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Asus VS Lenovo VS Dell: Price Guide To Getting The Biggest Bang For Your Buck In Laptops For 2021

Asus, Lenovo or Dell: Here are some of the best laptops you can buy on a shoestring budget.


In the laptop universe, Asus, Lenovo and Dell stand out as solid laptop manufacturers with an established track record and high-quality components that create a seamless experience for the user. Asus caters to users who want their laptops tastefully designed, Dell caters to the average mid-range user and Lenovo goes for durability and long battery life.

Unless you are a computer expert, it can be difficult and confusing to choose between so many brands with their respective components, designs and customer service. This price guide will help to distill the biggest laptop names in the industry and help you make a clearer decision on which laptop best suits your needs.

Brief History Of Each Laptop Brand

#1 ASUS

ASUS (AsusTek Computer Inc.) is a Taiwanese multinational computer and phone hardware electronics company founded in 1989, headquartered in Taipei and takes its name from Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that symbolises wisdom and knowledge. It is also the world’s 5th largest PC vendor by unit sales as of January 2021.

The Taiwanese information technology industry has grown enormously over the last few decades and is now a dominant player in the global market. ASUS has long been at the forefront of this growth and although the company started life as a humble motherboard manufacturer with a handful of employees, it is now the leading technology company in Taiwan and employs over 11,000 people around the world.

ASUS makes products in almost every conceivable category of information technology too, including PC components and peripherals, notebooks, tablets, servers and smartphones.

#2 Lenovo

Lenovo Group Ltd. is a leading global manufacturer of personal computers (PCs). The company was already the largest PC manufacturer in China when it acquired IBM’s Personal Computing Division in 2005. In addition, the parent Lenovo Group produces PDAs and mobile phones, and operates consulting and Internet ventures. It has several manufacturing sites in China in addition to IBM’s former facility in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Like many other high-tech start-ups, Lenovo grew from modest origins in the Zhongguancun (Zhong Guan Cun) district of Beijing; the area that would eventually be called the Silicon Valley of China. The company is a spinoff of the Legend Group, which was established in 1984 by a group of eleven computer scientists led by Liu Chuanzhi.

Today, Lenovo has successfully established a global supply chain, with factories in Brazil and India which can produce enough laptops and smartphones to meet demands in emerging markets such as Latin America and South Asia.

#3 Dell

Similar to Lenovo, Dell was also established in 1984 by then-college student Michael Dell, which eventually became one of the computer giants of the 21st Century. Dell was a student at the University of Texas at Austin when he invented Dell in his off-campus dormitory room. His aim was to sell IBM PC-compatible computers built from stock components.

Michael started trading in the belief that by selling personal computer systems directly to customers, PC’s Limited (the original name of the company) could better understand customers’ needs and provide the most effective computing solutions to meet those needs.

Dell markets desktop personal computers, notebook computers, network servers, workstations, handheld computers, monitors, printers, high-end storage products, and a variety of computer peripherals and software. The firm also has moved into the consumer electronics arena, offering LCD televisions, projectors, and other products.

Head-to-head Comparison Of Price And Product(s)

Before going into each brand’s flagship products and how each product is differentiated, here is a general overview of how each brand fares against one another.

 

Asus

Lenovo Dell

Verdict

Price Range

$350 – $6000 $400 – $2000 $1000 – $3000

Asus and Lenovo have cheaper models than Dell for the same features

Components

Quad-core processors (good for multitasking),
NVIDIA GPU
Intel 8th Gen iSeries (very powerful), NVIDIA Quadro or GTX CPU Intel i7, i5, i3 processors, NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards

All powered by cutting edge processors and graphics cards

Design Stylish and lightweight Comfort and convenience Conventional

Asus for style, Lenovo for comfort

Innovation

“Screenpad” — interactive screen that enhances productivity TrackPoint: red ball in the centre of the keyboard that functions as an additional mouse
WRITEit: handwriting recognition software that allows you to write if you have a stylus
Turbo boost processors, infinity edge screens as can be seen in their latest models, the XPS and Alienware series

All 3 have taken effort to stay ahead of the competition and introduce features that delight users

Battery Life

3-4 hours 6-10 hours 2-3 hours

Lenovo leads the way in terms of battery life

Top 3 Laptops From Each Brand And Whether Their Specs Justify Their Price Tag

Asus: Stylish Laptops For The Tastemaker

#1 ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433 – $1398.00

Display: 14.0” Full HD 1920×1080 IPS Display

Processor: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U Processor 1.6 GHz (6M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz)

Memory: 8GB

Weight: 1.15 kg

Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD

Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250

Warranty: 2 Years International Warranty

The clean, polished lines of the Zenbook complement its elegant screen design. One of the smallest and lightest 14-inch laptops, it is made for portability and its frameless NanoEdge display will allow you to enjoy the compact screen real estate to the fullest.

#2 ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 – $1099.00

Display: 14.0” Full HD 1920×1080 Display

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-8200Y Processor 1.3 GHz (4M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)

Memory: 8GB

Weight: 1.5 kg

Storage: 128 GB EMMC

Graphics Card: NA

Warranty: 1 Year Local On-Site Service

Powered by Chrome OS, this versatile notebook has a unique ErgoLife hinge that allows you to rotate the screen such that it becomes a tablet, giving you the 2-in-1 benefits of a laptop and a tablet simultaneously. You can also explore a world of apps on the Google Play Store; perfect if your work demands you to work on Android apps.

#3 Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 – $3198.00

 

Display: 15.6” Full HD 1920×1080 Display

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-10875H Processor 2.3 GHz (16M Cache, up to 5.1 GHz)

Memory: 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz

Weight: 2.57 kg

Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD

Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 Super

Warranty: 2 Years International Warranty

One of the most powerful portable gaming laptops designed, this ROG Strix is well known for its exceptional speed, power and performance. Retrofitted with the latest Intel® processors and GeForce® graphics cards, this is a must-have for any aspiring eSports athlete.

