Top 20 Best Budget Laptops in Singapore [2021 Edition]
Say hello to the Top Best Budget Laptops and say goodbye to the old cathode ray tube (CRT) we knew and loved. The new laptop is fast becoming the new luxury item. Gone are the days when a decent laptop would cost you north of $1,000. It’s now possible to pick up a full-size or ultraportable Windows 10 notebook with a processor powerful enough for use at home, school, or work, for between $400 and $700. It’s also easy to find full-featured Chromebooks and hybrid systems that give you both laptop and tablet functionality in one device for as little as $300.
You should be prepared to compromise in one aspect or other, however. While it’s certainly possible to find a powerful laptop with a 15-inch screen, you might have to make do with a flimsy keyboard and touchpad. Likewise, you could buy an impeccably made ultraportable that uses a modest CPU and a small storage drive to achieve its low price. Understanding those trade-offs, and matching up a budget laptop’s strengths and weaknesses with what you will do with it, is the key to making a happy purchase. Here’s help.
Table of Contents
- 1. Acer Swift 3
- 2. Huawei Matebook D14
- 3. Apple Mac Book Air
- 4. Dell Inspiron 14
- 5. Asus Vivobook 15
- 6. Lenovo Duet 3i
- 7. Asus Chromebook C204
- 8. Acer swift 1
- 9. Mi Laptop Air
- 10. Asus Vivobook Flip 14
- 11. Microsoft Surface Go 2
- 12. Idea Pad Gaming 3 AMD
- 13. Think book 14 Gen 2
- 14. Lenovo Yoga C640
- 15. Acer Nitro 5
- 16. HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13-aw2065TU
- 17. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- 18. LG gram Ultra Lightweight
- 19. Hp Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15
- 20. Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5
1. Acer Swift 3
Tough, Light and Thin Weight
Really is not an issue with it, think and light notebook. Thanks to its aluminum and magnesium-aluminum metal chassis, it’s able to weigh as little as 1.19kg5 and be as thin as 15.95mm.
Clearer, Brighter Vision Watch
With the two narrow bezels and an impressive screen-to-body ratio, you get to see more of the 13.5” 3:2 2256×1504 IPS VertiView Display or 14” 16:9 FHD IPS screen5. The addition of Acer Color Intelligence™ and ExaColor™ provides enhanced color contrast.
All-day Power Spending
All-day on the move requires a large battery, and at 56Wh5 it’s capable of lasting for up to 17 hours6. In cases of emergency, it can also be fast-charged to provide 4-hours of use for just 30 minutes of charge-time7.
The Swift 3 can be accessed even faster and more securely without having to use a password. Thanks to Cortana it can also be used as a smart assistant to answer a wide range of questions.
Slim, lightweight and stylish, the Swift 3 is the ideal laptop for working on the move. The latest NVIDIA® GPU, Intel® CPU and long battery life are housed inside a choice of displays: an elegantly silver chassis with a 13.5” 3:2 ratio 2256×1504 IPS VertiView Display or the vivid colors of a 14” 16:9 FHD IPS display.
Pricing: S$1,798.00 – Buy on Acer Store
Where to Find: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/SG/content/series/swift3
2. Huawei Matebook D14
Light, Sleek and Stylish
Weighing in at just 1.38 kg1 and with a thickness of 15.9 mm,2 the streamlined design doesn’t just look great, it means you can push the hinge to nearly 180°. You’ll get the best view in the house, whether you’re kicking back or right at the edge of your seat
Unleash the Power
HUAWEI MateBook D 14 is powered by 10th generation Intel® Core™ i5-10210U processor, which accelerates and enhances performance. Fitted with a PCIe SSD, and packing up to 16 GB in DDR4 RAM , its read and write speeds are blisteringly fast. With NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 graphics, it empowers you to master daily work or enjoy entertainment with no effort.
HUAWEI MateBook D 14
Equipped with an extraordinary 56 Wh3 battery, whether you’re facing extensive meetings or back-to-back classes, it will get you through effortlessly. And if you’ve got a long haul flight, don’t settle for inflight entertainment. Binge-watch a series instead, with up to 13.2 hours of 1080p videos.
HUAWEI MateBook D 14 is fitted with a remarkable 1920 x 1080 IPS screen and the bezels have been stripped back to just 4.8 mm, making the 14-inch FullView display look nearly endless. With its viewing angle of 178°, whether you’re diving into a cinematic experience, or just sending an email, you are in for a visual treat with the vivid, beautiful screen.
