Best Laptops Under Rs.40,000

by | Aug 30, 2018

After hours of research and reviewing to find the best laptops under Rs.40,000, 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 in to the article!

Best Laptop Under Rs.40,000

1. HP Notebook 15 SeriesOverall Best Pick
2. Dell Vostro 14 3000Runner-Up Pick
3. Acer Aspire 5 SeriesBest Gaming Laptop
4. Acer Swift 3 RyzenBest Value for Money
5. HP Pavilion x360Est 2-in-1 Pick

1. HP Notebook 15 Series

HP Notebook 15 - Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • 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 the brand in consumer electronics and other related peripherals.

The HP 15-bs146tu is probably the best laptop that you can gift your kid this academic season.

Let us explain why in this article.

As always, great build quality…

The HP 15-bs146tu is designed to look impressive at the first glance itself.

What will strike your eyes at the first look will be those chrome hinges.

These hinges look premium and works great.

There is no creak 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 look 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.

Say yes to multitasking and resource intensive apps…

Thanks to the latest eighth 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 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.

The big full HD display…

The HP 15-bs146tu comes with a large 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 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 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 more crisp and reduce the stress on your eyes.

Rich connectivity options…

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

This device has a USB 3.0 port for high speed data transfers, 2 USB 2.0 port for plugging in the peripherals and an SD card slot.

Along with these, the HP 15-bs146tu 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-bs146tu is nothing spectacular to brag about.

But this laptop gives an approximate screen on time upto 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-bs146tu is the best laptop for academic purposes if you don’t mind the Rs.40,000 price tag.

Equipped with the latest eighth 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 a 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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No dedicated GPU

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4, 2400MHz
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen, 8250U
GraphicsIntegrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Battery BackupUp to 5-6 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD(1920x1080 pixel)

2. Dell Vostro 14 3000

Runner-Up Laptop under Rs.40,000 - Dell Vostro 14 3000
Runner-Up Pick
  • Best suited for students
  • Budget laptop with discrete GPU
  • Solid build

Dell has been always late for the party in terms of technological innovations as of recently. But with the latest 8th generation Intel chipsets, Dell was quick to act upon.

The Vostro 14 3000 is a mid range laptop from Dell powered by the latest Intel i5 8250U CPU.

Design and build quality

Dell laptops are not usually known to provide an aesthetically pleasing design when it comes to their budget laptops.

Beware, we aren’t talking about the premium laptops models such as the XPS lineup.

With the Vostro 14 3000, it seems Dell has given importance to practicality over form factor.

The laptop looks crude and bland.

However the minimal design might be a choice for many who doesn’t bother about how well the device looks but gives importance to how well it performs.

The construction is tough and rigid.

There is no noticeable flex when it comes to the keyboard deck.

If you forcefully twist the display, there will be some wobbling, but hey that is to be accepted.

Since this is a 14-inch laptop, the keyboard is not a full sized one. Those who are used to have that extra Num Pad on the right should forget it.

Apart from this the keys are sufficiently well spaced and is quite comfortable to type on.

Performance

Running on Linux, this laptop is blazing fast in terms of everyday performance. Users won’t feel any sort of lag even while running resource intensive apps side by side.

Thanks to the true four cores of the 8250U chipset, there is a significant performance improvement from the yesteryear 7th generation counterparts.

This laptop comes with 4GB DDR4 RAM out of the box.

If you feel that this is insufficient, the expandability option is wide open to bump up the RAM up to 16GB.

The 1TB HDD supplied runs at 5400rpm. This slower speed does cause some problems such as app loading as well as increased boot times.

To assist the processor in tasks such as video rendering and other graphics related activities, Dell has included a 2GB GDDR5 Radeon 520 discrete GPU on board.

The dedicated GPU helps in decreasing the burden on the processor while handling graphics tasks and makes the overall system perform much smoother.

Using a Linux machine is rewarding as well as delightful. Those who want to know about computers up close and for students, Linux is a best starting point to exercise their skills.

Display

The display is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to purchasing a laptop.

Since it is one of the components that we would have to interact a lot more superficially, a pleasing output is almost always ideal.

The display on this laptop is a 14-inch HD LED backlit panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768.

The quality of this display is decent but we’d have thrilled to have a full HD panel instead.

The colours look good and the relatively small size helps the panel push more pixels per inch and makes the visuals and text look sharper and crisp.

Miscellaneous stuff

One of the USP of this budget laptop is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner. This will let you secure your files even more safely.

Alphanumeric passwords are easy to crack or guess but with your fingerprint, the device will feel much more safe and secure.

