Best Laptops for Programmers In India

by | Jan 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 330SValue for Money Laptop
4. Acer Swift 3 SF315-41Best AMD Pick
5. Asus ZenBook 13Honorable Mention

1. Apple MacBook Air

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.


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.


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

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Outdated processor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


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

2. HP Envy 13

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 a 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 adds a charm to the display and makes it look almost similar to a 15.6-inch one at times.

Battery life 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.


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 graphic intensive tasks such as rendering and designing UI components without any hiccups as well.

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


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

3. Lenovo Ideapad 330S

Value for Money Laptop
  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Powerful processor and GPU

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S is a feature-rich upgrade over the Ideapad 330 laptop that is priced well under Rs.60,000.

For programmers 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 330s 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 330s 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 Lenovo Ideapad 330s 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 330s 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.

In addition to the superfast RAM memory, this laptop comes with a 16GB Intel optane memory.

Optane is a groundbreaking memory technology developed by Intel. It acts like an SSD for cache memory which significantly increases the performance of a computing device.

Accompanying the processor is a dedicated 4GB DDR5 AMD Radeon 540 graphics card.

The Optane memory boost and the dedicated graphics card will make this laptop work buttery smooth for programmers who will have multiple tabs in the browser open along with the code compilers and debugging stuff running in parallel.


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 330s can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.


The Lenovo Ideapad 330s priced under Rs.60,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

The Intel Optane memory technology helps this laptop perform faster and lag free even when multitasking with multiple resource-intensive tasks.


Elegant design


Excellent CPU + GPU combination


Battery life


Slow HDD


Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4 + 16 GB Optane
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U
Graphics4GB DDR5 AMD Radeon 540
Battery Backup6-7 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

4. Acer Swift 3 SF315-41

Best AMD Pick
  • Powerful processor aids in smooth multitasking
  • Hardware upgradability is a big plus
  • Best laptop for secure file storage

Acer Swift 3 is the company’s first budget laptop in the Indian market featuring the much acclaimed AMD Ryzen mobile processors.

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

Finest build quality for a budget price…

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

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

Ryzen 5 inside!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programs like Android Studio runs butter smooth.

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

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

An average 15.6-inch full HD display…

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

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

Backlit keyboard – Check!

Most programmers work late at night.

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

This laptop features one and this will let you do your work without turning on the light and distract others at night.

The keys are large and tactile.

The touchpad works well too.

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

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

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


The Acer Swift 3 is a Linux based budget laptop that is powered by a Ryzen 5 mobile processor inside.

Programmers love Linux and its compatibility with their line of work.

This processor inside this laptop is very powerful for such tasks and has even trumped the Intel counterparts in multithreaded performance.

If you are looking for a out of the box Linux laptop under Rs.50,000, this is it.

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


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

5. Asus Zenbook 13

Honorable Mention
  • Easy to carry around
  • Excellent build quality
  • Crisp and sharp 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 for a budget under Rs.70,000.

Design and Build Quality

If you are looking for a laptop for office productivity or travel use, the Asus Zenbook is one of the best laptops under Rs.70,000 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 13.9mm.

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 Asus Zenbook 13 comes with a 13.3-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Being a smaller sized display, the images and text look sharper, which a programmer will find very useful since all he is doing is fiddling with the code on a day to day basis.

The anti-glare display 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.

Processor and Performance

Inside the Asus Zenbook is the same processor – the eighth generation Intel i5 8250U clocked at 1.6GHz with turbo boost up to 3.4GHz.

This quad-core processor handles all programming as well as IDE tasks smoothly without any lags or stutters.

The integrated UHD 620 GPU is pretty good at handling graphics-intensive tasks.

The 8GB DDR3 RAM is soldered on to the motherboard and is not expandable.


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.


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.


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.


Slim and lightweight


Glass trackpad


Backlit keyboard


Small bezels


Non-expandable memory


Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory256 GB SSD
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery Backup7-8 Hours
Display13-inch Full HD

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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