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!


What it’s like to use the ZenBook Pro 15 OLED, according to creative professionals

The laptop of tomorrow is the laptop for the pros



ASUS has just launched the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED in the Philippines. The laptop of tomorrow now comes with an evolved ScreenPad Plus and a new hinge design, improving the ergonomics and brightness levels that elevate the touchscreen experience.

The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA RTX 3070 graphics. It also sports a Pantone-validated 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED HDR main display.

Laptop for the Pros

Meant for creative professionals, ASUS brings out real Pros in different industries to share their experience using an avant-garde laptop.

For Jason Magbanua, renowned wedding videographer and visual storyteller, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo OLED 15 works as fast as he thinks. It’s a “machine that keeps up with his creativity.”

After all, the laptop sports 32GB of memory and 1TB SSD storage, speeding up your process while keeping it smooth.

Streamlining your work

YouTube sensation and Architect Oliver Austria remembers one of his favorite quotes: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

To Austria, having a professional laptop means he can be ready for any opportunity that comes his way since the laptop allows him to streamline his workflow and create quality video content.

Especially the ScreenPad Plus, featuring a brand-new Control Center UI. Creative pros can now customize and minimize their screen according to their preferences and enable intuitive interactions between the two displays for an efficient workflow.

Moreover, the machine has a unique feature of Adobe Control Center suitable for Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Lightroom Classic.

The right gear can enhance your experience

As most artists find themselves sitting in front of their machines for a long time, sometimes the right gear is something that lets them multi-task without worry.

While the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED prides itself on having top-of-the-line hardware, its ergonomic design and experience are its ultimate edge.

For instance, the tilting ScreenPad plus lifts up to 9.5 degrees, and slightly raises the back of the laptop, which results in an improved airflow by 36 percent more. It simply avoids overheating even when used for longer hours.

This is why Graphic Designer and Illustrator AJ Dimarucot reiterated how one of the most important aspects of his career is using the right tools. Dimarucot, known for working on experiential, digital, and integrated campaigns for global brands, stated how finding the right gear can change the way you work.

Get full creative freedom

For other creative pros, color accuracy is one thing they consider before buying a laptop. Luckily, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED produces true-to-life professional-grade colors and supports 3840×2160 resolution. Its 4K OLED screen is stunningly embraced whether for content creation or media consumption.

Landscape, Travel, and Architectural photographer Nicco Valenzuela shared how the laptop of tomorrow aids him in improving his workflow and post-processing stage.

“When a creative pursues a brilliant idea, their tools must work in harmony with their technical and creative skills. The [Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED] breaks down these barriers for me and gives me full creative freedom and efficiency in my workflow,” said Valenzuela.

Price and availability

The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is available in a Celestial Blue colorway. The 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor variant is priced at PhP 199,995. There’s also an Intel Core i7 processor variant that retails for PhP 169,995.

Interested customers can now purchase the laptop of tomorrow on select ASUS’ official stores and authorized multi-brand stores nationwide.

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Lenovo launches IdeaPad Slim 3i and Slim 5i Pro

Equipped with the hardware to take you to the next level



IdeaPad Slim 3i

Lenovo designed their IdeaPad lineup of laptops to best suit the working professional. With each year, the company adds something new to the mix to cater to a wide range of needs. Now, as we continue our work-from-home setup, they’re releasing two new laptops with significant upgrades to boost performance for all your tasks. Introducing: the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i and Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro.

 IdeaPad Slim 3i

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i in Almond Sand

While not necessarily a new laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i comes with hardware upgrades for heavier workload. For starters, the new laptop will come an 11th-gen Intel Core processor and an NVIDIA discrete GPU inside. Along with up to 16GB of RAM, the laptop becomes an ideal option for work-related tasks and a bit of gaming or graphics work.

Meanwhile, the new Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro comes with the same set of hardware and some key changes. Apart from the CPU and RAM, the IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro also comes with a 2K, 16:10 display with up to a 120Hz refresh rate. Also, you have an option to get this device with an NVIDIA RTX 3050 for a big gaming performance boost. In essence, the IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro serves an all-around device for the professionals and casual gamers alike.

These two laptops are now available in Lenovo stores and online retailers. For their SRPs, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i starts at PhP 39,995, while the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i Pro starts at PhP 59,995.

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Huawei MateBook D 15 Core i3 now available in the Philippines

Comes with freebies worth PhP 5,279 for a limited time only!



MateBook D 15 2021

After the release of the MateBook Family 2021 laptops, Huawei Philippines came up with another device. Introducing the Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 Core 1.3 ,a 15.6-inch ultra-slim laptop. Equipped with Huawei’s FullView display and the 10th generation Intel Core processor, this slim laptop packs a punch. A metallic body to seal the insides with a thickness of only 16.9 mm, the new MateBook is a product you might want to take a look at!

Opening the laptop, you will immediately see the 1920×1080 pixels, IPS anti-glare, and 250 nits screen. This MateBook has a screen-to-body ratio of 87 percent and a viewing angle of 178 degrees as well. Additionally, the top of the keyboard houses the 1mp recessed camera. To top it all off, Huawei Share is also supported by this variant making multitasking easier for the users. Simply connect your phone to the laptop vis Huawei Share and you’ll be ready to go.

Another favorite feature of the laptop is the fingerprint power button, Huawei claims to be the first to do it. The new recessed camera allows Huawei to have more space to achieve the 87 percent screen-to-body ratio. The MateBook D 15 2021 also has a smart assistant and a 4K video playback for the best experience.

Price and Availability

The MateBook D 15 2021 is priced at PhP 31,999, it comes with the Mystic Silver color. There will be exclusive bundles available for the new MateBook.

Buy MateBook D 15 2021 online via the Huawei Store, Shopee, or Lazada starting on June 6 until July 17, 2021, and you will get a free Huawei Band 4 worth PhP 1,890, Huawei Backpack worth PhP 1,890, and a Huawei Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 1,499.

Starting from June 11 until 17, 2021, you can preorder MateBook D 15 2021 at the nearest Huawei experience stores and take home a free Huawei Band 4 worth PhP 1,890, Huawei Backpack worth PhP 1,890, and an Entertainment Gift Package worth PhP 2,099.

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