Edited by Piyush, Reviewed by Gulshan

Budget binding you with limited options? Yeah, we get it budget restrictions are real and even more real when you are looking to spend it on something as costly as a laptop.

But, don’t you worry here we are, presenting some of the best options that are available in the market out there.

Being glued to our smartphones can be the most fun thing to do but what about office hours? You don't want to touch your smartphone and get lost in social media.

Here is when a laptop comes into play. Not that, it will keep you focused, that is entirely up to you but it will certainly get your work done and save you from another dreadful day at work.

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A laptop at work is important but getting a good performing laptop that too under a budget, is not a cakewalk. Here is the deal. Laptop manufacturers know the value of devices they are manufacturing and for them to be accessible to everyone it has to be budget-friendly and with good specifications.

Thus, we have a plethora of options to choose from. However, since there are so many brands and so many models it can get a bit overwhelming and so we have precisely sorted out all the options available and only the best ones have made it to the list.

Having listed different laptops for different needs and different price ranges we are quite certain that you will get your perfect pick out of these. However, we do advise you to get the basic specifications and standard listed beforehand so that you do not waste any more time researching and you can straightaway hop on the billing process. Let’s Begin! 

We Highly recommend you to read the Laptop Buying Guide at the end of this article to get in-depth knowledge about the latest Laptop technologies and tips on making an informed decision about which product to buy for your needs 🙂

Let's explore the list and have a look at the features along with the pros and cons of the Top 10 Best Laptops Under 1 Lakh in India.

Top 10 Best Laptops Under 1 Lakh in India

Although my favorite among all is Acer Nitro 7 9th Gen IPS Thin and Light Gaming Laptop  but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.

1. Acer Nitro 7 9th Gen IPS Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

Acer Nitro 7 9th Gen IPS Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

Specifications

  • Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size: 15.6-inch FHD
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Battery: 58.7 Wh
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-9300H processor
  • Graphics: 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM

Acer Nitro 7 is an entry-level gaming laptop. The looks of it make the fact quite obvious.

Pentagonal shape base and lid brushed metal edge etched with the Acer logo will never pass for a non- gaming laptop, if you wish to take it to your work desk sometimes. 

We have to say that the designing and looks are on point if you are looking for a typical gaming laptop under a budget.

About the display, it comes with a 1920x1080 IPS screen which is pretty good for an entry-level gaming laptop.

Colors pop and you can view the screen properly even with wide angels. The keyboard in this laptop is a true delight for gamers or even people who do not want to use it for the sole purpose of playing games. The spacing between keys and that crisp click is good for people who spend hours writing articles and reports.

The speakers in Asus Nitro 7 are of the average level. You can do with them when you are watching YouTube or streaming the web but if you are all set to watch a movie or web series you probably want to get your headphones on. 

Coming to the most important part, the performance falls in the average category and slightly worse if not better. With performance being not as impressive as one would have thought it is evident that Acer had other priorities in mind.

Also, one thing that you should know while buying this laptop is that it heats too often. As a result, it affects CPU performance as well. Acer has compromised with the cooling capabilities in this entry-level gaming laptop but you can give it a try if you are going for the cool looks and good display.

Pros

  • The great metal build and design.
  • Good color reproduction. 
  • Well- made keyboard.
  • Good storage capacity.
  • Cost-efficient gaming laptop.

Cons

  • Average battery life.
  • The inbuilt speaker is not that great.
  • Gets heated often.
  • Does not come with a laptop bag.

2. ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481FL-BM5811T 10th Gen Thin and Light Laptop

ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481FL-BM5811T 10th Gen Thin and Light Laptop

Specifications

  • Display: 14-inch primary display and 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus
  • Memory: 16GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Battery: 70 Wh Lithium- polymer battery
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: 10th Gen Intel Core
  • Graphics: Dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  • Audio: 2x SonicMaster

Asus zenbook duo is the second model in zen series to have a dual display. By the looks, it is a new-age technology featuring another touch display exactly below the main screen called ScreenPad Plus

Not just that but a less bulky design, 12.6-inch touch display, the spun-aluminum lid and a celestial blue color all contribute to making it a cool looking dual-display laptop. 

We are sure this display technology will give you a new multitasking experience.

With the second display, we have to say that the keyboard space and touchpad location has been compromised with. 

The performance of this laptop, however, is up to the mark and even better than the Pro model if we may say so. It provides good quality inbuilt speakers and you can do with them even when listening to songs and music. 