Pricing: From S$615
Where to Find: https://consumer.huawei.com/sg/laptops/matebook-d-14-2020/
3. Apple Mac Book Air
All-day battery life
Up to 18 hours of battery life. That’s 6 more hours, free of charge.
Up to 9x faster.14 Even for a 16‑core Neural Engine, that’s a lot to process. Apps on MacBook Air can use machine learning (ML) to automatically retouch photos like a pro, make smart tools such as magic wands and audio filters more accurate at auto‑detection and so much more. That’s not just brain power — that’s the power of a full stack of ML technologies.
Speed and responsiveness
The Apple M1 chip and macOS Big Sur work together to make the entire system snappier. MacBook Air wakes instantly from sleep. Everyday tasks from flipping through photos to browsing Safari are faster. And your hardest-working apps all have access to the power they need.
The thinnest, lightest notebook, completely transformed by the Apple M1 chip. CPU speeds up to 3.5x faster. GPU speeds up to 5x faster. Our most advanced Neural Engine for up to 9x faster machine learning. The longest battery life ever in a MacBook Air. And a silent, fanless design. This much power has never been this ready to go.
Pricing: 256 GB Storage: $1,449.00 / 512 GB Storage: $1,799.00
Where to Find: https://www.apple.com/sg/macbook-air/
4. Dell Inspiron 14
Responsive by nature:
Fast, silent and more shock resistant than hard disk drives, your Inspiron’s NVMe Solid-state drive (SSD) with 10th gen Intel® Core™ Processors boots and loads applications in seconds. Plus, as an option, you’ll give your applications extra power with up to NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 graphics cards.
Clad in Magnesium Alloy:
Thanks to a magnesium alloy, which is lighter than aluminum but just as durable, this laptop is as sturdy as a traditional laptop but light enough to take anywhere. The magnesium alloy is used on the top cover, bottom cover, and palm rest providing a 3-piece, ultra-light design.
Get your battery from 0% up to 80% in as fast as an hour* so that you’re not tied down to an outlet while out and about.
Connectivity you can count on:
With the new 802.11 AX wireless protocol, also known as WIFI 6, your Inspiron’s WIFI transfer speeds, range and reliability works better than ever in busy coffee shops and other high-traffic areas. You’ll also enjoy a greater range from hotspots.
A portable, lightweight 14-inch laptop made with magnesium alloy that’s ready when you are thanks to features like Modern Standby, Solid State Drives, lid-open sensors and more. Features the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.
Pricing: S$ 758
5. Asus Vivobook 15
15.6″ Full HD 1920×1080 120Hz Wide View
Intel® Core™ i7-10870H Processor 2.2 GHz (16M Cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 8 cores)
8GB DDR4 + 8GB DDR4 SO-DIMM
512GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
2 Years International Warranty
ASUS VivoBook Gaming F571 is powered by up to a 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor with 16GB RAM, and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650Ti graphics. It’s perfect for daily computing and entertainment, including light gaming and video editing.
Where to Find: https://sg.store.asus.com/laptop/vivobook/vivobook-15.html
6. Lenovo Duet 3i
Intel® Celeron® N4020 Processor (2 Cores / 2 Threads, 1.10 GHz, up to 2.80 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 MB Cache)
Windows 10 Pro 64
10.3″FHD+ (1920 x 1200), IPS
4.0GB DDR4-2400 DDR4 Onboard 2400MHz
Free yourself from the usual laptop experience with the sleek IdeaPad Duet 3i. A detachable Bluetooth keyboard lets you nimbly switch from laptop to tablet modes, and a kickstand assures easy placement on any surface. You will also be able to depend on the power of an Intel® Pentium® processor. And with an HD touchscreen, Dolby Audio™, and optional LTE service you will have entertainment wherever you want.
Pricing: Starting at: SG$599.00
7. Asus Chromebook C204
Multi-sided, 1.20m drop while powered on
Port durability test
5000 test cycles to ensure the durability of I/O ports
Endures 30kg force on lid and bottom without damage
ASUS Chromebook C204 is designed with one thing in mind: to keep on going however tough the environment gets. Built to meet demanding military-grade standards, the classroom-ready durability reassures teachers and students alike. It’s packed with clever features to protect it in the real world, such as the all-round rubber bumper, spill-resistant keyboard and ultratough I/O ports. And with its school day-long battery life and time-saving, easy-to-service modular construction, ASUS Chromebook C204 is ready for anything.
8. Acer swift 1
Tough, Light and Thin Go
where you want, when you want, and be sure to choose a color that calls to you. At just 1.3 kg1 and 14.95mm, this laptop stays with you throughout your daily adventures.
