The laptops under Rs 60,000 segment have got a big and much-needed refresh in India in Q3. This was mainly due to the entry of new laptops from Xiaomi and also Realme, which made its debut in India. The other players have also refreshed their laptop lineup including Lenovo, HP, Dell, MSI, Acer and Asus.
Laptops have never been as necessary as now in our lives, with many people working remotely and wanting something portable to be able to resume work whenever. For this generation of power users, a reliable computer is the most essential piece of everyday carry.
1. Mi NoteBook Ultra
2. Realme Book Slim
3. Mi NoteBook Pro
4. Asus VivoBook Ultra 14
5. Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5
6. Dell Inspiron 3501
7. Asus VivoBook 17
8. Acer Aspire 7
9. MSI GF63
10. HP 15-ec1105AX
While the laptop space has primarily been slow at growing, the thin and light segment is the only one that has seen some action. But with the sudden spike in the demand, manufacturers have revitalised their focus on laptops that are great for professionals. We also saw multiple new products being announced, while a lot of the old ones got decent price drops to be compelling once again. However, thanks to the chipset shortage crisis at global scale the prices of laptops are also getting high.
For this compilation, we’ve listed down the best compact laptops under Rs 60,000. The list contains ten laptops that we wholeheartedly recommend with the top seven being great for work and the bottom three for those who want to game as well. We have included a mix of laptops powered by Intel as well as AMD and even a few with a dedicated GPU.
Realme and Xiaomi laptops come with a high-resolution display and the Mi NoteBook Ultra offers a 90Hz refresh rate. We have also only included those which have SSD storage for boot, as we consider them to be essential for any high-end laptop.
While all the laptops perform well when it comes to performance in this segment, audio and webcam in this segment is still something we'd like the laptop makers to work on. With that out of the way, here are the best thin and light laptops under Rs 60,000 in India.
Xiaomi’s 2021 lineup of Mi laptops comes with huge improvements over the Mi NoteBook 14 series from 2020. The Mi NoteBook Ultra is the company’s flagship product. For Rs 59,999, you get the Mi NoteBook Ultra with Core i5, 11th gen and 8GB RAM along with 512GB NVMe SSD. There is also a 16GB variant and a Core i7 variant which costs over Rs 60,000.
In terms of design, the Mi NoteBook Ultra is made up of a series 6 aerospace-grade aluminium alloy with a precision metal cut which gives the laptop a minimalistic yet modern look 一 the build quality of the laptop is excellent and looks very premium. Further, the display has a 15.6-inch IPS 3.2K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It is a great display for work as well as watching movies or shows.
Under the hood, the Mi NoteBook Ultra comes with 11th gen Intel Core H35 series processor 一 Core i5 (11300H). You get 8GB of RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD. You also get a 3-level backlit keyboard, customizable macro key, Thunderbolt 4 and an HDMI port in the mix. The battery is great with 10 hours of screen time between charge cycles.
However, the speakers didn’t impress us and the webcam on the laptop could have been a bit better. Apart from that, the Mi NoteBook Ultra is an excellent package for under Rs 60,000 currently.
With Realme Book Slim, the company is setting its foot in the laptop market in India. In its first attempt, Realme has got off to a promising start with excellent design and screen on the Realme Book Slim. The lack of a 16GB RAM variant in India and limited ports are a couple of letdowns.
Realme is bringing the sleek yet simple designed notebook to the sub Rs 60,000 segment with Realme Book Slim. Weighing 1.38 kg, Realme Book Slim is easy to travel with. The laptop has a premium look, especially in the Real Blue colour as it looks unique from the rest of the crowd. In terms of usability, the Realme Book Slim is very comfortable on the lap or on the table.
Realme brings the much-needed refreshing change in the visual department. With Full HD display being common in the segment, Realme has included a 2K full vision display with 2160×1440 pixel resolution 一 it's a good display with nice viewing angles and also outdoor visibility thanks to 300nits brightness.
The keyboard offers one of the most enjoyable experiences - the keys have 1.3mm travel and the sound of clicks are very satisfying. and the trackpad is also a fairly large trackpad with support for Windows 10 gestures. The Realme Book Slim is powered by an 11th gen Intel Core i5 processor (1135G7) with 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD.
The Realme Book Slim offers up to 7 hours of screen time which is above average. A quick 30-minute charge will offer a 50% charge and a 100% charge takes a little over 90 minutes. Overall, the Realme Book Slim is a good buy for working professionals as you are getting excellent display and keyboard experience.
The affordable laptop in the 2021 Mi NoteBook lineup, the Pro variant comes with equally impressive specs and features for the price. Two variants of the Mi NoteBook Pro are available for under Rs 60,000 - 8GB RAM and 16GB RAM with a Core i5 processor.
The Mi NoteBook 14 flaunts a 14-inch 2.5K resolution screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 100% sRGB coverage and a 60Hz refresh rate. The machine is said to last up to 11 hours with its 66Whr battery unit. There is also fast charging which can fuel up the laptop up to 50% in just 34 minutes.
The MiNoteBook Pro weighs 1.4 kgs. The rest of the specs are similar to the Ultra variant including the configuration, hardware, connectivity, and OS.
Rs 56,999 | Rs 59,999
The Asus VivoBook Ultra 14 is powered by Ryzen 5 Hexa Core 5500U. It is a thin and light laptop made for people who are on the go. It weighs just 1.4 Kgs and is easy to carry around. There is a 14-inch Full HD screen with an 85% screen to body ratio. The laptop also gets a fingerprint scanner for added security. You also get a backlit keyboard.
