Best Travel Laptops in India (September 2020)

by | Sep 7, 2020

Travel laptops are 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 nine best laptops for travellers available in India, here are the best picks that we think will add great value to you.

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

Best Travel Laptops

1. Apple Macbook Air 2020Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo IdeaPad S540Runner-Up Pick
3. Dell Inspiron 5300Best Build Quality
4. HP Envy X360Best 2-in-1 Laptop
5. Acer Swift 3Best Versatile Laptop
6.Asus Vivobook 14Lightweight and Portable Powerhouse
7. Mi Notebook HorizonBest Build Quality
8. Honor Magicbook 15Best Budget Ultrabook
9. MSI Modern 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 Catalina
HDD256 GB
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUIntel i3 10th generation
Graphics CardIntel integrated Iris Plus
Battery LifeUp to 11 Hours
Display13.3 inch Quad HD LED IPS retina Display

 

2. Lenovo IdeaPad S540

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Runner Up Pick
  • Gorgeous minimal bezel FHD display
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Thin and lightweight form factor

Lenovo is a brand known to offer laptops with excellent performance and robust build quality in every budget category – ranging from entry-level to high-end performance segments.

The Lenovo Ideapad S540 is a premium mid-range laptop priced just under Rs.80,000 with a thin and lightweight form factor, suitable for travellers and casual users alike.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo Ideapad S540 has a full-body aluminium chassis which not only looks good but also feels durable and premium.

Weighing just 1.3Kg, this laptop is lightweight enough to be comfortably carried in your backpacks while travelling.

For daily travellers like office goers, students and digital nomads, weight and durability are of primary importance – both of which this laptop delivers.

The minimal matte finish on the top cover makes this laptop look almost similar to the Macbook lineup from Apple.

With its 13-inch display size and the surrounding compact factor, the Lenovo IdeaPad S540 sits comfortably on your lap and even saves space on the working desk to allow you to place your coffee mug besides.

The robust hinge mechanism of the laptop can rotate the lid up to 180 degrees for user convenience. Thanks to this, there is no noticeable wobble on the display lid.

This laptop features twin fans to cool down the internals and heat dissipates through the dual exhaust pipes on the chassis to prevent thermal throttling.

Connectivity Features:

The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 features the following I/O ports:

2 x Type-C
1 x USB 3.1
3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

Lenovo has decided to go with the latest tenth-generation Intel processor to deliver the best possible portable computing experience.

The latest tenth-generation Intel i5 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz runs the show pretty smooth and lag-free, even with demanding applications.

This processor can turbo boost up to 4.2GHz under peak loads so that the performance isn’t compromised, no matter what.

With the dedicated Nvidia MX250 GPU onboard, this laptop can handle graphics-intensive tasks without putting the CPU through a lot of troubles.

Playing casual games, editing occasional videos etc is now possible, without any issues.

In terms of storage, the Lenovo Ideapad S540 has a 512GB SSD inside which helps this machine to boot up quickly.

The performance of this SSD is significantly better than a conventional HDD. We are pretty sure that once you start using an SSD powered laptop, there is no going back.

The 8GB of DDR4 RAM inside does almost every task you throw at this machine with ease. This laptop from Lenovo seldom slows down with multiple applications open in the background.

One major disappointment with this laptop is the lack of hardware upgradability options. For non-tech savvy users, this isn’t a deal-breaker anyway.

Display

The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 features a 13.3-inch full HD plus IPS anti-glare display with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

This narrow bezel display delivers an immersive visual experience – be it with media consumption, gaming, editing or even while surfing the web.

The colour reproduction is on point with this panel, so does the contrast levels. The colours look vivid and punchy and the visuals turn out to be stunning.

With a peak brightness of 300 nits, this display is perfect for indoor usage, but outside you may face a bit of trouble under direct sunlight.

The anti-glare panel minimises the light reflection off the display helping to keep your eyes stress free during the use.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home OS.

The full-size backlit keyboard is suitable for typing blogs, emails, and copywriting. The backlit feature enables you to work in dimly-lit conditions.

