Thanks to the ongoing Pandemic and forced to Work From Home scenarios, Laptops have become one of the best-selling electronics products online in India as well as in other parts of the world. The new year 2022 is here, and the Covid pandemic is still out there, now getting more problematic thanks to the new Omicron variant. Chances are you will be working from home in 2022 as well.
If your current laptop is showing its age, lagging, and freezing, you would now be considering getting a new laptop. We already saw many new laptop launches in 2022 from OEMs like Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Dell etc. Is it wise to go purchase those laptops now? If you ask me, my buying advice would be to wait.
Why should you wait to buy a new laptop in 2022?
Most current laptops launching in the early part of 2022 ( Jan, Feb ) are powered by 11th Gen Intel processors or 5th Gen AMD Ryzen processors. Don’t get me wrong here, these are good and capable processors to have in a laptop, and will let you get things done without any issues.
However, recently Intel has announced their 12th Gen Core i3 / Core i5 / Core i7 / Core i9 processors made for Laptops. We are gonna see many laptops launching with these new and more powerful processors in mid to late 2022. During the CES show this year, AMD has unveiled Ryzen 6000 laptop CPUs which are replacing older AMD 5000 Series chipsets. So, we are soon going to see a flurry of new laptops powered by 12th Gen Intel processors and AMD 6000 Series CPUs in the market.
So if you are not in a hurry, and your current laptop is still going OK, it’s better to wait for the upcoming laptops to drop with these new processors. They are probably going to sell for similar prices as the current-gen versions.
Asus has already listed some models with 12th Gen Intel and AMD 6000 Series processors – Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582, 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H / Core i7-12700H ), ASUS TUF Dash F15 (2022) ( Core i7-12650H / Core i5-12450H ), ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022) ( AMD Ryzen 7 6800H ), ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2022) ( Core i7-12700H / Core i5-12500H ).
If you are looking for a mid-range gaming laptop with a decent graphics card, Nvidia RTX 3060 powered laptops are a great option to go for. When Nvidia launched RTX 3060 a while back, it was the entry-level model in the RTX 30 Series. However, now RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti GPUs have taken over that title, appearing on many entry-level and budget gaming laptops. Going forward to 2023, we are still going to see many laptops launching with RTX 3060 laptop GPUs as the RTX 40 Series models are yet to arrive on Laptops.
While RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 laptops are often out of stock, many RTX 3060 laptops are available to purchase in India. Acer, HP, MSI, Lenovo, Asus etc all sell gaming laptops with this graphics card onboard. The cheaper models have it paired with 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. More expensive models have high-end AMD Rzyen processors as well as newer 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H Core i7 and Core i9 processors. Check out the best-selling RTX 3060 laptops online in India below.
Dr Trust USA has launched Healthpal 1 Smart Watch Fitness Activity Tracker 8002 model in India online. It has a launch selling price of ₹2,499and an MRP price of ₹6,999. You can buy this online in India from Amazon.in for a lightning deal lowest price of ₹1,999.Check herefor the current pricing and availability.
Dr Trust USA Healthpal Smart Watch Fitness Tracker 8002 helps you keep a watch on your vitals easily and enable you to record all your real-time health data like SpO2, BP, Heart Rate, Body Temperature etc. You can connect this smartwatch to your smartphone using the Dr Trust 360 app and view all this recorded data, and share it if needed.
It is powered by a 230 mAh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and offers up to 99h 59 min health tracking according to the official specs available online. Other features like Auto Sleep Tracking, alarm clocks, music controller, deep breath guide, timer, etc are on board as well. Check out the full specs and features below.
From the manufacturer Dr Trust Healthpal 1 fitness tracker. The stylish design of the wrist-worn band helps you get detail of real-time health data in one place or app. This fitness tracker also sends you notifications of incoming calls and messages etc. This is perfect for men women. Fitness tracker, strap, USB charger & user manual included in the box. You can refer to the user manual for simple instructions on how to use our Dr Trust fitness tracker. It is important to follow the setup process correctly for the proper functioning of the watch. Please do not wear it too loose or tight as this may lead to wrong health data.
