A budget of 45,000 rupees can get you a decent laptop in India. In this price bracket, you can expect a thin and light ultrabook or an entry-level gaming laptop. The sub 45000 INR laptop would easily satisfy the requirements of office goers or college students.
With the combined efforts of the Indian Science team, we prepared a list of models from popular brands that offer laptops in this price range and ordered review units. We tested them in different scenarios for over two months. After extensive tests, we are here to review the top-performing options that you shall consider investing in. We have mentioned various laptops across the top brands such as Asus, Dell, MI, Lenovo, and Acer.
Although laptops of this price range are not designed for gaming purposes, we still tried running a few games at average settings, and it was quite a smooth experience. What stands out, however, is the multitasking capabilities. In our tests, we found that laptops having SSDs were pretty optimal in terms of performance when compared to those having HDDs.
Lastly, note that all the below-listed models come with a 1-year onsite warranty. They have been discussed in full detail below, along with their pros and cons. So, make sure you go through the entire list if you want to find the right laptop under 45K for yourself.
- Best Laptops Under 45000 INR in India (2021)
- 1. Best Overall: MI Notebook 14
- 2. Best Runner Up: ASUS VivoBook 14
- 3. Best from Lenovo: Lenovo IdeaPad S145
- 4. Best with Dual Storage: HP 15
- 5. Best Build Quality: Dell Inspiron 3501
- 6. Best Under Budget: HP 14
- 7. Best for Students: Acer Aspire 5
- 8. Best for Casual Gaming: Lenovo V15
- 9. Cheapest Option: Asus Vivobook
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Laptops Under 45000 INR in India (2021)
In this article, we have reviewed some of the best laptops to buy under 45000 INR. Each laptop on this list has been qualified by our team based on the specs, performance, user reviews, after-sales service, first-hand experience and a lot more. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about these budget-mid range devices.
1. Best Overall: MI Notebook 14
Out of all the laptops Xiaomi has launched in India, the one that offers the best value for the price, according to us, is the MI Notebook 14.
The specific variant we are talking about comes with a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620. The combo is good enough for day to day tasks like web browsing, watching videos, programming, editing documents etc., but it will come to its knees when you try to run AAA games on it. The laptop is not particularly made for gaming, so we cannot expect it to play new games like RDR2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Doom Eternal etc., smoothly.
Coming to the memory section, you get a 256GB SSD with this device which makes startup, shutdown and loading apps blazing fast. 8GB of RAM is good enough to keep 3-4 applications in memory. The one thing that badly disappointed us is the fact that it is impossible to upgrade this laptop. You’ll have to stay with 256GB/ 8GB configuration forever.
The 14-inch FHD IPS display on Mi notebook 14 is among the best ones we have seen in this price range. The colours are reproduced well. The bezels on this device are pretty slim too. Of course, not as slim as the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon edition, but still pretty good to make the experience immersive.
Design is probably the strongest point of this device. It is a very lightweight and sleek device that looks gorgeous. Except for the trackpad, everything seems well built too.
You won’t find a backlit keyboard on this laptop, and we’re not going to complain about it. There are hardly any budget devices with a backlit keyboard anyway.
You can expect the laptop to last for up to 10 hours on casual use. The standard 1-year warranty is applicable on the device too. If you are looking for a stylish and powerful device, do consider buying this one. Also, don’t forget to check out the other variants of the device.
- Good performance
- High-speed SSD
- Gorgeous design, portable and lightweight
- No bloatware
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- No backlit keyboard
- RAM can not be upgraded
2. Best Runner Up: ASUS VivoBook 14
The ASUS VivoBook 14 focuses on two things. Productivity and portability. It is a mid-range laptop that comes with decent specs and simple looks. Let’s take a closer look at it and see if it’s worth the money.
The processor on the Asus Vivobook 14, i5-1035G1, is slightly more powerful than the i5-10210U, which is used in Mi notebook 14. So you can expect the performance to be more or less the same in the case of both the devices. The integrated graphics on the i5-1035G1 offer a good 15-20% improvement over the i5-20210U. Still, nowhere as good as the AMD Vega integrated GPUs.
The device comes with 8GB of dual-channel RAM (4GB onboard + 4GB Soldered). You can swap the existing 4GB stick with an 8GB one to upgrade the RAM to 12GB in future. For storage, you can either pick the 512GB SSD variant or the 1TB HDD variant. Even after you purchase one, you can always buy and install a new SSD/HDD. We recommend getting the SSD variant initially and buying an HDD later when the SSD fills up. You can enjoy fast boot-up and app launches that way.
