Best Travel Laptops in India (January 2020)

by | Jan 1, 2020

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

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

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

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Best Travel Laptops

1. Apple Macbook Air 2018Overall Best Pick
2. MSI A10MRunner-Up Pick
3. Asus Zenbook FlipBest Performance Oriented Travel Laptop
4. Dell XPS 13Best Build Quality
5. HP CE 1000TXFeature Rich Travel Laptop
6. Lenovo Ideapad 330 SBest Value for Money Laptop
7. Acer Swift 3Honorable Mention

1. Apple Macbook Air 2018

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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.

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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 CardIntel UHD Graphics 617
Battery Life8-10 Hours
Display13.3-inch Full HD Retina

2. MSI A10M

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Runner-Up Pick
  • An excellent 14-inch full HD display
  • Latest 10th generation Intel processor
  • Loud and clear front-firing speakers

MSI is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer best known for releasing feature-rich products into the market with an affordable price tag.

The A10M is the company’s ‘premium budget’ performance-oriented travel laptop currently on sale in India under Rs.60,000.

Design and Build Quality

The MSI A10M shows its might, not only in performance but also in its build quality.

The metallic chassis with a brushed metal finish and sharp lines deliver a gaming vibe to this powerful laptop.

With the clever hardware design, MSI has managed to shave a lot of thickness on this laptop when compared with their previous models.

The keyboard deck is solid and there is no sort of flex while pounding the keys during intense gaming sessions.

The keys feel nice and tactile. There is a slight flex in the keyboard chassis but nothing that affects the usability of the device.

With ample exhaust vents placed all around the chassis, MSI has succeeded in keeping the internal temperature in control without throttling the performance of the processor inside.

The front-firing speakers sound loud and clear with a decent bass response.

Processor and Performance

This laptop runs the show with the latest 10th-generation Intel Core i5 10510U processor clocked at 1.8GHz with a maximum turbo boost frequency up to 4.9GHz.

The processor is a true quad-core variant with excellent performance even when the device is run under full load.

Assisting this processor in delivering stellar performance is the integrated Intel UHD GPU.

This powerful CPU+GPU combination aids in fast and responsive 4K video editing.

The device comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM onboard with an option to expand up to 32GB.

In terms of storage, this laptop comes with 512GB SSD to store your files.

The presence of an SSD makes this laptop perform faster and smoother.

Display

The display on this device is a 14 inch Full HD LED Backlit wide-view display which has good viewing angles with no noticeable colour tone difference when viewed from different angles.

The brightness of this panel is great and the anti-glare coating further increases the legibility of the display in brightly lit environments.

Furthermore, the screen can be calibrated according to your individual preference with the help of MSI Dragon centre app.

Battery Life

The battery of this device lasts for about 7 hours on a single charge under normal usage and if you’re gaming or doing some heavy rendering, the battery drains much faster.

Verdict

The MSI A10M is a budget performance-oriented travel laptop priced just under Rs.60,000.

If you’re tight on budget but isn’t ready to compromise on power, this is the right choice for you at present in the Indian market.

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Slim and lightweight
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Faster SSD storage
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Rich connectivity options

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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD512 GB SSD
RAM8GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5 10210U
GraphicIntel Integrated UHD
Battery LifeUp to 7 Hours
Display14 inch Full HD

3. Asus Zenbook Flip

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Performance-Oriented Travel Laptop
  • Latest powerful Intel processor
  • Best for all-around use
  • Fast charging support

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

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

Asus Vivobook Zenbook Flip 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 Zenbook Flip is the best looking premium budget laptop out there in the Indian market.

The unibody metallic construction feels 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 Zenbook Flip is an AMD Ryzen Quad-core processor at a base clock of 2.1GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.7GHz 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 integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 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 512GB 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 touchscreen display that has great viewing angles.

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

The minimal bezels around the screen make the display look 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 one USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a USB – C port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader slot.

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

Battery Life

The Zenbook Flip 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 Zenbook Flip is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop if you would love to do some work and have fun while in transit.

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

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

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Great touchscreen 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
HDD512GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR3
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3500U
GraphicAMD Radeon Vega 8
Battery LifeUp to 9 Hours
Display14-inch Full HD

4. Dell XPS 13

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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.

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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 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

5. HP CE 1000TX

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Feature-Rich Travel Laptop
  • On the go workstation
  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Dedicated graphics card

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 CE 1000TX 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 CE1000TX 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 a dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce MX150 GPU.

With the CE1000TX, 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 14-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 10 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 CE1000TX is a lightweight and compact notebook that has powerful internals for programmers to run and debug their code effortlessly on the go.

