10 Great Laptops You Can Get for Less Than P20,000

These budget-friendly devices cover all the basics and more.
by Ashley Martelino for Spot.ph   |  Nov 27, 2021
Image: Lenovo
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With folks all over the world having switched to work-from-home setups in March 2020—a situation that has pretty much stayed the same in the last almost-two-years, at least in these parts—many have had to rely on their personal devices for everyday office tasks be it answering e-mails or hopping on meetings. Now, you may find that with your gadgets working harder than ever, well, they’re probably slowing down faster than you expected—likely due to a mix of downloading a plethora of productivity apps, hoarding mountains of work-related files, and running bandwidth-heavy programs 24/7. All that in mind, you may be coming to the realization that you need a new laptop.

Feel free to heave a deep sigh and take a moment of silence for your poor bank account—that kind of an investment is no joke and a good laptop can quickly run you over six digits. But before you blow your last paycheck on a fancy new notebook, hear us out: Not everyone needs a high-end, top-of-the-line laptop with all the complicated specs that technology has to offer. In fact, many of us can get by on just the basics—Internet access, reliable screen resolution, streaming capability, a decent webcam, you get the gist. And if you’re the same, you’ll be glad to know that there are some pretty great laptops on the market available for under P20,000. That way, you can get that much-needed tech update without having to spend an arm and a leg.

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You can shop these reliable laptops for 20K or less:

Lenovo Chromebook C330 (P13,795)

Lenovo Chromebook C330
PHOTO BY PCX

This Lenovo Chromebook may look like any regular laptop at first glance, but it can also be used as a tablet—perfect for those who need versatility from their devices. The nifty two-in-one feature is thanks to the laptop’s flexible design, which lets you fold the device flat so you can make better use of the touch screen. With sharp visuals great for both work and play, the compact device is perfect for everyday use. It’s only 1.2 kilograms, so you’ll have no problem bringing it from place to place. Best of all? It’s just under P14,000.

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Available at PC Express.

ASUS X409MA (P19,995)

ASUS X409MA
PHOTO BY Complink

For just under the 20 grand mark, this ASUS laptop gives you a 1TB hard drive, a 14-inch display, and a dual-storage mechanism that promises fast performance as well as large storage capacity. The device features a NanoEdge Display that provides not only vast screen space, but also an immersive viewing experience and an anti-glare coating so you can view your tasks (or the series you’re currently bingeing) in HD. Other cool features include topnotch audio quality that delivers powerful sound output and deep bass tones as well as a built-in fingerprint sensor on the touchpad.

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Available at Complink.

Chuwi AeroBook Pro (P19,499)

chuwi aerobook pro
PHOTO BY Chuwi

Chinese tech brand Chuwi is less known in the personal-computer world compared to its more established competitors, but it’s made waves in the industry these last few years thanks to its fairly wide range of affordable laptops. The AeroBook Pro is one of their more reliable options compared to cheaper models like the MijaBook and goes for just a little over P19,000. It features a 13.3-inch screen, an Intel Core M3 8100Y processor that supports Windows 10, 256 GB SSD hard-drive capacity, and an HD 1920x1080 display. Plus, it only weighs 1.26 kilograms, so it won’t hurt your back even when you carry it around.

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Available at Abenson.

Acer Travelmate B3 (P16,999)

acer travelmate b3
PHOTO BY Acer

As its name suggests, the Acer Travelmate is a great option for those who need to bring their personal computers all over the place—with an 11.6-inch display, the laptop is a lot more compact than most. But don’t be fooled by its small size, it still offers HD screen resolution with 2560 x 1920 resolution, Windows 10 Pro-compatibility, 1280x720 resolution video recording capability, and two built-in stereo speakers. The 1.49-kilogram device also promises long battery life as well as an ultra-durable build, so you’ll have no problem using it outside of the house.

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Available at Villman.

Avita Essential (P16,000)

avita essential
PHOTO BY Avita

For just P16,000, the Avita Essential provides portability, flexibility, and a lightweight, no-frills build with pretty decent performance for its size and price range. Young professionals would appreciate the model’s smooth and reliable operation for basic tasks as well as its 4,830 mAh battery that can run for up to 10 hours. We're in love with the matte white finish—perfect for your minimalist desk setup!

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Available on Shopee.

ASUS Chromebook C202 (P14,999)

ASUS c202
PHOTO BY ASUS

If you’re looking for a compact device that’s good enough for basic office tasks or school work, the ASUS C202 Chromebook is a reliable and wallet-friendly choice thanks to its 11.6-inch display and it’s just-under-15-grand price tag. The device offers maximum protection for remote workers with a flexible hinge closure, a spill-resistant keyboard—because we know you’re sipping iced coffee in front of your laptop every single day—and a rubber bumper around the edges of the screen to prevent bumps and scratches. It also offers up to 10 hours of battery life on a single full charge, which should be just enough for a busy day at work.

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Available on Lazada.

Lenovo IdeaPad D330 (P15,995)

Lenovo ideapad d330
PHOTO BY Lenovo

If you’re constantly hopping on video calls and voice meetings, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 will be a reliable work companion whether you’re logging in at home or from various locations. With a compact 10.1-inch display, and a slim build that’s about .07 inches thick when folded, the device will be no problem to bring around. It features both front and rear cameras (the former being 2 megapixels and the latter being 5), Dolby Audio Premium speakers, and a reliable microphone. Plus, the touch-screen notebook can be converted into a laptop, so you won’t even need a keyboard to listen in to those morning meetings.

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Available on Lazada.

Chuwi GemiBook (P19,999)

Chuwi GemiBook
PHOTO BY Chuwi

Another great (and wallet-friendly) option from Chuwi is their GemiBook, which is just a peso under the 20 grand mark. The laptop’s most notable feature is its crisp 2160 x 1440 display—one of the best screen resolutions you’ll find in this price range. While its processor isn’t the most powerful, it’s a pretty decent companion if your main priority is clear visuals, particularly for streaming or video calls. The 13-inch device is also only 1.27 kilograms, so you can enjoy that wide-screen, crystal-clear resolution no matter where you go.

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Available on Shopee.

Acer A314 (P16,999)

acer a314
PHOTO BY Acer

With a 500GB hard drive and Windows 10 compatibility, this Acer laptop promises powerful processing as well as smooth graphics for surfing, streaming, and more—multi-taskers, this model might be right up your alley. It also promises crisp visuals and true-to-life colors on the screen, so you can work on videos or graphics with ease. Throw in the 2TB of storage capacity and you should have no problem with any of your everyday work tasks.

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Available at Complink.

Dell Inspiron 3573 (P17,490)

dell inspiron 3573
PHOTO BY Complink

If you’re looking for a budget laptop with a wider screen, check out this model from Dell. With a 15.6-inch display and high-performance graphics, it’s a great option for those who need expansive HD visuals, but don’t want to overspend. Plus, the device’s Intel Core Celeron N4000 processor promises smooth, seamless multitasking as well as reliable responsiveness and battery life.

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Available at Complink.

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