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Best Thin and Light Laptops in India (2020): Laptops for Every Budget

Do you want to buy the best thin and light laptop in India? Well, finding the perfect laptop for your needs is a lot tougher than you expect. And that is because there are dozens of laptop models to choose from and hundreds of SKUs (variations of a laptop model) that you can find in online and offline stores. And these laptop SKUs can sometimes go out of stock. All of this is bound to make your purchase process extremely complicated, confusing, and time-consuming. To make your buying process easier, we have studied hundreds of laptops and carefully chosen the best thin and light laptops that you can find in India in 2020.

In our opinion, you need to spend upwards of ₹40,000 to buy a decent thin and light laptop. Spending anything less would force you to lose out on important features or a drop in performance.

Best Thin And Light Laptops in India Under ₹50,000 (2020)

There is only one thin and light laptop in India that is priced under ₹50,000 that we think is worth buying because it doesn’t sacrifice anything necessary. And it is the Honor MagicBook 15. There’s also Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook 14 for a similar price, but it lacks a fingerprint reader, a backlit keyboard, and a webcam.

Honor MagicBook 15 – ₹42,990

Honor MagicBook 15

The Honor MagicBook 15 features a 15.6-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution and runs Windows 10 Home. It has a metal alloy body, which feels extremely well-built for the price, and its chamfered edges with blue colour make the laptop appear attractive. It features the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U quad-core processor with 8 threads and integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics. There is 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and a fingerprint reader inside the power button. It features a USB 2.0 Type-A port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, a USB 3.0 Type-C port (with charging), and a full-sized HDMI port. It has a full-sized keyboard, a multitouch trackpad, stereo speakers, and its 720p HD webcam is integrated into the keyboard. It has Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. Its 42WHr battery can be charged using the supplied 65W USB Type-C charger, something that we haven’t seen on any laptop in its price category.

Pros

  • 15.6-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
  • Well-built laptop with metal alloy body
  • Powerful Ryzen 5 3500U quad-core processor
  • AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD
  • Multitouch trackpad
  • Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
  • Plenty of ports: 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1x HDMI
  • 65W USB Type-C charger

Cons

  • Only 42WHr battery; Could’ve been equipped with a bigger battery
  • Webcam placement not ideal

 

If you think that you can’t trust Honor’s after-sales service, you can then consider Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook 14, but you will lose out on a lot of features such as a webcam, something we think is extremely necessary in this post-COVID-19 world where video calls are a commonplace. You can also have a look at our list of best laptops in India under ₹50,000 for some more options.

Best Thin And Light Laptops in India Under ₹75,000 (2020)

There are a lot of thin and light laptops in the sub-₹75,000 price category, and a lot of them are very closely matched, so you need to figure out which things are more important to you. Some laptops have brighter screens, while others have more ports. Some laptops have powerful processors, while others have a longer battery life. Most of the laptops in the price range have Intel 10th Gen. CPUs, integrated graphics, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, a Thunderbolt port, Wi-Fi 6, a fingerprint reader, and a bigger battery than laptops priced below ₹50,000.

ASUS VivoBook 14 – ₹59,990 Onwards

Asus VivoBook 14

The ASUS VivoBook 14 has a 14-inch IPS LCD screens with Full HD resolution and it runs Windows 10 Home. It is equipped with the latest-generation processor (11th Gen.) from Intel: the Intel Core i5 1135G7 with Intel IRIS Xe integrated graphics. It also features 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. It has Harman Kardon stereo speakers, a fingerprint reader, and a microSD card slot. I/O ports include one USB 2.0 Type-A port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, one headphone+mic combo port, and a full-sized HDMI port. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. Its 42WHr battery is a bit smaller than we wanted, though. At least it can be charged using the USB Type-C port via a USB PD compatible charger.

Pros

  • 11th Gen. Intel Core i5 processor with Intel IRIS Xe graphics is powerful
  • 8GB DDR RAM, 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Backlit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad
  • Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
  • Plenty of ports: 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1x HDMI
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C charging

Cons

  • At 250 nits, the screen is a bit dim for outdoor usage
  • Battery capacity should’ve been higher

LG Gram 14 (14Z90N-V.AR52A2) – ₹65,990

LG Gram 14 (2020)

The LG Gram is the best laptop in the sub-₹75,000 price category, thanks to its combination of features, processing speed, bright screen, I/O ports, and long battery life. Its 14-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen can reach as high as 400 nits of brightness. Its 72 WHr battery can easily last 8 hours on a single charge. And it is extremely light: just 1.12kg. It runs Windows 10 and uses the Intel Core i5-1035G7 CPU (with Intel IRIS Plus integrated graphics), 8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradeable up to 24GB), and 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD (upgradeable up to 4TB). It has a full-sized backlit keyboard, a Windows Precision multi-touch trackpad, stereo speakers, and an MIL-STD-810G-compliant metal alloy body. It features two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3, and a microSD card slot. It also supports USB Type-C charging via a 65W USB PD charger.

