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Lenovo G505, HP 255 and 5 budget laptops for Nigerian college students—we picked the best

Going to  college in Nigeria could be financially cumbersome towards the end of each semester—especially when it is imperative to get a new laptop and you didn’t manage your finance during the semester.

Your bank account is nearly tapped out, and you still need to buy text books, handouts and lay in enough ramen noodles to last through the winter.

Yeah, we’ve all been there. Fortunately, Moore’s Law is still in play, so today’s budget notebook is yesterday’s workhorse. Pretty much any modern laptop can handle the gamut of productivity chores—word processing, number crunching, email, and the like—but all of the machines in this roundup can also tackle media editing and encoding sessions, and deliver respectable entertainment experiences.

To strike the best balance between performance and affordability, I gathered the top five laptops I could find for ₦60,000 or less. Benchmark busters they’re not, but they aren’t budget busters, either.

Also Read: Infinix Diamond, Ankara Q2 and 6 ‘Premium’ Affordable Android Phones/Tablets you can buy for ₦9,999+

Lenovo G505 (₦58,000) — Buy Online

Working on an environment that demands great sound system? Lenovo G505 offers you the best option. Thanks to its stereo speakers with Dolby® Advanced Audio™ v2, graphics card options up to the speedy AMD Radeon 8570M VRAM, and optical disk drive options up to a Blu-ray Disc™ combo, the G505 offers stunning, stutter-free visuals and immersive sound for a fuller, more satisfying home entertainment experience.

The AMD E1-2100 APU Processor powered laptop comes with a Windows 8 operating system and a RAM of 2GB. The pre-installed Bitdefender Anti‎‐Virus Plus gives maximum security to the user for 1 year and can be renewed afterward.

Key Specifications:

  • Windows 8 OS
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB (1,000GB) Hard Drive
  • AMD E1-2100 APU Processor
  • 15.6-Inch, HD Display
  • Inbuilt Wireless Adapter
  • AMD Radeon Graphics
  • DVD RW Optical Drive

The actual price for Lenovo G505 is currently ₦86,400 but can be bought online for ₦58,000 (discount rate). See product page for full specification and purchase.

Dell Inspiron 3541  (₦59,990) — Buy Online

Dell Inspiron 3541 is a well packaged Windows 8.1 laptop with an AMD E1-6010 Dual Core Processor, Free Dell Sleeve, Microsoft Office 365 Personal, 8GB Flash Drive and 2 years free call service with Skype.

The device is suitable for gaming and performing high resolution display tasks, boasting of 15.6-Inch (1366×768) HD display unit and AMD R2 dedicated graphics card.

Key Specifications:

  • Windows 8.1 OS
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • AMD E1-6010 Dual Core Processor
  • 15.6-Inch (1366×768) HD
  • DVD RW Optical Drive
  • Inbuilt Wireless Adapter

You can purchase or see complete features and specification of Dell Inspiron 3541 on the product page.

HP 255 G2 (₦58,600) — Buy Online

HP 255 is a multi-tasks Windows 8 laptop powered by a 1 GHz, AMD E1-2100 Dual Core Processor and 2 GB RAM, certainly not the fastest PC on this list but the 15.6 Inch, HD display unit will make up for its shortcoming.

The laptop has a 500 GB storage space, DVD RW Optical Drive and yes, it has an inbuilt wireless adapter.

Key Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 OS
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • AMD Dual-Core E1-2100 APU with Radeon HD 8210 Graphics (1 GHz, 1 MB cache)
  • 15.6-Inch (1366×768) HD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • DVD RW Optical Drive
  • Inbuilt Wireless Adapter

The actual amount for this device is ₦75,000 but can be purchased online for just ₦58,600. See pricing and full specifications.

Also Read: Sony & Samsung Tablets Dominate the Top 5 Most Expensive Android Tablets in Nigeria

Acer Aspire E1-510 (₦53,500) — Buy Online

When it comes to producing quality PCs, Acer is second to no one. Acer Aspire E1-510 carries the same DNA, featuring a durable plastic case and a 4-cell Li-Ion with extended life capacity—if you are in an area where electricity is an issue, you might want to stick with this product.
The practical yet stylish notebook is loaded with powerful and useful features like multimedia tools and convenient connectivity features‎‎.‎‎ This is a stylish notebook which comes with 15.6 inch, HD LED Backlit display‎‎,‎‎ powered by Intel Pentium processor with Linux OS to provide a faster and user friendly experience‎‎.‎‎ It has Intel HD Graphics that deliver ultimate graphics needed for gaming‎‎,‎‎ 500GB Hard disk drive also provides ample space for storage‎‎,‎‎ HDMI and USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfer.‎‎
Key Specifications
  • Linux OS (Windows 8.1 & 7 OS Compatible)
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Intel Celeron Processor
  • 15.6 Inch, Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
  • 4-cell Li-Ion Battery
  • DVD RW Optical Drive
  • Inbuilt Wireless Adapter
The researcher friendly laptop is on sale for ₦53,500 online and ₦71,500 in most shops offline. See full product specifications and pricing.

Acer V5-123 Mini Laptop (₦49,900) — Buy Online

If you think the products listed above are a little above your budget and you don’t mind sacrificing the option of listening to another Davido’s single, you can bite the bullet and go with an Acer mini laptop without a CD Drive.
The Aspire V5 Series puts inspiring performance in a thin and light form. A choice of elegant views adds to the charm. Breathe life into your entertainment and enjoy hands-on control with Acer Aspire V5-123. Its built-in speakers sweeten the deal with splendid sound. The laptop features;11.6-Inch WXGA HD, AMD Radeon trade; HD display with 2GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive which provides enough space for you to store your files, data, photos, and music. You can connect to the world wherever you are with your laptop, the WiFi enables you to browse and surf the web, you can also transfer data to other devices via bluetooth. This laptop comes with a free mouse, bag and headset.
Key Specifications:
  • Windows 8.1 OS
  • 2GB RAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • 11.6-Inch WXGA HD Display
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Inbuilt WiFi 802.11 bgn Adapter
Although Acer Aspire V5-123 has no CD Drive, you can still connect a CD Drive via the USB port. Saving over ₦10,000 compared to other products listed above. Purchase or see more about this product on its product page.

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Ebenezer Obasi

Senior executive editor at EwtNet
A web developer, IT undergrad, terrible entrepreneur, internet freak and a man of a few other incongruous talents, Ebenezer has been writing on technology since 2012, and plans to do so until a few days before his ultimate fate: cryogenic preservation. If resurrected, he is likely to go back to writing on technology.

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