Best Laptops for Programmers In India (March 2019)

by | Mar 19, 2019

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 5 laptops that might be an interesting purchase to you as a programmer.

Best Laptop for Programmers in India

1. Apple Macbook Air 2018Overall Best Pick
2. HP Envy 13Runner-Up Pick
3. Lenovo Ideapad 530sValue for Money Laptop
4. Acer Swift 3 SF315-52GBest Build Quality
5. Asus Vivobook S15Honorable Mention

1. Apple MacBook Air

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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 2018 is an interesting premium budget laptop that, as a programmer, you might want to check out.

Build Quality and 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.

Processor and Performance

Apple uses the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5-8210Y processor with 8 gigs of DDR3 RAM.

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 Mojave that is well optimized for this hardware.

There is no dedicated graphics card present but as a programmer, the system is sufficiently powerful enough with its integrated Intel graphics to run even the demanding IDE’s smoothly.

Operating System

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 a slightly outdated processor, this Apple MacBook can still perform like a champ.

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

Miscellaneous

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 other noteworthy features on this laptop. The keys are sufficiently spaced and offer 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.

Verdict

The MacBook Air 2018 combines excellent performance and great battery life into a lightweight form factor, which is just the right thing a programmer wishes in his/her machine.

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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
Internal Memory256 GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR3
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8210Y
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 617
Battery Backup8-10 Hours
Display13.3-inch Full HD Retina

2. HP Envy 13

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Runner-Up Pick
  • On the go workstation
  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Wide service center network

The brand HP is really popular among the people in India, thanks to the company for its popular products in almost all the consumer durable categories such as laptops and accessories.

The Envy 13 from HP is a lightweight and portable notebook that features some of the cutting edge hardware to aid fast and efficient computing on the go.

Design and Build Quality

Apple had no competitors in the design and build quality segment up until recently.

But HP has been catching fast behind and with the Envy series, we must admit that the company have even outpaced the Apple when it comes to sleek design and excellent build quality.

The attention to detail towards each and every nook and corner of the Envy 13 is evident from the first look itself.

The sandblasted design on the all aluminum chassis consolidates its position in the luxury laptop segment with authority.

The interestingly designed hinge is another attraction on this piece of gadget. The thin bezel display looks like a single piece of seamless display.

Eighth-gen Processor with Dedicated Graphics Card!

HP was one of the few companies to introduce the latest eighth generation Intel processors in the Indian market.

The HP Envy 13 comes loaded with an Intel i5 8250U processor clocked at 1.8GHz that can go up to 4GHz.

Assisting the processor in its duties is an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 2GB DDR5 MX150 GPU.

If you’re a programmer and is used to run multiple windows at once, compiling and debugging your code, this processor and GPU combo will further enhance the speed and will make you feel right at home or office.

With the Envy 13, you won’t have to interrupt the work when leaving the office as this gadget is capable of everything that your office desktop can do.

The 256GB SSD on this device will make sure that you won’t have to wait for an app to load or the OS to boot.

Display and Other Miscellaneous Stuff

A 13.3-inch full HD display adorns the front of this device. This gorgeous display has one of the best contrast levels and colour accuracy for its price.

Being a comparatively compact panel, the pixel density is on the higher side, resulting in sharper and more details images and visuals.

The minimal bezels add a charm to the display and make it look almost similar to a 15.6-inch one at times.

Battery Llife and the Extras

Powered by a 4-cell Li-ion battery inside, this notebook from HP will last easily for over 8 hours of usage on a single charge.

The power-efficient processor will make sure that the power usage is minimal when the device is idle.

HP’s proprietary fast charging technology will let you charge the battery up to 70% under just 50 minutes.

Conclusion

The HP Envy is a lightweight and compact notebook that has powerful internals for programmers to run and debug their code effortlessly on the go.

The dedicated GPU makes this notebook capable to run graphics intensive tasks such as rendering and designing UI components without any hiccups as well.

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Durable aluminium construction
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Excellent display
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Fast charging support
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No optical disk drive
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Expensive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory256 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8250U 3.4GHz
Graphics2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Battery BackupUp to 10 Hours
Display13.3 inch Full HD

3. Lenovo Ideapad 530s

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Value for Money Laptop
  • 512GB fast SSD storage
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Solid build quality

The Lenovo Ideapad 530S is the flagship Ideapad laptop offering excellent internal hardware specs at a very enticing price point.

This multipurpose laptop will be an ideal choice for programmers who are looking for a budget performance-oriented laptop.

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 530s 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 530s 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 530s 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 definitely 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 530s is powered by the newer 8th Generation Intel Core i5 – 8250U processor clocked at 1.6GHz which can turbo boost up to 3.4GHz.

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 dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150 graphics card.

This laptop can run IDE (Integrated Development Environment) programs required by the programmers without any lags or stutters.

Another USP of this device is that it ships with a large capacity 512GB SSD instead of a conventional hard disk drive. It allows for high-speed computing experience with this machine under a very attractive budget.

