Best Travel Laptops in India (March 2019)

by | Mar 25, 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 2018 Overall Best Pick
3. HP Envy 13 Runner-Up Pick
3. Dell XPS 13 Best Design Pick
4. HP x360 Convertible Best 2-in-1 Laptop
5. Asus Zenbook 14 Honorable 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 System Mac OS Sierra
HDD 256 GB
RAM 8GB DDR3
CPU Intel Core i5-8210Y
Graphics Card  Intel UHD Graphics 617
Battery Life 8-10 Hours
Display 13.3-inch Full HD Retina

2. HP Envy 13

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Dedicated GPU
  • 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 1.6GHz that can go up to 3.4GHz.

Assisting the processor in its duties is an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX150.

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.

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Durable aluminium construction

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Excellent display

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Fast charging support

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Mushy keys

 Specifications

Operating System Windows 10
HDD 256GB SSD
RAM 8GB DDR4
CPU Core i5 8th gen 8250U
Graphics 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150
Battery Life  Up to 10 Hours
Display 13.3 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 make 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 System Windows 10
HDD 256 GB SSD
RAM 8GB DDR3
CPU Core i5 8th gen 8250U
Graphics Card Intel UHD 620
Battery Life 10 Hours
Display 13.3 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 System Windows 10
HDD 256 GB SSD
RAM 4 GB DDR4
CPU Core i3 8th gen 8130U 2.2GHz
Graphics Card Intel UHD 620
Battery Life Up to 10.30 Hours
Display 14-inch Full HD Touch

5. Asus Zenbook 14

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Honorable Mention
  • Elegant design
  • Nano edge bezel-less display
  • Fast charging support

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

Asus Zenbook 14 is one of the premium budget ultrabook offerings from Asus powered by Intel’s latest 8th generation processor.

Design and Build quality

The Zenbook 14 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 14 is powered by the eighth generation Intel Core i5 8265U clocked at 1.6GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.9GHz if the need arises so.

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 DDR4 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 256GB SSD which makes this ultrabook run quieter and faster.

Display

This device has a 14-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 14-inch 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 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, 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

The Zenbook 14 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 14 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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128GB SSD

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Good keyboard

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Downward firing speakers

 Specifications

Operating System Windows 10 Home
HDD 256 GB SSD
RAM 8GB DDR4
CPU
Graphic Intel Integrated UHD 620
Battery Life Up to 6 Hours
Display 14 inch Full HD LED Display

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.