Best Travel Laptops in India (May 2020)

by | May 27, 2020

Travel laptops is a must in these days where connectivity is of utmost importance.

Smartphones are powerful but the ease of using a large screen display and a full-sized keyboard isn’t something that can be replaced.

Now back to the buying suggestions for the best laptops for travellers, here are the best picks that we think will add great value to you.

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Best Travel Laptops

1. Apple Macbook Air 2020Overall Best Pick
2. MSI A10MRunner-Up Pick
3. Asus Zenbook 13Compact and Lightweight Laptop
4. HP Envy 13Best Build Quality
5. Lenovo Ideapad S145Feature-Rich Laptop
6. Acer Aspire 3Best Budget Laptop
7. Dell Inspiron 14Honourable Mention

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1. Apple Macbook Air 2020

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Overall Best Pick
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Best in Class Performance
  • Gorgeous Retina display

Apple is a class apart when it comes to consumer electronics. The company has got its share of loyal fan following, which we honestly think is worth deserving.

Apple products work as advertised – which is becoming an oddity these days. Now let’s discuss the Apple MacBook Air.

The MacBook Air 2020 is the latest laptop offering from the Cupertino giant to go on sale in the Indian market with some of the latest and greatest technology in the industry.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality is nothing short of excellent.

The aluminium unibody design we are familiar with previous Apple products is retained with this release as well.

There’s no illuminated Apple icon in the back though. Those who like to flash their swag in the dark – forgive Apple, please!

Some other neat little tricks will keep your mind away from this omission.

Display

For the editor in you, Apple has packed in a 13.3-inch WQHD display that looks gorgeous with a 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

The colours are spot on and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors. Rest assured, you won’t miss out on any minute details in your frames with this guy.

Being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are great. Apple has integrated its TrueTone technology on this laptop.

“TrueTone technology uses four-channel sensors that measure brightness and ambient colour and then feed this information to the display driver for lighting up the screen accordingly.”

The TrueTone feature allows the display to accurately display true to life colours, no matter what lighting conditions prevail in the surroundings.

Software Support

The software inside is Apple’s revered Mac OS and it’s the latest iteration, Catalina. It’s known for its fluidity and responsiveness without any lags after a while.

And no. I’m not taking a dig at Microsoft Windows, even though.. aah let’s leave it aside.

Editing software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro runs so well on this machine.

Once you get the kick of using an Apple product for editing, there’s no turning back.

Performance

The all-new Apple MacBook Air is powered by the Intel Core i3 tenth generation quad-core processor with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM.

With the excellent optimizations between the Mac OS Mojave and the hardware, this laptop is perhaps the best mobile computing device out there.

The Intel integrated UHD 620 GPU contributes to the buttery smooth performance of this laptop in the graphics department.

The Ultrafast 256GB SSD ensures faster app and OS loading times and enhances the performance of these apps while carrying out heavy-duty tasks such as rendering a video.

You will have to spend a few extra bucks on a port extension module for plugging in all that USB devices at once to this laptop from Apple.

Battery Life

As we’ve discussed earlier, the software and hardware are very well optimized to ensure extremely long-lasting battery life when it comes to such a powerful machine.

The all-new Apple MacBook Air lasts for about 8-10 hours on moderate to heavy usage, which is almost double the screen on time of its competitor devices.

Verdict

Apple MacBook Air 2020 is the best budget Apple laptop you’ll get in the country at present. It’s the best productivity laptop for travel junkies. Period.

No other laptop brands match Apple’s prowess in hardware and software optimization resulting in the best possible performance without cutting corners when it comes to battery life.

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Robust build quality

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Ultra-fast SSD

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Comfortable keyboard

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Lack of adequate connectivity ports

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Mojave
HDD256 GB
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core 3 tenth gen
Graphics Card Intel UHD Graphics 617
Battery Life8-10 Hours
Display13.3-inch Full HD Retina

2. MSI A10M

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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 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 onboard 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
HDD512GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR3
CPUIntel Core i5 – 10510U
GraphicIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery LifeUp to 7 Hours
Display 14-inch Full HD LED

3. Asus Zenbook 13

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Compact and Lightweight Laptop
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Power-packed performance
  • Portable and lightweight

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

Most of the products in the Zenbook series are widely popular among the customers for their value for money configurations coupled with the unmatched performance they offer.

