Best Laptops in India – 2018

by | Apr 24, 2018

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Laptops are one of the most sought-after electronic devices in the market at present. This is because people have no time to spare. Productivity is the buzzword at present. When you are away, be it from your office or even your home, you need to keep the productivity level the same, which without laptops isn’t possible. Smartphones have become powerful, yes – but it isn’t going to do the job alone.

Portability is another factor favouring laptops over conventional desktops. You could take the device anywhere you wish and do stuff you would like to do, just as perfect as on a Desktop. Laptops amalgamate Productivity and portability into a convenient package that lures many customers to purchase one.

We have done a thorough research on the Laptop market in India and handpicked the best laptops that might interest you. This curated list has the top rated laptops in each specific category that will make your decision-making process a bit easier. Without further ado, let’s roll!

1. Apple MacBook Pro MLW82HN/A

Best Apple Laptop (MacBook)

The Apple MacBook Pro looks and works like a charm. No bells and whistles, the design is minimal yet elegant and aesthetically pleasing. The performance from this laptop is unmatched as the software and hardware are optimized much better than any device out there. If budget and not having a Windows OS is not your concern, look no further. This is one of the top rated laptops that money can buy, not alone in India but in the entire world.

Apple stands out from the rest of the manufacturers with some unique aspects. They make their own hardware and software as well. This lets them dictate the terms and conditions without any external pressure. The result? 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 cores on this device. The processor is clocked at 2.7GHz. 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.

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. 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 device 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.

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Excellent screen

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Great build quality

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Amazing performance

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Thin and light

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Elegant design

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Highly Expensive

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMMac OS Sierra
HDD
RAM16GB DDR3
PROCESSORCore i7 Quad Core 2.7GHz
GRAPHICS2GB DDR5 AMD Radeon 455
BATTERY BACKUPup to 10 hours
SSD512GB SSD
DISPLAY15.4 inch full HD IPS

2. HP Pavilion BF177TX

Best Laptop for Casual Use

If you are looking for one of the fastest laptops on the market that can perform your daily tasks faster, the HP Pavilion BF177TX is the best bet. It has a great display with battery life that will let you do your work away from a charging plug for a considerable amount of time. The discrete GPU will even let you play some games in case you are bored. A well-built machine with the latest processor and great performance – that’s this device for you.

HP is one of the best laptop brands spanning across the world in different markets with their quality products ranging from home appliances to laptops. The HP Pavilion BF177TX is one of the best Windows laptops out there for casual use with its cutting-edge processor that is more than powerful to run your daily chores with ease.

The build and design of this laptop look premium for the price. High-quality components have been used for the construction without cutting cost on anything that meets the eye. The keyboard is comfortable to type with, delivering great feedback to the users. The hinge mechanism works perfectly on this device.

The display on this laptop is a 14-inch full HD Brightview panel. We have seen the same panel on many of the HP’s past products and as expected it delivers a superior viewing experience. The screen is a bit smaller, so the number of pixels packed in per inch is higher which leads to sharper and detailed images. The thin bezels on the side of the display make it feel larger than the actual size.

HP is one of the first manufacturers to release eighth generation Intel processor powered laptops in the Indian market. This device packs the latest Intel Core i7-8550U with a base frequency of 1.8GHz with turbo boost up to an impressive 4GHz. It comes with an 8GB DDR4 RAM coupled with a 1 TB HDD. An additional 128GB SSD has been provided for apps and OS to load and function faster. This machine has a dedicated 2GB DDR3 Nvidia Geforce MX130 for handling graphics.

Ports-wise, there is no dearth of high-speed data transfer options on this machine. There is a USB C port that supports speeds up to 5GB/s and two USB 3.1 ports along with a legacy RJ 45 port and an SD card reader.

The HP Pavilion BF177TX comes with Windows 10 Home preloaded. The device has Bang & Olufsen tuned and certified dual speakers that output loud and clear sound with decent bass levels. The webcam on the front lets you do video calls at 720p resolution that works well in good lighting conditions. The dual array microphones on side of this webcam capture the sound very well without any distortions even in noisy environments.

Powering this device is a 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion prismatic battery that lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge. The fast charging technology integrated into the company will let you charge the device faster in case you need some juice quickly and doesn’t have time to wait.

One of the downsides of this laptop is that it does not provide any RAM expansion options for the user. The 8GB module is the maximum you will get. Although the fast processor and a discrete GPU negates the downsides of this, some will still want to spice up the RAM game.

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Latest eighth-generation processor

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Great display

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Good battery life

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Build quality

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No expandable RAM

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10
HDD1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
PROCESSORCore i7 – 8550U 1.8GHz
GRAPHICS2GB DDR3 NVIDIA Geforce MX130
BATTERY BACKUPUp to 10 hours
SSD128GB
DISPLAY14 inch fullHD IPS Brightview display

3. Alienware 15

Best Gaming Laptop

Alienware 15 is our pick for the best gaming laptop without a second thought. Power packed performance coupled with a great display will let you enjoy the games in full potential. 4K gaming and VR even though not mainstream until now will work on this device effortlessly which makes this laptop future proof for the times to come.

