Buy laptop less than 30 000 rubles in meaning and whether it is possible to use such a device

On our website there are many reviews of laptops, but most of the studied device can be described by the epithet “honey.” It is not surprising that in the comments to a particular article about another laptop worth 100 000 rubles, you receive the criticism in style: “is it possible to be closer to the people and talk about something more affordable? In Russia do you live”. Criticism is legitimate, and we are constantly asking representatives of leading companies to give us to test not only the

top versions of their devices, but also more affordable options that are used the customers demand. To understand the vendors too, because they want to present to the readers your product in the best light, and in the case of the same gaming laptops “best light” means the highest performance. And we get a vicious circle.

Meanwhile, it is obvious that in Russia the greatest demand is for inexpensive models. In connection with the recent events sale of laptops in our country, according to the group “M. Video-Eldorado”, increased by almost 70 %, and the highest growth was demonstrated by the group of devices cost up to 45 000 rubles. Including so I decided to see what one of the most affordable mobile computers, the price of which does not exceed 30 thousand rubles. This amount is 30 000 rubles — in 2020, we believe a small laptop, and the device for the money — therefore, inexpensive or cheap.

Buy laptop less than 30 000 rubles in meaning and whether such a device actually use

Is there a choice?

In this article I will not focus your attention on specific laptops. I propose to approach the issue is more plastic and to consider the main features of the cheap laptops — trust me, the laptop what manufacturer would you have chosen in the end, the devices in this price range will have a lot in common. And this “General” is a good synonym of “compromise”.

Compromise a lot and if you buy this device you will have to put up with. You know, naively gravely complain that cheap laptops used, for example, of mediocre quality TN – and IPS-matrix. Yes, they are mediocre. But the laptops with screens even medium quality are, unfortunately, already absolutely other money — and these are the realities of the market. In such a situation, you either compromise, or saving up for a more expensive model — the third is not given.

The table below presents the various components of laptops, which meet our main criteria — price. The device was selected according to the proposals “Yandex.Market”, the current at the beginning of June 2020.

What components are found in budget laptops
Up to 20 000 rubles
Processor Graphics RAM Display Drive
Model Frequency Cores/threads Model Type, volume Resolution Type Diagonal, inches Type The volume
Intel Celeron N3350 1.1 GHz 2/2 Intel HD Graphics 500 3 GB, DDR3-1600 1920 × 1080
1366 × 768
TN/IPS 11,6
64 GB
AMD A4-9125 2.3 GHz 2/2 AMD Radeon R3 4GB, DDR4-1866 128 GB
AMD A6-9225 2.6 GHz 2/2 AMD Radeon R4 256 GB
Intel Celeron 4205U 1.8 GHz 2/2 Intel UHD Graphics 610 4GB DDR4-2133 500 GB
Celeron Dual Core
1.9 GHz 2/2 Intel UHD Graphics 4GB, DDR4-2400
AMD A9-9425 3.1 GHz 2/2 AMD Radeon R5
Up to 30 000 rubles
Intel Pentium 4417U 2.3 GHz 2/4 Intel HD Graphics 610 4GB DDR4-2133 1920 × 1080
1366 × 768
TN/IPS 13,3
Intel Core i3-6006U 2 GHz 2/4 Intel HD Graphics 520 4 GB DDR3-1600 256 GB
Intel Pentium 5405U 2.3 GHz 2/4 Intel HD Graphics 620 4GB, DDR4-2400 500 GB
Intel Core i3-7020U 2.3 GHz 2/4 Intel UHD Graphics 8 GB, DDR4-1866 512 GB
Intel Pentium 6405U 2.4 GHz 2/4 AMD Radeon Vega 3 8 GB DDR4-2133 1 TB
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U 2.6 GHz 2/4 AMD Radeon Vega 3 8 GB, DDR4-2400
Intel Core M3 7Y30 1 GHz 2/4 NVIDIA GeForce MX110
AMD Athlon 300U 2.4 GHz 2/4
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz 2/4

On laptops costing less than 20 000 rubles without tears to look hard. It’s hard to believe, but in 2020 you still selling a computer with 2 GB of RAM. And processors? Dual-core models such as the Celeron N3350, and in 2016 was not considered productive.

