Whether you are just starting out with programming or you have been at it for while, choosing a good laptop becomes paramount because that laptop is going to be your workstation for the foreseeable future. There are a ton of laptops out there and not every one of them is equally good. There a lot of things that goes into making a good laptop for developers and coders and in this article we are going to list the best of the best laptops for programming in India which you can buy right now:
What You Should Look for in a Good Programming Laptop
Before we get into our article, let’s take a look at the factors you should look for when looking for a programming laptop. Basically, there are four things that you should take into account: the processor, RAM, the Operating System, and storage. The ideal programming machine should have an Intel Core-i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and SSD as storage. These laptops should easily be able to handle most programming languages like Java, C++, Python, C#, Objective-C etc. The choice of operating system will depend on your requirements. For example, if you are trying to code for macOS or iOS, you don’t have any other choice than to buy an Apple computer.
Your choice of a good programming laptop for you will also depend on what language or coding software you are going to use. For example, if you are into creating Android apps and are going to use Android Studio, you need a laptop with at least 8GB of RAM. Similarly if you are planning to code in Swift for developing iPhone apps, a programming language developed by Apple, you will need a macOS device. Also, if you are developing graphically and/or computationally intense program, invest in a premium laptop with a good CPU and GPU.
Although in general, a dedicated graphics is not a requirement, but if you have an option, go for the laptop which has one. However, I know that everyone has a different budget and not everyone can afford a laptop which can satisfy all the above-mentioned criteria. That’s why we have created a list of laptops which should cover the needs of people at every price range without making a ton of compromises. So, with that out of the way, let’s get into our list:
Best Laptops for Programming (Sections):
- Best Laptops for Programming Under 30000 INR
- Best Laptops for Programming Under 50000 INR
- Best Laptops for Programming Under 70000 INR
- Best Laptops for Programming Under 100000 INR
Best Laptops for Programming Under 30000 INR
1. Lenovo Ideapad 110
For people looking for a good programming laptop under 30K, the Lenovo Ideapad 110, is one of the best choices available. The best part about this laptop is that it’s one of the few laptops in its price range which packs 8GB DDR3L RAM. Powered by a 2.5GHz AMD A8-7410 processor, the laptop’s no slouch too.
The laptop also brings a dedicated graphics card which is unheard of at this price point. The AMD R16M-M1-30 graphics card with 2GB VRAM might not be the best in the market, still, it’s way better than having no or integrated graphics card. Other features include a 15.6-inch screen, 4 hours of battery life and a DOS operating system.
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 28,190)
2. Dell Vostro 3468
If you are a student who needs to take his laptop to class every day or someone whose work requires a lot of traveling, the above-mentioned Lenovo laptop can be a bit problematic to carry around. If that’s the case, you should look at the Dell Vostro 3488, which is priced just above 30K.
The laptop brings a portable body with 14-inch HD display, a 2.4GHz Intel Core-i3 7th-gen processor and 4GB of DDR4 RAM. It also packs a 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive, Intel HD Graphics, and Ubuntu 14.04 operating system. Although this one doesn’t have the ideal 8GB RAM, but it makes up with the latest DDR4 RAM which is faster than the DDR3 present in Lenovo Ideapad 110. If you need portability, Dell Vostro 3468 will serve you well.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 31,366)
3. Acer Aspire 3
Let’s face it, although both the laptop mentioned above are great, they don’t come with Windows 10 operating system which might be a big problem for many. If that’s the case with you, take a look at the Acer Aspire 3 which is a full-fledged Windows PC and comes with 6th-gen Intel Core i3 processor, a 15.6-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD. It’s basically the best programming laptop with Windows you can get in this price range. I also love that the laptop brings a full-sized keyboard which is very comfortable to type on. If you are just starting out and don’t want to invest too much money in your laptop, this is the one to get.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 27,499)
Best Laptops for Programming Under 50000 INR
1. Lenovo Ideapad 310
If your budget allows you to spend more, Lenovo Ideapad 310 will serve you better than its cheaper counterpart. Powered by Intel Core-i5 clocked at 2.5 GHz, this one is a flyer. It also packs 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SATA hard drive, and DOS operating system. It also doesn’t hurt that the laptop packs an NVIDIA GeForce N16V-GMR1 dedicated graphics card with 2GB of VRAM.
