A problem of plenty
Hello folks, if you are a gamer, tech savy person, professional or student, and want to kickstart the year with a new laptop but facing a problem of plenty, you have come to the right place. With a flurry of laptops being launched every week, a permutation and combination of specifications, it’s obvious to seek some handholding. The situation is such, that a recent launch which was probably touted as a redefining product is itself not being remodelled and ‘redefined’ thanks to the mindboggling multifaceted growth the it sector is undergoing. To be honest, many a time blindly following the specification lists of products and buying on the basis of their comparison can be misleading. You need to explore various perspectives before putting finger on the on your ‘ideal one’. Your inseparable companion for the years and endeavours to come probably. You surely won’t want to start the year with your hands on the head, will you? So without further ado, here’s a pick of the top 10 laptops in India that we have curated for you to navigate you through this labyrinth. It is a result of to the point research coupled with their performances and user experiences.
For the ease of viewers the list has been classified into 2 categories based on prices the first being ‘high-end’ and the second being the budget laptops. This is because, it would rather be sketchy to disregard the prices altogether as budgetary considerations for most customers is inevitable.
High end laptops
Asus ROG Flow X13
The Republic of Gamers or as fondly known as the ROG series of gaming laptops has always edged beyond the horizon of aspirations in terms of performance and innovation. Where the Zephryus series delivered robust performance in thin and ligh form factors, the Mothership and the Zephrys Duo had completely out of the world innovation. Launching the ROG Flow X13 , a slim and light gaming laptop, which is designed to offer the perfect blend of power and productivity.
The Flow X13 has an island-style keyboard with a white backlight. The ROG Flow X13 has a 13.4-inch IPS display with a 4K (3840 x 2400 pixels) resolution. As far as the performance is concerned, The ROG Flow X13 is not the one to compromise in any way on specifications and hence the performance is top-notch. The purchasers will have their unit delivered with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU with 8 crores and offering a max clock speed of 4.5 GHz. With a 62 Whr battery, it is set to last 5hrs of intense use without the need for a recharge.
Apple 16 inch pro M1 max
Apple’s rather egoistic move to do away with intel processors and venture on to the Mac platform of home-grown, specially customised Apple silicon, put a large section of Apple users in a spot of bother. However, Apple took a step back and stuck to intel-based processors for Macbook Pro and Mac Pro models given the high demand. Hence, the arrival of the second stream of M1 Macs was test with fire for Apple in its quest to conquer the arena of processors as well.
Apple’s decision to abandon Intel processors and move the Mac platform to its home-grown Apple Silicon was greeted with some concern by many Mac users — concern that was allayed by the first generation of Macs using Apple’s M1 chip, which combined strong performance and impressive battery life.
This laptop runs on a 10-Core CPU and a mind-whopping 32-Core GPU. Hence, it is quite an ace in every possible sense. The MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip is a beast by every possible metric. Do not be fooled by its slender appearance because it is not a thin and light machine. Weighing in around 2.0kg, the Apple 16-Inch MacBook Pro M1 Max packs in power and thermals capable of delivering blistering performance in every possible task. If that’s not enough for you, the system is powered up to 64GB of Unified System Memory and an 8TB SSD for system storage.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7I Carbon
The Lenovo’s Yoga series as can be inferred from the name itself, seeks to deliver the highest standard of performance and productivity among ultrabooks. Taking it a step further, the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon unveils a whole new universe of features and is a complete package in itself.
First off is the design, which is simply stunning. The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has stylish matte white finish that perfectly complements its minimalist design. Astonishingly enough, it arrives at under one kilo and measures less than 15mm thick. This makes it super convenient and portable.Talking about the all-important performance, this laptop is compatible up to an 11th Gen Core i7 processor coupled with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of NVMe PCIe SSD storage. The customers get to experience an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor paired with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD. The CPU also features the latest integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. Lenovo’s premium ultrabook packs a 50Whr 3-cell battery that the company claims can deliver up to 13 hours of battery life.
MSI Pulse GL66 Gaming Laptop 11th Gen Core 17
The MSI Pulse G66 gaming laptop will draw your attention in more ways than one. This laptop with its lates features is almost enigmatically packed in an old-school body made up of all plastic and chunky aesthetics. However, its vintage looks might just prove to be the unique selling proposition which sets its ball rolling.
Not just the looks, but some of the features as well will baffle you. The very powerful 11th Gen Core i7 is paired with the lowest take on Nvidia’s Ampere architecture. It errs on the side of quietness over performance but the users might find it to be under par as apparent on the face of it.
