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The best laptops for students in India: top laptops for college and school

Best laptops for students
The best notebooks for all kinds of students at any budget

Laptops have become more important than ever before for students, with all classes moved online for the foreseeable future. Thus, performance, battery and portability are at a higher priority without breaking the bank. To help you, we've created a compilation of laptops that will fit all budgets

For students, the laptop should be primarily good for web surfing, multimedia, and to play a few casual games. Portability, battery life and performance are the top necessities. We have also listed laptops that are capable of running IDEs for software development, for photo and video editing, and ones which offer long battery life. Multiple price points have also been touched.

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Our list of the best laptops for students contains laptops of all varieties. We have got the budget laptops that are suitable day to day college use as well as the high-end gaming laptop with a premium price tag. Rest assured, you will have a great e-learning experience with any of these.

Still, if you have a tight budget and can't go over Rs 40,000, check our list of best laptops under 40k. Let’s get started with the list.

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Xiaomi Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition

Budget powerhouse

Specifications
Display: 14-inch Full HD
Processor: Intel Core i7 (10th Gen)
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.35kgs
Reasons to buy
+Performance+Design+Weight
Reasons to avoid
-No integrated webcam-No backlit keyboard

Xiaomi made its laptop debut in India recently. The Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition is the flagship model from the company for the Indian market. The Horizon edition comes in thin aluminium and magnesium alloy chassis that is 17.15mm thick and weighs just about 1.35 kg. It sports a 14-inch display with slim bezels with 91% screen-to-body ratio.

It is also the only laptop currently to offer the Nvidia MX350 GPU, which is a very capable graphics card for ultrabooks.

You also get a USB Type-C port. Other ports include 2 x Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, and a combo audio jack. There is no webcam on the Horizon Edition, but one will come bundled with an HD webcam in the box.  The machine houses 46Wh battery and supports 65W fast 1c charging, which is capable of taking the laptop from 0 to 50% in 35 minutes. 

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MacBook Air (2017)

Specifications
Display: 13.3-inch HD+
Processor: Intel Core i5 (5th gen)
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB SSD
Weight: 1.35 kgs
Reasons to buy
+Excellent battery life+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Limited storage-Speakers

Starting off the list with an Apple product, the MacBook Air is one of the most popular laptops out there in the market. It comes in a slim and sleek design. It weighs just around 1.35kgs, which is a blessing for any student. Ports option include 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0, and a SDXC card reader.

Another reason to go for the MacBook Air 2017 is the insane battery life it offers with up 12 hours of screen time on a single charge. Apart from the form factor and battery life, the machine features a 13.3-inch Retina display and also offers HD webcam for video calls. Content creation will also be a breeze.

MacBooks always have a longer life and do not slow down even after years of usage. Also, on the software front, Apple will provide software updates and bring new features for over 5 years.

Read our review

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Asus Zenbook Duo

Specifications
Display: 14-inch Full HD
Processor: Intel Core i5 (10th gen)
GPU: 2GB Nvidia Geforce MX250
RAM: 8GB
Strorage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.5 kgs
Reasons to buy
+Great build quality+Second screen with some novel uses+Built-in Wi-Fi 6
Reasons to avoid
-Narrowed keyboard and trackpad

If you are not a fan of MacOS and want something futuristic machine, you can go for the Asus ZenBook Duo which offers two displays. A primary 14-inch Full HD display and a secondary 12.6-inch Full HD touch display.

If you are a student who needs performance without compromising their creative aspects, the ZenBook Duo will serve you well. The second screen can be used to show apps, scribble something or just listen to music while working. The laptop just weighs 1.5Kgs. It includes 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x Type-C, and 1 x  HDMI port. Also, it comes with an IR camera with Windows Hello.

The primary screen is a 14-inch Full HD  LED panel with minimal bezels. The 12.6-inches secondary display is vibrant and has impressive brightness. If you are looking for a laptop to edit photos and videos, you have to consider this machine. 

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Lenovo IdeaPad S145

Specifications
Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 1TB HDD
Weight: 1.85 kgs
Reasons to buy
+Affordable price+Dolby audio
Reasons to avoid
-Poor viewing angles

Powered by AMD Ryzen 3 CPU, the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 is an entry-level laptop for students on a budget. It comes with a standard 15.6-inch display with Full HD resolution along with LED-backlit keyboard.

