Top laptops, convertibles for professionals

We take a look at some of the most compact and lightweight notebooks and convertibles launched in 2016


Lightweight notebooks are quite capable of being the primary laptops for work.
Lightweight notebooks are quite capable of being the primary laptops for work.

Increasingly, it is becoming easier to find a lightweight notebooks that are quite capable of being the primary laptops for work. Then there are some which can double up a tablet too. And this is the sort of flexibility that most professionals are looking for, when travelling or while working remotely. Here are some of the best picks starting at as low as Rs15,000.

Lenovo Ideapad is one of the bets entry level notebooks.
Lenovo Ideapad is one of the bets entry level notebooks.

Lenovo Ideapad 100s

Rs 14,999

If your workload is limited to few mails, typing out articles, making social media posts and web browsing, the Ideapad is one of the bets entry level notebooks you can get. Despite an all-plastic exterior it doesn’t feel poorly built. The compact size, light form-factor (1kg) and sleek profile, makes it easy to carry around. The 11.6-inch display is sharp (1,366x768p) and big for most of these basic tasks. It runs Windows 10, is powered by Intel’s Atom Z3735F processor paired with 2GB RAM and offers 32GB of storage. Despite the slim profile, it still has two USB ports and memory card slots.

Acer One 10 S1001 s available in the vicinity of Rs 20,000.
Acer One 10 S1001 s available in the vicinity of Rs 20,000.

Acer One 10 S1001

Rs 20,649

Buying a convertible isn’t a costly affair anymore. A good one like this is available in the vicinity of Rs 20,000. It comes with a 10.1-inch multi-touch display that can be detached from the keyboard and used as a big screen tablet. The whole device (with the keyboard) weighs 1.3kg while the tablet tips the scales at just 640g. The Acer One 10 is not a power house by any means, but can take care of your day to day tasks with ease. It uses the same Intel Z3735F processor that we saw in the above mentioned Lenovo notebook and runs Windows 10 out of box. What makes this unique is the 500GB hard drive space, more than what many rivals offer.

Asus ZenBook Flip

Rs 46,990

This is mid-range convertible which offers the look and build quality of a high end Windows laptop. The brushed aluminium exterior adds solidity and keeps the weight in check. It weighs just 1.3kg which is impressive for a 13.3-inch display notebook. It is called Flip because the display can be flipped backwards until its touches the back of the keyboard and used as a single screen tablet. This is the entry level of the Flip and runs on adequately powerful Intel’s 6th gen Core m3 processor known for its low power consumption. Its paired with 4GB RAM. The laptop offers 512GB SSD and claims a battery backup of up to 10 hours.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 offers 12.3-inch full HD (1,920x1080p) display and 128GB SSD.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 offers 12.3-inch full HD (1,920x1080p) display and 128GB SSD.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Rs 73,890

The Surface Pro 4 is a perfect tablet convertible for professionals looking for something really compact and light (weighs just 786g) but powerful enough to handle some heavy tasks from time to time. Powered by Intel’s 6th gen Core i5 processor with 4GB RAM in tow, the Surface Pro 4 offers 12.3-inch full HD (1,920x1080p) display and 128GB SSD. The tablet has metal finish that gives it a premium look while the in-built kickstand allow it to be propelled backwards while you can type away on the detachable Surface type keyboard. The keyboard is sold separately and costs Rs12,490.

HP Spectre 13 is an excellent option in terms of looks as well as performance.
HP Spectre 13 is an excellent option in terms of looks as well as performance.

HP Spectre 13 (123TU)

Rs 1,05,090

If price is no constraint and Windows 10 is a major requirement, the Spectre 13 is an excellent option in terms of looks as well as performance. Driven by Intel’s 7th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, this is one of the bets looking productivity laptops in the market. With the lid closed, it measures just 10mm and weighs about 1.1kg, making it one of the lightest and slimmest notebooks in the market right now. The 13.3-inch display offers a resolution of 1,920x1,080p, supports touch and has a layer Gorilla glass 4 to protect it against scratches.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 runs on Intel’s 6th gen Core i5 processor.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 runs on Intel’s 6th gen Core i5 processor.

Apple Macbook Pro 13

Rs 1,55,900

Apple’s new MacBook Pro notebook is 23% thinner (14.9mm thick) and about 200g lighter (1.3kg) than its predecessor. The size of the trackpad has been increased and new touchbar has been added right above the keyboard. It provides quick access based on the app that is open on the screen. The MacBook Pro 13 runs on Intel’s 6th gen Core i5 processor paired with 8GB RAM and offers 256GB SSD and a 13-inch display with a resolution of 2,560x1,440p. It runs the latest version of Mac OS.

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