We had talked about the HDD on this laptop earlier. But one thing we forgot to mention there was this is a 7200 rpm HDD.

What does that mean?

Usually budget laptops and even some premium budget laptops comes with a 5400 rpm HDD inside.

Slower the spindle speed of the disk, slower will be the data fetching speeds resulting in decreased performance across the spectrum.

We were delighted to find that Dell has thrown in a 7200 rpm HDD inside. This will ensure better performance when it comes to app loading and boot up times.

Battery life

The battery on this laptop delivers an impressive 6 hours of usage time on a single charge.

But do remember that this time might vary from person to person according to their usage pattern.

Since the processor inside is very power efficient and the fact that it has to push fewer pixels on the display as it a non HD panel, the battery life is expected to be good compared to other devices.

Summary

The Dell Vostro is a great budget laptop that runs on Linux operating system. Powered by the latest eighth generation processor inside, this laptop can handle all the tasks with relative ease.

With a surprised addition of a 2GB dedicated GPU inside, even graphic intensive tasks in not much of an issue on this laptop.

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Fingerprint scanner
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Good battery life
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Powerful processor
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No full HD display
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No Windows OS

Specifications

Operating SystemLinux
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen,8250U
Graphics2 GB DDR5 AMD Radeon 520
Battery BackupUp to 6 Hours
Display14 inch HD LED(1366 x 768 Pixel)

3. Acer Aspire 5 Series

Best Gaming Laptop under 40,000 - Acer Aspire 5 Series
Best Gaming Laptop
  • Best value for money laptop
  • Entry level gaming and video editing
  • Solidly built device

The Acer Aspire 5 series offers the best laptops for gamers who are looking for a budget laptop under Rs.40,000 or Rs.50,000.

One such offering in this series is the Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G model.

This budget laptop has the advantage of having the best available graphics card, processor and expandable memory capability in this price range.

Let’s take a detailed look.

Build quality and design

The Aspire 5 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 in to the design of this budget laptop.

Especially little things such as the chrome finish around the touch pad gives the laptop a sort of personality on its own.

The keyboard deck has a brushed metal finish given to it. The keyboard is a full sized one with separate num pad for faster manipulation with numbers.

Performance

Powering the device is an Intel Core i5 eighth-gen processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

This laptop comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133Mhz and is expandable.

Coupled together is a traditional 1TB mechanical HDD.

The eight generation mobile processor from Intel offers up to 60% improved performance from its predecessors.

With the onboard 8GB RAM, this device can easily swift through apps and other day to day tasks.

On the graphics department, the 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150 discrete graphics card kicks in and performs superbly.

Gaming is one area where this laptop excels.

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

There is no Thunderbolt port available on this laptop for connecting an external display.

The keyboard is decent with the key travel distance being average.

Display

The 15.6″ HD (1366 x 768 pixel) display panel is nothing to write about.

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.

Battery

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.

Verdict

This laptop is an acceptable gaming performer 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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2GB GDDR5 MX150 Graphics Card
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8th Generation Core i5 Processor
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Memory is expandable
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No Windows 10 out of the box
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Speakers lack bass

Specifications

Operating SystemLinux
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM8 GB DDR4, Expandable up to 20GB via extra slot
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen, 8250U
Graphics2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150
Battery BackupUp to 5-6 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD(1366 x 768 Pixel)

4. Acer Swift 3 Ryzen

Best Value For Money under 40,000 - Asus Vivobook S15
Best Value for Money
  • Powerful processor aids in smooth multitasking
  • Hardware upgradability is a big plus
  • Best laptop for secure file storage

Acer Swift 3 is the company’s first budget laptop in the Indian market featuring the much acclaimed AMD Ryzen mobile processors.

Priced competently as a laptop under Rs.40,000, the Acer Swift 3 SF313-41 outperforms it’s Intel counterparts in the same price range by a huge margin.

Finest build quality for a budget price…

The Acer Swift 3 SF313-41 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.

Ryzen 5 inside!!!

The most interesting aspect of this device is the AMD Ryzen mobile processor inside.

This device is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 Quad-core processor with a base clock of 2GHz.

This processor performs much better than the Intel U series processors priced at the similar category.

If you are interested you can read our article about the comparison between Intel and AMD mobile processors.

Featuring a single 8GB DDR4 RAM, one of the main gripes with this device is the lack of RAM expandability.

Multitasking is an important factor for a programmer to enhance his/her productivity.

Even with the single 8GB RAM module, the Ryzen processor handles this so efficiently that you’d be pleasantly surprised.