The diamond-cut glass touchpad gives an accurate response on taps, swipes and button clicks.

The front camera supports IR functionality that gives you the ability to unlock the laptop with your face.

Battery Life

For the travel junkies, the battery is one of the primary concerns while purchasing a laptop.

The 3-cell 56Wh battery inside this laptop lasts for about 8 hours of moderate use on medium brightness level.

Thanks to the fast charging support, the bundled adapter juices up the battery up to 80% in just 1 hour.

Verdict

The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 is a thin and lightweight laptop which is easy to carry around in the backpacks.

Even with this lightweight form factor, this machine packs quite a punch inside and delivers excellent performance – thanks to the powerful processor and the dedicated Nvidia GPU inside.

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Fast charging support

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Three years onsite warranty

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IR camera with face recognition

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No hardware upgrades

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPU2GB Nvidia MX250
Display13.3 inch Quad HD LED IPS retina Display
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

3. Dell inspiron 5300

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Best Build Quality
  • Gorgeous 13.3-inch FHD display
  • Decent battery life
  • Latest tenth generation Intel processor

Dell is one of the oldest computer hardware manufacturers out there. From desktop computers to a variety of laptops, Dell has its offering to every set of customers out there.

The Dell Inspiron 5300 is one of the latest laptops that belong to the ever-popular Inspiron lineup, with upgraded specs, including the latest Intel processor and an SSD storage.

Design and Build Quality

The Dell Inspiron 5300 has an all aluminium chassis, just like the Lenovo Ideapad laptop we have discussed above.

The matte finish on the lid with the adorning chrome logo of Dell in the centre gives this laptop an industrial yet modern aesthetic appeal.

Weighing at 1.80Kg, the Dell Inspiron 5300 is not the lightest of the laptops we have on this list.

However, the clamshell form factor and the smaller size footprint makes this laptop easy to carry outside with ease.

The rubber drop hinge of the laptop lifts the deck from the surface. It provides a comfortable typing experience and permits better air circulation to cool down the internals.

The adaptive thermal controlling fans inside the laptop detect when the laptop is in your hands, lap, or desk and intelligently adapts its thermal profile for maximum productivity.

Connectivity Features:

The Dell Inspiron 5300 features the following I/O ports:

2 x USB 2.0
1 x Type-C
HDMI
MicroSD card reader
3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

This laptop is powered by a quad-core Intel i5 10th generation processor with the base clock speed of 1.6GHz and turbo boost frequency up to 4.2GHz.

The onboard 8GB DDR4 RAM on this machine delivers smooth everyday app usage without any lags or stutters.

However, if you’re a power user and feels the need for more memory, Dell has provided the option to expand the RAM up to 32GB, which will be more than enough for most of your work.

The 512GB SSD inside boots up the laptop in seconds and tremendously reduces the app loading time.

Concerning graphics performance, the Dell Inspiron comes with the newer Intel integrated UHD graphics solution, which performs about 20-30% better than its previous version.

Even though you won’t be able to play heavy games, this integrated GPU works well to alleviate CPU bottleneck when dealing with graphics-heavy tasks.

Display

The Dell Inspiron 5300 features a 13.3-inch full HD anti-glare display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The display on the Dell Inspiron has thin bezels on the sides for an immersive content viewing experience. This narrow bezel design makes the laptop premium and more attractive to look at.

This panel has good colour reproduction and being an IPS display there are no noticeable colour shifts up to 170 degrees.

The contrast ratio is balanced yet the images appearing on the display are crisp in quality and the brightness level is apt for indoor usage.

Miscellaneous

The keyboard is backlit enabled and is usable under dimly lit environments. The comfortable keys are good for long typing sessions like content writing, coding, etc.

The precise trackpad of the Dell Inspiron registers the click – swipes action accurately and there is enough space for the palm rest without any accidental touches.

A biometric security level is good to have, it is useful to unlock the laptop quickly and save important documents inside.

