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
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 replies on “The cheapest Netbooks in India: A comparison”

  1. Ahh, now you cover netbooks πŸ™‚ , 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.

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

    2. 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.

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

  2. 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.

    1. Thanks for the info Mohan. Will have to check out Acer Aspire One D250 over the weekend. πŸ˜‰

    2. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

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

    1. 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. πŸ™‚

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

  13. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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 πŸ˜€ …
    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….

  17. i am 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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????

    1. I got a dell inspiron M101z for Rs 23750
      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

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

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

  22. 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..).

  23. 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

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