Best Laptops for Programmers In India (November 2019)

by | Nov 16, 2019

Content creation is an art that can communicate with the audience at a deeper level.

Filming an interesting stuff is just as important as presenting the filmed stuff in an interesting manner to the viewers.

Most of the content creators travel extensively to shoot these cherishing moments on the frame and would like to edit these on the go.

What’s the catch?

The need to have a powerful laptop to run those apps that would do the trick.

In this article, we shortlist for you, the best five laptops that video editors can purchase to enhance their productivity.

Best Laptops for Video Editing

1. Lenovo Ideapad 330 Overall Best Pick
2. Acer Swift 3Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus Vivobook 14Feature Rich Laptop
4. HP CE 1000TXBest Build Quality
5. MSI A10MHonorable Mention

1. Lenovo IdeaPad 330

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Overall Best Pick
  • Stylish design
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Intel Optane memory

Lenovo has switched its focus as one of the top smartphone brands in the country to one of the best laptop brands in the country offering some excellent devices for the customers.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 is a feature-rich laptop that is priced well under an affordable budget for those who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying their performance index.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say so – Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in India. No matter 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 330 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 330 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 but spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time as well.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 features a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD TN display.

The visuals are adequately colourful and rich in details and offer a sharper and clearer text and image viewing experience.

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 considerably thick and make the screen look much smaller than its actual size.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels. The Lenovo Ideapad 330 is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i3 – 8250U processor.

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 a higher clock to ensure smooth performance.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups. With the 4GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

In addition to the 4GB RAM, Lenovo has thrown in a 16GB Optane memory into the mix for better performance.

Optane memory acts as a middle man between the CPU and hard drive on the system, storing most frequently used apps for faster access.

The 16GB Optane memory on this system acts like an SSD, but with a much smaller memory footprint.

The boot and application loading times on this laptop, thanks to the Intel Optane memory is much quicker compared to the rest of the competition.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on pot distribution either.

This Ideapad series laptop from Lenovo comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

The keyboard on this system is backlight enabling to used in darker environments with no external light source.

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 cell, the Lenovo Ideapad 330 can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 priced under Rs.50,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

If you need a laptop that performs well under all circumstances, the Ideapad 330 is worth checking out.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

Q

The screen needs manual colour calibration

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM8GB DDR4+16GB Optane
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8250U
SSD
Graphics4GB DDR5 AMD Radeon 530
Battery BackupUP to 6 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

2. Acer Swift 3

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Budget Macbook replacement
  • Commendable performance
  • Lightweight and portable

Acer is a Taiwanese electronics hardware company specializing in budget laptops around the globe. The Swift 3 is their entry into the performance laptop segment.

The Acer Swift 3 is comparable to the likes of HP’s Envy lineup and even the Apple Macbooks.

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 1.35Kg with this laptop.

The 18.9 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.

Performance

Under the hood, this laptop is powered by the Intel Core i5 8265U chipset that 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 MX250 to the mix.

The 512GB SSD inside makes the boot time considerably faster. Also, when the apps are installed on this SSD, they tend to perform significantly better as well.

If you’re that bored, this guy will let you play some casual games without a glitch.

Hardware

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.

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 to be present on laptops in this segment including the USB C.

Display

The 14-inch full HD display on this machine is a joy to look at indoors. 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 7 hour usage time on our tests.

Although if you are gaming, or using some resource-intensive applications, this will considerably decrease.

Summary

Under a budget of Rs.50,000, we 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 then 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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SSD

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Highly reflective screen

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8265U
SSD 512 GB
Graphics2GB Nvidia geforce MX250
Battery BackupUp to7 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD

3. Asus Vivobook 14

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Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Latest AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor
  • Full HD nano-edge display
  • Fingerprint scanner security

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.

The ultra-thin bezels around the display make this device look premium and drool-worthy.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is the latest AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core 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 powerful AMD Vega 8 integrated graphics chip for enhanced graphics performance.

Display

Coming to the display, this device packs in a 14-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 one USB 2.0 port, a USB Type C 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 14 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 powerful AMD Ryzen 5 chipset and nano-edge full HD display, you can expect this device to perform pretty well even in the most demanding situations without any struggle.

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Genuine Windows 10 OS

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Lightweight and compact

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Illuminated chiclet keyboard

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Keys are a bit mushy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5
SSD
GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080

4. HP CE 1000TX

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Best Build Quality
  • 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

Q

No optical disk drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory
RAM8 GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8th gen
SSD256 GB
Graphics2 GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150
Battery BackupUp to 12 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD

5. MSI A10M

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Honorable Mention
  • An 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 i5 10510U 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 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 isn’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 – 10510U
SSD512 GB
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD
Battery BackupUp to 7 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD LED

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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