Best Budget Laptops for Students

By Vignesh Giridharan | Price Updated on 23-Sep-2020

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.

  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920x1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel® Core™ i5-8265U processor | NA
Full specs

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 : Intel® Core™ i5-8265U processor | NA
Weight : 1.4
Dimension : 18x323x213
Graphics Processor : Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Price : ₹54990
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 | 1.5
  • Memory
    Memory
    256 GB SSD/12GB NA
Full specs

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.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 | 1.5
Memory : 256 GB SSD/12GB NA
Weight : 1.69
Dimension : 323.6mm x 228mm x 17.9mm
Graphics Processor : Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250
  • OS
    OS
    Chrome
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1366 X 768)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Celeron N3350 | 1.4GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    64 GB NA/4GBGB DDR4
Full specs

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.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Chrome
Display : 14" (1366 X 768)
Processor : Intel Celeron N3350 | 1.4GHz
Memory : 64 GB NA/4GBGB DDR4
Weight : 1.54
Dimension : NA
Graphics Processor : Intel HD Graphics 500
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  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 | 1.8
  • Memory
    Memory
    1TB HDD/4GB DDR4
Full specs

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.

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 15.6" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 | 1.8
Memory : 1TB HDD/4GB DDR4
Weight : 1.85
Dimension : 362.2mm x 251.5mm x 19.9mm
Graphics Processor : AMD Radeon Vega 3
  • 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
Full specs

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
  • 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
Full specs

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
Price : ₹54990
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  • 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
Full specs

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
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1366 x 768)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel Core i5 | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB HDD/4GBGB DDR4
Full specs

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
  • 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
Full specs

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
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  • 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
Full specs

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

List Of Best Budget Laptops For Students Updated on 23 September 2020

Product Name Seller Price
Asus VivoBook S14 (S431FA) N/A ₹54990
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 amazon ₹58999
HP Chromebook 14 flipkart ₹22990
Lenovo IdeaPad S145 amazon ₹36490
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S flipkart ₹24990
HP 15 N/A ₹54990
Lenovo ThinkPad E480 amazon ₹46990
Lenovo IdeaPad 130 flipkart ₹35990
Acer Aspire E5-575G amazon ₹35999
Asus X541UA amazon ₹31490
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