Alienware is probably the first word that will come out of your mouth when talking about gaming laptops. Everyone in one way or the other would have heard about this beast at least once. Often considered as the holy grail of gamers, Alienware 15 surely lives up to its name and fame.

Under the hood, Alienware 15 runs on a Core i7 7700HQ processor clocked at 2.8GHz with turbo boost up to 3.5GHz. Assisting the processor in the graphics department is a Nvidia GTX 1060 DDR5 6GB graphics card that screams performance from the onset. Thinking about 4K gaming and VR? You’ve got that covered too. What else can you expect from this legend with such legacy?

A powerhouse without a good display is like a dead stick. Understanding this, Alienware has packed a full HD IPS Antiglare display with great colour reproduction. A refresh rate of 120Hz ensures your gameplay will feel even smoother. With a brightness of 300 nits, the screen will let you play your games under any light conditions.

Backing up the storage department is a 1TB HDD that spindles at 7200 rpm supported along with a 256GB SSD that will make boot time and game loading incredibly faster. Alienware comes with an 8GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 2400MHz which is expandable up to 32GB. The device comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home operating system.

Alienware 15 offers a plethora of ports for enhancing the usability of this laptop. With a USB 3.0 port coupled with a Thunderbolt display port that will let you connect the device to an external display if you would like to play games on a larger display. Also, an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port will enable the connection of external Graphics amplifiers if you want more firepower.

The keyboard is one area where Alienware laptops excel one step further than its competitors in gaming laptop segment. Alienware TactX keyboard with 2.2mm of key travel will make your keystrokes feel confident. With a 4 area RGB lighting that can be controlled by the AlienFX software, you can choose the style you prefer with ease, making this device feel personal.

Alienware promises up to 4 hours of gaming on a single charge, but that will depend upon the type of games you will play and the brightness of the display.

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Industry-leading GPU

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Great display

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Superb keyboard with 2.2mm key travel

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Customisable LED lighting

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Commendable build quality

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Bulky and heavy

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10
HDD1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
PROCESSORCore i7 7th gen 7700HQ 2.8GHz
GRAPHICSGTX 1060 6GB DDR5
BATTERY BACKUPUp to 4 hours
SSD256GB
DISPLAY15.6-inch full HD LED IPS Antiglare display 300 nits

4. HP Spectre x360 13-ae503TU

Best 2 in 1 Convertible

The HP Spectre x360 13-ae503TU is a great 2 in 1 laptop with a small form factor which is really lightweight to carry around inside your bag. The omission of a discrete GPU is negated by the addition of two Thunderbolt ports that will let you hook up external GPU’s for great gaming experience. If you are interested in a small laptop, this model is one of the best sub-14 inch laptops in the Indian market.

HP has been releasing convertible laptops under its x360 lineup for some time now. The HP Spectre 13-ae503TU is HP’s flagship convertible laptop offering that might cost a fortune for you but, 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. 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 – that in turn 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 this device.

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.

Even though with a battery life up to 9 hours, this device falls short in the battery life aspect of other models such as Lenovo Yoga 920.

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Great build quality

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Latest 8th generation processor

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Thunderbolt ports

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Lightweight and compact

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Battery life not up to the competitors

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Cramped keyboard

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Finicky touchpad

 

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Pro
HDD
RAM16GB DDR3
PROCESSORCore i7 – 8550U 1.8GHz
GRAPHICSIntel Integrated UHD 620
BATTERY BACKUPUp to 9 hours
SSD512GB
DISPLAY13.3-inch Full HD Multitouch display

5. Acer Predator Helios 300

Honorable Mention

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is one product worth giving your attention. It offers a 6GB Nvidia GT1060 GPU at a price where the competitors end up having less powerful GTX1050. At the price this laptop is on sale, this is a steal. This laptop can also be dubbed as the cheap budget gaming laptop as it matches even the Alienware 15 in some of the aspects. It has a great GPU, powerful processor, good sound and an affordable price tag that forced us to gave it a place on our list.

Acer is no strange to the gaming and performance computing scene. It has introduced its predator lineup with amazing value for money specs even beating out some of the higher priced competitors with a punch. The Predator Helios 300 is priced very aggressively in its segment with some best in the class internals.

Acer has decided to use a mix of plastic and metal in order to cut costs, but nothing goes out of hand. The quality of the materials used is good and there is no problem with the construction. The lid is made of metal with plastic strips on the sides. Similarly, the keyboard deck is metal with the bottom being plastic made.

This laptop is powered by an Intel Core-i7 7700HQ with four true cores clocked at 2.5GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.5GHz. The device comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM that is expandable up to 32GB via the additional slot that is easily accessible by removing the backplate of the chassis.

