Best Laptops In India (November 2019)

by | Nov 13, 2019

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.

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!

Best Laptops in India

1. Apple Macbook ProOverall Best Pick
2. Dell XPS 7590Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus ROG ZephyrusValue for Money Laptop
4. MSI GSS65 StealthFeature Rich Laptop
5. HP Pavilion 15Best Reliable Laptop
6. Acer Predator Triton 300Budget Performance Loriented Laptop
7. Lenovo L340Budget Gaming Laptop
8. Acer Aspire 5sHonorable Mention

1. Apple Macbook Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Excellent performance
  • Stereo speakers

Apple is a class apart when it comes to consumer electronics. The company has got its share of loyal fan following, which we honestly think is worth deserving.

Apple products work as advertised – which is becoming an oddity these days. Now let’s discuss the Apple MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro is the latest laptop offering from the Cupertino giant to go on sale in the Indian market with some of the latest and greatest technology in the industry.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality is nothing short of excellent.

The aluminium unibody design we are familiar with previous Apple products is retained with this release as well.

There’s no illuminated Apple icon in the back though. Those who like to flash their swag in the dark – forgive Apple, please!

Some other neat little tricks will keep your mind away from this omission.

Display

For the editor in you, Apple has packed in a 15.4-inch Quad HD display which looks gorgeous with a 2880 x 1800 pixels resolution.

The colours are spot on and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors. Rest assured, you won’t miss out on any minute details in your frames with this guy.

Being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are great. Apple has integrated its TrueTone technology on this laptop.

TrueTone technology use four-channel sensors that measure brightness and ambient colour and then feed this information to the display driver for lighting up the screen accordingly.

TrueTone feature allows the display to accurately display true to life colours, no matter what lighting conditions prevail in the surroundings.

Software Support

The software inside is Apple’s revered Mac OS. It’s known for the fluidity and responsiveness without any lags after a while.

And no. I’m not taking a dig at Microsoft Windows, even though.. aah let’s leave it aside.

Editing software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro runs so well on this machine.

Once you get the kick of using an Apple product for editing, there’s no turning back.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Apple MacBook Pro is powered by the eighth-generation Intel Core i9 processor with 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM.

With the excellent optimizations between the Mac OS Mojave and the hardware, this laptop is perhaps the best mobile computing device out there.

The dedicated 4GB DDR5 AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU contributes to the buttery smooth performance of this laptop in the graphics department.

The Ultrafast 512GB SSD ensures you faster app and OS loading times and enhances the performance of these apps while carrying out heavy-duty tasks such as rendering a video.

You will have to spend a few extra bucks on a port extension module for plugging in all that USB devices at once to this laptop from Apple.

Battery Life

As we’ve discussed earlier, the software and hardware are very well optimized to ensure extremely long-lasting battery life when it comes to such a powerful machine.

The all-new Apple MacBook Pro lasts for about 8-10 hours on moderate to heavy usage, which is almost double the screen on time of its competitor devices.

Verdict

Apple MacBook Pro is the best Apple laptop you’ll get in the country at present. It’s the best laptop out there for content creators. Period.

No other laptop brands match Apple’s prowess in hardware and software optimization resulting in the best possible performance without cutting corners when it comes to battery life.

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Excellent fit and finish

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Lightweight and portable

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Intuitive and fluid OS experience

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Lack of USB ports

Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Mojave
ProcessorIntel Core i9 8th gen
HDD
SSD512 GB
RAM16 GB DDR4
Display15.4 Quad HD LED Backlit IPS Retina Display
Graphics4GB DDR5 AMD Radeon Pro 560X
Battery8-10 Hours

 

2. Dell XPS 7590

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Stunning 4K UHD display
  • Desktop grade processor
  • High-speed 1TB SSD

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.

Design and Build Quality

The Dell XPS 7590 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 a bit cramped and the key travel distance isn’t adequate to give accurate feedback.

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

Display

What makes these devices 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 15.6-inch 4K UHD display is a treat to the eyes. The colours pop out and the brightness levels are impressive.

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

Processor and Performance

Speaking of the processor, this device comes with the latest and greatest quad-core Intel Core i9 9980K chipset along with a monstrous 32GB DDR4 RAM.

This lets you run your normal day to day tasks with ease and the 1TBGB SSD delivers an ultra-fast and smooth computing experience.

In the graphics front, the dedicated 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650 performs well to carry out graphics-rich processes without any major hiccups.

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 15 7590 packs a 4 cell 40Wh Lithium-ion cell that provides up to 10 hours of battery life.

