Laptops for your basic work and learn from home needs

All within a reasonable budget



File photo: Lenovo Yoga S730

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about laptops that can handle basic work and study needs but preferrably cost under and around PhP 30,000. So we reached out to some brands to see what they have on offer.

Bare in mind, we haven’t exactly tested all of these for ourselves. We can’t say for sure how they well they perform and are adding them on this list purely because they look good on paper. Hopefully, it helps you make an informed choice.

Here they are in no particular order:


ASUS is popular brand because of their wide range of laptops that cater to nearly every budget segment. We’ve heard several stories of college students and young professionals relying on ASUS laptops for their study and work needs. As for us, we’ve tried their VivoBook series and we’re huge fans.

VivoBook 15 X512DA-EJ364T — PhP 25,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 4GB DDR4 DRAM, 1TB SATA HDD, full-sized backlit keyboard, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 14 X409JA — starts at PhP 25,995
Specs: 14″ and 15″ display options, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD storage, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS Laptop 15 X509JP — PhP 31,995
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, Intel Core i3 1.2Ghz, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD storage, fast charting to 60% in 49 minutes, Windows 10 Home, 2 years global warranty.

ASUS also has an ongoing sale with Shopee. See if there’s anything there you’re interested in and fits your budget.

Bonus: ASUS VivoBook X412F is a laptop that we also reviewed. At PhP 32,995, it caters to those who want an affordable yet premium experience.


Anyone who’s worked in a corporate setting should be familiar with Lenovo Laptops. They’re known for providing office-issued work machines that are peppered with security features. While the ones on this list are consumer versions, you should still expect the same general level of quality and security.

IdeaPad Slim 3i Ultrabook — PhP 29,995
Specs: 15.6-inch FHD screen, Intel Core i3-10110U, 4GB DDR 2667 RAM (Upgradeable),512GB SSD Internal storage upgradeable HDD storage, MX130 2GD5 GPU, Windows 10 Home, 2CELL 35WH battery, 2 years carry in warranty, no office subscription bundle. Comes in Business Black, Platinum Grey, and Abyss Blue.

IdeaPad Flex 3i Convertible — PhP 25,995
Specs: 14-inch HD display, Pentium Gold 5405, 4GB DDR 2400 RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, 4CELL 45WH battery, 2 Years Premium Care warranty. Comes in Onyx Black.

Flex 3 Chromebook — PhP 18,995
Specs: 11.6-inch HD display, C-N4020 processor, 8GB LPDDR4 2400 RAM, 64GB HDD storage, 3CELL 42WH battery, 2-year international care warranty. Comes in Abyss Blue and Almond.

There’s a lot more and you can check out this list to see for yourself. Lenovo also has an ongoing LSS Promo where you can get laptops that worth PhP 35,000 at PhP 2000 to PhP 5,000 off.

Bonus: The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming which we reviewed is also currently on discount. From PhP 44,995 at the time of our review, it now currently retails at PhP 35,995 through Villman’s Lazada Store.


Dell is low-key produces some of the toughest laptops out there. They’re after sales support is known to be really reliable — not something you often hear about brands. We’d argue these might be the best laptops for basic work and more on this list.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 35,990
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 3.6Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, NVIDIA® GeForce MX230 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.

Dell Inspiron 15 3593 — PhP 27,490
Specs: 15.6 FHD display, 10th Gen Intel Core i3 3.4Ghz, 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz RAM, 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5″ SATA HDD storage, Intel UHD Graphics, 3-Cell Battery, 42WHr, Windows 10 Home, 1Yr In Home : Onsite Service warranty. Comes in Silver, Black, White.

We’ll update this list whenever necessary. If you have laptops at around this budget that you would like to recommend. Let us know!


Apple might bring back SD card slot to the MacBook Pro

Coming in 2021 or 2022



Does anyone believe in the dream of a completely port-less device? For years, smartphones have slowly eradicated some of the formerly long-standing ports such as audio jacks and memory card slots. However, if a new rumor is true, those same phone makers might have made a rash decision. According to renowned Apple analyst Mark Gurman, Apple is bringing back the SD card slot to the MacBook Pro.

According to the Bloomberg report, the upcoming MacBook Pro with the SD card slot will launch sometime this year or next year. For years, the premium-tier notebook has not had a SD card slot after a 2016 redesign.

This isn’t the first MacBook Pro leak, though. A few weeks ago, another renowned Apple analyst, Ming-chi Kuo also revealed details about an upcoming redesign. In that leak, the series will reportedly come in two sizes: 14-inch and 16-inch.

Who can blame Apple for bringing back the SD card slot? Though the company eradicated the feature years ago, an SD card is still a major essential for both smartphone and notebook users. Even with Apple’s insistence, the memory card isn’t going anywhere.

In addition to this new slate of leaks, the MacBook recently got a major revolution last year, caused by Apple’s latest in-house processors. If the new leaks are true, Apple has a lot more up its sleeve.

SEE ALSO: Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

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Samsung is making the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens

Coming to a notebook near you



Smartphone screens are getting better every year. However, though a significant chunk of commuters can now watch their favorite shows in buttery smooth 120Hz on the train, laptop users care still stuck with the same old screens. It’s time to show some love to laptops. Samsung is already moving towards this new direction, promising the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens.

According to a statement from CEO Joo Sun Choi, Samsung Display will start mass manufacturing the new laptop displays in March. The 14-inch, 90Hz OLED screens will eventually make their way to laptops can notebooks soon. The company will help laptop makers around the world reach a new standard this year.

Besides the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens, Samsung Display is also working one of the world’s first under-display cameras for a laptop. The upcoming device, currently called the Blade Bezel, features a brilliant edge-to-edge display and a disappearing camera.

With the world slowly acclimating to perpetually working from home, laptop display technology is taking drastic steps forward to keep everyone online and up to speed. In fact, last year saw a dramatic jump in laptop and PC sales in preparation for a telecommuting lifestyle. As the world waits for their turn on the vaccine waitlist, telecommuting won’t go away just yet.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases laptop with under-display camera debut

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Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

But MagSafe will make a comeback!



Apple could be planning a major revamp of the MacBook Pro lineup, and it’s expected to go official in the third quarter of 2021. Interestingly, the redesign will include removing the Touch Bar and the return of the MagSafe charging port.

According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, this will be the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since 2016. Furthermore, it’ll have square-off sides like the iPhone 12, flatter top and bottom panels, and brighter screens.

It’ll be available in two sizes — 14-inch and 16-inch. And yes, they’ll feature Apple’s in-house processors that leverage Arm architecture. There will not be an Intel option, and Apple’s next-generation chipsets will power it. They’re expected to feature more cores and enhanced graphics.

At the end of November 2020, a MacBook Pro 16-inch with 12-core Apple M1X processor was tipped to be even more powerful than the M1 processor. Earlier that month, a MacBook Pro 14-ich model with Apple’s M1 processor was also tipped.

A report by TechRadar suggested that the 16-inch MacBook Pro model looks a bit slimmer. This could be due to the processor’s efficiency since it doesn’t need aggressive cooling like Intel-powered options.

Most importantly, though, Apple is going old-school and bringing some of the features we’ve always loved. The pill-shaped MagSafe charging connector could make a comeback, and physical function keys could replace the digital Touch Bar. Kuo has also hinted that Apple could provide ports generously to reduce dependence on dongles.

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