There are very few options for Windows-based laptops in this price range. However, the Chromebook serve a great purpose if you are looking for a cheap laptop.
The challenge with the Windows laptop in this range is that they are underpowered and don’t offer a great user experience which you can certainly get from the Chromebook.
With the new Chromebooks launched by the Indonesian Company Nexian and Indian Mobile manufacturer Xolo Under Rs. 15,000 should you get a Chromebook.
You an also consider a laptop like Micromax Laptab priced below Rs. 15k.
Let’s check all three devices in detail and figure out, What is ideal for you?
I have used many different laptops and notebooks with Windows, Chrome OS, and OSX. The Windows/OSX give you many options to add heavy software and is ideal for creating content, reports, and image & video editing.
On the other hand, the Chrome OS offers some essential features and is more of an extension to what you can do on a tablet with a physical keyboard.
The Major advantage of Chromebook is lightweight OS, don’t need very high-end hardware to run it, unlike Windows. Chromebook offers a good experience for online surfing, emails (with Gmail offline support) to make it ideal for students and office professionals who have limited tasks to perform.
These are the 5 Best Laptops to Buy Under Rs 15,000.
1. Nexian Chrome Book (Long battery, Light Weigh, Economical)
Best Laptop Under Rs 15000: The Nexian Chromebook is powered by the Rockchip ARM cortex Quad-core 1.8 GHz processor with 2 GB DDr3 RAM and has 16 GB internal storage. The GPU is ARM Mali-T764 Graphics chipset.
It also comes with an SD card slot where you can add an SD card as you add a micro-sd card to your smartphone to extend the storage.
If you are going to use the Chromebook other than official work you will find the 16 GB storage fill up fast with HD videos, music and images. It will be great to get a 64 GB SD Card along with the Chromebook to have some space options.
The screen size is 11.6-inch with 1366*768 display, which is pretty good considering the size of the Notebook.
The Chromebook offers two USB 2.0 ports to connect to USB devices like 3G dongles or pen drives or external Hard drives. It also has an HDMI port for connecting to other devices like a projector or a large monitor.
The Nexian chrome book weighs 1.5 KG and has 4200 mAH battery, which is good to run the Notebook for 4-6 hours depending upon the usage.
There’s also a 1.0 MP web camera catering to your needs of video conferencing.
- Light OS can boot fast.
- Good battery life can work for 6-7 hours.
- Economical Price.
- Good for working online watching movies and videos.
- Low processing power
- Lacks applications and support for full-fledged software suits like Microsoft Office
- Struggles with large excel files and long excel queries.
- Storage is low only 16 GB can’t save much data.
- Limited App support if you use Gimp, .NET & Advance paint and other software like Adobe Reader.
A good alternative to Tabs but doing all the work that a full-fledged laptop can do may be difficult in some situation. For the low price of Rs. 12,999 it is a good device for doing basic work.
2. Xolo Chromebook (Quad Core Processor, 2 GB RAM)
It is mostly the same hardware, like the Nexian Chromebook with Rockchip ARM cortex Quad-core 1.8 GHz processor with 2 GB DDr3 RAM and has 16 GB internal storage.
The GPU is ARM Mali-T764 Graphics chipset. The resolution on the Xolo Chromebook is lower compared to the Nexian Chromebook with 1280*720 pixels.
The laptop is lighter in weight too, weighs only 1.15 KG.
It also suffers from the same drawbacks of low storage and limited processing power and lacks support for software that Window laptops offer.
The price is meager at Rs. 12,999, which makes it ideal for students, who would like reading and net surfing and also enjoy a long battery life.
Comparing the Xolo Chrome Book and the Nexian Chrome Book
- The Nexian Chrome book comes in white color and has nice contours. The Xolo Chromebook comes in Matte Black finish and is lighter in weight compared to the Nexian Chromebook.
- The resolution is higher on the Nexian Chromebook Vs. the Xolo Chromebook. Nexian Chromebook offers a 1366*768 resolution, compared to 1280*720 pixels by the Xolo.
- Further, the keyboard on the Nexian is better and easy to use compared to the Xolo Chromebook.
- Lastly, the Xolo Chromebook uses a micro-sd card while the Nexian offers support only for an SD card. (The SD card is different compared to the micro-SD card). You can use microSD card with your smartphone and Xolo Chromebook, to transfer data between the two devices quickly.
With both the Chromebooks, you get a 100 GB Google Cloud storage, you can store all your data on the cloud instead of storing locally. The Chromebooks are based on the premise that users will store and use data that is located on the cloud.
I found this to be useless as it is very difficult without a high-speed internet to upload things to the cloud and then download them to use. Even if you use a 50 MBPS line broadband line, as I do, it will still take 5 minutes to upload 1 GB to cloud. Besides, you will have to spend the same time to download from the cloud.
