Laptops @ P20,000 plus only


 

I took some time looking for laptops whose prices don’t exceed P20,000 plus. I just made some walks inside SM City where there are many computer stores to visit at.

Here are the results of my window shopping for affordable laptops: 

STORE: Tech Head Systems (2nd level, near CDR-King)

BRAND : ECS (EliteGroup)

Model : ECS D25

Price : P23,995 (Free—Creative Speakers, Mouse & Webcam)

Specs :

Intel Core Solo (1.66Ghz)

512Mb DDR2

80Gig HDD

DVD Writer Dual

14.1” TFT Glare display

ATI chipset (graphics)

3 USB ports, Mic-in, Audio out

2.3kg

Strong Point: Price is a little bit comparable to Asus EEE PC

Weak Points: No built-in web cam, no built-in mic, not Wifi-ready

 

BRAND : ACER

Model : TRAVELMATE 4320

Price : P27,500

Specs :

Intel Celeron Processor (1.73Ghz)

512Mb DDR2

80Gig HDD

14.1” LCD display

DVD/CD RW combo

Mobile Intel Graphics

Media Accelerator

Strong Point: No big deal on its features

Weak Point: The features are not impressive considering its OS is Intel Celeron 

 

BRAND : BLUE

Model : COBALT D

Price : P27,995 (free—Canon Pixma Printer)

Specs :

Intel Dual Core (1.76Ghz)

1Gig DDR2

1.3Mp built-in cam

Wifi-ready

3 USB ports, firewire port

Mic-in, audio out

4-in-1 card reader

VGA out

2.3 kg

Strong Point: Has almost all the needed features for connectivity

Weak Point:  Price is high

 

Store : Silicon Valley (2nd level near Veco)

 

Brand : ASUS

Model : X51R

Price : P29,000

Specs :

Intel Pentium Dual Core (1.83 Ghz)

1Gig DDR2

80gig HDD

DVD Writer

Mic, Speaker

15.4” LCD

No OS

Strong Point: Dual Core processor

Weak Point: No Operating System while the price is high

 

Brand : Lenovo

Model : G400 5901

Price : P29,990 (free-Canon IP printer)

Specs :

Intel Core Duo (1.73Ghz)

1Gig DDR2

120gig HDD

DVD super multilayer

14.1” TFT LCD

Wifi-ready

Headphone, speaker, mic

No OS

Strong Point: Dual Core; big storage

Weak Point: No Operating System while the price is high

CONCLUSION :

I chose ECS D25 for its affordability and the price is comparable to Asus EEE PC while the features are much better than that of the latter. It has a DVD writer which is essential for productivity.

While it lacks some of the needed features for connectivity but it can be addressed to by the free webcam along with it’s price package. Also, there are many options available to us for internet connection. You can use dial-up, a DSL bundle, and using a GPRS or 3G cellphone as modem.

Please visit some computer stores for more choices and options.

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