Lenovo Legion Y540 81SY00U7IN laptop powered by 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor is now available in India online. Even though this has an older Core i7 processor ( launched in Q2′ 2019 ), Lenovo announced this laptop back in Dec 2020 only. It has a current lowest price of Rs 65,990 ( part of Amazon Summer Sale May 2021 ) and an MRP price of Rs 1,04,890. Check here for the current lowest price, offers, and buyer reviews.
Lenovo 81SY00U7IN Legion Y540 is a mid-range gaming laptop powered by the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750HF Hexa-core processor. It has a base clock speed of 2.6Ghz and a max turbo boost of 4.5Ghz supported. For graphics, this laptop has NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 GPU. It ships with Windows 10 Home operating system.
The display on this laptop is a 15.6 inch Full HD screen with an anti-glare panel and has a regular 60hz refresh rate. It comes with 8GB of ram and can be upgraded to 32GB using the Two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots available. For storage, Lenovo is using the best of both worlds – you get a 256GB SSD storage for faster booting and performance, as well as a 1TB HDD drive for regular storage. Check out the full specs below.
Asus has launched TUF DASH F15 2021 FX516PM-HN156TS Laptop powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia Geforce RTX 30 GPU in India. It has an MRP price of Rs 1,29,990and will be available for a lower price online. This laptop is now in stock on Amazon.in ( check here for the current lowest price, offers, and buyer reviews ).
Asus FX516PM-HN156TS TUF DASH F15 2021 is a mid-range gaming laptop powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11300H quad-core processor. It has a base clock speed of 3.10 GHz and can go up to 4.40 GHz in turbo boost mode. For graphics, Asus has equipped this model with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 6GB Graphics GPU.
Asus FX516PM-HN156TS features a 15.6 inch Full HD screen with 144hz refresh rate support. It comes with 16GB of ram and has 512GB SSD storage. The max ram supported is 24GB ( using the 1x SO-DIMM slot ). It ships with Windows 10 Home and has MS Office Home and Student 2019 pre-installed. You also get McAfee Security With 1-year validity. This laptop supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1..
Lenovo has launched the Yoga Slim 7i 82A3009RIN 14ITL05 Laptop ( 2021 ) powered by the 11th Gen Intel processor in India online. It has an MRP list price of Rs 99,990 and a launch selling price of Rs 78,990 ( April 2021 ). This laptop is now in stock online on Amazon.in ( check herefor the current lowest price, offers, and buyer reviews ).
Lenovo 82A3009RIN is a mid-range laptop powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 quad-core processor. It has a base clock speed of 2.40Ghz and can go up to 4.20Ghz in Turbo Boost mode. This chipset supports 8 threads and has an 8MB Cache. For graphics, this laptop has integrated Intel Iris Xe GPU.
It comes with 16B of ram and has 512GB SSD storage. The memory is soldered to the board, so it is not upgradable. The display on this model is a 14 inch Full HD IPS screen with 100% sRGB color gamut support.
Lenovo has powered this laptop with a 60.7Whr battery which offers up to 15 hrs of usage. It ships with Windows 10 Home OS and has MS Office Home & Student 2019 pre-installed. This laptop has a 720p + IR + ToF webcam with Windows Hello support.
Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 30 Series GPUs have been out for a few months now. Many OEMs like Asus, Lenovo, Acer, Dell, etc are now starting to use these new powerful Graphics GPUs on their Gaming laptops. Due to the global chip shortage and high demand for the RTX 30 Series GPUs, we only have a handful of Laptops currently available with these new chips.
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 is replacing the popular RTX 2070 GPU we saw on many 2020 gaming laptops. Performance-wise 3070 outclasses both 2070 and 2080 GPUs. Check out some of the best-selling RTX 3070 powered laptops in India below ( as of April 2021 ).
Note: Many of these laptops go out of stock very quickly on Amazon.in, and often take weeks, even months to come back in stock.
