With so many options to choose from, picking the best laptop for your needs is very confusing.
Those who crave fast boot up times and a lightweight machine to carry might drool over an Ultrabook. Serious gamers will gravitate towards gaming laptops tailored to their graphical and processing needs, while those after flexibility might fancy a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid.
I know it seems confusing at first, building up a budget and then finding the best laptop to fit it is a very tedious job.
But don’t you worry, I’m here to help you find the best laptop for you. This is my list of the best machines I found which are categorized according to a Price Range!
The Low Range: Below INR 20,000 or USD 300
Let’s start with motherboard-maker Asus’ notebook PC, The Asus Eeebook X205TA!
With the X205TA, Asus has set the bar for what a budget laptop should be. With a solid 11 inch Screen that offers 1366 x 768 pixels resolution, category-leading battery life and stereo speakers all packed in a slim, attractive body, the X205TA feels like a premium device — without the premium price tag.
|Color Options of the Asus EeeBook X205TA|
The only con for this laptop is the 32GB eMMC.. But we could overcome that by buying a few extra GBs of External Hard Drive or a microSD Card!
Dell Inspiron 3551
This low range laptop from one of the biggest manufacturers of laptops in the world gives full value for its price.
It is one of the thinnest full sized laptops in this category. It is just 0.85’ thick. It uses a 1366x768p resolution on a 15.6” display providing you with an enriching viewing experience. However, the display is not suitable for 3D graphics display.
Powered by 2.16 GHz Pentium Quad Core processor and a 4 GB of RAM, this laptop is very able to take care of all your basic computing needs. The 500 GB HDD is enough to keep all your files safe and secure.
Reliability of Dell and powerful processing speeds are the USP of this laptop and is worth a shot for anyone needing an affordable, fast, and responsive device.
It may come with the DOS or Ubuntu Operating System, but you can buy a new Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 CD and still the PC will be under the INR 20,000 mark.
Flipkart: ₹ 18,990
The Mid-Range: Above INR 20,000 or USD 300
Dell Inspiron 15 5000
Dell raises the bar for build quality and design in a laptop at this price with the Inspiron 15 5000. This laptop sports an eye-catching, colorful chassis that just feels more solid than the value-priced competition.
The Dell has the power to back up its looks, too, with impressively loud speakers and an Intel Core i3 processor that handles basic multitasking with ease. The Inspiron 15 offers everything you need to get work done on a budget, though its display could definitely be brighter.
Currently, the Asus UX305FA is one of the lightest windows machines out there. Weighing just 1.2 Kgs, this 13.3-inch laptop offers a sleek design.
It is just 1.2cm thin and features a fanless Intel Core M processor. This is not a very powerful processor, but still powerful enough to handle the Full HD display and light office work.
It uses an LED panel which offers good viewing angles. Thanks to the Core M processor, the laptop is able to last more than 10 hours on a single charge.
The High-Range: No Limits!
Dell XPS 13
This is one of the best ultrabook of 2015. Thanks to a razor-thin bezel, the Dell XPS 13 crams a vibrant and sharp 13-inch display into an 11-inch chassis, making it one of the most compact ultraportables ever.
This 2.7-pound laptop also delivers fast performance, thanks to its Intel 6th Generation Core processor and SSD. The non-touch-screen version of this machine lasted nearly 12 hours on a charge, giving you plenty of endurance. Dell also sells a version with a sharper, quad-HD touch display.
Overall, the new XPS 13 is the best lightweight laptop for the money.
My Pick: If you don’t care about the money and want the performance, check it out!
Apple MacBook Pro (2015)
Apple adds new Intel CPUs, faster memory, longer battery life and its new Force Touch trackpad to the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro, which keeps its generous selection of ports.
For 2015, the 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same body and high-resolution Retina Display as before, while adding some spec upgrades that run from minor to meaningful. As expected, the system moves to Intel’s fifth-generation Core i-series chips, also code named Broadwell. The performance jump from this is small, but the battery life gets a modest boost, and Apple’s soldered-in flash memory, similar to the solid-state drives (SSDs) found in other laptops, gets a speed boost as well.
That leaves this 13-inch Pro as the best balance of performance, battery life, portability and expandability in the current Apple laptop lineup, and one of the first places you should look if you’re looking to buy a premium-priced laptop.