Best Laptops Under Rs.40,000

by | Jun 9, 2018

Are you looking for a laptop under Rs.40,000?

We have compiled a list of the best laptops under Rs.40,000 that are ranked based on their build quality, features and real-world performance.

Without any further delay, let’s dive right in to the article!

1. HP Notebook 15 Series

HP Notebook 15 - Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Latest and greatest powerful processor
  • Best budget performance laptop
  • Suits students as well as office goers alike
HP is one of the accomplished electronic hardware manufacturers spanning across the world in different markets .

The HP Notebook 15- bs146tu is the recent offering from HP with the latest eighth gen processors from Intel.

The HP 15- bs146tu is made of high-quality plastic that doesn’t feel cheap.

The outer casing has a textured finish that will save you some time for cleaning the laptop from fingerprints.

The brushed metal finish on the interior imparts a premium and classy feel to the build.

This laptop is powered by Intel’s latest eighth generation core i5 processor with a base clock of 1.60GHz.

There is a 4GB RAM module clocked at 2133Mhz coupled with a 1TB HDD for storing your files and media offline.

For performing light graphics-intensive tasks, there is an integrated Intel UHD graphics 620 on board.

The 15-bs146tu model comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed.

First-time users will find this convenient as installing an OS on top of the hardware by themselves is still a herculean task for many.

A 15.6″ full HD screen adorns the laptop with punchier colours and decent brightness.

The display is an anti glare panel meaning the light reflection off the screen will be minimal.

On the battery front, this device is powered by a 35Wh 6 cell Li-ion battery that the company claims will last for about 5-6 hours.

The main gripe with this device is that it lacks a dedicated graphics card.

All the graphics-intensive tasks are routed through the integrated Intel UHD 620, but a discrete card performs much better.

Gaming on this laptop might be possible but the performance will be questionable.

The webcam quality on this budget laptop is passable at best but nothing impressive.

You will be able to make video calls in perfectly lit environments but details will be lacking.

If you’re an open source advocate, you can go with the DOS variant in this series, the HP 15-bs145tu model.

The HP 15-bs145tu comes with the exact hardware specifications that its elder sibling 15-bs146tu offers but with a beefed up RAM minus an Operating system.

This model comes with 8GB of RAM out of the box with an option to expand up to 16GB.

The OS choice is left to the users so that they can choose either Windows 10 or Ubuntu.

Even if you wish to install Windows 10, HP provides driver support and are easily available for download from the official HP website.

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8th generation Core i5 processor
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Full HD Display
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Good battery life
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Lightweight and thin
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No dedicated graphics card
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Display panel quality is weak/ Viewing angles are not great
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Average webcam quality

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4, 2400MHz
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen, 8250U
GraphicsIntegrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Battery Backup5 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD

2. Acer Aspire E Series

Runner-Up Laptop under Rs.40,000 - Acer Aspire E15
Runner-Up Pick
  • Hardware upgradability is a bonus
  • Productivity laptop under a budget
  • Durable and solid build
Acer is a Taiwan based electronic hardware manufacturer.

Acer’s Aspire series is one of the successful laptop lineups in India that offers some impressive specs.

Acer Aspire E 15 575G is one of the best laptops with an Intel i5 processor available in the Indian market.

Acer Aspire E 15 575G is designed thoughtfully by the company to mask the plastic components used by giving a brushed metal finish all around the body.

There is no noticeable flex or creeks to be worried about.

Overall, the build feels solid and durable.

Inside the Acer Aspire E 15 575G is an Intel Core i5 seventh-generation processor.

This laptop comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM which in case you are a heavy multi tasker, have an option to increase up to 32GB.

A 1TB mechanical HDD comes with the laptop.

On the graphics department, the 2GB GDDR5 Nvidia Geforce 940MX will give enough power for this laptop to perform graphics-intensive tasks without any hiccups.

Occasional gaming with medium settings is possible with this device.

This laptop comes bundled with Windows 10 operating system.

This makes it a run out of the box device without having the need to go through tedious driver setup process.

The display that comes with this device is a 15.6″ panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768.

Albeit not being a full HD panel, the display offers decent colour reproduction and brightness levels.

A 2800mAh Li-ion battery powers the laptop.

The company claims that users will receive battery life anywhere from 6-7 hours on a single charge.

Another feature of this device is it’s easy to use matte finished touch pad.

The touch pad supports windows precision drivers that will enable gesture support on this laptop.

The keyboard in this laptop may not be the choice for everyone.

The key travel distance is less, that will cause frequent double pressing since the feedback from the keys is not up to the mark.

Aspire E 15 575G suits those people who wish to have a little bit of everything at an affordable price range.

