Best Travel Laptops in India

by | Aug 28, 2018

Travel laptops is a must in these days where connectivity is of utmost importance.

Smartphones are powerful but the ease of using a large screen display and a full sized keyboard isn’t something that can be replaced.

Now back to the buying suggestions for the best laptops for travellers, here are the best 5 picks that we think will add great value to you.

Best Travel Laptops

1. Dell XPS 13Overall Best Pick
2. HP Pavilion x360 ConvertibleRunner-Up Pick
3. Microsoft Surface ProBest Display Pick
4. Asus Zenbook UX430UABest Build Quality
5. Apple Macbook AirBest Battery Life Pick

1. Dell XPS 13

Five Best Travel Laptops
Overall Best Pick
  • Productivity on the go
  • Compact charger brick
  • Backlit keyboard

Dell XPS lineup has some of the most popular ultrabook models out there in the market.

These models are pretty much a cult classic among those who follow an active lifestyle mainly due to the amazing mix of performance and portability that these devices provide.

Seamless displays with thin bezels…

What makes these device popular is the infinity edge display where the side bezels are extremely thin around the screen, making it look like a single slab of display all over.

The 13.3-inch full HD display is a treat to the eyes. The colours really pop out and the brightness levels are impressive.

The excellent brightness levels makes this laptop easier to use even with broad daylight without any stress to your eyes.

Latest, powerful 8th gen processor…

The Dell XPS 13 has undergone a recent revision and comes with Intel’s latest 8th generation i5 processor inside.

Speaking of the processor, this device comes with the latest and greatest quad-core Intel Core i5 8th generation chipset along with an 8GB DDR3 RAM.

The integrated Intel UHD 620 is capable enough to run basic graphics tasks with respectable performance.

This laptop can blaze through most of the task you throws at it.

But if you are looking for a laptop that can perform heavier tasks such as video rendering on the go, we’d suggest you to choose something a bit more powerful than this.

Build quality…

The Dell XPS 13 is made of aluminium, and not a bit of construction is plasticky.

The keyboard deck is made of quality carbon fibre and shows no flex when pressed hard.

What’s disappointing though is the keyboard. The keys are cramped and the key travel distance isn’t adequate enough to give accurate feedback.

The keys, however, are backlit and this will help you to use it in the dark.

The overall size of this Dell XPS 13 is easily comparable with a Microsoft Surface Book Pro.

Charging and battery life…

The charging brick is tiny as well making it easy for a traveller to fit the device and its accessories even inside a small bag.

The Dell XPS 13 packs a 4 cell 40Wh Lithium-ion cell that provides up to 10 hours of battery life.

Verdict

The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most portable and powerful notebooks in the market right now.

The gorgeous end to end display in itself is an attraction worth checking this product out.

With the latest eighth generation Intel processor inside, there is nothing in particular except the expensive price tag that pulls you away from purchasing this product.

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Infinity edge display
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Thin and lightweight
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Build quality
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Noisy operation under heavy loads

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR3
CPUCore i5 8th gen 8250U
Graphics CardIntel UHD 620
Battery Life10 Hours
Display13.3 Inches Full HD

2. HP Pavilion x360 Convertible

Five Best Travel Laptops-Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Best for graphic designers
  • Great choice for students as well
  • Backlit keyboard

Pavilion series is HP’s mid-range laptop lineup comparable with the Asus Vivobook series.

The all new HP Pavilion x360 is a semi-convertible laptop with lots of exciting features on board.

Sleek and sexy design with excellent build quality…

The design is the first thing that we have to describe about this laptop.

The HP Pavilion x360 is probably one of the best looking laptops we’ve seen this year in the Indian market.

The fit and finish looks extremely premium and is very much pleasing to the eyes.

The hinges are of the top-notch quality that can swivel up to 360 degrees without any inhibitions.

Swivelling display for convenience…

We’ve already mentioned this laptop as a semi-convertible device. Why because the screen can’t be actually detached from the keyboard.

Instead, the screen swivels around and locks in place making this device perform just like a tablet.

Eighth generation processor? Yes!

What powers this beautiful piece of machine inside is the Intel Core i3 8130U processor that offers great performance and power efficiency.

The onboard 4GB DDR4 RAM coupled with a meagre 8GB SSD does offer enhanced performance to this laptop when compared with other competitors in this list.

If you’re a graphic designer or even a college goer, having the option to swivel the screen into a tablet mode does offer great advantage.

14-inch full HD display

Being a 14-inch touchscreen, the tablet mode switches off the keyboard and lets you deal with the device via touch-only mode.

The full HD display is vibrant and offers punchy colours and good contrast ratio.

Being a slightly smaller display allows the pixel density to be on the higher side making texts and visuals look sharper and detailed.

The bezels around the screen are minimal and this gives the front of the device a seamless feel just like the Dell XPS.

