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best Laptop for 70-75k budget - immediate requirement - college student

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shriAyodhya

Hi Dimers

I have gone through previous threads on this topic but sometimes more options cause more confusion.

I am confused now.

Can you please suggest good laptop in this range ?

Primary requirment: college student will be primarily using for coding and related requirements.


I can think of
1.  Lenovo IdeaPad 5 pro
Take a look at this Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro Core i5 11th Gen – (16 GB/512 GB SSD/Windows 10 Home/2 GB Graphics) 14ITL6 Thin and Light Laptop on Flipkart https://dl.flipkart.com/s/!sDn...NN
Inr -73K

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021), 14-inch (35.56 cms) FHD 144Hz, AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS, GeForce GTX 1650 4GB Graphics, Gaming Laptop(8GB/512GB SSD/Office 2019/Windows 10/White/1.6 Kg), GA401QH-HZ069TS https://www.amazon.in/dp/B096VKNKSG/ref=cm_sw_r...
Inr – 75K

Please suggest some more better option for the college going students. We would be using it for next 5-7 years.

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ok I’ve a different theory than everybody else it seems. If you’re a computer science student, I’d strictly not suggest any MacBook. There are 2 main reasons:

1. You won’t be able to experiment with your computer, which is needed to grow yourself as a computer science student. MacOS is very restricted in itself and Apple hardware is restrictive too. You’ll have to do lots of efforts to even find work arounds. By experiments, I mean you’d want to install different operating systems including hackintosh, linux etc, use different tools, use storage drives to transfer movies/softwares/assignments among other people in college and what not, all of these would be done best and easily on windows based machines only.

2. Apple hardware isn’t really good now a days, especially for MacBooks. I’m not talking about M1 chip or motherboard, but about the overall quality control. I’ve a MacBook pro with touch bar 2017 model bought for 1.5L including apple care. Its touchbar, display & keyboard, all went bad within 3 years. Got them replaced in the 33rd month. Service centre informed that a brand new display was fit in. Now after 8 months, this new display is also showing EXACT same issues as the previous display. This implies that the quality control itself is very poor. Now the display replacement will cost me 48k. Don’t fall in this trap.


Also, the Ideapad 5 pro or Asus Vivobook pro, as suggested in the thread, I’ll NOT suggest any of them. Simple reason is their high end display. Understand it like this:
1. You’re a student right now. If you get used to high end displays right now, it’ll be very difficult for you to adjust later.
2. Also, Ideapad has 2.2k display and Vivobook pro has 2.8k oled display, both of which consume a lot of battery, which is why battery life on both these laptops is bad. 4 hour battery life is NOT good!
3. oled displays are not really good for laptops. They’re expensive to replace and tend to burn-in.
4. These 2 models are not with touchscreen, but don’t go for other touchscreen models. They’re an overkill for any laptop. More of a fancy feature than real world usability


So which one should you buy?

Mandatory features: Imo, It’d be best for you to buy a windows laptop which has FHD display, 16gb RAM, 512gb pcie ssd. i5 processor will be enough, a good keyboard is a must, good service network.
Good to have things: type c charging for fast charging, usb 3.2 ports for fast data transfers, light weight so you can easily carry anywhere, good battery life – preferably more than 6 hours, backlit keyboard.

1. https://www.flipkart.com/lenovo-ideapad-5-core-...

This same model is also available on lenovo website directly. You can use any generic coupon to get some discount and there is a 10% cashback (upto 5000) offer also running right now on all credit cards:
https://www.lenovo.com/in/en/laptops/ideapad/s-...

PS: Default warranty 1 year, buy additional 2 year warranty for 1800.

2. https://www.flipkart.com/asus-vivobook-ultra-14...
PS: Default warranty 1 year, buy additional 2 year warranty from Asus directly (probably 2500, not sure)

3. https://www.dell.com/en-in/shop/laptops-2-in-1-...
PS: This comes with default 3 year warranty. Additional 2k off on netbanking/upi.

