Best Laptops for Programmers In India (August 2019)

by | Aug 20, 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. Lenovo Ideapad L340Overall Best Pick
2. HP Pavilion 15Runner-Up Pick
3. Acer Aspire 5Best Budget Laptop
4. Asus ZenbookCompact and Portable Laptop
5. Dell Inspiron 15 5575Honorable Mention

1. Lenovo Ideapad L340

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Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent build quality
  • Faster SSD storage option
  • Vibrant display

The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 is a flagship Ideapad Laptop that is priced well under Rs.80,000.

For those users who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying all their performance indices, this one will be a perfect choice.

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.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 features a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS 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 minimal and blend well with 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 i7 – 9750H processor clocked at 2.6GHz which can turbo boost up to 4.5GHz.

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.

There is a 1TB HDD inside along with a 128GB SSD for the operating system, which makes the device perform well.

Accompanying the processor is a dedicated 4GB 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 even play some of the popular games with medium to high settings.

Miscellaneous

This laptop comes with dual fans to efficiently cool the internals. This feature will greatly aid programmers who run and compile complex programs on their machines for hours at once.

Efficient cooling eliminates the processor throttling up to a great extent.

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

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion battery, the Lenovo Ideapad L340 can last up to an impressive 5 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 priced under Rs.80,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

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Superior performance

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Elegant design

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Dual AC Wi-Fi

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No optical drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD
1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
SSD128 GB
ProcessorIntel Core i5 9750H
Graphics4 GB DDR5 GTX 1650
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD display

 

2. HP Pavilion 15

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 Best Build Quality
  • Fast 512GB SSD storage
  • Wideview full HD display
  • Powerful processor

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 segment 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.

Processor and Performance

Inside the beautifully crafted chassis is a ninth-generation Intel Core i5-9300H processor that 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 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050 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.

This laptop comes with a primary 512GB SSD. The presence of an SSD makes this laptop boot faster and run quicker.

Additionally for programmers, running code and compiling on an SSD backed machine is always safer than using a conventional HDD. SSD’s are less prone to failure when compared with the former.

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 green keyboard backlighting is a sort of unique thing when it comes to this laptop. It feels refreshing and somewhat pleasing to the eyes.

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.

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

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Robust fit and finish

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Backlit keyboard

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Brand reliability

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512 GB
ProcessorIntel Core i5 – 9300H.4GHz
Graphics4 GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1050
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED

 

3. Acer Aspire 5

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Best Budget Laptop
  • Easy hardware upgradability
  • 1-year international warranty
  • Rich connectivity options

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

The Aspire Aspire 5 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 5 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 light games with this laptop albeit the fact that there isn’t a dedicated GPU inside.

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

The 512GB SSD storage instead of the conventional HDD makes this laptop perform on par with its higher specced competitors in the same price range.

Display

The Acer Aspire 5 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.

Swapping the HDD for an ultra-fast SSD and increasing the RAM is only a screw removal away with this device.

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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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512 GB
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8265U 1.6GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD620
Battery Backupup to 5 hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

 

4. Asus ZenBook 13

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Compact and Portable Laptop
  • Intelligent and responsive trackpad
  • 1-year onsite warranty
  • Nano edge 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.

The Asus Zenbook 13 is the latest flagship Zenbook series laptop with a lot of cutting edge features crammed into a portable form factor.

Design and Build Quality

If you are looking for a portable productivity laptop, the Asus Zenbook 13 is one of the best laptops available in the Indian market.

This ultrabook weighs a mere 1.19Kg in hand and has a slim profile with a thickness of up to 16.9mm.

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.

The metallic brushed aluminium unibody makes this laptop look and feels premium. The weight distribution is even across the chassis ensuring excellent structural rigidity.

Processor and Performance

Inside the Asus Zenbook, 13 is an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8565Uquad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz with turbo boost up to 4.6GHz.

The high speed 8GB DDR4 RAM along with the powerful processor delivers excellent multitasking performance, even with resource-intensive apps.

This ultrathin notebook PC comes with an integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics chip.

