Best Travel Laptops in India (November 2019)

by | Nov 14, 2019

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

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

Now back to the buying suggestions for the best laptops for travellers, here are the best 5 picks that we think will add great value to you.

Best Travel Laptops

1. Apple Macbook Air 2018Overall Best Pick
2. ASUS Zenbook 13Runner-Up Pick
3. Dell XPS 13Best Build Quality
4. HP Envy 13Feature Rich Travel Laptop
5. HP Pavilion x360Budget 2-in-1 Laptop
6. Acer Aspire 5sHonorable Mention

1. Apple Macbook Air 2018

apple-mackbook-air-2018
Best Build Quality
  • Well optimized hardware and software
  • Guaranteed free software updates
  • Suitable for on the go editing sessions

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 2018 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!

There are some other neat little tricks that 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 display, the viewing angles are great. Apple has integrated its TrueTone technology on this laptop.

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

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. It’s known for the 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 eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8210Y processor with 8 gigs of DDR3 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 617 GPU contributes to the buttery smooth performance of this laptop in the graphics department.

The Ultrafast 256GB SSD ensures you 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 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.

R

Sharp and vivid display

R

Excellent performance

R

Stellar battery life

R

Build quality

Q

Lack of USB ports

 Specifications

Operating SystemMac OS Sierra
HDD256 GB
RAM8GB DDR3
CPUIntel Core i5-8210Y
Graphics CardIntel UHD Graphics 617
Battery Life8-10 Hours
Display13.3-inch Full HD Retina

 

2. Asus Zenbook 13

asus-zenbook-13
Runner-Up Pick
  • Thin bezel display
  • 512GB SSD
  • 1-year onsite warranty

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

Asus Zenbook 13 is one of the premium budget ultrabook offerings from Asus powered by Intel’s latest 8th generation processor.

Design and Build quality

The Zenbook 13 is well built with premium quality components used for its construction.

The unibody construction feels strong and durable.

The hinges work great and the device can be opened with a single hand without the deck being raised from the platform.

The minimal bezels around the display make this device look stunning. The overall fit and finish of this laptop truly justify the price tag it comes with.

Processor and Performance

The Asus Zenbook 13 is powered by the eighth-generation Intel Core i5 8250U clocked at 1.6GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.4GHz if the need arises.

The integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics solution supports the processor in handling graphics and does pretty well at that.

Even though you will be able to play a few casual games on this laptop, beware the settings might have to be trimmed down to either medium or low settings.

The 8GB DDR3 RAM on this laptop is sufficient enough if you are planning to do some serious multitasking with this device.

In terms of storage, you’ll get a 512GB SSD which makes this ultrabook run quieter and faster.

Display

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

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

The ultra-minimal bezels around the screen make it look much bigger than its actual 13.3-inch size.

Miscellaneous

Asus usually don’t skimp on ports.

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

This device comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB – C port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader slot.

The keyboard on this laptop is very comfortable to type on with decent key travel distance.

The keys are backlit and will help you type or navigate around at night easily.

The speakers on this device are downward facing. Although the sound output is loud enough, the audio gets muffled when you place this device on an uneven surface like a bed.

Battery Life

The Zenbook 13 comes with a 3-cell Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 6 hours on a single charge.

Asus has incorporated its widely acclaimed fast-charging technology that will let you charge the device from zero to 60% in under 50 minutes.

Verdict

The Asus Zenbook 13 is a great travel companion if you would love to do some work while in transit.

The powerful processor and the faster SSD combo make your job much easier and quicker.

Since the device is very lightweight and compact, it is easier for you to carry around tightly packed bags.

R

Compact and lightweight

R

Elegant design

R

Powerful hardware

Q

Downward firing speakers

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD512 GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR3
CPUIntel Core i5- 8250U
GraphicIntel Integrated UHD 620
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours
Display13.3 inch FullHD nanoedge Display

3. Dell XPS 13

dell-xps-13
Best Build Quality
  • Productivity on the go
  • Compact charger brick
  • Backlit keyboard

Dell XPS lineup has some of the most popular ultrabook models out there in the market.

These models are pretty much a cult classic among those who follow an active lifestyle mainly due to the amazing mix of performance and portability that these devices provide.