I know your budget was 75k. So buy around 60-65k and invest that balance money somewhere. Use it if laptop needs some repair after 3 year warranty expires

Please focus on your purchase purpose. Don’t end up buying a media centric device instead of an experimenting & coding device that you need.

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atx88 wrote:

ok I’ve a different theory than everybody else it seems. If you’re a computer science student, I’d strictly not suggest any MacBook. There are 2 main reasons:

1. You won’t be able to experiment with your computer, which is needed to grow yourself as a computer science student. MacOS is very restricted in itself and Apple hardware is restrictive too. You’ll have to do lots of efforts to even find work arounds. By experiments, I mean you’d want to install different operating systems including hackintosh, linux etc, use different tools, use storage drives to transfer movies/softwares/assignments among other people in college and what not, all of these would be done best and easily on windows based machines only.

2. Apple hardware isn’t really good now a days, especially for MacBooks. I’m not talking about M1 chip or motherboard, but about the overall quality control. I’ve a MacBook pro with touch bar 2017 model bought for 1.5L including apple care. Its touchbar, display & keyboard, all went bad within 3 years. Got them replaced in the 33rd month. Service centre informed that a brand new display was fit in. Now after 8 months, this new display is also showing EXACT same issues as the previous display. This implies that the quality control itself is very poor. Now the display replacement will cost me 48k. Don’t fall in this trap.


Also, the Ideapad 5 pro or Asus Vivobook pro, as suggested in the thread, I’ll NOT suggest any of them. Simple reason is their high end display. Understand it like this:
1. You’re a student right now. If you get used to high end displays right now, it’ll be very difficult for you to adjust later.
2. Also, Ideapad has 2.2k display and Vivobook pro has 2.8k oled display, both of which consume a lot of battery, which is why battery life on both these laptops is bad. 4 hour battery life is NOT good!
3. oled displays are not really good for laptops. They’re expensive to replace and tend to burn-in.
4. These 2 models are not with touchscreen, but don’t go for other touchscreen models. They’re an overkill for any laptop. More of a fancy feature than real world usability


So which one should you buy?

Mandatory features: Imo, It’d be best for you to buy a windows laptop which has FHD display, 16gb RAM, 512gb pcie ssd. i5 processor will be enough, a good keyboard is a must, good service network.
Good to have things: type c charging for fast charging, usb 3.2 ports for fast data transfers, light weight so you can easily carry anywhere, good battery life – preferably more than 6 hours, backlit keyboard.

1. https://www.flipkart.com/lenovo-ideapad-5-core-...

This same model is also available on lenovo website directly. You can use any generic coupon to get some discount and there is a 10% cashback (upto 5000) offer also running right now on all credit cards:
https://www.lenovo.com/in/en/laptops/ideapad/s-...

PS: Default warranty 1 year, buy additional 2 year warranty for 1800.

2. https://www.flipkart.com/asus-vivobook-ultra-14...
PS: Default warranty 1 year, buy additional 2 year warranty from Asus directly (probably 2500, not sure)

3. https://www.dell.com/en-in/shop/laptops-2-in-1-...
PS: This comes with default 3 year warranty. Additional 2k off on netbanking/upi.

I know your budget was 75k. So buy around 60-65k and invest that balance money somewhere. Use it if laptop needs some repair after 3 year warranty expires

Please focus on your purchase purpose. Don’t end up buying a media centric device instead of an experimenting & coding device that you need.

Bhai, Asus, Lenovo, Acer wont give benefits of extended warranty n ADP offers to products bought from Flipkart n Amazon. 😭

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bikidas2060 wrote:

Bhai, Asus, Lenovo, Acer wont give benefits of extended warranty n ADP offers to products bought from Flipkart n Amazon. 😭

oh is it so? That’s bad. What I though was ofcourse we won’t be able to go to shop and buy. Those retailers won’t give. Only option is to buy online.