The cost of the internet also increases if you are planning to have a high-speed line. I only store very critical docs on the cloud, or some of the files which I need to access on multiple devices remotely.
The idea of using cloud storage as replacement of local storage on HDD doesn’t appeal to me, neither I find it practical to use. So, should you buy the Chromebook, I would say yes if you need to do simple work like email, reading, surfing, etc… The Chromebooks are excellent with light Chrome OS and offer long battery life.
What else can you buy if you are like me and want to do a lot of other different work on the laptop?
You want to run photoshop, basic video editing, need to use excel and Microsoft office, use image editing software like Gimp and Advanced Paint. Also, want to play some PC games which may be old like Fifa or Counterstrike or Need for Speed in the free time.
A laptop with a large HDD can store movies, videos, and lots of music and pictures along with PDF files and ebooks which can’t be done on a Chromebook.
If you are willing to spend more and can afford to buy a Rs. 25,000 Laptop I would recommend to get a decent laptop which may be useful for 4-5 years.
Personally, I would buy a good AMD A8 or Core i3 Laptop and look for a full-fledged solution for doing all the tasks.
There is currently one HP Model which is trading at Rs. 25,500 and offer decent performance over the Chromebook.
3. HP 15-A Notebook (Quad Core A8/ 4GB/ 1TB/ Win 10)
The HP laptop comes with AMD A8 processor which is as good as the Intel Core i3 4th Gen processor in terms of performance, though Intel 4th gen processors are quite good at prolonging battery life.
The Key Specifications for the HP Laptop are :
- Processor – AMD A8 Quadcore Processor – 2.0 GHz Clock Speed.
- RAM – 4 GB RAM DDR3 RAM.
- Ram Frequency – 1600 Mhz.
- Hard Drive – 1000 GB.
- Battery – 4 Cell battery.
- Screen Size – 14 inch.
- Resolution – 1366*768.
- Operating System – Windows 10.
Additionally, the laptop comes with the HP branded bag and charger. The additional hard disk space, genuine Windows OS, and better performance make a solid case to get a laptop if your needs are more than what a Chromebook can fulfill.
You can always add another 4 GB Ram to this laptop at a later point when you have more budget or want to upgrade the machine.
You can also buy the Chromebook if you are looking for a computing solution where you don’t need much space and higher performance.
If your work can be done from a fixed location like your home or office, you can even look for a PC for Rs. 20,000 which will be much powerful and can be upgraded whenever required.
4. Asus EeeBook X205TA Notebook( Priced 14,999)
Asus is trying hard to make the best products at a low price. EeeBook X205TA comes with a price tag of Rs 14,999. Also, it is available in various color options like Red, Blue, and White. This laptop from Asus is very lightweight and thin. The laptop comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home Edition.
EeeBook X205TA flaunts 11.6 inch display with 1366 x 768p resolution. It has 32 GB eMMC storage and VGA Camera on Front side. The laptop is powered by 1.33 GHz Atom Quad Intel Core (4th Gen) with 2GB RAM.
EeeBook X205TA weighs 1 kg, and it is 17.5 mm thick. It comes with Front Facing speakers, and also packs 2 Cells 38 Whrs Polymer Battery which offers 12 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The connectivity options includes WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 USB Ports and 1 HDMI port.
- Battery Life is very good.
- 11.6 inch is a small screen (Display) size.
5. iBall Exemplaire CompBook Priced at Rs 13999
iBall launched Exemplaire CompBook in May 2016 and is priced at Rs 13,999. The price of the laptop is kept low as iBall wants to bridge the digital gap in India. According to iBall, Exemplaire CompBook offers technology for Indian Youth at an affordable price to ensure Digital adoption.
Exemplaire CompBook comes with a 14-inch display and offers 1366 x 768p (HD) resolution.
The laptop is extremely lightweight; it weighs 1.4 kg. The laptop runs Windows 10 out of the box. It is powered by 1.83 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F processor with 2 GB RAM. Further, it has 32 GB internal memory which can be expanded up to 64 GB.
Additionally, Exemplaire CompBook has a 0.3 MP VGA Camera for video chatting.
There is also a 10,000 mAh Battery which can last up to 8.5 hours and, the laptop has Dual speakers and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Finally, the connectivity options include Bluetooth, WiFi, 2 USB ports and an HDMI port. The Touchpad on this laptop supports Multi-Touch gestures. It has 20 mm thickness.
iBall is an Indian Brand which launched the cheapest laptop having a 14-inch display in India.
These are my suggestions, your requirement and work should define what you should buy rather than thinking short-term and save a little money.
Down the line, you may find that you are not able to use it for more tasks, so think thoroughly and then click the buy button.
If you need any further advice can comment below, I will try to help.
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