Who knew that a pandemic would make technology such an integral part of our daily lives in such a short time span? Today students across the globe are studying online, mostly on their laptops.

And for them, the most important features in a laptop are the processor, storage space, battery life, and portability. Keeping today’s scenario in mind, attending online classes is also a big factor that you as a student would want to look at while buying your new laptop.

With the kind of wide array of features they have to offer, these laptops can be used for college and school studies, as well as for entertainment, and gaming. High-end laptops are usually not only expensive but also unnecessary for students. 

When buying a laptop, ₹40,000 is really the starting range for good laptops, though you might not get the latest processor or other such specifications, in this price, you can still expect a decent hardware as well as software which will support important applications like ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Microsoft Office, etc. Many companies may also offer some additional and unique student-friendly features which you should look out for. 

Minimum System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or equivalent processor
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Storage: 256GB 
  • Display: 12-inch screen  (1366 x 768)
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 600
  • Battery: Up to 5 hours 
  • Weight: under 2.5kg

Recommended System Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or equivalent processor
  • RAM: 8GB or higher
  • Storage: 1TB 
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD screen  (1920 x 1080)
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Battery: ideally up to 10 hours 
  • Weight: under 1.7kg

Best Laptops under 40000 in 2021 (Reviews)

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Acer Aspire 3

  • CPU: 1.60GHz Intel Core i5-8265U

  • RAM: 8GB

  • Storage: 1TB HDD

AVITA Cosmos NS14A1IN502P

  • CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y54

  • RAM: 8GB

  • Storage: 256GB SSD

Dell New Latitude 3000 Series

  • CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-8145U

  • RAM: 8GB

  • Storage: 1TB HDD

Lenovo Ideapad 330s

  • CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-8130U

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Storage: 1TB HDD

Dell Inspiron 3585

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5-2500U

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Storage: 1TB HDD

HP 14

  • CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i3-7020U

  • RAM: 8GB

  • Storage: 256GB SSD

ASUS VivoBook 15 (X540UA-GQ704)

  • CPU: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3-7020U

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Storage: 1TB HDD

HP Chromebook x360

  • CPU: 1.10GHz Intel Celeron N4000 Dual Core

  • RAM: 4GB

  • Storage: 64GB eMMC + 100GB Cloud Storage

1.Acer Aspire 3 (A315-54)

Acer Aspire 3 Thin 8th Gen Core i5 15.6-inch Thin and Light Laptop (8GB/1 TB HDD/Windows 10 Home/Shale Black/1.9kg), A315-54
  • CPU: 1.60GHz Intel Core i5-8265U
  • RAM: 8GB 
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Battery: Up to 9.5 hours 
  • Weight: 1.9kg

Here is a perfect laptop at a medium budget, ideal for studying, entertainment, and gaming. It is one of the few laptops in the market that has 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor to offer at such a low price, it can give you an amazing speed even while multitasking and is bound to provide an overall smooth experience.

With the graphics card, you can play the popular games like FIFA, Fortnite, and GTA 5 on it, though you might not get the ultimate gaming experience as this laptop is not specifically designed for gamers. 

With 8GB RAM, I would say it is good enough for daily use. It will boost up the speed on your laptop. The storage space of 1TB is a big plus, it will help you store large files like movies, games, and various software as well. It also offers the standard Windows 10 operating system which is usually most preferred by the beginners and students. 

Since a lot of time is now spent on laptops, the screen has become very crucial. Aspire 3 has full HD screen with minimal bezels which will give you a good screen experience in attending long online classes, it is less likely to irritate your eyes. 

It may disappoint those looking for a backlit keyboard, it is anyway not usually offered in laptops at this range. Nevertheless, it has a numeric keypad which is largely preferred by many students studying, accounts, science and mathematics. It also claims to provide a precise touchpad which performs better than the traditional touchpad. 

Overall the laptop is designed to look as sleek as possible, which also means that it weighs only 1.9kg, though it may seem heavy, it is actually good considering the features that it packs within. For connectivity, it provides the standard ports of HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.1, and Ethernet. 

One of the highlights of this laptop is its magnificent battery life that lasts up to 9.5 hours which would make it easy to travel with and to study on the go. If budget is not a constraint, you must go for this one. 

