Jul 1, 2020

Best Laptops Under P20K for e-Learning/Online Class in the Philippines 2020

Online education has emerged in the country amid the pandemic. If you find yourself looking for a mean to cope up, check out below as Priceprice.com listed the best laptops in the country for online learning under PHP 20,000.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, also came the sudden shift of classroom-based learning to online setups. Interestingly, there are a lot of advantages that conclude in online learning. This includes flexibility and better time management for students that make it as good as conventional classroom-based learning. Unfortunately, this is not the case for those who have less access to online learning tools, mainly a laptop. According to UNESCO, there are 28 million learners enrolled at primary and secondary levels that are affected in the Philippines alone.

Before the pandemic started, having no personal laptop or desktop PC was not a big problem as there were computer shops or internet cafes ready to cater to everyone's needs. But with how things are now, going to a computer shop is not an option. Good thing, in response to the significant demand for online learning tools, the local electronic market has a lot of budget-friendly laptops to offer. A budget-friendly laptop may not be the most powerful option out there, but amongst them, there are those that should be more than enough to cater to your basic educational needs. You only need to know how to pick the right one, and that's why we're here to give you our recommended laptops priced below PHP 20,000, which should be more than enough to handle the tasks needed for e-Learning/Online Classes.

Best Laptops Under P20K for e-Learning/Online Class in the Philippines 2020

1. Lenovo IdeaPad S145

Pricing and availability may change over time prior to this writing.

Pros

  • SSD storage with large capacity
  • Comes with 4-in-1 card reader
  • Modern design

Cons

  • No NumPad
  • HD resolution
  • No Optical Drive

First on our list is a laptop from Lenovo group who was named the world's largest personal-computer vendor in March 2019. The IdeaPad S145 is offered with different processor options ranging from the entry-level Intel Celeron N4100 Processor up to the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, designed to keep pace no matter the task.

For a student who needs a computer for doing basic tasks such as creating documents, slideshows, or browsing the web for research, the former should be fine. The entry-level IdeaPad S145 can be bought at under PHP 20,000 giving justice to a humble Intel Celeron N4100 chipset with a quad-core CPU that has 4MB cache and a base frequency of 1.1GHz up to burst frequency of 2.40GHz, along with an Intel UHD Graphics for its GPU. It is paired with 4GB DDR4-2400 RAM and 512GB SSD storage, just enough to provide fast response times. A battery that claims 6 hours of life is also packed with it to keep it up and running throughout your day.

It also comes equipped with a 14-inch antiglare HD display and two 1.5W Dolby Audio speaker systems making online learning more comprehensible and closer to actual classroom-based experience. At first look, the S145 gives off a fit-for-professionals look yet is constructed with a plastic body making it lightweight, ideal for a student's everyday use. For accessibility, it features HDMI and USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an SD card reader, and a combo headphone/microphone slot.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S145 is available at LazMall. It runs on Windows 10 Home operating system and comes with a pre-installed with Microsoft Office Trial Version. It was announced with the colors Granite Black Glossy, Granite Black Texture, and Platinum Grey Glossy.

2. HP 14S

Pricing and availability may change over time prior to this writing.

Pros

  • SSD storage
  • Comes with a USB Type-C port and SD Card reader

Cons

  • Low storage capacity
  • No NumPad
  • HD resolution
  • No Optical Drive

Known as one of the leading IT companies in the world, HP also caters to the needs of students and learners. One of the student-friendly laptops they offer is the HP 14S, which was announced in the country with processor options of up to Intel Core i7.

Its entry-level variant is equipped with an Intel Celeron N4000 chipset with a dual-core CPU that has 4MB cache and a base frequency of 1.1GHz up to burst frequency of 2.6GHz, along with an Intel UHD Graphics 600 for its GPU. It is coupled with 4GB DDR4-2400 RAM and 256GB SSD storage, ensured to help maximize productivity while giving just enough power. A 3-cell, 41Wh Li-ion battery is packed with it.

