For those who’ve asked, all notebook PCs that we’ve suggested below are equipped to handle basic computing tasks: internet browsing (research, social networking, e-mail ), office productivity (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint), basic photo-editing work (Photoshop, Gimp) and even for watching videos and listening to music.
A notebook without Windows
In this category, you can expect the best kind of hardware within your budget. These machines do not come with the Windows OS, but some manufacturers will give you a PC preinstalled with Linux/DOS. Here, our choices would be the…
Toshiba Satellite C850-X 0011: 15.6-inch screen, 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 (3rd Gen) processor, Intel HD graphics 4000, 2GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD Drive, HD webcam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, (2x)USB 2.0, (1x)USB 3.0, Rs 30,000
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532: 15.6-inch screen, 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 (3rd Gen) processor, Intel HD graphics 4000, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD drive, HD webcam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, (1x)USB 2.0, (3x)USB 3.0, Rs 25,750
Alternatively, you could also look at
Samsung NP300E5V-A 02IN (Rs 29,000), the Dell Vostro 2520 (Rs 29,000) and the Lenovo Essential G580 [59-358346 ] (Rs 30,000).
These machines come with a licensed copy of the Windows OS, and they’re ready to use straight out of the box. But since some of the budget is utilized for the operating system, you are presented with a slightly older processor.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532 (alternative config): 15.6-inch screen, 2.3GHz Intel Core i3 (2nd Gen) processor, 1GB nVidia GeForce GT 620M, 4GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, DVD drive, HD web cam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, (1x)USB 2.0, (3x)USB 3.0, Windows 8, Rs 29,000
Samsung NP300E5C-A 0CIN: 15.6-inch screen, 2.2GHz Intel Core i3 (2nd Gen) processor, Intel HD graphics 3000, 2GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD drive, HD web cam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, (3x)USB 2.0, Windows 8, Rs 27,400
As options you could consider the Sony VAIO SVE1513ACNB (Rs 29,000) or the Toshiba Satellite C850-I 5213 (Rs 28,000). The latter, however, has the older Windows 7 pre-installed . Before you finalize a model, we would advise you to physically check the build quality of the device for durability, check its display for viewing angles, and its keyboard for typing comfort.