Design and Build Quality

The Dell XPS 13 is made of aluminium, and not a bit of construction is plasticky.

The keyboard deck is made of quality carbon fibre and shows no flex when pressed hard.

What’s disappointing though is the keyboard. The keys are cramped and the key travel distance isn’t adequate to give accurate feedback.

The keys, however, are backlit and this will help you to use it in the dark.

The overall size of this Dell XPS 13 is easily comparable with a Microsoft surface book Pro.

Display

What makes these devices popular is the infinity edge display where the side bezels are extremely thin around the screen, making it look like a single slab of display all over.

The 13.3-inch full HD display is a treat to the eyes. The colours pop out and the brightness levels are impressive.

The excellent brightness levels make this laptop easier to use even with broad daylight without any stress to your eyes.

Processor and Performance

The Dell XPS 13 has undergone a recent revision and comes with Intel’s latest 8th generation i5 processor inside.

Speaking of the processor, this device comes with the latest and greatest quad-core Intel Core i5 8th generation chipset along with an 8GB DDR3 RAM.

The integrated Intel UHD 620 is capable enough to run basic graphics tasks with respectable performance.

This laptop can blaze through most of the task you throw at it.

But if you are looking for a laptop that can perform heavier tasks such as video rendering on the go, we’d suggest you choose something a bit more powerful than this.

Battery Life

The charging brick is tiny as well making it easy for a traveller to fit the device and its accessories even inside a small bag.

The Dell XPS 13 packs a 4 cell 40Wh Lithium-ion cell that provides up to 10 hours of battery life.

Verdict

The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most portable and powerful notebooks in the market right now.

The gorgeous end to end display in itself is an attraction worth checking this product out.

With the latest eighth-generation Intel processor inside, there is nothing in particular except the expensive price tag that pulls you away from purchasing this product.

R

Infinity edge display

R

Thin and lightweight

R

Build quality

Q

Noisy operation under heavy loads

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR3
CPUCore i5 8th gen 8250U
Graphics CardIntel UHD 620
Battery LifeUp to 10 Hours
Display13.3 inch Full HD

4. HP Envy 13

hp-envy-13
Feature-Rich Travel Laptop
  • On the go workstation
  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Wide service centre network

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

The Envy 13 from HP is a lightweight and portable notebook that features some of the cutting edge hardware to aid fast and efficient computing on the go.

Design and Build Quality

Apple had no competitors in the design and build quality segment up until recently. But HP has been catching up fast with the Envy series.

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

The attention to detail towards every nook and corner of the Envy 13 is evident from the first look itself.

The sandblasted design on the all-aluminum chassis consolidates its position in the luxury laptop segment with authority.

The interestingly designed hinge is another attraction on this piece of gadget. The thin bezel display looks like a single piece of seamless display.

Processor and Performance

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

The HP Envy 13 comes loaded with an Intel i5 8250U processor clocked at 1.8GHz that can go up to 4GHz.

Assisting the processor in its duties is an 8GB DDR4 RAM and an integrated Intel UHD 620 GPU.

With the Envy 13, you won’t have to interrupt the work when leaving the office as this gadget is capable of everything that your office desktop can do.

The 256GB SSD on this device will make sure that you won’t have to wait for an app to load or the OS to boot.

Display

A 13.3-inch full HD display adorns the front of this device. This gorgeous display has one of the best contrast levels and colour accuracy for its price.

Being a comparatively compact panel, the pixel density is on the higher side, resulting in sharper and more detailed images and visuals.

The minimal bezels add a charm to the display and make it look almost similar to a 15.6-inch one at times.

Battery Life

Powered by a 4-cell Li-ion battery inside, this notebook from HP will last easily for over 8 hours of usage on a single charge.

The power-efficient processor will make sure that the power usage is minimal when the device is idle.

HP’s proprietary fast charging technology will let you charge the battery up to 70% under just 50 minutes.

Verdict

The HP Envy 13 is a lightweight and compact notebook that has powerful internals for programmers to run and debug their code effortlessly on the go.

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

R

Durable aluminium construction

R

Excellent display

R

Fast charging support

Q

Mushy keys

 Specifications

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

5. HP Pavilion x360

hp-pavilion-x360
Best 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Best travel companion laptop
  • Productivity on the go
  • Webcam with excellent low light performance

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

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dh0107TU is HP’s budget convertible laptop offering.