Connectivity options galore…

The HP Pavilion x360 comes with the latest USB 3.1 and USB 3.1 type C port for faster data transfer speeds.

HP is including an inking pen with the box contents so that graphic designers can utilize the touchscreen real estate to the fullest.

OS and battery…

This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home and packs a full-fledged lifetime version of MS Office 2016.

Last but not least, the battery life on this semi-convertible laptop is excellent. It lasts up to 8 hours on a single charge with moderate brightness.

Final words…

Summarizing this post, the HP Pavilion x360 is definitely a great choice for graphic designers and students alike for a price under Rs.50,000.

The semi-convertible form factor aides in better versatile use of this laptop during your trips.

If you decide to work while you transit between the location, the full fledged laptop mode will help you do that.

If you’re tired and want to enjoy some time watching media in a relaxed pose, the swivelled tablet mode will be the best.

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Elegant design
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Compact and lightweight
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Touchscreen
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Non-detachable Keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUCore i3 8th gen 8130U 2.2GHz
Graphics CardIntel UHD 620
Battery LifeUp to 10.30 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD Touch

3. Microsoft Surface Pro

Five Best Travel Laptops
Best Display Pick
  • Best for media consumption
  • Silent operation
  • Touch screen operation

Microsoft is really popular among computer users with their software.

Surface book lineup is the companies answer to the likes of Google’s Chromebook and to a certain extent, Apple MacBooks.

So how does this ultraportable 2 in 1 laptop fare in the competition? Let’s find out.

Designed to perfection, excellent build quality…

The design is one of the most outstanding parts of the Surface Book Pro. Each and every component is very well thought out and engineered to perfection.

The metal construction makes this laptop a stunner to look at and pleasant to hold on to.

This ultra-portable device, to say the least, is a modular laptop. The keyboard isn’t included with the purchase and unfortunately, you’ve to buy it separately.

There is a volume button and power button on the side so that it can be used as a powerful tablet without the keyboard if you want to.

The speakers are front facing and the sound output is pretty loud. The magnetically clipping charging adapter is another speciality of this device.

Seventh generation Intel chipset…

Inside the surface book is a slightly outdated Intel Core i5 7th generation processor coupled with 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

Weak it may seem by today’s standards, this laptop sold under Rs.80,000 is perfectly capable of doing tasks such as casual browsing and editing documents.

Also, it doubles up as a tablet as well.

Gorgeous display – one of the best in the business

The display is one of the standout features of this device. The 12.3-inch quad HD+ panel is an absolute joy to look at.

The images are sharp and clear, the colours are vivid and brightness levels are on par with the competing models.

It’s a touchscreen as well. Meaning, you can buy an active stylus or use it with your bare fingers.

Limited 128GB SSD storage, but with an SD card slot..

The Microsoft Surface book comes with a 128GB SSD inside. You also get the option to increase the storage by popping in an SD card in the provided slot.

The device is extremely silent, thanks to the fanless design. The heat dissipation is done by a set of specially arranged copper pipes and it does that job very well.

Other hardware and battery life…

This device comes with two cameras, one in front and the other in the rear, making it an occasional camera as well, albeit a trimmed down smartphone camera.

The available keyboard that you have to purchase separately comes with backlit and can be used at night with ease.

Battery life is stellar with the Surface book pro. This device gives up to 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Summary…

As a traveller, you are going to definitely love this. Apart from the outdated processor, the need for purchasing keyboard and stylus separately are the things that irk us.

The Surface book Pro is a true rival to the Apple MacBook Air, possibly in all the areas.

If you love viewing the media content in its full glory, don’t read this article any further.

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Build quality
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Excellent display
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Outstanding battery life
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Outdated processor
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Keyboard and stylus has to be purchased separately
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Limited inbuilt storage

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
HDD128 GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR3
CPUCore i5 7th gen 7300U
GraphicIntel Integrated 620
Battery LifeUp to 13 Hours
Display12.3 inch Quad HD+

4. Asus Zenbook UX430UA

Five Best Travel Laptops
Best Build Quality
  • Easy to carry around
  • Excellent warranty coverage
  • Good display
Asus in recent times has been on a roll, releasing successful products under the Vivobook lineup and gaming laptops under ROG lineup.

The Zenbook portfolio is Asus’s take on ultra portable notebook computers. This laptop offers a great value for money considering the specs it has in store for the users at a price tag of Rs.72,990.

Productivity means portability

If you are looking for a laptop for office productivity or travel use, the Asus Zenbook is one of the best laptops under Rs.80,000 available in the Indian market.

This ultrabook weighs a mere 1.25Kg in hand and has a slim profile with a thickness of up to 15.9mm. It is very easy to carry around in backpacks or handbags. Also, the textured chassis makes it a bit grippy to hold in hands as well.

