Best Travel Laptops in India (November 2020)

by | Nov 14, 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.

Unlike in the past, there are a lot more lightweight laptops available in the market with the uncompromised performance starting from the very budget to expensive price segments.

In this curated list for the best travel laptops in India, we bring you the ten best laptops that we think are the best in the business right now.

Without any further ado, let’s get started!

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 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Yoga Slim 7iRunner-Up Pick
3. HP Envy X360Best 2-in-1 Laptop
4. Dell Inspiron 5300Best Build Quality
5. Acer Swift 3Best Versatile Laptop
6.Asus Vivobook 14Lightweight and Portable Powerhouse
7. Mi Notebook Horizon 14Best Build Quality
8. HP 14sBest Student Laptop
9. Honor Magicbook 15Best Budget Ultrabook
10. MSI Modern 14Honourable Mention

 

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1. Apple MacBook Pro

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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 well worth deserving.

Apple products work as they are advertised to – which is a big surprise these days considering the hollow tall claims of laptop brands around. Now let’s discuss the Apple MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro 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 right now.

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 iteration of the MacBook Pro 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!

As expected, the weight distribution is done right and this is evident when you try to lift the laptop display with a single hand.

The stereo speakers are positioned on the sides of the keyboard, facing the user. These speakers sound very loud and have surprisingly deep bass as well.

The keyboard, even though not the best, delivers a somewhat decent click response resulting in an acceptable, comfortable typing experience for the most part.

Connectivity Options:

The all-new Apple MacBook Pro features the following I/O ports:

4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports
1 x mic input port

Display

Apple has packed in a 13-inch Quad HD IPS LED-backlit retina 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.

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 content creation, there’s no turning back.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Apple MacBook Pro is powered by the Intel Core i5 tenth generation quad-core processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

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

The Intel iris integrated plus contributes to the buttery smooth performance of this laptop in the graphics department.

The ultrafast 1TB SSD ensures faster app and OS loading times and enhances the performance of these apps while carrying out heavy-duty tasks such as video rendering on the go.

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 Pro 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 Pro is the best 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 magic keyboard

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Lack of adequate connectivity ports

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Catalina
RAM16GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.4Kg
SSD1TB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation
GPUIntel Iris Integrated Plus
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours
Display13-inch QHD IPS LED-backlit retina Display

2. Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i

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Runner Up Pick
  • Vivid Full HD display
  • Powerful everyday performance
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life

The YOGA series laptops from Lenovo are known for their uncompromised performance available in a lightweight and portable form factor.

The YOGA Slim 7i is one of the latest laptops in this lineup priced very competently under Rs.75,000 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i features an all-metal aluminium chassis. Not only does this metal finish give the laptop a premium feel, but also adds to its durability.

Weighing just 1.55Kg, the Lenovo YOGA is one of the lightest laptops we’ve reviewed in this list.

It is so much easier to carry around and thanks to its compact 14-inch form factor, this travel laptop will fit in your bags and backpacks without occupying too much space.

The slightly matte finish texture on the chassis helps to hide fingerprints and smudges, keeping the laptop look pristine and classy all the time.

YOGA laptops were one of the first laptops in the market to feature a 180-degree retractable hinge mechanism.

The Slim 7i laptop continues that tradition and the hinges work well to deliver a satisfactory open and close lid operation.

Similar to the speaker placement on the Apple MacBook Pro, the Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i has a front-facing, side-mounted dual speaker certified with Dolby Atmos technology.

These speakers offer a very good audio experience when used indoors.

Last but not the least, this premium travel laptop features the latest Wi-Fi 6 card for superfast internet connectivity with minimal to no signal drop issues.

Connectivity Features:

The Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i features the following I/O ports:

2 x USB Type-C ports
2 x USB 3.2 ports
1 x HDMI port
1 x 3.5mm combo audio jack

There are two type-C ports out of the one port right next to the audio jack is a Thunderbolt-3 port as well

Thunderbolt 3 offers high bandwidth data transfers and facilitates the connection of the laptop to a secondary display with zero latency.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i is powered by an Intel i5 tenth-generation – 1035G1 quad-core processor with a base clock speed of 1GHz and turbo boost up to 3.6GHz.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM onboard is clocked at 3200MHz and offers buttery smooth everyday performance as well as multitasking capabilities.

If you want to squeeze out the last bit of performance from this machine, the YOGA Slim 7i has the provision to expand the RAM up to 16GB.

