Best Laptops for Programmers In India (May 2020)

by | May 28, 2020

Programmers are like magicians. Just that they perform their tricks with code instead of a black hat 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 six laptops that might be an interesting purchase to you as a programmer.

If you want to read reviews on any particular price range, please check out our articles on Best Laptops under different budgets here.

Best Laptops For Programmers

1. MSI A10MOverall Best Pick
2. ASUS Zenbook 13Runner-Up Pick
3. Acer Nitro 5Value for Money Laptop
4. HP 15Best Budget Laptop
5. Lenovo Ideapad S340Feature-Rich Laptop
6. Dell Inspiron 3000Honourable Mention

 

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1. MSI A10M

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Overall Best Pick
  • The excellent 14-inch full HD display
  • Latest 10th generation Intel processor
  • Loud and clear front-firing speakers

MSI is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer best known for releasing feature-rich products into the market with an affordable price tag.

The A10M is the company’s ‘premium budget’ performance-oriented travel laptop currently on sale in India under Rs.60,000.

Design and Build Quality

The MSI A10M shows its might, not only in performance but also in its build quality.
The metallic chassis with a brushed metal finish and sharp lines deliver a gaming vibe to this powerful laptop.

With the clever hardware design, MSI has managed to shave a lot of thickness on this laptop when compared with their previous models.

The keyboard deck is solid and there is no sort of flex while pounding the keys during intense gaming sessions.

The keys feel nice and tactile. There is a slight flex in the keyboard chassis but nothing that affects the usability of the device.

With ample exhaust vents placed all around the chassis, MSI has succeeded in keeping the internal temperature in control without throttling the performance of the processor inside.

The front-firing speakers sound loud and clear with decent bass response.

Processor and Performance

This laptop runs the show with the latest 10th-generation Intel Core i10510U processor clocked at 1.8GHz with a maximum turbo boost frequency up to 4.9GHz.

The processor is a true quad-core variant with excellent performance even when the device is run under full load. Assisting this processor in delivering stellar performance is the integrated Intel UHD GPU.

This powerful CPU+GPU combination aids in fast and responsive 4K video editing. The device comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM onboard with an option to expand up to 32GB.

In terms of storage, this laptop comes with a 512GB SSD to store your files.
The presence of an SSD makes this laptop perform faster and smoother.

Display

The display on this device is a 14 inch Full HD LED Backlit wide-view display which has good viewing angles with no noticeable colour tone difference when viewed from different angles.

The brightness of this panel is great and the anti-glare coating further increases the legibility of the display in brightly lit environments.

Furthermore, the screen can be calibrated according to your individual preference with the help of MSI Dragon centre app.

Battery Life

The battery of this device lasts for about 7 hours on a single charge under normal usage and if you’re gaming or doing some heavy rendering, the battery drains much faster.

Verdict

The MSI A10M is a budget performance-oriented travel laptop priced just under Rs.60,000.

If you’re tight on budget but aren’t ready to compromise on power, this is the right choice for you at present in the Indian market.

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Slim and lightweight

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Faster SSD storage

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Rich connectivity options

Q

No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 10210U
SSD512 GB
GraphicsIntel integrated UHD
Battery BackupUP to 7 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD LED

2. Asus Zenbook 13

Asus ZenBook 13
Runner-Up Pick
  • Thin bezel display
  • 512GB SSD
  • 1-year onsite warranty

Asus is one of the most sought after laptop brands in the market at present.

Asus Zenbook 13 is one of the premium budget ultrabook offerings from Asus powered by Intel’s latest 8th generation processor.

Design and Build quality

The Zenbook 13 is well built with premium quality components used for its construction.

The unibody construction feels strong and durable.

The hinges work great and the device can be opened with a single hand without the deck being raised from the platform.

The minimal bezels around the display make this device look stunning. The overall fit and finish of this laptop truly justify the price tag it comes with.

Processor and Performance

The Asus Zenbook 13 is powered by the eighth-generation Intel Core i7 8765U clocked at 1.8GHz with a turbo boost up to 4.6GHz if the need arises.

The integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics solution supports the processor in handling graphics and does pretty well at that.

