Currently, an entry-level laptop can handle applications that were difficult for even mainstream laptops to work with earlier. Since existing computing platforms are refreshed once a year and newer platforms are introduced every two years, the prices of laptops undergo revision every few months.

The changes in platforms include new chipsets, support for newer generation of CPUs and faster memory support for new wireless standards, better GPUs, and so on. So, unless you’re waiting for a new platform to release, it’s always a good time to buy a new laptop.

There’s no point in waiting for months in anticipation for a price drop, because it will further drop in the next few months. A lot has changed in the recent past, especially after the introduction of Intel’s new Core Series of CPUs. They have successfully replaced the old Pentium Dual Core and the Core 2 Duo CPUs. With technologies like Hyper-Threading, multitasking on laptops, even in this budget, is a piece of cake. Although today, you might find some older hardware on some cheaper laptops, on the whole, entry-level and mainstream laptops are certainly more powerful and feature-rich than what they were a year ago.

Single-core processors lost their charm two years ago. Whether your preference is a larger hard drive, more processing power or good battery life, you will surely find the one that suits your budget and application area. In this article, we compared a handful of entry-level and mainstream laptops, ranging from Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000.

The chart above shows the hardware specifications, salient features and benchmark scores of the various laptops tested. On the basis of those parameters, there were two winners, Best Value award winner and Best Performance award winner.

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