Best laptops under Rs 25,000

Laptops available under Rs 25,000 are equipped to handle basic computing tasks like internet browsing, social networking, e-mailing, office productivity (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint), for watching HD (and sometimes Full HD) videos and listening to music.

If you want to opt for portability, opt for laptops that front a smaller (11.6-inch, 1366x768px) display and are kitted with flash memory instead of a high-capacity hard drive. While this puts a limitation on the how much software you can install, you get a more responsive system with faster boot and wake times.

You also get a microSD card slot to augment storage and free cloud storage subscriptions that are offered with these laptops. Moreover, machines that are built for portability are incredibly light with excellent battery life of over seven hours of basic usage on a single charge.

Here, you can consider Asus EeeBook X205 (Rs 14,999), which weighs just under a kilogram, is powered by a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, has 2GB RAM and comes with 32GB eMMC memory. You also get free 500GB AsusSUS WebStorage space for two years.

If you need connectivity on the move, then buy the "3G-enabled" HP Stream 11-d023tu (Rs 19,990), which comes with a SIM slot. This 1.27kg laptop is powered by a 2.16GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor and includes a memory card reader. You also get a year's subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive cloud space.

For storage, you can look at Lenovo G50-30 (80G0015GIN) (Rs 25,620) or HP Notebook 15-r119tu (Rs 24,490). Both laptops sport a 15.6-inch HD display, are powered by a 2.16GHz Intel Pentium quad-core processor, 4GB RAM and come with a DVD-RW optical drive. The Lenovo is equipped with a 1TB hard drive while the HP machine has a 500GB one.

All the machines listed here come with a licensed copy of the Windows 8 operating system, and they're ready to use straight out of the box.

Before you make a buying decision, check these different devices for build quality, screen for viewing angles and visibility in bright light, speakers for audio, and keyboard for typing comfort.

Note: Inquire about buy back schemes for an old laptop. For example, HP has a buy back program on its website where you can get an approximate estimate for branded, working/non-working laptops.

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