Best Budget Laptops for Students

By Vignesh Giridharan | Price Updated on 08-May-2021

While smartphones have taken over a lot of the tasks people used to do on PCs previously, there are some things othat nly a laptop can do. For students, laptops are far more important as laptops provide them with a bigger screen and a physical keyboard to work on their projects and assignments. At the same time, laptops also serve as the primary entertainment device, as the smartphone is primary being in use for texting, socialising and much more. So, what are the best laptops for students going to school to what are the best laptops for college students? Well, we have put together a list of budget laptops for university students. Might we add that this list needn't apply exclusively to university students but also to school students as well. Such a user may not expect too much from their laptop, in which case the basic specs offered by these laptops should be sufficient for infrequent or moderate use. Although the prices of the products mentioned in the list given below have been updated as of 8th May 2021, the list itself may have changed since it was last published due to the launch of new products in the market since then.

List Of Best Budget Laptops For Students

Product Name Seller Price
Asus VivoBook S14 (S431FA) amazon ₹55989
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 Tatacliq ₹50467
HP Chromebook 14 amazon ₹21990
Lenovo IdeaPad S145 Tatacliq ₹32490
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S flipkart ₹24990
HP 15 N/A ₹54990
Lenovo ThinkPad E480 Tatacliq ₹45839
Lenovo IdeaPad 130 Tatacliq ₹27297
Acer Aspire E5-575G amazon ₹35999
Asus X541UA amazon ₹31490
Asus VivoBook S14 (S431FA)
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920x1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U | 3.9 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    512 GB SSD/8GBGB LPDDR3
Full specs Other Asus Laptops

The Asus Vivobook S14 is a gorgeous looking 14-inch laptop powered by Intel’s 8th ten processors and 8GB memory. The great thing about this machine is that its thin and light and also comes with an SSD as standard for improved speed and performance. It also packs all your essential ports including USB-A and USB-C alongside an HDMI port.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920x1080)
Processor : 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U | 3.9 GHz
Memory : 512 GB SSD/8GBGB LPDDR3
Weight : 1.4
Dimension : 213 x 323 x 18
Graphics Processor : Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Lenovo IdeaPad S340
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    10th Gen Intel Core i5 (i5-1035G1) | 1.0 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1TB HDD/8GBGB DDR4

Powered by either Intel's 8th Gen Core series or AMD's Ryzen processor, the IdeaPad S340 combines the strengths of the IdeaPad 330 and IdeaPad 330S, making it a great choice of laptop for education. It's the cheapest Lenovo laptop to sport a physical shutter for the webcam, meaning its also a well suited laptop for children. It's a good laptop for engineering students and working professionals alike.

pros Pros

  • Privacy shutter for webcam
  • Slimmer, cleaner than 330S

cons Cons

  • Hard drive limits performance
  • Display lacks colour and quality
SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (i5-1035G1) | 1.0 GHz
Memory : 1TB HDD/8GBGB DDR4
Weight : 1.5
Dimension : 32.3 x 23 x 1.8 cm
Graphics Processor : Integrated Graphics
HP Chromebook 14
  • OS
    OS
    Chrome
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1366 X 768)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Celeron N3350 | 2.4 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    64 GB NA/4GBGB DDR4

Though it runs Chrome OS instead of Windows, the HP Chromebook 14 is an ideal choice of laptop for studentws who are looking to browse the web, check email, and watch videos occasionally. What's more, the Chromebook 14 sports a solid build for a laptop of its price, making it also a good laptop for children, who often tend to be on the clumsy side.

pros Pros

  • Responsive for light web tasks
  • Neat matte-finish design
  • Sufficient number of USB ports

cons Cons

  • Can't handle multitasking
  • Flat, uninspiring audio
  • Colourless low-res display
SPECIFICATION
OS : Chrome
Display : 14" (1366 X 768)
Processor : Intel Celeron N3350 | 2.4 GHz
Memory : 64 GB NA/4GBGB DDR4
Weight : 1.5
Dimension : 337 x 227 x 18
Graphics Processor : Intel HD Graphics 500
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Lenovo IdeaPad S145
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    7th Generation Core Intel I3-7020U | 2.3 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1TB HDD/4GB DDR4

Successor to the 2018 Lenovo IdeaPad 330, the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 recently entered the market with a slightly slimmer and lighter look. The Lenovo IdeaPad S145 range sports Intel's 8th Gen Core series CPUs with both SSD and HDD options. The screen size is either 14 inches or 15.6 inches, making it a great choice for university students.