The cooling capabilities of the laptop are quite good since it does not get uncomfortably hot after long-running hours. Another exciting thing about the laptop is that it comes with facial recognition technology with the webcam placed exactly where it should be. 

The 720p webcam has IR sensors which can take you through multiple online meetings with the good video quality.

Pros

  •  Fast charging capacity.
  • Good designing and looks.
  • The second screen is helpful while using editing software.
  • Good for both gaming and work purposes.
  • Good battery life.

Cons

  • The touchpad is small and the positioning can be a little difficult to adjust with.
  • There is no space for resting the wrist.
  • The FHD isn’t very sharp.
  • The laptop is a little bulky to carry around.

3. HP Omen Gaming Laptop

HP Omen Gaming Laptop

Specifications

  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD
  • Battery: 52.5 Wh
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-4600H 6-core processor
  • Graphics: 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650ti
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Storage: 512 GB
  • Memory: 8GB SDRAM

If you were looking for a home gaming laptops this is it. Under the budget of 1 lakh, we say this is the best gaming laptop out there.

However, if you want to buy a gaming laptop which you can carry around as well you must extend your budget a little but for now, let us know in detail about the HP Omen 15.6-inch gaming laptop.

At your first sight at this laptop, you probably won't be able to recognize that this is a gaming laptop and so will your boss, since HP has worked on making this model a more blend in and subtle one.

While we are on the topic of the display, you must know that there is a slight drawback to it as well. 

The hinge of the screen is a little fragile since the screen isn't firm enough when you bend it backwards. The keyboard in the HP Omen has some significant changes which are worth knowing. 

To begin with, HP has decided to go with silent keys this time which may not be liked by the gamers but for those who type in a working environment, it is surely going to prove helpful. 

Apart from that, HP has also done away with the number keys at the right side providing more space to other keys and the shortcut control keys. This, however, is something in favor of gamers.

Pros

  • Doesn’t look like a typical gaming laptop.
  • Great thermal performance.
  • High refresh rate.
  • Good configurations.
  • Smooth gaming experience.

Cons

  • Heavy and bulky.
  • The screen isn’t sharp and color accurate.
  • The built quality isn’t that great since the hinge is a bit fragile.
  •  Overpriced.
  • The battery could have been better.

4. ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DT Laptop

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DT Laptop

Specifications

  • Screen size: 15.6-inch LED display
  • RAM: 8 GB expandable up to 32GB
  • Battery: Lithium
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-3550H
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

Looking for good yet affordable gaming laptops? We know how hard it is to find the right one.

But, what if we tell you we have just the perfect combination for you? Yes, you heard it right. It's the ASUS TUF Gaming laptop. 

ASUS TUF, the successor to Asus 50 series is one of those entry-level gaming laptops. However, you do get to choose amongst the various storage and processor options. 

The one that we are talking about here, is the Ryzen 5 and 512 GB variant. In terms of the looks, it has an edgy design with an all-plastic lid and an X design on it. 

With such looks, it surely cannot pass for a non-gaming laptop but it lies somewhere in between. The quality is a little flimsy with the hinges and lid not firm enough. The screen has a resolution of 1920x1080 and the color accuracy has a long way to go. With a 120 Hz refresh rate, the normal functioning seems quite smooth and easy. 

With this processor variant, you get a quality gaming experience without having to wait for an eternity to load various functions and options. With 512 GB configuration, it has an expandable memory as well.

Pros

  • Good refresh rate according to the price.
  • Immersive experience.
  • Optimum performance.
  • Edgy and good designing.
  • Effective cooling technology.

Cons

  • Not well built.
  • Not color accurate.
  • Battery power isn't up to the mark.
  • Non-responsive customer service.
  • Speakers are just of average quality.

5. Dell Gaming-G3 3590 Laptop

Dell Gaming-G3 3590 Laptop

Specifications

  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD
  • Battery: lasts up to 10 hours
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-9300H 9th Gen processor
  • Graphics: 3 GB NVIDIA Graphics
  • Memory: Up to 16 GB
  • Storage: Up to 512 GB

With all of the companies such as Asus, Acer, HP and Lenovo bringing some of the best laptops under the budget of 1 lakh, how can the parent company of Alienware be left behind?

Alienware is dedicated to gaming laptops and hardware is owned by Dell and now Dell too has a gaming laptop G3 3590 under the budget of 1 lakh. 

Let us know more about this one. Dell G3 3590 is entirely made of plastic but has a matte finish on the lid and a glossy one on the inside

This looks quite good if we are honest but you might find it to be looking somewhat similar to the HP Omen. 

