Best Laptops Under Rs.40,000

by | Nov 19, 2018

After hours of research and reviews to find the best laptops, we have compiled a list of the best laptops under Rs.40,000 that are ranked based on their real-world performance, features and build quality.

We have also taken into consideration the different use cases users may have from their laptop and ranked the best accordingly. Without any further delay, let’s dive right into the article!

Best Laptop Under Rs.40,000

1. Asus Vivobook 15Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Ideapad 130Best Compact Laptop
3. Acer Aspire 5 Best Linux Laptop
4. HP Notebook 15Best Build Quality
5. Lenovo Ideapad 330 Best Value for Money Laptop

1. Asus Vivobook 15

 Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Latest 8th-generation processor
  • Extensive warranty coverage
  • Fast charging capability

Asus Vivobook series combine excellent performance and built quality at a very compelling price points. This mid-range laptop has the best internals that aids in superior performance encased in an aesthetically appealing form factor.

Build Quality and Design

Asus Vivobook laptops have always been one of our favourite laptops with premium design, even in the entry-level budget market.

Although the device is made of plastic components, it doesn’t feel cheap at all. The outer chassis at the back has brushed metal design which looks great when viewed from a distance. The grooved surface also feels good in the hand.

The keyboard is of slightly disappointing quality despite being a full sized one. The keys are well laid out with enough space in between but the key travel distance is inadequate.

Since the keys are not backlit, you may find trouble typing in the dark without a supporting light.

The thick bezels around the display make the screen look a bit uninteresting but over time you will get used to it.
Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is the latest Intel Core i5 8250U chipset with 4GB of DDR4 RAM. This processor is an absolute beast in terms of performance.

With the RAM expandability up to 16GB, this laptop is best suited for intense multitasking. Apps load and run faster than ever before and thanks to the much improved Intel integrated UHD 620 graphics, this machine performs way better than its predecessors in graphics-intensive tasks.

Display

Coming to the display, this device packs in a 15.6-inch full HD panel with good colours and brightness levels.

The anti-glare screen also reduces reflectivity resulting in reduced stress to the eyes while working from a brightly lit environment.

Miscellaneous

All the modern ports are present and accounted for on this laptop. There’s a USB 3.0 port accompanied by two USB 2.0 port, an HDMI as well as an SD card reader.

Warranty is an area where most of the laptop brands skimp on their promises. Contrary to this Asus provides one year of onsite warranty with this laptop.

There’s a fingerprint scanner placed alongside touchpad to ensure the safety of files and other sensitive data inside.

Battery

Battery life is quite average on this laptop. The juice lasts for about five hours tops on moderate to heavy usage.

Asus has included their fast charging technology with this device that lets you charge up the laptop from 0% to 60% in just under 50 minutes.

Verdict

Honestly speaking, the Asus Vivobook 15 is a very capable machine that can run your apps the way they meant to be for a budget just under Rs.40,000.

With the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 chipset and supported by the highly efficient UHD 620 GPU, you can expect this device to perform pretty good even in the most demanding situations without any struggle.

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Fingerprint scanner

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Genuine Windows 10 Home OS

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Powerful processor

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Thick bezels around the display

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD620
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

2. Lenovo Ideapad 130

best Compact laptop
Best Compact Laptop
  • Stylish design
  • Great performance for the price
  • Good quality display

Lenovo has been a major player in the Indian laptop market for a long time now. The company has been in the left, right and centre of the budget laptop segment with a lot of great products that the users really liked.

The Lenovo Ideapad 130 is one of the newest entries to the budget laptop segment in India.

Design and Build Quality

Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops in the world. Whatever be the price bracket it fits in, Lenovo provides an aesthetically pleasing design which is often combined with great build quality.

The Ideapad 130 is one of the finest looking laptops, if not the best in its category. The metallic design inspired chassis makes the device look and feel premium.

Minimal bezels on either side of the display are stunning and make the display look even bigger than it is in reality.

Processor and Performance

Fret not, the good qualities of this laptop doesn’t end with the looks. Inside the chassis is an 8th generation Intel Core i5 8250U processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

With the onboard 4GB DDR4 RAM, this laptop can breeze through any application or task you throw at it with ease.

Except gaming, this laptop is capable of handling all the day to day tasks with relative ease and speed.

The standard 1TB HDD will let you save all your files offline without any worries about space being run out after installing a couple of apps.

Display

Lenovo usually provides the best display panel with their laptops. Same is the case with the Ideapad 130 as well.

This 14-inch display is an HD panel with an effective resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The colours are bright and vivid and the contrast levels are up to the mark.

There is no noticeable pixelation in texts at a normal distance between the eyes. The display outputs everything fine and clear, thanks to the smaller size of the display.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo Ideapad 130 comes loaded with the Windows 10 operating system out of the box. Everything is pre-configured from the factory and it makes sure that the customer can start using the system as soon as he opens the box.

Lenovo provides 1 year warranty with this device. In case something unfortunate happens, you can always visit the nearest service centre for repairs.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 comes with a 2-cell Lithium-ion battery inside. This will let the device be run for about 5 hours on moderate usage with 55% brightness.

