A lot of you guys have been asking questions like which laptop should I buy? Or which gaming laptop should I buy? Well, we know buying a laptop can be a tough decision because of the number of options out there. But don’t worry we are here to help you out. That’s right, if you’re wondering which the best laptop is for you. Well we have it covered. Today we are taking a look at the best laptops you can buy right now. And this isn’t your best laptops usual list, instead, we are dividing this list into four categories – the best laptops for casual use, for professional use, for heavy use and well obviously the best gaming laptops. Let’s get started.
Best Laptops for Casual Use
You must be thinking who exactly is this casual user? I mean anybody who uses the laptops to do some word processing or to watch some videos or surf the web, you know, all the lightweight stuff, is a casual user. And there are three things that are really important when you consider a laptop for a casual user – firstly, the laptop should have decent storage so that you can store all the media with ease, secondly, the laptop shouldn’t get outdated in two to three years and thirdly, the laptop should be moderately priced. I think under ₹35,000 ($550) is a good enough price bracket for laptops for casual users. Now, here are the best laptops in this price range:
Acer ASPIRE E5-575
My first recommendation is the Acer ASPIRE E5-575 laptop, which features a 15.6 inch display Intel 7th generation Core i5 chipset, has 8GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD storage. This is one laptop that really brings great specs for the price. Another thing I like about the Acer laptop is the fact that it features a USB C port which is great since USB C is becoming the standard in smartphones.
Dell Vostro 3468
Another great laptop in this price bracket is Dell Vostro 3468 laptop which again brings some great value for this price. On the specs front, it has a 1TB HDD, the 7th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 14.4 inch screen. Plus it brings a fingerprint scanner which is very rare in this price range. I mean you cannot go wrong with the Vostro 3468.
Lenovo Yoga 510
Lastly you can also check out the Lenovo Yoga 510 that brings you the touchscreen experience. Thanks to its convertible 2-in-1 design, the display here is a 14 inch full HD panel which is amazing especially since most laptops in this price range have a 1366×768 displays. Also since it’s a convertible laptop, you can use it as a traditional laptop or just flip it for a tablet experience. Other specs of the laptop include 1TB HDD, Core i3 6th generation which does seem a bit old and 4GB of RAM.
Best Laptops for Professional Use
Next up are the best laptops for professional use. These laptops are for people who work long hours on the laptop. I mean this is my use case because I use my laptop extensively for almost 10 hours every day. And there are three things that really matter the most in this scenario – first is the performance because I won’t be productive unless my laptop is fast and really takes multiple tasks at once, second is the battery life because I want to be able to use my laptop on the go without having to worry about plugging it in, third is portability because I should be able to just pick it up and start using it anywhere I want.
Now so for this use case the MacBook Air is one of the best laptops. Apple might have stopped bringing a fresh MacBook Air every year but it’s still a very capable laptop. Firstly, the battery life of the MacBook Air is amazing as it easily lasts for around 8 hours, then it’s one of the most portable laptops out there. I mean just look at it, it’s so slim and light plus it performs really well even if it’s the base version we are talking about. The MacBook Air is available at a starting price of around Rs. 55,000 which makes it a great deal. Also you can always go for the higher-end versions if you want more storage.
HP Envy 2017
Another great laptop for professional use is the latest HP Envy laptop which looks beautiful. Low bezels and an aluminum body look gorgeous plus it’s so thin and lightweight. It’s also very powerful with the latest a generation Core i5 chipset powering it. The Envy is another laptop that should easily last you from 8 to 10 hours and since with fast charging support you should be able to charge it up quickly. I personally have been using the previous generation Envy and I have no complaints around it. The battery life, the performance is just great, plus I like the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner. With prices starting at Rs. 68000, the Envy is another great laptop for professional use.
ASUS Zenbook 2017
Lastly I would recommend you the latest iteration of the ASUS Zenbook which is a pricier offering at around Rs. 78000. It not only brings great specs, a beautiful lightweight design, a stunning display but it also packs in NVIDIA Geforce MX 150 graphics card which makes it even more powerful than the Envy and the MacBook Air. And it has the latest 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor so, what’s not to like?
