Best Laptops for Programmers In India

by | Jun 13, 2018

Programmers are like magicians.

Just that they perform their tricks with code instead of a black and a rabbit.

Most of the programmers would prefer a desktop for their work.

But why?

Desktops are more powerful and versatile.

Multiple screens with different orientations can be a coder’s heaven to write code as well as debug it all at once.

After leaving the office, having the luxury of an office desktop setup is not always guaranteed.

That’s why a good laptop comes in handy.

What should you, as a programmer expect in a laptop?

A powerful enough processor to run the emulators and IDE’s, a comfortable keyboard to code fast and accurately, and a decent battery life that won’t affect your productivity on the go – right?

In this article, we’ve selected 6 laptops that might be an interesting purchase to you as a programmer.

1. Lenovo Ideapad 520

Overall Best Pick
  • Bright display reduces eye strain
  • Well spaced keys aid in accurate input
  • Ample storage space for offline files
Lenovo is a Chinese electronics hardware manufacturer that has been in the Indian market for a while.

Apart from the smartphones, Lenovo has been making rugged ThinkPad laptops that have a loyal fan following in many parts of the world.

The Lenovo Ideapad 520 is a premium laptop priced under Rs.70,000 that is currently available in the Indian market for a price of Rs.64,100.

This laptop offers everything that a programmer might wish for in a laptop – a great display, spacious and backlit keyboard and a powerful processor inside.

What makes this laptop one step higher compared to the competitors is its looks.

Although not an important factor in our criteria for this list, the Lenovo Ideapad 520 looks sleek and stylish.

Inside the Ideapad 520 is the latest 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with available turbo boost up to 3.4GHz.

This ensures all your apps and compiling works gets done much faster than ever before.

Not only does this product has a powerful processor but also a 4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150 GPU to accelerate the graphics performance.

Th 2TB HDD inside will let you save all the files offline. Not having an SSD for apps and OS storage is a bit of a letdown for this device.

All the essential ports are present and accounted on this device.

The backlit keyboard has well layout keys with adequate key travel.

Keys, when pressed, gives good feedback resulting in greater typing accuracy which is very much essential for a programmer who doesn’t look at the keys while coding.

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Powerful processor
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4GB Nvidia Geforce MX150 GPU
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Comfortable keyboard
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No SSD

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory2TB
RAM8GB DDR4
Expandable up to 16GB
ProcessorCore i5 8th Gen 8250U
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce MX150
4GB DDR5
Battery Backup5-6 Hours
Display15.6 Inch Full HD
LED Backlit IPS Display

2. Acer Swift 3 SF315-41

Best AMD Pick
  • Powerful processor aids in smooth multitasking
  • Hardware upgradability is a big plus
  • Best laptop for secure file storage
Acer Swift 3 is the company’s first budget laptop in the Indian market featuring the much acclaimed AMD Ryzen mobile processors.

Priced competently as a laptop under Rs.40,000, the Acer Swift 3 SF313-41 outperforms it’s Intel counterparts in the same price range by a huge margin.

The Acer Swift 3 SF313-41 has a metallic finish chassis that imparts the device a distinct premium look despite the plastic components used in its construction.

This laptop comes with a fingerprint scanner for added protection. If you are a programmer and wants to restrict the access to the system, this would be an ideal method to do so.

The most interesting aspect of this device is the AMD Ryzen mobile processor inside.

This device is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 Quad-core processor with a base clock of 2GHz.

This processor performs much better than the Intel U series processors priced at the similar category.

If you are interested you can read our article about the comparison between Intel and AMD mobile processors.

Featuring a single 8GB DDR4 RAM, one of the main gripes with this device is the lack of RAM expandability.

Multitasking is an important factor for a programmer to enhance his/her productivity.

Even with the single 8GB RAM module, the Ryzen processor handles this so efficiently that you’d be pleasantly surprised.

Programs like Android Studio runs butter smooth.

For coders tinkering with android app development, the Acer Swift 3 SF313-41 might be the right budget choice, if not the best.

The integrated Vega graphics is clocked higher than the Intel integrated graphics counterpart and performs much faster.

The display on this device is a 1080p 15.6-inch panel with average brightness and viewing angles.

At times the colours seem to get washed out and the sharpness is not up to what we had expected from a full HD display. Maybe the aggressive cost-cutting has ruined it for Acer.

Most programmers work late at night.

Having a backlit keyboard is an essential feature for such people on their laptop.

This laptop features one and this will let you do your work without turning on the light and distract others at night. The keys are large and tactile. The touchpad works well too.

One thing to remember while purchasing this laptop is that it lacks an RJ 45 port.

So wired internet connectivity is out of the equation with this device.

Everything being wireless in these days, we don’t think this will be much of a dealbreaker for you.

