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The best 13-inch laptops in India for July 2020

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A 13-inch laptop is meant to be lightweight and portable. Most of them are meant for business travellers. To achieve the portability of the laptops, companies are coming up new ultra-lightweight laptops every now and then. 

A 13-inch laptop or more commonly known as an ultrabook comes with internals that is powerful to carry on day to day usage but, they are definitely not recommended for gaming and most of them just come with integrated graphics. That’s the big trade-off for many users out there. Also, since they are small in form factor, some people might not enjoy content on it. But, for these who prefer productivity and portability before anything else, the 13-inch laptops makes sense.  

If you’re out looking for a similar 13-inch ultrabook, there are many to choose from. Hence we’ve picked some of the best that the market has to offer. The list has flagship models as well as offerings in the pocket-friendly category, so there are options for everyone.

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Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 (2019)

If it ain’t broke, make it handsome

Specifications
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2,133MHz)
Screen: 13.3-inch, Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) UltraSharp InfinityEdge touch display
Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1 x USB-C 3.1, micro SD card reader, headset jack
Connectivity: Killer 1435 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with 4 array digital microphones
Weight: 2.7 pounds (1.23kg)
Size: 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.3-0.46 inches (3.02 x 1.99 x 0.78-1.16cm; W x D x H)
Reasons to buy
+Impressive new design+Powerful

Dell's XPS 13 line-up might as well be one of the sleekest, yet powerful Windows ultrabook out there. This year, Dell updated the XPS 13 with some subtle changes, making it better than ever before. With the Dell XPS 13 (2019), you now get a 4K display for a sharper picture across the board.

But even if you can’t afford the more premium, high-end configurations, the beautiful design, lengthy battery life and even the SD card slot are still there – plus you’ve got a quad-core processor no matter what poison you pick. 

Better yet, the 13.3-inch display of the XPS 13 has been squeezed into a smaller frame, which explains Dell’s marketing line: ‘the world’s smallest 13-inch laptop.’ The 2019 model finally has the webcam above the display- the former model's most obvious design flaw. 

Now stew on that, as you admire the Dell XPS 13’s gorgeous, albeit more expensive, Alpine White finish. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

Asus ZenBook 13 (2018)

Not so unlucky 13

Specifications
CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 8265U (quad-core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.40GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB DDR5 RAM), Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3
Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) wide view touch display
Storage: Up to 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Ports: 1 x microSD card reader, 1 x 3.5mm combo audio jack, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x full-sized HDMI, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: VGA webcam
Weight: 1.19 kg
Size: 18.9 x 30.2 x 1.7 cm (W x D x H)
Reasons to buy
+Fast fingerprint sensor+Decent battery life+Impressive display
Reasons to avoid
-Over-sensitive touchpad-Smudge-prone casing

If you are in the market for a 13-inch laptop that looks great, is powerful and affordable at the same time, you might want to look at the Asus ZenBook 13. With Intel’s latest Core i5 processor and an optional Nvidia GPU, the ZenBook 13 sits pretty near the top of the pile when it comes to the best 13-inch laptops. Heck, it might even be the best, since the hardware is a touch better than even the beloved Dell XPS 13.

Of course, there's bound to be a few catches - the touchpad works almost too well, and you can't lay the screen flat if you want to use a stylus- but it's still a great option, especially considering the price point and the features. Oh, and the display is something special, too. 

Read our full Asus ZenBook 13 review

HP Spectre 13

Beauty and brains

Specifications
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM
Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) micro-edge WLED-backlit multi-touch IPS
Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD (NVMe M.2)
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2, 1 x headphone/microphone combo
Connectivity: Intel 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 5.0
Cameras: HP Wide Vision HD Camera with dual-array digital microphone
Weight: 2.45 pounds (1.11kg)
Size: 12.03 x 8.83 x 0.41 inches (30.56 x 22.4 x 1.04cm; W x D x H)
Reasons to buy
+Super thin and light+Powerful hardware+Decently priced+Looks great
Reasons to avoid
-Not enough ports-Unimpressive trackpad

The HP Spectre 13 certainly won't weigh down your backpack; it won't weigh down your work, either. Packing an Intel Core i7-8550U processor with 8GB of RAM and  256GB of PCIe-based SSD storage space, the Spectre 13 is a better-looking, slightly more expensive alternative to the Dell XPS 13. 

The display leaves something to be desired, as does the trackpad, but it can handle the average workload (though people with graphics-heavy jobs should look elsewhere) with zero crashes, and the battery life is a pretty solid 6+ hours.