The keyboard too is of the standard Dell quality with a big touchpad. With a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel, it has a 15.6-inch full HD display. It has excellent viewing angles as well. The performance is as per the processor, core i5-9300 Hz. The CPU performs well keeping the throttling issues at bay.

Weighing about 2.5 kg, this laptop can be easily carried around unlike the previous ones we have mentioned in the list. That being said, it can be used as both an everyday work laptop and a gaming one. With the keyboard and touchpad being not very different than the non- gaming laptops you can easily do so.

Pros

  • Cost-efficient.
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad.
  • Comes with an SD card reader as well.
  • Can be used for work purposes as well.
  • Great display and screen.

Cons

  • Uneven luminosity.
  • Poor build quality.
  • No thunderbolt supports.
  • Poor battery life.
  • Not an RGB keyboard.

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 VDV-00015 2-in-1 Laptop

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 VDV-00015 2-in-1 Laptop

Specifications

  • Display: 12.3-inch touchscreen-enabled display
  • Battery: 43.2 Wh
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-1035G4
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 128 GB SSD
  • Average Battery Life: 10.5 hours

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the best in not just the Pro series from the house of Microsoft but also in this list of best laptops under 1 lakh.

Want to know what`s the best part about the Microsoft Surface Pro 7? Well, you cannot just use it as a normal laptop but also as a tablet.

How cool is that? If you had been deliberating about buying a tablet and then a laptop now, you don’t need to.

It does the job of both. Let us know how and how well it does that. Considering it to be a Microsoft laptop the looks are simply outstanding. 

Magnesium body, elegant round corners, awesome build quality and the company's signature kickstand makes it a complete delight for eyes. About the different hardware, the keyboard is, as usual, great with excellent experience, the surface pen which magnetically attaches itself to the Pro 7.

This laptop comes with 2 different process variants- i3, and i5. The one that we are talking about is the i5 variant. The performance is exactly how you would expect a high-end laptop to perform. The battery life is quite good, even better than the i7 variant.

About the ports, it has a USB- C dock, a USB-A port, a microSD card slot but not Thunderbolt compatibility yet. 

Pros

  • Acts as a tablet as well as a standard laptop.
  • High-end device looks and designing.
  • Good quality camera and iris scanner.
  • Introduction of USB-C Port.
  • Easy to carry around.

Cons

  • Thunderbolt 3 isn`t available yet.
  •  Slightly expensive.
  • Low battery life.
  • The keyboard isn't included.
  • The fan noise is too audible.

7. Apple MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air

Specifications

  • Screen size: 13- inch
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Operating System:  macOS Sierra
  • Graphics: Intel HD 6000Graphics
  • Resolution: 1440x900
  • Hard drive: 128 GB SSD

If there is one laptop under the budget of 1 lakh that has all of our trust it is the Apple MacBook Air.

Since it is such a popular device you must be having a fair idea about it but, since you are considering to buy it now you must know all of the configurations, pros and cons.

The ports in this one are the dual USB 3.0 port, a MagSafe 2 charging connector, a headphone jack, an SDXC memory reader and Thunderbolt 2.0

With a 1440x900 pixel screen, the colors are not as vibrant as one would expect them to be. The brightness, however, is as high as 336 nits.

The Intel Core i5 processor is responsible for the smooth functioning even while you multitask with several windows. The battery of this laptop will last for about 10 and a half hours once fully charged. Moreover, it doesn’t even get overheated when working for long hours.

Pros

  • No antivirus is required.
  • The data is safe.
  • Has a luxury feel.
  •  Amazing sound quality.
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Available in three different color options- silver, gold and space grey.

Cons

  • Not suitable for heavy gaming.
  • 128 GB is less storage if you store movies and videos.
  • The operating system isn't entirely user friendly.
  • Only a limited number of software are available.
  • The colors on the screen aren’t bright enough.

8. HP Pavilion Gaming 10th Gen Gaming Laptop

HP Pavilion Gaming 10th Gen Gaming Laptop

Specifications

  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: 2.5GHz Intel i5-10300H 10th Gen
  • Graphics: 4 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Weight: 2.35 kg

The HP Pavilion gaming laptop is the only 16- inch laptop in our list so far. 

It was important to include something like this in the list, because for some of us a 13 or 15- inch laptop gets very small and a 17-inch one gets too large. 

In that case, this is going to be your savior. Not just that, they are other features as well which will convince you to buy this one from HP.