Display and Other Hardware

The 13.3-inch 4K display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is a treat for the eyes to look at.

The colour accuracy and brightness levels of this display are excellent and the visuals seem to pop out of the screen.

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

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

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

Programmers would love to use this responsive trackpad that offers precision feedback.

Storage

The Asus Zenbook 13 comes with 512GB M2 SSD to store all your files offline. The apps load faster so does the OS.

Battery Life

The Asus Zenbook 13 comes with an 8 cell Li-ion battery which is rated to last for about 8 hours of screen-on time on a single charge.

The supplied 150W AC adapter helps in juicing up the battery real quick, 0 – 60% in under 50 minutes.

Verdict

The Asus Zenbook 13 is loaded with innovative and cutting edge features which gives you an edge in comfort and productivity at the same time.

This device feels tough and made to last. From the sturdy hinge mechanism to the tough chassis, the laptop screams premium in terms of build quality.

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

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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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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD
RAM8 GB DDR4
SSD512 GB
ProcessorIntel Core i7 8565U
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery BackupUp to 7 Hours
Display13.3-inch Full HD

 

5. Dell Inspiron 15 5575

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Honorable Mention
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • Optical drive
  • An immersive full HD display

Dell is one of the oldest computer and related peripherals brands in the Indian market.

The Vostro series has been in the market since time immemorial and is one of the widely regarded budget laptop lineups in the country.

The Dell Inspiron 15 5575 is a computing device specifically targeting students and college goers with its durable build and value for money software additions.

Design and Build Quality

Starting with the design, It’s completely made of plastic and the design is of a typical Dell laptop style.

The textured matte finish offers excellent grip and aesthetic beauty to this entry-level laptop.

Not the slimmest out there, this laptop weighs around 2.22Kg. This is because there is an optical disk drive tucked underneath the shell, which is almost a rarity nowadays.

The quality of construction is very good for the price. There is no substantial flex on the chassis or the display.

The full style island type keyboard comes with a dedicated number pad and the keys feel perfectly comfortable to type on.

Display

The display is a 15.6-inch full HD LED panel and for some people, that will be the perfect display size for a laptop. This display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This display has decent brightness and colour accuracy, it is perfectly usable for students as well as casual users.

Being a full HD display, the images and visuals come out with fairly good details.

Processor and Performance

This laptop is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with turbo boost feature that almost doubles the processor performance up to 3.4GHz.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM helps in running multiple programs and keeping several tabs open simultaneously without any problems.

Furthermore, there is provision for expanding RAM further to aid better multitasking performance.

The integrated AMD Vega 8 GPU is much more powerful than the Intel integrated solutions out there and can easily handle light to medium gaming as well as other graphics-intensive tasks.

All in all, you can expect great performance while doing office work, browsing the Internet or doing other day-to-day tasks.

This laptop runs on 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS out of the box. Being a licensed version of Windows, you don’t need to worry further about the updates and security patches.

For students, there’s the free lifetime free MS Office suite which will be highly useful for their academic purposes.

Connectivity

There is a VGA+HDMI connectivity option on this notebook as well. The Dell Inspiron 15 5575 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It has all the necessary ports like one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and an audio jack.

It doesn’t have any USB-C ports, which may be an inconvenience as more and more devices are switching to them.

The dual speakers offer output that’s quite accurate and loud enough to fill a medium-sized room.

The clarity is good but at higher volume, it sounds distorted.

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 15 55575 has a battery backup of 5-6 hours under normal usage which delivers a 3-hour backup under continuous heavy usage.

When compared with other contenders, these figures are more or less the standard for laptops in this price bracket.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Dell Inspiron 15 5575 is a great budget laptop for school and college goes and it offers some unique specifications not found in its competitors such as the free Microsoft Office Home license.

The latest 8th generation processor and the fast DDR4 RAM will prove beneficial for a fast computing experience.

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Reliable brand

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Rich connectivity options

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Genuine Windows 10 OS

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Sierra
HDD1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
SSD
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 Quadcore
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery BackupUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

 

This list of the best five 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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