Best Laptops Under Rs.30,000

by | Jun 10, 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 best of both worlds and low-end laptops are worthy of the money you pay.

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

We have made a comprehensive list of laptops that fit your needs perfectly.

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

1. Asus Vivobook Max Series

Asus Vivobook Max - Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Suited for entry level productivity tasks
  • Comfortable keyboard to type on
  • Global warranty aids frequent globetrotters

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

Asus Vivobook Max X541UA-DM1358T is their offering in the crucial market segment that lies between entry-level and premium budget category.

Starting 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 Vivobook Max X541UA-DM1358T is powered by an Intel Core i3 seventh-generation processor.

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.

This laptop comes with a 1TB HDD to address your offline storage needs.

Asus was kind enough to provide a 15.6″ full HD anti glare display.

The brightness levels are acceptable but the colours seem a little washed out.

The anti glare display helps increase the visibility of the display in brightly lit environments.

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

The track pad 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.

On the battery front, the Vivobook Max comes with a Lithium-ion battery that will last up to 4.5 hours.

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

Although the build looks impressive, there is considerable flex on the display panel and keyboard chassis.

This might irritate some, but it’s passable.

Adding a bit of carefulness while handling the device might come handy.

The mechanical HDD on this laptops is rated at 5400 rpm and is painfully slow.

The app loading times suffer due to this and noticeable decrease in data transfer is evident.

Asus Vivobook Max comes with a 1-year global warranty that will cool the heart of globetrotters who are on a constant run around the world.

Even if you encounter any problems with this laptop in transit, you can easily repair it at an Asus dealer nearby.

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15.6″ Full HD display
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Windows 10 Home preinstalled
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1-year global warranty
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Flimsy build
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Slow HDD

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4, Expandable up to 8GB
ProcessorIntel Core i3 7th Gen, 2.4GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 620
Battery Backup4.5 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED (1920*1080 Pixels)

2. Dell Vostro 3468

Dell Vostro 3468 Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Suited for small businesses
  • Secure file storage via bio metric protection
  • Optical drive for CD/DVD playback

Our runner-up pick under Rs.30,000 is Dell Vostro 3468.

This laptop has certain unique features like the fingerprint scanner and 14-inch screen to account for.

Let’s go in to the detailed specifications.

Starting off with design, It’s completely made of plastic and the design is typical Dell laptop style.

The outer side of the lid is textured like carbon fiber.

The build quality is very good and it weighs just 1.9 Kg.

The display is 14-inches and for some people, that will be the perfect display size for a laptop.

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.

The Dell Vostro has a battery backup of 4 hours under normal usage which delivered a 3-hour backup under continuous heavy usage.

One of the reasons why Dell Vostro 3468 stand-out from the rest is its 7th Generation Intel Core i3 processor.

As 8th gen processors are seen starting from laptops priced under Rs.40,000  having a seventh generation processor is perfectly fine at this budget.

The 4GB DDR4 RAM also helps in running multiple programs and keeping several tabs open.

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

The Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU is integrated with the chipset in Dell Vostro 3468 which means it doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card for rendering images.

So editing photos using Photoshop or playing graphics-rich games won’t be a breeze with this laptop.

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 under the hood.

There is a VGA+HDMI connectivity option on this notebook as well.

The Dell Vostro 3468 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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

In conclusion, the Dell Vostro 3468 is a great budget laptop and it offers some unique specifications not found in its competitors.

There are some cons though like the touch pad which was difficult to use as the gestures were not working properly.

We recommend buying a wireless mouse for a better experience.

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Great feature-rich laptop
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Compact in size and Lightweight
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Intel 7th Gen processor
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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 SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i3 7th Gen, 2.4GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD Graphics 620
Battery Backup4 Hours
Display14 inch HD (1366*768 Pixels)

3. Dell Inspiron 3565

Dell Inspiron 3565
Best Choice for Students
  • Value added software bundled free of cost
  • Suitable for casual academic use
  • Solidly constructed laptop

Dell is a company known for the build quality and durability of its products.

The Dell Inspiron 3565 has a very good build quality with matte texture finish given on the top.

The cooling vents are placed on the sides for better heat dissipation.

The keyboard is comfortable with even spaced keys that offer good feedback.

Powering this device is an AMD A9 Dual-core APU clocked at 2.4GHz.

Assisting this processor in the graphics handling is an AMD Radeon integrated GPU.

Apps run smoothly with no noticeable lags or stutters on this device.

The APU evenly distributes the horsepower for graphics as well as processing efficiently.

This device comes with 6GB of RAM out of the box with an option to expand it further up to 8GB.

