After a period of shortages as a result of the pandemic that led to the so-called semiconductor crisis, the manufacture of notebooks begins to resume its production levels and this increase in supply is already reflected in prices. On this note, 6 laptop models to study or work from home for less than 90 thousand pesos.
This quarter, according to IDC, the sale of laptops will grow around 5%, compared to the same period of 2020. It will rise, driven by a need for renewal, it will facilitate home office tasks and virtual education in hybrid schemes.
These notebooks appear in the medium / economic segment (they are not the cheapest on the market) and are aimed at an office or university audience that is looking for an accessible solution to use as a desktop but which, in turn, be compact and easy to transport.
Ideal equipment for office work or school activities.
Unlike top-of-the-range models, which come in with a super bezel-less OLED screen, these machines also don’t encompass the latest generation of processors, refresh rates reaching 90 Hz or a brightness of up to 600nits.
Of the six laptops selected, three are equipped with advanced alignment. This is the ASUS VivoBook 15 X512, the Fire! 3 from PCBOX and Acer Aspire 3. While Lenovo 300e Chromebook, HP 14-dk1016la and Banghó Max L5 i3, fit your category parameters.
ASUS VivoBook 15 X512. Price: 89,999 pesos.
Of all the options listed in this broad-spectrum intermediate range, one of those that grants the best balance between price and technical characteristics It is the ASUS VivoBook 15 X512.
This machine brings a higher-level processor– A 10th-generation Intel Core i7, an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 board and dual storage drives (HDD + SSD), making it suitable for multitasking, multimedia editing, or reviewing casual games.
Among its technological condiments, a Full HD screen with ultra-thin 5.7 mm bezels stands out, the use of the fingerprint for unlocking and the BacGuard treatment of its cover, which inhibits the reproduction of bacteria by 99% for 24 hours. It is 89,999 pesos.
PCBOX Fire! 3
PCBOX Fire! 3. Price: 89,999 pesos.
The feature that allows establishing a first line of difference between the models is screen resolution. While the most basic are HD (1,366 by 768), the most complete are FullHD (1,920 by 1,080), as is the case with the Fire! 3 from PCBOX.
This screen condition opens up a repertoire of 2 million colors, with deeper tones, which dress the image with a higher level of detail and sharpness. In addition, including IPS panels provides an optimal viewing angle (about 178 degrees) from the sides.
Added to this are 8GB of RAM, a 256GB M.2-type solid-state drive, and a 10th-generation Core i3-1005G1 processor, with 4M cache and a 3.40 GHz clock. It has a value of 89,999 pesos.
Lenovo 300e Chromebook. Price: 68,999 pesos.
Designed for students, Chromebooks are computers designed to navigate and fulfill office automation tasks. Their main feature is that they adopt Google’s Chrome OS operating system, which is quite limited, although compatible with all applications.
Since you don’t need a lot of push to move, you can perform smoothly with little memory and a low-powered processor. These low-calorie requirements lower your price.
Unlike Windows, which is factory installed with all essential applications, these laptops extract all resources from the cloud, so they don’t require a lot of disk space either. Like the Lenovo 300e Chromebook, which is barely 32GB.
It is complemented by an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. In addition, the screen is touch and can be rotated 360 degrees to use as a tablet. The price is 68,999 pesos.
HP 14-dk1016la. Price: 62,999 pesos.
The CPU, or central processing unit, is the brain of these computers and determines how quickly it can receive and process data. Also, these chips are trained to regulate energy consumption and improve autonomy.
There are currently two manufacturers, Intel and AMD, each with several successor branches. Among the Intel models that are available in the country are Celeron (the cheapest, with few cores and without Hyperthreading) and Core, which is divided into i3, i5, i7 and i9.
While AMD has three series: A, Athlon and Ryzen. The Athlon almost double the processing power of the A series and from the Ryzen the high performance begins.
The HP 14-dk1016la comes with an Athlon Silver 3050U (2.3 GHz base speed, up to 3.2 GHz maximum burst speed, 4 MB L3 cache, 2 cores and 2 threads).
Being light (1.47 kilos), having a 14-inch screen with a thin edge and an average battery life (3 cells and 41 Wh), it is ideal for the teacher to take it to classes without a charger or transport it to different points of the house. It is sold at 62,999 pesos.
Acer Aspire 3
Acer Aspire 3. Price: 79,999 pesos.
The versions of the Microsoft operating system have some variations in the distribution of their attributes. Most computers, such as the Acer Aspire 3, come with the Home version of Windows 10, which supports up to 128 GB of RAM, a more than enough amount.
The big difference with Windows 10 Pro, targeting the corporate market, are the remote desktop functions, shared configuration of computers or assigned access to be able to work in a group.
The equipment stands out for a large 15.6-inch screen with FullHD resolution and that, despite its greater volume, has a relatively light weight of 1.7 kilograms. With three USB ports, including two USB 3.2 Gen 1 and one USB 2.0. It is obtained for 79,999 pesos.
Banghó Max L5
Banghó Max L5. Price: 85,000 pesos.
One of the big changes that occurred under the hood of the machines was the extinction of hard drives (HDD), which were replaced by solid state drives (SSD), which they are faster and quieter, since they do not have moving mechanical parts.
These SSD storage drives achieve transfer and read speeds 5 to 30 times faster than a conventional disc. Which allows computers to not only start the operating system in seconds, but are also efficient at opening programs and working with them.
The Banghó Max L5 comes with a 240GB SSD, accompanied by a 10th generation Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 8GB of RAM, all framed on a 15.6-inch screen.
Comes with a Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription, with: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and services like OneDrive and Skype. In addition, it has 4 USB ports, Bluetooth for headphones and an alphanumeric keyboard. It costs 85,000 pesos.