The built-in speaker delivers a decent audio output. However, we suggest you use a pair of headphones or earphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

Battery Life

The 4-cell Li-ion battery inside this laptop lasts up to 6 hours on a single charge, on medium brightness levels.

The battery life is highly subjective and varies from person to person depending upon their usage pattern. Softwares like filmora 9 and photoshop consumes a lot of power which may eat battery life more and the battery might drain quickly.

Thanks to the fast charger bundled with the box, this battery charges up to 80% in 30 minutes, which is quite an impressive feat.

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 5300 is an easy to use, portable laptop with a gorgeous 13.3-inch FHD display.

Features like quick charging are very useful for people who are always in a hurry like office goers, travellers, and students.

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Compact clamshell form factor

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Fast charging support

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Easy hardware upgradability

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No RJ-45 LAN port

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
Display13.3 inch Full HD anti-glare Display
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

4. HP Envy X360

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Best 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Laptop and tablet mode
  • Suitable for artists and graphic designers
  • Decent battery life with fast charge support

HP has been releasing convertible laptops under its x360 lineup for some time now.

The HP Pavilion x360 13-ay0044AU is HP’s latest premium 2-in-1 convertible laptop offering priced just under Rs.75,000.

If you are not bothered by the price and instead are looking for a solid, feature-packed 2 in 1 laptop, read along to know more about this device.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality of this machine is exceptional.

HP has left no stone unturned to make this device look stunning in your eyes and feel premium in your hands.

It is made of machined aluminium sandblasted to impart a textured finish. Does the aluminium add to the overall weight of the device?

It doesn’t.

This laptop is very lightweight at 1.32Kg and comfortable to hold. At the same time, the body is rigid and durable.

We would say, this is one of the best “small form factor” laptops out there.

The robust hinge mechanism moves the lid up to 360 degrees with smoothness. This flexibility of this laptop ensures the user the convenience to use this machine in both laptops as well as in tablet mode.

This laptop features robustly designed rear side air vents to efficiently dissipate heat, to keep the internals from heating up and throttling the performance.

Connectivity Features:

The HP Envy X360 features the following I/O ports:

2 x USB 3.0
1 x Type-C
MicroSD card reader
3.5mm combo audio jack

Display

This device has a 13.3-inch FHD widescreen display with an active stylus as well as touch support.

The stylus is provided in the box, so you don’t need to shell out extra bucks for purchasing one.

The brightness levels are great and the images look sharp on this panel.

The display can be swivelled up to 360 degrees to convert the device into tablet mode for easier touch interaction with the device.

Also, this laptop can be set into a tent mode for media consumption.

Processor and Performance

Powered by the fourth generation AMD Ryzen 5 Hexa core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with turbo boost functionality to enhance the clock speed up to 4.0GHz, this laptop is capable of running heavy apps buttery smooth.

The integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 will assist the processor while tearing through graphics-intensive operations.

The device comes with an 8GB DDR4 RAM which can’t be expanded further.

For storage, HP has provided a 256GB SSD for lightning-fast boot times and app loading as well as data transfer speeds.

Miscellaneous

The HP Envy X360 comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home OS.

The multistage backlit keyboard has optimal spacing between the keys and its tactile feedback results in delightful typing experience.

The trackpad of the laptop comes with Windows precision driver support for accurate gesture controls. The stylus inside the box has good calibration to the display and can be used for creative work such as digital drawing and painting.

The dedicated fingerprint scanner inside the keypad locks and unlocks this laptop quickly, without any delay. It helps to secure important data and files inside the computer.

With the WiFi 6 support, you are promised to get consistent speed and stable connectivity when used with compatible networking hardware.

Battery Life

A 3-cell 51Wh Li-Polymer battery supplies juice to this machine. The company claims that the laptop will last for a good 7 hours on a single charge.

The fast charging technology found on other HP laptop models has found its way over to this device as well.

The touchpad on this laptop is huge and performs reasonably well to register taps and gestures, thanks to the Windows precision driver support.