Speaking of graphics, the Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i packs a dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX350 GPU inside to assist the processor.

This CPU+GPU combination will let you do productivity tasks such as casual video editing and such without much issues.

The 512GB SSD inside makes sure the OS catches up with the hardware in terms of performance.

Display

The Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i features a 14-inch Full HD LED-backlit IPS display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This panel has excellent colour reproduction. The colours look punchy and vivid, and thanks to the excellent dynamic range the visuals look appealing and aesthetically pleasing.

With the peak brightness level of 300 nits, the panel is good for indoor usage. Outdoor legibility is not the strong suit of this laptop so don’t expect anything spectacular in that regard.

While the top and bottom chin are a bit thicker, the side bezels remain narrow and slim, giving the laptop a modern and seamless design.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i comes pre-installed with a Windows 10 Home OS. Additionally, you’ll get a pre-activated Microsoft Office 2019 suite with a lifetime license.

There is an IR camera on the top chin which will let you unlock the laptop with just your face, even in the dark.

Not just that, it is also usable for video conference and speaking for the quality, it does offer a good video quality in well-lit conditions.

The keyboard is a tenkeyless one and comes with backlit functionality. The keys have decent travel distance and the typing experience is comfortable.

The trackpad is of decent quality and supports multi-finger gestures via the Microsoft precision drivers.

Battery Life

This Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i is powered by a 4-cell 60.7Wh lithium battery inside which lasts almost 9 to 10 hours of screen on time.

The 65W AC adapter supports rapid charge pro-technology which juices up the battery from 0-50% in just 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Lenovo YOGA Slim 7i is a lightweight and portable laptop which guarantees exceptional performance and long-lasting battery life.

This all-metal laptop is the affordable cousin of the expensive Macbook Pro, the major difference being the operating system.

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All-metal chassis

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Fast charging support

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IR face unlock

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No RJ-45 LAN port

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.5Kg
SSD512GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 1035G1
GPU2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX350
Display14-inch Full HD LED-backlit IPS Display
Battery LifeUp to 9 Hours

3. HP Envy X360

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Best 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Dual Laptop and tablet mode
  • Suitable for artists and graphic designers
  • Latest fourth-generation AMD processor

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

The HP Envy 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 ports
1 x Type-C port
1 x MicroSD card reader
1 x 3.5mm combo audio jack

Display

This device has a 13.3-inch Full HD LED-backlit 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 latest 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 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 backlit enabled 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.

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

Battery Life

A 3-cell 51Wh Li-Polymer battery powers the hardware inside the HP Envy x360.

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.

Verdict

The HP Envy 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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Robust build quality

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Included stylus pen in the box

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Lightweight and compact

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No hardware upgradability

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.32Kg
SSD256 GB
HDD
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 4500U
GPUAMD Radeon Graphics
Display13.3-inch Full HD LED-backlit Display
Battery LifeUp to 7 Hours

4. Dell inspiron 5300

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Best Ultrabook Laptop
  • 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 HP envy 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 1.08Kg, the Dell Inspiron 5300 is 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 ports
1 x Type-C ports
1 x HDMI port
1 x MicroSD card reader
1 x 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
Weight(Kg)1.08Kg
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPUIntel UHD graphics
Display13.3-inch Full HD IPS anti-glare Display
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

5. Acer Swift 3

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Best Versatile Laptop
  • Robust metal build
  • Powerful 11th gen Intel i5 processor
  • Impressive 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 is one of the first laptops launched in the Indian market with the latest eleventh generation Intel processors.

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:

2 x USB 3.2 ports
1 x Type-C/Thunderbolt 4 port
1 x HDMI port
1 x 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 the latest eleventh generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor with a base clock speed of 2.3Ghz and a turbo-boost frequency of up to 4.2GHz.

Acer Swift 3 has soldered 8GB of DDR4 RAM onboard which aids in smooth performance during multitasking.

The start of the show along with the processor is the all-new Intel integrated Xe graphics system.

Both the processor and the integrated graphics solution runs very well in dealing with everyday tasks as well as with intense multitasking sessions.

You will not find any lags or stutters in your daily usage no matter what.

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 13.3-inch full HD LED-backlit IPS 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.

The visuals look clear and colour correct even when viewed from an angle up to 178-degrees, thanks to the IPS technology.

Miscellaneous

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

The 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 10 hours of battery life on a single charge with moderate use.

The bundled charger 65W AC charging adapter juices up the battery within two hours from zero to hundred per cent.