For enhanced efficiency during online classes, it comes fitted with a 14-inch HD display and dual speakers that allow for clearer interactions. Besides the common ports such as HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A, and SD Card reader, wireless connectivity is possible with it through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The HP 14S boasts special features as well, such as Arsenic-free display glass, Mercury-free display backlights, SmartWay, and recycled packaging. For a price under PHP 20,000, it makes a decent option as your online learning companion. The HP 14S is available on Lazada in the color Pale Gold and bundled with an HP 15.6" Simple Value backpack. It runs on a Windows 10 operating system and comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Trial Version.

3. Acer Aspire 3 A314-32

Pricing and availability may change over time prior to this writing.

Pros

  • SSD storage + HDD storage for data
  • Comes with 4-in-1 card reader
  • Features BlueLight Shield Technology

Cons

  • No USB Type-C port
  • No Optical Drive
  • No NumPad
  • HD resolution

With its wide range of products, Acer is most known for its affordable laptops and desktop PCs making the brand always one of the first choices for some students. One of their laptop offerings is the Acer A314 which comes equipped with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX230 graphics.

While a powerful processor would perform better, for attending online classes and getting research done, the entry-level option would still be able to do it smoothly enough. The Acer A314's budget-end variant is powered by an Intel Celeron N4000 chipset with a dual-core CPU that has 4MB cache and a base frequency of 1.1GHz up to burst frequency of 2.60GHz, along with an Intel UHD Graphics 600 for its GPU. Working in tandem with it is 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 500GB + 128GB SSD storage, making it efficient for multitasking. A battery with a capacity of 4,810mAh is packed with it that claims a maximum run time of 6.5 hours with average usage.

Clearer and stable online classes are possible with the A314 as it is fitted with a strategically-placed Wi-Fi antenna, an optimized digital webcam, dual speakers, and a digital microphone. It also features a 14-inch HD display with BlueLight Shield Technology that blocks straining blue light for comfortability during long working hours.

At first glance, the A314 will catch the eye in an instant for its design with a variety of vivid colors. For ease of access, standard ports are provided, such as HDMI, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 Type A, and an SD Card Reader. The Acer A314's entry-level variant is reasonably priced under PHP 20,000 with specs enough for doing basic tasks. It is available on Lazada in the color Obsidian Black and is already installed with Windows 10 Home operating system.

4. Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3

Pricing and availability may change over time prior to this writing.

Pros

  • Large storage capacity
  • Dolby Audio
  • Slim design

Cons

  • Slower start-up speeds due to HDD
  • No Optical Drive
  • No NumPad
  • HD resolution

Launched just recently in May 2020, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 is the latest model of the IdeaPad line from the brand. It was released with processor options from two leading brands, AMD and Intel. As for the latter, options range from Intel Celeron N4120 up to the Intel Core i7.

As online learning became the new normal for students in the country, Lenovo at the same time launched their new laptop model with a variant suitable for students who just need to do basic tasks such as creating documents and browsing the web. The entry-level IdeaPad Slim 3 is priced under PHP 20,000, making it budget-friendly for students. For its price, it is fairly equipped with Intel Celeron N4120 chipset with dual-core CPU that has 4MB cache and a base frequency of 1.1GHz up to burst frequency of 2.60GHz. It is paired with 4GB DDR4 2400 RAM and a massive 1TB HDD storage, a plus point for it among the list.

With a budget-end price, features need not be compromised. The Slim 3 promises to keep running throughout class hours as it has 8 hours of battery life. Interactions are clearer as well with its 14-inch HD display and Dolby Audio enhanced speakers.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 is available in the colors Platinum Grey, Flame Orange, and Ice Blue.

5. Lenovo Ideapad S130

Pricing and availability may change over time prior to this writing.