The 14-inch display on Asus Vivobook 14 is a Full HD anti-glare panel that offers good colour accuracy and viewing angles.
In terms of design, there is not much to talk about. The laptop has a very plain look. It’s simple and good looking.
The Vivobook 14 comes with all the standard wired and wireless connectivity options like USB, SD card reader, HDMI, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth etc. The laptop weighs around 1.6 Kgs which is fine for a 14-inch laptop like this one.
On the top right corner of the trackpad, you will find a fingerprint reader which is great from a security perspective. You don’t have to enter a password every time you log in.
For those planning to use the laptop for 3-5 years, this can be a perfect option to consider as it has upgradeable storage and memory. You can expect the device to perform well in day-to-day tasks, but you’ll feel the need to upgrade it sooner or later.
- Powerful processor
- Upgradable RAM and storage
- Fingerprint scanner
- Decent battery life
- Webcam is average
3. Best from Lenovo: Lenovo IdeaPad S145
All the gamers and casual users will love the next laptop we have on this list today. It’s the Lenovo IdeaPad S145.
Powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, the Lenovo Ideapad S145 can easily handle all the heavy work-related tasks easily. The processor comes with Vega 8 integrated graphics that can run older games at a respectable 45 FPS and even most newer games on at least 25-30 FPS on low settings. Games like GTA V, Valorant, Overwatch, Rocket League can be played pretty easily.
Out of the box, the laptop comes with a 1TB HDD. You would really want to add at least a 250GB m.2 SSD to this device if you want it to perform faster. That would set you back another 2,500-3,000 INR over the price of 45,000 INR that you pay for the device. You get 8GB (4GB soldered + 4GB ob-board) RAM with this device. Dual-channel RAM boosts the gaming performance a lot.
Watching videos on this device is a pleasant experience too. The 15.6-inch screen is large enough for you to use it regularly for watching YouTube videos, Netflix, or just anything. The battery life of the laptop is strictly average. It can last for around 5 hours.
The bezels of IdeaPad S145 will naturally look small because of the large 15.6-inch display panel present on it. Undoubtedly, the design of the device is exquisite and modern.
Just like the other 15.6-inch devices, the S145 also comes with a full-size keyboard. However, there is no backlight on it.
You get one year warranty from Lenovo on this device which can be extended by up to 2 years if you are ready to pay extra. It’s a great device overall. For those looking for an all-rounder that can be used for work and play both, get this one.
- Powerful processor
- Casual gaming with Vega 8 feels good
- 15.6-inch screen great for entertainment
- Upgradable RAM and storage
- Average battery life
- No SSD
4. Best with Dual Storage: HP 15
Here’s a laptop purely designed for work. The HP 15 is a device that might not have the best specifications, but still be good for work and studies. Let’s find out how.
The 10th generation i3 processor can be considered just good enough to breeze through all the browsing, video conferencing and document editing needs. But you cannot expect to play even a decade old games on this device. Running graphical intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro is out of the question.
Storage is one aspect where this device shines. You get both 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD inside this laptop. SSD provides the speed and HDD provide the space.
The 15.6-inch Full HD display on the HP 15 has a peak brightness of 220 nits which makes it difficult for you to use the device outdoors. Other than that, you’ll be fine using it for most other times. The picture quality is excellent.
The laptop has the typical business laptop look that most people will be fine with. But the polycarbonate texture on the back of the device is something that some users might find a bit annoying. Design is a personal choice. We’ll let you decide this one for yourself.
The HP 15 comes with all the necessary connectivity options that one might need. The device has a full-size keyboard, typing on which is a nice experience.
On a full charge, the device can last for up to 6 hours. If you are looking specifically for a business laptop and have no intentions of using it for anything else, you can go ahead and get HP 15.
- Plenty of storage (SSD + HDD)
- Good for productivity
- Upgradable RAM
- Spacious full-size keyboard
- Processor is underpowered
- No keyboard backlight
5. Best Build Quality: Dell Inspiron 3501
Here’s a laptop specifically designed for productivity and work. The Dell Inspiron 3501 is a device that comes with solid build quality, brand value and mediocre specs. Let’s see if it’s worth the price.
Going purely by the spec sheet, you will be disappointed to know that it has a 10th generation Core i3 processor. The processor is too weak to handle anything except document editing, presentations, web browsing and other simple tasks.
In terms of storage, the device offers 256GB of NVMe SSD for high-speed app launches and startup. You get 8GB of RAM too, which can be upgraded up to 16GB later.
The 15.6-inch full HD white viewing angle display on the Inspiron 3501 is suitable for work, but as soon as you start watching movies on it, you’ll realise that something feels missing. The display doesn’t look as vibrant as a true IPS screen.
