Best Laptops In India – 2018
This is because people have no time to spare. Productivity is the buzzword at present.
And laptops make it possible more than any other gadget.
We have done a thorough research on the Laptop market in India, without any budget constraints, and handpicked the best laptops for you.
This curated list has the top rated laptops in each specific category that will make your decision-making process a lot easier. Without further ado, let’s roll!
1. Apple MacBook Pro
Best For Professionals
- Best suited for video editors
- Thin and lightweight form factor
- Excellent software support
This lets them dictate the terms and conditions without any external pressure.
Well optimized OS on premium hardware.
Apple has a cult following for their products everywhere in the world which is not a coincidence.
Apple MacBook Pro is the flagship laptop offering from Apple that has some serious firepower under the hood with a great build quality and an elegant design.
Laptops from Apple is the most perfectly designed as well as solidly built devices out there on the market.
Machined out of a single block of aluminium, this device looks and feels luxurious.
There is not a bit of flex on the chassis and everything seems perfectly blended into the design.
Apple has used the seventh gen Intel Core i7 Quad-core processor – yes, the one with four actual physical cores on this device. The processor is clocked at 2.7GHz.
Do you expect easy hardware upgradability?
No you can’t do that here.
The amount of RAM on this laptop is limited to 16GB but the stunning performance from the laptop won’t bother this non-expandability part for sure.
A faster and improved PCIe based 512GB SSD is present for storing your important files and media offline.
The device runs on MacOS Sierra that is well optimized for this hardware.
A dedicated 2GB DDR5 AMD Radeon 455 GPU is present for handling video editing as well other graphics-intensive processes.
What about the display?
The display on this device is a 15.4-inch full HD panel with a display resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and equivalent pixel density of 220ppi.
This screen is 67% brighter than the older panel on previous MacBook Pro and has a wider colour gamut which offers deep contrast.
There is an anti-reflective coating over the display to increase the visibility in brightly lit environments.
The speakers are placed on the front and provide an excellent sound output with decent bass.
Since the speakers face the user directly, the sound is loud and clear even in noisy environments.
You might still ask – what’s the USP of this device?
Well, the keyboard has an OLED strip replacing the conventional function keys, which Apple fondly calls Lightbar.
This secondary display can be used for a plethora of customisable functions that depends on the app that currently runs on the device.
The trackpad is huge and has force touch functionality.
The palm rejection works well on this that will cancel out unnecessary actions to be carried out when your palm rests on the trackpad while typing.
This laptop is an all USB C device with no other ports.
All the USB C ports are thunderbolt supported with transfer speeds up to 50Gb/s.
The 720p facetime camera on the front has a LED indicator and an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness accordingly.
The battery of this Macbook Pro can last for about 10 hours even on heavy usage.
The charging is via the USB C port as Apple has decided to retire the traditional MagSafe connectors from its laptops.
If you wish to own an Apple product but has some budget constraints, you could check out the much cheaper Apple MacBook Air which is a budget laptop priced under Rs.60,000.
|Operating System||Mac OS Sierra|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 Quad Core|
|RAM||16 GB DDR3|
|Display||15.4-inch Full HD IPS|
|Graphics||2GB DDR5 AMD Radeon 455|
|Battery||Up to 10 Hours|
2. MSI GE63
Best Gaming Pick
- Made for hardcore gamers
- Excellent display
- No thermal throttling
The MSI GE63 has the upperhand over the Alienware laptop in almost every single aspects. The processor inside this beast machine is an Intel Core i7 8750H with 16GB DDR4 RAM out of the box.
What’s more interesting than the use of latest processor is the GPU. MSI decided to beat the competition single handedly with a 8GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1070 card inside,
It delivers. In fact, this laptop crushes the competition by leaps and bounds.
Coming to the screen, this unit boasts of a 15.6-inch full HD display.
What’s special about this display is that it’s got a whopping 120Hz refresh rate. With great color accuracy and brightness levels, this screen is perfect for gaming.
