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Almost all man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­duce inex­pen­sive lap­tops for study, work or the Inter­net. They can run dif­fer­ent pro­grams, watch movies and lis­ten to music. Some even cope with non-demand­ing video games. To make it eas­i­er for you to choose a good bud­get lap­top, we’ve round­ed up sev­en of the best mod­els under $20,000.

The lap­top must be select­ed tak­ing into account the tasks that will be per­formed on it. Source: financernews.net

HP 255 G4

One of the best lap­tops on the mar­ket on a bud­get. It has an ener­gy-effi­cient AMD A6-Series proces­sor with inte­grat­ed graph­ics, which works in con­junc­tion with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. The hard disk capac­i­ty is 500 GB.

The lid of the lap­top has a cor­ru­gat­ed sur­face. Source: notebookcheck.net

The screen size of the HP 255 G4 is 15.6”. Res­o­lu­tion — 1366x768 pix­els. The 24 mm thick case is made of durable plas­tic with a tex­tured sur­face. Fin­ger­prints are almost invis­i­ble on it. The lap­top weighs only 2.1 kg.

Despite the lap­top’s bud­get price of around 17,000 rubles, it was equipped with a good audio sys­tem with dual speak­ers. DTS Sound tech­nol­o­gy is sup­port­ed, which max­i­mizes the poten­tial of acoustics and improves sound qual­i­ty.

At the end of the case there are USB 2.0 and 3.0 con­nec­tors, an Eth­er­net port, VGA and HDMI video out­puts. There is a card read­er for con­nect­ing mem­o­ry cards and a DVD dri­ve, which is rare for mod­ern lap­tops. The bat­tery capac­i­ty is 2670 mAh. The bat­tery charge is enough for an aver­age of 5 hours of oper­a­tion.

Advan­tages:

  • ener­gy effi­cient AMD A6-Series chip;
  • audio sys­tem with DTS Stu­dio Sound func­tion;
  • thin and light body;

Flaws:

  • use­less DVD dri­ve.

Lenovo IdeaPad 310–15IAP

All-in-one bud­get lap­top in a styl­ish design. The weight of the device is 2.2 kg. It installed a 4‑core Intel N4200 proces­sor and an AMD R5 dis­crete graph­ics con­troller with 2 GB of video mem­o­ry. The amount of RAM is 4 GB. It’s DDR4 run­ning at 2133MHz.

The Leno­vo Idea­Pad 310–15IAP has a dis­play with good view­ing angles. Source: gecid.com

The screen size is 15.6″. This is an IPS-matrix with a res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080 pix­els. In a bud­get lap­top for work or study, a 500 GB HDD was installed. There is no opti­cal dri­ve, unlike the mod­el described above. On the case there are such con­nec­tors and ports as USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Eth­er­net-port and inputs/outputs for micro­phone and head­phones.

The bat­tery with a capac­i­ty of 2200 mAh is enough for almost 5 hours of work with­out recharg­ing. Price Leno­vo Idea­Pad 310–15IAP is 20,000 rubles.

Advan­tages:

  • high res­o­lu­tion dis­play;
  • dis­crete graph­ics con­troller;
  • RAM type DDR4 with a fre­quen­cy of 2133 MHz.

Flaws:

  • cam­era res­o­lu­tion is only 0.3 megapix­els.

Acer Extensa 2519-C9NG

One of the best bud­get lap­tops for 19,000 rubles was equipped with an Intel Celeron N3050 proces­sor with two cores oper­at­ing at up to 2160 MHz. The inte­grat­ed video chip Intel HD Graph­ics is respon­si­ble for graph­ics pro­cess­ing. One of the fea­tures of the lap­top is the Lin­ux OS installed from the fac­to­ry. On board 4 GB of DDR3L RAM, oper­at­ing at a fre­quen­cy of 1600 MHz. The hard disk capac­i­ty is 500 GB.

This lap­top has soft and almost silent keys. Source: notebookcheck.com

The dis­play with a diag­o­nal of 15.6 “has a res­o­lu­tion of 1366x768 pix­els. The screen sur­face is glossy, the matrix type is TN+Film. The Acer Exten­sa 2519-C9NG has a built-in DVD dri­ve and card read­er. Also on the side are USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, a 3.5‑jack head­phone jack and HDMI.

