Moving up a segment from Rs.30,000 to Rs.40,000 we see laptops that are better specced with more robust processors and more capable graphics cards. This makes the Rs.40,000 more suited for people who have specific needs like gaming or editing.

To help find the best laptop under Rs.40,000 we went through multiple websites and customer reviews to understand the merits and flaws in the products. So sit back and read through all the work that we have done to help you find the best laptops under Rs.40000.

Best Laptop under Rs.40000

Asus Vivobook 15 R542UQ-DM153

After being selected as the best pick under Rs.40,000 we again have another Asus Vivobook as our best pick. The Asus VivoBook 15 has an i5-7200U processor paired with a Nvidia 940MX graphics card, 8GB or DDR4 memory a 1TB HDD and a Full HD screen.  So it’s great for work, gaming and sitting back and watching a movie too all for around Rs.42,000.


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Why Trust Us?

To help find the best laptop for you, we spent over a day looking at suggestions by other websites like Digit, TechRadar, Beebom etc.

We also did our own shortlist and with suggestions from other website made a large list of laptops. We then went through many online reviews from Notebookcheck,  and customer reviews on Amazon and Flipkart to find the best laptops.

​How we selected?

We started by listing all the laptops in the Rs.40000 price category. The shortlist criteria we used to select the best of this lot was as follows.

  • Minimum 4GB RAM
  • Minimum processor spec: Intel Core i5 with an external GPU

We kept 4GB RAM as a minimum criteria to weed out all laptops that aren't good enough. For 20k you should expect atleast a 4GB RAM to help run the system perfectly. We specified the processor and a GPU because an i5 is far more capable than an i3 and it is difficult to find an i7 in this price range. The GPU part was important as more people will expect decent gaming in this price even though you may not find a graphics card capable of extreme high end gaming for this price. 

With the parameters in place we selected the following laptops:

  • Lenovo IP 320E    
  • Acer A515    
  • Asus Vivobook R542UQ

Best Pick in Detail

For movies, gaming, work, and fun.

Specifications

Pros:

  • Great Full HD screen 
  • Superb CPU and GPU
  • Good connectivity

Cons:

  • No backlit keys
  • No Windows OS

The Asus Vivobook looks like pretty much like any Asus laptop out there in the market. Despite being made completely of plastic it is well built and has a nice metal texture on the outer lid. 

The keyboard is a chiclet-style flat keyboard but the full-sized layout makes tying easy. There is, however, no backlighting for the keys which we feel Asus could have added at this price. Customer reviews reported the keyboard has good tactile feedback. However we did not find any other laptop which had backlit keyboard in this price, despite the Lenovo Yoga 510 which was from a lower price category had it.

Displays are something that are always good on Asus' laptops we found other Asus laptops like the Asus X series and Lenovo Yoga 510 (i3) which also had Full HD displays however they compromised in processor and graphics however our best pick had a great 15.6 FHD panel and does not compromise on performance. Also, we found a lot of people we happy with the brightness and viewing angles.

The i5 7200U processor and Nvidia 940MX graphics card making it a decent laptop for gaming and productivity. The processor can handle 4K playback, photo editing while the GPU does very well for gaming, well not high-end games but it does well with most regular games like Fortnite, Call of Duty WW2, Fifa 18 and F1 2017 where it easily manages 30+ fps with resolution on HD.

You can play 2017 games like NFS Payback and Call of Duty WW2 at respectable frame rates if you dial down the settings and resolution. Games from 2014 or 2015 can be player at much higher settings without any stuttering or frame drops.

Given the specifications you can do photoshop edits and video edits on this laptop, but do note if you are moving to this from a desktop with i7 you will notice the slow performance, but still it is a major step up from the i3 powered laptops.

The 8GB of DDR4 RAM will also help most tasks and games and it also means you can open a whole lot of tabs in Google Chrome. The RAM can be upgraded to a whopping 16GB also. The 8GB of RAM is plenty for most needs of productivity and gaming.

The laptop comes with Endless OS which is a version of Linux that is designed for use in areas with limited or no internet connectivity. You can always install a fresh copy of Windows 10 on it if you need.

To help you with your movie watching you have speakers from Bang & Olufsen. NDTV Gadgets found the speakers to be very good for movies as they were decently loud and clear.

You also get a ton of connectivity options with one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and even a modern USB-c port, there is a DVD writer if you still use DVDs, an HDMI port lets you connect to larger displays but you can do that with a VGA port. So the laptop has a good wealth of modern as well as legacy connectivity options which we loved.

Most users and reviewers got anywhere from four to six hours of battery life which isn't the best but still decent. The charging is also fast with users reporting charging times of around 2 hours.

In Short:

The Asus Vivobook is much better than laptops around Rs.30,000 it can do a lot more courtesy of the processor, the better graphics card and the higher amount of RAM and the price is also not that much especially given how well it performs.

​Products that didn't make the cut

Acer A515:

While the Acer A515 is not a great laptop as a package, but its is extremely capable in terms of Performance. The Intel i5 8250U and the Nvidia M150X are amongst the latest processor and gpu combination and are actually more powerful than our Best Pick. What lets it down are is the low resolution screen, the low amount of RAM, lack of DVD drive and again no OS.

Lenovo IP 320E:

The Lenovo IP320E actually has the exact same RAM, CPU and GPU specs as our best pick but makes do with a smaller HD display and has lesser connectivity options. Which at the price that was too close to our best pick did not feel right especially given how the  Lenovo Yoga 510 has a Full HD display even at a lower price.

Final Thoughts

While we saw a much bigger improvement in performance and graphics in the Rs.40,000 segment we did not see other features like touchscreen, backlit keyboard and foldable displays, but these are minors things especially considering the massive performance boost you see. 

If you requirement is a laptop that has good performance, a great display, good audio while still giving decent battery life and fast charging then the Asus Vivobook 15 R542UQ-DM153 is your best option. 

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