Recently, we’ve been getting queries as to what one should buy; a netbook or a laptop, from a budget point of view. Well, both these devices serve different purposes, while netbooks are mainly meant for basic computing on the go, laptops are capable of doing more than just chat, email, casual Internet surfing and such. Even the most entry-level laptop is much more powerful than a standard netbook. Unlike netbooks, laptops are more comfortable to work on, in terms of ergonomics. Laptops are better at handling demanding applications like designing suites, multimedia, video playback and such. But netbooks tend to become sluggish even with multiple tabs during heavy Internet browsing, let alone multitasking and heavy applications. However, this fact is also about to change soon when netbooks with Nvidia’s Ion platform and dual-core Intel Atom processors take the market with storm.

We’ve listed a few budget laptops, a few of which might already be owned by some of you and some might be new. All laptops in this list fall under the Rs 30,000 price bracket, and most of them can perform the daily computing tasks seamlessly. Let’s take a quick look at them and see which one bags the ‘best pick’ title.

Samsung R522
Price: Rs 26,250
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300, 2.1 Ghz
RAM: 3 GB DDR2
HDD: 320GB
Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
DVD-Writer
Screen: 14-inch HD
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Basic

Samsung R528-DA01IN
Price: Rs 24,000
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4400, 2.2 GHz
RAM: 2 GB DDR3
HDD: 250 GB
Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
DVD-Writer
Screen: 15.6-inch HD
Operating System: DOS

Samsung R528-DA03IN
Price: 27,750
Processor: Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo T6600, 2.2 GHz
RAM: 2 GB DDR3
HDD: 250 GB
Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
DVD-Writer
Screen: 15.6-inch HD
Operating System: DOS

Publish date: June 29, 2010 3:03 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:27 pm

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