Verdict

The Dell XPS 7590 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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4K UHD edge to edge display

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Included MS Office 2019 license

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Rich connectivity options

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No optical CD/DVD drive

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorCore i9 9980HK
HDD
SSD1 TB
RAM32 GB DDR4
Display15.6-inch 4K UHD
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650
BatteryUP to 10 Hours

3. Asus ROG Zephyrus

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Robust build quality
  • Powerful processor and GPU
  • The high-speed SSD storage

Asus has been a major player in the Indian market, thanks to its budget laptops and popular Android smartphones.

The ROG series from Asus is primarily aimed at gamers in mind featuring the latest and greatest CPU + GPU combination delivering excellent performance.

The ROG Zephyrus is a flagship performance laptop from Asus loaded with beefy hardware for the best possible computing experience ever.

Design and Build Quality

Laptops of the ROG series have an intimidating and aggressive design aesthetics. The Strix laptop does have the same appeal as well.

There are sharp accent lines all across the chassis and a giant illuminated ROG logo at the back.

The cooling vents are placed at the backside of the keyboard deck to ensure maximum ventilation during the operations.

There is no flex in the keyboard deck or the chassis whatsoever. The whole laptop feels very durable and sturdy.

Processor and Performance

Asus has packed in one of the best available processors inside this ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop.

The AMD Ryzen 7 3750H quad-core processor inside this laptop is clocked at 2.4GHz and can extend up to 4GHz to the most.

This four core CPU can handle resource-intensive tasks like a champ and multitask between apps like a breeze.

Supporting the CPU in its duties is the equally powerful 6GB GDDR6 Nvidia RTX 1660Ti GPU.

This laptop comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM on board with the possibility of expanding the memory up to 32GB.

The high-speed 512GB SSD storage will further elevate the performance of this laptop to a whole new level.

Display

The Asus ROG Zephyrus features a 15.6-inch full HD panel having a refresh rate of 120Hz with Nvidia G-sync support.

The refresh rate is the number of times a display’s image is repainted or refreshed per second. The more the refresh rate of a display, more smoother will be visuals for our human eyes

This 120Hz display will make editing a whole lot easier for professionals. Only with an enhanced refresh rate display, they can evaluate the content they have just produced.

Seeing a full HD video shot with 60fps on a display with 60Hz will grossly undercut the quality and certainly miss certain frames.

When it comes to the gamers, the response time of this display is 3ms meaning there is practically no delay with your mouse clicks and actions happening on the screen.

Excellent Thermals

Having the system remains at a constant moderate temperature is a must when it comes to high-performance laptops.

Especially during editing and rendering if the laptop becomes too hot, the processor will start to throttle and the performance will diminish.

The ROG Zephyrus has an anti-dust design with dual fans to keep the temperature in check even during peak loads.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Zephyrus is a performance-oriented laptop that is very much suitable for a variety of tasks which need high computing performance.

The comfortable, RGB keyboard and the larger 15.6-inch 120Hz display makes a huge difference in performance when compared with certain other models priced in the same category.

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Dual speakers with amplifier

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1-year onsite warranty

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Fast charging support

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Noisy at times

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorRyzen 7 Quad Core 3750H
HDD
SSD512 GB
RAM16 GB DDR4
Display15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6 GB
Battery

 

4. MSI GS65 Stealth

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Powerful ninth-generation processor
  • Cutting edge GPU
  • Hi-res audio output

MSI used to be a budget, peripheral supplier. Not anymore. The company has been rapidly releasing high-end gaming as well as performance laptops into the market for a while now.

The MSI GS65 Stealth is the latest addition to this lineup that bolsters the companies role in performance laptop segment.

Display

This laptop houses a 15.6-inch full HD 144Hz display for starters. Usual laptop displays come with 60Hz panels that aren’t bad at all.

But having to deal with videos at all time, editing and playing back – having a display with higher refresh rate helps.

Smoother video playback ensures your eyes are stressed out watching the screen for a long amount of time.

The videos you shoot will feel buttery smooth, and the playback experience will be worth the price you’ve paid for the laptop.

Processor and Performance

Inside this beast is the latest and greatest ninth-generation Intel Core i7 9750H.

This powerful quad-core processor is coupled with a whopping 6GB Nvidia DDR6 RTX 2070 to squeeze out the maximum juice while editing and rendering your videos and playing AAA games.

There is a 1TB SSD inside this laptop for offline storage purposes. The SSD will load your apps faster and will increase the rendering speeds significantly.

The onboard 16GB DDR4 RAM is sufficient for most of the resource-intensive work you might have, but if you feel to have more raw power, it can be expanded up to 32GB.

Thermal Performance

High-performance laptops are susceptible to heating – no wonder, thanks to their heavy-duty internals.