Clearer, Brighter Vision
Eye popping colors and details bring images and videos to life. Through the use of narrow bezel, offering up an 84% screen-to-body ratio, users see more of the 14-inch FHD IPS screen. Eye strain is also lessened and colors improved with Acer ExaColor™ and BlueLightShield™.
When you’re on the move, you don’t want to worry about your laptop not performing as you’d expect. The Swift 1 gives you all the power you need for a full day’s work and entertainment. If you run low, the Fast Charging gives you up to 4 hours with just 30 minutes of charging.
Work quickly and efficiently or kick back and enjoy yourself with the powerful processing of the Intel® Pentium® Silver Processor1 and vivid colors of the narrow-bezel 14-inch display. The thin body and long 15-hour battery2 mean this device is at your side wherever life takes you.
Where to Find: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/SG/content/series/swift1
9. Mi Laptop Air
Ultra performance in an ultra-light package
Ultra performance in an ultra-light package By combining a highly sophisticated motherboard, fully laminated display, and high-density battery, Mi Laptop Air delivers on uncompromising performance while staying thin and light. Picks up easily with one hand and fits comfortably in most computer bags.
All the ports you need Also comes with USB Type-C
Most new generation, high-end laptops come with USB Type-C ports, and Mi Laptop Air supports that too. With a USB Type-C port, you can use it for charging, video output, and even for data transmission. It also comes with a full-sized HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone jack. With all these ports in place, you can even connect dual 4K resolution external monitors to enhance your experience.
AKG custom dual speakers
We know sound quality matters, especially when you are listening to your favorite tunes and watching that next blockbuster movie. We’ve incorporated Austrian manufacturer AKG Acoustics for the speakers in the Mi Laptop Air and enhanced the bass with Dolby Audio™ Premium Surround Sound technology.
Uncompromising performance in an ultra-light, ultra-thin body. Mi Laptop Air features a 13.3″ display and a full-sized keyboard in a full metal body. Despite how thin it looks, it is deceptive powerful with up to 3x higher processing speeds, 15% faster RAM speeds, and 2.1x times the higher graphics performance on a dedicated graphics card. Protected with edge-to-edge glass protection for its fully laminated display and comes with dual-band Wi-Fi.
Where to Find: https://www.mi.com/global/mibookair/
10. Asus Vivobook Flip 14
14″ Full HD 1920×1080 IPS Touch Display
Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor 2.4 GHz (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz, 4 cores)
16GB LPDDR4X 512GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD
Intel® Iris Xe Graphics Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
2 Years International Warranty
The ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 is a convertible laptop that features the extremely narrow ASUS NanoEdge bezel, allowing its 14-inch Full HD display to fit into a typical 13-inch laptop frame. The slim and lightweight VivoBook Flip 14 is designed to suit any occasion. Use it as a stylish laptop, a handy tablet — or anything in between. Its Intel® Core™ i7 processor lets you sail through everyday tasks with ease.
Where to Find: https://sg.store.asus.com/laptop/vivobook/vivobook–flip.html
11. Microsoft Surface Go 2
Connect in more ways
Plug in the accessories you use today with included USB-C® port Make clear calls or take and share great photos with HD front- and rear-facing cameras Tablet portability and laptop versatility with built-in Kickstand and Type Cover*
Keep up from anywhere
From your sofa to the kitchen table and everywhere in between—starting at just 544 grams (1.2 pounds) not including Type Cover* Built-in WiFi, plus optional LTE Advanced3 for hassle-free connectivity in areas with unsecured public, slow or no WiFi
Your fast, everyday companion
Tackle daily tasks, browse, shop, email, help with homework and more, with battery life up to 10 hours1 Surface Go 2 m3 is 64% faster than Surface Go6 Surface Go 2 with a Type Cover attached and an open Kickstand. Keep up from anywhere From your sofa to the kitchen table and everywhere in between—starting at just 544 grams (1.2 pounds) not including Type Cover*
Keep up with everyone from just about anywhere. 10.5″ Surface Go 2 is perfectly portable, with tablet-to-laptop versatility and long battery life up to 10 hours.1 If you need more power, more productivity and a larger screen, check out Surface Pro 7.
Pricing: Starting from SG$618.00
12. Idea Pad Gaming 3 AMD
All of the enhancements to Aeron gaming chair were designed to work together to comprehensively support the human form. PostureFit SL and 8Z Pellicle represent a higher level of ergonomic expertise and state-of-the-art support to improve the experience for the sitter. Together they create total spinal support – calculated, localised support that moves the skeletal system into a position that provides ultimate spinal support. This is achieved both when the person is still, and when the person moves, to provide more active support for gaming or just office work.
