We’ve already had a look at powerhouse notebooks that won our approval this year, but they all come at a cost. Sometimes all you are looking for is a workhorse that won’t break the bank. Thankfully, there were a lot of those this year as Windows 8 finally came to budget PCs. Here are our picks for the best sub Rs 40,000 laptops of 2013.

Winner: ASUS VivoBook F202E
We had reviewed this VivoBook earlier in the year and found it to be worthy of a high score and even a Value For Money badge. At a price of under Rs 40,000, the F202E certainly justifies that tag considering its build quality, dense touchscreen display and adequate performance for everyday tasks. It’s not a blazing laptop by any means, but if you are looking an entry-level ultraportable Windows 8 notebook with a touchscreen, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Great value for money

Great value for money

2nd place: Dell Inspiron 15 3537
This one is slightly out of the left-field, as it’s not a Windows PC. Instead the 3537 runs Ubuntu, which is the most popular Linux distro in the world. This helps in keep the price low and while the official tag is over Rs 40,000, you are likely to find it for lesser in the market. It features Haswell (Core i5 clocked at 2.6GHz) internals, a massive 6GB of RAM, a healthy 750GB HDD and runs Ubuntu 12.04, a slightly older version of the OS, that can be updated using the in-built update manager. Predictably the display is a 15.6-incher with a 1366 x 768 resolution, but we didn’t expect a full HD display at this price anyway.

A super-specced Ubuntu machine

A super-specced Ubuntu machine

3rd place: HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n021TU
Another touchscreen laptop for under Rs 40,000, the TouchSmart 15-n021TU looks stylish enough to pass off for a more expensive machine. With a Intel Core i3 3217U processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD and a 15.6-inch display, this notebook has enough oomph for productivity tasks, basic gaming and multimedia viewing. It also runs Windows 8, so at least you are assured of an 8.1 update when you unbox it.

Stylish, but affordable

Stylish, but affordable

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