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Powerful Ryzen 5 mobile processor from AMD
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Fingerprint sensor for added security
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Backlit keyboard
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Stuck with 8GB of RAM, No expandability
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Average display
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No RJ 45 ethernet port

 Specifications

Operating SystemLinux
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 Quadcore
Battery Backup
Display15.6 – Inches
Full HD LED Backlit Wideview IPS Display

3. Acer Aspire A515-51G

Best Value For Money
  • Linux laptop out of the box
  • Discrete GPU is an added bonus
  • Doubles up as a productivity laptop
Acer is a Taiwanese electronic hardware manufacturer known for its value for money laptops in the Indian market.

Most of the Acer laptops target the mid-level budget segment. There are also performance laptops from the company such as Acer Nitro 5 which offers great value for money.

The Acer Aspire A515-51G is a mid-range laptop priced under Rs.50,000 that offers some best in class internals for the price at which it is offered.

The Acer Aspire A515-51G comes with the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5 mobile processor coupled with 8GB of DDR4 RAM that can be expanded further depending on your needs.

Being a programmer and having an option to increase the specs of the system on which you are depending for the work is a blessing.

Running various operating systems inside the virtual machine and compiling the code at the same time might require heavy processing power, which this laptop is very much capable of doing with ease.

The 6MB cache on this laptop will reduce the loading time while switching from the frequent apps that you use on a daily routine.

The 2GB DDR5 discrete Nvidia MX150 GPU assists the processor in graphics-intensive tasks.

Having a standalone GPU instead of an integrated solution is very much welcome for the overall improvement of the system performance.

At a price of just Rs.41,990, there aren’t much laptop brands that provide hardware specs like these often.

This device comes with an empty bay for installing SSD as well. This will let you buy one if you feel to further bump the performance of a laptop that already performs snappier out of the box.

Acer Aspire A515-51G comes with Linux out of the box, that might just be the option some of you might be looking for.

Linux is a free and open source and unlike Windows 10, is highly customizable.

At any time if you feel the need to use Windows 10, it’s just as easy as plugging in a bootable USB and installing the OS to the hard disk to multiboot the two operating systems.

The only downside, if it matters to you is the lack of a full HD display on this laptop. The Acer A515-51G features a 15.6-inch 1366x768 panel display that at best provides decent viewing experience.

This laptop from Acer comes with a plethora of ports that is always welcome for enhanced usability of the device.

Having important and latest standard ports means a direct improvement in the performance of the system when any peripherals are plugged in to.

The Acer A515-51G comes with a USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a USB C port for lightning fast data transfers.

Even with these specs, this laptop lasts for about 7 hours on a single charge.

The discrete GPU takes a lot of power in by itself but thanks to the power efficiency of GDDR5 unit and the eighth generation chipset inside, the juice can last for a significant amount of time.

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2GB GDDR5 Nvidia MX150 GPU
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8th generation i5 processor
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Impressive port selection
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Options to upgrade memory and storage
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No full HD display

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce MX150
Battery Backup5-6 Hours
Display15.6 Inch
HD LED Backlit TFT Display

4. HP 15- bs146tu

Best Budget Windows Pick
  • Powerful enough to run multiple IDE’s
  • Best suited for newbie programmers
  • Faster data transfers with USB C
HP is one of the most popular brands in the country when it comes to laptops.

HP offers laptops in each and every segment – be it the entry-level category or the expensive premium gaming laptops.

The HP 15 – bs146tu is one of the budget laptops priced under Rs.40,000 that offers a great value for money.

Being a relatively new release to the market, this laptop from HP features the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5 8250U chipset.

Unlike the older seventh generation U series chips, these new processors come with default four physical cores.

The end result is more efficient and powerful performance out of the box.

Programmers love to meddle with multiple tabs as well as apps.

Searching stack overflow while debugging or coding would make you switch between the apps back and forth often.

The onboard 4GB RAM although not expandable do perform sufficiently well justifying the price tag it comes with.

The HP 15 – bs146tu comes with Windows 10 Home out of the box.

Although most of the programmers would prefer a Linux flavour on their machines, Windows 10 now comes with Ubuntu support natively baked into the kernel.

Running Ubuntu on this laptop is as simple as installing an app from the Microsoft store.

This device comes with a 15.6-inch full HD display that’s wide enough to offer some feel for those who are used to big monitors at the office.

The laptop comes with two USB 3.1 ports for faster data transfers across the device.

The 1TB HDD will let you store your important files offline as well.

Thanks to the efficient processor inside, the HP 15 – bs146tu lasts for about 8-9 hours on a single charge.

Getting a good battery life means, this device can be used while you are travelling to and from the office, resulting in an increase in productivity on the go.

