Best Laptops Under Rs.30,000

by | Nov 15, 2018

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.

Best Laptops Under Rs.30,000

1. Dell Vostro 3478Overall Best Pick
2. HP Notebook 15Runner-Up Pick
3. Acer Aspire E5Best Value for Money Laptop
4. Asus Vivobook X507UABest Laptop for Media Consumption
5. HP15-bw084AXHonorable Mention

1. Dell Vostro 3478

 Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Latest 8th generation Intel processor
  • Secure file storage via biometric protection
  • Optical drive for CD/DVD playback

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

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

The Dell Vostro 3478 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 off with 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 due to the fact that 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 8th 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 3468 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 3478 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It has all the necessary ports like one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, an audio jack, and a DVD optical drive.

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 3478 is a great budget laptop and it offers some unique specifications not found in its competitors.

The latest 8th 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

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Touchpad response is poor

Specifications

Operating SystemUbuntu
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i3-8130U 2.2GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery Backup5-6 Hours
Display14 inch HD LED

2. HP Notebook 15

 Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen processor
  • Best for graphics-intensive tasks
  • Easy service centre accessibility

HP is one of the most accomplished electronic hardware manufacturer 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 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 2.5GHz.

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 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″ HD widescreen anti-glare panel that provides vivid and punchier colours and sharper images with a decent level of detail.

This 1366 x 768-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 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader. DVD drive is one of the other important feature retained with this machine.

Today, DVD drives are becoming obsolete, getting replaced with portable storage devices such as USB drives or portable hard disks etc. Having an extra option doesn’t hurt and HP has rightfully given this option for the users.

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 causal 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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15.6″ Widescreen HD display

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Easy RAM upgradability

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Excellent battery life

Q

No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 2200U 2.5GHz
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 3
Battery Backup6-7 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

3. Acer Aspire E5

Best Value for Money Laptop
Best Value for Money Laptop
  • Dedicated 2GB graphics card
  • Suited for entry-level gaming and video editing
  • Easy hardware upgradability

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

The Acer Aspire E5 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 Aspire E5 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 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

The 15.6″ HD (1366 x 768 pixel) display panel is not a great one by any means. The panel offers decent viewing angles and okayish colour reproduction.

The maximum brightness of the panel used in this laptop is on the lower side, that will tend to strain your eyes on long exposure to the display.

Colours tend to wash out a bit when viewed at an angle but nothing much of an issue when you are using the laptop right in front of you.

Gamers might wish for a full HD display for more crisp and lively gaming action but to be fair, this is not a gaming laptop per se.

Processor and Performance

Powering the device is an AMD A10 APU with a base clock of 2.7GHz. 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.

Gaming is one area where this laptop excels. Surprisingly, Acer has thrown in a dedicated 2GB AMD R7 GPU, that performs excellent, coupled with this processor.

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 is a USB 2.0 port, a couple of USB 3.0 ports and an RJ 45 port for connecting the ethernet cable along with an SD card reader.

Battery Life

A 3220mAh Li-ion battery powers this laptop. The company claims that the laptop is able to last for about 7 hours on a single charge but take that with a grain of salt.

The Acer E5, with all its graphics prowess, will last for about 5 hours on a single charge when used moderately at medium brightness and much faster if used for gaming.

Verdict

The Acer Aspire E5 can be considered as a performance oriented entry level laptop if we take the budget into consideration.

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

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Expandable memory

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Excellent ventilation

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Preinstalled Windows 10 Home OS

Q

Average display

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Speakers lack bass

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR3
ProcessorAMD A10 quad core 2.7GHz
GraphicsDedicated 2GB AMD R7
Battery Backup5-6 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

4. Asus Vivobook X507UA

Best Laptop for Media Consumption
Best Laptop for Media Consumption
  • 15.6-inch full HD display
  • Full-size island keyboard
  • Easy hardware upgradability

The Vivobook series from Asus has been highly successful across the world in major markets.

The Asus Vivobook X507UA is one of the rarest breeds of laptops that offer a full HD display for a budget under Rs.30,000.

Design and Build Quality

Starting off with the design, don’t let the metal finish on this laptop deceive you, it’s plastic. But don’t get disappointed – good quality plastic it is.

The brushed metal finish imparts a distinct style and a premium feel to the build.

This laptop features a full-sized island-type keyboard with well-spaced keys having decent key travel distance.

The trackpad is sufficiently large and offers excellent touch and gesture response, partly thanks to the Windows precision drivers.

This laptop also comes with a fingerprint scanner which is located on the trackpad itself for enhanced security.

Processor and Performance

The Asus Vivobook is powered by an Intel Core i3 7th Generation 7020U processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

This processor is coupled with a 4GB DDR4 RAM with a clock speed of 2400MHz, further expandable up to 8GB if the need arises so.

The integrated Intel HD 620 assists the processor when graphics-intensive tasks kick in. Apps load relatively quickly but with exceptions and offers decent multitasking experience as well.