MSI got it correct when they paired a powerful processor and GPU with this 120Hz panel. It helps in utilizing the maximum potential of this laptop.
The next crazy thing about this laptop is its individually controlled RGB lighting effects. The controls are comprehensive and the combinations you can try out is infinite.
There are seven heat pipes inside this laptop to keep it cool without throttling. This keeps the laptop thermals in control.
Additionally if you have to cool the laptop further, the Cooler Boost button is one touch away on the keyboard deck. But do remember, this cooling comes at the expense of some fan noise.
Oops, we almost forgot one important thing about this laptop. The response rate. The display on this machine has got a response time of 3ms which is the fastest among the laptop displays available for consumers.
Faster response rate?
Yes. Practically, this will increase the accuracy of your moves during games.
Now let’s switch to the negatives about the laptop.
The gesture trackpad has no Windows precision driver support and the gesture accuracy is average to say the best.
Then comes the sound from the speakers. Even though MSI claims that this laptop has got great speakers, we didn’t felt the same.
Invest some bucks on a Bluetooth speaker and you’re good to go!
To wind this up, The MSI GE 63 is the best laptop for gaming that you can currently get in the Indian market without a second thought.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Processor||Core i7 8th Gen 8750H|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4|
|Display||15.6 inch full HD Wideview Antiglare|
|Graphics||8GB DDR5 GTX 1070|
|Battery||Up to 3 Hours|
3. HP Spectre x360 13-ae503TU
Best 2-in-1 Convertible Pick
- Best travel companion laptop
- Productivity on the go
- Suited for low light video calls
The HP Spectre 13-ae503TU is HP’s flagship convertible laptop offering.
If you are not bothered by the price and instead is looking for a solid, feature-packed 2 in 1 laptop, read along to know more about the device.
The build quality of this machine is exceptional.
HP has left no stones unturned to make this device look stunning in your eyes and feel premium in your hands.
It is made of machined aluminium sandblasted to impart a textured finish.
Does the aluminium add to the overall weight of the device?
This laptop is very lightweight at 1.3Kg and comfortable to hold. At the same time, the body is rigid and durable.
We would say, this is one of the best “small form factor” laptop out there.
This device has a 13.3-inch full HD widescreen display with an active stylus as well as touch support.
The stylus is provided in the box, so you don’t need to shell out extra bucks for purchasing one.
The brightness levels are great and the images look sharp on this panel.
The display can be swivelled up to 360 degrees to convert the device in to tablet mode for easier touch interaction with the device.
Also, this laptop can be set into a tent mode for media consumption.
Powered by an Intel Core i7-8550U clocked at 1.8GHz with turbo boost functionality to enhance the clock speed up to 4GHz, this laptop is capable of running heavy apps butter smooth.
The integrated Intel UHD 620 will assist the processor while tearing through graphics-intensive operations.
The device comes with a 16GB DDR3 RAM which can’t be expanded further.
For storage, HP has provided a 512GB SSD for lightning fast boot times and app loading as well as data transfer speeds.
Speaking about port availability on this machine, there are two USB C Thunderbolt ports that can support external GPU.
This feature, in turn, can convert this already convertible laptop into a gaming powerhouse.
There is a USB 3.1 port for faster data transfers along with an SD card reader.
The webcam on this device has full HD resolution with IR that will enhance the quality of low light video calls.
The keyboard on this laptop is backlit with a key travel distance of 1.6mm.
The keys are little cramped but that has to be expected on such a small form factor.
A 3-cell Li-Polymer battery supplies juice to this machine.
The company claims that the laptop will last for a good 9 hour on a single charge.
The fast charging technology found on other HP laptop models has also found its way over to the HP Spectre x360.
The touchpad on this laptop is huge but performs well below expectations.
Although supported by Windows precision drivers, sometimes the gestures act strange and the accuracy falters.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 – 8550U|
|RAM||16 GB DDR3|
|Display||13.3-inch Full HD Touch|
|Graphics||Intel Integrated UHD 620|
|Battery||Up to 9 Hours|
4. MSI GL62M
Best Budget Pick
- Best suited for serious game freaks
- No issues with thermal throttle
- Powerful Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti
Off lately, they have forayed into the gaming laptop scene with years worth of experience designing and manufacturing gaming components like graphics cards.