The device has a very formal look. It has a single coloured body that most people will find boring. But for work, there cannot be anything better than this one.
There isn’t much to talk about in terms of the special features of this laptop as there is hardly anything that manages to grab our attention. Apart from the necessary connectivity features, there’s nothing else.
Dell is a brand you can always trust. Though the laptop does not have top-notch specs, it has an excellent build quality. Getting this one for work means that you can be stress-free. The after-sales service of Dell is best in class.
- Simple design and solid build quality
- High-speed NVMe SSD
- Upgradable memory
- Core i3 processor seems to be a bit weak
- Limited 256GB SSD
- Slightly overpriced
6. Best Under Budget: HP 14
The HP 14 is a small-sized business laptop with modern looks. Time to see how it performs in daily use.
The laptop comes with the latest 11th gen Intel Core i3 processor paired with Intel UHD Graphics Xe. The performance of the device in productivity apps is pretty awesome. Even the gaming performance is slightly better than the rest of the 10th gen Intel laptops with Intel UHD 620 graphics, but still not comparable to AMD Radeon Vega 8.
HP has decided to cheap out on the storage front by going with just a single 256GB SSD. For most users, this should not be a problem; getting an external HDD can fulfil all storage-related needs. The brand has given 8GB of RAM out of the box, which can be expanded to 16GB.
The 14-inch Full HD display of the HP 14 is vivid. The brightness could have been more, but that’s something that won’t matter much unless you use your laptop outdoors. The camera quality of the laptop is good. It’s probably the best you can get in this range.
The device has a black textured body that looks very modest and simple. Just as a business laptop should be. Port selection on the laptop is generous too. Nothing is missing.
Again, the keyboard is not backlit. And there are no special features worth mentioning. The device doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner which could have been a nice addition.
Being a 14-inch device, we expected it to last long. Just as we expected, about 6 hours is how much it can last on a full charge, perhaps even more if you don’t run heavy apps all the time. HP 14 is perfect for those looking for a small screen laptop for work/online education. It comes with a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer.
- Upgradable RAM
- Latest Intel 11th gen Core processor
- Can handle games at low settings
- High-speed SSD
- Good battery backup
- No backlit keyboard
- Limited 256GB storage
7. Best for Students: Acer Aspire 5
Acer is known to manufacture some of the most affordable laptops in the industry. The reason why the brand is extremely popular in India is that it tries to offer the best specs you can get for the price.
The Acer Aspire 5 is powered by the latest 11th gen Intel Core i3 processor paired with Intel UHD Graphics Xe. Going by these specs, you’d think that this laptop can perform well in games and graphically intense programs, but that’s not the case.
The reason for that being a very limited amount of RAM available on this device. You get just 4GB RAM which is not sufficient even by the past year’s standards. The device comes with a 256GB NVMe SSD too. The good thing is that both the storage and RAM are expandable.
The display of the Acer Aspire 5 is amazing. We loved the colour accuracy and viewing angles. It’s a 15.6-inch Full HD display, and no compromises have been made here. The webcam, too, will get you through your video conferencing requirements.
Coming to the design, we’d say that even do this laptop looks pretty cool; the hinges are not very durable. Acer laptop users sometimes do face issues with the build quality of the device. Use it carefully, and it will last for years.
Since the laptop sells for roughly 40,000 INR, we can’t really complain about anything. Comparing the device with laptops that cost 4,000 INR or 5,000 INR would be unfair. Still, if you spend that money on this device, you can upgrade it and make it as good as the others.
If you don’t wish to do any intense tasks and most your work revolves around document editing and web browsing, then surely you can consider buying this one. Once you have some extra cash, you can add the extra RAM and HDD.
- Fast NVMe SSD
- Latest Intel 11th gen core processor
- Upgradable RAM and storage
- Portable and lightweight
- 4GB of RAM is insufficient
- Slightly clumsy build
8. Best for Casual Gaming: Lenovo V15
Lenovo is a manufacturer of some of the most value for money laptops. The devices that the brand manufactures are known to perform better than a lot of the other devices by the competitors. Let’s take a closer look at the Lenovo V15 and find out if it carries on the legacy.
V15 comes with a 3rd generation Ryzen 5 processor whose performance is a bit better than a 10th gen Core i5 processor in most cases. For programming, online classes, document editing, and web browsing, this is more than what you need. For gaming, the Ryzen 5 processor comes with integrated Vega 6 graphics that can handle most new games at 25-30 FPS at low settings comfortably. Playing over 5 year old games would feel smooth.
