The new generation laptops and notebooks are expensive, no doubt an average students can not afford to get the best specification rich laptop to use for practice, assignments and projects.
To be precise, when choosing a laptop as a student there are more things to look out for aside the cost. One of which is the battery life, the processor, SSD, RAM, ROM, keyboard, and others. It took me a lot of time, money, and months of testing and comparing several laptop types and brands to discover the best budget laptops for any students alas!
In this article, i will show you the best budget laptop for Engineering, computer, law and every students. in light of this, i will also give the prices and specs of these laptops to spice it up, i will elucidate the reasons why they are considered the best of the best.
Best Budget Laptop for Students
These are the best and budget friendly Laptop for students;
- Asus VivoBook S14 (S431FA)
- Lenovo IdeaPad S340
- HP Chromebook 14
- Lenovo IdeaPad S145
- Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
- HP 15
- Lenovo ThinkPad E480
- Lenovo IdeaPad 130
- Acer Aspire E5-575G
- Asus X541UA
Asus VivoBook S14 (S431FA)
For any student looking for a budget laptop, this is my first recommendation. VivoBook S14 S431 is powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU and features a NVIDIA GPU which is enough to perform all students activities.
This laptop is 14 inches which is 35.56 cm display. Being an 8th generation poered processor, you can install and run most latest softwares and application without challenges or crash.
Also, It runs on Windows 10 Home Basic operating system and as far as the graphics card is concerned, this notebook has a Intel UHD 620 graphics card to manage the graphical functions. To keep it alive, it has a 2 Cell Li-Po battery and weighs 1.4 Kg.
As a student, my advise for you is that you consider this as the number one best budget laptop you can get right now with cool specifications.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is one of thin and light weight budget friendly laptop with powerful processing, rich multimedia, a webcam shutter, and other cool specifications.
The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 runs on operating system Windows 10 Home and Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U.
It has 3 different display namely;
- 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) TN, 220 nits
- 15.6″ Touch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS TN, 250 nits (non-glass)
- 15.6″ HD (1366 x 768) TN, 220 nits
Another supprising fact about the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is the battery is able to last Up to 10 hours* with rapid charging technology.
HP Chromebook 14
Hp Chromebook 14 is a good option for students looking to buy a budget laptop.
The HP Chromebook 14 laptop offers a sizeable HD display and is powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron processor.
Chrome OS-powered laptops are mainly designed for basic tasks such as web browsing and typing. In this light, it is not quite surprising to see that HP Chromebook 14 is driven by an Intel Celeron processor clocked at a speed of 1.4 GHz.
Impressively, HP Chromebook 14 offers two high-speed USB 3.0 ports. There are also USB 2.0 and full-size HDMI ports. It features an HP TrueVision HD webcam for video chats with family and friends. Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n are available for wireless connectivity.
Lenovo IdeaPad S145
The Lenovo Ideapad S145 being a budget model cuts corners in an effort to keep the price down but, sports a stylish, light design with a narrow bezel which makes for a cleaner design and larger display area. It is engineered for long-lasting performance, perfect for everyday computing.
The Lenovo Ideapad S145 comes featuring up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processing and a wide range of privacy and secure storage options. it is equipped with a Full HD TN panel bearing a model number AUO B156HTN06.1 (AUO61ED). Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution 1920 х 1080 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
As an average user, choosing a notebook that ticks all the boxes while managing to keep costs relatively low could be a difficult thing.
That being said, the Ideapad 330S is perhaps one of the best everyday notebooks for students as well as working professionals. It may not be packed to the gills with features or gaming laptop-level hardware, but given the price, the 330S should be able to meet most of your demands, leaving a cue for all other similarly-price notebooks to pick up on.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S has a 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768-resolution display and is powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD, 5,200-rpm hard drive with 16GB of Intel Optane storage.
HP 15 model is a sleek budget laptop. It is available in different configurations with processors from Intel or AMD. HP 15 is a general purpose 15.6-inch laptop for students, work and even home use.
HP 15 features a 15.6 inch LED backlit display with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution with latest models offering options of Touchscreen. Latest models of the HP 15 comes with Windows 8.1.
It’s hard to look past the HP 15 Laptop’s dull and dim 15.6-inch display when its resolution is only 1366 x 768. We’re willing to get over poor displays on budget and mainstream laptops, but it’s most disappointing when a notebook can’t manage 1920 x 1080.
Lenovo ThinkPad E480
Meet the Lenovo ThinkPad E480, a 14-inch laptop for SMB users. Featuring powerful Intel ® technology, great reliability, and tough security.
The E480 offers a superb video-conferencing experience, thanks to its dual-array microphone, HD webcam, 14” IPS FHD display, and stereo speakers with Dolby® Advanced Audio™. Revel in rich sound and visuals so clear, you’ll feel like you’re in the same room.
Start with Windows 10 Pro for your E480, which includes your own personal assistant, Cortana. You’ll never have to hunt for files or photos or meetings again! Integrate Cortana with your calendar and you can even search by when and with whom you worked on a file, rather than having to remember file names.
To conclude it all, The Lenovo’s ThinkPad E480 is an affordable notebook for any student featuring an incredibly fast CPU.
Lenovo IdeaPad 130
Lenovo IdeaPad 130 is a Windows 10 laptop with a 15.60-inch display that has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. It is powered by a Core i3 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The Lenovo IdeaPad 130 packs 1TB of HDD storage.
Graphics are powered by Intel Integrated UHD Graphics 620. Connectivity options include Bluetooth and it comes with 2 USB ports (2 x USB 3.0), Mic In ports.
As of 5th October 2020, Lenovo IdeaPad 130 price in India starts at Rs. 36,356.
Acer Aspire E5-575G
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G is a Windows 10 Home laptop with a 15.60-inch display that has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. It is powered by a Core i5 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G packs 1TB of HDD storage.
Graphics are powered by Nvidia GeForce 940MX. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth and it comes with 4 USB ports (1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type C)), HDMI Port, Multi Card Slot, Lock Slot, Mic In, RJ45 (LAN) ports.
As of 5th October 2020, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G price in India starts at Rs. 24,999.
Asus X541UA-GO1345D is a DOS laptop with a 15.60-inch display that has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. It is powered by a Core i3 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The Asus X541UA-GO1345D packs 1TB of HDD storage.
Graphics are powered by Intel Integrated HD Graphics 520. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Ethernet and it comes with 2 USB ports (1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0), HDMI Port, Multi Card Slot, VGA Port, Mic In, RJ45 (LAN) ports.
As of 4th October 2020, Asus X541UA-GO1345D price in India starts at Rs. 26,399.
How we test laptops
We put each laptop through extensive benchmark testing — both synthetic and real-world — before they end up in the hands of our reviewers. We evaluate each aspect of the laptop, including its performance, battery life, display, speakers and heat management.
In our benchmark testing, we use a Klein K10 colorimeter to detect the brightness and sRGB color gamut of the laptop’s display. For performance testing, we run the laptop through a gauntlet of benchmarks, including Geekbench 4.3 and 5.0 and 3DMark professional graphics tests.
To determine real-world performance, we task the laptop to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution and to duplicate a 4.97GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Dirt 3 benchmark with medium settings at 1080p resolution.
We also run heat tests by playing a 15-minute full-screen video and measuring temperatures in different areas of the laptop. Last but not least, our battery test consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. For MacBooks and premium Windows 10 laptops, a runtime of over 9 hours is considered a good result whereas gaming laptops and workstations that can stay powered for longer than 5 hours deserve praise.