MacBook is often considered as a benchmark in laptop computers. Rightly so, because its sleek aluminum body has remained unchallenged for years. It was almost as if the Windows camp found it amusing to bore the consumers to death with its uninspiring designs. Things are changing though as Microsoft is leading the way with some interesting devices under the Surface line-up. It is showing hardware partners that the Windows notebooks don’t have to be boring. With its latest Surface announcement, the Redmond-based company is rolling a dual-display dice. However, there’s time for the new series to hit the stores. Till then, here are the top MacBook alternatives you can buy in India right now:
Asus VivoBook 14
Price: Rs 48,990 (Purchase link)
This is the most affordable alternative to Apple’s sleek laptop. Under 50k, you get a 14-inch thin-bezel display packed in a stylish body. The machine comes with a unique hinge that raises the base adding tilt to the keyboard resulting in an improved typing experience. Additionally, it helps run the laptop cool by facilitating airflow below the laptop. The compact laptop weighs in only 1.5 kg. It is powered by an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor. This particular model comes with an 8 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) storage. The laptop features a chipset type backlit keyboard with 1.3 mm key travel. The VivoBook 14 comes with a microSD card reader, a USB Type C connector, two full-size USB ports, and one HDMI. It comes loaded with Windows 10 Home system. To make most of Microsoft’s Windows Hello feature, the laptop is equipped with a fingerprint sensor for quick login. As per Asus, the VivoBook’s fast charging tech can top-up 60 percent battery in less than 50 mins.
HP Envy 13
Price: Rs 69,990 (Purchase Link)
HP’s Envy 13 is an elegant notebook with premium aluminum construction. With its 1.5 cm thickness, the Envy 13 tips the scales at just 1.2 kg. The laptop is powered by Intel’s 8th gen Core i5 processor. It offers 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. HP’s notebook computer sports a 13.3-inch Full HD display with scratch-resistant coating. Since it is an IPS (In-Plane Switching) type panel, you get rich colors and wide viewing angles compared to a regular LCD. Despite its slim profile, the Envy 13 offers three full-size USB connectors, one USB Type C connector, a microSD card slot, and a micro SD card reader. To enhance the multimedia experience, HP has loaded the laptop with quad speakers tuned by Bang and Olufsen. On the software side of things, you get Windows 10 Home edition.
Surface Laptop 2
Price: Rs 74,200 (Purchase Link)
With its Surface Laptop series, Microsoft promised a MacBook alternative but delivered a killer. With the Surface Laptop 2, the Redmond company has outdesigned Apple on every front. This metal-clad laptop has a stunningly beautiful design and comes in exciting burgundy and cobalt blue along with the understated black and platinum hues. To top it off, Microsoft has thrown-in the premium Alcantara textile finish around the keyboard and trackpad. Mostly used for the interior of expensive cars, this material takes away the cold touch of the metal. The Surface Laptop 2 features a 13.5-inch display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504. The machine adds another dimension to the user interact owing to its 10 point multi-touch screen. It is powered by Intel’s 8th gen Core i5 processor. For multitasking, you get 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Goes without saying that it runs Windows 10 OS.
Dell XPS 13
Price: 113,000 (Purchase Link)
If you are willing to breach the 1 lakh price barrier, look no further than the Dell XPS 13. This laptop has one of the most refined designs in the industry. Its sturdy chassis is milled from a single block of aluminum. Dell has opted for carbon fiber palm rest, which is sturdy as aluminum at fraction of its weight. Speaking of which, the Dell XPS 13 weighs in at 1.2 kg. Thanks to its streamlined design, the laptop is 1.5 cm at its thickest point. The device’s 13.3-inch IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It is protected against scratches by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. At the core of the XPS 13 is Intel’s Core i5 chip. Other important hardware includes 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD. Don’t be fooled by the notebook’s thin body, as it accommodates an SD card reader, two full-size USB ports, and Thunderbolt Type-C connector. It comes ships with Windows 10 Home operating system.