Pros

  • Fast processor and graphics: 10th Gen. Intel Core i5-1035G7
  • Easily upgradeable RAM and storage
  • Bright 14-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen: 400 nits
  • Extremely thin and lightweight: 16.8mm and 1.12kg
  • All the necessary ports: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt, HDMI port, and microSD card slot
  • Fast wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Long battery life and 65W USB Type-C PD charging
  • Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello

Cons

  • Speakers could have been louder

Acer Swift 3 (#IN-NX.A4KSI.001) – ₹67,999 Onwards

Acer Swift 3

Do you absolutely need a laptop with Intel’s 11th Gen processor? Then the Acer Swift 3 is your best bet in the sub-₹75,000 price range. It runs Windows 10 Home and features the 11th Gen. Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU with Intel IRIS Xe graphics. There is 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. It has a 13.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with 300 nits brightness. Other features include a full-sized keyboard with backlit, multi-touch trackpad, stereo loudspeakers, a 720p HD webcam, and a fingerprint reader with Windows Hello. I/O ports include two USB 3.0 Type-A port, one USB 4.0 Type-C port with Thunderbolt 4, and an HDMI port. Wireless connectivity features include Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. Its 56Whr battery can last up to 8 hours on a single charge. It lacks a microSD card slot, though.

Pros

  • Fast processor and integrated graphics: 11th Gen. Intel Core i5-1135G7 and Intel IRIS Xe graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 13.5-inch IPS LCD Full HD screen
  • Full-sized backlit keyboard, Microsoft Precision multi-touch trackpad
  • Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
  • Fast wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
  • All the necessary ports: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI port, and microSD card slot

Cons

  • 300 nits screen brightness, could’ve been brighter
  • No microSD card slot
  • 56WHr battery, could’ve been higher capacity

Best Thin And Light Laptops in India Under ₹1,00,000 (2020)

If you can spend higher than ₹75,000, you can get some really attractive and thin-and-light laptops in India. These laptops have 10th Gen. or 11th Gen. Intel processors or AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs. They also have multiple ports, backlit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, fingerprint reader, plenty of ports, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and premium designs.

ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX425EA-BM501TS) – ₹77,499 Onwards

Asus ZenBook 14

The ASUS ZenBook 14 features a 14-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with thin bezels and 300 nits brightness. It runs Windows 10 Home and has an 11th Gen. Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with Intel IRIS Xe integrated graphics. There is 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. It has a full-sized backlit keyboard and a multi-touch glass trackpad that can double up as a numpad with a touch of a button. There’s a Windows Hello-compatible 3D IR webcam, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0. Ports include one USB 3.0 Type-A port, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, and an HDMI port. There is also a microSD card slot. Its 67WHr battery can last up to 8 hours on a single charge and it supports 65W charging via its Thunderbolt 4 port.

Pros

  • Fast processor with integrated graphics: 11th Gen. Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with Intel IRIS Xe integrated graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, microSD card slot
  • 14-inch IPS LCD Full HD display with 300 nits brightness
  • Premium design
  • Full-sized backlit keyboard and glass trackpad with Windows Precision drivers and numpad button
  • 3D IR 720p webcam with Windows Hello
  • Ports: one USB 3.0 Type-A port, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI port
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • 67WHr battery can last up to 8 hours battery life
  • 65W USB Type-C charging

Cons

  • No dedicated headphone jack
  • The screen could’ve been slightly brighter
  • Only 8GB RAM

Acer Swift 3X – ₹79,999 Onwards

Acer Swift 3X

The Acer Swift 3X has a 14-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution. It runs Windows 10 Home and is equipped with an 11th Gen. Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 16GB RAM, and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD with 32GB Intel Optane memory. It also features Intel’s dedicated graphics card, the Intel IRIS Xe Max GPU with 4GB LPDDR4X VRAM, which means you can play lighter e-sports games at Full HD resolution and up to 60fps frame rate. It has a backlit keyboard, a multi-touch trackpad, a fingerprint reader, and DTS Audio. Wireless connectivity features on the laptop include Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. I/O ports include two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 4, and an HDMI port. Its 57WHr battery can last anywhere between 6-8 hours on a single charge, and it supports USB Type-C charging.