Powerful Intel processor…

Inside the Asus Zenbook is the same processor that is found on models such as HP Envy listed above.

The integrated UHD 620 GPU is pretty good at handling graphics-intensive tasks as well. The 8GB DDR3 RAM is soldered on to the motherboard and is not expandable.

About the hardware…

This laptop comes with a backlit keyboard that will let you type at low light comfortably. The keys are adequately large and have decent key travel.

The trackpad is made of glass and supports gestures. The accuracy of gestures is excellent with even light taps registered precisely.

This laptop will be the one suited for you if you like a laptop with a sufficiently large screen with an ultrabook chassis.

The 14-inch full HD display is of a matte finish. This aids in low light reflectivity and reduced stress on your eyes while using the laptop under bright light.

The bezels around the screen are narrow, offering the device about 80% of the screen to body ratio.

SSD aids in faster operation speeds…

The Asus Zenbook comes with 256GB M2 SSD to store all your files offline. The apps load faster so does the OS. However, while travelling, keeping an external hard disk with you is always preferable as all your photos and documents might take up a lot of storage space.

Warranty coverage…

A two-year warranty is another noteworthy addition to this laptop purchase. Most of the other laptop brands give one year warranty in return.

This will let you handle your device with a peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong, Asus has got your back.

Final thoughts…

The Asus Zenbook has the best build quality among the laptops listed in this article.
This device feels tough and made to last. From the sturdy hinge mechanism to the tough chassis, the laptop screams premium in terms on build quality.

Asus has also not skimped on the internals and provided the best in class hardware to power this laptop.

The two year warranty coverage makes this a sensible buy, especially if you are a careless guy.

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Slim and lightweight
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Glass trackpad
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Backlit keyboard
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Small bezels
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Non-expandable memory
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Display lacks adequate brightness

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
HDD256GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR3
CPUCore i5 8th gen 8250U
GraphicsIntel UHD 620
Battery Life6 Hours
Display14 Inches full HD antiglare

5. Apple Macbook Air

Five Best Travel Laptops
Best Battery Life Pick
  • Light
  • 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 Pro is an interesting premium budget laptop that, as a programmer, you might want to check out.

Top notch build quality meets stunning, detailed 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.

Well optimized hardware and software…

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 2.2GHz.

Do you expect easy hardware upgradability?

No you can’t do that here.

The amount of RAM on this laptop is limited to 8GB but the stunning performance from the laptop won’t bother this non-expandability part for sure.

A faster and improved PCIe based 256GB SSD is present for storing your important files and media offline.

The device runs on MacOS Sierra that is well optimized for this hardware.

Since the OS and hardware are very well optimized, despite a slightly outdated processor, this Apple MacBook can still perform like a champ.

Apps run and load faster, thanks to the inbuilt 256GB SSD.

Hardware tour…

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.

Final verdict…

If you can live without Windows and is content with the older processor, the MacBook, 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 Sierra
HDD128GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR3
CPUCore i5 5th gen 1.9GHz – 2.9GHz
Graphics CardIntel Integrated HD 6000
Battery LifeUp to 12 Hours
Display13.3 inch WXGA+ LED Backlit Display
This concludes our list for the best five travel laptops in the market.

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Travel Laptop

Buying guide

What are the ideal factors that you should consider while purchasing a travel laptop?

Let’s break that down first.

  1. Portability
  2. Battery life
  3. A good display and a comfortable keyboard
  4. Performance

1) Portability

As a traveller, you’ll have a lot of luggage to carry with you. Adding a bulky laptop that weighs heavy and consuming a lot of precious luggage space is not an ideal choice.

Most of the large 15.6-inch display laptops aren’t ergonomically designed. So the best for you is to look for a laptop with 13.3-inch or lower display size.

With the decrease in the display size, the overall form factor will be compact and lightweight.

2) Battery life

While travelling, it isn’t necessary that you may find a power source to juice up your device so often. Therefore, a laptop with great battery life and standby time is an absolute necessity.

Fast charging is also an important aspect worth considering. Having the convenience to charge your device from a local coffee shop while having your cup of hot beverage is definitely a welcome feature for travellers.

3) Good display and comfortable keyboard

Nobody dislikes having a great display. To see and experience things close to reality, a good screen with accurate colour reproduction and ample brightness is necessary.

Since we are dealing with sub – 15.6-inch laptops in this article, all the products feature a full HD panel that will output sharper images and text with a lot of details.

If you are planning to get your work done during the travel – like editing a document, writing and replying to emails, chatting with your colleagues etc, having a comfortable keyboard with keys having a good feedback is very much desirable.

4) Performance

Last but not the least, a laptop – whether it be a travel-specific one or for any other purpose, the capability of the processor to perform tasks without any hiccups is important. Most of the products we listed in this article features latest 8th generation Intel processors.