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Pros
  • Beautiful screen experience (nominal bezels)
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Lightweight makes it easy to carry
  • Various port options
  • Intel Core i5 processor
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Cons
  • No backlit keyboard
  • Average gaming experience

2. AVITA Cosmos NS14A1IN502P

AVITA Cosmos NS14A1IN502P 14-inch Laptop (7th Gen Core i5-7Y54/8GB/256GB SSD/Windows 10 Home/Intel HD 615 Graphics/1.47kg), Cloud Silver
  • CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core i5-7Y54
  • RAM: 8GB 
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 14-inch FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) 
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours 
  • Weight: 1.49kg

Meet this affordable laptop with extraordinary specifications. It offers you far superior features without making a hole in your pocket. It is almost next to impossible to find a laptop that comes with Intel Core i5 processor at a nominal price tag. It can also be used for part-time gaming as its graphics support the most popular games. 

It comes pre-loaded with the standard operating system Windows 10, along with 8GB RAM which is sufficient enough. However, the real drawback of this laptop is its storage space, it offers a meagre 256GB storage which will not allow you to store huge files and software.

The screen here might be an issue for some users while it might attract others, it offers a 14-inch full HD screen which is smaller than the usual 15.6-inch. The small screen then naturally enables it to be sleek and lightweight. It only weighs 1.49kg which makes it extremely suitable to carry it around in your bag. 

When it comes to the keyboard, it lacks a numeric keypad but has otherwise an economically designed keyboard. On the other hand, its striking feature is the touchpad which is double the size of a traditional touchpad. This seems like a very good move, it makes the navigation much more convenient. 

This laptop has 3 USB and 1 HDMI port but lacks a port for Ethernet which might be required by some students to use at home or school. Otherwise, with the widespread WiFi connectivity, this should not be a major problem. 

One more prominent feature of this laptop is its fantastic battery life which can last up to 10 hours. That means you don’t need to carry your charger everywhere and you can depend on your laptop to last throughout your online and offline classes.

Avita Cosmos seems like an extremely tempting offer, if you are out on a budget, you should definitely pick this one.

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Pros
  • Full HD LED screen 
  • Magnificent battery life
  • Easy to carry sleek design
  • extremely light-weight 
  • Large touchpad
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Cons
  • Minimal storage space
  • No Ethernet port

3. Dell New Latitude 3000 Series

Dell New Latitude 3000 Series 14'---Core i3 8th Gen || 8GB || 1 TB || DOS-Ubantu || 1 Year ADP+NBD Dell Warranty || 14 ' Screen Size
  • CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-8145U
  • RAM: 8GB 
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 14-inch (1280 X 800) 
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Battery: Up to 8 hours 
  • Weight: 1.81kg

Dell’s Latitude series is quite well known and widely trusted. If you want to go with a brand like Dell at the mid-range budget, this is one of the best options available. It has the 8th Generation Intel Core i3 which is the usual processor in the range of less than ₹40,000. It also has Intel UHD Graphics 620 which means you can play all the popular games on it as well. 

Something different here is the operating system offered, it comes with Ubuntu instead of Windows. An advantage to consider is also its 8GB RAM which is more than good enough at this price. Additionally, the 1TB storage will ensure that you never run out of space.

Now the screen is not the usual Full HD but instead a 1280 X 800 resolution 14-inch screen. This might be an issue if you plan to use it for HD content as it will not give you desired results. 

The keyboard is well-spaced, unlike many other small-screen laptops. And it also has the regular touchpad. Due to the small screen, you won’t get the numeric keypad and due to the low budget, you won’t get the backlit keyboard as well which is understandable. 

Dell has tried to keep it sleek but I think it becomes a little bulky because of the multiple port options that it has, along with the HDMI, Ethernet, and USB ports, it also has a slot for SD card. Overall it weighs 1.81kg which might be slightly heavy for a 14-inch laptop. 

What makes it a good deal is its 1 Year ADP+NBD Dell Warranty, ADP meaning Accidental Damage Protection, and NBD meaning Next Business Day service. So if you are likely to drop it or if you might require service more often, this would be just the right fit for you. 

The battery also seems good which should last up to 8 hours, it would see you through your usual classes as well as long gaming sessions. If you want to spend less and get more features, this laptop by Dell is really an option worth considering. 

