Looks like Asus isn’t the only one making decent-looking laptops under the Php20k price category. Acer’s entry in the budget laptop (student laptop) market is the Acer Aspire E1.
Budget laptops take the shape of a regular-sized notebook (the 14-inchers) but with the hardware specs that’s close to the netbook range. Set the price at just under Php20k and you’ve got a budget laptop.
There are two variants of the Aspire E1 — one uses an AMD dual-core processor and the other uses an Intel Core i3 processor (2nd gen, Sandy Bridge).
Acer Aspire E specs:
14-inch TFT-LCD display @ 1366×768 pixels
AMD E300 1.3GHz dual-core
ATI Radeon HD 6150 256MB RAM
2GB DDR3 RAM (4GB max)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
SD card reader
1 x USB 3.0 port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x HDMI port
For this configuration, the retail price is just Php16,900. If you switch the chipset to the Core i3 2.2GHz, the price goes up considerably at Php22,400. Have Windows 7 pre-installed and you’ll need to add Php2,500.