Lenovo has website called buyalenovo.com, where users can put it their serial no. & check for additional warranty offers. Currently only 2y ADP is available there for IP5Pro for 2799. Checked yesterday only as a friend bought IP5Pro from Amazon.

On Amazon, Lenovo has its own warranty packs, different for different series. They work. Although many reviews also say Appario seller did not activate those packs!

Asus retailer told me that Asus laptops have an app called Asus care or something, through which we buy additional warranty. No idea if flipkart/amazon invoice would be accepted or not.

And also about Dell… It gives. One of my friend recently did buy additional warranty for about 4.5k for his Dell 5518 bought from Flipkart.

Sometimes brands go overboard against purchases made on e-commerce websites under pressure from offline retailers. That’s not really good. They give this lame reason of product not purchased from authorised seller always.

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bikidas2060 wrote:

Bhai, Asus, Lenovo, Acer wont give benefits of extended warranty n ADP offers to products bought from Flipkart n Amazon. 😭

This cannot be true. Some Asus models are only selling on Flipkart and Amazon and even Asus website redirects to Flipkart and Amazon dor those models.

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RaviKhanna wrote:

This cannot be true. Some Asus models are only selling on Flipkart and Amazon and even Asus website redirects to Flipkart and Amazon dor those models.

just call the customer care. Last time I have seen it in their tnc. If they have changed the tnc then it should be alright.

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bikidas2060 wrote:

just call the customer care. Last time I have seen it in their tnc. If they have changed the tnc then it should be alright.

I called them and all extended warranty offers are applicable if purchased through Flipkart or Amazon.

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RaviKhanna wrote:

I called them and all extended warranty offers are applicable if purchased through Flipkart or Amazon.

Then problem solved. Nice. 

edit: they used to write in this style som 11. This offer valid only on purchase from Acer authorized retail stores & Acer E store portal (store.acer.com), not applicable on products purchased from any other E�commerce portal. source: https://www.shopacer.co.in/Off...tm

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bikidas2060 wrote:

Then problem solved. Nice. 

edit: they used to write in this style som 11. This offer valid only on purchase from Acer authorized retail stores & Acer E store portal (store.acer.com), not applicable on products purchased from any other Ecommerce portal. source: https://www.shopacer.co.in/Off...tm

Bhai I don’t have any idea about acer but Asus is allowing us to extend warranty through their portal asuspromo.in .

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Yes OLED displays in laptops over the years don’t seem to have improved much in terms of battery life. Some reviews do mention that switching to a dark theme should improve battery life in web browsing tests but then they don’t test it in such a way. I only activate dark theme in my smartphones in a really dim environment but I enable it always on my laptop. This was a major incentive for me to stick to Windows 10. Also burn-in or rather image retention is a valid concern over the multi-year period that a laptop is usually expected to be in use.


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bikidas2060 wrote:

What is inter? Deploma?

No Diploma is done after Metric.

He’s talking about Inter after 12th.

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shoaibmax wrote:

No Diploma is done after Metric.

He’s talking about Inter after 12th.

Acha, what kind of qualification is it? 

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There are some laptops at the price range of 55 to 65k which is more than enough for that person’s requirement.

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prem4998 wrote:

There are some laptops at the price range of 55 to 65k which is more than enough for that person’s requirement.

Ryzen 5 5600H’s performance is awesome. My friend recently bought it for the same purpose but he completed his education already and currently using that laptop for work. Gaming wise, it’s good too.

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After taking into account of various suggestions

Should I go for
1 IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro (14, 11th Gen Intel)

Or

2. Lenovo IdeaPad 5

Or

3 . Vivobook ultra

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83k + whatever card cash back you can get

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shriAyodhya wrote:

After taking into account of various suggestions

Should I go for
1 IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro (14, 11th Gen Intel)

Or

2. Lenovo IdeaPad 5

Or

3 . Vivobook ultra

Avoid lenovo IdeaPad series. Hinge quality is worse in ideapad series and they dont cover it under normal warranty. Vivobook ultra is good.