About the looks, you can be assured of it since HP has always put their best foot forward in terms of looks and appearances.

The HP Pavilion is no exception. You will see it for yourself when you see the matte finish both inside and out. This finish gives a premium feel to it.

When we talk about the screen and display it is quite impressive as well with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a maximum brightness of 250 nits. The refresh rate, however, is a bit of disappointment with just 60 Hz

While the laptop can complete basic functions with ease, heavy gaming comes with certain complications. One of those complications is overheating even with little gaming or even browsing the internet and usual office work.

The battery is on an average level and lasts for a considerable amount of time. Moreover, we do want to say that apart from the large screen size without affecting the overall weight there isn't anything more to it.

Pros

  • Good battery backup.
  • Anti-glare coated display.
  • Good for light gaming.
  • Not bulky.
  • Good for other professionals as well.

Cons

  • Low refresh rate.
  • Less brightness.
  • Bad cooling capabilities.
  • Performance isn’t good enough.
  • The audio quality isn’t good enough.

9. Lenovo Legion Y530 8th Gen Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Legion Y530 8th Gen Gaming Laptop

Specifications

  • Screen size: 15.6-inch FHD screen
  • RAM: 8GB and upgradeable up to 16 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: 8th Gen Intel I7- 8750H
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Weight: 5.2 pounds

We have had this conception for a long time now that a work laptop and gaming cannot be the same or two in one.

But, we beg to differ. Gaming and non-gaming laptops are very different from each other and when you try to combine the two one of the sides dominates.

The same is the case with Lenovo Legion Y530 Gaming Laptop which is an entry-level gaming laptop but can be used for office or work purposes as well. 

If it had been a hardcore gaming laptop we doubt you would even consider placing it on your office desk.

The Lenovo Legion is one such laptop which is dominated by the gaming aspects of it as far as the looks are concerned. It has a black coating with white lighting and white backlit keyboard. Weighing about 5.2 pounds and measuring 14.4 x 10.2 x 1.0 inches it is a quite bulky one. 

The pots on this are a USB type C-port, a DisplayPort, a USB 3.1 Port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, a power connector and a Kensington lock which is pretty good. The display with a maximum brightness of 266 nits shows details and sharp images but the color accuracy is something we are worried about.

The performance according to the configuration is pretty good but the audio system with the laptop isn't that great. Audio quality is weak but clear and distinct. Once you charge the Lenovo Legion completely the battery will last you for about 4 and a half hours which isn't the best thing but it is what it is. 

Moreover, to keep the laptop from getting overheated it comes with dual fans that do the job of keeping the system cool to some extent but not for long hours. The underside gets uncomfortably hot even with the presence of two fans. Lenovo should certainly work on its cooling capabilities especially for this one right here.

Pros

  • All the specifications are worth the price.
  • Comes with a one- year warranty.
  • Good looking and versatile in usage.
  • The display is very sharp and detailed.
  • Well-made.

Cons

  • Battery life is very less.
  • The dual fan noise can be heard distinctly.
  • The touchpad is smaller compared to other laptops in this price range.
  • Doesn’t come with a thunderbolt port.
  • The color accuracy of the display is a setback.

10. Dell Inspiron 5408 Laptop

Dell Inspiron 5408 Laptop

Specifications

  • Screen resolution: 14- inch 1920 x 1080 Pixel resolution Full HD display
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 Type and expandable up to 32 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX330 Graphics
  • Dimensions: 321 x 216 x 18 mm
  • Cache Memory: 6 GB
  • Hard Disk Capacity: 512 GB SSD

The last one in our list of best laptops under 1 lakh is the Dell Inspiron 5408.

To begin with, it comes with a 14-inch FHD display with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 and anti-glare technology

The maximum brightness of the display can go till 300 nits. With minimum vessels and the supreme quality screen, it seems like a pretty good option to consider.

With the operating system of Windows Home 10, it also comes with Microsoft Office and McAfee Security Centre 15 months subscription for free

About the keyboard, it is a backlit keyboard with the user- friendly design. Talking about the battery backup you get 53 WHr Lithium-ion batteries which can last up to 8 to 10 hours once charged. It also has an Express charge option through which you can charge the laptop up to 80% in just 30 minutes

It also comes with two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C PORT, A Micro SD- Card slot and a headphone jack. Apart from that you also get a fingerprint reader mounted on the power button to avoid confusion and save space. 