The RAM is clocked slightly higher at 2400MHz when compared with its competitors.

A 1TB HDD is present for taking care of the storage needs that you may face.

The Dell Inspiron 3565 comes bundled with Windows 10 Home out of the box with a lifetime worth license of MS-Office.

As a value addition, the company also provides 15 month worth of McAfee antivirus subscription for the users.

The display on this device is a 15.6″ 1366 x 768 HD back lit True Life display that offers great viewing angles as well as a decent amount of brightness.

The details, although less sharp than on a conventional full HD display is pretty OK on this device.

The dual speakers on the downside are tuned with Waves MaxxAudio and sound great with good bass.

Port selection is decent with the company providing two USB C port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port and a 3 in 1 SD card reader.

A DVD drive is provided on the machine if people are still on to the ritual of installing apps or copying content from a compact disk.

The 4-cell Lithium-ion battery will last up to 5 hours on a single charge.

Dell has put in some effort to include a fast charging support for this laptop.

The dual-core processor might bottleneck the performance of certain resource-hungry apps.

Lack of a dedicated graphics card also limits the potential of the processor, even though a decent amount of RAM is present.

The track pad on this laptop is a bit uncomfortable and fails to frequently register clicks and gestures.

This might not be a problem with hardware though, and can be easily fixed with a software update.

With the bundled software suits and decent performance of this laptop, the Dell Inspiron 3565 suits a students day to day needs.

Academic works that don’t demand a lot of processing power will run just fine on this device.

And that’s why we recommend it as the best laptop under Rs.30,000 for students.

As a student, if you want a powerful laptop that can run even resource hungry modelling and simulation apps, we’d recommend you check out Asus Vivobook S15 laptop priced under Rs.70,000.

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Free lifetime MS- office license
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15 Month McAfee antivirus
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Speakers with good bass
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Truelife display
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Finicky trackpad
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No USB – C
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Underpowered processor

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM6GB DDR4, Expandable up to 8GB
ProcessorAMD APU Dual Core A9, 2.4GHz
GraphicsAMD Radeon Integrated
Battery Backup5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED (1366*768 Pixels)

4. Lenovo Ideapad IP 320

Lenovo Ideapad 320
Best Cheap Gaming Laptop
  • Best performance under Rs.30,000
  • Suited for media consumption
  • Required to install an OS after purchase

Lenovo, as you all might know, is a well known Chinese brand having a wide range of product portfolios.

Lenovo Ideapad IP 320 is one of the best looking laptops in the sub Rs.30,000 segment.

The Ideapad IP 320 is well built with quality plastics used for its construction.

Lenovo has given a matte finish on the back plate and a brushed metal finish for the C section with a subtle Lenovo logo on the side of the bezel.

Powering this device is an Intel Core i3 sixth-generation processor running at 2GHz.

Dedicated graphics card is a feature usually found on laptops priced around Rs.50,000 and above.

Surprisingly, this device has a dedicated 2GB Nvidia Geforce 920MX graphics card for handling the graphics intensive processes.

The inbuilt 4GB DDR4 RAM can be expanded up to 8GB via the additional slot on the motherboard.

Storage wise, this machine comes with a 1TB mechanical HDD.

The apps run well, even games can be played smoothly, but the settings would have to be changed to a bare minimum to get acceptable frame rates.

The IP 320 comes with a 15.6″ 1366 x 768 anti glare TN panel that outputs acceptable brightness and the colour reproduction is decent.

An HD webcam placed on top of the display lets you make video calls, but the quality might not be the one you would expect.

The dual speakers on this device are Dolby certified and get sufficiently louder with crisp vocals and decent bass.

Port selection is impressive with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a USB – C port, an HDMI port along with an SD card reader.

A DVD drive has been thrown into the mix, that definitely adds further value for money to the purchase.

A 2 cell Lithium-ion battery powers the laptop and can last up to 5 hours of continuous usage.

When gaming, expect this to decrease considerably, as the processor and discrete graphics card suck more power under heavy loads.

The cooling mechanism in this laptop is a bit of a let down as the fan noise is slightly louder while performing heavy tasks.

The heating problem also throttles the already under powered processor and cause lags once in a while during extended heavy usage.

This laptop comes with DOS pre-installed.

The user has to purchase a Windows license if he has to, or he can easily install Linux free of cost.

But it is a hassle no matter what for many users.