Interesting laptops start with a budget of 20 000 rubles, but mainly have to choose among 2-core AMD and Intel — more about them we will discuss in the next paragraph. Now we have to admit that even in the cheapest laptops are used primarily SSD (albeit a small amount) and 4 GB of RAM, and the devices themselves generally have a 15.6-inch TN-display with a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels — these are the realities of 2020.

Laptops 4-core chips Core and Ryzen are already significantly more than 30 thousand rubles. For example, for the model Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IWL (81LG00N0RU), a review of which came out not so long ago on our website, please have more than 40 000. These words are relevant for models with NVIDIA graphics class GeForce MX 150.

For writing this article I was able to get four cheap laptop:

  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0JV (300U AMD Athlon, 4 GB DDR4-2400, 128 GB SSD) 24 to 29 thousand rubles (average price — 26 500 rubles).
  • Acer Extensa 15 EX215-51K323K (Intel Core i3-7020U, 4 GB DDR4-2133, 128GB SSD) — 28 to 34 thousand rubles (average price — 31 000 rubles).
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-53-P93E (Intel Pentium Gold 4417U, 4 GB DDR4-2400, 128GB SSD) — 29 thousand rubles.
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-22-937C (AMD 9420 A9, 4 GB DDR4-1866 128 GB SSD) 16-34 thousand (average price of 22 000 rubles).

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I would like to get more copies, but this many devices, I think, will be enough to get a clear picture of what we’re dealing with. Interestingly, in all models used a similar set of components (4 GB of RAM and hard drive 128 GB), so the comparison of the latest AMD and Intel can be considered quite relevant. All the devices are managed by Windows 10 with the latest updates for the Assembly of 1909, drivers last.

The CPU and memory

As we have seen, in the cheapest used laptops ancient Intel chips like Celeron and Atom N3350 Z8350 presented in the distant 2016. It is obvious that they have a low level of performance, but because the laptops with such CPUs it is impossible to call… acceptable. Avoid them. This can be attributed to the laptops based on a 4-core processor Gemini Lake, such as Pentium N5000. Looks much more interesting budget member of the family Whiskey Lake, a dual-core Celeron 4205U — it at least uses the microarchitecture Skylake, and TDP at the rate of 12.5 watts allows the chip to operate at 1.8 GHz.

A kind of competitor “selionov” and “Pentium” is A-series processors AMD — 2 – and 4-core chips presented in 2017. Model class A4, A6, A9 and A10 are different from each other frequency formula, as well as capabilities of the integrated graphics Radeon. They are produced by 28-nm process, do not have the cache of the third level, and the chip based on the microarchitecture Excavator — read more about it you can read in this article. Integrated graphics uses the third-generation GCN architecture.

Last year, when they presented the 4-core chips Ryzen 3000 (Picasso) for laptops, there are dual-core AMD Athlon 300U. The processor is made according to 12-nm process, so we are dealing with a class of Zen+. This means that the mobile “Athlone” supports the SMT technology, with TDP of 15 watts, the core frequency can reach 3.3 GHz. While integrated graphics Vega 3 has three cores GPU (“red” is still not translated their integrated GP architecture RDNA) and operates at a frequency of 1 GHz.

The opponents Athlon 300U are relatively modern models, such as the Gold 4417U Pentium, Pentium 5405U Gold, Gold 6405U Pentium and Core i3-7020U. In these processors manufactured in 14 nm technological norms, the Skylake microarchitecture is used, and they support Hyper-Threading technology. Interestingly, people not interested in computer technology, can, pardon the pun, to get lost in three stumps. Comparing characteristics, we see that Pentium Gold 4417U in some respects looks even more preferably its older and more modern “brothers”, although in General, all four chips have a plus or minus similar level of performance. In particular, it uses a faster graphics 610 HD, not UHD. And Pentium Gold 4417U has four lines PCI Express 3.0, although 5405U and 6405U content with only the second version of this interface.