You can also get good audio quality from this laptop since it has the Waves MaxxAudio Pro 2W Dual speakers. While most of the laptops that we have listed previously are made of plastic, this one is a metal build laptop with cool looks and designing. Hence, you can be assured of its build quality and durability. 

Weighing around 1.4 kg it can be easily carried around and you can also carry it with you while travelling to different cities without being worried about the heavyweight. 

Moreover, one characteristic feature that you should not miss about the Dell Inspiron 5408 is that it comes with a rubber drop hinge at the bottom of the lid to provide enough ventilation to the system and avoid it from getting overheated.

Pros

  • Good audio quality.
  • Anti-glare display.
  • Express charge technology.
  • Cost-efficient.
  • Rubber drop hinge.

Cons

  • Not enough battery life.
  • No warranty.
  • No thunderbolt ports.
  • Due to the backlit keyboard, it is not completely suitable for office use.

Buyer's Guide: How to Purchase Laptops Under 1 Lakh

Now that we are done listing out and discussing the 10 best laptops under 1 lakh it is time that we help you make the final call. That's right. We have shortlisted all the other options and featured only the top 10 laptops in this article but we do understand that even 10 is a large number to choose one from.

Hence, we have a buying guide all set for you so that you can sort all the 9 options and get to that one final one. So, here are the five things to should look at, while buying a laptop:

  • Operating system: There are two operating systems you can choose from- Microsoft and Mac OS. While Microsoft is more loved by the consumers for its affordability and being supported by most of the programming languages Mac OS is popular for the user interface. If you want to go for the Mac OS go for the Apple MacBook or else you can go for either of the 9 options based on the configurations that suit you the most.
  • Display: If you have found your way to this article because you are in search of a good gaming laptop, we advise you to prioritize two things- display and performance. The former is very important because only a gaming laptop with good display, resolution, screen size and color accuracy can give you that immersive experience. We advise you to go for the Acer Nitro 7 or ASUS TUF Gaming laptop. All sorted.
  • Battery: A good battery backup is extremely essential no matter if you are using it for gaming purposes or simple assignments and office work. You do not want to risk losing your data or sitting with the laptop while charging especially when you are playing games. Hence, you should for the ASUS ZenBook Duo with a battery of 70 Wh, the best in our list.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.Which laptop brand is best?

Though brand names greatly influence the mindset of customers it doesn’t affect the quality of a device. Hence, the only shot at buying a good quality laptop or any device for that matter is by going through different reviews at different places and then forming your opinion about it. Moreover, every brand has some good and some bad devices so we cannot say that a particular brand is the best. Read different reviews, weigh the pros and cons and you will be able to buy a good product.

2.  Is Dell or HP better?

HP and Dell are better than each other in different factors. While HP is better than Dell in terms of designing, Dell is more popular among the users for bringing innovative laptops. If you are concerned about the quality of a particular product it has been seen that the build quality and durability of Dell products are better than that of HP. Dell surely makes its products with the thought of reliability and durability in mind so we can say that Dell is better than HP.

3.  Which laptop is best for everyday use?

When buying a laptop, you surely want to use it for everyday purposes and not just use it as a decorative piece for your desk. But, when it comes to such laptops they must have great performance, battery life, lightweight etc. For example Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, ASUS Zenbook 14, Lenovo Yoga 530, Google Pixelbook Go, ASUS Zenbook DUO etc. You can buy any one of these depending upon the configuration, budget, your choice, needs etc.

4.  Is HP better or Lenovo?

In the battle between HP and Dell, we did declare Dell as the winner but when it comes to HP and Lenovo, things change. While HP again focuses more on manufacturing devices that are appealing more to the eye, Lenovo has laptops that are practical, useful, good configurations etc. Moreover, HP has been bringing out models which are directed more towards entertainment and gaming purposes. But, if we had to give a verdict about which is the brand that you should go with we would say Lenovo since it gives the worth of your money in terms of durability, looks, designing, characteristics, memory, storage etc.

5.  What laptop should I buy in 2020?

We have seen a plethora of smartphone models being released and introduced every year from different brands, different models, different characteristics and what not. The scenario is now being followed with laptops as well. There are several options to choose from. However, the ones that we would recommend you to buy in the year 2020 are DELL XPS 13 2020, Acer aspire 5, MacBook Air 2020, HP Envy 13T or Samsung Galaxy Book Flex. Read different reviews across the internet and you will find your perfect pick for the year 2020.

Here is the List of Top 10 Best Laptops Under 1 Lakh in India

About the author 

Piyush

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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