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Buyer's guide: Best Windows 8.1 desktops under Rs 40,000


Buyer's guide: Best Windows 8.1 desktops under Rs 40,000I am looking for a desktop PC within a budget of Rs 40,000. Since I live in a smallish apartment, kindly suggest a machine that will not occupy too much space, and which can be used for school homework, social networking, some office work and Skype calls.

—Vikas Agrawal, Aman Juneja, Gourav Sahay, Suvronil Sen



Given your specifications, you might want to consider all-in-one PCs. These machines integrate all the hardware in a single unit behind a flat-screen monitor, so all the space on your desk is left free for the keyboard and mouse.

Consider...

Dell Inspiron 3048

* 19.5-inch (1600x900px) LED monitor
* 3GHz Intel Core i3
* 4GB RAM
* 1TB hard drive
* DVD writer
* (2x)USB 3.0, (4x)USB 2.0, Bluetooth, 4-in-1 card reader
* HD cam with mic and speakers
* Wireless keyboard and mouse
* Windows 8.1
* Rs 39,800

Lenovo C360 All-in-One

* 19.5-inch (1600x900px) LED monitor
* 2.9GHz Intel Core i3
* 2GB RAM
* 500GB hard drive
* DVD writer
* (2x)USB 3.0, (4x)USB 2.0, Bluetooth, 6-in-1 card reader
* HD cam with mic and speakers
* Wireless keyboard and mouse
* Windows 8.1
* Rs39,490

HP All-in-One 20-2213in (J1G88AA)

* 19.5-inch (1600x900px) LED monitor
* 3GHz Intel Core i3
* 2GB RAM
* 500GB hard drive
* DVD writer
* (2x)USB 3.0, (4x)USB 2.0, Bluetooth, 7-in-1 card reader
* HD cam with mic and speakers
* Wireless keyboard and mouse
* Windows 8.1
* Rs 40,999

If you opt for the Lenovo or the HP desktop, we recommend that you upgrade RAM with an extra 2GB strip for smoother operations. You will also find cheaper options of all-in-ones, for close to, or under Rs 30,000, but these run Intel Celeron Pentium dual-core chips, or might be available without the Windows OS. We would recommend you stick with the Intel i3 processors and the pre-installed operating system, unless cost is a factor.

Alternatively, you can consider the...

Apple Mac Mini

* 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz)
* 4GB RAM
* 500GB hard drive
* (2x)Thunderbolt 2, (4x)USB 3.0, Bluetooth, SDXC card slot
* Mac OS X Yosemite
*Rs 36,990

This machine is housed in an aluminium unibody; can support up to two (2560x1600p) displays, and comes with software that lets you organize photos, create documents and layouts, spreadsheets, presentations, movies, music, etc.You also get FaceTime for video chats. The drawback here is that the set-up does not include a monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcam, mic and speakers.

Before you buy we suggest you check the all-in-ones listed above for display and build quality. Also make it a point to try out the keyboard, the webcam and speakers for clarity.
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