People keep asking this question regularly to me, saying that they have a very less budget for this months purchase and they want to buy a new Laptop which would come down at a 20000Rs or less price range. Lets first accept a fact that a this kind of budget you should expect a very less configured Laptop model which would be quite slow and would also be a small display sized Laptop.
- ASUS Eee PC 2G Surf – MRP : 14000Rs
This is the cheapest Laptop you can buy currently in India which costs somewhere around 300$. Lets discuss about its basic features which includes a Intel Celeron M based processor with a speed 900MHz and a 512Kb cache Memory. The Laptop has a total RAM of 512Mb with no option to Upgrade your RAM which means that you cannot increase the speed of this Laptop even though if you want to. The total Hard Drive Capacity is of 2Gb which is also quite low but you have options these days like Online Drives, Gmail Drives, Pen Drives & External Hard Drives which is why 2Gb is also quite enough. You cannot expect a CD Rom Drive, DVD Drive, Combo Drive nor DVD Writer Drive in this Netbook. The display Screen Size is of 7″ and the total maximum Display Resolution is of 1600×1280 and it comes with a 801.11b/g Wifi Connecticity and amazingly 3 USB Ports. The weight is quite less at just 0.92Kgs with a total 3 Hours of Battery Life. The looks are not so good because in my personal view it looks like a kids play laptop.
- HCL-MiLeap X Series – MRP : 15000Rs
This is a product of HCL Computers which deals in PC Sales and Support, now offering you with a Laptop which costs 15000Rs, a price normal at which you can buy a decent Desktop. Powered by a Intel Celeron M, 900MHz processor and a 512Mb RAM this laptop looks totally like a kids PC because of the funny external body. The screen size is a bit bigger than double of the Apple iPhone screen standing at 7″ and a Maximum Display Resolution of 800×480 pixels. A tiny 8Mb Video Card Memory would be helpful for rending small videos and inbuilt Wifi will help you in connecting to the Internet easily. There are a total of 2 USB Ports, 2 Digital Media Reader Slots and a Touchpad on the body and the Netbook comes with a inbuilt Linux Operating System with a total weight of 1.44Kgs. You have a option of choosing any of the 3 colors from Blue, Black & Pink and the Netbook is claimed to be Shock Proof with a warranty period of 1 year.
- Acer-Aspire One (Linux) – MRP : 16500Rs
Acer is a company which deals in offering Computing Products at a budgeted pricing. This is the offering which is on the lowest price list with a Display Screen Size of 8.9″ and a Maximum Display Resolution of 1024x600dpi. The Laptop is powered with a Intel Atom N270 Processor and a Processor Speed of 512Mhz and 512Kb Memory. The PC comes with a inbuilt 1Gb of Ram and can be upgraded to 1536Mb of RAM along with a total Hard Disk Drive Capacity of 120Gb and inbuilt Sound Card and Speakers. There are a total of 2 USB Ports, 5 Digital Media Reader Ports and a inBuilt Camera. Wifi system to connect to the Internet easily and a total weight of just 0.98kgs. The Laptop comes with a Battery Backup of 3 hours in 4 color options ie Sapphire Blue, Seashell White, Golden Brown and Coral Pink.
- ASUS-Eee PC-4G – MRP : 18000Rs
If budget is a issue for you then this can be a Netbook or a Mini Laptop which is recommended for you to buy because it costs less and does look good. This Laptop is powered with a Intel Celerom M ULV 353 Processor and a 512Kb Cache Momory and a Hard Disk of 4Gb which is Flash Memory. The display size is quite less at 7″ with a Maximum Screen Display Resolution of 800×400 pixels. You get a Internal Modem to connect to the Internet along with a inbuilt Wifi support. A Built in Camera offers you a 0.3Mp Resolution which can be good enough for basic video chatting and for taking small snaps. There are a total of 3 USB Ports and 2 Digital Media Readers for data transfer and this Netbook weights just 0.89Kg which means that you can carry it very easily. The Operating Sytem is Linux which comes inbuilt and its compatible with Windows XP with a total Battery Life of 3 Hours. There are a total of 3 color options ie Galaxy Black, Blush Pink, Pearl White, Lush Green and Sky Blue.