The GL62M is the company’s premium budget gaming laptop priced under Rs.70,000 currently on sale in India.
Never mind the heft – it’s worth it.
The MSI GL62M is in no way the slimmest laptop on the planet. It has got substantial heft to it and weighs about 2.2Kg.
The entire laptop is made of plastic and the finish is very much a smudge as well as a fingerprint magnet.
There is noticeable flex on the chassis and the build quality is not up to the mark for a laptop priced under Rs.70,000.
The exhausts vents are placed at the back for better heat dissipation.
This laptop runs the show with a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor clocked at 2.8GHz with a maximum turbo boost frequency up to 3.8GHz.
The processor is a true quad-core variant with excellent performance even when the device is run under full load.
Assisting this processor in delivering stellar performance is a 4GB DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti GPU.
Most games currently in the scene runs at 60 fps at full HD resolution on this device without any problems.
The powerful GPU also aids in fast and responsive 4K video editing.
The device comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM on board with an option to expand up to 32GB.
In terms of storage, this laptop comes with a 1TB of mechanical HDD to store your files and media, accompanied with a 128GB SSD for faster booting times and app loading.
The display on this device is a 15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit Wideview display that has good viewing angles.
The brightness of this panel is good and the anti-glare coating further increases the legibility of the display in brightly lit environments.
Furthermore, the screen can be calibrated according to your individual preference with the help of MSI Dragon centre app.
Speaking of ports, the MSI GL62M comes equipped with a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port, an HDMI as well as an SD card reader.
There is also a mini display port on this laptop in case you decide to connect this laptop to an external high-resolution display.
The keyboard is backlit with a single red colour illumination.
The keys feel nice and tactile. There is a slight flex on the keyboard chassis but nothing that affects the usability of the device.
There are four downfacing speakers that produce loud sound output. The audio from the laptop lacks punch.
The battery of this device lasts for about 4 hours on a single charge under normal usage scenario.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Processor||Core i7 7th Gen 7700HQ 2.8GHz – 3.8GHz|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4 exp. up to 32GB|
|Display||15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit Wideview Anti-glare Display|
|Graphics||4 GB DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti|
|Battery||Up to 4 Hours|
5. Asus FX504GE
- Best for all-round performance
- Suited for graphic intensive tasks
- Excellent everyday performance
We don’t really know what strategy Asus plan’s during its laptop release. The TUF FX504GE series we’re discussing here matches the company’s own ROG lineup in terms of raw specs.
Whatever it is, the Asus TUF FX504GE is one of the best laptops that money can buy under a budget of Rs.80,000.
This machine features an Intel Core i5 8300H processor. What does it mean for you? Smooth multitasking and gaming without considerable lags or stutters.
Is it better than an Intel Core i7 7700HQ?
Close, but not the same.
With the 8GB DDR4 RAM and the endless scope of upgradability, you can expect some class-leading performance out of this product.
On the graphics front, the 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti is an absolute beast in terms of performance.
The 15.6-inch full HD display is not mindblowing to say the least, but it’s definitely passable. The colors are OK and the brightness levels are decent. What disappointed us was the mediocre viewing angles.
Asus has provided a 128GB SSD drive on top of the standard 1TB HDD with this premium laptop. This elevates the performance of this laptop to the next level.
Speaking of port distribution, shockingly Asus has omitted the USB C port.
This came as a surprise to us because Asus is one of the few manufacturers who introduced USB C to even their entry level laptops.
The battery life on this device is nothing spectacular nor particularly disappointing.
With the powerful hardware inside, this laptop lasts for a good four hours before having the need to be juiced up.
Overall, the ASUS TUF FX504GE is an excellent choice for those who care for the performance output rather than the aesthetics.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Processor||Core i5 – 8300H|
|RAM||8 GB exp. up to 32GB|
|Display||15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit IPS|
|Graphics||4 GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050Ti|
|Battery||Up to 4 Hours|
If you want the best of the best, better forget the price said a wise man once or did he?