Even though you will be able to play a few casual games on this laptop, beware the settings might have to be trimmed down to either medium or low settings.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM on this laptop is sufficient enough if you are planning to do some serious multitasking with this device.

In terms of storage, you’ll get a 512GB SSD which makes this ultrabook run quieter and faster.

Display

This device has a 13.3-inch full HD IPS Nano edge display which has great viewing angles.

The colour reproduction on this panel is good and the images appear sharp with vivid details.

The ultra-minimal bezels around the screen make it look much bigger than its actual 13.3-inch size.

Miscellaneous

Asus usually doesn’t skimp on ports.

Moreover, they are known for providing USB C ports even on low-cost entry-level laptops.

This device comes with one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, a USB – C port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader slot.

The keyboard on this laptop is very comfortable to type on with decent key travel distance.

The keys are backlit and will help you type or navigate around at night easily.

The speakers on this device are downward facing. Although the sound output is loud enough, the audio gets muffled when you place this device on an uneven surface like a bed.

Battery Life

The Zenbook 13 comes with a 3-cell Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 6 hours on a single charge.

Asus has incorporated its widely acclaimed fast-charging technology that will let you charge the device from zero to 60% in under 50 minutes.

Verdict

The Asus Zenbook 13 is a great travel companion if you would love to do some work while in transit.

The powerful processor and the faster SSD combo make your job much easier and quicker.

Since the device is very lightweight and compact, it is easier for you to carry around tightly packed bags.

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Compact and lightweight

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Elegant design

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Powerful hardware

Q

Downward firing speakers

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i7- 8565U
SSD512 GB
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery BackupUp to 10 Hours
Display13.3-inch Full HD

3. Acer Nitro 5

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Excellent thermal control
  • Powerful performance
  • Easy hardware expandability

The Acer Nitro 5 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 Nitro 5 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 offers excellent durability and comfort while gaming as well as typing rigorously.

Processor and Performance

The Acer Nitro 5 is powered by the ninth generation Intel core i7 9750H quad-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz which can go up to 4.10GHz 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 AcerNitro 5 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 Nitro 5 offers excellent value for money performance and durability for a device under Rs.70,000.

Resource intensive tasks such as 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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Built-in dual speakers

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Gigabit ethernet

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Multi-gesture touchpad

Q

heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i7 9750H
SSD256 GB
Graphics4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650
Battery BackupUP to 4 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

4. HP 15

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Best Budget Laptop
  • Built-in dual speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Island-style full-size keyboard

Choosing HP over other laptop brands is a no-brainer for many people here in India.
Such is the popularity of this brand in consumer electronics and other related peripherals.

The HP 15-db1061AU is probably the best laptop that you can give your kid this academic season. Let us explain why.

Design and Build Quality

The HP 15-db1061AU looks standard and is designed with durability in mind, rather than impressing users with the looks.

These body wide screen hinges work great. There is no creaking sound when opening and closing the lid and the operation is so smooth.

The C deck on this budget laptop comes with a textured finish which looks nice and feels comfortable to lay your hands on.

The metallic backplate has a shining HP logo which gives this device a luxury feel.

Processor and Performance

Thanks to the latest AMD Ryzen 5 processor inside, this laptop can blaze through your academic work and related software like a cakewalk.

The new and improved processor from Intel now has four physical cores compared to only two on its predecessor. This has improved the overall efficiency and performance of up to 50%.

Multitasking with the 8GB DDR4 RAM is not an issue anymore. Opening up multiple tabs in chrome and doing stuff on MS Powerpoint? No worries mate!

You can further expand the memory in case you need your system to perform much faster when it comes to multitasking.

The graphics department is handled by an integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 which will assist the processor for enhanced performance in related apps and tasks.

This laptop ships with the genuine 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS out of the box.

Display

The HP 15-db1061AU comes with a large 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The large display can get very bright and the colour reproduction is on par with other laptops priced at the same budget.

If you are a student and want two apps opened side by side, having a large and wide display is very beneficial. The ability to see more content will be a time-saving method rather than closing and reopening apps more often.

Connectivity

HP has left no stone unturned when it comes to connectivity options on this budget laptop.

This device has two USB 3.1 ports for high-speed data transfers, 1 USB 2.0 port for plugging in the peripherals and an SD card slot.

