Is the MacBook Pro too expensive? Go for cheaper Windows 10-based notebooks

Apple’s new MacBook Pro series notebooks are here, but not everyone can afford them


The new Apple MacBook Pro.
The new Apple MacBook Pro.

Apple has finally started shipping the latest line-up of MacBook Pro notebooks in India.

The new MacBooks also offer brighter looking display, weigh less and have slimmer profile than their respective predecessors.

The big talking point of this year’s MacBooks is the new touch bar that supports multi touch gestures. However this feature is available in the higher variants of the MacBook Pro 13 and the 15-inch MacBook Pro only.

The variant which doesn’t have the touch bar costs Rs1,29,000 and offers 256GB of storage. The other two variants which comes with the touch bar have been priced at Rs1,55,900 (256GB SSD) and Rs1,72,900 (512GB SSD).

All 13-inch Retina display variants offer screen resolution of 2,560x1,600p and run on Intel’s 6th gen Core i5 chip with 8GB RAM.

Available in space grey and silver colour options, they weigh just 1.37kg and are 14.9mm thick with the lid closed.

The MacBook Pro which offers a slightly bigger 15.4-inch Retina display are selling at Rs 2,05,900 (256GB) and Rs 2,41,900 (512GB SSD). Both these versions come with the touch bar feature. The 15.4-inch screen MacBook Pro notebooks are also more powerful and are driven by 6th Intel’s 6th Gen Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and Radeon Pro 450/455 graphics card. They weigh just 1.58kg and are 15mm thick.

Read more here: Apple MacBook Pro 2016 line-up: Everything you need to know

In case you feel the prices of the new MacBook Pro notebooks are too high, you can go for one of these Windows 10-based notebooks and convertibles.

Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel’s 6th Gen Core i5 processor
Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel’s 6th Gen Core i5 processor

Microsoft Surface Pro

Price: Rs 73,990

If you are game for ultrabook convertibles with detachable keyboard the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is an excellent option. This is the 128GB variant with 4GB RAM, and runs on Intel’s 6th Gen Core i5 processor. What gives it an edge over the MacBook is the fact that you can use the display as a standalone tablet which offers a screen size of 12.3-inch yet weighs just 786g. It can deliver upto 12 hours of backup in one go which is a rarity for Windows 10 convertibles. The 12.3-inch display has a resolution of 2,560x1,440p.

Lenovo ThinkPad T460 is ideal for professionals.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460 is ideal for professionals.

Lenovo ThinkPad T460

Price: Rs 88,275

Ideal for professionals, the ThinkPad T460 is a solidly built notebook with matte black finish that keeps the chassis clean and also helps keep the weight in check. It tips the scales at just 1.7kg. This display packs a resolution of 1,920x1,080p, comes with a non reflective coating and supports multi-touch input. The spill resistant keyboard has the typical ThinkPad design which is very popular with professionals. The T460 runs on Intel 5th gen Core i5 chip with 16GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. It also comes with a couple if interesting security features such as biometric authentication and Trusted Platform Module chip for data encryption.

Dell XPS 13 runs Windows 10 and offers one year free subscription of Microsoft Office
Dell XPS 13 runs Windows 10 and offers one year free subscription of Microsoft Office

Dell XPS 13

Price: Rs 95,990

This is an ultra sleek ultrabook with an edge to edge 13.3-inch display with hardly any bezels around it. Made from a single block of aluminium, this premium looking device weighs just 1.2kg and measures 15mm with the lid down. The display comes with a resolution of 1,920x1,090p and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass as protection for the touchscreen against scratches. It runs Windows 10 and offers one year free subscription of Microsoft Office and one year free subscription of MacAfee LifeSave security tool. Driving the laptop is Intel’s 6th gen Core i5 chip with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD.

ZenBook Flip is an ultrabook with hardly any compromises
ZenBook Flip is an ultrabook with hardly any compromises

Asus ZenBook Flip UC360UA

Price: Rs 97, 990

The ZenBook Flip is an ultrabook with hardly any compromises. The flip design which allows the display to be tilted backwards until it touches the base and used as a big screen tablet has been implemented well. The aluminium finish adds solidity and premiumness and also keeps the exterior free from smudges.It is not just the exterior but the powerful innards that will make many flip over it. It runs on Intel’s 6th Gen Core i7 processor with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD.The 13.3-inch display offers a resolution of 2,560x1,440p which is good news for movie buffs.

HP Spectre 13 is one of the few Windows 10 based ultrabooks that are running the latest Intel processors
HP Spectre 13 is one of the few Windows 10 based ultrabooks that are running the latest Intel processors

HP Spectre 13 (123TU)

Price: Rs 1,05,090

HP Spectre 13 is one of the few Windows 10 based ultrabooks that are running the latest Intel processors. Powered by Intel’s 7th gen Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, the Spectre is also the slimmest and lightest ultrabooks around with a thickness of 10mm and weight of 1.1kg. Made of premium looking aluminium and carbon fibre with dual tone finish, the laptop looks stunning and solidly built. The 13.3-inch display which has a resolution of 1,920x1,080p supports multi-touch input and comes with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. It delivers up to 9 hours backup on one charge.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Price: Rs 1,06,0 00

If you are looking for a light yet powerfully built notebook that can fulfil most on the job requirements efficiently, ThinkPad X1 Carbon is worth a try. Made of a combination of magnesium (casing) and carbon enforced material (lid), this ultrabook weighs just 1.1kg and is tested to withstand rough usage. The 14-inch display has resolution of 1,920x1,080p and a non-reflective and anti-smudge coating over it. It runs on Intel Core i5-6300U processor with 8 GB RAM and 256GB SSD. It lasts about eight hours if continuous use which is impressive. The option to encrypt critical data and the flexibility of login with biometrics enhances the security aspect.

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