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Dedicated 2GB Nvidia Geforce 920MX graphics card
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USB–C port present
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Stylish design
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Comes with DOS out of the box
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Weak processor
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No full HD display

Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4, Expandable up to 8GB
ProcessorIntel Core i3 6th Gen, 2GHz
GraphicsDedicated 2GB Nvidia Geforce 920MX
Battery Backup5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED (1366*768 Pixels)

5. HP Notebook 15-bs615TU

HP Notebook 15-bs615TU
Best for Media Consumption
  • Suited for those having a lot of offline data
  • Easier RAM upgradability
  • Laptop with a high quality display panel

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

The HP Notebook 15-bs615TU model specifically targets users who are in search of a device mainly for media consumption at large.

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 steel accent on the hinges spices up the design language HP has adopted for its budget laptop lineup.

There is no noticeable flex in the shell and the build feels durable.

Inside this device is a slightly outdated Intel Core i3 sixth-generation processor with a base clock of 2GHz.

This laptop is capable of running normal apps that you might use daily with no problems whatsoever.

Light multitasking is OK with occasional app reloading attributed to the less powerful processor that runs the show beneath.

An Intel integrated HD 520 handles the graphics department on this device.

This laptop comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM  which is further expandable up to 16GB .

This beefing up will let you solve most of the issues related to multitasking.

Storage-wise, this machine comes with a whopping 2TB mechanical HDD on board to store your media files all in one place.

The screen on this machine is a 15.6″ full HD widescreen anti glare panel that provides vivid and punchier colours and sharper images with a great level of detail.

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

On the top of the display, a 720p webcam is provided for making video calls.

The HP 15-bs615TU 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 added to 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.

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 the device up to 70% in under 40 minutes.

HP has done all and well with this laptop but with an exception of USB C port.

The processor itself is slower as it belongs to two generations before and shows it’s limitation in certain situations.

Adding RAM might solve the multitasking issues, but the core problem of performance remains unaltered.

In conclusion, If you are looking for a perfect companion to pass time watching movies and browsing YouTube, the HP Notebook 15 will be your best bet.

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 full HD display
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2TB HDD
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Good battery life
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No USB C
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Underpowered processor
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Unoptimal speaker placement
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Comes with DOS

Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Hard Disk Storage2TB
RAM4GB DDR4, Expandable up to 16GB
ProcessorIntel Core i3 6th Gen, 2GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated 520
Battery Backup6 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED (1920*1080 Pixels)

6. Acer Spin 1 SP111-31

acer spin 1
Best 2 in 1 Convertible Laptop
  • Laptop – tablet convergence
  • Best fit for young junkies
  • Solidly built laptop

Acer has been really busy releasing laptops in almost all segments of the Indian market of late.

The Spin series from Acer is aimed at users in search of a laptop-tablet hybrid at a reasonable price.

This device competes with the likes of Yoga 510 from Lenovo and comes out as a winner.

The Acer Spin 1SP111-31 is a budget convertible laptop offering from Acer.

Being categorized as a budget device, the build is of plastic but, good quality textured plastic is used similarly to its competitors.

The frame feels solid and the device even though lighter at 1.5Kg, has a heft when held with a single hand.

This 2 in 1 laptop is powered by an Intel Dual Core N4200 processor clocked at 1.1GHz.

While this isn’t pretty much up for anything, it can comfortably browse the internet or play 1080p videos butter smooth.

The hinge on this device feels durable and makes no creaking noise when rotated at an angle of 360 degrees.

The device switches over to the portable mode automatically when the hinge reaches 180 degrees threshold.

An 11.6″ full HD IPS display adorns the machine with much better colour saturation, brightness and contrast levels that will beat some of its expensive competitors with a punch.

Being an IPS panel, the viewing angles are great and details are preserved even when looked at from acute angles.

The touchscreen panel helps users navigate around the operating system much faster than using a track pad.

This machine comes with 4GB of RAM inbuilt, further expandable up to 8GB.

A 500GB HDD is provided for keeping your files within the reach, all the time.

This laptop comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home.

Port selection is normal with a USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port accompanied by an SD card slot.

There is no USB-C port though for faster data transfer speeds.

The battery powering this convertible laptop is a 3220mAh one, that the company claims to last for about 9 hours even on heavy usage continuously.

This great battery backup makes this one of the best travel laptops in this segment.

The processor is mediocre and you won’t be able to do more than browsing or watching media on this laptop.

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Full HD touchscreen
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Great battery life
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Windows 10 Home preinstalled
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Tablet mode
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No USB C
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Mediocre processor

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage500GB
RAM4GB DDR3, Expandable up to 8GB
ProcessorIntel N4200, 1.1GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 505
Battery Backup9 Hours
Display11.6 inch Full HD IPS (1920*1080 Pixels)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!