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