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RaviKhanna wrote:

Avoid lenovo IdeaPad series. Hinge quality is worse in ideapad series and they dont cover it under normal warranty. Vivobook ultra is good.

Lenovo Legion also comes under IdeaPad series.

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LIMBO wrote:

Asus, Lenovo, Dell or Apple all include the ability to limit maximum battery charge to prolong it’s longevity. Acer only started including this important feature in 2020 models and later. Effing HP only in it’s business lineup and that too randomly removing it from newer models. 


Personally I think I will go for a Lenovo laptop next time. Acer is very restrictive with the options provided in the BIOS and mods are rare. 

Can you confirm this max battery thing for this laptop point_down

HP Thin & Light Laptop 15s-eq2144AU R5|5500U|8 GB|512 GB SSD|15.6 inch|W11H|

https://www.tatacliq.com/p-MP000000012...35

I am getting @ 44k offline. Any other cons for this laptop?

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Can you confirm this max battery thing for this laptop point_down

HP Thin & Light Laptop 15s-eq2144AU R5|5500U|8 GB|512 GB SSD|15.6 inch|W11H|

https://www.tatacliq.com/p-MP000000012...35

I am getting @ 44k offline. Any other cons for this laptop?

Sorry I can’t. It’s not a business laptop so it’s unlikely. Probably ask in the official forums. 


RAM should be expandable as in light of the recent improvements in memory usage of Chromium based browsers 8GB is just about sufficient but a few years down the road? And at least an IPS or equivalent display preferably matte or if glossy with an anti-glare coating. Only Apple and Dell seem to do well in the latter case. 

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RaviKhanna wrote:

Avoid lenovo IdeaPad series. Hinge quality is worse in ideapad series and they dont cover it under normal warranty. Vivobook ultra is good.

Hinge longevity was a concern in the Acer Nitro series as well. In some cases breaking within a year or so. After I came to know about it I just kept the lid open. Only time it’s closed when it’s in a bag. Closing in on 4 years with no issue so far. I am gonna do the same in all my future purchases. 

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bikidas2060 wrote:

Lenovo Legion also comes under IdeaPad series.

Legion is listed as a different series on lenovo website.

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LIMBO wrote:

Hinge longevity was a concern in the Acer Nitro series as well. In some cases breaking within a year or so. After I came to know about it I just kept the lid open. Only time it’s closed when it’s in a bag. Closing in on 4 years with no issue so far. I am gonna do the same in all my future purchases. 

Thats a good idea for the longevity of the hinge.

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LIMBO wrote:

Sorry I can’t. It’s not a business laptop so it’s unlikely. Probably ask in the official forums. 


RAM should be expandable as in light of the recent improvements in memory usage of Chromium based browsers 8GB is just about sufficient but a few years down the road? And at least an IPS or equivalent display preferably matte or if glossy with an anti-glare coating. Only Apple and Dell seem to do well in the latter case. 

I think it has one empty slot. Isn’t it?

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Dunno. I didn’t check. I have a very dim opinion of HP even though my very first laptop was from it’s stable and it was in use for 8+ years ,more than half of it under very heavy workloads. It’s just that the hinge design was faulty . The flaw existed for several years but wasn’t addressed for a few more years. Despite being one of the top 3 notebook OEMs HP doesn’t seem to a particularly innovative one. Never one to push the envelope in any which way. Uninspiring products except at the very high-end.

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bornsmart wrote:

Thanks dear for your valuable inputs. Can you recommend some durable future proof under 50-60k bracket

Currently this is the best laptop.

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RaviKhanna wrote:

Legion is listed as a different series on lenovo website.

please call customer support. They ll tell you that it comes under IdeaPad umbrella. And any support related queries ll be solved by IdeaPad team. I own Legion Y7000 PG09. During my service, I asked the technician as well as support personnel the answer was affirmative. 

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