Verdict

If you want the ultimate mobile productivity, choosing the HP Pavilion x360 is one of the most powerful computing devices available in a small factor.

The colour accurate FHD touch screen and stylus capability make this laptop an excellent tool for graphic designers and artists.

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Great build quality

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Latest 4th generation Ryzen processor

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Lightweight and compact

Q

No hardware upgradability

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD256 GB
HDD
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 4500U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega Graphics
Display13.3 inch Full HD LED-backlit Display
Battery LifeUp to 7 Hours

5. Acer Swift 3

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Best Versatile Laptop
  • Robust metal build
  • Powerful processor
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life

The Acer Swift and Aspire series laptops in the Indian market compete with the Asus Vivobook and Lenovo Ideapad mid-range series.

Acer Swift 3 as the name suggests takes the power from the latest tenth-generation Intel processor which guarantees blazing fast performance.

Design and Build Quality

To ensure durability and to impart the laptop a premium in-hand feel, it is made from magnesium-aluminium metal alloy. The steel grey colour of the laptop looks minimal yet elegant to the eyes.

On the top cover, the matte finish texture with the adorning logo of Acer gives a premium feel to it.

Weighing at 1.19Kg, this lightweight notebook is easy to carry in handbags and backpacks without adding too much load in your travel bag.

The Acer Swift 3 is a thin and lightweight notebook that is portable and versatile enough to let you work from anywhere in the world.

The high-quality hinge provides a smooth lid opening operation and the mechanism eliminates the lid wobbliness under the ceiling fan.

Connectivity Features:

The Acer Swift 3 comes features the following I/O ports:

1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
1 x Type-C
HDMI
3.5mm combo audio jack

The type-C port has thunderbolt support which delivers blazing-fast transfer speed up to 40Gbps.

Processor and Performance

The Acer Swift 3 is powered by an Intel i5 10th generation quad-core processor with the base clock speed of 1Ghz and a turbo-boost frequency of up to 3.6GHz.

Acer Swift 3 has 8GB of DDR4 RAM onboard which aids in smooth performance during multitasking. For power users, Acer has also provided the option for upgrading the RAM up to 32GB.

This laptop comes with the integrated Intel UHD graphics that assists the processor to perform graphics-intensive tasks.

The 512GB NVMe SSD inside elevates the performance of this laptop to a whole new level. The laptop boots up in mere seconds the app loading times are significantly faster when compared with laptops with HDD inside.

Display

The Acer Swift 3 features a 14-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The display panel of the Acer Swift 3 has decent colour reproduction and the peak brightness level is quite decent for indoor usage.

This display is surrounded by bezels as thin as 4.37mm and an 84% screen to body ratio which gives an immersive visual experience.

Miscellaneous

The Acer Swift 3 comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home OS.

The full-size backlit keyboard has a standard key travel distance that helps in fast typing. Backlit functionality makes sure you won’t have any trouble working in dimly lit environments.

For safety, the biometric fingerprint sensor on the keyboard deck protects your important data and files. The sensor unlocks the laptop quickly.

Battery Life

The 3-cell 48Wh battery lasts up to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge with moderate use.

The bundled charger juice up the battery within two hours.

Verdict

The Acer Swift 3 is a thin and lightweight laptop which delivers excellent everyday performance.

The robust build quality and the ease of hardware upgradability makes this device a worthy choice for travellers and casual users alike.

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Easy hardware upgradability

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Thunderbolt 3 support

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Fingerprint sensor

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No ethernet port

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 1035G1
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
Display14 inch Full HD Display
Battery LifeUp to 6 hours

6. Asus Vivobook 14

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Lightweight and Portable Powerhouse
  • Dedicated Nvidia GPU
  • Powerful tenth gen i5 processor
  • Gorgeous minimal bezel FHD 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.

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

Connectivity Features:

The Asus Vivobook 14 features the following I/O ports:

1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Type-C
HDMI
MicroSD card reader
3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is the latest tenth-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core chipset with 8GB of DDR4 RAM.