The mechanical HDD on this laptops is rated at 5400 RPM. The app loading time occasionally suffer due to this RPM and a noticeable decrease in data transfer is evident.

Display

Surprise! Surprise! Or maybe it’s not a surprise anymore as we have already mentioned that this laptop has a full HD display somewhere in the intro.

Asus was kind enough to provide a 15.6″ full HD anti-glare display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

If you are the kind of person who watches a lot of movies and TV series on your laptop, this full HD resolution will help you a lot.

The brightness levels are acceptable and the details in the visuals are pretty unmatched when compared with the sub-par 720p displays on its competitors.

The anti-glare display helps increase the visibility of the display in brightly lit environments. Since it’s not an IPS display, the colours seem a bit washed out when viewed from extreme angles.

Miscellaneous

This device comes with 64 bit Windows 10 Home from Microsoft preinstalled.

The trackpad on this laptop is not glass but made to feel like one. Navigating around the operating system using this is a breeze, thanks to the multi-gesture support from Asus and support for the Microsoft precision drivers.

The dual speakers are placed on the downside of the C section but gets loud enough with adequate bass.

Port selection is impressive on this device with a USB 3.1 port, a USB 3.0 port and a legacy USB 2.0 port.

An HDMI port is present along with an SD card reader. For hooking up a wired connection, an Ethernet port is also present.

Battery Life

On the battery front, the Asus Vivobook comes with a Lithium-ion battery that will last up to 5 hours.

Asus has also incorporated its fast-charging technology that will let you juice up quickly when needed.

Verdict

The Asus Vivobook X507UA is a powerful machine with decent internals for its price. The design is futuristic and looks similar to other mid-range budget laptops from the company.

With the Intel i3 processor rocking inside and a full HD display, this laptop will let you do your stuff in style and clarity.

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Powerful processor

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Windows 10 Home preinstalled

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1-year warranty

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No disk drive

Q

Slow HDD

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR
ProcessorIntel Core i3-7020U 2.30GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 520
Battery Backup5 Hours
Display15.6 inch full HD diplay

5. HP15-bw084AX

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
  • Best for entry-level performance computing
  • Wide service centre network
  • Decent display quality
HP 15-bw084AX is a new addition to the ever-growing list of HP’s budget laptop introductions to the Indian market.

This product is targeted at first-time laptop users who want to experience a bit of performance computing within a reasonable budget.

So what makes this device eligible to be included in our best list?

There’s a lot of factors that are favourable for this product and then some against.

Let’s dive into them a bit more in detail.

Build quality

The build quality is very good.

For a laptop priced under Rs.30,000 the HP 15-bw084AX has one of the robust constructions that we’ve seen around.

The brushed keyboard deck finish and the metallic hinges gives the device a premium aesthetics.

Performance

Inside the laptop is an AMD APU A10 processor clocked at a respectable 2.5GHz.
This processor can perform well for the most part except for handling heavy resource intensive tasks and multitasking.

As a welcome addition, the company has decided to include a dedicated 2GB DDR3 AMD Radeon GPU to boost the graphics performance of the laptop.

A discrete GPU definitely helps.

Despite the bottleneck from an average processor, light graphic-intensive tasks such as rendering and casual gaming do work out pretty well than most of its competitors in the market.

The 4GB DDR4 RAM can be expanded up to 16GB if you feel the need for more intensive multitasking.

Display

The 15.6-inch HD display is nothing to praise about but handles its job quite well.
The colour looked a bit washed out and there are noticeable pixelation when reading texts up close.

However the brightness levels are excellent and there is problem in viewing the display under brightly lit environments.

The negatives

Where this device falters is with the RAM clock speed. 1866MHz isn’t the standard for a laptop priced under Rs.30,000 these days.

Also Having a OS out of the box instead of DOS would have meant some serious business as well.

Battery

All these internals are powered by a Li-ion battery pack that lasts for about 4 hours on a single charge.

HP has included their fast charging feature with this product so that you can plug in and juice up in a considerably shorter time.

Verdict

The HP 15-bw084AX is one of the best laptops with a solid build quality in this list.

With the brand value of HP and the great after sales support, you would face no problem if anything unfortunate happens with the device.

If you don’t mind the DOS and the need to install an operating system to use it, this laptop is definitely one of the finest under Rs.30,000.

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Robust build
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Reliable brand
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Dedicated GPU
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Lower speed RAM
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No Windows OS out of the box

Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Hard Disk Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4, expandable to 16 GB
ProcessorAMD APU A10 2.5 GHz
GraphicsAMD Radeon 520 2 GB DDR3
Battery Backup4  Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED(1366 x 768 Pixels)
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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Furthermore to get an idea about what factors to consider when purchasing a laptop priced around Rs.30,000, read our step by step buying guide down below.

Buying Guide: Laptop Under Rs.30,000

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 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 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 Touch pad

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 touch pad, 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 touch pad 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 dopemobiles 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!