Best 5 laptops to buy under 55,000 in India – August 2019

Looking for a laptop at a budget of ₹55,000 and don’t want to compromise on specification. You came to the right place. We know, there are so many laptop brands and hardware to choose from the market that it can be confusing. So to pick the best possible laptops from the market we came up with a criteria for you.

CRITERIA FOR PICKING THE BEST LAPTOPS

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) or, AMD Ryzen 5.
  • RAM: At least 8GB of RAM with option to upgrade further.
  • Storage: Minimum 256GB SSD or, 1TB HDD with an M.2 Slot for SSD upgrade.
  • Display: Full HD (1080p)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 pre-installed.
  • Other Features: MS Office and internet security will be a plus, good build quality preferred.
  • Price: Under ₹55,000

THE TOP 5 LAPTOPS UNDER ₹55,000


Acer Aspire 5 A515-54G

This Acer Aspire 5 A515-54G is the best all rounder what you can get in this budget. It looks great with its metal finish and has all the bells and whistles to top the charts in this budget range. At ₹50,990 it is a real steal. The laptop has a 15.6-inch Full-HD LED Backlit display. The side bezels are quite thin too. Being a 15.6-inch laptop it is quite lightweight at 1.8 Kg. The Aspire 5 is powered by Intel Core i5-8265U and a NVIDIA Geforce MX250 graphics card with a dedicated 2GB video RAM. This graphics card is good enough for casual gaming and lightweight image/video editing.

This Acer laptop has 8GB DDR4 RAM which can be upgraded up to 20GB. Acer is providing a 512GB SSD with this laptop. Fantastic package by Acer here.

The Aspire 5 comes with a Windows 10 Home edition and MS Office pre-installed, which makes it a complete package.

BASIC SPECSCPU: Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8265U (up to 3.9 GHz)
Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce MX250 graphics card with a dedicated 2GB video RAM
Screen: 15.6-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) Display
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2400 MHz), upgradable up to 20GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
OS & Other Softwares: Windows 10 Home and MS Office Pre-installed
Weight: 1.8 Kg
REASONS TO BUY+ Sleek Design
+ Light weight when considering it is a 15.6-inch laptop (only 1.8 Kg)
+ 512GB SSD at this price point is great
+ MS Office included in the package
+ A complete package at this budget
LINK TO BUYFlipkart
Asus VivoBook 14 X412FA

The Asus VivoBook 14 X412FA is an absolute steal at ₹46,990 because of its unmatched specs and design. The VivoBook has a 14-inch Full-HD Anti-glare display with razor thin bezels which looks beautiful and makes the laptop very light (only 1.5 Kg). The VivoBook is powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U and an integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics card.

Asus is providing 8GB DDR4 RAM with the laptop which can be expanded upto 12GB. When it comes to storage Asus has an ace up its sleeve. This VivoBook 14 has a PCIe Gen3x2 NVMe SSD of 512GB. Very few models right now comes with an SSD at this price point and that too 512GB. This is a fantastic decision by Asus and we hope going forward other manufacturers will join this bandwagon.

The VivoBook’s keyboard has backlight and it has a fingerprint sensor as well which is very fast.

Microsoft Windows 10 Home edition comes pre-installed with this VivoBook.

BASIC SPECSCPU: Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8265U (up to 3.9 GHz)
Graphics: Intel integrated UHD 620
Screen: 14-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) anti-glare NanoEdge Display
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2400 MHz), upgradable up to 12GB
Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen3x2 NVMe SSD
OS & Other Softwares: Windows 10 Home
Weight: 1.5 Kg
REASONS TO BUY+ Beautiful Design
+ Well rounded package overall
+ Light weight (only 1.5 Kg)
+ 512GB NVMe SSD at this price point is rare
+ Fast Fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support
LINK TO BUYFlipkart
ThinkPad E495 (Model Number: 20NES02K00)

What? A ThinkPad in this price range. Yes, great news isn’t it? Now you may think – then the specs might not be impressive. Nope, even the specs are excellent as well. This ThinkPad E495 is powered by a very capable AMD Ryzon 5 3500U (Quad Core, 2MB Cache and clock speed up to 3.70 GHz) and an integrated Radeon™ Vega 8 graphics card.

The ThinkPad has 8GB DDR4 RAM and for storage a 256GB PCIe SSD. Again a solid offering under ₹55,000. This ThinkPad comes with Windows 10 Home edition pre-installed.

The best thing about using a legendary ThinkPad series laptop is the sheer reliability it provides for a prolonged period of time. Ask any IBMer or any person who used a ThinkPad. Being an ex-IBMer myself, I have used ThinkPad series laptops for a very long time and can vouch for its build quality and reliability. I believe, laptop is one thing which users generally don’t want to change often like a smartphone. Rather they want to use it for long and when require upgrade its RAM and Storage so that they can continue using the machine without bothering much about changing it. The ThinkPad series fits the bill perfectly in this regard. The ThinkPad series in corporate sector works quite well but where it used to fail was in the consumer section where the price of ThinkPad particularly in India was so absurd that people hardly used to consider it as a viable option. Now Lenovo with this ThinkPad’s (and few more in this series) pricing has made a welcome change and hopefully going forward they will continue this in the Indian market.