Asus has launched the TUF Gaming A15 2021 FA506QM-HN008TS laptop model in India online. It has an MRP price of Rs 1,39,990 and will be available for a lower price online. This laptop is now in stock on Amazon.in ( check here for the current lowest price, offers and reviews ).
April 2021 Price: Rs 1,12,911
Asus FA506QM-HN008TS is a gaming laptop powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H octa-core Processor. It has a base clock speed of 3.2Ghz and can go up to 4.4Ghz is boost mode. This chipset support 16 threads and a 16MB Cache. For graphics, Asus has equipped this model with a 6GB GDDR6 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU with Dynamic Boost support. Asus has powered this laptop with a 4-cell 90Whr battery with 200W AC Adapter in the box.
It comes with 16GB of ram and has 512GB SSD storage. The display on the Asus FA506QM-HN008TS is a 15.6 inch Full HD screen with a 144hz refresh rate supported. It has an anti-glare panel and comes with Adaptive Sync support. It ships with Windows 10 Home and has MS Office Home & Student 2019 pre-installed.
Asus has also launched 2021 ROG Strix Scar 15 / 17 laptops in India with RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 GPUs. Those models feature 300hz displays and are powered by Ryzen 5900HX chipset.
If you are looking to buy a new laptop in 2021, you would be confused with all the tech names you see online. Often times you would be confused to choose which chipset and processor, and what resolution screen and all you would want in your laptop. This simple guide will help you understand what’s going on in the Laptop and Computer world and help you buy a new laptop that suits your needs.
Which chipset/processor do I need to look for when buying a Laptop?
When you look to buy laptops online from Flipkart and Amazon.in, you would often see a lot of different generation Intel processors out there. To keep it simple, the newer the generation, the better and faster the processor is. As of this writing, the 11th Gen Intel processors are the latest and you can recognize them by looking at the names. For eg Core i5-1135G7. The first two digits after the i3 / i5 / i7 / i9 denote the generation. We still see many laptops from major manufacturers shipping with 10th Gen Intel processors as well.
We often see older 9th Gen Intel laptops on offer on Amazon.in and Flipkart. Even though they are not that bad, it is recommeded you get a laptop with newer 10th Gen and 11th Gen processors. The price difference won’t be that different, so it would be foolish to go with older gen models.
Apart from Intel, AMD makes some fantastic processors. In fact, in recent times, AMD has leapfrogged Intel in many areas. For eg, many of the chipsets from AMD are 7nm build while Intel still use the 10nm. They often have more cores as well. For eg the Ryzen 5900HX from AMD has 8 cores and supports 16 threads while most 11th Gen Core i7 chipsets are quad-core processors.
If you are buying AMD-based laptops, look for Ryzen 5000 Series of chipsets – eg Ryzen 5 5500U, Ryzen 7 5700U, Ryzen 9 5900HX, etc. Laptops with these chipsets are starting to arrive in India online. AMD 4000 Series chipsets are quite good as well – eg Ryzen 7 4700U, Ryzen 5 4500U, Ryzen 5 4600H etc.
Do i need a 4K UHD Screen in my Laptop ?
A Full HD resolution on a 15.6-inch screen is quite enough to have on a laptop. There are some laptops that come with a 4K UHD screen, which are often very expensive, and in my opinion a bit overkill. Stick with Full HD, or get a bit more resolution with a QHD display. Also, if you are not on a budget, look for laptops with touchscreen support. They are often a bit more expensive which is to be expected.
How much ram i need ? and What about Storage?
Avoid buying 4GB ram laptops in 2021. Get a laptop with a minimum of 8GB ram. A 16GB would be idle if you work with a lot of tabs open in Google Chrome or other browsers. Look at the specs to see if they are upgradable. Many laptops nowadays ship with the soldered ram. Some have an extra SO-DIMM slot to add more ram, while many don’t.
About storage, even though HDD laptops are cheaper, you should consider getting a laptop with SSD storage. Get one with a 512GB NVMe SSD. You can also look for laptops with hybrid storage – For eg 1TB HDD + 256GB/512GB SSD. Often times it is the storage drive that slows the system more than the ram. I have used laptops with 12GB+ Ram and 1TB HDD storage, and it took ages to boot. I swapped the HDD for a new SSD and it now boots and the performance is much much better. 512GB SSD won’t be enough if you download a lot of things, so If you want more storage to store a lot of files, I recommend you get a 4TB or more external drive.