Finally, the Core i3-7020U from Pentium Gold 4417U different graphics (HD 620 HD vs 610) and a slightly larger cache in the third level (3 MB vs. 2 MB). Also, the chips support different instruction set. Let’s compare the processors in real tasks.

Performance measurement of CPU and memory was conducted with the following:

  • Corona 1.3. To test the speed of rendering using the same rendering. To measure the speed of constructing a standard BTR scenes used for measuring performance.
  • WinRAR 5.40. Archiving folders with a volume of 11 GB with different data format RAR5 and with the maximum degree of compression.
  • Blender 2.80 RC1. Determination of the speed of the final rendering in one of the most popular free package for creating three-dimensional graphics. Measured the duration of the construction of the final model from Blender Cycles Benchmark rev4.
  • x264 FHD Benchmark. Speed test video transcoding format H. 264/AVC.
  • x265 HD Benchmark. Speed test video transcoding format H. 265/HEVC.
  • CINEBENCH R15 and R20. Measurement of performance photorealistic three-dimensional rendering and animation package CINEMA 4D-test the CPU.
  • Fritz 9 Chess Benchmarks. Test speed popular chess engine.
  • JetStream 1.1 and WebXPRT 3 (browser — Google Chrome). Testing the performance of Internet applications built using algorithms, HTML5 and JavaScript.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 2019. Render the project in 4K.
  • PCMark 10. A comprehensive benchmark that defines the level of performance of all components of the laptop.

The results provide much food for thought. First, we see that the dual core chips based on the old microarchitecture and not having the extra virtual threads very much behind modern budget CPU for laptops. Models such as the AMD A9-9420, have a very low level of performance — I didn’t even add to the graphs the results of this CPU in Adobe Premiere Pro 2019, as the render test video was completed in… 6 hours and 40 minutes. This “zeal” is no good. In the background A9-9420 brand new Athlon 300U looks great — it turns out, AMD made a huge step forward. Again.

Second, even without tests it is obvious that the modern “Athlone” will be faster Quad-core A10-9620P, because members of the family Bristol Ridge are based on the same architecture Excavator. And between it and the Zen+ is observed a huge gap in performance.

And never mind that the market presents only one model of the budget mobile “Athlone”. Our tests show that it successfully makes the chips-competitors from Intel — is in third. So, if you don’t have a specific “religious” beliefs, then it makes little sense to understand the varieties of the dual-core Pentium and Core i3 — from the performance point of view it is easier and better to take the laptop with Athlon 300U. In addition, we earlier found that on average laptops with the “red stone” are worth less, which is also an important factor when choosing a cheap laptop.

A small poll showed that users do not know much about the Athlon 300U and its capabilities. As you can see, nothing — including for me the chip was a pleasant discovery.

Very sorry that I was unable to get any computer Ryzen 3 3200U — some models with this chip also costs less than 30 000 rubles. However, in this case, the difference in performance between this chip and Athlon 300U is a small chip built on the same microarchitecture, have the same volume cache of the third level, but operate at different frequencies, however, are quite similar.

The performance of test systems severely limits the availability of only 4 GB of RAM — also it works in single channel mode. The shortcomings of the system RAM, I will try to fix yourself, read the paragraph “Possible upgrade”.

In General, the performance of laptops with the Athlon, Pentium and Core i3 I was pleased with the performance of these chips is quite enough not only for undemanding household tasks but also to perform some resource-intensive projects.

Possible graphics

All four of the laptop does not have discrete GPUs — with this scenario you will encounter in 97 % of cases when you select the device cheaper 30 000 rubles. While the possibility of “incorporation” HD HD 620 and 610 are well known here surprises should not wait. Without any tests it is clear that such equipment can not be called a game — you will not be able to play comfortably in the so-called AAA projects even with the inclusion of minimum quality graphics in the resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. But this does not mean that you and this laptop can’t play at all.

* Games run at a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels when using the minimum graphics quality.

Something iGPU mobile dvuhjadernym does is show you the diagrams above. “Contra” and “tanks” on the minimum salary, for example, work that is already good. Don’t forget that a limitation of the Acer laptops is still slow RAM, of which volume is inadequate and the mode of operation is limited to one channel. Built-in GP is very sensitive to such things. At the end of the test in comparison with the rivals system on Athlon 300U manifests itself in the best way — however, to be surprised by this state of Affairs is not necessary.

