Best Budget laptop under $650?

Jan 6, 2019
Hello, I am from India and I would appreciate Tom's community's help.

1. What is your budget?
Would prefer under Rs45000 (roughly $650). Lesser the better.

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Between 14 & 15.6 inch screen.

3. What screen resolution do you want?
Preferably FHD; 1366x768 (last preference)

4. How much battery life do you need?
I'm usually near an outlet so a huge battery isn't a priority but wouldn't go against it

6. What do you want to do with your laptop?Please list the games/ softwares that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
-Casual gaming like Dota2, Far Cry series, BF1, Doom, Witcher 3, GTA V etc

Would be fine with low-med settings (playable 40-60 fps).

- Modelling, Design, Simulation softwares: Altair Hypermesh, Ansys, CATIA, Fusion 360, Matlab etc with moderate- optimal performance

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop?
School programs like MS Office.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
Anything more than 720GB is peace. SSD can be a bonus.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Flipkart & Amazon

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
My current one still running, with basic operations for 4 years. So 3-4 years would be nice.

11. OS preference: DOS; WIn 10 (if getting in cheap laptop, then bonus)

Few nominations:
1. Lenovo Ideapad 330-15IKB Laptop;
CPU: i5-8250U/ AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
GPU: Nvidia MX150/ Vega 8
Screen Res: 1366x768
Price: Rs 43990/ 32990

2. Asus X507UF
CPU: i5-8250U
GPU: Nvidia MX130
Screen Res: 1920x1080
Price: Rs 45852/-

3. Dell Inspiron 15 5575
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
GPU: Vega 8
Screen Res: 1920x1080
Price: Rs 43000/-

Q1. Should I consider Lenovo Ryzen Model and compromise display resolution? Or should I go for Dell Ryzen Model, with FHD Display?

Q2. Should I choose Lenovo i5, MX150 model, and compromise display for a better hardware? Or should I go for Asus i5,MX130, FHD display?

Q3. If Dell(AMD Ryzen, Vega 8) or Asus(i5- 8tg Gen, MX130),both FHD, which should I choose?

Please feel free to give suggestions or any other model consideration as I am a noob.

Thank you for your time.


I'd seriously ask you to look at laptops that are equipped with an MX150 at the least and the ram can be upgraded with a kit later down the road so 8GB is more than fine. You should also look at models with an SSD as the primary(boot) drive. In this day and age, it'd be considered daylight robbery if you bought a laptop without an SSD. HDD will take care of storing and backing up all user content/data.

You've also mislead, you're saying Best Buy in the thread title but you've listed Flipkart and Amazon as your preferred site of purchase...? :/
Jan 6, 2019
What about a Acer Nitro 5? Maxes out your budget, but delivers high specs, especially in the gaming department. (Core i5-8300H, 15.6inch Full HD IPS Display, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVidia GTX 1050 4GB Graphics -
Jan 6, 2019

Thanks for your reply. I misclicked the vote and am unable to revert it back. Sorry. Your answer is much appreciated. I re-edited the thread name. And I took your advice into consideration.
Feb 17, 2019
Best Budget Laptop Under $650 I suggest you is -

Acer Aspire 5
Processor:- (8th Gen) Intel Core i7-8550U Processor
Hard Disk:- 1TB HDD
Graphics:- NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB
Display:- 15.6 Inch Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display

Dell G3 High Performance Gaming Laptop
Processor:- (8th Gen) Intel Core i5-8300H Processor
Hard Disk:- 1TB HDD
Graphics:- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
Display:- 15.6 Inch Full HD IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display

As per your budget, this both option is the best and I hope it will help you.
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