With online courses staying here, families will struggle with sharing Laptops and cell phones. Due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, not many are willing to spend a lot of money buying high-end laptops so that kids can take classes online. And even if they want to buy a new laptop, the average budget is usually around 25,000 rupees. Now, if you’re looking to spend Rs 25,000 on a new device so that kids can continue to take online classes independently, consider buying a Windows laptop or Android device tablet?
What Should You Know Before Buying Windows Laptops Under Rs 30,000?
There are no known brands of Windows laptops under Rs 20,000, so you have to automatically expand your budget to Rs 25,000. Looking at the sub 25,000 rupee segment, there are very limited choices from Acer, Asus and Lenovo, mostly runs low-end Intel Celeron dual-core or quad-core processors of the Pentium Silver N5000 series. You may also find models with AMD Athlon Silver 3050U processors.
These low-end processors from Intel and AMD may not be an ideal buy given the long-term prospects. Laptops under Rs 25,000 can only perform basic operations such as surfing the Internet, working on MS Word, and other basic tasks. If you rely on Google Chrome, this is well known R.A.M. If you open the sixth tab in the Google Chrome browser, it can even cause problems. While video conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and others expect the device to lag, especially when trying to share screen or multitask while on a video call.
It’s understandable that you can’t stretch the budget, but given the overall experience, you might soon feel like the Rs 25,000 could have been better spent. If you can break the marketing hype, you can expect very little from Windows laptops under Rs.25,000. As your child grows up, you will need to buy a better laptop soon.
What about Chromebooks?
HP recently launched its Chromebook 11a for under Rs.21,999. For those who didn’t know, a Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome operating system and has nothing to do with Windows. The experience might be similar, but in reality it is more like using an Android phone. Chromebooks aren’t that popular in India, but the HP Chromebook 11a can change your mind. It is based on the Google ecosystem.
Using a Chromebook is similar to using apps on Android. The experience is smooth and for online courses it makes more sense to get a Chromebook than to get a Windows laptop under Rs 25,000 as long as you are fully in the Google ecosystem.
Can Android tablets replace low-end Windows laptops?
The reason laptops are preferred for work and education is simply because they offer a bigger screen and the familiar keyboard and mouse experience. The good thing is that most Android tablets let you add a keyboard and mouse combo. In terms of screen size, you get a maximum of a 10-inch tablet. This is good enough for educational purposes. Another aspect is that these tablets offer better battery life, camera quality, and better performance. Since Android is a popular operating system, there is no shortage of apps that can’t do a task that a school kid might need.
Samsung, Lenovo, and others have tablets that range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000. These devices perform better than Windows laptops under Rs 25,000 every day. As your child grows up, you can always buy a high-end laptop so that their tech needs are well met. Until then, opting for Android tablets or a Chromebook may make more sense if activities are mostly limited to online courses and education-related activities.