The cheapest Netbooks in India: A comparison

Some people dismiss the importance of a Netbook but I think there is a lot of scope for it with respect to price and lack of computer penetration in certain markets. Dell had joined the notebook brigade for cornering the student market and Nokia came up with a netbook except they prefer to call it 3G Booklet.

The two netbooks from India, I really liked in terms of price and decent configuration were Wipro’s Ego Netbook and iBall Lil Netbook. Both are 10’inch screen netbooks which are the cheapest I have come across upto now.

Here is a table of comparison of both the products. The main criteria being they are one of the cheapest Netbooks around in India.

iBall Lilbook 1017 10 Inch Netbook
Wipro’s Ego 10 Inch Netbook
Processor Intel Atom (1.60GHz, 533MHz, 512KB) Intel Atom Processor 1.6 GHz
OS Windows XP, Vista & 7 (32 bit) Windows XP Home
Web Cam 1.3MP web camera 1.3 MP web camera
Screen 10.1 Inch WSVGA 1024 x 600 LCD screen 10.1 Inch TFT screen
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
HDD 160 GB 160 GB
Weight 1.3 1.3 kg
Misc 3 in 1 card reader 8 in 1 card reader with 3 usb ports
Price* INR 14,559 (approx 320 USD) INR 19,990 (440 USD)
  • Prices are taken on 10th March 2010

I think the cheapest tag can easily go to iBall Lilbook 10 inch Netbook which is almost Rs 5000/- less than the price of Wipro’s Ego 10 inch netbook. But Ego does have 3 USB ports and also an 8 in 1 card reader compared to just a 3-1 card reader with the iBall product.

If you know more details or have an opinion on Netbooks and their significance or future in India? Do drop in your comments.

Link: iBall Netbook | Wipro Ego Netbook

66 Comments

Abhishek Kumar March 10, 2010

Ahh, now you cover netbooks 🙂 , and I just bought one on Monday.

I got an Acer Aspire One (Intel Atom N540, 1 GB , 250 GB , 3 USB, 5-in-1 card reader, 10.1″ screen) for a little less than 18k. Came with McAfee one month and Windows7 starter edition.

Aditya Kane March 10, 2010

I guess with no graphics card, Windows Starter Edition is okay. Home Basic wouldve been better. Anyways congrats on the new netbook. 🙂

Chirag September 26, 2010

From where did you buy it? i am looking for buying one.. Is it nice ? also let me know battery backup time..
Thanks a lot in advance and sorry for too many questions.

Shivanand jogi(naths) July 27, 2011

Hiiiii…wat was the price of that netbook…
Is it competeble for games like gta

Sandy September 28, 2011

YES…it is competeble but not more than 2hrs

Rishabh Agarwal March 10, 2010

I would still prefer DELL in the notebook market

sidduz March 10, 2010

Plannig to buy a new lappy, as i stay half of my time infront of net would prefer to buy netbook now 🙂 Ty…..

Mohan March 12, 2010

Take a look at Acer Aspire One D250. Its cheaper than both of these at Rs 13,999/-.
(In fact a street price of Rs. 13,250/- was offered to me.)

I’m planning to buy Acer’s upcoming ION 2 based netbook.
Please follow up with that.

Aditya Kane March 13, 2010

Thanks for the info Mohan. Will have to check out Acer Aspire One D250 over the weekend. 😉

pushparaj September 2, 2010

Dear,
I am from tamilnadu and wish to buy laptop I saw your comment on devilsworkshop that said “Take a look at Acer Aspire One D250. Its cheaper than both of these at Rs 13,999/-.
(In fact a street price of Rs. 13,250/- was offered to me.”
please reply me where I could buy it please.

Bose April 10, 2011

Reliance Digital, I saw. Cross check.

Rev April 18, 2010

hello, i am interested in the asus 1201 n ( with atom 330 dual core & ion 1 ) or the asus 1201 t ( amd neo w/ ati ). could you give me the approx street prices , preferably in madras pls ? i would also like a good option for a netbook within 15 k . ty

yatin April 22, 2010

what do u think of Simbook from simmtronices? it’s cost is about13500/-

ejas April 27, 2010

i m a btech student i need a netbook my budget is 1500 wifi also needed.can u suggest one?

shetty April 29, 2010

hello, I am planning to buy a laptop/netbook with ATI Radeon 9500 graphics card or higher. Which one should i go for?