The case is made of black mat­te plas­tic. With dimen­sions of 256x381.6 mm, the lap­top has a thick­ness of 26.1 mm and a weight of 2.07 kg. Respon­si­ble for auton­o­my is a bat­tery with a capac­i­ty of 3500 mAh, the charge of which is enough for 4.5 hours of work with­out con­nect­ing to the net­work.

Advan­tages:

  • strict design;
  • con­ve­nient touch­pad;
  • good cool­ing.

Flaws:

  • poor col­or repro­duc­tion due to the TN + Film matrix.

Prestigio Visconte Ecliptica

This is the most inex­pen­sive mod­el in our rank­ing of cheap lap­tops — it costs only 15,000 rubles. This is a 13.3″ Ultra­book. The com­pa­ny has installed a touch IPS-matrix with a res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080 pix­els. The Intel Atom Z8300 with four cores was cho­sen as the proces­sor. It is suit­able for office work or study, but does not cope even with weak games. Inte­grat­ed graph­ics con­troller — Intel HD Graph­ics.

The lap­top screen opens 180 degrees. Source: fullhub.ru

The amount of RAM can be 2 or 4 GB depend­ing on the ver­sion. This is LPDDR3 with a fre­quen­cy of 1600 MHz. A 32 GB SSD dri­ve was installed in the lap­top, on which Win­dows 10 was installed from the fac­to­ry.

The case design of Pres­ti­gio Vis­con­te Eclip­ti­ca is sim­ple and prac­ti­cal. The dimen­sions of the ultra­book are com­pact — 330x227 mm with a thick­ness of only 19 mm. The mass of the device is 1.8 kg. The lap­top was equipped with a 10,000 mAh bat­tery. This is a lithi­um-poly­mer bat­tery, the charge of which is enough for 6–7 hours of bat­tery life.

On the side faces of the case there are USB 2.0 and 3.0 con­nec­tors, a head­phone out­put, a micro­phone input and a mini HDMI port. There is a built-in card read­er and a 2 megapix­el cam­era.

Advan­tages:

  • com­pact dimen­sions;
  • auton­o­my;
  • 2 megapix­el cam­era.

Flaws:

  • weak proces­sor.

Asus X553SA

A good inex­pen­sive lap­top, made in a plas­tic black case. Suit­able for work­ing with doc­u­ments, watch­ing movies and surf­ing the Inter­net. The lap­top’s large touch­pad is com­fort­able to use. The mod­el has dis­tinct let­ters and key­board sym­bols.

The lap­top is equipped with an Intel Celeron N3050 proces­sor, an inte­grat­ed Intel HD Graph­ics chip and 2 GB of DDR3L RAM. For data stor­age, the Asus X553SA installed a 500 GB hard dri­ve.

The mod­el was equipped with a 15.6‑inch dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 1366x798 pix­els. The glossy screen coat­ing makes col­ors more sat­u­rat­ed and enhances image con­trast. The lap­top has high-qual­i­ty Son­ic­Mas­ter speak­ers with sup­port for ASUS AudioWiz­ard tech­nol­o­gy, which pro­vides good sound in any envi­ron­ment.

The body of the Asus X553SA lap­top is made of inex­pen­sive plas­tic. Source: techadvisor.com

All ports are locat­ed on the left side of the case. Among them are an Eth­er­net con­nec­tor, VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0, a card read­er and an audio out­put. The lap­top weighs 2.2 kg with a case size of 380x258x25.3 mm.

For 19,000 rubles, this is a good work­ing mod­el that can be used in the office or at home. It is also suit­able if you need a lap­top for pho­to pro­cess­ing — the proces­sor pow­er is enough to use graph­ic edi­tors.

Advan­tages:

  • soft and qui­et key­board;
  • high per­for­mance for its class;
  • auton­o­my up to 5 hours.

Flaws:

  • use­less DVD dri­ve.

