment.

You can get great laptops for casual use, office work, school use and even for gaming at this price range.

But mind you, gaming laptops are very limited in performance and you should expect a lot of frame drops.

But if you could throw in an extra RAM, the experience will be much smoother.

1. Processor

Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5 processors (8250U Chipset) are the best in this budget.

Some laptops come bundled with 7th Gen Core i5  and Core i3 chipsets which are decent performers just for casual use.

The 8250U chip has double the cores, double the onboard cache memory and better effective clock speed.

You can safely expect a considerable increase in overall performance and in multitasking performance.

2. RAM and Storage

There are a few laptops that come with 8GB RAM under Rs.40,000 but most of the laptops have 4GB RAM.

And hard disk storage is always capped at 1TB. SSD‘s are not yet available at this price.

Apart from the memory size, check the bandwidth technology and data transfer rate as well.

It’s recommended to go with a DDR4 RAM as DDR3 is now outdated.

In DDR4 RAMs, mainly there are 3 data transfer rates which are 1866MT/s, 2133MT/s and 2400MT/s where MT/s is Mega Transfers Per Second.

Remember that higher the data transfer rate, faster your experience will be.

So always make sure to check the data transfer rate of your DDR4 RAM.

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

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

3. Graphics Card

In the Indian laptop market, dedicated graphics cards show their proper presence for the first time in this price range of Rs.40,000.

Two of the best budget graphics chips in laptops under 40,000 are the Nvidia GeForce 940MX and the Nvidia GeForce MX150.

The Nvidia 940MX is the elder of the two, having launched in the first quarter of 2016.

It has been since then a favourite choice for various OEMs to be included on their budget laptops.

Even today, many budget models in the market come loaded with the Nvidia 940MX.

The Nvidia MX150, on the other hand, is a relatively new entrant to the market.

It was launched to the public on May 2017.

The company claims a performance increment over 30% when compared to the Nvidia 940MX.

The Nvidia MX150 is much more powerful and efficient than the 940MX.

To know more about these two GPUs, check out our Nvidia 940MX Vs Nvidia MX150 comparison article.

Should you buy a budget laptop with a discrete GPU, always go for an MX150 over the 940MX.

4. Display

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

It is your window into computers and a bad display means bad experience.

Unfortunately, most of the manufacturers cut cost in display quality at this budget.

Majority of computers have a TN-Panel which has poor viewing angles.

Make sure to look for a good display panel on your laptop.

The resolution fluctuates between HD and Full HD and I would recommend a laptop with full HD display and a good display panel.

The screen sizes available are 15.6-inch and 14-inch.

Here the choice is completely yours.

If you need a lighter, portable display, then go for a 14-inch laptop and if you need a larger display, pick a 15.6-inch variant.

Some convertible laptops come with 11 and 12 inches.

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.

Most of the laptops in the market use Chiclet-style keyboards.

The keys on these keyboards have flat tops.

The key travel distance and feedback offered by these keyboards vary from brand to brand.

These keyboards help in keeping the laptop as thin as possible.

An Island-type keyboard includes a num-pad similar to that of a mechanical keyboard.

Those who are used to such keyboards might find it easy on an island type keyboard to juggle between the numbers.

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 the 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 laptops under Rs.40,000 are made of plastic body laptops, so go for those laptops that feel sturdy and have good finishing.

Some budget laptops have metallic finishing over the plastic body to give a good texture.

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 by chance the laptop you’ve purchased lack the sound output you’d have preferred, purchasing a portable Bluetooth speaker would do the job just fine.

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.

There are some super efficient laptops under Rs.40,000 offering a long-lasting battery.

If someone claims to give 7 hours of battery life on a laptop, it is likely that the machine will last for at least 4 hours.

Conclusion

I think I have covered almost all the aspect you need to remember while buying any laptop under Rs.40,000.

If you have any more doubts or queries, feel free to comment down below.

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