Just like that, it’s 2021! And, for the time being, it seems the quarantine and online classes are here to stay. Homeschooling can be a challenge for younger students and their parents turned part-time tutors, but one thing that would make the e-learning process less painful is the right gadget for your learning needs. So to help you out, here’s a shortlist of great laptops to buy under P25,000.
The Dell Inspiron 3573’s 15.6-inch HD LED display boasts a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and an anti-glare feature that’s a welcome addition for overworked eyes that have been glued to the screen for long hours. Also, this slim laptop manages to pack in all the essentials, like an SD Card Reader, headset jack, USB 2.0, DVD drive, Kensington Lock, power in, RJ-45 Ethernet port, cooling vents, HDMI, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1s.
Dell Inspiron 3573’s big draws are its processing power, responsiveness, smooth multitasking, and longer battery life, up to 12GB of memory, graphic options with up to 2GB GDDR5, impressive shock resistance, and sleek yet sturdy design.
The Dell Inspiron 3573 has an Intel Pentium Quad Core N5000 processor with a clock speed of 1.1GHz and Intel UHD 605 Graphic Processor for its overall performance, plus 4GB DDR4 RAM for seamless multitasking. It also comes with a range of connectivity options like Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0.
HP Notebook 14S-DK0121AU
The HP Notebook 14S-DK0121AU has a 14-inch HD display with 1366 x 768 resolution BrightView, which is another way of saying it has a glossy LCD screen that produces rich and vibrant colors. Within its beautiful white exterior, the laptop houses a multi-format SD media card reader, HDMI port for high-quality videos and multimedia, headphone and microphone jack, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports for safer data transfers.
This budget laptop sports a powerful AMD Ryzen 3 3200 microprocessor, Vega 3 video graphics, HP TrueVision HD webcam with an integrated digital microphone, 3-cell 41 Wh Li-On battery, 4GB DDR4 SDRAM, and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity.
The HP Notebook’s microprocessor and graphics card have a base clock of 2.6GHz and a max boost clock of up to 3.5GHz, making it one tough workhorse that can easily keep up with heavy usage. And in terms of connectivity, the setup should be able to cover your basic work-from-home or online learning requirements. It has a Realtek wireless SOC and Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity, and one USB 3.1 Type-C port for data transfers at a signaling rate of 5Gb/s, one AC smart pin, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports. As for battery life, the 41Wh cell should allow you to work or study for relatively long stretches, depending on your usage and settings.
For a budget laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 packs a big punch via its 15.6-inch display with FHD resolution and surprisingly comfortable 6-row chiclet keyboard. What’s more, its sturdy chassis and protective finish to prevent wear and tear would seem to indicate that this laptop is built to last, despite being considerably lighter and more portable than its competitors at just 4.85 pounds.
The IdeaPad 330s major selling points would be its cutting-edge processing, 6-hour battery life and Rapid Charge feature, and customizable storage that can house thousands of photos, videos, and files.
Equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage, and Intel HD 620 graphics card, the Lenovo IdeaPad meets the standard when it comes to running your usual office and web apps, as well as doing some light multitasking. But, should you need more from your go-to homeschool device, the laptop system is fully customizable, so you can spring for a better CPU or graphics card, more RAM, and so on.
Weighing in at just 1.65kg, there’s no contest when it comes to the Asus X409’s portability. But apart from being one of the world’s smallest, all-around laptops, it also wins style points with its choice of Transparent Silver or Slate Grey finish. What’s more, it has a 14-inch LED-backlit FHD display with a built-in Anti-Glare panel, and thin bezels resulting in a 77% screen-to-body ratio, which makes for more immersive viewing.
The Asus X409’s main attractions are its NanoEdge display, which boasts 178-degree viewing angles, Intel Core processor with up to 16GB 2400MHz RAM, dual-storage design with up to 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD, and Intel Optane Memory for faster data reading and writing.
While it already sports an 8th Gen Intel Core, the Asus X409 can be customized with either a Core i7, Core i5, or Core i3 CPU – all of which pair well with the NVIDIA MX110 graphics card. And to ensure an even smoother experience, the laptop runs on Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home as its standard OS.
In addition to its variety of colorful chassis, the Acer Aspire 3 gives you the option of a 17.3-inch, 15.6-inch, or 14-inch display, off of which come with Acer BlueLightShield technology that filters out eye-straining blue light while you work or study.
The Acer Aspire 3 standout features are Intel Core i5 quad-core processor, which reaches speeds of up to 3.90GHz, 1TB-worth of storage, true-to-life colors in FHD resolution, and tactile finish. It also houses an array of ports that covers just about anything you’d need to connect – from USB 3.1, USB 2.0, to HDMI and more.
The Acer Aspire 3 is an incredibly responsive laptop, though it can still slow down when too many apps and tabs are running at once. Nonetheless, it can run heavier programs like Photoshop or Premiere Pro should you need it to.
We hope you found this list helpful! Read more on DepEd’s minimum gadget specs for e-learning, homeschooling setups under Php 30,000, or everything you need to know before you buy a laptop!