Best Budget Laptops for Students

By Digit | Updated on 12-Sep-2019

While smartphones have taken over a lot of the tasks people used to do on PCs previously, there are some things only a laptop can do. For students, laptops are far more important as laptops provide them 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 best laptops for college students? Well, we have put together a list of budget laptops that will help you out with just that. These is our comprehensive list of the best laptop for students. Might we add that this list needn't apply exclusively to students but also to those who are buying a laptop for the first time. 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.

Asus VivoBook 14 (X412FJ)
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel 8th Gen Core i5 | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    512 GB SSD/8GB DDR4

The 2019 Asus VivoBook 14 is in our top ten list because it's the first model in India to bring the Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU to the masses. It's also a very good laptop otherwise for everyday computing and light entertainment. The keyboard quality has gone up too.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : Intel 8th Gen Core i5 | NA
Memory : 512 GB SSD/8GB DDR4
Weight : 1.5 Kg
Dimension : 322 x 212 x 19.9 mm
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA GeForce MX230 (2GB vRAM)
flipkart Available 59990
Lenovo IdeaPad S145
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565u | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    128G/256G SATA&PCIe+1TB SATA/12GB DDR4

Successor to the 2018 IdeaPad 330, the IdeaPad S145 recently entered the market with a slightly slimmer and lighter look. The 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 depending on the variant you choose.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 15.6" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565u | NA
Memory : 128G/256G SATA&PCIe+1TB SATA/12GB DDR4
Weight : 1.85
Dimension : 362.2mm x 251.5mm x 19.9mm
Graphics Processor : Intel® Integrated
Price : ₹44490
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i3 (8th gen) | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB HDD/4GB NA
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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.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : Intel Core i3 (8th gen) | NA
Memory : 1 TB HDD/4GB NA
Weight : 323.1 x 234.8 x 18.95
Dimension : 1.67
Graphics Processor : Intel
amazon Available 35800
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.

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
amazon Available 47990
Lenovo ThinkPad E480
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Pro
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Up to 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB HDD/8GB 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.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Pro
Display : 14" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : Up to 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 | NA
Memory : 1 TB HDD/8GB DDR4
Weight : 1.75
Dimension : 329.3 x 242 x 19.9
Graphics Processor : AMD Radeon™ RX 550 2 GB
amazon Available 42770
Lenovo IdeaPad 130
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1366 x 768)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i5 | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB HDD/4GBGB DDR4
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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 : 14" (1366 x 768)
Processor : Intel Core i5 | NA
Memory : 1 TB HDD/4GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2 Kg
Dimension : 333 x 247 x 22.4 mm
Graphics Processor : Intel Integrated UHD 620
flipkart Available 35990
amazon Available 47719
Acer Aspire E5-575G
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1366 x 768)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i3 Processor (6th Gen) | 2 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB NA/4GB DDR4

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 Processor (6th Gen) | 2 GHz
Memory : 1 TB NA/4GB DDR4
Weight : 2.23
Dimension : 381.6 x 259 x 23.9
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA Geforce 940MX
amazon Available 36850
flipkart Available 43490
Asus X541UA
  • OS
    OS
    DOS
  • Display
    Display
    15.6 MP | NA
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i3 (7th Gen) | 2.4 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB SATA/4GB DDR4

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 : DOS
Display : 15.6 MP | NA
Processor : Intel Core i3 (7th Gen) | 2.4 GHz
Memory : 1 TB SATA/4GB DDR4
Weight : 1.9
Dimension : NA
Graphics Processor : Intel HD
amazon Available 27499
flipkart Out of Stock 29990
Acer Swift 3
  • OS
    OS
    Linux/Ubuntu
  • Display
    Display
    14 MP | NA
  • Processor
    Processor
    Core i3 6th Gen | 2 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    128 GB SATA/4GB SDRAM
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While the Acer Swift 3 may look like a Apple MacBook Air, it is a Windows machine inside and an affordable one at that. The laptop is powered by a 6th gen Intel Core i3 processor and combines it with 4GB of RAM. There is a 128GB SSD on the machine to keep everything quick and responsive and runs on Linux out of the box. The 14-inch machine is good for students and anyone who want a lightweight laptop without spending a lot of money.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Linux/Ubuntu
Display : 14 MP | NA
Processor : Core i3 6th Gen | 2 GHz
Memory : 128 GB SATA/4GB SDRAM
Weight : 1.5
Dimension : NA
Graphics Processor : Intel HD Graphics 6000
Price : ₹37249

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Here’s the Summary list of Best Budget Laptops for Students

Product Name Seller Price
Asus VivoBook 14 (X412FJ) flipkart ₹59990
Lenovo IdeaPad S145 N/A ₹44490
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S amazon ₹35800
HP 15 amazon ₹47990
Lenovo ThinkPad E480 amazon ₹42770
Lenovo IdeaPad 130 flipkart ₹35990
Acer Aspire E5-575G amazon ₹36850
Asus X541UA amazon ₹27499
Acer Swift 3 N/A ₹37249
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