Although the smartphone can be fundamental for the social life of the majority of the university students, the portable computer is the main academic tool. It is also likely to be one of the most important investments, in addition to tuition, room, and board.
Now you can get an entry-level laptop in between Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000. But we think it’s worth spending at least a few thousand more to get a laptop that lasts longer and performs better. This list, which includes our best recommendations for high school, college and even for high school students, is based on our practical use and benchmark tests.
Most of these laptops cost around Rs.35,000 or more. They are economical and excellent for basic things like sending emails, connecting to the Internet, creating documents or working with spreadsheets.
#1 Apple MacBook Air
In 2018, Apple announced a new version of the MacBook Air, a student favorite, which now starts at Rs.84,990. The new model offers some nice improvements that include a Retina display, Touch ID and USB-C ports. But, many people do not like the feel of the new “butterfly” keyboard on the MacBook Air and, frankly, none of the recent updates is essential. The previous version, of 2017, which has the traditional keyboard, can often be found for much less, generally for less than Rs.68,890, which makes it the best value.
#2 Lenovo Yoga C930
Lenovo has spent years refining its premium 2-in-1 design to deliver a laptop that serves as a tablet. The C930 Yoga is that perfected form. The keyboard and the screen are very good, the speakers are excellent and there is enough power for any productivity or entertainment task. Starting at around
Rs.81,990, the C930 is a bit expensive, but not too expensive and it offers flexibility and features beyond your immediate competence.
#3 Dell XPS 13
If you are committed to the Windows operating system and want a balance of portability, power, and price, it is difficult to find a better laptop than the Dell XPS 13. With an initial price of Rs.63,290 , this laptop is attractive, incomparably thin and offers a ton of configuration. And although the latest versions of the XPS 13 were heavily criticized by a terribly positioned Web camera, it has now been corrected with the new 2019 model. Dell also makes a 15-inch version, which starts at Rs.74,990.
#4 Acer Nitro 5
Almost any current laptop can handle the basics, but if you’re looking for one that can work as a gaming system too, that reduces the options considerably. Starting at approximately Rs.42,690 , the Acer Nitro 5 does not hurt the wallet but still brings a respectable graphics card: the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050Ti, which is enough for a solid game. You’ll end up with tons of performance at a reasonable price.
#5 Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is so expensive that it is probably out of reach for most college students. But if you need additional power for creating videos, editing photos or other multimedia projects, the high-end MacBook Pro remains a serious competitor. And, better yet, there are many models a little older that will still work well. A 2017 MacBook Pro, equipped with an Intel dual-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, currently sells for approximately
#6 Razer Blade Stealth
If you are looking for a more serious gaming computer, the Razer Blade Stealth is more expensive than the Acer Nitro, but it offers a good amount for your money. There are some details that highlight the credibility of the machine in the games (rainbow color keyboard backlight, triple snake head logo), etc. but it is discreet enough to adapt to any environment. For approximately
Rs.98,890 , you can get a complete-metal body, intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. Setting up a MacBook Pro in an equivalent way would be much more expensive.