If you are not bothered by the price and instead is looking for a solid, feature-packed 2 in 1 laptop, read along to know more about the 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 1.59Kg 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.

Display

This device has a 14-inch HD 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 an Intel Core i3-8145U clocked at 2.1GHz with turbo boost functionality to enhance the clock speed up to 3.9GHz, this laptop is capable of running heavy apps butter smooth.

The integrated Intel UHD 620 will assist the processor while tearing through graphics-intensive operations.

The device comes with a 4GB 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.

Connectivity

Speaking about port availability on this machine, there are two USB 3.1 ports and a USB 3.1 Type C port.

The keyboard on this laptop is backlit with a key travel distance of 1.6mm.

The keys are a little cramped but that has to be expected on such a small form factor.

Battery Life

A 3-cell Li-Polymer battery supplies juice to this machine. The company claims that the laptop will last for a good 9 hour on a single charge.

The fast charging technology found on other HP laptop models has also found its way over to the HP Spectre x360.

The touchpad on this laptop is huge but performs well below expectations.

Although supported by Windows precision drivers, sometimes the gestures act strange and the accuracy falters.

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 HD touch screen and stylus capability make this laptop an excellent tool for graphic designers and artists.

R

Great build quality

R

Latest 8th generation processor

R

Lightweight and compact

Q

Cramped keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUCore i3 8th gen 8145U
Graphics Intel Integrated UHD 620
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Display14 inch HD

6. Acer Aspire 5s

acer-aspire-5s
Honorable Mention
  • Easy hardware upgradability
  • Dedicated graphics card
  • Rich connectivity options

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

The Aspire Aspire 5s is one of the mid-range laptops that comes with an eighth-generation Intel processor on board. Let’s dive into more details of this gem without any further ado.

Design and Build Quality

The Aspire Aspire 5s comes with a brushed metal chassis that looks classy. Usually, Acer laptops possess some of the best build quality that you can expect with budget laptops.

The sturdy hinge works so well that there is minimal to almost no friction when lifting the display.

The keyboard is well laid out with sufficient space in between and offers great key travel distance.

There is a lot of room for ventilation on the bottom side of this laptop.

But we are quite sceptical about the effectiveness as when the laptop is placed on a flat surface, there is a chance that the hot air will circulate within the chassis.

The RAM and HDD compartments are placed on the backside and easily swappable with the removal of a single screw.

This means upgradability is not an issue with this laptop.

Processor and Performance

This is the area where the Acer Aspire laptop trumps others on this list to their knees without much effort.

Inside the laptop, there is an Intel Core i5 -8265U processor which is the absolute best you can get in this price bracket.

This four-core processor along with the integrated Intel UHD 620 will fly through almost all the apps effortlessly.

You can even play games with this laptops at medium settings, thanks to the dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX250 GPU.

The 8GB DDR4 RAM makes sure that multitasking is a possibility with this mid-range laptop.

The 512GB SSD on this machine is super fast and vastly improves the overall performance of the system.

Display

The Acer Aspire 5s comes equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The colours look a bit washed out from a distance but the brightness levels are OK.

We get the fact that Acer had to do some cost-cutting when it decided to include an eighth-generation Intel i5 processor inside.

However, the display looks fine for practical multimedia consumption and casual browsing.

It’s only if you are the one who craves for more details in the visuals, the average quality becomes evident.

Operating System

This Acer Aspire laptop comes with Windows 10 Home on board.

Acer provides all the necessary drivers for the Windows OS and the device is fully compatible with running it.

Battery Life

The Acer Aspire laptop has a 38 Whr Li-ion battery inside which delivers a battery life of about five hours.

The battery charging process is also faster, thanks to the high amperage charger bundled with the device.

Verdict

If easy upgradability and the top of the line processor is your priority, then you should look no further.

For a budget under Rs.40,000, the Acer Aspire 5s is a great purchase.

R

Latest eighth-generation processor

R

Multi-gesture touchpad

R

Full HD display

Q

Average display

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD512 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5 8265U 1.6GHz
Graphics2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX250
Battery Life Up to 8 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

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

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

Also, do subscribe to our weekly newsletter and never miss out on any of the posts and buying guides. Thanks!

Some articles you may love to read:

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.