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Pros
  • 1 Year ADP+NBD Dell Warranty 
  • Good battery life
  • Multiple port options
  • 1TB storage space
  • Spacious keyboard
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Cons
  • Does not have a Full HD screen
  • Ubuntu OS instead of Windows 

4. Lenovo Ideapad 330s

Lenovo Ideapad 330s Intel Core i3 8th Gen 14-inch Full HD Thin & Light Laptop (4GB/1TB HDD/Windows 10 Home/MS Office H&S 2016/Platinum Grey/ 1.6kg), 81F400GQIN
  • CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-8130U
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 14-inch FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) 
  • GPU: Integrated GFX
  • Battery: Up to 5.5 hours 
  • Weight: 1.67kg

If you are someone who likes their hardware, you are in for a treat with this laptop. Even when it comes to software, it runs on the typical i3 processor and has an integrated graphics card. All your gaming options remain open with it, though you might not be able to play at full settings. 

The 4GB RAM is a slightly disappointing feature in this otherwise well-built laptop. It has 1TB storage and also comes with Windows 10 which partially make up for the low RAM.

The display is an exciting Full HD 14-inch 1920 X 1080 resolution display which additionally has the anti-glare feature. This is a highly useful feature if you are frequently going to use the laptop outdoors. The screen can also be rotated up to 180 degrees, making it super flexible. These features will come in handy if you plan to use your laptop while travelling. 

The keyboard is a big surprise as it offers a beautiful Backlit Keypad. The touchpad blends well with the body of the laptop giving it a very stylish look. The design is very sleek and feels very thin at 1.67kg, it becomes easy to carry around. However, as a consequence, you miss out on the Ethernet port. It offers HDMI and USB ports along with a 4-in-1 card reader. 

Though the battery is a slight disappointment with only up to 5.5 hours of backup, the fast charging feature more or less compensates for it whereby you can charge it up to 40% in only 15 minutes!

The software offered here is suitable for light to medium use but if you want premium hardware that looks and feels stylish, this would undoubtedly be your option.

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Pros
  • Full HD Anti-glare screen
  • Fast charging
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Weighs only around 1.67kg
  • Sleek design
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Cons
  • Only 4GB RAM
  • Misses LAN port

5. Dell Inspiron 3585

Dell Inspiron 3585 15.6 Inch HD Laptop (AMD Ryzen 5-2500U / 4GB RAM / 1TB HDD / Windows 10 Home + MS Office / Vega 3 Graphics/Silver/2.2 Kg)
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5-2500U
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6-inch LCD (1366 X 768)
  • GPU: Vega 3
  • Battery: Up to 4 hours 
  • Weight: 2.2kg

This product might not have the best hardware but it offers many student-friendly features. For those who are not very aware of the AMD processors, AMD Ryzen 5-2500U is really seen as equivalent or a competitor to Intel’s Core i5 processor. Though the processor is good, the Vega 3 graphics card isn’t really good enough for gaming. 

The 4GB RAM may not be sufficient enough but then again it depends on your use. The storage is standard 1TB which should be able to handle all your large files. The laptop comes with the trusted Windows 10 which would be convenient for existing Windows users. 

The screen is a good size of 15.6-inch but it is not an HD screen so you might be disappointed in the visual quality. As compensation, Dell offers an anti-glare screen which makes it easy for you to use it on the go. 

The keyboard is large but misses the backlight, though it has a sleek touchpad. It would also allow you to access the numeric keypad. 

The design is no doubt bulky, it also weighs 2.2 kg which is a bit on the heavier side. But a good thing is that along with the usual HDMI, USB, and LAN port, it also offers you a disc-drive which might immensely help a lot of students for studying as well as for entertainment purposes. 

Another student-friendly feature offered by Dell over here is the pre-installed MS Office at no extra cost. All students know how important MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are for all the homework and project work, and if you go to buy it separately it is likely to cost you anywhere between ₹4000-₹8000 depending on which version you buy, but fortunately, you don’t need to worry about that over here. 

The battery life is a major disappointment, it only lasts up to 4 hours which would require you to carry your charger everywhere you go. Though if your use is mainly at home and school, you don’t need to worry as you can easily charge it at such places. I feel that you should seriously consider this laptop for all the student-friendly features it offers.

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Pros
  • An anti-glare screen
  • Disc-drive option
  • 15.6-inch screen
  • Pre-installed MS Office
  • Enough storage space with 1TB HDD
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Cons
  • Low battery life
  • A bit heavy at 2.2kg

6. HP 14

HP 14 7th Gen Intel Core i3 Processor 14-inch Thin and Light Laptop (8GB/256GB SSD/Windows 10 Home/MS Office/Jet Black/1.43 kg), 14q-cs0023TU
  • CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i3-7020U
  • RAM: 8GB 
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 14-inch LED (1366 X 768)
  • GPU: Intel UHD 620
  • Battery: Up to 7 hours 
  • Weight: 1.43kg

HP offers a perfect laptop for everyday use. It uses Intel Core i3 processor which can easily handle the medium amount of workload in terms of multitasking and speed. It also has decent graphics with Intel UHD 620 which will enable you to play most usually popular games. 

