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WHICH LAP­TOP SHOULD YOU SPY ON YOUR RADAR IF YOU ARE ON A VERY TIGHT BUD­GET?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - BESTBUYS - BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

The buzz these days is all about Ul­tra­books. But the fact is that not ev­ery­one can spend over र50,000 to buy one of these slim, light­weight de­vices. Most first time buy­ers have no choice but to choose a ma­chine that is un­der र35,000, many look­ing even fur­ther down. But are de­vices at that price point any good, es­pe­cially when com­pared to the style and power of the Ul­tra­book? Well, to start with, most of them have pro­cess­ing power at a par with en­try-level Ul­tra­books, and the lat­ter costs more be­cause they owe their light weight to ex­pen­sive solid-state drives. While all af­ford­able lap­tops have hard disk drives (HDD) that are cheap but bulky, the fact is that the lat­est breed of Ul­tra­books too is opt­ing for HDDs for added stor­age. How­ever, the dif­fer­ence will be stark as far as bat­tery life and screen res­o­lu­tion are con­cerned. You can for­get the 10-hour bat­tery life promised by Ul­tra­books if you are buy­ing some­thing cheaper. About four hours of juice would be con­sid­ered great in this range. Sim­i­larly, Ul­tra­books are likely to have much su­pe­rior screens.

Many of the af­ford­able lap­tops keep their prices low by not of­fer­ing Win­dows, com­ing loaded in­stead with DOS or Linux. Buy­ers will have to spend more to up­grade to Win­dows. Gen­er­ally, AMD pro­ces­sors are also cheaper than In­tel ones.

But the fact re­mains that all these hardly make a dif­fer­ence for en­try- or mid-level users who are on a tight bud­get. For them, the best spec on a de­vice is value for money. And there are many lap­tops that give you the best pos­si­ble specs and user ex­pe­ri­ence for un­der र 35,000.

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