Port options include a USB 3.2 Type-A, one Type-C port, two USB 2.0 Type A, an HDMI port, and a multi-card slot. Other features include Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, 720P HD webcam, 42 WHr Li-ion battery with fast charging, and 8-mm heat pipe with fan for cooling. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.
Lenovo’s IdeaPad is one of the most popular series spread across different price bands, the IdeaPad Slim 5 is the one we recommend in this segment. It is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 5500U which offers excellent performance. It also gives you a large screen estate with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS anti-glare display. It weighs 1.66Kgs and is made up of aluminium material which offers a premium look.
Further, the machine also packs in 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 OS, and a fingerprint scanner. In terms of battery life, the laptop can last up to 7 hours with heavy usage and can go up to 8 hours in balanced mode. Other features include AMD Radeon graphics, a backlit keyboard, and a front-facing speaker. As for the port options, you get 3x USB-A 3.1 gen 1, 1x USB-C, HDMI 1.4b, SD card reader, headphone jack and Kensington Lock.
The Asus VivoBook 17 M712 laptop is great for large-screen productivity boasting impressive internals and an ample selection of ports. It also offers decent battery life paired with fast charging. For users who prefer working from home on a big laptop, the Asus VivoBook 17 M712 won't disappoint you. But be wary of the weight and lack of a fingerprint scanner.
The Asus VivoBook 17 M712 features a large 17.3-inch display with 1,920 by 1,080 pixels Full HD resolution. It is an LED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate and DCI-P3 coverage of 42%. The display is quite large which helps for better management of multiple tabs and keep up with multiple applications open at once in split-screen if you prefer that. The display isn’t the brightest out there nor is the colour accuracy the best. It is a matte finish display that helps in reducing reflections.
The VivoBook 17 comes with a full-sized keyboard and a regular-sized trackpad as well. Additionally, taking advantage of the large form factor, the laptop also comes with a dedicated numpad on the right 一 which is a handy tool for many.
The Ryzen 5 5500U powering the VivoBook 17 is the star of the show here and this is also a handful of laptops in India available with the Ryzen 5000 series. The VivoBook 17’s performance was top-notch and handled anything we threw at it with ease and came out in flying colours all the time during our review period. The notebook lasted us one full work throughout our testing period. On average our screen time was anywhere between six hours to eight hours.
The design of the laptop is quite hard and rigid, it is strong and feels premium while using. But, this laptop might not be everyone’s cup of tea as it is quite bulky and not that easy to travel with. It also misses out on certain aspects such as a full-size SD card slot, a fingerprint scanner, and also privacy shutter. But, if these are not your concerns, the Asus VivoBook 17 M712 might be the one for you. It is also mentioning that the machine costs a little more than Rs 60,00 - but, if you want a large screen experience this is the one to consider.
With Dell Inspiron 3501, you get the 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD hybrid storage. There is a 15.6-inch Full HD anti-glare panel over at the front. On a single charge, the laptop is rated to last up to 8 hours - however, in real-life usage, it comes down to 6 hours.
Further, you get plenty of port options including two USB 3.2 Gen 1, one USB 2.0, an HDMI 1.4, an SD-card slot, headphone jack and RJ45 slot. However, it misses out on the Type-C port. Other features include up to 16GB RAM expansion, Windows 10, and 1.8Kg weight.
Though the Acer Aspire 7 is powered by Intel Core i5 10th gen CPU, we have included this as an option for those who want to play a few games. Thanks to the 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU on the machine, the Acer Aspire 7 can be a decent laptop for gaming as well. The laptop can handle games like Call of Duty, Forza Horizon 4, Total War, etc smoothly.
You get a 15.6-inch Full HD TFT LCD with 45% NTSC coverage which isn’t the best. There is 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD option available. In terms of connectivity and port options, you get the usual USB ports, Type-C port, HDMI port, and also Wi-Fi 6. Lastly, the laptop can last up to 7 hours on a single charge.
MSI, a brand that is generally known for its gaming laptops, has a good one under Rs 60,000 - the MSI GF63. Powered by the 10th gen Core i5 processor and paired with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD hybrid option, the laptop comes with 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max Q GPU which helps for gaming.
You can play games like GTA 5, Battlefield, Red Dead Redemption 2, etc on the laptop easily. There is a large 15.6-inch display which is just average as it has only a 45%NTSC colour. Port options include a Type-C USB3.2 (Gen1), three Type-A USB3.2 (Gen1), LAN and an HDMI slot. You also get a Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity option.
To wrap things up, we have a gaming laptop from HP with 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. Powered by Ryzen 5 Hexa Core 4600H CPU, it is a capable mid-range gaming laptop. For audio, the HP laptop comes with Bang and Olufsen audio systems.
For visuals, you get a 15.6-inch display with 250 nits brightness and 45% NTSC coverage - which is just average. You get a USB Type-C port, a USB Type-A, a USB 2.0 Type-A (HP Sleep and Charge), an HDMI 2.0, RJ 45, headphone jack, and an SD card slot.
Besy laptops under Rs 60,000 in India
- Mi NoteBook Ultra
- Realme Book Slim
- Mi NoteBook Pro
- Asus VivoBook Ultra 14
- Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5
- Asus VivoBook 17
- Dell Inspiron 3501
- Acer Aspire 7
- MSI GF63
- HP 15-ec1105AX