Dell Inspiron 3542

If you want to buy an inex­pen­sive but good lap­top, Dell Insp­iron 3542 should be suit­able. It can be used for work or study. When cre­at­ing this mod­el, the com­pa­ny saved on every­thing, so the case looks unat­trac­tive — it is made of black mat­te plas­tic. He is not afraid of mechan­i­cal dam­age, but is not pro­tect­ed from fin­ger­prints. The dimen­sions of the case are 268x382x28 mm, and the weight is 2.34 kg.

Almost all con­nec­tors are locat­ed on the left side of the case. Source: notebookcheck.net

The diag­o­nal of the glossy screen is 15.6”. This is a TN + Film type matrix with a res­o­lu­tion of 1366x768 pix­els. On the side faces of the case there are USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, a head­phone out­put of the 3.5 mm jack type and HDMI. The lap­top was equipped with a 2‑core Intel Celeron 2957U medi­um-per­for­mance proces­sor and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. Inte­grat­ed video con­troller — Intel HD Graph­ics. The amount of HDD mem­o­ry is 500 GB.

Bat­tery capac­i­ty — 4400 mAh. This is enough for 4.5–5 hours of bat­tery life of the device. Case dimen­sions are 38.1x26.8x2.6 cm.

Advan­tages:

  • qui­et key­board;
  • touch­pad with­out mechan­i­cal but­tons on the bot­tom.

Flaws:

  • cheap TN + Film matrix with poor col­or repro­duc­tion;

Lenovo B50-10

Clos­es our top bud­get lap­tops mod­el from Leno­vo in a black strict hous­ing made of mat­te plas­tic, which does not leave fin­ger­prints. The dis­play diag­o­nal is 15.6”. The screen sur­face is mat­te, the res­o­lu­tion is 1366x768 pix­els.

The Leno­vo B50-10 has a 2‑core Intel Celeron N2840 proces­sor and an inte­grat­ed Intel HD Graph­ics. Also on board is 2GB of DDR3L RAM run­ning at 1333MHz. The vol­ume of the HDD-dri­ve is 500 GB.

High-qual­i­ty stereo speak­ers are built into the case above the key­board. All main ports are placed on the side faces of the lap­top: USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI, Eth­er­net con­nec­tor, VGA and head­phone out­put 3.5 mm jack.

The body of the lap­top is made of black mat­te plas­tic. Source: notebookcheck.com

The bat­tery capac­i­ty is 2200 mAh. The bat­tery charge lasts for 3 hours of bat­tery life of the lap­top. The price is 19,000 rubles.

Advan­tages:

  • there are no traces of fin­gers on the case;
  • com­fort­able key­board and touch­pad.

Flaws:

  • weak auton­o­my.

Which laptop to choose

We have sort­ed out the best bud­get lap­tops for study and work in the price seg­ment up to 20,000 rubles. For con­ve­nience, we have col­lect­ed the main para­me­ters of the pre­sent­ed mod­els in a gen­er­al table:

Mod­el Per­for­mance auton­o­my Screen RAM Mem­o­ry size Price qual­i­ty Total score
Pres­ti­gio Vis­con­te Eclip­ti­ca eight 9 eight 7 7 eight 7.8
Acer Exten­sa 2519-C9NG 9 7 7 7 eight 7 7.5
HP 255 G4 7 eight 7 7 eight 7 7.3
Asus X553SA 7 eight 7 6 eight eight 7.3
Leno­vo Idea­Pad 310–15IAP 6 7 7 7 eight eight 7.2
Dell Insp­iron 3542 7 eight 7 6 eight 7 7.2
Leno­vo B50-10 6 6 7 6 eight 7 6.7

In terms of per­for­mance, they are all about the same, with the excep­tion of the com­pact Pres­ti­gio Vis­con­te Eclip­ti­ca, which lags behind oth­er mod­els in our rat­ing. This is off­set by high auton­o­my up to 6–7 hours on a sin­gle bat­tery charge. Also in the top is the Leno­vo Idea­Pad 310–15IAP with 4 GB of RAM and a dis­crete graph­ics card, the pow­er of which is enough even to run unde­mand­ing games.

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