Best Travel Laptops in India

by | Jan 22, 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. HP EnvyRunner-Up Pick
3. Dell XPS 13Best Design Pick
4. HP x360 ConvertibleBest 2-in-1 Laptop
5. Asus Vivobook S15Honorable Mention

1. Apple Macbook Air 2018

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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. Its 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.

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Sharp and vivid display

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Excellent performance

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Stellar battery life

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Build quality

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Lack of USB ports

 Specifications

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

2. HP Envy 13

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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 sleek design and excellent build quality.

The attention to detail towards each and 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 compact form factor makes this HP laptop a suitable travel companion that ensures productivity on the go.

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Durable aluminium construction

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Excellent display

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Fast charging support

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 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
HDD256GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUCore i5 8th gen 8250U
GraphicsIntel UHD 620
Battery Life Up to 10 Hours
Display13.3 inch Full HD IPS

3. Dell XPS 13

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Best Design Pick
  • 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.

Seamless displays with thin bezels…

What makes these device 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 really pop out and the brightness levels are impressive.

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

Latest, powerful 8th gen processor…

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 throws 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 to choose something a bit more powerful than this.

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 enough 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.

Charging and 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.

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Infinity edge display
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Thin and lightweight
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Build quality
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Noisy operation under heavy loads

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR3
CPUCore i5 8th gen 8250U
Graphics CardIntel UHD 620
Battery Life10 Hours
Display13.3 Inches Full HD

4. HP Pavilion x360 Convertible

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Best 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Best for graphic designers
  • Great choice for students as well
  • Backlit keyboard
Pavilion series is HP’s mid-range laptop lineup comparable with the Asus Vivobook series.

The all new HP Pavilion x360 is a semi-convertible laptop with lots of exciting features on board.

Sleek and sexy design with excellent build quality…

The design is the first thing that we have to describe about this laptop.

The HP Pavilion x360 is probably one of the best looking laptops we’ve seen this year in the Indian market.

The fit and finish looks extremely premium and is very much pleasing to the eyes.

The hinges are of the top-notch quality that can swivel up to 360 degrees without any inhibitions.

Swivelling display for convenience…

We’ve already mentioned this laptop as a semi-convertible device. Why because the screen can’t be actually detached from the keyboard.

Instead, the screen swivels around and locks in place making this device perform just like a tablet.

Eighth generation processor? Yes!

What powers this beautiful piece of machine inside is the Intel Core i3 8130U processor that offers great performance and power efficiency.

The onboard 4GB DDR4 RAM coupled with a meagre 8GB SSD does offer enhanced performance to this laptop when compared with other competitors in this list.

If you’re a graphic designer or even a college goer, having the option to swivel the screen into a tablet mode does offer great advantage.

14-inch full HD display

Being a 14-inch touchscreen, the tablet mode switches off the keyboard and lets you deal with the device via touch-only mode.

The full HD display is vibrant and offers punchy colours and good contrast ratio.

Being a slightly smaller display allows the pixel density to be on the higher side making texts and visuals look sharper and detailed.

The bezels around the screen are minimal and this gives the front of the device a seamless feel just like the Dell XPS.

Connectivity options galore…

The HP Pavilion x360 comes with the latest USB 3.1 and USB 3.1 type C port for faster data transfer speeds.

HP is including an inking pen with the box contents so that graphic designers can utilize the touchscreen real estate to the fullest.

OS and battery…

This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home and packs a full-fledged lifetime version of MS Office 2016.

Last but not least, the battery life on this semi-convertible laptop is excellent. It lasts up to 8 hours on a single charge with moderate brightness.

Final words…

Summarizing this post, the HP Pavilion x360 is definitely a great choice for graphic designers and students alike for a price under Rs.50,000.

The semi-convertible form factor aides in better versatile use of this laptop during your trips.

If you decide to work while you transit between the location, the full fledged laptop mode will help you do that.

If you’re tired and want to enjoy some time watching media in a relaxed pose, the swivelled tablet mode will be the best.

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Elegant design
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Compact and lightweight
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Touchscreen
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Non-detachable Keyboard

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUCore i3 8th gen 8130U 2.2GHz
Graphics CardIntel UHD 620
Battery LifeUp to 10.30 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD Touch

5. Asus Vivobook S15 2018

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Honorable Mention
  • Latest powerful Intel processor
  • Best for all-around use
  • Fast charging suppor

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

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

Asus Vivobook S15 2018 is one of the refreshed version of a premium budget laptop from Asus powered by Intel’s latest 8th generation processor.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivobook S15 2018 is the best looking premium budget laptop out there in the Indian market.

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

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

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

Processor Performance

The latest processor? – guaranteed!

Inside the Vivobook S15 2018 is an Intel Core i5 8250U processor at a base clock of 1.6GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.4GHz if the need arises so.

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

The Intel integrated UHD 620 graphics is now miles ahead than its predecessor in terms of performance and comes with decent graphics processing power.

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

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

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

Display

This device has a 14-inch full HD IPS Nano edge display that has great viewing angles.

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

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

Miscellaneous

Asus usually don’t skimp on ports.

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

This device comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a USB – C port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader slot.

This means you don’t have to carry additional extension peripherals for your devices to connect with the laptop while you’re in the move.

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 Vivobook S15 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.

Conclusion

The Asus Vivobook S15 2018 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.

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Great display

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Comfortable keyboard

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Excellent performance

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Downward firing speakers

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5 8250U
GraphicIntel UHD 620
Battery LifeUp to 7 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD
This concludes our list for the best five travel laptops in the market.

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Travel Laptop

Buying guide
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.