Guide to buying a cheap laptop- 6 Essential Tips

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Although mobiles have come to concentrate a large part of the connectivity and interactions with the Internet, when it comes to working or getting comfortable on the sofa to enjoy the best time, the laptop is still ahead.

However, finding a cheap laptop that allows adequate use for each need can be complicated, especially when compared to the price of mobile or the niche is unknown.

And it is not the same to need a laptop to take notes and do work at the university than to edit music, perform image editing or render videos and 3D animations.

Although currently you can find laptops for less than Rs 15000 on Amazon , Flipkart, the truth is that a low price is not always a bargain.

To be able to find a cheap laptop that is really cheap and fits your needs, it is a priority to attend to some basic notions.

Not surprisingly, almost anyone can get lost in the gibberish of choosing a RAM memory card, a video card or even the nomenclatures of a processor.

What components are essential for a Laptop workflow?

Although all the components are very important, it is necessary to attend to 3 parts: the motherboard, the RAM, and the processor. All of them must be balanced components.

If not, you will find yourself facing the dreaded bottlenecks . This is nothing more than a power and speed mismatch between these components.

An example is having a very powerful RAM with a limited processor. The effect? Similar to a highway at rush hour with a lane cut off.


The ‘brain’ of the Laptop. The leading brands are Intel and Ryzen, although there are several more models on the market.

If we stick to the two most prominent chips, it is possible to find up to 4 ranges of  Intel and 3 of  Ryzen with their respective variants and letters in their nomenclature that indicate their generation, or year of manufacture.

Intel: i3, i5, i7 and i9.

Ryzen: 3, 5 and 7.

Each number on an Intel chip indicates the model power, which usually depends on the processor speed or frequency ; the cores and the threads (virtual cores).

The higher the frequency, the faster it will be, and the more cores, its ‘intelligence’ will be greater, as will its performance in several simultaneous tasks. 

Likewise, this nomenclature is followed by an alphanumeric structure : Nº-model-Letter. The number indicates the generation, the older, the more current; the model refers to the chip, and the letter to its performance.

This can be U, equivalent to low consumption; H, medium-high yield; K for variants that allow overclocking , etc.

In the case of Ryzen , the nomenclature is similar; but with fewer models, it is easier to identify the processors.

And if these details were few, there is another element to take into account, the cache.  There are up to 3 of them, and they interconnect the different information processing.

Now, if the object is to work editing video or images, it is recommended that 3 Ghz and 4 cores be exceeded, regardless of the threads.


The Ram can be assimilated as the ability of a Laptop to work. The higher this, the smoother and faster the workflow will be.

It could be equated to the brain’s short-term memory.

RAM has 2 fundamental points, latency and type of memory —DD4 and DDR 5 are the most common models today.

A 2300mhz latency is perfect for basic actions; but for more demanding tasks you have to go up to at least 2600 MHz. As for the ideal RAM, it depends on the usage.

Basic tasks: 3-4 GB of RAM.

Image editing: 6 GB of RAM.

Video and game editing: 8 GB of RAM.

Graphic card

In cheap laptops it is usually integrated, unless you are looking for a Laptop to work or play. In this case, if 3D and rendering are an important part of your workflow, it is best to opt for a graphics card compatible with CUDA and DirectX .

These models have their own RAM, with 2GB and 4GB being the most common values.


The ROM   is one of the most important points when providing a smooth workflow. Opting for an SSD hard drive as your primary storage will make the laptop turn on in seconds and take 50% less time to load programs.

It is true that its price is higher than conventional HDD discs. Therefore, it is best to have a 256 GB SSD memory, or both types of disk.

Of course, you should restrict the main SSD storage unit to 128GB and allocate it only to the installation of programs and the operating system.


Whatever Laptop you buy, it needs good ventilation, especially if you’re going to play games or work editing video. In these cases, the fan should be on the sides and at the rear.

In addition, the thickness of the equipment must be palpable to allow air to flow easily.

However, opting for basic office automation and navigation requires less air to cool, so you can look towards the  thinner, more aesthetic and more manageable ultrabooks with a lower weight.


When it comes to charging a laptop, the smaller the size, the less it weighs and the more manageable it will be , especially if you spend many hours away from home. However, for a comfortable experience, the ideal is to opt for a model of 14 “or higher.

There are even 15.6 “laptops that are priced right and ideal for editing and gaming. Also, the screen is the resource that consumes the most battery , so finding a balance is the key in this case.

I hope this article really helped you to understand what to see before buying a laptop. If it helped you please share with your friends.

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