Programs like Android Studio runs butter smooth.

For coders tinkering with android app development, the Acer Swift 3 SF313-41 might be the right budget choice, if not the best.

The integrated Vega graphics is clocked higher than the Intel integrated graphics counterpart and performs much faster.

An average 15.6-inch full HD display…

The display on this device is a 1080p 15.6-inch panel with average brightness and viewing angles.

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.

Backlit keyboard – Check!

Most programmers work late at night.

Having a backlit keyboard is an essential feature for such people on their laptop.

This laptop features one and this 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 in these days, we don’t think this will be much of a dealbreaker for you.

Summary…

The Acer Swift 3 is a Linux based budget laptop that is powered by a Ryzen 5 mobile processor inside.

Programmers love Linux and its compatibility with their line of work.

This processor inside this laptop is very powerful for such tasks and has even trumped the Intel counterparts in multithreaded performance.

If you are looking for a out of the box Linux laptop under Rs.50,000, this is it.

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Powerful Ryzen 5 mobile processor from AMD
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Fingerprint sensor for added security
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Backlit keyboard
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Stuck with 8GB of RAM, No expandability
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Average display
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No RJ 45 ethernet port

Specifications

Operating SystemLinux
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5th Gen, 2500U
GraphicsIntegrated AMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery BackupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD(1920 x 1080 Pixel)
IPS

5. HP Pavilion x360

Best 2 in 1 Convertible Laptop under 40,000 - HP Pavilion x360 11-AD031TU
Best 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Best for travel junkies
  • Positive brand reliability
  • Good build quality

Pavilion series is HP’s mid-range laptop lineup comparable with the Asus Vivobook series.

The all new HP Pavilion x360 is a semi-convertible laptop with lots of exciting features on board.

The HP Pavilion x360 11-AD031TU is a 2 in 1 laptop from HP that fits the genre of convertible laptops.

Design and build quality

The whole body is given a silver matte finish that looks premium.

Since this is a convertible laptop, HP has provided a dedicated volume rocker on the side for controlling the volume easily.

The HP Pavilion x360 is probably one of the best looking laptops we’ve seen this year in the Indian market.

The fit and finish looks extremely premium and is very much pleasing to the eyes.

The hinges are of the top-notch quality that can swivel up to 360 degrees without any inhibitions.

Performance

Inside the HP Pavilion x360 11-AD031TU is an Intel Core i3 seventh-generation processor.

Day to day tasks will run fine without any lags but don’t expect anything heavy such as gaming or video rendering from this device.

The Pavilion x360 11-AD031TU comes with a 4GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB mechanical HDD.

Display

The laptop features an 11.6″ 1366 x 768 HD LED panel that offers decent brightness and contrast ratio, but the colours are a little washed out.

This is not much of an issue as normal users won’t view the display up close.

Being a touchscreen display, HP has provided an active stylus for easy navigation and other miscellaneous tasks where hand gestures will feel inadequate.

The huge bezels around the display look ugly and will definitely catch your attention now and then.

This makes looking at the screen a less aesthetically pleasing experience.

Miscellaneous

The hinge on this laptop is rotatable up to 360 degrees.

When the screen turns 180 degrees, the laptop automatically switches on the tablet mode.

The keyboard is disabled in the tablet mode to eliminate accidental key presses during the operation.

The hinge mechanism feels solid and strong and there is no creaking sound while rotating the display.

Even though there are two air ducts provided at the bottom, the device gets very hot after nearly an hour of heavy usage.

The sound levels are noticeable and the processor throttles causing lags during the operations.

Battery

The device is powered by a 2 cell prismatic battery that will last up to 7 hours on a single charge.

Also, it supports fast charging that lets you charge the device quickly.

This 2 in 1 laptop provides the tablet as well as a full-size laptop experience in a single package.

The semi-convertible form factor aides in better versatile use of this laptop during your trips.

If you decide to work while you transit between the location, the full fledged laptop mode will help you do that.

If you’re tired and want to enjoy some time watching media in a relaxed pose, the swivelled tablet mode will be the best.

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Touchscreen display
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Dedicated volume rockers on the side
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Stylus provided with the device
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Huge bezels around the screen
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The device heats up quickly
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Performance issues

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i3 7th Gen, 7130U
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 620
Battery BackupUp to 7 Hours
Display11.6 inch HD(1366 x 768 Pixel)
IPS Touchscreen

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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Check out our buying guide below to know how to buy the best laptop for a deeper understanding of all the nitty-gritty involved.

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

Buying Guide - How to buy 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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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