HP Spectre 13 full review

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch)

Bigger isn’t always better: a memoir

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD 620 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.5-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 PixelSense display
Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Impressive battery life+Powerpacked
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Small trackpad

It’s not as powerful as its 15-inch counterpart, but everything else about the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Book 2 makes for one of the best 13-inch laptops for anyone looking for a mobile workhorse. No matter if you’re a professional or creative, the Microsoft Surface Book 2, with its more compact form factor, rocks an aesthetic that’s just as gorgeous as its predecessor. What’s more, the dynamic fulcrum hinge is even stronger now, which only complements its robust, quad-core processor.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2

HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360 (2019)

HP’s flagship 2-in-1 gets a welcome upgrade

Specifications
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U (quad-core, 4MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) touch panel (WLED, IPS)
Storage: 512GB SSD (PCIe, NVMe, M.2)
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1 x USB 3.1, 1 x microSD, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
Connectivity: Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
Camera: HP TrueVision FHD IR webcam
Weight: (1.32 kg)
Size: 30.88 x 21.79 x 1.45 cm (W x D x H)
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-thin and light styling+Long-lasting and quick-charging battery+Stylus included
Reasons to avoid
-Large top and bottom bezels-Touchpad is not as good

The HP Spectre x360 is the one you introduce to your parents. It’s strikingly well-crafted, boasting a silvery design that makes it every bit as cutting-edge on the outside as it is within. Given the choice between an 8th-generation i5 or i7 Ultrabook-class processor and a 1080p or 4K screen, HP has given plenty of room for customisation.

It’s not under powered, nor does its battery life suffer from overcompensation. In fact, in our own video loop test, the HP Spectre x360 lasted a whole 8 hours and 45 minutes. The 2019 model of the Spectre x360 has an SD card slot (along with a number of other connectivity options), thus fixing a major problem in the previous model. The touchpad could be more responsive, but you can always opt for an external mouse.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

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Lenovo IdeaPad S540

Specifications
Display : 13.3-inch Quad HD
Processor : Intel Core i5, 8th Gen
Graphics: 2GB NVIDIA MX 250
RAM : 8GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.3Kg
Reasons to buy
+QHD display+Battery+Performance
Reasons to avoid
-No HDMI slot

The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 brings a quad HD display onboard for the asking price of around Rs 80,000. You also get a 2GB dedicated NVIDIA MX 250 graphics card. It is powered by the 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 512GB of SSD onboard. The bezels are also very minimal here. 

It weighs just 1.3 Kg and has a thickness of just 15.9 mm, making it very portable. You also get an IR camera with HD resolution and face unlock feature. Lenovo claims the battery can last up to 18.5 hours and it also supports quick charge. Ports options include CD drive, 2 x USB-C, USB-A 3.1, and headphone mic combo. 

Check out the Lenovo IdeaPad S540 on Amazon.in

Asus ZenBook Flip A UX370

High price for high performance

Specifications
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (quad-core, 8MB cache up to 3.7GHz)
Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8/16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
Storage: Up to 1TB SSD (PCIe, NVMe, SATA3)
Screen: 13.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED-backlit (60Hz, 100% sRGB, 178-degree viewing angle, Corning Gorilla Glass)
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2x2), Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 480p (VGA) webcam
Weight: 2.42 pounds (1.1 kg)
Size: 12.32 x 8.58 x 0.43 inches (31.3 x 21.8 x 1.09 cm; W x D x H)
Reasons to buy
+Thin and light-weight+Vibrant display+Powerful internal hardware
Reasons to avoid
-Unimpressive battery life-Fingerprint magnet-Expensive

The Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370 has plenty of performance to spare, while keeping the base frequency low until it’s needed.  At just 1.1kg, it’s certainly light enough, and the inclusion of a slip case means that you can pop its svelte 13.3-inch form into any bag easily.  There is a slight downside in that there aren't too many ports, with only a pair of USB 3.1 Type-C slots present. 

From simple file copying, to full software installations, this thing just flies, and it feels silky-smooth in Windows 10. It's super pricey, but the durable build, latest hardware specs and performance make it a good value for (a lot of) money option. 