Do i need a 144hz or 300hz refresh rate screen?
The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the visual experience is. A high refresh rate screen is often highly sought out by serious gamers. On a normal laptop, the refresh rate is 60hz or 75Hz, which is good enough for general purpose use. There are many laptops from Lenovo, Asus, etc with 144hz screens. You can also get a 300hz one like you see on the new Asus ROG Strix 15 / 17 2021 models. If you are a casual gamer and are not seriously into it, I recommend you still with the regular 60hz.
Do i need a graphics card ? If so which one should i buy ?
If you are a media professional, and you work a lot in Photo and Video editing on the move, you would want to get a good laptop with a good graphics GPU. Regular laptops use integrated GPUs like Intel Iris Xe, Iris Plus, Intel UHD, AMD Radeon etc, which are good enough for general purpose usage and casual editing. But if you are a Pro, or is a gaming addict, you will have to get a laptop with an Nvidia GPU.
Nvidia GTX 1650 and 1660 models are entry-level graphics cards. Then you have RTX 20 series like RTX 2060, 2070, 2080. Many high-end gaming laptops launched in 2020 came with RTX 2080 and 2070 GPUs. However, in 2021, Nvidia’s RTX 30 series – RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 – offer better performance than previous-generation models. Laptops with these new GPUs are starting to arrive in India. However, due to the global chip shortage, these laptops would go out of stock fast and are often much pricier than what they should be selling for.
WiFI and Bluetooth – Do i need the latest versions?
I would suggest you look for the WiFi 6 mentioned in the Laptop spec sheet. There are many laptops launching in 2021 shipping with older WiFi 5 networks. Don’t get me wrong here, you can perfectly browse the internet with WiFi 5 laptops, but it’s better to get a laptop with a newer tech as many routers support WiFi 6 networks.
There is also a new standard – WiFi 6E, which uses the less congested 6Ghz frequency offering better performance. However, there are only a very few laptops that have this now on board. A WiFi 6E router costs a lot as well. So let’s wait for another year for this new tech.to be added to the must-have in a Laptop list.
In the Bluetooth department, BT 5.0 and 5.1 are fine. Some newer laptops have newer Bluetooth 5.2 as well. Many budget Laptops still use the older BT 4.2. It’s better to go for a Laptop with a newer Bluetooth version to get the best out of the newer Bluetooth accessories.
General Purpose Laptops Specs – 2021 – What features you should look for ?
For general purpose Home and Office use, I would suggest you get a 10th Gen or 11th Gen Core i5 laptop with integrated Intel graphics. You can also get a Laptop with Hexa-core AMD Ryzen 4000 Series processor onboard which offers more value for the money. A 15.6 inch IPS screen with an anti-glare screen would be good. I recommend you avoid HD ( 720P ) and TN panel displays. Unless you work with colors, a 45% NTSC color gamut is OK, but if you find one with 100% sRGB at a good price, grab that. Look for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 or higher. For the operating systems, get one with Windows 10 Home – you don’t need Windows 10 Pro for your general use. A 3-cell 48whr battery or higher would be good to have as well. If you plan to do a lot of zoom calls and all, look for a 720P HD webcam and integrated array mics as well. An approximate price for a laptop with the above specs is between Rs 50,000 and Rs 60,000.
Check out the latest launches in Laptops and ongoing offers online on Amazon.in here.
HP 14s-fr0016AU 300T0PA Laptop is now available to purchase in India online. It has an MRP price of Rs 55,999. The April 2021 launch price for this model is Rs 39,213 ( 30% OFF MRP ). This laptop is now in stock on Amazon.in ( check here for the lowest price, offers, and buyer reviews ).
