Laptops have never been as important as they are now in our lives, with many people working remotely and needing something convenient to get back to work any time. A reliable laptop is the most important aspect of daily life for this generation of power users.
Although laptop space has been slow to grow, the thin and light category is the only one that has seen some development. However, the creativity was still relatively stagnant. But with a sudden increase in demand for laptops, we see that manufacturers have a revitalized emphasis on laptops that are ideal for professionals.
We've listed the best portable laptops under Rs 60,000 for this list. These are not gaming laptops, but rather all-rounder in nature with a nice balance between performance, battery life, and portability. Things have improved in the last few weeks, and due to a range of festive discounts and promotions, we are now seeing fully-fledged gaming laptops in this market. We've also included only those with SSD storage for booting, as we consider it necessary for any high-end laptop.
Xiaomi has recently made a laptop debut in India. The Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition is the company's flagship product for the Indian market. The Horizon edition comes with a thin aluminum and magnesium alloy frame 17.15mm thick and weighs just around 1.35 kilograms. It supports a 14-inch display with thin bezels with a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent.
It is also the only laptop currently available on the Nvidia MX350 GPU, a competent graphics card for ultrabooks. You'll also get a USB Type-C slot. Other ports are 2 x Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, and a combo audio jack. There's no webcam on the Horizon Edition, but one can come in the package with an HD webcam. The laptop has a 46Wh battery and supports 65W fast 1c charging, which will take the laptop from 0 to 50 percent in 35 minutes.
Acer sells many small and light machines in the Aspire and Swift series, and Aspire 5 is the latest addition to Intel's 11th generation Core i5 processor series. This comes with a 14-inch Full HD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The laptop comes in a Charcoal Black color option with a Black body outside and a Silver keyboard section. It can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, but it takes about 6 hours in real-life testing.
The Acer Aspire 5 contains a 720p HD webcam, dual microphone, and dual speaker system for all online classes and conferences. The laptop comes with 8GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD, and Intel Integrated Iris Xe graphics. Port options comprise three USB 3.2, one USB Type C, one LAN, one 3.5mm headphone jack, and one HDMI port.
Another laptop with dedicated graphics, the Acer Swift 3, comes with the NVIDIA Geforce MX250 GPU. It is packed in 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. You'll get the 8th Gen i5 processor from Intel with a 14-inch Full HD screen. You have Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 on the front of the connectivity. It comes with a built-in microphone with built-in dual stereo speakers with Acer TrueHarmony Plus technology.
Ports include 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Form C, 1 x HDMI Port, and SD Card Reader. The laptop weighs only 1.35 kilograms. The 2020 Acer Swift 3 is powered by the latest Ryzen 4000 series processors, which is much more capable than the new Intel chipsets but skips on the graphics card.
The Lenovo Flex 5 is our favorite work from the home laptop of the year. Thanks to the Ryzen 4000 CPU, you get outstanding efficiency and incredible battery life. The convertible form factor ensures that you can easily switch from work mode to entertainment mode. Also, you get a privacy shutter, fingerprint scanner, front-firing speakers, and fast charging.
For beginners, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is a 2-in-1 laptop priced under Rs 60,000. On the inside, the Ryzen 5 4500U processor makes it one of the few laptops in the chipset segment. The raw performance of the CPU defeats competitions by a good bit of margin. The effect of the chipset on the battery life is also seen. The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 provides an amazing battery life of up to 9 hours reliably and occasionally even longer.
The display is fine for indoor use, although it is very reflective in outdoor conditions and the brightness of the 250nits makes it difficult to see the content. It has AMD Radeon 7 GPU that is good enough for casual to medium level games. The Flex 5 comes with a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen, 512GB M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe SSD, and 8GB RAM. It comes with a wireless stylus in the pack, too.
MSI, a commonly known company for its gaming laptops, has one of the lightest laptops on the Modern list, weighing only 1.19kg. Driven by the recent 10th Core i5 processor and combined with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD, the laptop will last up to 10 hours on a single charge. MSI Modern 14 features Nahimic 3 audio that magnifies tracks into virtual surround sound. The 14-inch screen comes with a minimum bezel of 100 percent sRGB. You'll also have a 720p HD webcam at the bottom of the screen. Port options on your laptop include 2 x USB 3.2 Type C, 2 x USB 3.2, 1 x HDMI port, and an SD card reader.
The upgraded HP 15s comes with an Intel Core i5 11th Gen chipset that improves performance and battery life. It features a 15.6-inch Full HD LED-backlit anti-glare IPS display. It has a brightness of up to 250 nits and a color gamut of 45 percent. The laptop comes with 8GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD with port options such as a USB Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and a multi-card slot.
As for networking, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth v5 are enabled. The laptop weighs 1,77 kilograms, which is manageable for day-to-day use. You'll also have HP TrueVision HD Webcam on board. It comes with a 41Whrs battery that is rated to last up to 12 hours.
With Dell Inspiron 14, you get the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive. There is a 14-inch Full HD anti-glare panel over at the front. On a single charge, the laptop can last up to 8 hours. Port options on the machine include 1 x Micro SD Card Reader, 3.5mm headphone jack. USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.1, 1 x Type-C (DP/power delivery). With this laptop, you also get Dell Mobile Connect, which allows you to integrate with your smartphone seamlessly.
Another laptop with the latest 11th gen Core i5 chipset from Intel, the Asus VivoBook Ultra 14, is the latest company product in the VivoBook series. It's a small, light laptop built for people on the go. It weighs only 1.4 kg and is easy to bring around. There is a 14-inch Full HD screen with an 84% screen-to-body ratio.
The laptop will also get a fingerprint scanner for added security. You still have a backlit keyboard. Port choices include a Type-A USB 3.2 port, a Type-C port, two Type-A USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a multi-card slot. Other features include Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, 720P HD camera, 42 WHr's fast-charging Li-ion battery, and 8-mm cooling fan heat pipe. It comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage.
MacBook Air(2017) is one of the most popular laptops on the market. It's priced over Rs 60,000, however. This is the cheapest Apple laptop you can find in India today. It comes in a compact, elegant build. It weighs only around 1.35kgs, which is a blessing for every student. Ports option includes 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0, and an SDXC card reader. Another explanation for MacBook Air 2017 is the unbelievable battery life. It provides up to 12 hours of screen time on a single charge. Apart from the form factor and battery life, the system boasts a 13.3-inch Retina display and provides an HD video call webcam.
MacBooks still have a longer life and do not slow down even after years of use. Even on the software's front section, Apple will include software upgrades and add new features for over 5 years. So, you're going to be able to get updates for at least a few years, even though you get it today. If you already have a tight budget of Rs 60,000, you can wait and get it during the sale.
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