It is a bit disappointing that the device does not come with an SSD. You get a 1TB HDD instead which gives you plenty of space to store your applications and games. Launching apps won’t feel snappy because of the absence of an SSD, but you can add it later. Just like other laptops in this price range, this one too comes with 8GB RAM.
The 15.6-inch anti-glare Full HD display on the Lenovo V15 takes care of your entertainment needs. You enjoy watching movies or playing casual games. Our only concern with this laptop is its battery life. It lasts for 5 hours, and that’s just not good enough.
The keyboard is large, and the keys are spacious. There is no backlight on it, but that’s the case with all the other laptops in this range.
The hinge of the laptop screen seems pretty durable and can open up to 180 degrees. There’s something about the design of this laptop that makes it look very elegant and different from other business laptops. It’s nothing extraordinary but will indeed look good on the desk.
If performance is your priority and you occasionally run some heavy applications, you should consider buying the Lenovo V15. It’s also qualified as one of the best gaming laptops for under 45000 INR. It comes with a 1-year warranty too.
- Good performer; can handle heavy apps
- Elegent design and good build
- 180-degree swivel screen
- No SSD
- Average battery life
9. Cheapest Option: Asus Vivobook
The last device on this list comes from Asus. It’s a laptop priced nearly 40,000 INR that can be a good choice, but only if you plan to upgrade it in future.
The Asus Vivobook comes with a 3rd gen Ryzen 5 processor paired with Vega 8 integrated graphics. You would guess that the device might perform reasonably well in daily-use apps and casual gaming because it has Ryzen 5, but sadly, that might not happen.
Owing to very limited 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD, the laptop can not handle even the older AAA games. Laptops for Playing games like GTA V, Tomb Raider, Call of Duty wouldn’t feel smooth. The solution is to update both the RAM and storage in future which will bring the overall cost of the laptop at par with others.
Vivobook has a 15.6-inch Full HD display that is good enough for watching videos and consuming all sorts of online content.
You also get a good selection of connectivity options. Almost every port you use regularly will be present on this laptop for sure.
The one thing I really liked about this laptop is that it comes with a fingerprint scanner that let you log in without having to enter the pin/password.
The battery life of this device is good. The device can hold up for at least 5-6 hours. You also get a 1-year warranty with the device. If you are willing to buy a powerful laptop for work and play but don’t want to spend a complete 45,000 INR together, get this one but make sure you upgrade it in future.
- Fingerprint scanner
- Great display
- Vega 8 integrated graphics
- Scope for upgrade
- Limited RAM and storage
Frequently Asked Questions
If the Core i3 belongs to Intel Core 10/11th gen processors or the Ryzen 3 belongs to AMD Ryzen 4/5 gen processors, then it’s good enough. However, the performance offered by the Core i5 or Ryzen 5 based devices will be noticeably better.
That is definitely possible. Microsoft is going to offer Windows 11 as a free upgrade to the existing Windows 10 users. All the laptops on this list are good enough to support Windows 11 when it comes out.
It’s a little less than ideal, we would say. Though the performance of the laptops vastly varies from one model to another, we can not expect even the best ones in this range to run all the latest games smoothly. But yes, older games will run fine at 30-45 FPS if you adjust the graphic settings a bit.
It is impossible to upgrade the CPU/GPU of any laptop these days as they are soldered on the motherboard. Most thin and lightweight laptops don’t even let users upgrade RAM/Storage these days. It will be clearly mentioned in the product specifications if the laptop is upgradeable. After a year or two, you can consider upgrading your laptop to give it a much-needed boost.
Purchasing a new laptop is a lot different from purchasing a new PC. Apart from the specs, you also have to take a look at the design, build quality, and portability of the device to evaluate it. With mid-range laptops, you can either get power or portability. To make the devices portable and keep the price low, manufacturers sometimes slide the powerful components.
All the sub 45,000 rupees laptops present on this list offer some unique features; after going through all the reviews, if you are still not sure which one to go for, let us make things even more simple for you:
- If you are a working professional or a student looking for a device just for work or online classes, get the Mi Notebook 14. It offers premium design, portability and outstanding performance and is the best-looking laptop below the 45000 Rupees price range.
- If you are into gaming, content creation, or programming, your priority would be raw performance and more memory. For such requirements, the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 is the go-to device. It costs a complete 45,000 INR but is worth the price.
- If you want to save some money and go with a slightly less expensive device, then check out the Dell Inspiron 3501 and the Acer Aspire 5. Dell is for build quality and brand value, whereas Acer is for performance. Both laptops sell for around 40,000 INR or sometimes even less than that.