This overheating might lead to throttling and may result in frame drops and stutters.

MSI has introduced the cooler boost technology by which the dual fans spin like crazy to bring the temperature under control.

This works well at the cost of slightly increased noise levels.

Battery Life

Since this machine is a beast in terms of raw performance, the battery life takes a serious hit. With this laptop, you can expect to get around 3 hours on usage on a single charge.

However, performance laptops are often advised to be used while plugging in for optimal experience and this 3-hour battery life isn’t a deal-breaker at all.

Verdict

If you’re a professional video editor or gamer and want a serious rig to deal with these professionals, the MSI GS65 Stealth does just that in style.

The processor inside is powerful enough to render the videos without skipping any frames in between.

The SSD inside also helps a lot when it comes to the loading times of video editing apps such as Adobe Premiere Pro.

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High refresh rate display

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Robust build quality

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Comfortable keyboard

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Average battery life

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i7 9750H
HDD
SSD1 GB
RAM16 GB DDR4
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit Wideview Anti-glare DisplayDisplay
Graphics8 GB DDR6 NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070
Battery3+ Hours

5. HP Pavilion 15

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Best Reliable Laptop
  • Powerful CPU+GPU
  • Superfast 512GB SSD storage
  • Fast charging support

The Pavilion series has been a runaway hit for HP with its great specs at reasonable price segments.

The new Pavilion 15 is lurking in the premium laptop market with some of the best in class internals and loaded with features that will attract customers for sure.

Build Quality and Design

The new HP Pavilion follows the design principles set by previous pavilion laptops priced under Rs.60,000.

But the one thing that sets this device apart from the rest is the all-new black and green accent that the company has now chosen over the popular red and black option.

The already good build quality of the previous generation pavilion notebooks now has elevated into a whole new level that isn’t just good but great.

The matte finish on the chassis feel-good to touch and the overall colour scheme looks pretty cool.

The hinge mechanism of this laptop is one of the robust factors and works pretty well even at times with a single hand.

The minimal black coloured design looks and feels refreshing as well.

Processor and Performance

Inside the beautifully crafted chassis is a ninth-generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor which is one of the latest offerings from Intel to the performance mobile computing market.

This processor in itself is capable of running the most demanding of apps without any hassles.

There is a 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU inside the chassis for that significant extra oomph when it comes to gaming and graphics-intensive tasks.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM gives enough leeway to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

The high-speed 512GB SSD storage helps further improve the performance of this laptop.

Display

The 15.6-inch display on this laptop is one of the best in class, we’d have to admit.

This full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels has amazing clarity and colour accuracy that will get you hooked up to this laptop in case you love to watch movies on your laptop.

The not so thick bezels around the screen make it look even larger and provides an immersive viewing experience.

When it comes to gaming, the 60Hz display provides a smooth full HD experience that feels buttery smooth without any frame skippings in between.

Miscellaneous

The Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers are placed in the front keyboard deck facing the user and sound loud and clear.

The new improved design of internal Wi-Fi antenna provides you with the best possible signal reception resulting in guaranteed network connectivity within a certain possible range.

Battery Life

With a 3-cell Li-ion integrated battery inside, the HP Pavilion 15 can last for about 5 hours on a single charge.

The built-in HP fast charge technology will help you to juice up the battery up to 90% in just under 90 minutes.

Verdict

The HP Pavilion is a great performance oriented laptop that can double up as a capable media consumption device.

With the abundance of hardware features such as USB 3.1 ports and an SSD at a couple of rupees less than its contenders, this laptop is worth checking out.

The brand name and the nation-wide service network is yet another reason for you to consider purchasing this laptop.

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Minimal yet elegant design

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Robust build quality

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Bang & Olufsen audio

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i7-9750H
HDD
SSD512 GB
RAM8 GB DDR4
Display15.6 inch IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit Display
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650
BatteryUP to 4 Hours

6. Acer Predator Triton 300

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Budget Performance-Oriented Laptop
  • SSD + HDD combination
  • Powerful dedicated GPU
  • Minimal bezels around the display

The Acer Predator Triton 300 is an entry-level gaming laptop succeeding the popular performance-oriented Helios series.

This macho machine packs in some serious punch in terms of hardware internals which performs on par with the other counterparts in the similar price league.

Design and Build Quality

The Predator Triton 300 is designed to look very minimal and aesthetically pleasing while preserving the performance of its predecessor models.

The company chose to design this laptop in such a way that equal importance is given both functionality and aesthetic beauty.

The black coloured chassis with blue inserts in between looks fantastic and blends well with the overall design strategy.