This laptop will be good enough for day to day college usage and also comes with 1TB hard drive to store all data. It also offers 1.5W Dolby speakers that enhance media consumption on the machine. On a single charge, the IdeaPad S145 can last up to 5.5 hours. 

It is designed for light usages such as checking emails, web browsing, and a spot of document editing or similar. The laptop is also available in different configurations with i3/i5 processors and up to 8GB RAM and SSD options, you can choose according to your preferences. 

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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i

Specifications
Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
Processor: Intel Core i5 (10th gen)
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 1TB HDD
Weight: 1.8 kgs
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Performance+HD webcam
Reasons to avoid
-No SSD

The Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i is a good option for students who want a powerful machine without breaking the bank. It is powered with an Intel Core i5 chipset with 8GB of RAM. Just be vary of the HDD storage.

It is also great of media consumption with an anti-glare screen, Dolby speakers and a good selection of ports. If you're concerned about privacy, there's also a physical webcam shutter.

Check out the Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i on Amazon

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Asus VivoBook 15

Specifications
Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
Processor: Intel Core i5 (8th gen)
GPU: 2GB Nvidia Geforce MX150
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Weight: 1.7
Reasons to buy
+Expandable RAM slot+Type-C port+Fingerprint sensor 
Reasons to avoid
-Average Camera

For those who want better battery life along with the performance, the Asus VivoBook 15 won’t disappoint you. It offers up to 8 hours of battery life and is powered by Intel Core i5 8th gen processor.

Not only performance and battery life but the VivoBook 15 also comes with a 2GB Nvidia Geforce MX150 dedicated graphics card. The VivoBook 15 offers a Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI port.

This laptop is for students who want long-lasting battery life and also to play graphic-intensive games along with good day to day performance.

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Asus TUF gaming

Gaming on budget

Specifications
Display: 17.3-inch Full HD
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5
GPU: 3GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Weight: 2.7 kgs
Reasons to buy
+RGB keyboard+Audio+Thin screen bezels
Reasons to avoid
-Poor battery life

For all the gamers out there, the Asus TUF gaming laptop offers 3GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 for under Rs 50,000. It comes with AMD Ryzen 5 Quad-core processor and is paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD storage.

It features a big 17.3-inch Full HD display and also an HD webcam which comes in handy for online classes. Also, it offers DTS 7.1 surround sound, anti-dust cooling, RGB keyboard, dual speakers.

For anyone who’s looking to consume media, attend online classes/conferences using the laptop and also play games, the Asus TUF gaming is one of the best you get at this price point. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (5593)

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Dell Inspiron 15 5000

Specifications
Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
Processor: Intel Core i7-8565U, 8th gen
GPU: 4GB Nvidia Geforce MX130
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Weight: 1.95 kgs
Reasons to buy
+Core i7 processor+Dedicated graphics
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre keyboard

Powered by the Core i7 8th gen, the Dell Inspiron 5000 also features 4GB Nvidia MX130 dedicated graphics. It is a solid allrounder. 

It can be used today for day to day college work, web browsing, photo editing, run IDEs like Android Studio, Eclipse, and more. Thanks to the Nvidia MX130 you can also play casual games without any hiccups.

The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 also features Waves Maxx audio, backlit keyboard, dual-microphone as well as an HD webcam. 

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HP Chromebook 14

Specifications
Display: 14-inch HD
Processor: Intel Celeron N3350
RAM: 4gb
Storage: 64GB emmc
Weight: 1.53 kgs
Reasons to buy
+Excellent keyboard and trackpad+Chrome OS is speedy and responsive
Reasons to avoid
-Not as powerful as some higher-end Chromebooks

We are ending our list with a Chromebook which offers great battery life. The Chromebook 14 laptop is suitable for those who just want to use Chrome primarily along with a web few apps. The Chromebook 14 also comes with support for Android apps.

Apart from battery life, the Chromebooks are also easy to carry around, the Chromebook 14 weighs at just 1.5kgs. It is powered by  Intel Celeron dual-core chipset.

It offers excellent keyboard and trackpad and Chrome OS is speedy, responsive, and keeps getting better with updates. This is best for those who rely on web apps to get work done.  It comes with a Type-C port and three USB 3.1 ports along with HDMI slot and 3-in-1 card reader.

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Final Thoughts 

Student laptops are always set apart from business and professional laptops as there are some student-specific use cases and much more price sensitive. Our buying guide should make it easier for students to choose the best laptop depending on the use case.