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 530s can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 530s is an all-around 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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TN display is inferior to IPS displays

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory512 GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U
Graphics2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150
Battery Backup6-7 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED

4. Acer Swift 3 SF315-52G

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Best Build Quality
  • Budget Macbook replacement
  • Commendable performance
  • Excellent battery life

Acer is a Taiwanese electronics hardware company specializing in budget laptops around the globe.

The Swift 3 SF 315-52G is their latest entry into the performance laptop segment ideal for professionals and students alike.

Build Quality and Design

The build quality is top notch and one of the best available in this price category.

The brushed aluminium finish gives it a sturdy stature. Acer somehow has managed to keep the weight down at 1.8Kg with this laptop.

The 16.4 mm thickness profile of this laptop makes it easy to carry around in bags with limited space. The brushed metallic look of the chassis imparts a premium luxury feel to this laptop.

Processor and Performance

Under the hood, this laptop is powered by the Intel Core i5 8250U chipset which performs excellently when dealing with all your day to day apps.

For that additional performance boost in graphics related tasks, the company has thrown in a 2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150 to the mix.

The 128GB SSD inside makes the boot times considerably faster. Also, when the apps are installed on this SSD, they tend to perform significantly better as well.

Miscellaneous

The keys on the keyboard are nicely laid out with decent key travel. The clicks feel accurate and tactile. The trackpad is large enough to comfortably tap and play with gestures.

A programmer would definitely appreciate a good keyboard over anything, as he/she constantly relies on the same for their work.

With the inbuilt fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck, the privacy issues concerned with password cracking is kept at bay as well.

Speaking of ports, this laptop features all the necessary ports that are required including the USB C port.

Display

The 15.6-inch display on this machine is a joy to look at. The viewing angles seem excellent and even better than the similarly priced HP’s Pavilion series laptops.

The screen is too reflective to be used outdoors though. Glares from the screen might cause some discomfort to your eyes.

Battery Life

On battery life, the Acer Swift 3 is second to none. This device gave a solid 5 hour usage time on our tests. Although if you are gaming, or using some resource-intensive applications, this will considerably decrease.

Verdict

Under a budget of Rs.60,000, we definitely feel this laptop is worthy of praises and has little to no shortcomings from the perspective of an average consumer.

The Acer Swift 3 comes with the latest technology inside and an SSD to make the already faster performance much better.

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Excellent build quality

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Comfortable keyboard

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Has 128GB SSD

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Highly reflective screen

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory256GB SSD+1TB HDD
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U
Graphics2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150
Battery Backupup to 7 hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit IPS Display

5. Asus Vivobook S15

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Honorable Mention
  • Best suited for programmers
  • Dedicated 2GB DDR5 GPU
  • Fast charging capability

Asus is no stranger to the performance computing market.

With its ROG series, Asus has introduced some of the best laptops in its price segment with exciting features and unmatched performance.

The Vivobook series does the same in the premium budget segment.

The Asus Vivobook is a laptop packing in some hardcore internals that offers value for money buying proposition in this price range.

Build Quality and Design

The Asus vivobook series is an interesting mix of performance and build quality. Although the device is made of plastic components, it doesn’t feel cheap at all.

The outer chassis at the back has an interesting ring design which looks great when viewed from a distance. The grooved surface also feels good in the hand.

The keys are well laid out with enough space in between but the key travel distance is inadequate.

This laptop has thin bezels around the display. This aide in more pleasant aesthetic experience while using this lightweight and thin laptop for gaming.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is an Intel Core i5 8250U chipset with 8GB of DDR4 RAM. This processor is an absolute beast in terms of performance.

With the RAM expandability up to 16GB, this laptop is best suited for intense multitasking.

Assisting the processor in the graphics department is a dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150 GPU.

This graphics card is almost 40% more powerful than its predecessor from the past, the Nvidia 940MX.

Multiple tabs opened on chrome now won’t hang up the computer as it had earlier.

Display

Coming to the display, this device packs in a 15.6-inch full HD IPS panel with good colours and brightness levels.

The anti-glare screen also reduces reflectivity resulting in reduced stress to the eyes while working from a brightly lit environment.

Miscellaneous

All the modern ports are present and accounted for on this laptop. There’s a USB C port accompanied by two USB 3.0 port, an HDMI as well as an SD card reader along with a fingerprint scanner.

Warranty is an area where most of the laptop brands skimp on their promises. Contrary to this Asus provides one year worth of global warranty with this laptop.

Battery Life

Battery life is quite standard on this laptop. The juice lasts for about five hours tops on moderate to heavy usage.

As a programmer, assuming you are always near to a power plug, this won’t be a major issue.

Asus has included their fast charging technology with this device that lets you charge up the laptop from 0% to 60% in just under 50 minutes.

Verdict

Honestly speaking, the Asus Vivobook S15 is a very capable machine that can run your apps the way they meant to be run for a budget just under Rs.60,000.

Also, the one-year onsite warranty that comes with the device is a boon for those frequent travellers as well as common users alike

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One year global warranty

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Thin display bezels

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Powerful processor

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No disk drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U
Graphics2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150
Battery Backup
Display15.6-inch Full HD IPS

This list of the best 5 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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