But as pointed out earlier, a quick overview of specifications would make a strong suggestion of an otherwise holistically apt gaming laptop. This is a true dual- channel solution , which means that the CPU has plenty of bandwidth to play with. This laptop comes with one of the new Intel H45 processors and packs an RTX 3060 GPU for gaming. We’ve already reviewed this laptop and we think it’s one of the best gaming laptops out there right now that hits the sweet spot for 1080p without burning a huge hole in your pocket.
Asus ROG Zephyrus g14
Far from the days of gaming laptops merely being desktop replacements, they have transformed into sleek and superfast products, with pathbreaking updates every passing year. It gives us, the tech geeks, a first glimpse into the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS based on the Ryzen chip. For the past decade or so the Ryzen versus Intel debate has loomed large. As expected, It’s as good as you’d expect from an H-Series processor, a 2060 Max-Q, and a 120Hz screen, it comes with an H-series processor, 2060 Max-Q, and a 120 HZ screen. CS:GO which averages 216 fps on maximum setting runs seamlessly. The more graphically shadow of the Tomb Raider was also playable on the highest settings (with ray tracing off) averaging around 74fps with a minimum of 58.
You get 8 beastly cores with 16 threads to chew through whatever workload you may want to throw at it. For the price, you can buy laptops that deliver better value, but none of them will be as portable as the G14, and THAT is what you are really paying for. Our recommendation would be to skip the 1440p variant and stick to one which trades the resolution for higher refresh rates.
Acer Aspire 7 Gaming
There would hardly be someone on this planet, who did not salivate at the features of a product only to be heartbroken by its price. Well, the maths is quite simple, higher the prices of the components, better the brand, the more the customers will be expected to pay to feed all those stakeholders.
But amidst all these, Acer Aspire 9 Gaming laptop is one feature packed laptop, which at least for day-to-day usage in addition to quite intense gaming is no issue at all. This laptop is priced below Rs 60,000 but provides the customers with Ryzen 5000-series Chip, has and Nvidia GTX 1650 GPY and a plenty of storage. To boost the gaming and in general the entertainment experience even more the display is quite impressive as well.
The Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop features a 15.6-inch display that has a native resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. As far as the body is concerned, it has a matte finish that keeps hash reflections at bay and makes it easier on the eyes. It also flaunts a decent contrast ratio of 1361:1 and has a peak brightness of 268.3 cd/m².
Apple Macbook Air M1
Staying true to its nature of expanding the horizon, the Apple Macbook Air M1 is a completely new overhaul of the Macbook concept itself. While it retains the classic wedge aesthetic, the Apple Silicon, Apple’s new chip set which is at the nascent stage is set to boost its power and capacity beyond every stretch of imagination. All this at a very budget-friendly price.
Its display dimensions are 12 X 8.4 X 0.6 inch and weighs around 2.8 pound and thus as far as looks are concerned, it looks the same as its intel based predecessor.
Right from the beginning there is a brimming sense of expectation now that it is working on its new processor- the M1 silicon chip. It comes with 8GB of RAM. It does the routine task without a hint of fuss but that is something you must have come to expect from Apple products over the years. That’s why you pay the big bucks, right?
Asus ROG Strix G15
As far as the design of the G15 is concerned, the Asus has not opted for any experimentation. They have stuck to what works best for them. Vast sections are covered with a pattern made from the ROG letters, and the per-key RGB LED lighting on the keyboard is connected with vibrant lighting around the base.
The ROG Strix G15 sports a 15.6in IPS display with a 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Now given the price it is available at, is an excellent set of specifications. There are no surprises when it comes to the G15’s design. This machine combines grey plastic with some more extravagant touches: vast sections are covered with a pattern made from the ROG letters, and the per-key RGB LED lighting on the keyboard is paired with lighting around the base.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14
Lenovo’s IdeaPad line of laptops is comparable to that of the Dell Inspiron or HP Pavilion series—midrange to low-end machines that run the gamut on price, size, and features. At around $500, the IdeaPad 3 14 sits comfortably on the cusp of both worlds, boasting an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. Our review unit is available from Amazon.com with Windows 10 installed, but the retailer also offers a Windows 11 variant for $560.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i is an affordable windows 10 laptop that most certainly improves the performance stakes with an SSD mix. At the same time, the build as well as the design are very nicely ticked off too, while the reliable battery life doews help you plan your work better, But if you have to do a lot of video calls and video meetings, the rather limiting 0.3 megapixel webcam really cannot get the job done. Remember, the HP Laptop 14s also offers the built-in SIM slot for 3G/4G connectivity as an added flexibility.
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