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

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Durable aluminium construction

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Excellent display

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Fast charging support

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No optical disk drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR4
CPUCore i5 8th gen 8250U
Graphics Card2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150
Battery LifeUP to 10 Hours
Display14 Full HD IPS

6. Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

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Best Value for Money Laptop
  • Stylish design
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Intel Optane memory

Lenovo has switched its focus as one of the top smartphone brands in the country to one of the best laptop brands in the country offering some excellent devices for the customers.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S is a feature-rich laptop that is priced well under an affordable budget for those who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying their performance index.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say so – Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in India.

No matter the budget, be it entry-level or high-end performance segment laptops, Lenovo has managed to pull off an ace when it comes to the design.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S has a simple design with a metallic finish on the keyboard deck and the chassis.

The screen flex is minimal and won’t be a problem in day-to-day usage.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330D has an island-style keyboard with a separate number pad for those who are used to the full-sized desktop keyboards.

The keys are large but spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time as well.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S features a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels full HD TN display.

The visuals are adequately colourful and rich in details and the 14-inch size makes the pixel density count higher than most other laptops in its price range resulting in a sharper and more clear text and image viewing experience.

The anti-glare coating on the screen helps it to prevent reflections from the display.

This greatly enhances the viewability and reduces stress on your eyes.

The bezels around the display are considerably thinner and make the screen look much bigger than its actual size.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i3 – 8130U processor.

“With Turbo Boost technology-enabled, the processor will run at minimal power when idle and when something resource-intensive is launched, the cores will run at a higher clock to ensure smooth performance.”

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups. With the 4GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

In addition to the 4GB RAM, Lenovo has thrown in a 16GB Optane memory into the mix for better performance.

Optane memory acts as a middle man between the CPU and hard drive on the system, storing most frequently used apps for faster access.

The 16GB Optane memory on this system acts like an SSD, but with a much smaller memory footprint.

The boot and application loading times on this laptop, thanks to the Intel Optane memory is much quicker compared to the rest of the competition.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on pot distribution either. This Ideapad series laptop from Lenovo comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

The keyboard on this system is backlight enabling to used in darker environments with no external light source.

The dual speakers on this laptop are certified by Dolby and give out a loud sound output.

Running on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box, this laptop comes with a 12-month free McAfee Livesafe antivirus subscription.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion cell, the Lenovo Ideapad 330S can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S priced under Rs.40,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

If you need a laptop that performs well under all circumstances, the Ideapad 330 is worth checking out.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

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The screen needs manual colour calibration

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4 + 16GB Optane
CPUIntel core i3 8130U
GraphicsIntel Integrated UHD 520
Battery Life4-6 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080

7. Acer Swift 3

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Honorable Mention
  • 512GB SSD
  • Hardware upgradability is a big plus
  • Best laptop for secure file storage

Acer Swift 3 is a budget laptop in the Indian market which comes with a highly reliable and super-fast SSD instead of a traditional HDD in the sub. Rs.50,000 price category.

Acer Swift 3 SF313-51 is advertised as a processing and multitasking powerhouse for its price tag and delivers on its promises effortlessly.

Design and Build Quality

The Acer Swift 3 SF313-51 has a metallic finish chassis that imparts the device a distinct premium look despite the plastic components used in its construction.

This laptop comes with a fingerprint scanner for added protection.

If you are a programmer and wants to restrict the access to the system, this would be an ideal method to do so.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range laptop is powered by a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor clocked at a respectable 2.4GHz.

Although this being a slightly outdated processor, the performance is on par when compared with the competitor models, thanks to the 512GB SSD inside and the 8GB DDR4 RAM.

The booting process is very quick and the apps open up significantly faster than in a laptop with a traditional hard disk.

On the graphics front, the integrated Intel HD620 assists the processor and does perform decently well in normal day to day tasks.

Gaming is strictly a no go with this laptop, given the old processor and the lack of a dedicated graphics card.

Display

The display on this device is a 13.3inch Full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This screen has decent brightness levels and the viewing angles seem OK for the price.

Miscellaneous

This laptop features a backlit keyboard and will let you do your work without turning on the light and distract others at night. The keys are large and tactile. The touchpad works well too.

One thing to remember while purchasing this laptop is that it lacks an RJ 45 port. So wired internet connectivity is out of the equation with this device.

Everything being wireless these days, we don’t think this will be much of a dealbreaker for you.

Verdict

The main advantage of the Acer Swift 3 is that it comes with an SSD onboard which significantly improves the overall day to day performance.

The backlit keyboard and the fingerprint sensor are value-added features which makes this laptop worth checking out under a budget of Rs.50,000.

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Stylish and portable

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Fingerprint sensor for added security

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Backlit keyboard

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Average display

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
HDD256 GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i3 7100 2.4GHz
GraphicsIntel Integrated HD620
Battery Life Up to 5 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel

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

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.