Asus Vivobook Zenbook 13 is one of the refreshed versions of a premium budget laptop from Asus powered by Intel’s latest 8th generation processor.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivobook Zenbook 13 is the best looking premium budget laptop out there in the Indian market.

The unibody metallic construction makes this laptop feel 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 clever design on the hinge slightly lifts the keyboard at an angle suitable for effortless typing experience.

The chiclet keyboard on this device doesn’t come with a dedicated numpad, but it is to be expected from a small-sized laptop.

The keys themselves are very tactile and offer excellent click responsiveness. The backlit helps to work with this device during the night.

Processor and Performance

Inside the Zenbook 13 is an Intel Core i5 8265U quad-core processor at a base clock of 1.6GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.9GHz if the need arises.

This processor coupled with the 8GB DDR4 RAM makes day to day tasks to run without any lags and stutters.

The integrated Intel UHD620 graphics is now miles ahead than its predecessor in terms of performance and comes with decent graphics processing power.

Unless you plan to use this laptop for intense gaming or productivity tasks such as video editing and rendering, it lives up to its expectations pretty well.

Storage-wise, this laptop comes with a 256GB SSD on to which the preinstalled Windows 10 is loaded.

SSD makes the boot times very quick and when apps are installed on the SSD you can see improved loading times and performance.

Display

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

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

The minimal bezels around the screen make the display look a lot larger than its real size.

Miscellaneous

Asus usually doesn’t skimp on ports.

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

This device comes with one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.1 port, a USB – C port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader slot.

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 -8 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.

Conclusion

The Asus Zenbook 13 is an excellent compact laptop if you would love to do some work and have fun 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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Robust build quality

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Elegant design

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Illuminated keyboard

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Downward firing speakers

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5 8th gen
GraphicIntel integrated UHD620
Battery LifeUp to 9 Hours
Display13.3-inch Full HD

4. HP Envy 13

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Feature-Rich Travel Laptop
  • On the go workstation
  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Wide service centre network

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 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 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 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 an 8GB DDR4 RAM and an integrated Intel UHD 620 GPU.

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

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 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 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.

Verdict

The HP Envy 13 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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Mushy keys

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR4
CPUCore i5 8th gen 8250U
Graphics CardIntel integrated UHD 620
Battery LifeUP to 10 Hours
Display13.3 Full HD IPS

5. Lenovo Ideapad S145

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 Feature-Rich Laptop
  • Full HD display
  • Latest 10th generation Intel processor
  • 65W fast charging

Lenovo has been a major player in the Indian laptop market for a long time now. The company has been in the left, right and centre of the budget laptop segment with a lot of great products that the users liked.

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 is one of the latest entries to the mid-range budget laptop catalogue in the country.

Build Quality and Design

Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops in the world. Whatever be the price bracket it fits in, Lenovo provides an aesthetically pleasing design which is often combined with the great build quality.

The Ideapad S145 is one of the finest looking laptops, if not the best in its category. The metallic design inspired chassis makes the device look and feel premium.

Comparatively minimal bezels on either side of the display are stunning and make the display look even bigger than it is in reality.

Also, the company has an improved hinge mechanism which allows up to 180-degree rotation. However, we’re still not sure what advantage this brings to the table.

Processor and Performance

Fret not, the good qualities of this laptop doesn’t end with the looks. Inside the chassis is the all-new 10th generation Intel i3 processor.
This processor is clocked at 1.2GHz and has a maximum clock speed of 3.4GHz, which for a laptop under the budget of Rs.35,000 offers an interesting mix of performance and battery life.

With the onboard 4GB DDR4 RAM, this laptop performs on par with laptops powered by Intel processors inside.

The Intel integrated graphics have come a long way since its inception and performs casual graphics-intensive tasks effortlessly.

This will give you an upper hand in the graphics-intensive process and even some light gaming, to say the least.

This budget laptop from Lenovo comes with an ultra-fast 256GB SSD for improved performance. If you feel that this storage isn’t enough, you can swap the SSD for a bigger capacity one for yourselves.

Display

Lenovo usually provides very good display panels with their laptops. Same is the case with the Ideapad S145 as well.