This processor is an absolute beast in terms of performance.

The 1TB + 256GB HDD-SSD combination provides the flexibility to have ample offline storage space along with super-fast boot-up and app loading times.

Surprisingly, the Asus Vivobook 14 comes with a dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX230 GPU to assist the processor in graphics-heavy tasks.

You can even run games on this machine and do casual video editing without any issues.

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

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 the 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.60,000.

With the powerful tenth generation Intel i5 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
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD256GB
HDD1TB
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPU2GB Nvidia MX230
Display14 inchFull HD LED-backlit anti-glare Display
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

7. Mi Notebook Horizon

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Best Build Quality
  • Lightweight metal chassis
  • Dedicated Nvidia GPU
  • Powerful tenth gen Intel processor

The Mi Notebook horizon is a lightweight notebook that is easy to portable and it comes with a powerful Intel processor.

Design and Build Quality

The Mi Notebook uses a metal chassis for its exterior. The strong metal body is good at hiding fingerprints and reliable as it prevents dents and scratches.

The butter-smooth matte finish texture on the lid gives a premium feel in hand and looks pleasing to the eyes.

The laptop weighs only 1.35Kg. This laptop can be easily carried away on tours. The small size of the laptop requires less space inside the bags to fit.

Its robust hinge mechanism gives a break-free open and close lid operation. The strong hinge holds the lid strong to prevent wobbliness.

For the cooling, the single fan inside the laptop releases the heat through respective vents.

Connectivity Features:

The Mi Notebook horizon comes with the following I/O ports:

2 x USB 3.1
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Type-C
HDMI
3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

The Mi Notebook is powered by a tenth generation Intel i5 U series quad-core processor with the base clock speed of 1.6 GHz.

With the increased load on the CPU, the frequency turbo boosts up to 4.2 GHz.

The laptop has soldered 8GB of DDR4 RAM onboard that does almost every task we throw at it with ease.

The 512GB SSD inside boots up the laptop in less than 10 seconds. The modern SSD delivers fast data transfer speed and it’s a known fact that SSD’s are always better than HDD.

For the GPU, this laptop has a dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX350 graphics which can deal with medium games and basic video editing.

Display

The Mi Notebook horizon features a 14-inch full HD anti-glare display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The display produces good colours. It is perfect for binge-watching movies and TV shows, playing video games, and editing.

The sufficient brightness level of the laptop is good for indoor use. Also, the contrast ratio is well balanced to deliver deep blacks and punchy colours.

Miscellaneous

The tactile keyboard of the laptop has 1.3mm of spacing which is great for travel bloggers who used to type a lot.

The symmetrical position trackpad supports multi-finger gestures and delivers quick response on clicks, swipes, and taps.

The Mi Notebook horizon does not have a front built-in camera. Instead, the company gives you a separately 720p webcam that can be used with USB support.

The stereo speakers inside the laptop give a good audio output when used indoors.

Battery Life

This laptop is powered by a 46Wh lithium-polymer battery which provides about 5 hours of screen on time in a single charge.

Thanks to the bundled 65W AC adapter, this laptop gets juiced up from zero to hundred pretty fast.

Verdict

The Mi Notebook horizon is an ultrabook that will be your perfect companion in your trips to stay connected in style.

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Dedicated 720p webcam inside the box

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Thin bezel Full HD display

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Faster 512GB SSD

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No hardware upgradability

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPU2GB Nvidia MX350
Display14 inch Full HD anti-glare Display
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hours

8. Honor Magicbook 15

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Best Budget Ultrabook
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life
  • Powerful Ryzen 5 series CPU
  • Minimal bezel full HD display

The Magic book 15 is Honor’s first ultrabook entrant in the Indian market which competes with the Mi Notebook directly.

Priced well under Rs.50,000, the Honor Magic book is packed with value-added features making it one of the best ultrabooks suited for students and professionals alike.