Pros

  • Fast CPU and graphics performance, thanks to Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU and Intel IRIS Xe Max graphics card
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 14-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with 300 nits brightness
  • Backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad with Windows Precision drivers
  • Plenty of ports: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 1x USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 4, and 1x HDMI port
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C charging

Cons

  • The screen could have been slightly brighter
  • 56WHr battery doesn’t last as long as we would’ve liked
  • No microSD card slot

HP ENVY 13 or HP ENVY x360 13- ₹79,990 Onwards

HP Envy 13 x360

If you want a more premium-feeling design, the HP ENVY 13 or the HP ENVY x360 13 can be your choices. The ENVY 13 has a traditional design, while the ENVY x360 13 is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop with a touchscreen and a stylus. Both laptops have the same starting price and run Windows 10. They both even feature a 13.3-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution and weigh 1.32kg. However, the screen on the ENVY x360 13 has 400 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass protection, while the one on the ENVY 13 has 400 nits of brightness and normal glass protection.

The ENVY 13 uses the Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU, while the ENVY x360 13 has an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor. The ENVY x360 13 has a more powerful processor, while the ENVY 13 has longer battery life. Both laptops feature 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The ENVY 13 and the ENVY x360 13 have a full-sized backlit keyboard, a multi-touch trackpad, and a fingerprint reader. They both are powered by a 51 WHr battery with USB Type-C charging. Other features include Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, and a headphone+mic combo port. Both laptops are powered by a 51WHr battery.

Pros

  • HP ENVY 13: Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU; HP ENVY x360 13: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU
  • 13.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with 400 nits brightness and edge-to-edge glass cover
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Full-sized backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad
  • Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A ports and 1x USB 3.0 Type-C port
  • USB Type-C charging
  • HP ENVY x360 13 comes with a stylus

Cons

  • The battery could have had a higher capacity
  • Only 8GB RAM
  • No HDMI port

Apple MacBook Air 2020 – ₹92,900 Onwards

Apple MacBook Air (2020)

The new Apple MacBook Air 2020 is one of the best laptops in the world when it comes to build quality, processing performance, and battery life. It has a full aluminium unibody chassis, which feels stronger and more exquisitely designed than any other laptop in its price range. Apple’s new ARM-based M1 processor chews through any task and is faster than many AMD and Intel processors in most tasks. Moreover, the laptop can last up to 18 hours on a single charge: that’s insane!

Other features include a 13.3-inch QHD IPS LCD screen with 400 nits of brightness and wide colour gamut. It also features a great full-sized backlit keyboard and the industry’s best multi-touch glass trackpad. Wireless connectivity features include Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. It has a fingerprint reader and very loud stereo loudspeakers with support for Dolby Atmos Audio. It has two USB 4.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support. However, there is no microSD card slot. Plus, we don’t like the fact that RAM and storage can’t be expanded at a later stage.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality and design; very thin and light
  • Insanely fast CPU and GPU performance, thanks to Apple’s new M1 processor
  • Instant wakeup from sleep
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB storage
  • 13.3-inch IPS LCD screen with 400 nits brightness and wide colour gamut
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Full-sized backlit keyboard and large-sized multi-touch trackpad
  • Loud stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos Audio
  • No fan noise because there is no fan!

Cons

  • Only two USB 4.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4
  • No USB Type-A or HDMI ports
  • Can’t run Windows if you want to
  • Can’t expand RAM and storage
  • No microSD card slot

Dell XPS 13 – ₹99,990 Onwards

Dell XPS 13

No list of best thin-and-light laptops can be complete without the Dell XPS. It is considered to be the closest match to Apple’s MacBook Air in terms of build quality and performance. The new Dell XPS 13’s screen can reach MacBook Pro-level brightness, at 500 nits. Even the keyboard and glass trackpad are the best in the Windows category of laptops. The XPS 13 features the 11th Gen. Intel Core i5 1035G1 CPU, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, and 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD storage. It features Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, and a microSD card slot. On a single charge, the Dell XPS 13’s battery can last more than 10 hours, and it charges via any of its two USB Type-C ports. Of course, it runs Windows 10 Home.

Pros

  • Apple MacBook Pro-reaching design and build quality
  • 13.3-inch screen Full HD IPS LCD screen with up to 500 nits brightness
  • Powerful processor: Intel Core i5 1035G1 CPU with Intel IRIS Xe integrated graphics
  • Excellent full-sized backlit keyboard and glass trackpad with Microsoft Precision multi-touch drivers
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • 52WHr battery easily lasts more than 10 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • Two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4

Cons

  • No USB Type-A port
  • Only two USB Type-C ports
  • No HDMI port
  • Only 8GB RAM

Best Thin And Light Laptops in India Above ₹1,00,000 (2020)

The best thin-and-light laptops that are priced above ₹1,00,000 have premium-looking designs and CNC machined aluminium, faster processors, some have dedicated graphics cards, bigger batteries, and colour accurate screens with 400 nits or higher brightness.