It’s 15.6-inch full HD display is also very nice to look at. This one might be a little bulky, but it also packs the power to serve you for all your programming needs. This laptop is best for someone who is just starting out but needs more power than what the entry level laptops can provide. Since the laptop not only packs 8GB Ram but also has a discreet graphics card, it can serve you well till you find a need for a full blown work station.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 49,356)
2. HP 15-BS180TX
Another great laptop in this price range for programming is the HP 15-BS180TX which not only packs the 8th generation Intel Core-i5 processor but also brings 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 2 TB HDD, and an AMD Radeon 520 dedicated graphics card with 2GB of VRAM. It also has a 15.6-inch full-HD screen and runs on DOS. It’s one of the best you can get of programming in its price range.
What I love most about this laptop is it brings the Intel’s latest generation processor which not only brings improvements in speeds but also improves compatibility with resources which you will be utilizing for all your programming needs. Also, although the laptop packs a 15.6-inch display it is more portable than the Lenovo Ideapad 310 as it packs a slimmer body.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 45,750)
3. HP Envy
While the above two laptops are good, none of them are portable or bring Windows OS. If those two features are important for your HP Envy is for you. Not only the HP Envy brings a slim and portable 13.3-inch body, it also comes with Windows 10. It also packs an Intel Core i3 7th Gen processor. The only drawback of buy HP Envy is the presence of 4GB of RAM instead of the ideal 8GB.
That said what it lacks in the RAM, it more than makes up for it by bringing a 128 GB SSD. The inclusion of SSD means that not only the read and write speeds are faster, so are the app launches. SSDs also have a lower probability of failing than optical hard drives present on all the above-mentioned laptops. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the best-looking laptop in its price range. If you are some who is looking for slim and portable laptop which also packs a decent punch, HP Envy is the one for you .
Buy From Flipkart: (Rs. 49,990)
Best Laptops for Programming Under 70000 INR
1. Apple MacBook Air
Apple MacBook Air is the cheapest MacBook you can buy right now and hence becomes the go-to choice for anyone who needs macOS for all his/her developing needs. That said, just because it’s cheap, it doesn’t mean that it lacks in power. In fact, the laptop is one of the most favorite laptops for programmers all around the world.
The MacBook Air Brings an ultra-portable build with 13.3-inch screen and is powered by an Intel Core i5 5th-gen processor. It also brings 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB solid state hard drive and weighs only 1.35kg, making it one of the most portable laptops on this list. Plus, it’s an Apple product so you know that you are getting an exceptional build quality.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 57,000)
2. Lenovo Ideapad IP 320E
Apple MacBook Air is a good choice, but what if you are happy with Windows 10 and don’t need macOS, well, in that case, you should look at the Lenovo Ideapad IP 320E which brings Intel Core i7-7500U processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX dedicated graphics card with 2GB of latest GDDR5 RAM, 8gb DDR4 RAM, and Windows 10 Home. All these specs means that the laptop will never stutter on you even when you are using multiple instances of programming apps.
The only drawback with this one is the display which is an average looking 15.6 inch TN Panel with a resolution of 1366x768p. However, seeing how displays don’t affect the programming performance, I wholeheartedly recommend this one. It’s one of those programming laptop which strikes the best balance between features and price. In fact, it’s one of the best value for money programming laptop on this list. If you can live with its below par screen, don’t even think twice before buying this one.
Buy From Flipkart: (Rs. 53,099)
3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Apart from Apple, if there’s one company which makes a perfectly machined laptop with an exceptional build quality, it’s Microsoft. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a 2-in-1 convertible from the company which not only features exceptional build quality but also is the lightest and most portable device on this list. The Surface Pro 4 packs a 12.3-inch PixelSense display which not only looks good but also supports pen and touch input. When it comes to power, the Pro 4 packs a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 128 GB SSD.
It might not provide the best value for your money if you just look at the specs, but it’s certainly is one of the best 2-in-1 devices you can buy right now. It’s best for someone who travels a lot as it basically takes up the space for a tablet and is really easy to carry around. Believe me, the first time you carry this in your backpack, you will have to recheck again and again to make sure it’s really there.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 66,490)
4. DELL Inspiron 5379 2-in-1
Dell Inspiron 5379 is another great 2-in-1 device which brings a portable body with a 13.3-inch display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB of hard drive storage, and Intel UHD Graphics 620. The laptop weighs only 1.68 kgs making it one of the most portable laptops on this list. The 2-in-1 factor comes into play if you are planning to use this laptop not just for coding but also as your primary entertainment device. The ability to fold the laptop into tablet or tent mode gives users a lot of different ways to consume media.