The bezels around the display are minimal this time and make this laptop look very futuristic and appealing to the eyes.

Easy hardware upgradability is one of the key aspects of this laptop. You can easily swap storage or RAM modules, even if you don’t have any prior experience doing so.

The metallic finish keyboard C deck is strong and offer excellent durability and comfort while gaming as well as typing rigorously.

Processor and Performance

The Acer Predator Triton 300 is powered by the powerful ninth-generation Intel Core-i5 9300H quad-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz which can go up to 4.GHz with turbo boost.

The device comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM that is expandable up to 32GB via the additional slot that is easily accessible by removing the backplate of the chassis.

Acer has managed to include a state of the art 4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU on this laptop.

This GPU in conjunction with the powerful true quad-core processor exceeds our expectations in performance – be it with gaming or during the day to day productivity tasks.

The 1TB HDD plus 256GB SSD combination works well to ensure a lag usage experience with this premium mid-range laptop.

Display

The Acer Predator Triton 300 features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This display has a locked-in 60Hz refresh rate for ultra-smooth video and game playback.

Refresh rate denotes the number of frames the screen can display per second. The higher this number, smoother will be the visuals.

The colours appear vivid and vibrant with sharp and clear details on visuals as well as static images and text.

The bezels around the display are thick, but will soon get used to and pose no problem in the long run.

Miscellaneous

The keyboard on this device has a blue 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.

The anti-ghosting technology prevents accidental keypresses effectively, which is bliss for those who use shortcuts while editing videos or pre-assigned keys while gaming with this laptop.

Battery Life

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.

Verdict

The Acer Predator Triton 300 offers excellent value for money performance and durability for a device under Rs.70,000.

Casual video editing and rendering would run with no hiccups or lags on this computer. Easy hardware expandability makes this laptop future proof.

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Minimal yet stylish design

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Comfy keyboard

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Excellent thermal control

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heavy

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i5 9300H
HDD1 TB
SSD256 GB
RAM8 GB DDR4
Display15.6-inch Full HD
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650
BatteryUp to 4 Hours

7. Lenovo Ideapad L340

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Best Gaming Laptop
  • Powerful processor
  • Dedicated flagship-grade GPU
  • Full HD display

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is the flagship Ideapad gaming laptop offering excellent internal hardware specs at a very enticing price point.

This performance-oriented laptop will be an ideal choice for those who are looking for a multipurpose laptop under Rs.70,000.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say that Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in the country.

No matter what the budget, be it entry-level or high-end performance segment laptops, Lenovo has managed to pull off an ace when it comes to the design.

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 has a simple design with a metallic finish on the keyboard deck and the chassis. The screen flex is minimal and won’t be a problem in day-to-day usage.

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 has an island-style keyboard with a separate number pad for those who are used to the full-sized desktop keyboards. The keys are large, spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time.

The specially designed hinge mechanism allows this laptop to be opened all the way p to 180 degrees.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 features a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel TN display. The visuals are adequately colourful and rich in details.

The anti-glare coating on the screen helps it to prevent reflections from the display. This greatly enhances the viewability and reduces stress on your eyes.

The bezels around the display are thicker and is an eyesore to the rest of the elegantly crafted build.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels. The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is powered by the newer 9th Generation Intel Core i5 – 9300H processor clocked at 2.4GHz which can turbo boost up to 4.1GHz.

With Turbo Boost technology-enabled, the processor will run at minimal power when idle and when something resource-intensive is launched, the cores will run at the higher clock speed to ensure smooth performance.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups.

With the 8GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

Accompanying the processor is a dedicated4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card.

This makes the laptop capable of computing tasks such as simulation and video rendering without breaking a sweat. You can play almost all popular games with medium to high settings effortlessly.

Another USP of this device is that it ships with a large capacity 1TB for offline storage purposes. The main downside of this is that HDD’s are slower than SSD’s, both in terms of boosting speeds and app loading times.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on port distribution either. This Ideapad laptop from Lenovo comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

The dual speakers on this laptop are certified by Dolby and give out a loud sound output.

Running on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box, this laptop comes with a 12-month free McAfee Livesafe antivirus subscription.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion battery, the Lenovo Ideapad L340 can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is an all-round gaming laptop which excels in almost every aspect. If you are planning to purchase a laptop for versatile use, this is it.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

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Slow HDD

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core -5 9300H
HDD1 TB
SSD
RAM8 GB DDR4
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650
BatteryUp to 6 Hours

8. Acer Aspire 5s

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Best Gaming Laptop
  • Powerful processor
  • Dedicated flagship-grade GPU
  • Full HD display

Acer has been at the forefront of releasing budget laptops laden with useful features and impressive internals for a while.