HP ENVY 15 – ₹1,19,990 Onwards

HP Envy 15

The HP ENVY is a thin-and-light laptop that can also play some AAA games at medium settings, thanks to its Intel Core i5-10300H CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU. It has a 15-inch IPS LCD Full HD screen with 300 nits brightness and an anti-glare coating. The laptop’s Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers sound very good. It has a full-sized backlit keyboard and a large, multi-touch trackpad. It also features a fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, a full-sized HDMI port, and a microSD card slot. The HP ENVY 15 looks and feels great, thanks to its sharp design and aluminium body. Its 83WHr battery can last up to 8 hours on a single charge.

Pros

  • 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution
  • Fast performance and ability to play some AAA games
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers sound crisp and powerful
  • Great build quality, design, fit, and finish
  • Excellent backlit keyboard and large-sized multi-touch trackpad
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Plenty of ports: 1x USB 3.0 Type-A port, 3x USB 3.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, full-sized HDMI port, and microSD card slot
  • 83WHr battery lasts up to 8 hours on a single charge during non-gaming tasks

Cons

  • Screen brightness could have been up to 400 nits

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020 – ₹1,22,900 Onwards

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

The new MacBook Pro 13-inch with the M1 chip has slightly higher performance than the new 13-inch MacBook Air. Its screen also features higher brightness levels: up to 500 nits. Plus, there’s a touchbar instead of dedicated function keys on the keyboard. Other features remain similar to the new MacBook Air that we’ve listed above. It has a 13.3-inch QHD IPS LCD screen, full-sized backlit keyboard, a glass trackpad, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, two USB 4.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, fingerprint reader, and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos Audio. There’s Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, too. Too bad it can’t run Windows and has only two USB ports. Plus, you can’t expand its RAM or storage after buying the laptop, so if you want higher storage and RAM, you will have to configure it while making the purchase.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality and design; very thin and light
  • Insanely fast CPU and GPU performance, thanks to Apple’s new M1 processor
  • Instant wakeup from sleep
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB storage
  • 13.3-inch IPS LCD screen with 500 nits brightness and wide colour gamut
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Full-sized backlit keyboard and large-sized multi-touch trackpad
  • Loud stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos Audio
  • Touchbar

Cons

  • Only two USB 4.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4
  • No USB Type-A or HDMI ports
  • Can’t run Windows if you want to
  • Can’t expand RAM and storage
  • No microSD card slot

Dell XPS 15 – ₹1,90,495 Onwards

Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is the best 15-inch thin-and-light laptop in the Windows segment. It features a 15.6-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution, 500 nits brightness, and great colour accuracy. It features the 10th Gen. Intel Core i7 10750H processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. You can even play AAA titles at Full HD resolution with medium settings, thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM. This laptop is very fast, be it CPU or GPU intensive tasks, well, as fast as a thin-and-light laptop can be.

Its full-sized backlit keyboard is great for typing and its glass trackpad is the largest among Windows laptops. There’s a full-sized SD card slot, three USB 3.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 ports, and USB Type-C charging. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 are present, too. There’s no HDMI port or USB Type-A port, though. Its 86WHr battery can be charged using the USB Type-C port and it can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. There is also the newly-launched Dell XPS 17, but we think that it is too big to be called a thin and light laptop.

Pros

  • Fast CPU and GPU performance
  • Can also be used to play AAA gaming titles at medium settings
  • Industry-leading backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 3x USB 3.0 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, 1x headphone+mic combo
  • Full-sized SD card slot
  • Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6
  • 86WHr battery can last 8-10 hours on a single charge during office work
  • USB Type-C charging
  • Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello

Cons

  • No USB Type-A or HDMI ports
  • Extremely pricey
  • Can get hot and thermal throttled under heavy loads

So, here is the complete list of the best thin-and-light laptops in India that are available for purchase right now (in 2020). The list consists of entry-level thin-and-light laptops that are priced below ₹50,000 and go as high as ₹2,00,000 for the best thin-and-light laptops in India with premium designs, fast processors, dedicated graphics cards for some gaming, and long battery life.

Which thin-and-light laptop did you like from our list of India’s best than-and-light laptops for 2020? Let us know in the comments section below.

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