Laptops are not frivolous purchases anymore. They are now critical gadgets that serve as important a role as the smartphone. As a result, it has become even more important than ever before to choose a good laptop from a reliable brand. On this note, we take a look at the companies that are leading India’s thriving laptop market. The best laptop brands in India offer a wide range of laptops to choose from. These laptops are not only powered by the latest generation processors and graphics chips, but also come with high-resolution displays, ergonomic keyboards for extra hours of typing, smooth trackpads with gesture recognition, increasingly powerful speakers, robust battery life, and great software support that provide regular updates.
So, if you are in the market today looking for a laptop, these are the brands to consider.
Top laptop brands in India
Editor’s note: The ‘best-selling’ laptop selection mentioned for every brand below is not an absolute choice, but is selected based on popular choice filters across the respective brands’ sites and eCommerce portals.
Apple has long held the title of being an ‘aspirational’ brand in India, fuelled in part by its premium pricing. But beyond the pricing of its products, the Cupertino-based company makes some of the finest hardware across all categories around the world – and the same applies to its MacBook range of laptops. The laptops are split across MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups. While the Air is for casual users and business executives, the Pro models thrive on performance that creative professionals would like.
This is boosted by the software, which supports interoperability across iOS, iPadOS, tvOS and WatchOS, among other things. Additionally, the laptops offer a more secure working environment in comparison to competing platforms from the likes of Google and Microsoft. All of this makes Apple’s Macbook lineup among the best brands in India.
Popular Apple laptop in India
Apple MacBook Air (multiple generations)
Apple’s much-loved MacBook Air struck popularity in its previous design language – the one with large bezels and the iconic wedge design. Today, you can buy it with either M1 or M2 SoCs, although it is no longer as affordable as it was about a couple of years ago.
Apple MacBook Air Price in India starts at Rs 99,900.
A report from last year ranked HP as the most popular laptop brand in India for the first three months of 2022 in terms of shipments. The HP brand has been synonymous with laptop searches in India for a long time and its Pavilion range of consumer laptops have seen widespread popularity for a while. The company has since diversified into the premium segment with machines such as the HP Folio and the much-appreciated HP Spectre, as well as gaming with its HP Omen and Victus lineups. It is safe to say that HP is among the best laptop brands in India, and the American brand continues to enjoy a loyal user base today.
Popular HP laptop in India
The HP 15s is a near-ideal sketch of how an affordable laptop should be. The device offers the 11th gen Intel Core i3 processor in its base form, combined with 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 15-inch full HD display, and a full-sized keyboard with a dedicated number pad.
The HP 15s comes with a starting price of Rs 39,400.
Fellow American brand and long-time HP rival, Dell, has had an equally loyal brand reputation among laptop buyers in India for a while. This is fuelled by the company’s well-recognised ‘Inspiron’ range of laptops. Additionally, Dell has historically produced some of the most durable, reliable and consumer-friendly laptops in India, but that has not come at the expense of swagger. On the other end of the spectrum, Dell has also had its iconic XPS range of premium, high-performance laptops for the business user. Its ultimate flagship property for gamers has come in the form of its Alienware brand, which is one of the most recognisable names in the world of gaming laptops. Today, Dell remains one of the top laptop brands in India with a market share of close to 20 percent.
Popular Dell laptop in India
Dell Inspiron 15 3511
The Dell Inspiron brand has long stood for being one of the most reliable names among consumer laptops, and the latest generation Inspiron 15 3511 comes with 11th gen Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, up to 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD, and integrated Intel graphics onboard.
The Dell Inspiron 15 3511 laptop is priced in India at Rs 46,500.
Taiwanese brand ASUS rose to the limelight powered by its gamer-centric offerings under the Republic of Gamers (ROG) banner. In fact, the brand found such popularity for the ROG brand that it even diversified into a smartphone offering. The company has offered laptops with a typical design replete with RGB LED lighting in its gaming laptops, and since gaining a foothold with the premium machines, has also proceeded to offer a large base of reliable everyday laptops with its ZenBook and VivoBook (review) laptop lineups. Of late, it has played the value game by offering premium features such as OLED displays in the mainstream segment. Asus has topped this up with a host of software partnerships, strong battery life and a wide range of offerings across both online and offline stores.