Verdict

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

The robust build quality and the powerful processor makes this device a worthy choice for travellers and casual users alike.

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Stereo speakers

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Thunderbolt 4 support

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Fingerprint sensor

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No ethernet port

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.19Kg
SSD512 GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 11th generation – 1135G7
GPUIntel integrated Iris Xe
Display13.3-inch Full HD LED-backlit IPS Display
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours

6. Asus Vivobook 14

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Lightweight and Portable Powerhouse
  • Ergo lift hinge support
  • 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.

Priced just under Rs. 56,000, the Vivobook 14 is a lightweight laptop with commendable performance within a lightweight and compact chassis.

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 port
1 x USB 2.0 port
1 x Type-C port
1 x HDMI port
1 x MicroSD card reader
1 x 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 an Intel integrated UHD 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 anti-glare 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. 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 okay on this laptop. The juice lasts for about six 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
Weight(Kg)1.5Kg
SSD256GB
HDD1TB
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPUIntel UHD graphics
Display14-inch Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare Display
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

7. Mi Notebook Horizon 14

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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 ports
1 x USB 2.0 port
1 x Type-C port
1 x HDMI port
1 x 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

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No backlit keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.35Kg
SSD512GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPU2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX350
Display14-inch Full HD anti-glare Display
Battery LifeUp to 8 Hours

8. HP 14s

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Best Student Laptop
  • Dual storage SSD+HDD
  • 14-inch FHD display
  • Hardware upgradability

HP as a brand has a loyal fan following in India. Many first-time laptop buyers and even seasoned users pick HP as their first choice without even considering other brands.

The HP 14s DK0093AU is one of the best notebook laptops available in the mid-range price division under Rs.50,000 suited for students, office employees, and travellers alike.

Design and Build Quality

This HP laptop has a plastic body construction which doesn’t feel cheap at all. The fit and finish of the laptop feel robust and it seems like HP hasn’t done any major cost-cutting with the build quality.

The HP 14s DK0093AU has a natural silver colour finish and the black frame around the display adds contrast to the otherwise minimal design.

The HP 14s weighs just 1.47Kg and it fits comfortably inside the backpacks without any issues.

The air vents in the bottom allow the air to draw inside and keeps the internal hardware temperature under check.

Connectivity Features:

The HP 14s features the following I/O ports:

2 x USB 3.1 ports
1 x USB Type-C port
1 x HDMI port
1 x RJ-45 LAN port
3.5mm combo audio jack

Processor and Performance

The HP 14s comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 -3500U processor with a base clock speed of 2.1GHz and a turbo boost up to 3.7GHz.

This mid-range processor has shown its mettle in many other laptops in this segment.

It performs very gracefully with day to day tasks and multitasking. The 8GB DDR4 RAM on board makes sure that there are no lags or stutters during everyday usage, whatsoever.

In terms of hardware upgradability, this laptop supports a maximum up to 16GB of RAM.

Speaking of the storage, the HP 14s features hybrid SSD+HDD storage.

The primary 256GB stores the OS and other important apps for faster startup and reduced loading times.

The secondary 1TB HDD can be utilized to save all your offline files right inside the laptop itself.

The integrated AMD Radeon GPU is very much capable to handle graphics related tasks and gives a run for money competition to the Intel integrated graphics solutions,

Display

The HP 14s features a 14-inch Full HD IPS WLED-backlit display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The panel has good colour reproduction and the display visual looks more appealing to the eyes if we compared to other mid-range laptops.

Thanks to the IPS technology, the viewing angles are excellent with no noticeable colour shifting.

This display is bright enough to be visible very comfortably under brightly lit indoor conditions.

Miscellaneous

The HP 14s comes pre-installed with the Windows 10 Home OS. The added benefit is, it also comes pre-installed with activated Microsoft Home and Office 2019.

The keyboard is comfortable and well built but the lack of backlit feature is missing, which is a major disappointment, to be honest.

The trackpad comes with a Microsoft precision driver support for multi-finger gestures and the trackpad also has clicky mechanical buttons.

Battery Life

The HP 14s is powered by a 3-cell 45Wh lithium battery which will last for up to 5 hours.

The bundled 65W AC charging adapter charges up the battery within 2-3 hours.

Verdict

The HP 14s is a feature-rich compact laptop for HP lovers and first-time buyers.

This versatile laptop provides an amazing computing experience, thanks to the powerful AMD processor inside.