Pros

  • Lightweight/Easy to carry
  • 8 hours of battery life on average

Cons

  • Slower start-up speeds due to HDD
  • No Optical Drive
  • No NumPad
  • HD resolution

With a wide selection of laptops from the Miix series to the latest line of the S series, it is a no-brainer why Lenovo is popular to most, be it to students or business professionals. Another offering from the brand that made it on our list is the Ideapad S130. It promises decent performance with its equipped Intel Celeron N4000 processor with dual-core CPU that has 4MB cache and a base frequency of 1.1GHz up to burst frequency of 2.6GHz, along with an Intel UHD Graphics 600 for its GPU. It comes paired with 4GB RAM and 500GB storage. Packed with it is a huge battery capacity which the company claims is capable of averaging 8 hours of runtime.

Made for the busy and on-the-go like most students are, Lenovo made sure that the Ideapad S130 is lightweight and easy to carry but still built to last for years as it was designed with a special protective finish to guard against wear and tear. Although it features the same HD display with its competitors, it is fitted with a smaller 11.6-inch diagonal display. Nonetheless, it is still good to consider as your e-learning companion as it is priced the lowest at below PHP 16,000.

Common features can be found in the S130 as it has standard ports such as HDMI, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-C, and headphone/microphone combo.

The Lenovo Ideapad S130 is available on Lazada in the color Black and is bundled with a sling bag and a pre-installed Windows 10 Home operating system.

6. HP 15S

Pricing and availability may change over time prior to this writing.

Pros

  • Large 15.6-inch display
  • Comes with a USB Type-C port and SD Card reader

Cons

  • Slower start-up speeds due to HDD
  • No Optical Drive
  • No NumPad
  • HD resolution

A 14-inch laptop is an ideal choice for students as is it fits in most backpacks. But if there's no need to bring the laptop outside of the home, then a larger 15.6-inch laptop would be a better choice.

The HP 15S is also an entry-level variant powered by an Intel Celeron N4000 chipset with a dual-core CPU that has 4MB cache and a base frequency of 1.1GHz up to burst frequency of 2.6GHz, along with an Intel UHD Graphics 600 for its GPU. With it working in tandem are 4GB DDR4 RAM and 500GB storage. It is equipped with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 that provides power and responsiveness for maximum productivity. For clearer online learning, the 15S is packed with an HD display and dual speakers. Standard ports can be found on its side for ease of access such as USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A, headphone/microphone combo, and SD Card Reader.

Specs-wise, it features the same as the HP 14S, only that it has a larger screen and uses HDD instead of an SSD. Although for the price, the 15S is cheaper by a thousand which is a good point to look at.

The HP 15S also boasts special features such as Arsenic-free display glass, Mercury-free display backlights, SmartWay, and recycled packaging. For a price under PHP 20,000, it makes a decent option as your online learning companion. The HP 15S is available on Lazada in the color Pale Gold and bundled with an HP 15.6" Simple Value backpack. It runs on a Windows 10 operating system and comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Trial Version.




Conclusion

As you can see, you don't have to shell out more than PHP 20,000 to buy a decent laptop. Nowadays, owning a laptop has become a necessity, especially if you are a regular office worker or a student.

To maximize your hard-earned money, you must always clarify first what tasks you need a laptop for? For example, if you're going to be working on editing videos or graphic related tasks, then you'll be needing a laptop equipped with an Intel Core-i5 or higher. But if your task will just revolve on browsing the web, spreadsheets and/or make video calls, then the laptops mentioned above should handle those tasks very well.

Learning the basics about laptop parts and features will also help you recognize a good bargain. The most basic advice we can give you is the following:

  • Always determine the nature of your task (Photo editing, Programming, Documentation, etc).
  • Remember that an SSD-equipped laptop would be a better choice over an HDD for faster start-up speed and data access speeds.
  • 4GB of RAM is enough for basic tasks, but a higher memory capacity is better.
  • You can always use a secondary display via HDMI or USB Type-C port.

As long as you keep what we've mentioned above in mind, buying your next laptop should definitely be a breeze.