In the market you will find laptops with discrete graphics class GeForce and Radeon MX110 530. Such chips are significantly faster Radeon Vega 3 used in Athlon 300U. So, in 3DMark graphics Podesta Time Spy Lenovo IdeaPad model L340 with the MX 110, gaining 450 points, ahead of Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0JV with “VEGA” by 45 %.

Recently on our website published an article “10 old but interesting games that will run even on very weak computer”. I hope it will inspire the passage of even older, but very interesting games. And there will always be close in spirit to the hit of yore, which will work perfectly even on a very slow PC.

Cooling and noise

While the producers of laptops are scratching their heads, how can they effectively cool the new 6 – and 8-core AMD and Intel processors in the budget segment, is the real idyll. No hot CPUs — and no problems. The noise test laptops slightly — for effective and comfortable operation of the computer is enough of the cooler with one fan and one deplorably.

The cooling system in the laptop Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0JV

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The fact that even in inexpensive laptops without exception uses solid-state drives, can not but rejoice. And in the three test models of the four NVMe SSD installed — albeit a small amount. Test results, for example, in the benchmark PCMARK 10 clearly show, how fast do laptops with pre-installed SSD — you can tell by the high scores in Podesta Essentials. Indeed, on any of the four tested laptops Windows boots very quickly, programs start instantly, same browser, for example.

The volume issue could be solved, in principle. Yes, mostly laptops cheaper 30 000 are equipped with SSD at 128 GB, but there is a sale model with 256 and even 512 GB SSDs. I think that a fast SSD is always better, more capacious, but slower HDD.

Naturally, cheap laptops used cheap and slow models of SSDs. And it is justified, because the reliability (or rather, test laptops) do not support SSD with four lines of PCI Express 3.0. For example, the model RBUSNS8154P3128GJ1 in Kingston Acer Aspire 3 A315-22-937C works in mode PCI Express x1 3.0, but this drive has two lines. Not a problem, of course, since even in this case, the SSD is noticeably faster HDD.

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Possible upgrade

I firmly believe that we must take laptop that can be easily disassembled and allows easily reach to exchangeable components. Almost all cheaper laptops 30 000 rubles the period of free warranty service is only 1 year. So you can safely break the warranty seal, if any.

In the laptop installed memory module Crucial BLS8G4S240FSD

In models 4 GB of RAM or soldered on a printed circuit Board, or installed in a single module SO-DIMM. In any case, the manufacturer has at least one slot SO-DIMM free, allowing you to increase the amount of RAM — it is possible to install the module with capacity of 4, 8 or 16 GB. What I have used in the case of model Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0JV. How the system became faster in various tasks, you can see in the table below. In some the difference is quite noticeable.


After upgrade


After upgrade

Naturally, it is possible to replace the SSD. From the foregoing, it is to chase a fast SSD makes no sense — take the high gigabytes for at least rubles. In some laptops it is possible to “squeeze” and a 2.5-inch memory.

Upgrade RAM in a laptop (Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0JV)
  To After Growth
Corona 1.3, with (less — better) 797 757 5%
WinRAR 5.40, with (less — better) 1005 905 10%
Blender 2.80 RC1, with (less — better) 469 469 0%
x264 FHD Benchmark, FPS (higher is better) 9,37 Of 9.68 3%
x265 HD Benchmark, FPS (higher is better) 5,75 6,33 10%
CINEBENCH R15, scores (more is better) 285 289 1%
R20b CINEBENCH scores (more is better) 627 635 1%
Fritz 9 Chess Benchmarks, knodes/s (more is better) 5144 5201 1%
Adobe Premiere Pro 2019, with (less — better) 4434 4003 10%
PCMark 10 points
Total score (more — better) 2817 3123 11%
Essentials 6351 6887
Productivity 4801 5560
Digital Content Creation 1990 2161
3DMark, scores
Sky Diver (more — better) 3376 4060 20%
Nigth Raid (more is better) 3670 4279 17%
Games, FPS
World of Tanks (more is better) 119/73 141/77 5%
Dota 2 (more is better) 46/25 60/33 32%

Display and sound

And that’s the frustrating part in cheap laptops, is the universal use of low quality displays. To hell with it, with a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels — with a diagonal of 14-15 inches to use the device with that resolution is quite comfortable, but sometimes unusual. It’s all in the image quality, and even if you will find over 30 thousand laptop with IPS-matrix, then it will still be a mediocre IPS-matrix.

