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10 Budget-Friendly Laptops Starting At P16K For School And Work
ILLUSTRATOR Ma. Stephanie Ocampo
  • In need of a laptop upgrade? In case you’re looking for a new model while on a budget, keep reading because we’ve got just the list for you.

    With how saturated and diverse the tech industry these days, there’s almost always a wallet-friendly option for any gadget — whether smartphones, desktop computers, audio devices, or what have you — for those limited to the lower end of the price spectrum.

    Laptops below Php30k or less

    Below, we round up 10 great laptops you can shop in Manila for less than Php30,000. Don’t be fooled by their price tags, these models still offer great specs, features, and designs that could boost your productivity and let you finally get rid of your clunky old laptop.

    Avita Essential (Php16,000)

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    For just Php16,000, the Avita Essential provides portability, flexibility, and a lightweight, no-frills build with pretty decent performance for its size and price range. Young professionals would appreciate the model’s smooth and reliable operation for basic tasks as well as its 4,830 mAh battery that can run for up to 10 hours. We're in love with the matte white finish — perfect for your minimalist desk setup!

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    Available on Shopee.

    Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (starts at P18,995)

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    The Lenovo S145, as with many laptops in the lower end of the price spectrum, sports a plastic exterior all over — a possible con for some who prefer a more premium build, but a pro if you’re looking for a slim, lightweight device. With its price tag, don’t expect anything fancy or overly powerful, but the laptop does provide a user-friendly, straightforward interface that should be enough for basic work tasks like word-processing, Internet browsing, and other productivity-oriented activities.

    See a list of Lenovo retailers.

    Chuwi Lapbook Pro (Php18,999)

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    Chinese tech brand Chuwi is less known in the personal-computer world compared to its more established competitors, but it’s made waves in the industry these last few years thanks to its fairly wide range of affordable laptops. 

    The LapBook Pro is one of their more reliable options compared to cheaper models like the MijaBook and goes for just under Php19,000. If your budget is under 20 grand, it’s definitely worth your consideration.

    Its 15-inch screen and 4K display are the device’s most notable qualities, especially in its price range. Plus, it weighs about 1.47 kilograms, making it one of the lightest 15-inch laptops on the market.

    Available on Shopee; see a list of Chuwi retailers.

    HP Laptop 14s-dk1523AU (Php22,490)

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    Just a couple thousands over the 20-grand mark, this HP laptop provides all the basic necessities for your work-from-home life. It’s got a 1TB hard drive, a 14-inch HD screen with up to 220 nits of brightness, and a processor that runs up to 3.5 GHz. If you’re a beginner when it comes to computers or just need to use your laptop for a few essential tasks, this device should tick all the boxes.

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    Available on Lazada.

    Dell Inspiron 3593 i3 (Php27,490)

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    With a 1TB hard drive, Windows 10 compatibility, and a 15.6-inch display, the Dell Inspiron 3595’s got all the essentials for working and multitasking — all for just a little under Php28,000. Its Intel Core i3 Processor and 8 GB RAM promise smooth and seamless operation even while running several programs. Plus, it promises 720p HD camera quality (along with a reliable internal microphone and built-in speakers) for all your conference calls and Zoom hangouts.

    See a list of Dell retailers.

    ASUS X409 (Php27,995)

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    The ASUS X409’s main selling point is its sharp, high-definition display. The 14-inch NanoEdge display provides vast screen area, an immersive viewing experience, and anti-glare coating for excellent viewing quality no matter where you go.

    It also provides powerful audio output with rich bass, making it an especially great option for streaming. At 1.65 kilograms, it’s fairly lightweight as far as entry-level laptops go. Plus, its Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM promises fast and efficient operation for both work and play.

    Available at Complink.

    ASUS X415 (Php28,995)

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    For those who are always on the go, the ASUS X415 can be your most trusted companion with a 1.5-kilogram, 14-inch build that would be easy to carry from one spot to another. It has a powerful processor for both its size and price range that can power Windows 10 and provide crystal-clear screen resolution with anti-glare coating.

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    Plus, it promises large storage capacity and fast data performance, so you’ll never have a problem accessing your massive collection of files — perfect for freelancers and multitaskers!

    Available at Game One.

    Acer Swift 3 (Php28,999)

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    2020’s Acer Swift 3 is a great choice if your top priorities are portability and multitasking — it has a 14-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 display and you should have no problem running word-processing apps, photo-editing tools, and several Internet browser windows. Don’t expect it to be able to handle heavy game play — entry-level models rarely do— but it can power some light games and maintain a fairly crisp frame rate while doing so.

    Though its audio output is a little lackluster — a possible concern for streaming addicts — it makes up for it with smooth, fast performance, 8GB RAM, and solid battery life that runs for up to about eight hours.

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    Available at Complink.

    Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i 15 (Php29,995)

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    Despite its entry-level price, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15 packs a punch with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor that can power Windows 10 Pro for up to nine hours, has a storage capacity up to 1TB, and houses powerful Dolby Audio speakers. With a 15.6-inch display and 1080p resolution, it’s a great option for folks hoping to get maximum screen real estate without having to splurge.

    At 1.85 kilograms, it’s not the lightest on the market, but for professionals who tend to stay in one place, it’s a fair trade-off for the durable build and high-def widescreen.

    See a list of Lenovo retailers.

    Acer Aspire 5 (Php29,999)

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    If you’re looking for a laptop that’s as thin and light as possible without sacrificing performance, check out the Acer Aspire 5. The 15.6-inch device weighs just 1.7 kilograms — fairly light for its size — and boasts a 0.7-inch build.

    Though the price is in the entry-level range, Acer puts the focus on good internal components that promise smooth and fast performance, a high-quality display, battery life up to eight hours, and large (and expandable) memory capacity. Where the internal hardware is great for the price tag, take note that the external build — while sleek and slim — is less than luxurious due to a mostly plastic exterior. But if you ask us, it’s a good trade-off for the solid performance.

    See a list of Acer retailers.

    This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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