Hello friends! Hope everyone is doing well! Posting this query and suggestions thread in lieu of my better half! I am doing the selection and buying! Here goes The questionnaire format 1) What is your budget? INR 60000 2) What size & weight consideration (if any) would you prefer? Screen- 15.6 inches FHD display preferred, with good viewing angles and color reproduction. Weight- 2-2.4 kgs will be fine. 3) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook? Text editing, spreadsheets, presentations. Movies, music, pictures. Carry laptop for tours. Light gaming. Skyping Occasional editing jobs- pics, movies. Downloads occasionally. All in all, think of how a medical professional is going to use her lappy. Not much heavy duty stuff. 5) Any typical configuration in your mind you're eyeing for ? CPU-Core i5 7xxx (7200U is unfortunately the ubiquitous one) RAM- Atleast 4GB DDR 4 (will add 4/8GB on purchase for a dual channel config) HDD- 1TB minimum Display- 15.6" FHD Full keyboard with numpad, backlighting is not a necessity Decent battery Decent warranty Ports: Atleast 1x USB2, 1x USB3, Video out Media: DVDRW must 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? a. Like: HP ( I have one, happy with their support), Dell, Asus, Acer b. Dislike: Lenovo (heard they had warranty issues) 6) Anything else you would like to say? Screen resolution 1080p (Full HD) Battery back up normal (3-4hrs) Purchase place Online (eg - flipkart, Amazon) / Local Models i have looked at and my view on them: 1. Lenovo Ideapad 310: core i5 7200u, 4gb ddr4, around 50-51k locally, comes with windows 10, 920mx 2gb gddr3 onboard, fhd display is good to my eyes, has vga output as well, the keyboard is good as well, except the right alt and ctrl key positions are reversed. 2. Acer Aspire E5 575: Core i5 7200U,8GB DDR4, 2TB hdd,comes with windows 10, 940mx 2gb gddr5, fhd display is good.61K locally. 3. HP 15 au624tx: Core i5 7200U,4gb ddr4, 1tb hdd, 940mx 4gb gddr3, windows 10, office home 2016 lifetime preinstalled, 57.5k locally. Can add carepaqs later. 4. ASUS R558UQ: Core i5 7200U, 4gb ddr4, 1tb hdd, 940mx 2gb gddr3, FHD Display with 45% color gamut (i have not seen the model personally, tho it seems bad), VGA webcam (others have hd ones), 2yrs international warranty (yes, we'll travel), NO OS. 45.5K locally. I have been eyeing the Asus model, have to see it personally to have a feel of the display. Also, I was wondering whether I could get a Windows 10 key for cheap at Kinguin or PSNgames and such and have the media downloaded from Microsoft for installation. At psngames/kinguin, you have either an oem key or a retail one, which one should i get? Also,i would add a 4gb/8gb ram module to get it up to 8gb/12gb, symmetric/asymmetric dual channel. Now the asus has 1 memory channel soldered, so i am left with only one slot. If i add an 8gb module there, what could be the issues? Or is it better to stick to 4gb and 8gb symmetric dual channel? Please give your suggestions. I have to make the purchase by 14th Feb, and yes, its a gift from Hubby Thank you all in advance!