The 8GB RAM is an impressive feature at this price range, however, the storage space seems extremely low at only 256GB. You won’t be able to store all your games and movies and might have to buy an external hard drive to store your extra data. The operating system is the usual Windows 10 which has a very convenient user interface. To add to it, it also offers the MS Office software pre-loaded with the laptop, which again is a big plus. 

The display is not exactly what you might expect, the screen is a 14-inch LED with 1366 X 768 resolution. If you are going to use it for entertainment, you might not enjoy the screen experience very much, otherwise, for academic purposes it should work fine. 

The keyboard seems neatly spaced and the touchpad has the two bulging out buttons like in traditional touchpads. There is neither the backlight nor the numeric keypad. 

Thinly designed, it looks attractive with an all-black body. It also seems light-weight with only 1.43kg weight which will make it easy to travel with. Furthermore, it has all major HDMI, USB, and LAN ports as well as a multi-purpose SD card-reader but misses the disc-drive. 

The battery seems good enough with a life of up to 7 hours which is good enough to travel with and to take to school and college. Though priced reasonably, it offers a good range of features that students usually lookout for.  

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Pros
  • Thin and light design
  • Multiple port options
  • Has 8GB RAM
  • Comes with MS Office
  • Good battery life
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Cons
  • Very low storage space
  • No disc-drive

7. ASUS VivoBook 15 (X540UA-GQ704)

ASUS VivoBook 15 X540UA-GQ704 Intel Core i3 7th Gen 15.6-inch HD Light Laptop (4GB RAM/1TB HDD/Endless OS/Integrated Graphics/1.90 Kg), Silver Gradient
  • CPU: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3-7020U
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6-inch LED (1366 X 768)
  • GPU: Intel UHD 620
  • Battery: Up to 6.5 hours 
  • Weight: 1.9kg

This is one of the best options if you are on a tight budget. It provides all basic essential features without costing so much. The processor is the well-known Intel Core i3 along with graphics sufficient enough to support your basic and intermediate level gaming. 

You really can’t complain about the low RAM since the laptop is priced so reasonably, but something that might be an issue for a lot of users is the operating system over here. Asus offers the Endless OS instead of the widely used Windows 10. Endless is a Linux-based operating system which is even more user-friendly than Windows, so this should not bother you. The storage space is also higher than expected, 1TB can store all of your extra data as well. 

Something different about its 15.6-inch display is the ASUS Eye Care Technology which reduces the blue light emitted from the screen by 33% to protect and comfort your eyes while working on the laptop for long hours. Students who are likely to work extensively in front of the screen should take note of this very helpful feature. 

The keyboard is spacious enough and even includes the numeric keypad. The touchpad is sleek without the bulging out buttons. Moreover, it offers something different with touchpad: a precision touchpad which includes multi-gesture controls as well.

The design is not very attractive but is good enough for everyday use. It weighs 1.9kg which might be heavier than other options listed here but is still not too heavy to carry around. For connectivity, it offers HDMI and USB ports but not the LAN port.

When it comes to battery life, 6.5 hours is fair enough for daily work, you might have to charge it only once in a day or two depending on your use. No other laptop offers such rich features at such a low price-tag, if you don’t want to spend a high amount on your laptop, this would really be a good option. 

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Pros
  • Multi-gesture control touchpad
  • ASUS Eye Care Technology
  • Intel Core i3 processor
  • Sufficient battery life
  • 15.6-inch screen
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Cons
  • Endless OS instead of Windows 10
  • No port for LAN

8. HP Chromebook x360

HP Chromebook x360 Intel Celeron N4000 Processor Thin and Light Touchscreen 12-inch Laptop (4GB/64GB eMMC SSD + 100GB Cloud Storage/Chrome OS/Natural Silver/1.3 Kg), 12b-ca0006TU
  • CPU: 1.10GHz Intel Celeron N4000 Dual Core
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC + 100GB Cloud Storage
  • Display: 12-inch LED Touchscreen (1366 X 912)
  • GPU: Intel UHD 600
  • Battery: Up to 13 hours 
  • Weight: 1.3kg

The real game-changer on this list has to be HP Chromebook x360, which is most suitable for students who are looking for an inexpensive laptop particularly for school or college use. The Intel Celeron N4000 Dual Core processor is powerful enough to boost this laptop considering its size and other specifications, you might be even surprised to know that this laptop, unlike any other, boots up in under 10 seconds! It further offers graphics almost equivalent to other full-size laptops which is really more than what one could have expected, it makes gaming even more fun on the smaller screen. 

