Today, all laptop manufacturers have their products well segregated into categories specific to business, ultra-portability, performance, life-style and multi-media or entertainment. Yes, it makes sense to choose a laptop from one particular segment when you know exactly what you’re looking for. However, this doesn’t mean that a laptop from one segment cannot overlap into another. So if there’s a business laptop which is powerful enough to play games, you can use it for entertainment too. But of course, you wouldn’t want to take a fancy gaming laptop to the office.

So, how does one categorize a multimedia laptop? If you can play HD-movies and games, and if the screen and sound quality are good, it’s safe to say that it’s a multimedia laptop. If you see features like dedicated volume controls, HDMI out, a good discrete graphics card and a sub-woofer underneath the unit, there is no argument that you’re looking at a multimedia laptop. Now, features like a sub-woofer and high-end speakers call for some serious spending, but other features are within reach, especially considering the budget we’re looking at, in this article. Today, we’ve listed multimedia laptops that come under the Rs 40,000 price bracket and are capable of light gaming, music and stutter-free HD-movie playback.

Sony
Sony VPC EB14 EN/BI

  • Price: 37,490
  • Weight: 2.7 kg
  • Screen size / resolution: 15.5-inch / 1366 x 768
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-330M, 2.13 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Hard drive: 320 GB
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5470
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Basic

Sony VPC EB24 EN/WI/BI

  • Price: 39,400
  • Weight: 2.7 kg
  • Screen size / resolution: 15.5-inch / 1366 x 768
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-350M, 2.26 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Hard drive: 320 GB
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5145
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Basic

Radeon HD 5470 v/s HD 5145: The Radeon HD 5145, which is actually a renamed version of the HD 4570, is slower than the Radeon HD 5470. So, if you're looking for slightly better gaming muscle, go with a laptop which has the HD 5470 (though all the GPUs in this entire list fall into the entry-level category).

Publish date: July 14, 2010 10:09 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:30 pm

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