A while ago we documented the top 2nd generation Intel Core i5 Laptops for under Rs. 35,000. Times have changed, and Intel has now introduced the 3rd generation Intel Core processors that feature a better manufacturing process (22nm), faster architecture and improved integrated graphics which all in all results in about a 20% performance gain compared to previous generation processors. Now we’re sure everyone would be looking for cheap 3rd generation Intel Core i5 laptops. That’s because amongst the range of Intel Core processors, Core i5 hits the sweet spot in terms of price vs. performance. While offering value for money, it offers great performance as well and is thus the mainstream processor range, both in mobile and desktop versions. Needless to say, laptops with Intel Core i5 processors are a good bet for multimedia users and to some extent, gamers. So we’re going to tell you the top 5 3rd generation Intel Core i5 laptops under Rs. 40,000. That’s a price point most people would be looking for. However, because these processors perform better, they’re priced slightly higher on average and at this price point, most laptops come without operating systems. There are exceptions, but for these specs and for that price, here are our picks. All the laptops mentioned below have 15.6 inch screens at 1366 x 768 resolution.
Top 5 cheap 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 Laptops
Dell New Inspiron 15R
While technically not falling under Rs. 40,000 but just a shade over it, the new Inspiron 15R gives you great specs and Dell’s signature reliability at a great price. It’s the priciest amongst the cheap 3rd generation Intel Core i5 laptops mentioned here, but hey, Dell’s aren’t really known for their low pricing. But the price isn’t for nothing, it’s the only laptop on our list with 4 USB 3.0 ports and claims the highest battery backup of 6 hours. The audio is handled by Waves Maxx Audio 3.0. Here’s the spec sheet:
The Lenovo G580 series is said to be an affordable laptop, and yet it offers pretty great specs. It’s the cheapest laptop on our list and is still no slouch in the performance department. Most internals are on par with the competition, but it offers only 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port. The battery backup is claimed to be around 5 hours, which is a pretty good figure. Only catch? It comes with FreeDOS so that’s really basic functionality for that price. But with those specs, can’t really complain, check them out:
Next up is the great looking Acer offering, the Aspire V3 571. It’s got all the specs from the previous 2 laptops, a better camera but just 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port. However, the camera is 1.3 MP and would be a good choice for people who love video calling and conferencing. It also comes with Dolby Digital Sound, the only downside is, battery backup is a bit low at 4.5 hours. Although, the price is pretty awesome, here’s the important stuff:
HP’s cheap 3rd generation Intel Core i5 laptop, the G4-2049TX is the one amongst the five here that comes with the best graphics card. It includes a 1 GB AMD Radeon HD 7670M, which is a pretty good card if you plan on playing games. Considering this laptop is quite enough to play modern games, I’d say the price is justified. Furthermore, it has the best speakers among the lot and is the only one with the Intel HM77 Express chipset. The integrated Altec Lansing speakers sound great and the laptop body is pretty solid too. Cons are, it has just 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port and the battery life isn’t much too write about at just 3.5 hours or so. Nevertheless, it’s a great offering for the price, here’s the specs:
Last but definitely not the least is the Samsung NP300E5X-S01IN. Unlike the other laptops, it actually features better specs but compromises on a few factors. It’s mainly focused for multimedia usage. it comes with a 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GT 610M dedicated graphics card. It’s also has the largest HDD at 750 GB. The battery life is also claimed to be 6 hours. Before it sounds too good be true, let me tell you that the Samsung offering comes with just a 0.3 MP camera and no USB 3.0 ports. However, for the price, those are amazing specs:
Rahul Gondane is a technophile and gamer, who has been obsessed with everything tech ever since he started dabbling in it in early 2000. He also enjoys reading books, listening to music and watching movies. Rahul is the Chief Operating Officer of Pyrite Technologies Pvt. Ltd.