The 4GB RAM is again powerful enough for a small laptop like this. The only issue over here might be the storage space, it offers only 64GB eMMC meaning embedded Multi-Media Card which is as good as SSD storage, and additionally, offers 100GB Cloud Storage. Such a low storage space might not suffice for most users, so they even give you the option to expand the storage up to 256GB which might solve most of your storage problems. Another difference here is the Chrome OS, which is a good alternative to the usual Windows OS. It enables you to use multiple applications related to Google very easily. 

The display is simply a treat offered by HP, it has a touchscreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio which gives you full screen experience especially when the micro-edge or nominal bezels are considered. Additionally, the screen manages to rotate full 360 degrees, which makes it super convenient to use it not only as a laptop but as a tablet too. Using it while travelling would be far more convenient than traditional laptops. 

The beautifully designed keyboard is economical as is the touchpad. It blends well with the overall design. HP Chromebook is undoubtedly designed to look very aesthetic, and it succeeds in looking very thin and stylish. It also weighs only 1.3kg making it one of the thinnest laptops out there in the market. However, the compromise is done with the port options, it only has USB ports and lacks LAN as well as HDMI port. 

One of the surprise accessories which might be extremely helpful to students is the USI Inking Pen which allows you to draw on the screen. Along with this, it also comes with Voice enabled Google Assistant which is really a very cool feature to have. 

The battery is probably the biggest advantage here, with 13 hours of battery backup, you can travel anywhere without worrying about running out of charge. Depending on your use, you might have to charge it only once or twice in a week! HP Chromebook is for the Next-Gen students who need sound technology in their laptop rather than traditional features like the LAN port or the disc-drive. All this technology comes at a very reasonable price tag which makes it a very attractive option.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which is the best HP laptop under 40000?

HP Chromebook x360 is undoubtedly the best HP laptop under ₹40,000, it offers many advanced technology features which are missing in the traditional laptops. This laptop is priced very low which makes it an irresistible offer if you are operating under a tight budget. It packs cool technology which only comes with the Chrome OS or a Chromebook. If you are technology-friendly and don’t mind experimenting a little, you should definitely go for this one. 

2. Which laptop is best for gaming under 40000?

Acer Aspire 3 (A315-54) is the best bet for gaming at this price-range because it offers a brilliant Full HD screen experience, with Intel UHD Graphics 620, and the 9.5 hour battery backup makes it very convenient for long gaming sessions. The 8GB RAM will also support most of the popular games like FIFA, Fortnite, PUBG, GTA 5, etc. Since a lot of gaming files are usually of enormous size, the 1TB storage space will enable you to save your games on the laptop. It is the best you can get under this price range, for a superior gaming experience, you might have to spend even twice or thrice the current budget. 

3. Is 4GB RAM enough for a laptop?

RAM of 4GB might be sufficient if you don’t have a very heavy or extensive usage and don’t require to multitask extensively. It is offered widely in low-budget laptops so there isn’t anything to worry about, though if you can afford to spend a bit more, you should definitely go for 8GB or higher RAM from a long-term point of view. A lot of software and games might require a minimum of 8GB RAM to run on the system. However if your purpose is to only use it for education, you should be fine with 4GB RAM too. 

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Verdict

We assembled a list of laptops ranging from ₹30,000-₹40,000 after extensive research and by keeping in mind all the specifications that would be necessary for everyday use by students. Various reviews and customer feedback were also noted to prepare a helpful list and to support you in making your choice. 

If budget is a constraint, you should go for the HP Chromebook, and if you don’t mind spending a little more, Avita Cosmos is really a brilliant option to go with. Other laptops from the list are also good alternatives to go with, in fact, they might be more suitable for your needs than the ones recommended. You can trust all these options and choose your pick according to your requirements and budget. Also, you should keep in mind the features and applications that you are going to use the most while buying the laptop

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