HP 14s-fr0016AU ( 300T0PA ) is an entry-level, budget laptop powered by the AMD Ryzen 3 4300U quad-core processor. While many other AMD quad-core processors support 8 threads, this one only does 4 threads, hence the lower price. It has a base clock speed of 2.7GHz and can go up to a 3.7GHz boost clock. For graphics, it uses integrated AMD Radeon GPU.
This laptop comes with 8GB of ram and has 512GB SSD storage. The max ram supported is 16GB ( 8GB x 2 ). The display on this is a 14 inch Full HD IPS screen with an anti-glare panel. It supports 250nits max brightness and has basic 45% NTSC color gamut.
It ships with Windows 10 Home OS and has MS Office Home & Student 2019 pre-installed. This laptop supports WiFi 5 and has Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity. HP has powered this model with a 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion battery which offers up to 9 hours of usage on a full charge.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2021) G733QS-HG056TS Laptop is now in stock online in India. It has a current lowest price of Rs 2,72,990 and an MRP price of Rs 3,37,990 according to the listing on Amazon.in. Check here for the current price, offers, and user reviews.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2021) G733QS-HG056TS is a high-end gaming laptop powered by the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX octa-core processor. This is a 7nm chipset part of the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series. It has a base clock speed of 3.3Ghz and a max boost clock speed of 4.6Ghz. For graphics, Asus has equipped this model with a 16GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with ROG Boost support.
This laptop has a 300hz 17.3 inch Full HD screen with 100% sRGB color gamut support. It comes with a 32GB Dual Channel ram and has 1TB SSD storage. Like other Asus ROG Scar 2021 laptops, this laptop also comes with a 90Whr battery.
Other ROG Strix Scar 17 (2021)India Models: G733QS-HG195TS and G733QR-HG085TS ( not in stock anywhere as of this writing ).
HP has launched the 14s-dr2016tu laptop model ( 360L9PA ) powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor in India. It has an MRP price of Rs 55,999 and will be available in stock on April 27, 2021, on Amazon.in sold by Appario Retail Private Ltd. Check here for the current lowest price and offers.
HP 14s-dr2016tu 360L9PA is a lower mid-range laptop powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 quad-core processor. It has a base clock speed of 2.4Ghz and a max turbo boost of 4.20Ghz. For graphics, it uses Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU. There are many other HP laptops powered by the same chipset available to purchase in India ( check here ).
This HP laptop features a 14 inch Full HD screen with an anti-glare panel. The max brightness supported is 250nits. It comes with 8GB of ram and has 512GB SSD storage. HP has powered this model with a 3-cell 41Whr battery which we have seen on many other HP laptops in this price range. It features a 720P HD webcam with integrated dual array digital microphones.
It ships with Windows 10 Home and has MS Office Home & Student 2019 pre-installed. It also comes with Amazon Alexa built-in. This laptop supports WiFi 5 network and has Bluetooth 5.0.
Note: Amazon.in lists this laptop coming in Natural Silver color, but the images provided by them are of the Jet Black model.
HP has launched 14s-fq1029AU 3V6P4PA Laptop in India online with AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Ryzen 3 processor. It has an MRP price of Rs 46,805 and a launch selling price of Rs 40,990 online. This laptop is now in stock on Amazon.in (check here for the current lowest price, offers, and reviews )
HP 14s-fq1029AU 3V6P4PA Laptop is an entry-level, budget laptop powered by the AMD Ryzen 3 5300U quad-core processor. It has a base clock speed of 2.6Ghz and a max boost clock of 3.8Ghz. This chipset supports 4 threads. For graphics, it uses Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics GPU.
14s-fq1029AU comes with 8GB of ram and has 512GB SSD storage. It has a 14 inch Full HD screen with an anti-glare panel and max brightness of 250nits supported. It ships with Windows 10 Home and has MS Office Home and Student 2019 pre-installed. It also comes with Alexa built-in. The battery on this laptop is a 3-cell 41Whr integrated.
HP has also launched 15s-ey1003AU laptopvariant powered by previous-gen AMD Ryzen 3 4300U at a price of Rs 36,999. It has 8GB of ram and 256GB storage and has similar specs overall.