Best Laptops for Programmers In India (March 2020)

by | Feb 27, 2020

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

Best Laptops For Programmers

1. MSI A10MOverall Best Pick
2. HP Pavilion 15Runner-Up Pick
3. HP CE 1000TXFeature Rich Laptop
4. Asus Vivobook 15Value for Money Laptop
5. Acer Aspire 3Honorable Mention

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 a 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 on board 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

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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. HP Pavilion 15

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Runer-Up Pick
  • Powerful tenth gen CPU
  • Suited for students
  • The gorgeous full HD display

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-di2000tu is probably the best laptop that you can rely on for some serious multitasking. Let us explain why.

Design and Build Quality

The HP 15-di2000tu is designed to look impressive at first glance itself.

These hinges look premium and 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 10th Generation Intel Core i5 10210U 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 4GB DDR4 RAM is not an issue anymore. Opening up multiple tabs in chrome and doing stuff on MS Powerpoint? No worries mate!

The 1TB HDD with bundled 256GB SSD will deliver buttery-smooth day to day performance and lightning-fast app loading and boot times.

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 Intel UHD integrated chip which will assist the processor for enhanced performance in related apps and tasks.

Display

The HP 15-di2000tu comes with a large 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 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.

Since the display is of full HD resolution, the texts will appear sharper and crisper and reduce the stress on your eyes.

Connectivity

HP has left no stones 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-di2000tu 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-di2000tu 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-di2000tu is one of the best laptops for programmers if you don’t mind the price tag of Rs.50,000.

Equipped with the latest 10th-generation processor from Intel, this machine can perform all the tasks with relative ease.

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

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Robust build quality

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5 hours of battery life

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256GB SSD

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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel core i5-10210U
SSD256 GB
GraphicsIntel integrated UHD
Battery BackupUp to 10 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

3. HP CE 1000TX

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Best Feature-Rich Laptop
  • On the go workstation
  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Dedicated graphics card

The brand HP is really popular among Indians, thanks to the brands’ popular products in almost all the consumer durable categories mainly laptops and accessories.

The CE 1000TX 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 up fast with the Envy series.

We must admit that the company has even outpaced Apple when it comes to the sleek design and excellent build quality.

The attention to detail towards 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.

Processor and Performance

HP was one of the few companies to introduce the latest 8th generation Intel processors in the Indian market.

The HP CE1000TX 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 dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150 GPU.

With the CE1000TX, 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

A 14-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 detailed 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 Life

Powered by a 4-cell Li-ion battery inside, this notebook from HP will last easily for over 10 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.

Verdict

The HP CE1000TX is a lightweight and compact notebook that has powerful internals for programmers to run and debug their code effortlessly on the go.

The elegant and stylish design with a compact form factor makes this HP laptop a suitable travel companion that ensures productivity on the go.

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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

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th gen
SSD256 GB
Graphics2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150
Battery BackupUp to 12 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD

4. Asus Vivobook 15

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX110 GPU
  • Powerful Intel Core i5 processor
  • Full HD display

Asus Vivobook series combines excellent performance and built quality at a very compelling price point.

This mid-range laptop has the best internals that aids in superior performance encased in an aesthetically appealing form factor.

Build Quality and Design

Asus Vivobook laptops have always been one of our favourite laptops with premium design, even in the entry-level budget market.

Although the device is made of plastic components, it doesn’t feel cheap at all.

The outer chassis at the back has brushed metal design which looks great when viewed from a distance.

The grooved surface also feels good in the hand.

The keyboard is of slightly disappointing quality despite being a full-sized one.

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

Since the keys are not backlit, you may find trouble typing in the dark without a supporting light.

The thick bezels around the display make the screen look a bit uninteresting but over time you will get used to it.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is the latest Intel Core i5 8250U chipset with 4GB 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.
Surprisingly, this budget-oriented laptop from Asus comes with a dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX110 graphics card for enhanced graphics performance.

Display

Coming to the display, this device packs in a 15.6-inch full HD 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 3.0 port accompanied by two USB 2.0 port, an HDMI as well as an SD card reader.

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

There’s a fingerprint scanner placed alongside touchpad to ensure the safety of files and other sensitive data inside.

Battery

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

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 15 is a very capable machine that can run your apps the way they meant to be for a budget just under Rs.40,000.

With the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 chipset and supported the dedicated Nvidia GPU, you can expect this device to perform pretty well even in the most demanding situations without any struggle.

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Preinstalled Windows OS
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Disk drive present

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Sonicmaster speakers

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Thick bezels around the display

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U
SSD
Graphics2GB Nvidia Geforce MX110
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

5. Acer Aspire 3

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Honorable Mention
  • AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • Full HD display
  • Easy hardware upgradability

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

The Aspire 3 is one of the low-cost laptops that comes with a powerful AMD processor on board. Let’s dive into more details of this gem without any further ado.

Design and build quality

The Aspire 3 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 upgradeability is not an issue with this laptop.

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 AMD Ryzen 5 processor that is the absolute best you can get in this price bracket.

This four-core processor along with the AMD Radeon 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 4GB DDR4 RAM makes sure that multitasking is a possibility with this mid-range laptop.

Display

This is one of the slight downsides of this otherwise great laptop. The Acer Aspire 3comes 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.

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 3 laptop comes with Windows 10 onboard. Acer provides all the necessary drivers for the Windows OS and the device is fully compatible with running it.

Battery life

The Acer Aspire 3 laptop has a 38 Whr Li-ion battery inside that gives a battery life of about five hours.

The Ryzen 5 processor inside is pretty much energy efficient and it is possible to last even more when used with minimum brightness.

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.

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Built-in dual speakers

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Preloaded Windows 10 OS

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Multi-gesture touchpad

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No USB C port

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 Quad core 2.1GHz
SSD
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery Backup4-5 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD display

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

But as we have to pick five 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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