We don’t know for sure but if you are in the market for the best, do keep the budget concerns aside.
Go through them at once and rest assured, you’re sure to find your choice in them.
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How To Buy A Laptop In India: The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide
The raw power once desktops had is now seen with their portable counterparts as well.
Leaving the formalities to the side, you’re here because you need a laptop and you’re confused, right?
This section will help you make the right decisions regarding your purchase.
We’ve tried to cover almost all the important aspects of a laptop a buyer must know and that too in simple yet concise words.
As you might have already known, the processor is the brain of your laptop.
It is the single most important component to keep an eye on while purchasing a laptop.
The faster and efficient the processor, better will be the performance of the laptop.
1.1 What’s a processor?
A processor is an electronic logic circuit consisting of millions and billions of transistors that carry out instructions in a computer program.
1.2 What’s its importance?
Imagine a human being without the brain.
Same is the case with a computer.
Without having a processor, all you have is a dead stick in hand.
2. Intel vs AMD
Intel and AMD are the two most renowned and popular chipset manufacturers when it comes to the processor industry.
Intel was founded way back in 1968 and AMD followed the suit a year after in 1969.
Majority of the laptops and computers now sold in the market comes with one of these chipsets inside.
- 1970’s – Intel makes huge gains in the market as it was the only major player in the industry.
- 1980’s – The first 32-bit 68020 released by Intel
- 1990’s – AMD breaks Intel monopoly by releasing their Athlon 32-bit processors
- 2000 – Pentium 4 faces a stiff competition from AMD’s Athlon XP
- 2003 – Intel launches their mobile Centrino processors based on Pentium M
- 2005 – First 64-bit dual core processor released by AMD.
- 2008 – Intel launches mobile centric Atom processors.
Now let’s discuss certain aspects of processors that you might hear often. Some of these are of no importance for the end users, still, it won’t hurt to know a little more.
At present Intel owns a whopping 80% of the processor market in the industry.
Simply because Intel’s chips are more efficient than the competing AMD ones.
2.4 Types of Intel processors
Instead of making you read long paragraphs, let’s make you a table.
It lists the type of Intel processors available and their general use case scenarios.
This will help you zero in on the particular chipset that would power your laptop.
|Cheap/Ultraportable devices||Intel Atom|
|Entry level laptops||Intel Pentium|
|Slim and lightweight devices||Intel Core M|
|Everyday normal use||Intel Core i3, i5 U, AMD Ryzen 5|
|Enhanced productivity||Intel Core i7 U, AMD Ryzen 7|
|Gaming/Video editing||Intel Core i7 HQ, HK processors|
We have anticipated your next question in advance.
You’re confused with the suffixes on the processor such as U, HQ, HK, right?
It’s time for the next table.
Yeah, we really love tables. It saves our time as well as yours 🙂
|U||Ultra low power||Intel Core i5 7300U|
|HQ||High-performance, Quad core||Intel Core i7 7700HQ|
|HK||High-performance, Quad-core unlocked||Intel Core i7 6820HK|
In a nutshell, If you’re into buying a gaming laptop or if you’re a hardcore nerd who needs maximum juice out of your processors, go for an HK processor or at the least, an HQ processor.
If you are purchasing a laptop for casual use, the U variants will be enough.
2.5 Dual-cores, Quad cores – What are these cores?
The term core refers to the central processing unit of the computer – the brain.
A processor might have multiple cores in them, at least two cores.
It means that each of the core acts as a separate CPU which is capable of performing different tasks, simultaneously side by side.
Most of the laptops in the premium budget as well high-end category comes with four core processors.
This makes them capable of performing various tasks at once without slowing down.
Hyper-Threading is a technology patented by Intel to improve the efficiency of parallel computations.
We’ll simplify it for you.
Imagine a processor with two physical cores.
Hyper-threading technology will divide the physical cores logically to make them act like a quad-core processor.