This 15.6-inch display is a Full HD panel with an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The colours are bright and vivid and the contrast levels are up to the mark.

There is no noticeable pixelation in texts and everything appears fine and clear. The thin side bezels enhance the immersive experience with the display when you are watching video content.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 comes loaded with the Windows 10 operating system out of the box.

Everything is pre-configured from the factory and it makes sure that the customer can start using the system as soon as he opens the box.

Lenovo provides a one year warranty with this device. In case something unfortunate happens, you can always visit the nearest service centre for repairs thanks to the wide service centre network of Lenovo in India.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 comes with a 2-cell Lithium-ion battery inside. This will let the device run for about 5 hours on moderate usage with 55% brightness.

If you are running games or watching movies at full brightness, the screen on time will reduce drastically and be sure to have the charger at an arm’s length.

Verdict

For a laptop priced under Rs.35,000, the Lenovo Ideapad S145 is a steal. With a fairly excellent screen and a powerful processor inside having excellent graphics performance, this laptop is worthy to be the best in the business in its price category.

The aesthetically pleasing looks and the excellent build quality further adds charm to this product.

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Premium design

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Robust build quality

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180-degree tiltable flat hinge

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core I3-1005G1
GraphicsIntel integrated graphics
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD LED

6. Acer Aspire 3

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Best Budget Laptop
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home OS
  • Superfast SSD storage
  • Easy hardware upgradability

Acer Aspire series is popular for its value for money budget laptops in the Asian markets.

The Acer Aspire 3 is one of the most feature-packed entry-level laptops in the market which excels both in the software and the hardware front available under an enticing budget of Rs.25,000.

Design and Build Quality

Built using high-quality ABS plastic and polycarbonate, the Aspire 3 is on par with others in its category in terms of build quality.

The textured matte finish with a brushed metal design of the outer chassis and keyboard deck provides a premium feel to this laptop.

The touchpad is asymmetrically placed towards the left of this device. The full-sized keyboard has sufficient key spacing and key travel distance.

The exhaust vents are located on the back and they don’t interfere with the usability in any way. The robust hinge mechanism offers a smooth yet tight lid opening and closing experience.

Processor and Performance

The Acer Aspire 3 runs on a newer AMD A9 dual-core processor clocked at 3GHz.

The higher initial clock speed means this device can perform significantly better than its competitors in resource-intensive scenarios.

This wide variation between the clock speeds allows for excellent battery life.

This chipset is very capable of running applications smoothly without any hiccups.

The processor comes with an integrated Intel UHD 605 which will assist in performing graphics-intensive tasks.

4GB DDR RAM module and the256GB SSD can be easily swapped for an upgrade if you feel like doing so.

Display

This device has a 15.6″ 1366 x 768 HD LED-backlit TFT Display that has ample brightness and decent viewing angles.

The display houses a VGA camera that outputs videos of 640 x 480 resolution which is nothing to write about.

Miscellaneous

This device comes preinstalled with Windows 10 and has all the latest driver support for enhanced usability.

Connectivity

On the connectivity front, this laptop features an 802.11ac wireless LAN.

Port selection on this laptop is nothing that will blow your mind.

Acer modestly included two USB 3.0, one USB 3.0, and the regular slew of ports such as an RJ 45 port, an HDMI port along with an SD card reader.

Battery Life

Even those laptops priced below Rs.40,000 with efficient processors has considerably less battery life. That is where the Acer Aspire 3 is a pleasant surprise.

Supplying juice to this laptop and beating the competitor’s hands down is a 2 cell 4810 mAh lithium polymer battery that the company claims to last for a whopping 7 hours of continuous usage.

Verdict

If you are in search of a budget laptop that has a decent display and great battery life, this is it.

The preinstalled Windows 10 Home OS lets you use this laptop right out of the box without going through any additional setup hassles.

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Excellent build quality

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Gigabit Ethernet port

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Multi-gesture trackpad

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUAMD A9 2.5GHz
Graphics CardAMD Radeon R5 Graphics
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED 1366 x 768 pixels

7. Dell Inspiron 14

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Honourable Mention
  • Latest tenth generation Intel processor
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Decent full HD display

Inspiron series from Dell has been a strong lineup in the laptop market with some of the best value for money devices in store for the customers.