The Aspire Aspire 5s is one of the mid-range laptops that comes with an eighth-generation Intel processor on board. Let’s dive into more details of this gem without any further ado.

Design and Build Quality

The Aspire Aspire 5s comes with a brushed metal chassis that looks classy. Usually, Acer laptops possess some of the best build quality that you can expect with budget laptops.

The sturdy hinge works so well that there is minimal to almost no friction when lifting the display.

The keyboard is well laid out with sufficient space in between and offers great key travel distance.

There is a lot of room for ventilation on the bottom side of this laptop.

But we are quite sceptical about the effectiveness as when the laptop is placed on a flat surface, there is a chance that the hot air will circulate within the chassis.

The RAM and HDD compartments are placed on the backside and easily swappable with the removal of a single screw.

This means upgradability is not an issue with this laptop.

Processor and Performance

This is the area where the Acer Aspire laptop trumps others on this list to their knees without much effort.

Inside the laptop, there is an Intel Core i5 -8265U processor which is the absolute best you can get in this price bracket.

This four-core processor along with the integrated Intel UHD 620 will fly through almost all the apps effortlessly.

You can even play games with this laptops at medium settings, thanks to the dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX250 GPU.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM makes sure that multitasking is a possibility with this mid-range laptop.

The 512GB SSD on this machine is super fast and vastly improves the overall performance of the system.

Display

The Acer Aspire 5s comes equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The colours look a bit washed out from a distance but the brightness levels are OK.

We get the fact that Acer had to do some cost-cutting when it decided to include an eighth-generation Intel i5 processor inside.

However, the display looks fine for practical multimedia consumption and casual browsing.

It’s only if you are the one who craves for more details in the visuals, the average quality becomes evident.

Operating System

This Acer Aspire laptop comes with Windows 10 Home on board.

Acer provides all the necessary drivers for the Windows OS and the device is fully compatible with running it.

Battery Life

The Acer Aspire laptop has a 38 Whr Li-ion battery inside which delivers a battery life of about five hours.

The battery charging process is also faster, thanks to the high amperage charger bundled with the device.

Verdict

If easy upgradability and the top of the line processor is your priority, then you should look no further.

For a budget under Rs.40,000, the Acer Aspire 5s is a great purchase.

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Latest eighth-generation processor

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Multi-gesture touchpad

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Full HD display

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Average display

Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8265U 1.6GHz
HDD
SSD512 GB
RAM8 GB DDR4
Display15.6-inch Full HD
Graphics2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX250
BatteryUp to 8 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.

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. 60,000 and many more.

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

Laptops are the new desktops of the fast-moving world.

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.

1. Processor

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.

Possible?

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.

2.1 Timeline

  • 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.

2.2 Intel

At present Intel owns a whopping 80% of the processor market in the industry.

Why?

Simply because Intel’s chips are more efficient than the competing AMD ones.

2.3 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.

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Use caseProcesssor
Cheap/Ultraportable devicesIntel Atom
Entry level laptopsIntel Pentium
Slim and lightweight devicesIntel Core M
Everyday normal useIntel Core i3, i5 U, AMD Ryzen 5
Enhanced productivityIntel Core i7 U, AMD Ryzen 7
Gaming/Video editingIntel 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 🙂

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SuffixTypeExample
UUltra low powerIntel Core i5 7300U
HQHigh-performance, Quad coreIntel Core i7 7700HQ
HKHigh-performance, Quad-core unlockedIntel 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.

2.4 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.

2.5 Hyper-threading

Hyper-Threading is a technology patented by Intel to improve the efficiency of parallel computations.

Feeling lost?

Don’t worry.

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.

2.6 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.

2.7 Turbo-boost

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.

2.8 Cache

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?

2.9 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.

If you’re into resource-intensive tasks such as gaming AA and AAA titles, video editing, or even running a mechanical design app like CATIA, a dedicated graphics card is a must.

5. Display

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.

Edit
Screen sizeLaptop type
17″ & higherDesktop 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?

Let’s see.

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.

They are mostly used in entry-level laptops and budget laptops available in the market.

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.

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SuffixTypeExample
UUltra low powerIntel Core i5 7300U
HQHigh-performance, Quad coreIntel Core i7 7700HQ
HKHigh-performance, Quad-core unlockedIntel 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.

6. Storage

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

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SSDHDD
No moving partsMoving platter
Data is stored in microchipsData stored magnetically on the disk
Faster read/write speedsSlow
Silent operationProduces noise
The failure rate is minimalChance of failure is high
ExpensiveCheap

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.

8. Keyboard

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.

10. Price

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.

11. Conclusion

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!