Value for money always plays a major role when buying a laptop. In 2020, circumstances that led us to work from home extensively also led many to upgrade their laptops. Through the year, laptop makers strived to produce laptops that offer a great bang for the buck in the personal laptop space, while focusing on connectivity, portability, and longevity. Safe to say, the value for money laptop category was one of the most debated ones for our 30-member jury of the Indian Gadget Awards — a one of a kind industry initiative.
The Best Value-for-Money laptop of 2020 is: Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition
Offering incredible value for money in comparison to the specifications offered, Xiaomi stole the thunder from right underneath the noses of traditional laptop manufacturers with its Mi Notebook offerings of 2020. The one that took the cake was the Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition, which offers a perfect balance of features to suit needs such as online education, webinars, video conferencing, and other internet-based work tasks. For all such purposes, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more value-for-money offering than this.
The runner-up for the Best Value-for-Money laptop of 2020 is: Lenovo IdeaPad S340
The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is built for those who want portability and are practical about how much they want to spend on a laptop, but still do not want to compromise in terms of the overall feature set. The IdeaPad S340, hence, offers a full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad, a large display for all purposes, a super slim and lightweight design, all the necessary ports, and an excellent keyboard as well. For any user with above-average laptop usage requirements, the IdeaPad S340 is one of the best laptops to purchase.
The other nominees for the best value for money laptop of 2020 were:
Honor MagicBook 15
The Honor MagicBook 15 sets out to offer industry-standard looks, specifications, and usability, while offering all of this at a lesser price than before. As a result, you get a very well-configured laptop that does not break the bank.
Acer Swift 3
Acer has upgraded its Swift series to now look super sleek and upmarket. Despite its value-centric offering, this range of laptops has successfully offered great specifications and a premium overall feel of usage. It is one of the most versatile laptops in the market right now.
Avita Pura Ryzen 5
Avita’s biggest challenge is its comparably lower brand exposure, but the Pura Ryzen 5 still qualifies as a decent choice for a wide range of use cases. For most online work, education, and video collaboration needs, the Avita Pura Ryzen 5 is a safe bet to make.
For your reference, here is the full list of winners of Indian Gadget Awards 2020.