A seamless shift
Aeron enables people to shift from an upright position to a full-recline smoothly and simply. While the original design supported numerous positions and postures, the frame angle has been adjusted 1.8 degrees forward to better support the body in the upright position and across a wider range of postures. Whether a person is positioned forward for typing and intense focus, or fully reclined for conversation and contemplation, they will find Aeron moving with them – without any trouble – to offer proper ergonomic support across a larger variety of tasks.
A stance worth backing
If an active body is at its strongest when standing, chest open, and pelvis tilted slightly forward, it makes sense that you would be better off sitting like that too. And that’s exactly where PostureFit SL comes in. Adjustable, individual pads stabilize the sacrum and support the lumbar region of the spine to mimic that healthful standing position.
Elevate your esports experience and push past noobs with a laptop that gives you the ability to climb atop the leaderboard. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 (15) is your gateway to competitive gaming with AMD Ryzen™ processors, GeForce® graphics, DDR4 memory, and SSD storage options. And with an iridescent Chameleon Blue or slick Onyx Black that refracts light and up to 120Hz FHD display, it’s visually pleasing turned on or off.
Where to Find: https://www.lenovo.com/sg/en/laptops/legion/lenovo-legion-y-series/IdeaPad-Gaming-3-15IHU6/p/88IPG301588?cid=sg:sem|se|google|pdt-bra-en-ideapad-amd|brand-ideapad|lenovo%20ideapad|p|13419637830|122961966706|kwd-7375405046|text|brand|con&gclid=CjwKCAjwt8uGBhBAEiwAayu_9VXPjWwJpklvbNKo0sFHrMjNlbwvY2k7l3Siuclw3hmTA5cvnwbYyRoCaCEQAvD_BwE
13. Think book 14 Gen 2
Managing intensive tasks is a snap with the Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 laptop, thanks to advanced 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors enhanced by AI technology. With up to 2TB in dual-SSD storage options and up to 40GB memory, this business powerhouse equips you for even the most demanding apps. And thanks to Intelligent Cooling, you won’t have to worry about it overheating.
High resolution, low blue light
The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 laptop’s display offers FHD resolution and optional 100% sRGB color gamut for lifelike visuals with accurate color and contrast. It’s built for flicker-free visuals and supports TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light on select models. Choose a touchscreen model to enhance your experience with intuitive navigation and interaction.
Secure, safe, & smart
The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 keeps your business data—and your personal privacy—safe. Hardware and firmware features like Trusted Platform Module (TPM), self-healing BIOS, I/O port access control, secure wipe, and more. A webcam privacy shutter lets you physically block the camera when you’re not using it. And smart features complete your experience: Get the most out of visual content with video resolution upscaling, start up your Lenovo ThinkBook instantly just by opening the top cover, and more.
Turbocharge your business with the 14″ Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2. This powerful laptop sports up to an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and offers a range of robust storage and memory options. Smart features optimize conferencing for seamless remote work, protect your eyes from damaging blue light, intelligently manage cooling, and more.
14. Lenovo Yoga C640
Opt for constant connectivity
With optional LTE connectivity in select markets, you can access the internet wherever the day takes you—even without a WiFi signal. Or opt for Intel WiFi 6, with 75% lower latency than standard AC WiFi. Stream smoother and browse with no delays—you’ll connect with unprecedented speed.
Measuring 16.9mm and 1.25kg, the Yoga C640 offers ultraportable style with a sandblasted aluminum cover. Rotate from laptop into tablet mode and back, with a 360-degree convertible hinge designed for stability no matter your mode.
Vibrant visuals & sound
Featuring the vibrant color and clarity of a 13.3-inch FHD wide-angle display edged with narrow bezels on all four sides, the Yoga C640 offers a brilliant entertainment experience. With up to 400 nits of brightness, you’ll see every detail—combined with the rich, layered sound of front-facing speakers and Dolby Atmos™ when listening through headphones.
Whether as a laptop or a tablet, the 13-inch Yoga C640 offers superior computer performance on the go with 10th Gen Intel®Core™ processors and up to 22 hours of battery life. Use a voice assistant, immerse yourself in cinematic audiovisuals, enjoy more memory and storage than before, and know you’re protected with a fingerprint reader and the new sliding privacy shutter.
15. Acer Nitro 5
Decide which calls to you: blistering FHD at up to 144Hz1 or pristine QHD at 165Hz1. The 3ms overdrive response2 also makes kicking this laptop into high gear a tear-free, seamless experience with minimal ghosting.
