Laptop Purchasing Guide For Beginners in 2020
Many people have been asking me from the very beginning of 2020 that which laptop should they purchase for their study or work purpose. They have been complaining that it is very confusing to buy a laptop especially when there are so many options for a single laptop model and it is absolutely true.
For example, HP 15s eq0007au laptop has 6 variants, price ranging from 30000 INR to 60000 INR inclusive of GST.
Nowadays, laptop purchasing guide for beginners are available in several places but are not that clear as they tend to sell their own product through their guide.
So the very question which pops up in our minds is that which laptop should I purchase?.
What makes a laptop the best?
These days most of the popular brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, etc., provide onsite warranty for 1 year and you have the option of extending the warranty.
If you are a beginner and you are about to purchase your first laptop then you should definitely go for what is inside the laptop not how does it look or what is its color. Trust me! what’s inside the laptop should be the primary feature of your laptop.
Why I am saying so is because people in India on an average spend around or want to spend around 25000 INR to 35000 INR for their first laptop and laptops in that range are best budget laptops in India.
Laptops of all these ranges have almost the same fiber casing or fiber-metal casing of the laptops which are durable and will last 4-5 years or more if operated properly.
So the question is what actually you should look for while making a purchase for a laptop. It is actually very simple. There are three key factors.
A. Performance: Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you don’t want your applications to get hanged while multitasking on your laptop.
The performance of laptop is the most important factor to note while comparing different laptops. What you should look for are:
1. Processor: Only Intel Processors recommended. These are the processors that are available in multiple cores and are multi-threaded for optimum performance and are extremely fast and reliable as compared to rival AMD series processors.
For beginners just go for 8th generation i3/i5 processors and above. If you have a budget of less than 30000 INR, then you can select 8th generation/9th generation intel i3/i5 processors.
If you have a budget of 35000 INR to 38000 INR, then go for intel i3/i5 10th generation processors.
2. Hard Disk: The only thing apart from Processor and RAM which can speed your laptop and is the most important choice to be made while purchasing a laptop is the Hard Disk for your laptop.
If you are looking for laptops for beginners in India then you need to have the best hard disk technology on your laptop. You need to select SSD’s (Solid State Drives) over HDDs (Hard Disk Drives).
The SSD’s are the modern technology for storing data on your laptop and are 10 times faster than a conventional hard disk drive. It will speed up your laptop in no time
3. RAM: Random Access Memory (RAM) are primary memories which if increased in size than make your laptop very swift while switching between multiple tasks.
Nowadays, 4GB of RAM is available in every introduction edition of laptops as onboard. What you need to do is add another 4GB or 8GB RAM on the second slot available for RAM in the laptop to make a total of 8GB and 12GB of RAM respectively.
For best budget laptop in India under 25000 INR you can get 4GB RAM on board but you need to spend another 3K-4K for adding another 4GB RAM.
For beginners, a minimum of 8GB RAM in the laptop is recommended.
1. USB Ports: All the laptops available these days have 2-3 USB ports for your pen drives and other uses. What you have to check is that any of the USB ports is USB 3.0 or not. At least one of them should be USB 3.0 for faster data transfer.
2. HDMI Port: You should have this must as this port is needed to connect to external monitors or projectors. If VGA port is also provided, then it’s added benefit but choosing VGA over HDMI port is not a wise thing to do.
3. C-TYPE Port: These days laptops like Lenovo do provide C-TYPE ports for a faster connection between devices and data transfer. It is an optional thing.
4. Memory Card Slot: It is an optional thing but if it is available then it is an added benefit as you can directly use your DSLR cameras memory card.e.
5. DVD Drive: No one uses a DVD these days. I have not used a DVD in the last 8 years.
C. Software & Other:
Most of the laptop purchasing guide for beginners, do not focus on the software part of the laptop which is most crucial as it can save you from lot of troubles in future.
1.Windows 10: You do need to have Windows 10 genuine version pre-installed in the laptop as using a pirated version of Windows 10 is not a good option as it will surely result in virus attacks in the future.
2. Microsoft Office: It may or may not be available but you can ask for a licensed version of Microsoft office student version to be included with the laptop as it will reduce your future costs.
3.Onsite Warranty and Extension: There was a time when we used to get an accidental warranty were the laptops used to be replaced with a new one in case of accidents with the laptops.
You need to check whether the laptop company which you have selected is providing an onsite warranty or not. Most laptops companies like Lenovo, Dell, and HP provide the onsite warranty and also an option to extend your warranty for a year or two (do take this option if you have an extra penny to spend).
Affordable laptops in India in 2020
Now you must have got an idea that which laptop is best for you and how to choose the best one for yourself. This blog on laptop purchasing guide for beginners in 2020 must have given you an idea that which laptop you should choose and what should be its price.
To sum up, the things below are my recommendations:
- You need to spend at least 30000 INR so that you can have all three, 7th or 8th Generation Intel processors, 8 GB RAM, and at least 240 GB SSD. You can definitely have the best budget laptops in India under 30000.
- If you can spend another 5000-7000 INR then I would suggest you go for Intel 9th or 10th generation processors, 8/12GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD.
Here are my recommended laptops which do provide the onsite warranty and are the best budget laptops in India under 40000 INR with the best configuration.
I hope this blog helps you out in choosing the best laptop for you and do let me know if you have some good thoughts or would like to contribute towards the blog.