Along with these, the HP 15-dy008AU comes equipped with an optical disk drive for students who have a lot of their textbook contents on CDs.

Battery Life

The battery life on the HP 15-db1061AU is nothing spectacular to brag about. But this laptop gives an approximate screen on time of up to 5 hours on a single charge.

With HP fast charging technology, the device can be juiced up quickly, as much as 90% in just under 90 minutes which is very beneficial.

Verdict

The HP 15-db1061AU is one of the best laptops for academic purposes if you don’t mind the price tag of Rs.35,000 and the lack of a bundled Windows 10 OS.

Equipped with the latest 8th-generation processor from Intel, this machine can perform all the tasks with relative ease.

The decent quality widescreen display and the fast-charging battery is yet another attractive feature when it comes to making the purchase decision of this laptop.

R

Solid build

R

Decent display

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Powerful performance

Q

No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5
SSD
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery Backup6-7 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

5. Lenovo Ideapad S340

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Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Latest 10th generation Intel processor
  • Dedicated 2GB GPU
  • Excellent quality display

The Lenovo Ideapad S340 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.60,000.

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 S340 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 S340 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 S340 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 S340 is powered by the newer tenth Generation Intel Core i5 – 1035G1 processor clocked at 1.6GHz which can turbo boost up to 4.2GHz.

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 MX250 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.

This laptop ships with a large capacity 1TB HDD 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 S340 can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad S340 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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Robust build quality

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Narrow screen bezels

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Portable

Q

Slow HDD

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
Processor10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1
SSD
Graphics2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX250
Battery BackupUP 6 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED

6. Dell Inspiron 3000

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Honourable Mention
  • Bundled software suite
  • Excellent multitasking 
  • Decent battery life

Dell Inspiron laptops range from entry-level to premium budget segment, offering value for money specifications at an affordable price.

The Inspiron 15 3000 is an entry-level budget laptop which targets school and office-goers looking for a powerful yet affordable machine with high reliability.

Design and Build Quality

The Inspiron 3000 is a practicality oriented budget laptop. To cut the costs down, Dell hasn’t done anything too impressive in the build quality department.

The entire construction of this laptop is of plastic. There is a bit of flex at certain points but it is to be expected with the asking price at which this laptop retails for.

The design is simple and minimalistic. We prefer this simple look over the sharp cuts and grooves on the chassis to make the laptop more aggressive.

Processor and Performance

The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 comes equipped with an AMD Ryzen 3 processor.

For starters, this is an entry-level processor that can easily complete all the basic tasks that a budget laptop should perform.

Web browsing and document editing are pretty much easy with this. Light multitasking is possible, thanks to the 4GB RAM that comes with this device out of the box.

There isn’t any dedicated GPU, but the dedicated AMD Radeon Vega 3 performs reasonably well when it comes to the handling of graphics.

Display

This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch HD display which offers decent visual performance.

Since the display is large and the level of crispiness might not match a full HD screen, the Truelife display technology from Dell exhibits decent colour accuracy and brightness levels.

Miscellaneous

The hard drive size of this laptop is 1TB. This makes it suitable for storing all of your files offline – be it be movies or other document files.

Apart from that, Dell has partnered with Dropbox to provide free 20GB worth of cloud storage for every customer who buys a Dell computer.

If you have some files that you think should be on the cloud accessible anywhere and every time, this is a great choice.

This machine comes loaded with a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home and MS-Office 2016 which is highly beneficial for students for their academic purposes.

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 lasts for about 4 hours of continuous usage on a single charge.

But again, this budget laptop is mainly meant for first-timers who will use this primarily at home or office with an option to always plug into a power source when needed.

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is a great entry-level device for beginners to try and test their familiarity with the laptop.

Loaded with Windows 10 Home, this is one of the low-cost alternatives to enjoy a full-sized desktop experience on a budget.

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Built-in stereo speakers

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Rich connectivity options

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720p webcam

Q

A bit heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
Internal Memory1TB
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3
SSD
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 3
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch HD LED

There are a lot of other laptops for video creators and YouTubers that deserve a mention in this article.

But as we have to pick six among the bunch, we were forced to leave them behind.

If you’re interested to read more about them, here is the link to our comprehensive buying guide.

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