The Key to Victory
Spice things up with the 4-zone RGB keyboard1 and take command of the inner workings of the laptop via the dedicated NitroSense Key. The WASD and arrow keys are also highlighted for easy visibility while the key response itself is immediate with a mere 1.6mm travel distance.
With the Intel® Killer E2600 Ethernet Controller, Intel® Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i, and Control Center 2.0, you have all the tools you need to clear out the online competition. You deserve the low latency and reliable connection that only Killer networks can provide.
Reign over the game world with the combined power of a 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor1 and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series GPUs. Configure your laptop for maximum speed and massive storage with two slots for M.2 PCIe / SATA SSDs1 and up to 32GB of DDR4 3200 RAM.
Where to Find: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/SG/content/series/nitro5
16. HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13-aw2065TU
DISPLAY AND GRAPHICS
13.3″ diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), OLED, multitouch-enabled, UWVA, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge, anti-reflection Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics
3. 2 Thunderbolt™ 4 with USB4™ Type-C® 40Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort™ 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 headphone/microphone combo
See more and do more with the high-definition, near-borderless display on the ultra-compact Spectre x360. Long battery life lets you power through work and play while innovative privacy features give greater peace of mind wherever you are.
17. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
1. All-day productivity with up to 11.5 hours of battery life2
2. Vibrant PixelSense™ touchscreen display in two sizes, 13.5” or larger 15”
3. Multitask and get more done with the latest Intel® and AMD processors
Slim and stylish, available in 13.5” and 15” touchscreens and two durable finishes. Make a powerful statement and get improved speed, performance and all-day battery life.
Pricing: Starting from SG$1,294.00
18. LG gram Ultra Lightweight
Keep Working Freely
All Day When fully charged with up to 19.5 hours of battery life, you can keep working outside without having to worry about plugging in an adaptor.
The 17Z990 passed the demanding MIL-STD-810G military standard of durability and reliability that checks seven factors including shock, dust and temperature. It proved to be a solid product that passed all tests.
The 17Z990 offers 1 SSD by default, and the extra slot allows the addition of another drive. Dual SSD can double storage space and reduce the inconvenience of storing large data in a separate external storage device.
The LG Gram 2021 range is the latest thin-and-light offering from the company, introducing a new 16in model that sits alongside the ultralight 14in and 17in models. Despite the impressive lightweight nature (so impressive that it literally holds a Guinness World Record), the LG Gram 16 offers access to the latest tech in the form of Intel’s 11th-gen mobile processor, Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, impressive all-day battery life and much more.
While the LG Gram 16 won’t be taking on powerful gaming laptops or desktops anytime soon, if you’re on the market for a powerful ultralight laptop, the Gram 16 could be the ideal choice.
Pricing: start from S$559
Where to Find: https://www.lg.com/sg/laptops/lg-17Z990-VAA7CA3
19. Hp Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15
Front-firing speakers with Audio by B&O deliver powerful, custom-tuned sound.
USB Type-C® 5Gbps signaling rate; 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate; 1 USB 2.0 Type-A (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 HDMI 2.0; 1 RJ-45; 1 AC smart pin; 1 headphone/microphone combo 3. AMD Ryzen™ 5 processor
Sacrifice nothing with the thin and powerful HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop. Experience high-grade graphics and processing power for gaming and multitasking, plus improved thermal cooling for overall performance and stability. Immerse yourself in the game with a micro-edge bezel display and custom-tuned audio. The perfect balance between work and play, so you can do it all.
20. Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5
The IdeaPad Flex 5 (14, AMD) boasts narrow bezels on four sides to give it a stylish, contemporary look—and to give you more real estate to enjoy its FHD screen.
Make a statement
When you take a device everywhere, you want it to look good. That’s why we engineered the IdeaPad Flex 5 with a new level of attention to detail, making it soft and comfortable to the touch yet still durable. And with multiple color options, you can find the one that best fits you.
Flexibility & freedom
The IdeaPad Flex 5 (14, AMD) features a 360° hinge so you can use it as a laptop, a tablet, and more. What’s more, optional digital pen support gives you a fresh way to capture your inspirations on the go. And thanks to long battery life, you can do so all day and into the night.
Proudly powered by up to AMD ALC series mobile processor with Radeon™ graphics, the 14″ IdeaPad Flex 5 offers you excellent all-around performance, graphics and productivity in a flexible device built to be what you need it to be.
Pricing: Starting at:SG$998.99
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