Design and Build Quality

The Magic book 15 features an all-metal chassis – aluminium to be specific. The fit and finish of this laptop are exceptional for the price.

The azure blue chamfered edges of this ultrabook make it look stunning and premium.

This machine weighs just 1.53Kg and has a maximum thickness of 16.9mm which aids in better portability.

The display hinge is very robust and the screen doesn’t wobble much even when used at odd angles.

The keyboard on this device has large well-spaced keys. Even though the key travel distance is average, the keyboard feels quite tactile and comfortable.

Unfortunately, there is no keypad lighting on this one.

The C-deck exhibits no flex whatsoever. The large trackpad on the deck is made of plastic and supports gesture controls through Microsoft precision drivers.

Connectivity Features:

1 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x USB 3.0 Type A
1 x USB Type C
1 x HDMI
Display

The Honor Magic book 15 comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Since this display comes with minimal bezels on all three sides, Honor calls this one a full view panel.

This panel has a screen to body ratio of 87%, making it one of the best immersive ultrabook displays in its price segment.

The colour reproduction is excellent and the contrast levels are commendable as well. This display can get adequately bright for easy screen legibility even under brightly lit environments.
There is an anti-glare coating on top of the display to minimise light reflections. Additionally, it comes with TUV Rheinland certified blue light filter to keep your eyes safe from long-duration laptop usage.

Processor and Performance

The Honor Magic book 15 has the latest AMD Ryzen 5 3500U running the show from inside.

This four core CPU has a base clock of 2.1GHz and can turbo boost up to 4.7GHz on demand.

The Ryzen 5 3500 is plenty powerful for running all productivity apps without any lags or stutters whatsoever.

With the 8GB DDR4 RAM running at 2400MHz, multitasking on this machine is a delightful experience.

Speaking of storage, the Magic book 15 comes with a 256GB NVMe SSD onboard which is very fast to boot up and run apps.

The integrated Vega 8 graphics is capable of handling graphics-intensive tasks quite effortlessly. You can play casual games on this machine but don’t expect to run modern AAA titles.

Miscellaneous

The Honor Magic book 15 has a fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button.

This ultrabook supports Windows Hello sign-in feature for added security to your files and folders with the help of this onboard biometric sensor.

Since the display bezels are too thin to accommodate a webcam on top, Honor has tucked the camera underneath a dedicated key on the keyboard which can be clicked to reveal the pop-up camera.

The dual speakers on this machine sound reasonably loud and clear even at maximum volume levels.

Battery Life

The Honor Magic book 15 is powered by a 45Whr Li-ion battery inside. This battery is rated to last for 6-7 hours on a single charge.

Honor has included a 65W fast charger which can charge the battery from 0-53% in under 35 minutes.

This laptop has a standard USB Type C charging port instead of proprietary charging systems found on other laptops.

Verdict

If you are looking for an ultrabook for enhanced productivity purposes that doesn’t blow a hole in your pocket, the Honor Magic book 15 is a killer deal.

Barring the provision for hardware upgradability and the lack of a backlit keyboard, this ultrabook checks all the right boxes.

R

Robust build quality

R

Fingerprint sensor for added security

R

65W fast charger in the box

Q

No backlit keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD256GB
HDD
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 3500U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega 8
Display15.6″ FHD IPS display
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

9. MSI Modern 14

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Honourable Mention
  • 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 Modern 14 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 Modern 14 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.

Connectivity Features:

The MSI Modern features the following I/O ports:

2 x USB 3.2
2 x Type-C
HDMI
MicroSD card reader
3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

This laptop runs the show with the latest 10th-generation Intel Core i5 10210U processor clocked at 1.6GHz with a maximum turbo boost frequency up to 4.2GHz.

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.

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.

R

Slim and lightweight

R

Faster SSD storage

R

Rich connectivity options

Q

No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
SSD512GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
Display14″ FHD LED-backlit anti-glare display
Battery LifeUp to 7 Hours

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

If you liked the list and want to read more, we have an awesome list of best laptops on the market in every possible budget category.

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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.