Are you in India? I am asking as shipping may significantly affect the overall price. If you are not always carrying the laptop around and do not mind an eight pound laptop used mostly in one location, I would recommend looking into a Dell off-lease business grade laptop, which are usually about three years old but built to last, and can perform all the tasks you need. I have several Latitude E6530 laptops, with desktop i7 processors (8 threads) running Windows 7 professional, 8 to 16 GB RAM, with 256 GB SSD drives, with 1920 by 1080 or 1600 by 900 non-touch screens, that I paid about $330 apiece. Docking stations can be sourced from Ebay for about $15, which further increases flexibility. For those with a budget around $650 or so, a brand new mid level laptop may be obtained from multiple sources with a modern graphics card. If you go to the Dell website, create an account, and just browse around, they will eventually send you discount codes a day or two earlier than they release to the general public, so you have a better selection of multiple different models before they sell out. You may also check out the Techbargains website, which will carry notifications about the Dell refurbished laptops every month or two. Alternatively you may also use Slickdeals which usually promotes new laptops of all varieties. When you have found something, please post again, as the forum members here will chime in with mostly useful information about their experiences with that brand or model, of hopefully, will provide active links to the best deals currently available. Good luck with your search!