If you are running games or watching movies at full brightness, the screen on time will reduce drastically and be sure to have the charger at an arm’s length.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 130 is a very good deal for its price when it comes to a laptop priced under Rs 40,000.

The aesthetically pleasing looks and the excellent build quality further adds charm to this product.

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Great design

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Decent display

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DDR4 RAM

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Random slowdowns when used continuously

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery Backup4-5 Hours
Display14-inch 1366 x 768 pixels

3. Acer Aspire 5 Series

Best Gaming Laptop under 40,000 - Acer Aspire 5 Series
 Best Linux Laptop
  • Best suited for programmers
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solidly built device

The Acer Aspire 5 series offers some of the best laptops for programmers and gamers who are looking for a budget laptop under Rs.40,000 or even 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 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 into the design of this budget laptop. Little things such as the chrome finish around the touchpad gives the laptop a sort of personality of its own.

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

Processor and Performance

Powering the device is an Intel Core i5 8th Gen processor clocked at 1.6GHz. This laptop comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133Mhz and is expandable. Coupled together is a traditional 1TB mechanical HDD.

The 8th generation mobile processor from Intel offers up to 60% improved performance from its predecessors. With the onboard 4GB RAM, this device can easily swift through apps and day to day casual tasks.

On the graphics department, the integrated Intel UHD 620 kicks in and performs superbly.

Miscellaneous

The speakers are placed at the bottom of the laptop and they 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 3.0 port, a USB C port, a 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 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.

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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Stereo speakers

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8th Generation Core i5 Processor

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Memory is expandable

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Slow HDD

Specifications

Operating SystemLinux
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD620
Battery BackupUp to 7 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1366 x 768

4. HP Notebook 15 series

Best Build-Quality
 Best Build Quality
  • 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 this 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.

Design and 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 work great. There is no creaking sound when opening and closing the lid and the operation is so smooth.

The C deck on this budget laptop comes with a textured finish which looks 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.

Processor and Performance

Thanks to the latest 8th 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.

This laptop ships with no real OS out of the box. You will have to install either Windows or Linux to use it as a daily driver.

Display

The HP 15-bs146tu comes with a large 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The large display can get very bright and the colour reproduction is on par with other laptops priced at the same budget.

If you are a student and want two apps opened side by side, having a large and wide display is very beneficial. The ability to see more content will be 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 crisper and reduce the stress on your eyes.

Connectivity

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 of up to 5 hours on a single charge.

With HP fast charging technology, the device can be juiced up quickly, as much as 90% in just under 90 minutes which is very beneficial.

Verdict

The HP 15-bs146tu is the best laptop for academic purposes if you don’t mind the price tag of Rs.40,000.

Equipped with the latest 8th-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 the 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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DOS out of the box

Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD620
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

5. Lenovo IdeaPad 330

best Value for Money Laptop
Best Value for Money Laptop
  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Powerful processor and GPU

Lenovo has switched its focus as one of the top smartphone brand in the country to one of the best laptop brands in the country offering some excellent devices for the customers.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 is a feature-rich laptop that is priced well under an affordable budget for those who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying their performance index.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say so – Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in India. No matter the budget, be it entry level or high end performance segment laptops, Lenovo has managed to pull off an ace when it comes to the design.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 has a simple design with a metallic finish on the keyboard deck and the chassis. The screen flex is minimal and won’t be a problem in day-to-day usage.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 has an island-style keyboard with a separate number pad for those who are used to the full sized desktop keyboards.

The keys are large but spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time as well.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 features a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixels TN display. Even though the display is not a full HD one, the visuals are adequately colourful and rich in details.

The anti-glare coating on the screen helps it to prevent reflections from the display. This greatly enhances the viewability and reduces stress on your eyes.

The bezels around the display are thicker and is definitely an eyesore to the rest of the elegantly crafted build.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels. The Lenovo Ideapad 330 is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i3 – 7020U processor clocked at 2.3GHz which can turbo boost up to 3.1GHz.

With Turbo Boost technology enabled, the processor will run at minimal power when idle and when something resource intensive is launched, the cores will run at a higher clock to ensure smooth performance.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups. With the 4GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

Accompanying the processor is a 2GB DDR3 dedicated AMD Radeon 530 graphics card. This makes this laptop capable of some low-level performance computing. You can even play some of the popular games with low to medium settings.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on pot distribution either. This Ideapad series laptop from Lenovo comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

The dual speakers on this laptop are certified by Dolby and give out a loud sound output.

Running on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box, this laptop comes with a 12-month free McAfee Livesafe antivirus subscription.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion cell, the Lenovo Ideapad 330 can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Thanks to the non-full HD display, the processor has to push only fewer pixels on to the screen resulting in these numbers.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 priced under Rs.40,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

Barring from the lack of a full HD display, this laptop stands second to none on this list. If you really need a laptop that performs well under all circumstances, the Ideapad 330 is worth checking out.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

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Lacks a full HD display

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Thick bezels around the screen

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Hard Disk Storage1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel core i3 7020U 2.3GHz
Graphics2GB AMD Radeon 530
Battery Backup4-6 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1366 x 768

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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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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