That is, a dual-core Intel processor with hyper-threading technology will behave as if it is a quad-core processor.
Remember, this technology only improves the efficiency, it doesn’t match the performance of actual physical cores.
2.7 Clock speed
Clock speed is defined as the rate at which a processor executes instructions from a program.
As a thumb rule, higher the clock speed, faster the processor can perform.
The turbo-boost feature is more like an adrenalin rush to the processor when it detects a need for more computing power.
This feature is only available on the Intel Core i5 series and upwards.
Cache in simple words is like a small amount of RAM on the processor.
The cache lets the imminent tasks to be saved in the memory and directly pulled off by the processor when needed.
More the amount of cache, better will be processor performance.
Now the tech jargons are out of our way, it’s time for a little gossip.
Who doesn’t love one, right?
2.10 AMD vs Intel
- AMD was trailing behind Intel up until 2017
- With the introduction of Ryzen from AMD, the competitiveness is back and Intel has started to feel the heat.
- The performance of Ryzen 5 chipset is almost equal to the new eighth-generation i5 processors from Intel.
- AMD APUs offer good graphics performance compared to Intel integrated graphics.
- Lenovo Ideapad 720S, Acer Swift 3 etc features Ryzen chipsets on board.
3. Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
A processor can handle all the tasks that have to be carried out on a computer.
But a helping hand would be an advantage, isn’t it?
The GPU does just that.
The GPU handles all the graphics-intensive tasks and leaves the rest for the processor.
Theoretically, a GPU is a CPU for graphics.
There are two main types of graphics available on a computer :
1. Integrated graphics
2. Discrete graphics
3.1 Integrated graphics
Integrated graphics come on board coupled with the processor.
Intel HD 520, Intel HD 620 etc are examples of some integrated graphics solutions from Intel.
AMD also does the same with their recent Vega integrated graphics that come with Ryzen chipsets.
Integrated graphics permits you to perform basic graphics related tasks with ease.
Thinking of playing an AAA game with an integrated graphics chip?
Well, stop thinking.
It’s simply not possible!
This guy is for simple graphical tasks.
3.2 Discrete graphics
Discrete graphics come as a separate chipset, just like a normal processor.
These are more powerful and more efficient than an integrated graphics card.
Nvidia Geforce MX150, AMD Radeon R5 etc are examples of the discrete graphics card.
3.3 How powerful is a graphics card?
The power or capability of a graphics card is measured by its bandwidth.
More the bandwidth a graphics card offers better will be the performance of the laptop.
3.4 What is bandwidth?
Bandwidth is defined as the rate of data that can be read from or stored into the VRAM (Video – Random Access Memory).
It is usually calculated in GB/s.
3.5 Base clock
Base clock is the minimum frequency with which a graphics card operates.
Higher the base clock, better will be the graphics card.
4. NVIDIA vs AMD
NVIDIA and AMD are the main players in the market when it comes to the graphics card industry.
Even though Nvidia leads the pack, AMD with its new Radeon graphics is fast catching up with the industry.
Nvidia used CUDA (Complete Unified Device Architecture) cores technology to improve the efficiency of its newer generation graphics card.
More the number of CUDA cores, better the overall performance.
AMD uses a similar technology named Steam processors that does the same.
Most of the Nvidia GTX 10 series graphics cards are VR as well as 4K ready so is the AMD’s offering.
For eg: the Nvidia GTX 1080 has 2560 CUDA cores and the 1050 Ti has 768.
The AMD Radeon RX 480 comes with 480 steam processors as well.
4.1 The verdict?
If you intend to use your laptop for casual use, an integrated graphics card will be more than enough.
Especially with the new eighth generation Intel processors, the integrated graphics has improved leaps and bounds.
Similar is the case with Ryzen and the Integrated Vega graphics.
The display is the second most important factor that has to be taken into consideration while purchasing a laptop.
The size of the display is always quoted in inches, which in reality is the diagonal measurement of the screen.
|Screen size||Laptop type|
|17″ & higher||Desktop replacement laptops|
|15″ – 17″||Lightweight and portable laptops|
|13.3″ -15″||Ultraportable devices|
From the table above, you might’ve gotten a hint about the display size that might suit you.
