When you’re shelling out a hefty sum of money for a computer, you obviously expect a good blend of performance and features, not to mention good value for money, warranty and after sales service. Let’s say you’re ready to spend about Rs 60K for a good multimedia laptop, in this case, you don’t want to compromise on any aspect because you know for a fact that there are plenty of options available in this budget. When you visit stores like Chroma, Vijay Sales, EZone and so on, what you get to see is a variety of laptops with specs lists besides them. You can even see how heavy or light a laptop is and what ports and connectors each machine offers. What you cannot tell is whether one particular machine is more powerful than another (not without using it), and whether the machine is comfortable to use and what additional features you can get for that extra buck which you might as well pay up.

Ideally, in a mainstream laptop, where you’re spending 50K or more, you should at least get a Intel Core i5 CPU, which is intended for the mainstream segment, then there should be at least 4 GB RAM as opposed to 2 GB or 3 GB, a 500 GB hard drive instead of just 250 GB or 320 GB, and of course a discrete GPU is a given (unless it’s a business laptop). Now let’s say you’re getting all of this in a 50K price, but, what if there are ten other options in the same price range with similar hardware? This is where an elaborate comparison comes in handy, where you can instantly tell which laptop suits your needs the best considering the various aspects being compared, all in a single table.

Considering the fierce competition across brands and also keeping in the mind that there are non-traditional laptop-manufacturers that are gaining ground, laptops have much to offer, in terms of performance and features, than they did a year ago. Today, all mainstream laptops have HDMI ports, which was not the case and that HDMI was considered a plus point. Same was the case with discrete GPUs, that weren’t common especially in entry-level laptops. Today, while even a 35K laptop has a discrete GPU, graphics on mainstream laptops has become way much more powerful. Speaking of which, it’s possible to play demanding games with high settings even on a 50K laptop, which was only a privilege and a possibility with gaming laptops. Watching HD movies required a discrete GPU, but now, with the use of Intel’s HD graphics, even business laptops without discrete GPUs can play HD movies. Further more, features like Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth, roomy hard drives, ample RAM and a natively powerful CPU, have all become common across all laptops including entry-level ones.

So as you can see, laptops are no longer ‘weaker’ machines that cannot do what standard desktop PCs can. This time around, we have compared machines that belong to different categories, like business, multimedia and ultra-portability and but they fall into a specific price bracket of Rs 45,000 to Rs 65,000. Now, before moving on to the comparison chart, let’s take a quick look at our testing processes and on what basis the scores are given to these machines.

Publish date: October 20, 2010 10:25 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:50 pm

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