Apple iPad Pro (12.9)
We know you’re thinking that this isn’t a notebook, but hear us out, because it’s a fantastic device. The 12.9-inch Retina display with its high 120Hz refresh rate, the Smart Keyboard that connects to the tablet in a second, watching high resolution movies or viewing photos. This machine is capable of all that many people expect and want from their notebook. The performance of this thing, especially with iOS 11.2.5 and the A10X chip inside, is top notch when compared to any tablet and doesn’t leave much missing. Plus, there is the option of using your 4G SIM card when there’s no WiFi available. Even the four-way speakers on this iPad are clear, loud and good enough to fill your bedroom.
Price: Rs. 95,000 (512 GB, WiFi + 4G)
ASUS Zenbook UX490UA
This comes from ASUS’ dependable and popular Zenbook series, has very slim borders around the 14-inch display and is powered by Intel’s 7th-generation i7 chip, along with 16 GB of on-board RAM. The Zenbook UX490UA is equipped with a 256 GB SSD for faster booting and OS performance. The full-size backlit keyboard and fingerprint sensor on the touchpad (which also has a smart palm rejection for less errors) make it one of the best laptops in this price range, with a host of connectivity options including WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, USB Type-C, microHDMI ports and an SD card reader. The machine weighs under 1.2 kg and is slimmer than 13mm when closed, making it light enough to be carried around in the sleeve bundled with the package. Apart from its thin bezel screen, what makes it stand out from others is its Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating, that’s often seen on high-end smartphones.
Price: Rs. 1,02,000
Dell XPS 13
Its InfinityEdge 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200×1800) display is one of the brightest from Dell, making it usable under direct sunlight, and those thin bezels are sure to turn some heads. The XPS 13 does not take up too much space, and is one of the smallest laptops with a screen this big. But that’s not it, the latest XPS 13 is also high on the performance front. It houses a 512 GB solid state drive and 16 GB of RAM coupled with Intel’s 7th generation i7 chip, all fitted into a sleek CNC-machined aluminium body. You also get a full size backlit chiclet keyboard along with a fingerprint reader and stereo speakers for enhanced audio.
Price: Rs. 1,45,000
Lenovo Yoga 920
This is an interesting and limited edition model that features a rather stylish back lid. The screen swivels 360 degrees, giving you the tablet mode for when you need it on the go, or if you just have a video clip to watch or would like to use the device as a photo viewer on your desk. With over 4,000 touch sensitive points allowing it to be used with a pen, it is a great option for artists who would like to instantly put their new ideas into creation. The Dolby Atmos-powered speakers are also great for music playback in your living room, or when that presentation at work has a video and you can’t find speakers. There are two USB Type-C ports for power as well as quick data transfer. Oh, and that ultraHD (3840×2160) screen is great for watching high resolution videos and high quality images; it’s among the best screens from the company to date.
Price: Rs. 1,50,000
HP Spectre X360
This thin ultrabook comes with a set of B&O speakers to take the multimedia experience to a new level. The Spectre X360 screen not only looks great, with its viewing angles and full HD resolution, it also swivels nearly 360 degrees for when you need to use it as a tablet. There’s 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, running Windows 10 Professional, with support for Windows Ink & Pen if you want to use HP’s Pen for scribbling and note taking on the device. There are also three USB Type-C ports at the back. The full island-style keyboard is backlit and is comfortable to type long documents on. The Spectre X360 has been a popular name in the premium line of laptops for features like its sturdy carbon fibre and aluminium frame, and the latest model really does justice to that.
Price: Rs. 1,53,000
All prices taken from Amazon or official websites.