It isn’t over yet.
There are a number of types of displays around.
What’s the best one for you?
There are primarily three types of laptop displays available in the market as follows:
1. Twisted Nematic (TN) displays
2. In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD displays
3. Vertical Alignment (VA) displays
5.1 TN displays
TN panels are the cheapest type of displays among the bunch.
This type of display contains twisted nematic liquid crystals sandwiched between two polarized glasses.
Their picture and viewing angles are just average.
5.2 IPS displays
IPS displays offer wide viewing angles, thanks to the In-Plane Switching behaviour of the liquid crystals used.
IPS displays are found on both budget as well as premium laptops.
They have superior image quality, colour output and contrast to give a better experience.
5.3 VA displays
VA (Vertical Alignment) displays are similar to the OLED panels used in high-end televisions and mobile phones.
They offer very high contrast ratio compared with the TN as well as IPS displays.
They are rare to find on laptops in the market as of now.
|U||Ultra low power||Intel Core i5 7300U|
|HQ||High-performance, Quad core||Intel Core i7 7700HQ|
|HK||High-performance, Quad-core unlocked||Intel Core i7 6820HK|
Summarizing this section, we can conclude that the IPS panels offer wide viewing angles as well as colour reproduction when compared with other two competitor display types.
The refresh rates are great in TN panels but with the advancement of technologies in the industry, there are IPS panels with refresh rates similar to that of the TN panels.
We understand this is the era of the cloud, but really?
We Indians have some of the slowest internet connections in the world.
Most of the laptops in the market come with a 1TB HDD as standard.
Some of the premium budget laptops do come with a mechanical hard disk drive supplemented by an SSD (Solid State Drive).
This enables the laptop to boot faster and load apps that are installed on the SSD to perform better.
7. SSD vs HDD
|No moving parts||Moving platter|
|Data is stored in microchips||Data stored magnetically on the disk|
|Faster read/write speeds||Slow|
|Silent operation||Produces noise|
|The failure rate is minimal||Chance of failure is high|
If you’re paying a premium for the laptop, always look for an SSD + HDD combo product rather than having an HDD only laptop.
This does significantly increase the performance of the computer.
The traditional keyboards you’ve accustomed to while using the desktops is no more.
Earlier, Lenovo ThinkPad used to come with such keyboards, but now in 2018, it’s a rarity in the market.
And the keyboards have undergone a lot of changes.
Most of the laptops in the market use chiclet-style keyboards.
The keys on these keyboards have flat tops.
The key travel distance and feedback offered by these keyboards vary from brand to brand.
These keyboards help in keeping the laptop as thin as possible.
An island-type keyboard includes a numpad similar to that of a mechanical keyboard.
Those who are used to such keyboards might find it easy on an island type keyboard to juggle between the numbers.
Real mechanical keyboards are seen on some of the high-end laptops in the market.
Models like the Lenovo IdeaPad 900 features a mechanical keyboard.
If you’re into gaming, there’s no substitute for having a mechanical keyboard.
9. Form factor
If you are a frequent traveller and loves the idea of convergence, buying a 2 in 1 laptop is your best best.
It doubles up as a workhorse as well a device for media consumption.
If portability is your choice, buying a laptop with screen sizes of 15″ and lower is the way to go.
Most of these compact laptops lack a CD/DVD drive, which is more like a technology that belonged to the past.
If a huge battery and a big screen is what you root for, you’d probably buy a big screen laptop that will perform like a desktop replacement for you.
As with all other products, laptops are available in all price brackets.
The only thing you have to take note of is your needs.
Carefully go through the hardware specs of the laptops and ask yourself this question – What am I going to do with this laptop?
We hope your mind will give you the best answer.
We conclude this piece of the article here.
Thanks for having the patience to read this long write-up.
We hope you have learned something out of this that will be useful down the lane somewhere.
As always thanks and have a great day!