- Samsung-NP-ND10 – MRP : 18200Rs
The cheapest Laptop from Samsung which looks good and is decently configured. Its powered with a Intel Atom N270 Processor along with a Processor Speed of 1600MHz and a 512Kb Cache Memory and 1Gb Ram. Iam sure at this price no other Laptop would offer this good configuration. A Solid 160Gb Hard Drive which can store lots of videos, photos and songs with a Display Screen Size of 10.2″ and a Maximum Display Resolution of 1024×600 dpi. The Laptop connects to the interned through the Wifi Connection and also features a Inbuilt Web Cam which is of 1.3Mp. The External hardware options includes 3 USB Ports, 1 Bluetooth Port & 3 Digital Media Reader Ports. The only option i didnt like is DOC operating system, which means that the moment you buy this beautiful computer you need to buy a Licensed Operating System, though Open Source Linux can be a good alternative.
- Zenith Z Book NetBook – MRP : 20000Rs
The name itself says that this is a Netbook which means something smaller than a normal Notebook. Based on Intel Atom N270 based processor with 1600Mhz speed and 512Kb Cache Memory this Netbook features with a 1Gb of RAM. The total Hard Drive Capacity is of 160Gb and the Laptop Looks quite stylish and offers you a professional look if you own one. The Display Screen Size is of 10.2″ along with a Display Resolution of 1024x600dpi. The best part is that this Netbook offers you with a 128Mb Video Card with a ClearVideo Screen Type. A Internal Modem and Wifi Adapter for connecting to the internet easily along with internal speakers and Microphone facility. The Zenith Z Book offers you with a 0.3Mp Built-in Camera and 2USB Ports along with 4 Digital Media Readers. The Netbook comes with preinstalled Licensed Windows XP Home Operating System and a total battery life of 2.5 hours.
- Samsung N120 – MRP : 20000Rs
Samsung N120 – A Notebook which is preferred for most users because of the looks and hardware. Built with a Intel Atom Processor, the Samsung N120 Mini-Notebooks comes with Genuine Windows XP Home Operating System. This 10.1″ Laptop comes with a 6 cell battery which would mean that this mini laptop can be useful while you are travelling because of longer battery backup. The next best feature is the 1.3 mega pixel digital motion camera which is not the normal webcam, which can help you to do video-conferancing while on the view giving you higher resolution and higher video frame rates. The laptop offers you with SRS TruSurround XT and SRS WOW XT sound effects which would mean that you wont need a external speaker like X-Mini. You do get 3 USB Ports, Bluetooth, SD, SDHC, MMC Card Readers and a fast speed wireless connection facility. The laptop comes with 1Gb of Ram and 128Mb of graphics memory along with a SAMSUNG Recovery Solution III software which can help in data recovery.
- Dell Inspiron Mini 9 – MRP : 20000Rs
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is seriously a good looking laptop which can be considered to buy if you are looking to gift a laptop to someone. Not only the looks but also the features are rich because its powered by Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor which takes very less power usage and also comes with a 1Gb of RAM along with 16Gb SSD Hard drive. The Screen Dimensions are 9.1″x6.8″ along with a thickness of 1.25-1.1″. The total weight is around 1kg and it does come under the Netbook Category. The laptop does look similar to the Asus 9″ Eee PC but is quite thinner and looks better. The Dell Mini 9 comes with 3 USB 2.0 Ports and SD Card Reader along with Ethernet, Bluetooth & Wifi Connectivity. Dont expect any CD Rom drive in these Netbook series because these are compact stuff which are generally connected to USB Drives. You get multiple inbuilt applications in this Laptop which are totally free and preinstalled for your daily need, though the keyword is quite small and you need to get habituated in order to use these small laptops. There are no ports in the front end and all the posts are situated on the sides of the Laptop. The battery life is around 3-4 hours based on the usage and the programs run and is quite ok when compared to the size and features of the Laptop though a 6-cell battery would have been expected rather than the current 4-cell battery. There are 2 models available in this based on the Operating System like Windows XP or Linux Ubuntu.