The Inspiron 14 takes this to the next level, offering the latest tenth-generation processor from Intel that enables the device to perform faster than ever before.

Design and Build Quality

The Dell Inspiron 14 has a minimal design element which looks naturally pleasing to the eyes. The back panel has a matte finish with the Dell logo subtly embossed on to it.

The overall fit and finish of this laptop feel nice and durable. The keyboard deck is strong and shows no signs of flex whatsoever.

The keys offer good feedback and tactility that aids in a better typing experience.

The hinges are comfortable to lift up and down with no friction. The laptop has a substantial heft to it and weighs about 1.66 Kg.

Overall, the build quality and design of this laptop are pretty good if not better than some of the laptops in the same price range.

Processor and Performance

Inside the Dell Inspiron, 14 is a tenth-generation Intel Core i5 1035G1 chipset.

With the latest improvements onboard, this processor has four physical cores clocked at 2.3GHz imparting a performance boost up to 40% from the previous models.

Crunching the number further, we have an 8GB DDR4 RAM that is certainly sufficient for most of the multitasking and reasonable gaming experience is required.

The Inspiron 14 comes with a 512GB ultra-fast SSD to store your files offline in case you prefer that to the cloud.

Display

The 14-inch widescreen display on this laptop is dubbed the Truelife display by the company. With the full HD equivalent resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, this device outputs cleaner, detailed visuals.

As the name suggests, the colour reproduction is pretty good and the brightness levels are sufficient for easy viewing even under direct light.

Since this is an anti-glare panel, the light reflections off the screen are minimal and help to reduce the strain on your eyes after prolonged usage.

Software

This laptop comes loaded with Windows 10 Home out of the box.

This makes it easier to use the laptop out of the box without needing to spend time on setup and driver updates to get the things working.

Dell laptops are usually loaded with software goodies. Same is the story with this device as well.

The Microsoft Office Home edition comes preloaded and is a great advantage for those who don’t want to use a pirated version of the same for their work.

Battery Life

The 42Whr integrated 3-cell Lithium-ion battery inside this laptop will last for about 5-6 hours of intermittent usage.

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 14 is a great computing device for the price and offers the performance on papers in the real world scenario as well.

Loaded with software goodies, this device gives you an out of the box work-ready computer without needing to go through extra setup hassles.

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Dell mobile connect feature

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Genuine Windows 10 Home OS

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Nationwide service centres

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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD512 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsIntel integrated UHD
Battery Life Up to 6 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD

This concludes our list for the best seven travel laptops in the market.

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Travel Laptop

What are the ideal factors that you should consider while purchasing a travel laptop?

Let’s break that down first.

  1. Portability
  2. Battery life
  3. A good display and a comfortable keyboard
  4. Performance

1) Portability

As a traveller, you’ll have a lot of luggage to carry with you. Adding a bulky laptop that weighs heavy and consuming a lot of precious luggage space is not an ideal choice.

Most of the large 15.6-inch display laptops aren’t ergonomically designed. So the best for you is to look for a laptop with 13.3-inch or lower display size.

With the decrease in the display size, the overall form factor will be compact and lightweight.

2) Battery life

While travelling, it isn’t necessary that you may find a power source to juice up your device so often. Therefore, a laptop with great battery life and standby time is an absolute necessity.

Fast charging is also an important aspect worth considering. Having the convenience to charge your device from a local coffee shop while having your cup of hot beverage is definitely a welcome feature for travellers.

3) Good display and comfortable keyboard

Nobody dislikes having a great display. To see and experience things close to reality, a good screen with accurate colour reproduction and ample brightness is necessary.

Since we are dealing with sub – 15.6-inch laptops in this article, all the products feature a full HD panel that will output sharper images and text with a lot of details.

If you are planning to get your work done during the travel – like editing a document, writing and replying to emails, chatting with your colleagues etc, having a comfortable keyboard with keys having a good feedback is very much desirable.

4) Performance

Last but not the least, a laptop – whether it be a travel-specific one or for any other purpose, the capability of the processor to perform tasks without any hiccups is important. Most of the products we listed in this article features latest 8th generation Intel processors.