In the first half of 2023, we mentioned that not all laptops under PHP 40K will have high-end specs.
However, buyers shelling out that much should expect an above-average build. This is inclusive of a reliable processor, a decent integrated graphics card, and at least 8GB of RAM.
We also understand that finding a high-performing laptop that doesn’t go over your budget can be a tedious task. After all, it’s essential to go through dozens of units before deciding on what’s best for you.
The market is teeming with options, and that’s why we’re here to help you make a choice.
So with that, we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide on 7 of the best laptops under ₱40K. The list is curated to cater to your budget without snubbing buyers from substantial performance and value.
Alright, let’s take a look at the 7 best laptops you can buy under PHP 40K for the second half 2023.
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Asus Vivobook 17 (X712J)
First up is the Asus Vivobook 17 (X712J), which comes with a 17.3-inch display, Intel I5-1035G1 10th Gen processor, 12GB of RAM, and 1TB of HDD storage.
The Vivobook 17 has the biggest screen on this list, so it offers the most screen real estate for multitasking. It provides excellent performance for standard work and creative tasks.
However, it’s limited by its own integrated graphics card. You may have issues with GPU-dependent creative apps, but it’s a solid pick for its low price.
Dell Inspiron 3530
Next, is the Dell Inspiron 3530. It features a 15.6-inch LED screen, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage, and up to five variants with different processors.
However, we recommend that buyers look into the i3 or Ryzen 5 variants to stay within budget when purchasing from reputable dealers.
The Inspiron 3530 also utilizes adaptive thermals, which helps the unit modify its power usage. This helps the Inspiron 3530 maintain an optimal level of processing without interruption.
If you’re the type to work on-the-go and have a habit of unplugging your device a lot, the Inspiron 3530’s for you.
Additionally, the unit also offers ExpressCharge, which can recharge your battery up to 80% in 60 minutes, which lets you spend less time plugged into an outlet. We only wish that the keyboard wasn’t too sensitive in actuation.
Aside from that, the Inspiron 3530 is a great all-around laptop.
Price: ₱32,490 – ₱39,899
MSI Modern 15 B7M
For those who want an exceptional performance without breaking the bank, next we have the MSI Modern 15. It sports a 15.6-inch IPS display, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.
This laptop will deliver a solid performance focused on its processor (Ryzen 7530U & Ryzen 7730U) and integrated GPU capabilities. It’s also good to mention that the Ryzen 7730U with its 8 cores, is tailored for more specific tasks.
But for most users, the Ryzen 7530U should be enough, offering a good mix between affordability and efficiency.
Price: ₱33,950 – ₱39,995
Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 14 (AMD)
We just had to include the Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 14 (AMD). This ultrabook has a 14-inch QHD display, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.
This laptop mixes high-end efficiency and cost performance. The sleek all-metal CNC aluminum body, 120Hz high-resolution screen, and excellent performance is unbelievable at the price it’s sold for.
For processors, we recommend a variant of the RedmiBook equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 6600H (with 6 cores). This also comes with an AMD Radeon 660M graphics card.
If you needed a balance for demanding applications for work or gaming —the RedmiBook Pro 14 2022 is for you.
HP ProBook 445 G10 2023
Moving on, we have the HP ProBook 445 G10 2023. The ProBook 445 has a 14-inch IPS display, an AMD Ryzen 5 7530U with 6 cores, 16GB of dual channel RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.
Whether you’re a student or a professional, this model just might be ideal for you. The well-rounded specs along with its long battery life is ideal for hybrid work or even studying on-the-go.
According to HP themselves, this upgradeable model is ideal for long-term productivity. It also has up to 6 variants on the market providing users with excellent performance.
Price: ₱38,850 – 39,900
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 (14-inch model)
Next, we have the Lenovo Ideapad 5 14-inch variant. It features a 14-inch IPS display, an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.
This model fits the niche for the best laptops for school (or light office work) and does its job as intended.
It’s a reliable find equipped with integrated AMD graphics, a tactile keyboard, plenty of ports, and a 14-inch screen—the perfect size for a laptop that has to be portable enough to carry around, but at the same time big enough to comfortably work on documents and/or presentations.
Apart from being a solid pick, it also has this one cool feature—the privacy shutter.
As for the privacy shutter, it’s good for two things.
First, it saves you some tape if you’re wary about hackers watching you through your webcam.
Next, you can use it to remove the anxiety that comes with it by pushing the tiny switch above the IdeaPad 5’s camera to the left. Best Laptops 2023
Perfect for those who have a lot of anxiety that creeps in.
Acer Aspire 7 (I5 Model)
Lastly, we have the Acer Aspire 7 sporting a 15.6-inch display, an Intel I5-12450H processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD Storage.
It excels at everyday tasks and multitasking. The processor enables it to handle moderate gaming and resource-intensive applications consistently.
You should definitely look into the Aspire 7 if you need to do multimedia-related tasks. However, if you require high-end editing you may also look for its other variant (Aspire 7 AMD) with a higher-level processor and graphics card.
Well, that wraps up our list of the best laptops that you can buy under PHP 40K.
As a disclaimer, these units fell within our set budget at the time this article was written. These include suggested retail prices (SRP) or prolonged sales prices. We’ll also note that the prices of these machines may vary with passing time.
While there are tons of options for laptops out there with their own pros and cons, we’re sure that any of these picks will give you great value for your money’s worth.
So what laptop are you going to get? Got any laptops that you think should’ve made the list? Let us know what you think below!