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8th Generation Core i5 processor
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Large 15.6-inch full HD display
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Great battery life
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No expandable RAM
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A bit heavy to carry around

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen 8250U
GraphicsUHD 620
Battery Backup5-6 Hours
Display15.6 Inches
Full HD

5. Apple MacBook Air

Best Travel Companion
  • Default UNIX environment
  • Best for on the fly coding
  • Guaranteed software support
Apple is a brand that requires no further introduction.

Having continuously shown their excellence in hardware as well software, their products are considered premium in both qualities as well as performance.

Apple MacBook Air is an interesting premium budget laptop under Rs.60,000 that, as a programmer, you might want to check out.

The MacBook Air from Apple is very light.

The name Air suggests this by and far as well. The device weighs only 1.35Kg in hand.

The unibody aluminium build is very premium to look at and to hold in hand. The minimal yet stylish design in itself is great.

Leaving the looks apart, this device is powered by a slightly older Intel Core i5 5th generation processor.

Having a base clock of 1.9GHz, this old timer can boost up to 3.9GHz on demand.

Assisting the processor in duty is a single 8GB DDR3 RAM. Handling the graphics department is the Intel integrated HD 6000 chip.

Mac OS is entirely different from Windows. Programmers will feel at home with this laptop as MacOS and Linux, both have their root in UNIX.

The command line interface in MAC OS is similar to those Linux counterparts and the learning curve isn’t steep. The IDEs for MAC OS works on par if not better than the windows counterparts.

Since the OS and hardware are very well optimized, despite the old processor, this Apple MacBook Air can still perform like a champ. Apps run and load faster, thanks to the inbuilt 128GB SSD.

The metal body dissipates heat very efficiently in no time and keeps the device cool and silent. The 13.3-inch display has a very good pixel per inch distribution that makes it a delight to read and do stuff on.

The keyboard and trackpad are another noteworthy feature on this laptop. The keys are sufficiently spaced and offer a good feedback. Programmers who would love to type fast will definitely adore this.

The giant glass trackpad is very precise and ignores accidental presses with great accuracy.

If you feel the storage is slightly on the lower side, there is a 256GB SSD variant of this same Apple MacBook Air retailing at Rs.72,990.

If you can live without Windows and is content with the older processor, the MacBook Air, even today with its outdated hardware is a relevant buy.

This has largely got to do with the lightweight build, highly battery efficient OS that can perform as good or better than the Windows laptops at the same price range.

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Excellent build quality
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Great battery life
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Fluid performance
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Outdated processor
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Limited storage space

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac Os Siera
Internal Memory128 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR3
ProcessorCore i5 5th Gen
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD 6000
Battery Backup12 Hours
Display13.3 inch WXGA+LED Backlit Display

6. HP Imprint 15-bs179TX

Honourable Mention
  • Code faster with full sized keyboard
  • Sharp display aids better legibility
  • Gesture support enhances productivity
HP is one of the go-to brands for budget laptops in India.

They have a number of models in the market with so many different configurations that might cause dizziness if you ever cared to analyze.

The HP imprint 15-bs179TX is one such laptop priced under Rs.50,000 featuring a discrete graphics unit.

This laptop features an Intel Core i5 8th generation processor coupled with a discrete 2GB AMD Radeon 520 GPU.

On the performance front, this hardware can easily run all the necessary apps and IDE’s with no lags or stutters whatsoever.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM that comes out of the box can be supplemented by another 8GB DDR4 stick.

The full-size island type keyboard is a pleasure to use. The keys are well spaced and textured.

The numeric keypad on the keyboard will make the desktop users feel at home.

Programmers would love to see such a full-sized keyboard on a portable laptop.

The touchpad works well with gestures and registers even light taps thanks to the Windows precision drivers.

The best part about the HP Imprint 15-bs179TX is its display. The device features a 15.6-inch full HD widescreen display that offers great colour reproduction and saturation levels.

This laptop comes pre-installed with DOS. Meaning you’ll have the option to install a GUI based operating system from scratch on this device.

As a programmer, having Linux installed might be your first priority. With more than enough power, this machine will run all your apps with ease.

HP offers a 1-year onsite warranty on this product. The company has an ever increasing network of service centres all over India. In case of any unforeseen events of damage to the laptop, it will be easy to repair or replace.

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Build quality
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Good quality full HD display
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Powerful processor
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Discrete GPU
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No OS installed out of the box
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No backlit keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemDOS
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th Gen
GraphicsAMD Radeon 520
Battery Backup5 Hours
Display15.6 Inches
Full HD Display
This list of the best 6 laptops for programmers comes to a conclusion here.

If you want to know more about these models or if you would like to have an even more laptop choice, we recommend you to head over to our best laptops in the market list where you can find a curated list of laptops listed under various budgets.

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