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

by | Aug 20, 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. Acer Aspire 5sRunner-up pick
3. Lenovo IdeaPad 330SBest Value for Money Laptop
4. Hp Notebook 15 seriesBest Budget Laptop
5. Dell Inspiron 15Honorable Mention

1. Asus Vivobook 15

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Overall Best Pick
  • Dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX110 GPU
  • Powerful Intel Core i5 processor
  • Full HD display

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.

Surprisingly, this budget-oriented laptop from Asus comes with a dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX110 graphics card for enhanced graphics performance.

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 the dedicated Nvidia GPU, you can expect this device to perform pretty well even in the most demanding situations without any struggle.

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Preinstalled Windows OS

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Disk drive present

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Sonicmaster speakers

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Thick bezels around the display

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
Graphics2 GB Nvidia Geforce MX110
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

2. Acer Aspire 5s

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Easy hardware upgradability
  • 1-year international warranty
  • Rich connectivity options

Acer has been at the forefront of releasing budget laptops laden with useful features and impressive internals for a while.

The Aspire Aspire 5s is one of the mid-range laptops that comes with an eighth generation Intel processor on board. Let’s dive into more details of this gem without any further ado.

Design and Build Quality

The Aspire Aspire 5s comes with a brushed metal chassis that looks classy. Usually, Acer laptops possess some of the best build quality that you can expect with budget laptops.

The sturdy hinge works so well that there is minimal to almost no friction when lifting the display up.

The keyboard is well laid out with sufficient space in between and offers great key travel distance.

There is a lot of room for ventilation on the bottom side of this laptop.

But we are quite sceptical about the effectiveness as when the laptop is placed on a flat surface, there is a chance that the hot air will circulate within the chassis.

The RAM and HDD compartments are placed on the back side and easily swappable with the removal of a single screw.

This means upgradability is not an issue with this laptop.

Processor and Performance

This is the area where the Acer Aspire laptop trumps others on this list to their knees without much effort.

Inside the laptop, there is an Intel Core i5 -8265U processor which is the absolute best you can get in this price bracket.

This four core processor along with the integrated Intel UHD 620 will fly through almost all the apps effortlessly.

You can even play light games with this laptop albeit the fact that there isn’t a dedicated GPU inside.

The 4GB DDR4 RAM makes sure that the multitasking is a possibility with this mid-range laptop.

Display

The Acer Aspire 5s comes equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The colours look a bit washed out from a distance but the brightness levels are OK.

We get the fact that Acer had to do some cost-cutting when it decided to include an eighth generation Intel i5 processor inside.

However, the display looks fine for practical multimedia consumption and casual browsing.

It’s only if you are the one who craves for more details in the visuals, the average quality becomes evident.

Operating System

This Acer Aspire laptop comes with Windows 10 Home on board.

Acer provides all the necessary drivers for the Windows OS and the device is fully compatible with running it.

Battery Life

The Acer Aspire laptop has a 38 Whr Li-ion battery inside which delivers a battery life of about five hours.

The battery charging process is also faster, thanks to the high amperage charger bundled with the device.

Verdict

If easy upgradability and the top of the line processor is your priority, then you should look no further.

Swapping the HDD for an ultra-fast SSD and increasing the RAM is only a screw removal away with this device.

For a budget under Rs.40,000, the Acer Aspire 5s is a great purchase.

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Latest eighth-generation processor

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Multi-gesture touchpad

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Full HD display

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No dedicated GPU

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8265U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD620
Battery BackupUp to 8 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

3. Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

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Best Value for Money Laptop
  • 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

4. HP Notebook 15 series

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Best Budget Laptop
  • Built-in dual speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Island-style full-size keyboard

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-dy008AU 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-dy008AU looks standard and is designed with durability in mind, rather than impressing users with the looks.

These body wide screen hinges 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 nice and feels comfortable to lay your hands on.

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

Processor and Performance

Thanks to the latest AMD Ryzen 5 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 AMD Radeon Vega 8 which will assist the processor for enhanced performance in related apps and tasks.

This laptop ships with the genuine 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS out of the box.

Display

The HP 15-dy008AU comes with a large 15.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 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 a time-saving method rather than closing and reopening apps more often.

Connectivity

HP has left no stone 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-dy008AU 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-dy008AU 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-dy008AU is one of the best laptops for academic purposes if you don’t mind the price tag of Rs.40,000 and the lack of a bundled Windows 10 OS.

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

The decent quality widescreen 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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Solid build

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Decent display

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Powerful performance

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 quad core
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery Backup6-7 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

 

5. Dell Inspiron 15 5570

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Honorable Mention
  • Better multitasking performance
  • 16GB Optane memory included
  • Decent display quality

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

The Inspiron 15 5570 is an entry-level budget laptop which targets schools and office-goers looking for a powerful yet affordable machine with high reliability.

Design and Build Quality

The Inspiron 15 5570is 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. We prefer this simple look over the sharp cuts and grooves on the chassis to make the laptop more aggressive.

Processor and Performance

The Dell Inspiron 15 5570 comes equipped with an eighth-generation Intel core i3 processor.

For starters, this is an entry-level processor that can easily complete all the basic tasks that a budget 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.

This budget laptop from Dell also features a 16GB optane memory module that aids in faster app loading times.

There isn’t any dedicated GPU, but the integrated Intel UHD 520 performs reasonably well when it comes to the handling of graphics.

Display

This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full HD display which offers decent visual performance.

Since the display is large and the level of crispiness might not match a full HD screen, the Truelife display technology from Dell exhibits decent colour accuracy and brightness levels.

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.

This machine comes loaded with a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home and MS-Office 2016 which is highly beneficial for students for their academic purposes.

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 15 5570 lasts for about 4 hours of continuous usage on a single charge.

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

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 15 5570 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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Full HD display

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Genuine Windows 10 Home

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MS-Office preloaded

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No optical drive

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4 + 16 GB Optane
ProcessorIntel Core i3 8130U
GraphicsIntel integrated UHD 520
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

 

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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Buying Guide: What You Should Know Before Buying a Laptop Under Rs.40,000

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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