Price Verdict: Asus has affordable laptops that are stylishly designed. Its commitment to design also helps you to maximise screen real estate and reduce the weight burden laptops can impose on your shoulders when you are carrying them around. Even so, Asus laptops are not well known for their battery life, which can be a drag especially if you are moving around a lot throughout the day. Its top-performing laptops like Zenbook only have a memory of up to 8GB RAM, which can hamper you from using high-intensity applications like Adobe After Effects or Final Cut Pro that require a larger RAM.

Lenovo: Sturdy Laptops For The Everyman

#1 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8th Gen) – From $2881.50

Display: 14.0″FHD, IPS, AntiGlare, LED Backlight, 72%NTSC, Non-Touch, 60Hz 1920 x 1080

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-10210U Processor (1.60GHz, up to 4.20GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 6MB Cache)

Memory: 16GB LPDDR3 2133Mhz

Weight: 1 kg

Storage: 512GB SSD, M.2 2280, PCIe Gen3x4, OPAL2.0, TLC

Graphics Card: Intel UHD Graphics

Warranty: 3 Year Premier

One of Lenovo’s bestselling laptops, the new Thinkpad X1 Carbon is surprisingly light for a business laptop at only 1kg. It not only delivers fast performance with its powerful processor, it also stays true to the battery life for the standard Lenovo laptop, allowing you to work from anywhere for long hours without having to worry about finding a port.

#2 Lenovo Yoga 9i (14”) – From $2099.00

Display: 14.0″FHD, IPS, Glare, LED Backlight, Narrow, 72%NTSC, Multitouch 1920 x 1080

Processor: Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor ( 2.40GHz 8MB )

Memory: 16.0GB LPDDR4X 3200 LPDDR4X Onboard 3200MHz

Weight: 1.36 kg

Storage: 512GB SSD, M.2 2280, PCIe Gen3x4, OPAL2.0, TLC

Graphics Card: Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics

Warranty: 2 Year Premium Care

As the name suggests, this Lenovo laptop can actually perform yoga, with its unique hinge that rotates 360-degrees and doubles as a rotating soundbar speaker. You can mould it into a tablet and place it in tent mode so you can watch movies without a keyboard in the way. Once again, it carries a reputation of an 11+ hour battery life and fast overall performance.

#3 Lenovo Legion 5 – From $1217.13

 

Price Verdict: Lenovo has excellent mid-range laptops that cater to the executive who is busy with multiple tasks throughout the day and struggles to find time to charge laptops. Not only do its laptops boast marathon-level battery lives, it also has the capacity to display high-resolution graphics with ease. Its best laptops can be used for those who need to use multiple applications online throughout the day and for those who may be moving from place to place or multi-tasking throughout the day. Its entry-level gaming laptops are among the best in terms of price to features.

Dell: Standard Laptops For The Office Steward

#1 XPS 15 9500 Laptop – $3149.03

Display: 15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit Display

Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H (12MB Cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 6 cores)

Memory: 16GB DDR4-2933MHz, 2x8G

Weight: 1.83 kg

Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive

Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6

Warranty: 2 Year Premium Support and Onsite Service

The XPS 15 9500 is one of the competitors to the Macbook Pro especially for those in the creative industry. Combining staggering power in a stylish thin and light chassis, this laptop doesn’t hold back when it comes to internals and features that improve your computing experience overall, allowing you to edit videos, create motion graphics, slice photos and design illustrations while convening with your teammates on productivity apps.

#2 Alienware M15 R3 Gaming Laptop – $2899.00

Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 7ms 300-nits 72% NTSC color gamut with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H (6-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 5.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)

Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz

Weight: 2.5 kg

Storage: 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD

Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 8GB GDDR6

Warranty: 2 Year Premium Support and Onsite Service

Dell’s Alienware gaming laptop line needs no introduction; this laptop is simply a beast for gamers and among the best in the market. Due to its sublime gaming experience offered to users, this comes at a steeper price point but still slightly cheaper than the Asus Strix series. Its attractive design, build quality and powerful gaming engine makes this machine one to consider for serious gamers who want a better alternative to the entry-level gaming laptops by Lenovo.

#3 XPS 13 9305 Laptop (13”) – $1599.00

 

Display: 13.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Non-Touch display

 

Processor: 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz)
Memory: 8GB 4267MHz LPDDR4x Memory Onboard
Weight: 1.16 kg

Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Graphics Card: Intel® Iris Xe Graphics
Warranty: 2 Year Premium Support and Onsite Service

This compact 2-in-1 laptop combines a relatively light weight with the latest Intel processor, allowing you to handle tasks seamlessly. Its RAM and graphics card are pretty standard, so don’t expect your mind to be blown with its display. Overall, this is a good mid-range 2-in-1 laptop to have.

Price Verdict: Dell laptops are generally pricier than Lenovo and Asus comparing the price to features, partly due to its brand reputation and quality customer service. Its Alienware and XPS series are made for those who require powerful performance in order to accomplish their desired tasks, whether it is editing videos or finishing the next RPG quest. For those who may not require such high-performance specs, Lenovo and Asus do have cheaper alternatives.

Overall Verdict For Choosing Your Laptop Upgrade For 2021

Comparing across the 3 dominant laptop manufacturers, you can see that Asus has a cheaper range of entry-level laptops while Lenovo stands out for its battery life and mid-range appeal. Dell, has been the stalwart of the industry for many years, offers high-performance laptops for highly specialised tasks. For the everyman, Lenovo still stands as a go-to solution for laptops that have more memory, battery life and are relatively lightweight.

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