Popular ASUS laptop in India
ASUS VivoBook Pro 14 OLED
Admittedly not one of ASUS’ more exciting offerings (those would be from the ROG lineup), the VivoBook Pro 14 is understandably popular thanks to the use of a 2.8K OLED display. This is topped up with up to AMD Ryzen 7 5000 series CPUs, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD.
As for the price, the ASUS VivoBook Pro 14 OLED will cost you Rs 59,990.
Global consumer and enterprise technology major Lenovo is largely known as a consumer brand thanks to its laptops, more specifically the ThinkPad range of enterprise machines. The company brought forth innovation through its hybrid and convertible laptops under its Yoga range of offerings, and also trickled down a host of its ThinkPad features to the more affordable IdeaPad (review) range. Additionally, Lenovo has forayed into gaming, with its Legion range of laptops. All of these offerings have culminated in Lenovo being one of the most recognised names in laptops in India, and the latest industry figures from the first three months of this year peg it with a market share of over 17 percent.
Popular Lenovo laptop in India
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i
The IdeaPad Slim 5i is a fine balance of features and design across typical Lenovo offerings. It comes with a durable build that is signature to the ThinkPad range, while an 11th gen Intel Core i5 processor, a 15-inch full HD display and up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD round it off.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i can be yours for as low as Rs 60,728.
Acer, the second Taiwanese brand to feature in this list, has been a quieter entrant in this list. The company has typically not been discussed in the same breath as iconic brands such as Apple, HP, Dell, and Lenovo, but its offerings under the Aspire, Swift and Spin series undoubtedly belong in the category of top performers. In fact, the Swift range popularised slim body laptops in India, while Spin (along with HP’s x360 range) made convertible laptops mainstream. Even in the gaming arena, Acer’s Nitro and Predator series laptops have been exciting offerings, and the brand today enjoys a near-10 percent market share for laptops in India.
Popular Acer laptop in India
Acer Aspire 5
The Acer Aspire 5 is the ultimate example of a reliable and swanky Acer laptop. Not only does it come with a 15-inch full HD display and an Intel Core i5 11th-gen chip, but it also has a super sleek body with slim bezels – making the laptop weigh just 1.4kg.
The Acer Aspire 5 price in India starts at Rs 54,750.
Xiaomi remains a small player in the laptop market in the face of brands such as Apple, HP, Dell and Lenovo. However, that has not stopped the brand from offering incredible value for money laptops. The latest generation Mi Notebook Pro, for instance, offers an Intel Core i7 processor at mid-range pricing. Xiaomi has also picked up Apple’s minimal design game, offering a stately, industrial design with its range of laptops available right now. It largely plays the value game, and today offers super affordable options too thanks to its RedmiBook range of laptops in India.
Popular Xiaomi laptop in India
Mi Notebook Pro
As stated before, the Mi Notebook Pro is powered by an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 chip, along with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. Along with a crisp 2.5K 14-inch display, this is by far one of the best price-to-performance ratios among laptops in India right now.
The Mi Notebook Pro ships with a sticker price of Rs 57,990.
List of best-selling laptops in India: price, key features
|Apple MacBook Air||Rs 99,900||Apple M1 SoC, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13″ Retina display|
|HP 15s||Rs 38,500||11th gen Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 15″ FHD display|
|Dell Inspiron 15 3511||Rs 46,500||11th gen Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 15″ FHD display|
|ASUS VivoBook Pro 14 OLED||Rs 59,990||AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14″ 2.8K OLED display|
|Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i||Rs 60,728||11th gen Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 15″ FHD display|
|Acer Aspire 5||Rs 54,750||11th gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14″ FHD display|
|Mi Notebook Pro||Rs 57,990||11th gen Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14″ 2K display|