Himanshu May 9, 2010

I want to buy a netbook with fastest possible processor. I am currently using a Lenovo S 10-2 which is good in all areas excluding the speed. I have heard that “Atom Dual Core” is better. Is it available in India?
While surfing I came across Lenovo U 150, is it available in India?
Please advice which machine to buy.
Rgds,
Himanshu

Jango Thangappan May 11, 2010

You joking rite! 19k is the cheapest one could find in the market 😛

piyush sinha July 2, 2010

want to buy a netbook with good battery life within 18k
please suggest me,

harsh July 2, 2010

Hi,
I want to buy a netbook with graphics card that supports openGL2.0. any suggestions?
thanks,
harsh

Raunak July 23, 2010

I recently bought the Dell mini 10. It’s a fine machine as a netbook. It cost me a little less that 21ks.

fahim September 10, 2011

hi, tell me about more exp Dell Mini

Balaji July 28, 2010

There is a Bangalore based company called connoiseur having a range of netbooks. More details on the link http://www.connoiseur.com/Brand__Connoi__ION_NetBook_Model__N10A-details.aspx

shankara August 17, 2010

Dell is comming up with ubuntu preinstalled for just Rs 15,400.00
Acer too has a gnu/linux pre installed and it costs more or lesss same.
If the user has no reservation about operating system, such netbooks can save at least Rs 1,500.00

sank August 19, 2010

how about the Datawind Ubisurfer ?? Any comments/feedback…

Sanket

Reyaz September 8, 2010

Dear friends, In Atom Processor if for any reasons processor goes wrong u need to replace complete MB. This is the drawback of Atom.

MJ October 5, 2010

Hi, I already have a HP laptop but I want a netbook below 10K (no need of os…or linux will do). Actually i want to play with linux and android for X86 (Atom).

krishnaraj November 3, 2010

Hi

I want to buy a netbook which is not much expensive.can you please suggest some models

KUHELI SAI November 6, 2010

I want to buy UBI_SURFER NETBOOK. PRICE of it is 7999/- only.
I live in KOLKATA. Please inform me about the place in KOLKATA from where I can BUY it. It is very urgent. So REPLY me soon.

surendar November 11, 2010

wow ..cool post man. i was searching for a thing like this for a looong time.. u just found it for me probably i would check it out soon…

Zubin Rathod November 21, 2010

Guys do check out the new dual core atom netbooks with HD screen..!! But they are available for around 18k-23k..

Rawqie January 3, 2011

this article is useless.
You get better netbooks from acer, samsung etc for same or even less price

Aditya Kane January 3, 2011

The article is about two of the cheapest netbooks and not the best ones. Anyways stay tuned to DW, I will soon be reviewing a list of netbooks that are sold in India. 🙂

amrutha February 1, 2011

hi,
i want to buy a netbook which costs below 15k. could you plz suggest me..

shankara February 2, 2011

@amrutha.
purchase a netbook without windows pre-installed. e.g. Dell netbook with ubuntu pre installed costs around 15K.( excluding shipment charge).

manoj February 5, 2011

i want to buy a netbook 14K plz suggest me

mns_00 February 5, 2011

Hi

i am looking for a netbook within 12k can any one plz suggest me which one is available

Sameer Jain May 24, 2011

try second hand and i,m sure you can get it

bizcon March 2, 2011

If you are not in real hurry to buy computer for urgent needs, pl wait for some time. It is true at any time, as new models with added features are jumping out of the factories as never before. I find that cell phones are in race with net books with more features. Tablets and iPhones are examples in case. Support after sales should be the deciding criteria. BestWishes.

sujit March 8, 2011

i buy netbook or laptop, but i am cunfuse

Aditya Kane March 9, 2011

Sujit buying a netbook or laptop depends on your needs and budget.

shankara March 10, 2011

Purchase a lap top or netbook pre installed with ubuntu
It is more user friendly than any other proprietary operating system in the market.

sky March 25, 2011

is game like GTA can run on netbook ?