Read our full review here: Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370 review

Apple MacBook Air 2019

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Apple MacBook Air (2019)

Specifications
Display : 13.3-inch Full HD
Processor : Intel Core i5, 8th Gen
Graphics : Intel UHD 617
RAM: 8GB
Storage : 128GB SSD
Weight : 1.25Kg
Reasons to buy
+Lovely design+Screen is great+Fantastic battery life+New lower price
Reasons to avoid
-Lack of storage space-Only two Thunderbolt 3 ports-Expensive

Apple’s refresh of the MacBook Air (2019) is a bit confusing as the new model adds only adds a few new enhancements. While it comes with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades. 

One thing that you can take away from the MacBook Air is the battery life. It offers 10 hours battery on a single charge, easily beats many Windows 10 rivals at this price point. Since there is no improvement in the CPU, you get the same specifications as the 2018 model with 8th gen Core i5 chipset with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage. It is suitable enough for day-to-day tasks, and macOS runs nice and smooth.

Read our Apple MacBook Air 2019 review

Check out the Apple MacBook Air on Amazon.in

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Asus ZenBook 13 (UX333FA-A4115T)

Specifications
Display : 13.3-inch Full HD
Processor: Intel Core i7, 8th Gen
Graphics: Integrated Graphics
RAM: 8GB
Storage : 512GB SSD
Weight : 1.19Kg
Reasons to buy
+Battery+Performance
Reasons to avoid
-Integrated graphics

One of the few devices in the list to feature the Core i7 CPU, the Asus ZenBook 13 offers a 13.3-inch Full HD display with bezel-less design and just 1.19Kg light form factor. The nano edge display is the USP of the laptop with 95% screen-to-body ratio and 100% sRGB colour gamut.

It is also sturdy with MIL-STD810G military standard rating. You get a full-size keyboard with backlit. There is SonicMaster stereo audio system with surround-sound on board as well. You get 8GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 OS, and Type-C port. It also packs in an HD IR webcam with face unlock feature. It is priced competitively for what it brings to the table. 

Check out the Asus ZenBook 13 on Amazon.in

Lenovo Yoga 910

Lenovo Yoga 910

Lenovo Yoga 910

Versatile with a generous helping of elegance

Specifications
CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS multi-touch
Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Substantially larger screen+Rocking speakers
Reasons to avoid
-Heats up (and gets loud) fast-Disappointing battery life

The Lenovo Yoga 910 is all about second chances. The company reimagined the design with this one, opting in favour of a more pristine outward appearance and a heavy duty Intel Core i7 processor, as well as a 4K display. 

Lenovo also managed to squeeze in a larger, nearly 14-inch screen into the 13-inch chassis of the Yoga 900. 

Even with the implementation of USB-C ports, the Lenovo Yoga 910 doesn’t completely neglect USB Type-A, dragging the precious connection standard of the past along with it.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 910

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Dell Inspiron 13 (7380)

Specifications
Display : 13.3-inch Full HD
Processor : Intel Core i5, 8th Gen
Graphics : Intel Integrated UHD 620
RAM : 8GB
Storage : 512GB SSD
Weight : 1.33Kg
Reasons to buy
+NVMe SSD+DisplayPort via USB Type-C
Reasons to avoid
-Highly reflective screen-Battery

The Dell Inspiron 13 7380 offers a 13.3-inch Full HD display and a 180-degree hinge. It is powered by Intel Core i5 processor paired with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The base clock speed is set at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz. On a single charge, the laptop can last up to 5 hours.

Ports options on the machine include 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type C, 1 x HDMI Port, 3-in-1 card reader. You also get an HD webcam and backlit keyboard. For audio, stereo speakers tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro. Lastly, it also packs in a fingerprint scanner which is integrated into the power button. 

Check out the Dell Inspiron 13 on Flipkart

Best 13-inch laptop

13-inch MacBook Air

MacBook Pro (13-inch; mid-2018)

Powerful. Elegant. Expensive

Specifications
CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i5 – Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Retina display
Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Powerful +Gorgeous design 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

The MacBook Pro 2018 feels like the final form of Apple’s pro series laptop since its 2016 redesign. It keeps the thin and light design, but brings a wealth of improvements, both to the hardware within and, more importantly, Apple has vastly improved the Butterfly keyboard – making it quieter and more reliable.

So, you no longer have to worry about it breaking cause a piece of dust appeared under the spacebar. So, if you need an ultra-portable workhorse running macOS Mojave and you can justify the cost, the 2018 MacBook Pro won’t let you down. Keep in mind, though, the model without the Touch Bar is still running last year’s hardware.

Read the full review: MacBook Pro (13-inch)