Best Laptops for Heavy Use
So, who exactly is a heavy user? Well, someone who does 4k video editing on his laptop or someone who does heavy photo editing on his laptop or someone who uses software that’s extensive on the resources. Well, you, sir are a heavy user. Honestly, I would recommend you to go with the custom-built PC for this but there are laptops that can handle these use cases.
Apple MacBook Pro
My first recommendation is Apple’s MacBook Pro. I mean it’s pretty portable, it’s powerful and it looks great, yes, that displays stunning when you personally use the MacBook Pro with the touch bar to edit your 4k videos. It handles things pretty efficiently, I mean, we use Final Cut Pro on MacBook Pro and it works pretty well. Also that beautiful large trackpad makes things a lot easier. But if you think you’ll be using the laptop for even more extensive software, you can go with the 15-inch MacBook Pro which has a dedicated GPU. I mean that thing should serve you ready.
Dell XPS 15
Well the next best laptop for heavy usage is Dell XPS 15. First of all, the XPS 15 is a beauty but it’s not just about the looks, this thing’s a beast too. There are various variants of the XPS 15 but for heavy usage I’d recommend you to go with the XPS 15 which packs NVIDIA’s GeForce 1050 GTX graphics card which should handle video rating 4k or 1080p like a boss. In fact, it should handle almost anything like a boss even games.
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Lastly we have the Surface Book 2 which, I know, is not available in India. But I could not help but talk about it because this is another beauty with some beastly specs. The Surface Book 2 is available with graphics up to GTX 1060 and offers battery life up to 17 hours, yes; I’m not kidding 17 hours. I sincerely hope Microsoft brings this to India. I know it’s very pricey but it should be worth it.
Best Laptops for Gaming Use
Well I’m not really a gamer but there are a lot of gamers in our office. And according to them the best gaming laptops should have enough power to run almost every triple-A title all day plus they should have good design, good keyboards with enough travel and great displays. With these in mind these are the best gaming laptops you can buy right now. Let’s start with the best affordable gaming laptop:
The ASUS VivoBook isn’t the laptop gamers would rave about. But at this price, this is the gaming laptop you can get. It features NVIDIA’s GeForce 940MX graphics card. It should be able to handle almost all the games out there with mid to low settings. I know laptops with 150MX graphics are supposed to be some great cheap gaming laptops. But there aren’t any 150 MX laptops in India right now at this price that we could recommend.
Acer NITRO 5
If you can’t bump up your budget, you can get these with NITRO 5, which at 70K is a pretty decent gaming laptop. I mean, it features NVIDIA’s 1050TI graphics card which should be able to handle all triple-A titles at medium to high settings which is saying something. Plus it comes with Acer’s cool boost technology which makes sure that the laptop doesn’t heat up that much when you’re playing extensive games.
Acer Predator Helios 300
Another great laptop that we recommend is Acer Predator Helios 300, yes, that’s a long name. The laptop is usually priced at Rs. 99000, but every now and then there’s a huge discount. It just makes this laptop a great deal. It features NVIDIA’s 1050 Ti graphics which as I mentioned in the previous laptop should be great for most games but another sweet thing about this laptop is the 128 GB SSD along with the 1TB HDD which makes up for some really fast in game loading.
ALIENWARE 17 R4
Coming to the best gaming laptop, there are a lot of options but honestly the ALIENWARE 17 R4 is just a beast. It just packs in so much of raw power, firstly, it has a display with the resolution of 2560×1440 and then it features NVIDIA’s heavyweight GPU that is the GTX 1080. Other specs include 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD plus 1TB of HDD storage. Well this laptop should not have any problems with any triple-A titles at high settings.
Well those are the best laptops you can buy right now. So, how do you like this list of amazing laptops? You can find links to them in under description of every one of them. Hope you like the list, tell us in comments. Enjoy, have fun!