Top laptops for students on a tight budget

By Afrah Khan | Published on 19 Sep 2020
Top laptops for students on a tight budget

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If you’re a student or a parent looking to buy a laptop that offers bang for the buck, but with so many choices, finding it to be a herculean task, here is help for you. We have curated a list of some of the best and affordable laptops available on Amazon. Note that these have been selected based on their listed features.

HP 15s eq1042au 15.6-inch Laptop

HP is one of the best laptop brands available in the market, thanks to the quality of products they provide, and this one is a similar story. The HP 15s eq1042au is a 15.6-inch laptop which weighs 1.69kg and has a thickness of 1.8cm, making it one of the lightest laptops you can buy on a budget. This makes it ideal for students who must commute via public transport.  HP has packed it with an AMD Ryzen 3 3250U processor, 4GB RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD for snappy performance. It is equipped with a 15.6-inch FullHD screen for crisp and clear viewing experience so that you can use it to study efficiently. In terms of connectivity, HP has gone all out and equipped it with two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, one 3.5mm jack and a USB Type-C port. To power all that hardware, it is packed with a 3-cell lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 41 Watt-hours, according to the brand.

Dell Vostro 3491 14-inch FHD Laptop, D552115WIN9BE

If you’re looking for a 14-inch laptop with a FullHD panel, then you should check out the Dell Vostro 3491. It has a 10th gen i3 processor along with 4GB RAM to make sure you can finish all your homework using powerful software without any issues. Dell has equipped it with a 1TB hard disk to store data along with a 256GB SSD. It comes preloaded with Windows 10 out of the box. The Dell Vostro 3491 is equipped with all the essential ports that you’ll need like an HDMI port, two USB 3.1 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one ethernet port and a single 3.5mm jack. Dell claims that its 3 cell Li-ion battery can power this machine for 11 hours with regular usage. You’ll be amazed to know that all of this hardware and software is packed in a laptop that is 2cm in thickness and weighs just 1.7kg.

HP 15 10th Gen Intel Core i3 15.6-inch FHD Laptop

HP products are so good and well-priced that another one of their laptops made it to the list. The HP 15q-ds3001TU is a 15.6-inch laptop with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels so you can watch your e-learning content without any issues. It is powered by a 10th gen Intel Core i3 processor paired with 8GB RAM for a smooth and lag-free performance. The 1TB hard disk drive inside the laptop is preloaded with Windows 10. It has two USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port to connect all your external devices, an HDMI port to hook up a secondary display, an ethernet port and a 3.5mm jack to connect headphones. This laptop has a thickness of 2cm and weighs 1.85kg, so it’s not too bulky to carry around.

ASUS VivoBook 14 FHD Compact and Light Laptop

The ASUS VivoBook 14 is a 14-inch Full HD laptop with an AMD Ryzen 3 processor and 4GB RAM to help you with everyday school tasks. It has a 256GB NVMe SSD which comes preloaded with Windows 10 out of the box. You can upgrade its RAM (up to 12GB) and SSD in the future thanks to the additional RAM slot and SATA slot. It also has an HDMI port, a USB 3.2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm jack to make sure that the user doesn’t face connectivity issues. To add an extra layer of security, ASUS has equipped it with a fingerprint sensor on the touchpad. All this powerful hardware is powered by a 32Watt hours battery (according to the brand) in a body that is 2.3cm thick and weighs 1.6kg, making it one of the slimmest laptops one can buy.

Afrah Khan


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