BASIC SPECSCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor (Quad core, 2MB Cache and clock speed up to 3.70 GHz)
Graphics: Integrated Radeon™ Vega 8
Screen: 14-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) anti-glare Display
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2400 MHz), upgradable up to 32GB
Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
OS & Other Softwares: Windows 10 Home
Weight: 1.75 kg
REASONS TO BUY+ Legendary ThinkPad build quality and reliability
+ 256GB PCIe SSD
+ Fantastic tactile keyboard (one of the best in the industry) along with 3-button ClickPad and a TrackPoint
+ Value for money (₹54,257) considering it is a ThinkPad series laptop
LINK TO BUYLenovo India
HP 14S-CR1005TU

An excellent well rounded package by HP. You can hardly find any flaw in this laptop. Powered by Intel Core i5-8265U and an integrated UHD 620 graphics card. This laptop almost has every bell and whistle a user can ask for in a modern laptop.

The HP laptop has a 14-inch Full-HD display. Unfortunately, it’s not an anti-glare display though. It has 8GB DDR4 RAM and for storage it has a 1TB mechanical hard drive along with a 256GB SSD which is excellent. This is a very nice balance in my opinion to keep the cost down at the same time providing ample space for user to play around.

The HP 14S comes with Windows 10 Home edition pre-installed along with MS Office Home and Student 2019 edition which again is a great value add and makes this laptop lucrative for the end customer who is looking for a well rounded package.

Where it falls behind other competitors is the overall build quality. It’s kinda cheap plastic and the look is also understated which may not go down well with many. But if you are person for whom overall specs and productivity are more important then this laptop is for you. One good thing from build perspective is that it weighs only 1.43 Kg (lowest in this list).

BASIC SPECSCPU: Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8265U (up to 3.9 GHz)
Graphics: Intel integrated UHD 620
Screen: 14-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) Display
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2400 MHz), upgradable up to 16GB
Storage: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
OS & Other Softwares: Windows 10 Home + MS Office Home & Student 2019 Edition
Weight: 1.43 Kg
REASONS TO BUY+ 1TB HDD plus 256GB SSD combo provides ample space and speed at the same time for the user
+ MS Office included right out of the box
+ Lightest in this category (only 1.43 Kg)
+ Excellent value for money at slightly under ₹55,000
LINK TO BUYFlipkart | Amazon India
ASUS TUF FX505DY-BQ002T

Love gaming? Then you can’t ignore the Asus Tuf FX505. This beast is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor and a Radeon RX 560X 4GB Graphics Card. The processor used in this laptop is a 35W AMD CPU gaming processor, unlike 15W low voltage CPU used by other brands. This 35W processor provides much better performance. It also has AMD FreeSync technology, where the display’s refresh rate synchronizes with the GPU’s frame rate to reduce lag, minimize stuttering, and eliminate visual tearing.

Asus has implemented Hypercool Technology which comprises of Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) and Fan Overboost technology to ensure exceptional cooling during gaming marathons .

The display is a 15.6-inch Full-HD 60Hz Anti-Glare IPS-level panel which supports 45% of NTSC gamut. The display panel has very narrow bezels which makes it look modern.

It has 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of HDD as storage with a M.2 slot for SSD upgrade.

The Asus Tuf FX505 comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed.

If all this was not enough, the laptop is Military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards certified.

BASIC SPECSCPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Processor (Quad Core with clock speed up to 3.70 GHz)
Graphics: Radeon RX 560X 4GB Graphics Card
Screen: 15.6-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) 60Hz Anti-Glare IPS Display
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2666 MHz), upgradable up to 32GB
Storage: 1TB HDD + a M.2 slot for SSD upgrade
OS & Other Softwares: Windows 10 Home
Weight: 2.2 Kg
REASONS TO BUY+ A high voltage 35W CPU for enhanced performance
+ Powerful graphics processor with a whopping 4GB Graphics RAM
+ An awesome Full-HD IPS display with 60Hz frequency
+ Multiple unique technology implementation for smooth gaming experience (AMD FreeSync and Hypercool Technology)
+ DTS Surround Sound with high-fidelity 7.1 channel support and a built-in equalizer for additional fine-tuning, audiophiles will love it
+ It is an excellent product for professionals and gamers in this price segment
LINK TO BUYAmazon India

Disclaimer: Prices of laptops go up and down every now and then. I have tried my best to select laptops which are under ₹55,000 and has great specs for the price. But sometimes because of the fluctuations in the market you may find that the listed laptops costs more than what I mentioned in this article. Also, keep a close tab on the deals as well from the e-commerce sites on these laptops.

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