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Powerful Ryzen 5 processor

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Pre-installed Microsoft Home and Office 2019

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Up to 5 hours of battery life

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No backlit keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.47Kg
SSD256GB
HDD1TB
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 3500U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega 8
Display14-inch Full HD IPS WLED-backlit Display
Battery LifeUp to 4 to 5 Hours

9. 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 port
1 x USB 3.0 Type-A port
1 x USB Type C port
1 x HDMI port

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.

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Robust build quality

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Fingerprint sensor for added security

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65W fast charger in the box

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No backlit keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
RAM8GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.53Kg
SSD256GB
HDD
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 – 3500U
GPUAMD Radeon Vega 8
Display15.6-inch Full HD IPS Display
Battery LifeUp to 6 Hours

10. 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 typing 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.

The ergo lift hinge mechanism of this laptop lifts the deck from the base a little and offers more convenient experience on typing, it also makes room for the air to circulate inside.

Connectivity Features:

The MSI Modern features the following I/O ports:

2 x USB 3.2 ports
2 x Type-C ports
1 x HDMI port
1 x MicroSD card reader
1 x 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 6 to 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 B10MW 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
RAM8GB DDR4
Weight(Kg)1.3Kg
SSD512GB
HDD
CPUIntel i5 10th generation – 10210U
GPUIntel UHD graphics
Display14-inch Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare IPS Display
Battery LifeUp to 6 to 7 Hours

This concludes our list for the best ten 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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Buying Guide for Travel Laptops

Yes, all laptops can be carried in your bags and used anywhere in the world. But are they travel friendly?

Stuffing a bulky sized laptop in the backpack, adding weight to the shoulders isn’t exactly an exercise one would love to encounter often.

If you are a frequent traveller or someone who likes to stay connected always no matter where they are, having a laptop with a lightweight and compact stature, yet powerful enough to handle all your casual as well as productivity tasks is of utmost importance.

Picking one such laptop is not an easy task anymore, especially with a truckload of choices out there. In this shott buying guide, we’ll cover a few important points that you should look out for while purchasing a travel laptop.

Weight

The first and foremost factor to consider when purchasing a travel laptop is its weight. A travel laptop should be lightweight and compact as possible for easy portability.

Even though plastic chassis laptops can be considered, it is better to go with metal chassis machines if possible.

Laptops and ultrabooks with aluminium alloy chassis are available these days at affordable price segments.

Metal laptops are more durable and less susceptible to damages when carried around extensively in a backpack.

Laptops weighing anywhere from 1-1.75Kg can be considered as ideal for a travel laptop.

Display

There are two factors to be considered when talking about the display of a travel laptop – display quality and display size.

Speaking of the display quality we all want the display on our laptop to look better no matter if it is a travel laptop or a gaming laptop.

But, in case of a travel laptop, not only should you look for a Full HD panel but also check its maximum brightness level.

This is because travel laptops will be often used outdoors. In this situation, the brightness level of the display will be the make or break factor.

Higher the peak brightness level, better will be the outdoor legibility.

Make sure that the display has a peak brightness level of 350nits and upwards.

Next factor to consider is if the display has an anti-glare coating or not. The anti-glare coating will reduce the light reflecting off the display and improves the overall visibility. It does save your eyes from unwanted stress as well.

Now comes the display size. Yes, you can carry around a normal laptop with a 15.6-inch display in your backpack. But this calls in for a larger form factor, which in turn increases the weight and the size footprint.

It is ideal to go for a screen size anywhere between 13.3-inch to 14.inches. The smaller display and the higher FHD resolution improves the sharpness of the visuals, thanks to the high pixels density count.

Performance

The ability to carry out the tasks thrown at it is a very important factor for all laptops, not just travel laptops.

This performance is the direct result of the processor used inside. Most of the travel laptops these days come up with energy-efficient, powerful quad-core mobile CPUs such as Intel Core i5 and AMD Ryzen series.

The most recent iteration of the Intel processors is the eleventh generation and when it comes to AMD, it is the Ryzen fourth generation.

The eleventh generation processors are not yet available on a wide scale but we expect them to hit the market soon enough.

Latest processors are more power-efficient and have 10-30% better performance than the last generation.

Do note that this doesn’t mean the tenth generation Intel and the third generation AMD processors are any bad for daily use, but if possible go for a laptop with the latest processor.

Operating System

This is a very straightforward affair. Apple laptops run MacOS and others run mostly on Windows 10 OS and some on Linux.