I’m not going to talk about used in such computers screens is a reality with which, alas, have to put up with. The table below shows the results of testing of some matrices used in cheap laptops.

Screens used in cheap laptops
Name CNM15E6 NT156FHM-N61 BOE06F3
Resolution 1366 × 768 1920 × 1080 1920 × 1080
Brightness 191 201 270
Contrast 345:1 212:1 800:1
Gamma 2,14 2,22 2,15
Color temperature >9000 K >9000 K 7500 K
The average deviation for grey scale Of 25.19 25,82 6,85
The average deviation in the test ColorChecker24 Of 10.57 10,85 Of 5.81

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The build quality and functionality

The weight of most laptops cheaper 30 000 rubles does not exceed 2 kg. for Example, the 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0JV with a thickness of 20 mm and weighs just 1.9 kg and 250 grams heavier backpack external power supply. I think that with this laptop you can safely go in pairs to the University — or to send her daughter to solve the problem for online Olympics to the kitchen.

Case of such notebooks, of course, be made entirely of plastic. All four Acer models look very neat and are built well: the details of the case are well fitted to each other, the lid and the area with the keys bend slightly.

Personally I really miss the backlit keyboard, as quite a lot have to work in the shadows. The rest of the functionality of such devices I was quite happy. Of course, in cheap laptops you will not find the USB type-C, DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 — but without all this, it is possible to live and not feel discomfort.


Work offline

Our tests showed that three of the four laptops with a screen brightness of 150 CD/m2 worked for more than six hours in video playback. Cheap laptops are equipped, as a rule, the battery capacity is low — 30-40 W * h And yet with such high survivability of the investigated models is natural, because in these devices are low-voltage CPUs and TN-matrix with low resolution and brightness.

The battery life is 150 CD/m2
Acer Extensa 15 EX215-51K323K 7 h 50 min
Acer Aspire 3 A315-53-P93E 5 h 24 min
Acer Aspire 3 A315-22-937C 6 h 14 min
Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0JV 6 h 46 min

The time of the laptop battery was tested when playing video of format .mkv in Full HD in the embedded player Windows with activated snooze function. In all cases, exhibited the same display brightness 150 CD/m2, and shut off the keypad backlight (if available) and sound.


To be honest, I thought it would be worse. However, familiarity with the inexpensive models of notebooks left in most cases a good impression. It turns out that these devices very comfortable to use.

Here we take a model with Athlon 300U. We saw that this laptop has good performance and adequately manifests itself when performing everyday tasks. Such a configuration (dual core modern CPU and fast SSDS) is sufficient for Internet surfing, watching videos and work in office programs. If desired, you can tie her to something more serious — 4-in-line “Altoona” way ahead of dual-core a chip A-series and legacy “Pentium” and “Celeron”.

For modern AAA games these laptops do not fit. Will have to indulge yourself with hits of past years and even decades. Or to enjoy the popular multiplayer titles such as CS: GO and WoT, and undemanding casual online games. In any case, you will need to choose such game that, on the one hand, will interest you, and with another — normally run on weak integrated graphics. Fortunately, now there is more and more remakes and remaster, and favorite old projects get the support of modern resolutions and operating systems.

Actually, I just allocated Athlon 300U. Glad to see the competition between AMD and Intel. On our website there have been several reviews of the new 8-core Ryzen 4000, but at the same time and in the budget segment products the “red” looks very interesting. This means that in a short time homemade laptops will become even more attractive in every sense of the word.

Overall impression of travelers with low-priced laptops spoiled only rampant use of low-quality displays. Alas, used in modern TN-matrix does not stand up to scrutiny. But it will have to put up with.


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