Aditya Kane March 25, 2011

most times it not advisable to have video games on netbooks but some of them do run older versions of games quite well.

Waschance April 5, 2011

I want to buy cheapest netbook available in India. Can anyone please tell me which is the cheapest option for me?

Albert April 17, 2011

well i’m currently using a Samsung N150, atom processor, 1.66 Ghz, 2GB with media graphics accelerator. the battery back up is good. gives around 5 or 6 hrs of normal use. simple games do run well on low graphics. i’m able to run Call Of Duty 1 and POP quite well. overall its a good buy for 18k.

Aditya Kane April 17, 2011

Thanks for the tip, will look up Samsung N150 details soon. 🙂

abhijit May 3, 2011

i want to buy a laptop with good battery life and a good speed. my budget is around 13.000 INR. please suggest me.

Aditya Kane May 3, 2011

The netbooks in the post are around that region in terms of price, I am not sure we could get a laptop which is within 13,000 INR.

prasanth May 3, 2011

Well, nice to see people out there who are willing to give their opinions abt this …
I’d like to buy a netbook … within 20k … but possibly which I can use extensively … I mean I practically live off computers everyday 😀 …
I am looking at Lenovo thinkpad x120e and it seems like a good option, but unfortunately its not available in India yet I guess. Would like to know if there are others in the same range as this Lenovo thinkpad….

ravi May 18, 2011

thanks for article

Sameer Jain May 24, 2011

I bought lenovo s10-3 for 15750. battery life 6 hours. 2 gb ram

vp July 12, 2011

i am b.tech student. I going to purchage a mini laptop for programing like c(++),java, .net,c#,etc. So pls suggest good models for that. Price up to 16000

shankara July 12, 2011

If you are not interested in C# and .NET you can purchase any laptop without windows and install linux( ubuntu is user friendly) on it.
if you purchase Dell it comes with ubuntu pre installed.
You can save 3000 rupeese by not choosing windows.

akankshya August 21, 2011

i want to buy a netbook with the following features-
long battery backup, 2 gb memory,good picture quality..
can somebody please suggest me some good 1s????

shankara August 22, 2011

Check out Dell lapt tops with ubuntu pre installed, they are very good.

Mohan August 31, 2011

I got a dell inspiron M101z for Rs 23750
With
AMD athlon K325 dual core 1.3Ghz
11.6 inch screen but awesome 1366×768 display
2Gb ram (upto 8gb) 320gb hdd (7200 rpm)
Ati mobility radeon hd 4225 graphics
Comes with Win7 starter and Ubuntu Light
Configurable to Home Premium

If you are worried about the 1.3Ghz tag, let me tell you it plays “FULL HD” movies (1920p) without any sort of problems

Mohan August 31, 2011

And Oh yes around 5-6 hrs backup in balanced mode.
Come on.. Dont expect 8-10 hrs. Its not a netbook. 😉

safeer December 2, 2011

take asus netbook within 12200/- from market 1gb ram and 250 gb hard disk

sumana January 6, 2012

please suggest a good net book. which is best ? DELL /ACER/ Samsung

Manish Rai January 18, 2012

samsung N148 plus is must be a best netbook for you

Dharmesh Tolia February 4, 2012

Hi
SAMSUNG N100 is available at Rs. 12990+5% VAT (Rs. 13650)
and Acer Aspire One is available at Rs. 16800

Aasifali February 23, 2012

Sir, i am from jummu and kashmir i want a notebook dell less than 12,000/= rs. I am waiting for ur reply .

shankara April 14, 2012

Any computer with linux pre-installed will be cheaper than windows pre-installed. Money saved from software can be wisely invested in hardware(extra RAM or HD etc..).

naddy April 25, 2012

plz tell me latest price of the iball netbook

Aditya Kane April 26, 2012

The latest price seems to be around INR 15,000 approximately.

Abhishesh Pal May 18, 2012

i was looking for mush cheaper ones.. after aakash came in the market other companies are trying to compete aakssh tablet.. i wish i get a netbook at low cost.. thanks for information