It’s always better to prefer the OS you are familiar with. However, if you want to make a switch, picking a laptop with a different OS is not a bad idea.

macOS is much more optimized and power-efficient than Windows 10 and delivers a buttery smooth experience. The Windows 10 isn’t that bad when it comes to performance either.

Linux laptops are by and large very few in this category but you can easily dual boot Linux on a Windows machine if that’s your choice.

Ever since the dawn of the cloud computing era, everything you need, software, services and such are available online and the laptop has just become a tool to access them, rather than running it onboard.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Primarily due to the compact form factor, all the laptops come with a tenkeyless keyboard. If you type a lot, the presence of a responsive and tactile keyboard is of utmost importance.

The compact form factor is a boon and bane for travel laptops. Since the size is small, the keys will have to be arranged closer and the key travel distance will be minimum.

However, we think most of the travel laptops have indeed very decent keyboards facilitating comfortable typing experience.

Backlit functionality is one other important factor to consider while purchasing a travel laptop.

Laptops with the backlit feature will be easier to use in dark rooms or dimly lit environments,

The trackpad of the travel laptop should be spacious and of good build quality. This is because most of the time, you may be in transit and won’t be using a separate mouse to control the cursor.

Apple laptops are known for their spacious glass trackpads with precise gesture controls. If you are purchasing a Windows-based travel laptop, make sure it comes with Microsoft precision driver support for accurate tap and multi-finger gesture actions.

Battery Life

A travel laptop should have long lasting battery life as frequent charging may not be an option during long transits.

All the Apple laptops will deliver 10+ hours of screen on time comfortably with normal usage.

With Windows laptops, you should at least eye somewhere around 7 hours for an interrupted mobile computing experience.

Fast charging is also a big plus for travel laptops. Juicing up the battery inside pretty quickly will save you a lot of time.

Price

Last but not least, the budget is a very important factor while purchasing a product.

While ultrabooks with good build quality and performance can be bought for a budget under Rs.50,000, 2-in-1 convertible laptops that can be used as both tablet and laptop can be purchased from Rs.60,000 onwards.

Apple laptops are more expensive than Windows-powered laptops, but there are machines with comparable specs and features for almost half the price.

It is always important to set a budget in mind before going for laptop research. Otherwise, it is very easy to get confused with the thousands of models out there and you may end up purchasing one that won’t suit your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1: Which laptop is better – Windows or macOS powered ones?

Ans: Both these operating systems are fundamentally different from each other and run on different sets of hardware.

An operating system provides a graphical user interface to interact with the laptop and run a set of instructions to get the desired result. There are applications which have Windows as well as macOS compatible versions that do the same thing and return the same result.

In short, both the Windows as well as MacOS laptops provide intuitive computing experience to the user.

Q.2: Are metal laptops heavy?

Ans: Not exactly. When we hear the word metal, our brain will automatically equate it to a denser and heavier medium than plastic.

The reality is that most of the metallic laptops have a lightweight aluminium alloy frame, which is equally or sometimes less heavy than plastic frames.

Q.3: The travel laptop which I am planning to purchase doesn’t come with an RJ45 port. Will this pose any problem?

Ans: No. Wi-Fi is now almost universally available anywhere you go. To be specific, you will find Wi-Fi hotspots more than the actual physical ethernet cables.

Since travel laptops have a slim form factor, manufacturers often avoid including the bulky RJ45 LAN port and this design choice is perfectly understandable.

Even though the speeds via Wi-Fi will be a tad bit slower than a wired LAN, it is nothing as such a deal-breaker in any case.

Q.4: Do my travel laptop need to have a dedicated GPU?

Ans: It depends on what you plan to do with the laptop during your trips. If you want an entry-level laptop powerful enough for content creation tasks such as video editing, having a dedicated GPU is beneficial.

If casual browsing, document editing and media consumption are what you plan to do with the laptop, the integrated graphics solutions available with Intel and AMD processors are more than necessary.

Note that for running applications such as Adobe Photoshop, you don’t need a dedicated GPU. It will run just fine without one as well.

Q.5: I am not getting the promised battery life from my travel laptop. Is there any solution?

Ans: Never trust the numbers printed on a paper, especially regarding the battery life.

Battery life is a highly subjective matter that will vary depending on the usage, applications running, screen brightness and even the outside temperature.

If you want to improve the battery life, actions such as setting the display brightness lower, changing the power plan to balanced mode etc. will help.