The mid-range laptop segment has been on the upswing, more so ever since Covid-19 came along, because of several reasons. One, many people have had to invest in new laptops in order to keep their jobs, as work-from-home became the new norm. Similarly, families had to buy laptops in twos and threes, as education migrated online.
Overnight, every single student needed his or her very own laptop, because online school and online college lectures called for it. People also upgraded their old laptops in preparation for a long period of at-home work and play alike.
Shortage of laptops in 2020
There was actually a shortage of laptops during this time last year, as buyers cleaned out shelves due to one or more of the factors that we just discussed. Moreover, demand continues as users are working their laptops harder than ever before. Work from home has resulted in never-ending workdays, and an end to weekends.
Furthermore, since people are stepping out less, in all likelihood, they continue to be strapped to their laptops streaming entertainment, video calling friends and family, and of course, keeping up-to-date with everyone’s lives on social media.
If you are looking to upgrade your laptop after a year of keeping it on for nearly 24 hours a day, here are some options that you could consider.
Things to remember
But before we dive into actual options, keep in mind a couple of key considerations. Maybe the best laptops under 50000 that you have set your heart on did not find its way to our list. However, if it comes with the Windows 10 operating system, an Intel Core processor (or a Ryzen processor for gamers), 8GB RAM, and at least 512GB SSD or 1TB HDD storage, then you are in the clear. You need sizable RAM because RAM is essential to smooth multitasking of the device, and to effortlessly switch between different programs or applications.
For instance, online lectures, not to mention testing platforms, require a student’s laptop to be an efficient multitasker. 4GB RAM might have cut it before video conferencing became a part of everyone’s daily life, but no more. A student will very likely face a lag (or the device might hang) while taking notes, or writing an assignment in another tab during a Zoom class. 8GB RAM is thus a must-have. And of course, project work, study material and saved video lessons take up plenty of space, and hence the need for decent storage space. The processor and OS have a bearing in the laptop’s overall performance as well.
This list has a special focus on the best laptops for students. Given that households may need to buy multiple laptops for the children and teenagers, we have handpicked the five best laptops under Rs. 50,000.
The Dell Inspiron 15 5509
This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home OS, and the Intel UHC Graphics Card. The Dell Inspiron 15 5509 runs on the 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor, and comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. It is compact and lightweight, weighing about 1.7kgs, and is thus portable.
The HP 14 Ryzen 5 3500U
This HP model is compact and comes packed with exciting features. It has a 14-inch display, and comes with the Ryzen 5 3500U processor, a Windows 10 OS, a 1TB hard disk, and the
AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics processor (which makes it gaming-friendly).
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15IL05
This model packs the Intel Core i5 processor within Rs. 50,000, which in itself makes the laptop a steal. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15IL05 runs on Windows 10 OS, and comes with 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard disk. It also houses the Intel integrated UHD graphics card to boot.
The Asus Vivobook X509JA-BQ840T
This Asus Vivobook comes with 1TB HDD storage, 8GB RAM, runs on Windows 10 Home OS, and like its counterpart above, it is one of the few models to offer the Intel Core i5 processor to consumers wanting laptops under Rs. 50,000.
The Acer Spin 3 Convertible SP314-54N
This laptop transforms into a tab rather seamlessly, and comes with all the other staples that its counterparts boast of on this list. The device houses 8GB RAM, and 256GB internal storage. It runs on the Windows 10 OS, and packs the Intel UHD graphics card. Furthermore, the device weighs only 1.5 kgs, and while it ordinarily costs almost Rs. 65,000, it is on offer at the moment on the brand’s website for just a little above Rs. 50,000.
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