pros Pros

  • Plenty of USB-A ports
  • Simplified charging kit
  • Screen gets Full HD resolution

cons Cons

  • Woefully underpowered
  • Screen lacks colour
  • Non-precision touchpad
SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 15.6" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : 7th Generation Core Intel I3-7020U | 2.3 GHz
Memory : 1TB HDD/4GB DDR4
Weight : 1.85
Dimension : 362 x 251 x 20
Graphics Processor : INTEGRATED GFX
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i3 8130U | 3.4 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB HDD/4GBGB DDR4

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S has a classy design, solid build, crisp non-glossy display, and adequate battery life. It features 8th-gen Intel Core series processors. The base model has 4GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD-based storage. The display is a Full HD non-glare unit that displays colours beautifully. Performance on this laptop is decent as long as it's not pushed too far.

pros Pros

  • Classy design and solid build
  • Crisp 14-inch non-glossy IPS display
  • Accurate and easy-to-use precision touchpad

cons Cons

  • Hiccups while multitasking
  • Average battery life leaves us wanting
  • Speakers could use more bass
SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : Intel Core i3 8130U | 3.4 GHz
Memory : 1 TB HDD/4GBGB DDR4
Weight : 1.67
Dimension : 323 x 234 x 19
Graphics Processor : Integrated
HP 15
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i5-8265U | 2.2
  • Memory
    Memory
    256 GB SSD/8GB DDR4

The HP 15 comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD display and is powered by an Intel 8th Gen Core i5 CPU with up to 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB hard drive and an option to insert an M.2-based SSD. It weighs 2 kilogrammes and runs Windows 10 out of the box.

pros Pros

  • Commendable performance
  • No dearth of IO ports
  • 8th Gen Core i5 runs cool

cons Cons

  • Colourless display
  • No precision touchpad
  • Uninspiring design
SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 1080)
Processor : Intel Core i5-8265U | 2.2
Memory : 256 GB SSD/8GB DDR4
Weight : 2.04
Dimension : 376 x 246 x 230
Graphics Processor : Intel 620 Integrated Graphics
Price : ₹54990
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Lenovo ThinkPad E480
  • OS
    OS
    DOS
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1366 x 768)
  • Processor
    Processor
    7th Gen Intel Core i3-7020U | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    500GB HDD/4GBGB DDR4

The Lenovo ThinkPad E480 may be a little on the costlier side but it's surely worth the extra bucks because it comes with a supremely comfortable keyboard and a very responsive precision touchpad. Aim to get it with an SSD.

pros Pros

  • Subtle yet solid body design
  • Already great keyboard now backlit
  • Charging via USB Type-C port

cons Cons

  • Grainy and dull HD Display
  • Lacklustre hard drive performance
  • Lifting it is a mini-workout
SPECIFICATION
OS : DOS
Display : 14" (1366 x 768)
Processor : 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7020U | NA
Memory : 500GB HDD/4GBGB DDR4
Weight : 1.75
Dimension : 329 x 242 x 21
Graphics Processor : Intel integrated
Lenovo IdeaPad 130
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920x1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U | 3.4 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB HDD/8GBGB DDR4

Launched in late 2018, the Lenovo IdeaPad 130 comes in 14-inch and 15-inch variants. It has Intel's 8th Gen Core series processors, 4GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. With no optical disc drive, it weighs in at about 2 kilogrammes.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 15.6" (1920x1080)
Processor : 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U | 3.4 GHz
Memory : 1 TB HDD/8GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.1
Dimension : 376 x 250 x 23
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA GeForce MX110
Acer Aspire E5-575G
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1366 x 768)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i3-6006U 6th Gen | 2 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB SATA/4GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other Acer Laptops

If your budget is a little tight and still want most out of your money, get the Acer Aspire E5-575G. It is powered by a 6th Gen Intel Core i3 processor, along with 4GB of RAM. It also includes an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 2GB of VRAM. The 15.6-inch HD display is ample for all kinds of tasks, and 1TB storage is pretty much the standard at this price. Acer also provides a 1 year international warranty on the machine.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 15.6" (1366 x 768)
Processor : Intel Core i3-6006U 6th Gen | 2 GHz
Memory : 1 TB SATA/4GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2
Dimension : 260 x 390 x 29
Graphics Processor : Nvidia GeForce 940MX
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Asus X541UA
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6 MP | NA
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i3 (6th Gen)-6006U | 2.4 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB SATA/4GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other Asus Laptops

Going further down the price tree we have the Asus Vivobook X541UA. The machine looks good and is performs well, thanks to the 7th gen Intel Core i3 processor. There is 4GB of RAM and 1TB HDD storage on the laptop, but you don't get a OS pre-installed. It is a good machine for students, who might want to install Linux.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6 MP | NA
Processor : Intel Core i3 (6th Gen)-6006U | 2.4 GHz
Memory : 1 TB SATA/4GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.78
Dimension : 508 x 311 x 63
Graphics Processor : Intel HD
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