With online classes here to stay, families struggle to share laptop and mobiles. Due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, few are willing to spend a lot of money on high-end laptops for children to take online lessons. And even if they are planning to buy a new laptop, the average budget is usually around Rs 25,000. Now if you want to shell out Rs 25,000 for a new device so that the kids can continue to take online classes independently. , whether you buy a Windows laptop or a android tablet?
What Should You Know Before Buying Windows Laptops Under Rs 30,000?
There are no well-known branded Windows laptops for less than Rs 20,000. So you will have to automatically stretch your budget to Rs 25,000. Looking at the segment below Rs 25,000, there are very limited choices from Acer, Asus and Lenovo, mostly low-end Intel Celeron dual-core or quad-core Pentium Silver N5000 series processors. You can also find models with AMD Athlon Silver 3050U processors.
Now, those low-end processors from Intel and AMD may not be an ideal buy with the long-term outlook in mind. Laptops under Rs 25,000 can only handle basic operations such as web browsing, working on MS Word and other basic tasks. If you rely on Google Chrome, which is known to be RAM intense, you may even have trouble opening the sixth tab of the Google Chrome browser. When running video conferencing applications such as Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and others expect the device to lag behind, especially if you’re trying to share the screen or multitask on a video call.
It’s understandable that you can’t stretch the budget, but considering the overall experience, you might soon feel that the Rs 25,000 could have been better spent. Cutting through the marketing hype, there is very little to be expected from Windows laptops under Rs 25,000. Also, as your child gets older, you will soon need to buy a better laptop.
What about Chromebooks?
HP recently launched its Chromebook 11a for Rs 21,999. Now, for those who don’t know, a Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome operating system and has nothing to do with Windows. The experience can be similar, but in reality it is more like using an Android phone. Chromebooks aren’t very popular in India, but the HP Chromebook 11a may change your mind. It is based on the Google ecosystem.
Using a Chromebook is similar to using apps on Android. The experience is smooth and for online courses getting a Chromebook makes more sense than getting a Windows laptop under Rs 25,000 as long as you are totally on the Google ecosystem.
Can Android Tablets Replace Low-End Windows Laptops?
The reason laptops are preferred for work and education is simply because they offer a larger screen and the familiar keyboard and mouse experience. The good thing is that you can attach a keyboard-mouse combo on most Android devices. Tablets over there. Speaking of screen size, the maximum you’ll get is a 10-inch tablet. It’s good enough for educational purposes. Another aspect is that these tablets will offer better battery life, better camera quality and better performance. Since Android is a popular operating system, there is no dearth of apps that cannot perform a task that a schoolboy might need.
Samsung, Lenovo and others have tablets starting at Rs 10,000 going up to around Rs 20,000. These devices will perform better at all times than Windows laptops under Rs 25,000. Also, as your child grows up, you can always buy a high-end laptop so that their technological needs are well met. Until then, opting for Android tablets or a Chromebook may make more sense if activities are mostly limited to online courses and education.
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