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Dedicated 2GB GDDR5 Nvidia 940MX Graphics
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Comfortable touchpad
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8GB RAM out of the box
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Weak display quality
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Keyboard quality is average

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 7th Gen, 7200U
Graphics2GB Nvidia GeForce 940MX
Battery Backup6 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD

3. Lenovo Ideapad 320E Series

Dell Inspiron 15 - 3567
Best Choice For Students
  • No frills laptop for academic use
  • Anti glare screen reduces eye strain
  • Bundled productivity software is a bonus
Lenovo has been selling laptops and notebooks for a while in the Indian market.

The specialty of Lenovo is that they offer a wide range of custom configurations that users can select based on their personal preference.

The Lenovo IP 320E-15IKB model is a midrange offering in their Ideapad series that can be easily termed as the best laptop for college going students right now in the market.

The IP 320E-15IKB is powered by an Intel Core i5 seventh-generation processor.

The device comes with 4GB of RAM out of the box which can be expanded further by installing a separate memory module.

The 1TB HDD that comes with the laptop is more than enough for the files and media that you store offline.

Even though the processor is from the previous generation, it works well and can run apps effortlessly.

The screen on this laptop is a 15.6″ 1366 x 768 HD LED-backlit panel that offers decent viewing angles and sharper image viewing experience.

The anti-glare coating on the display helps it to be used even in brightly lit environments with minimal strain on your eyes.

The design looks elegant and the subtle branding adds a minimal yet progressive aesthetics to the device.

The IP 320E-15IKB comes equipped with all the necessary ports such as two USB 3.0 high-speed data transfer ports, a USB C port, an HDMI port along with a 4 in 1 SD card reader.

The speakers on this device are Dolby certified and give decent output with respectable bass.

This device comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled and lifetime license of Microsoft office bundled.

The battery life on this device is not up to the mark and only gives about 4 hours of continuous usage.

The IP 320E-15IKB can be touted as the best laptop for college students as it comes with Genuine Windows 10 OS and a free lifetime license of Office software.

Decent screen and acceptable build quality make this laptop a compelling purchase for the students.

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Wider port availability
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Lifetime Microsoft Office license
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1 year McAfee LiveSafe subscription
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Average battery life
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Display quality is average

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4, Extra slot present
ProcessorIntel Core i5 7th Gen, 7200U
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 620
Battery Backup4 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD

4. 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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
RAM8GB DDR4, Expandable up to 20GB via extra slot
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen, 8250U
Graphics2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150
Battery Backup5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD

5. Asus Vivobook S15

Best Budget Laptop under 40,000 - Asus Vivobook S15
Best Budget Pick
  • Best for everyday casual tasks
  • Fast charging support
  • One year onsite warranty
Asus Vivobook S15 is one of the laptops that comes with an elegant design language.

Their Vivobook S15 X510UA-EJ770T model is our budget pick in this price segment.

Although made out of plastic, Asus have take care of the quality of the components used.

The plastic has a glossy coating with designs imprinted, that imparts it a metal finish when looked from a distance.

This laptop features an Intel Core i3 seventh-generation processor.

This processor sufficient enough to run day-to-day tasks smoothly and for light multitasking.

The Vivobook S15 comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM that can be further expanded up to 16GB.

The hard disk capacity is of 1TB with a rated speed of 5400rpm.

The 15.6″ full HD display is bright and vivid. The panel offers good viewing angles and great contrast.

The anti-glare coating reduces the light reflection from the screen enhancing the viewability of the display.

This laptop, as with most of the Vivobook series comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled.

This device checks all the right boxes when it comes to the port selection.

Equipped with 2 USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port and a USB C port, there is no dearth of the connectivity options on this device.

The 3 cell Li-ion battery provides up to four hours of battery life on a single charge.

Asus has incorporated its fast-charging technology that will let users quickly charge the device if the device is low on juice.

There is no discrete graphics card available on this laptop, which makes it necessary to rely on the integrated Intel HD 620.

The low spindle speed HDD on this device has slower data transfer speeds.

Asus Vivobook S15 suits the style-conscious buyers who require a decently performing laptop that mainly caters to media consumption and casual use.

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Full HD display
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Elegant design
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Windows 10 Home preinstalled
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Average battery life
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No discrete graphics card
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Weaker processor

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4, Expandable up to 16GB via extra slot
ProcessorIntel Core i3 7th Gen, 7100U
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 620
Battery Backup4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD

6. HP Pavilion x360

Best 2 in 1 Convertible Laptop under 40,000 - HP Pavilion x360 11-AD031TU
Best Convertible Laptop
  • Best for travel junkies
  • Positive brand reliability
  • Good build quality
The HP Pavilion x360 11-AD031TU is a 2 in 1 laptop from HP that fits the genre of convertible laptops.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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 Backup7 Hours
Display11.6 inch HD 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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