And since not many people prefer the type cover that Microsoft ships with their Surface Pro line of devices as they would rather have a good old-fashioned keyboard, this one makes a great 2-in-1 device for them. The only drawback with this one is the missing SSD, however, if you can sacrifice that, you will be getting a lot more value for money with this one than the Surface Pro 4.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 57,899)
5. Asus VivoBook S1510UN-BQ217T
Another great laptop for programming in this price range is the Asus VivoBook S15 which not only brings the latest 8th Generation Core i5 processor from Intel, but also packs the NVIDIA Geforce MX150 graphics card which is the best graphics card you can get in this price range. Nvidia made this graphics card specifically for ultrabooks and it really packs a punch. Other features include 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of Hard drive. This one definitely is one of my favorites in this list.
Frankly, if you don’t care for the 2-in-1 features, this is one of the best programming laptops you can buy for yourself. It’s powerful, it’s light, and it’s portable. The laptop has everything going for it other than the missing SSD. If it had the SSD, it would have been my clear choice in this price range.
Buy From Flipkart: (Rs. 58,331)
Best Laptops for Programming Under 100,000 INR
1. Apple MacBook Pro
If you are someone who wants to develop for macOS or iOS operating systems but the older hardware of MacBook just doesn’t cut it for you, you should get the latest Apple MacBook Pro which features 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB Solid State hard drive, Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics, and up to 10 hours battery life. This one strikes a perfect balance between pricing and performance as far as the MacBooks are concerned.
You might find the new keyboard which has a very shallow depth a little bit disorienting at first, but soon you will get used to it. In fact, I have been personally using this laptop for a little over an year now and now I find it hard to type on any other laptop. I am just way faster on it. One thing more you should think about while buying this one is the lack of ports. It only comes with 2 USB-C ports so you may want to invest in a dongle if you are planning to buy this one. All that said, the fact remains that it’s the cheapest and most recent MacBook Pro you can buy and you don’t really have an option with this one.
Buy From Amazon: (starts at Rs. 98,270)
2. HP Envy 13-ad128TU
This laptop from HP is not only portable but it also packs all the latest hardware. The list starts with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor which is paired with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. It also has the Intel Integrated UHD 620 graphics which might not be as powerful as a dedicated graphics card but can easily handle all your programming needs. It also has good port selection with 2 USB-A ports and 2 USB-C ports.The build quality of this laptop is comparable to that of MacBooks. If you are looking for a portable, powerful, and premium looking Windows machine for your coding needs, this is probably the one to get.
Buy From Flipkart: (Rs. 84,990)
3. Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 is one of the best Windows laptop one can buy, period. Whether its for causal usage, programming, or anything else, Dell’s XPS 13 lineup brings some of the best hardware ever made for a Windows machine. Its most identifying feature is its bezel-less display which the company calls the infinity display. Well, other than the gorgeous display, you are also getting a Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive with insane read and write speeds.
Its carbon fiber hand-rest and exceptional keyboard also ensures that you can comfortably type on this machine for long hours without encountering any fatigue. The bottom line is that the XPS 13 is one of the finest laptops you can buy for yourself. It offers premium build, insane endurance, and one of the best customer service experience. No one can fault you for being tempted to buy this one.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 83,990)
4. ASUS VivoBook S1510UN-BQ139T
This is the higher version of the Asus VivoBook S1510UN-BQ217T, which we have already listed and takes away all the shortcomings that comes with its lesser brother. Firstly, it ups the RAM to 16GB from 8GB, brings Intel Core i7 instead of Core i5 and adds a 128 GB of SSD along with the 1TB of hard drive.
This is the only laptop on this list which packs 16GB RAM. So, if you are someone who will be running multiple instances of programming apps, this is the one for you. It also helps that the laptop packs the top mobile processor made by Nvidia which will help in combating all those powerful compilation session that you are going to run on this one. If you prefer performance and portability over everything else, get this one now.
Buy From Amazon: (Rs. 82,500)
Best Laptops for Programming in India (April 2018)
That concludes our list of the best programming laptops you can buy right now in India. Whether you are a beginner or someone who has been programming from a long time, there’s a laptop here for you. Check out our list and let us know which one catches your fancy. If you are already using a great programming laptop which is not on the list, do let us know by dropping its name in the comments section below.