Here’s checking out what the world of technology has to offer within a budget of Rs 60,000.
Dell Inspiron 15R: Rs 32,900
At a below Rs 35,000 price bracket, you’d get an entry-level laptop that handles day-to-day computing. But here, at Rs 32,900, you’re getting a 15-inch Dell machine with a discrete GPU and a good Corei3 CPU. However, there’s no Windows operating system provided with this variant. But you can always choose an operating system on another variant at a slightly higher price.
Processor: Intel Core i3- 370M, 2.4Ghz, 3M cache
RAM: 2 GB DDR3
Hard drive: 320 GB
Samsung Galaxy 3: Rs 11,700
One of the latest additions to the Samsung Android range, the Galaxy 3 features Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 UI on top of an Android 2.1. It’s equipped with 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and USB 2.0. The Galaxy 3 also comes with plenty of Social Networking integration. The speedy Swype keypad is also preloaded.
Altec Lansing FX3021 2.1 Speakers: Rs 4,250
Although the FX3021 is not the best in 2.1 speaker sets, it provides excellent value for money. The speakers are a shiny black and look quite futuristic. They’re also not too large — the subwoofer houses a 5.25-inch woofer and the satellite speakers use 2-inch drivers. A handy function is that the satellite speakers are mounted on stands that allow you to change their angles. These speakers are compact and can be placed on the desk instead of on the floor.
Transcend StoreJet 25M, 250 GB Portable HDD (2.5-inch SATA): Rs 3,590
Irrespective of how much memory your laptop has, a portable hard drive has become quite an essential tool. While other companies have smaller-sized hard drives with larger capacities for the same cost, this one’s definitely safer and faster. Another handy feature is the One-Touch Auto Back-up button which allows intelligent backup scheduling, security, and file compression.
Panasonic-LUMIX DMC: FH1: Rs 6,025
The LUMIX FH1 is a 12-megapixel digital camera that offers a 28 mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom. It features a 2.7-inch LDD which makes viewing comfortable. The FH1 also comes loaded with the iA or Intelligent Auto function with an Intelligent Scene Selector to optimise your pictures. The Sonic Speed AF function allows the camera to start up quickly and offers quick auto
Logitech ClearChat Style Multimedia Headset: Rs 600
If you use your laptop’s built-in webcam, a good headset is just what you need to be able to chat on the Internet. These headphones are designed to fit comfortably around your ears and behind your head and come with a volume control built into the cable. They also offer a mute option. An added bonus is the Noise Cancellation feature. It’s not too shabby in the looks department. Logitech also offers interchangeable colours that you can use on the earphones to funk up the looks.