Laptops for home-based workers (under PHP 35K)
It seems like more and more people are looking at going freelance or working from home. The challenge, though, is getting a machine that is capable enough to handle tasks like handling MS Office, coding, basic video or photo editing, and heavy browsing. And then there’s the budget. In this case, we opted for a reasonable starting budget of PHP 35K. Check them out below.
Dell Inspiron 3593
For people who still need DVD drives and a wide array of ports, we recommend the Dell Inspiron 3593. It sports an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB graphics, 4GB of RAM, 1TB of HDD, a 15.6-inch screen, and Windows 10. It is priced at PHP 31,490 and available at PC Hub.
Acer Swift 3
For those looking for an ultrabook with a 1080p panel, take a look at the Acer Swift 3. It has a 14-inch screen, an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, integrated Intel HD graphics, 4GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD, and Windows 10. The Acer Swift 3 SF314-56 is available at Villman for PHP 34,999.
Acer Aspire 3
If you prefer a laptop with the most recent processor, you can check out the Acer Aspire 3. It has an Intel Core i5-10210u processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB graphics, 4GB of RAM 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD, a 15.6-inch screen, and Windows 10. The Acer Aspire 3 A315-55G is available at PC Hub for PHP 33,190.
Lenovo IdeaPad S340
Those looking for a larger SSD storage, latest processor, and slim form factor, we have the Lenovo S340. It features an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX230 2GB graphics, 4GB of RAM, 512GB SSD (no HDD), a 14-inch HD display (TN panel), and Windows 10. The Lenovo IdeaPad S340-14IIL is priced at PHP 32,990 and is available at PC Hub.
ASUS VivoBook 14
If you want something that has a decent dedicated GPU, large SSD storage, and Full HD resolution screen, take a look at the ASUS VivoBook 14. It has an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB graphics, 4GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, a 14-inch FHD display, and Windows 10. The ASUS Vivobook 14 X412FL is available at PC Hub for PHP 32,990.
ASUS TUF FX505DY
Sometimes you need a more powerful laptop not just for heavy workloads but for gaming as well. In this case, we recommend the ASUS TUF FX505DY. This machine has an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H process, Radeon RX 560X 4GB graphics, 4GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The ASUS TUF FX505DY AL117T is available at PC Hub at PHP 34,190.
And that sums up our recommendations. These laptops are a good starting point for your work-from-home needs and should be good for a couple of years before you can consider upgrading. You can also enhance your working experience with these budget peripherals.
If you have other recommendations, let us know in the comments below.