The main USP of this device is that it has a 6GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU that will let you run games and do tasks such as video rendering blazing fast. A 1TB mechanical HDD is present for the data storage needs along with a 128GB M2 SSD. The drive bay is easily accessible if you want to install a bigger capacity SSD.

Speaking about the display, this device comes with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS panel that offers decent brightness and saturation levels. The refresh rate of 60Hz isn’t anything mindblowing to talk about but is pretty much acceptable when the price is taken into consideration. This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled.

The keyboard on this device has a red backlight that adds to the overall design flair of the laptop. The keys are sufficiently spaced and have a rubber feel to it. The size of the numpad keys is a bit smaller than the rest of the keys on the keyboard though. The speakers are placed on the bottom and produce a loud sound.

The usual ports are present and accounted for. There are 2 USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a USB C port, an HDMI port along with an SD card reader.

The battery on this laptop is a 4-cell Lithium-ion pack which will last up to 4 hours on a single charge and expect this to drop further while performing processor intensive tasks such as gaming.

The display even though full HD, doesn’t look good. The colours are a bit washed out and the brightness is not up to the mark. It is evident that Acer has cut the corners with the display on this device.

The device looks chunky and is a bit heavy. Some people may not like the aggressive design as well as irregularly sized keys on the keypad.

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6GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1060

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Value for money

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True four core processor

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Exceptional heat management

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Average display

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Chunky design

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Sound output lacks bass

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
HDD1TB
RAM16GB DDR4 up to 32GB DDR4
PROCESSORCore i7-7300HQ 2.5GHz
GRAPHICS6GB DDR5
BATTERY BACKUPUp to 6 hours
SSD128GB
DISPLAY15.6 inch full HD IPS display

6. Asus Vivobook S14

Best Budget Pick

The main USP of ASUS Vivobook S14 is its eighth generation processor. This processor is considerably faster than the seventh generation counterpart and will let you perform the day to day tasks like a breeze. This laptop with not many considerable negatives is one of the best Windows laptops in the premium budget category. A good screen coupled with a great processor at an affordable price point is what Asus gives the consumers with this product.

Asus is on a roll with their Vivobook series with products released possibly into every category be it budget or premium segment. Most of the products in the Vivobook series are widely popular among the customers for their value for money configurations coupled with the unmatched performance they offer. Asus Vivobook S14 is one of the premium budget offerings from Asus powered with the latest eighth-generation processor.

The Vivobook S14 is well built with premium quality components used for its construction. The unibody construction feels strong and durable. The hinges work great and the device can be opened with a single hand without the deck being raised from the platform.

Inside the Vivobook S14 is an Intel Core i7 – 8550U processor at a base clock of 1.8GHz with a turbo boost up to 4GHz if the need arises so. The integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics unit handles the resource hungry graphics task very well. Even though you will be able to play games on this laptop, beware the settings might have to be trimmed down to the bare minimum.

Storage wise, this laptop comes with a 1TB mechanical hard disk assisted by a 256GB SSD on to which the preinstalled Windows 10 is loaded. This makes the boot times very quick and when apps are installed on the SSD you might see improved loading times and performance.

This device has a 15.6-inch full HD IPS wide-view antiglare display that has great viewing angles. The colour reproduction on this panel is good and the images appear sharped and with vivid details. There is significant bezels on the top and bottom part of the screen which is a bit of an eyesore to the otherwise good panel.

Asus usually don’t skimp on ports. Moreover, they are known for providing USB C ports even on their low-cost entry-level laptops. Same is the case with this device as well. This device comes with two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a USB – C port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader slot.

The keyboard on this laptop is very comfortable to type on with decent key travel distance. The keys are backlit and will help you type or navigate around at night easily.

The Vivobook S14 comes with a 3-cell Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 6 – 7 hours on a single charge. Asus has incorporated its widely acclaimed fast-charging technology that will let you charge the device from zero to 60% in under 50 minutes.

At this price, Asus could have included a discrete GPU since some of the competitors are providing the same with low-cost devices. Even though this is not a deal breaker, the inclusion would have made this device a better budget gaming device as well.

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8th Generation core i7 processor

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256GB SSD

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Good keyboard

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Performance is great

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No discrete GPU

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No Disk drive

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
HDD1TB
RAM8GB DDR4 up to 16GB
PROCESSORCore i7 – 8550U 1.8GHz
GRAPHICSIntel Integrated UHD 620
BATTERY BACKUPUp to 7 hours
SSD256GB
DISPLAY14 inch fullHD Wideview IPS display

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. And for those who got depressed reading the above statement, don’t worry. We have great buying suggestions for laptops under Rs. 50,000, laptops under Rs. 40,000 and many more. Go through them at once and rest assured, you’re sure to find your choice in them. For more such amazing buying suggestions and best lists, do subscribe to our newsletter. Thank you!