Dr Trust USA HealthPal 1 8002 Specs and Features
2021 cutting-edge wrist-worn sensor technology
Full touch display
Records SpO2, BP, Heart Rate
230 mAh rechargeable battery
99 h 59 min health tracking
Connect to Dr Trust 360 app to view and share health data
Zebronics has launched ZEB-A28UHD 4K Ultra HD monitor in India at a launch selling price of ₹17,999 online. The MRP list price is ₹29,999. As of this writing, Zebronics ZEB-A28UHD is currently the cheapest 4K UHD monitor you can buy in India ( Jan 2022 ). Amazon.in has now listed this monitor in stock. Check here for the current lowest price, offers, and buyer reviews.
Jan 12, 2022 Lowest Price: ₹17,046 ( Limited Time – Republic Day Sale Offer Price ).
Jan 25, 2022 Update: A verified purchase reviewer on Amazon.in says this about the monitor – “Good Display with good viewing angle. NOT TN panel. Cheapest 4k display“. However, another reviewer complains “Visible discoloration on the top left and top right corners just within a day, not recommended.” – Read more verified purchase reviews on Amazon.in here.
Zebronics ZEB-A28UHD features a 28 inch 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160 pixels ) resolution display with a peak brightness of 300 nits supported. The specs online don’t mention if this has an IPS panel or a VA panel. It can output 1.07B colors and boasts a 500000:1 contrast ratio.
It has a max refresh rate of 60hz and a response time of 3ms. You get Dual HDMI ports as well as Dual Display Ports to connect the monitor to your PC or Laptop. Zebronics ships this with a DP cable in the box.
I will update this post with the Pros & Cons of this monitor, as well as reasons to buy, not buy ZEB-A28UHD once a few Verified Purchase reviews are available on Amazon.in. Check out other Best Selling 4K monitors on Amazon.in here.
From the Manufacturer – Product description High resolution 4K UHD monitor with 28-inch widescreen and Ultra-slim bezel design. ZEB-A28UHD comes with a native resolution of 3840×2160 for utmost details on screen and provides the best color accuracy and contrast, with its 1.07B color support and 500000:1 contrast ratio. You can provide inputs with the dual Display ports and dual HDMI ports, which makes the monitor versatile. Enjoy movies and get comfortable with the professional editing and video works, using the ZEB-A28UHD monitor. With the built-in speakers and a 3.5mm earphone jack to connect external speakers/headphones, you will never miss out on the audio part.
Zebronics ZEB-A28UHD 4K Monitor Full Specs
Not mentioned in Specs – could be VA or IPS
4K Ultra HD (3840×2160 pixels )
Dual DisplayPorts, Dual HDMI ports
Built-in Speakers, Headphone jack
Color gamut / Color Space
No info available
Dynamic Contrast ratio
300cd/m ( 300nits )
H178/ V178 viewing angle.
Price in India
Launch Price: ₹17,999 ( Jan 2022 ), MRP Price: ₹29,999
HP India has launched Chromebook x2 11-da0018QU 11 inch Tablet/Laptop with Detachable Keyboard and Wireless Rechargeable USI Certified Pen online. It has an MRP list price of ₹67,649 and a launch selling price of ₹59,999( Jan 2022 ). This model is now listed online in stock online in India on Amazon.in. Check here for the current lowest price, offers, and buyer reviews.
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0018QU Tablet features an 11 inch 2.1K (2160 x 1440) resolution screen with multi-touch and stylus input support. This IPS panel supports 100% sRGB color gamut and can go up to 400nits peak brightness. HP has powered this model with a 2-cell, 32 Wh Li-ion polymer battery and provides a 45 W USB Type-C power adapter in the box.
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0018QU is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c compute platform. The CPU on this has 8 cores and supports 8 threads with frequency up to 2.4 GHz. For graphics, this model uses Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU. This HP Chromebook ships with 8GB of ram and has 128GB eMMC storage. Check out the full specs below.
Similar model: HP x2 11 Tablet PC 11-da0017QU with 4G LTE ( Price: ₹59,990 – Jan 2022 ).
It’s already September 2022. How fast time flies. This is the month of Big Sales online in India. Amazon.in is gearing up with their Great Indian Festival 2022 Sale while Flipkart is all ready to empty your wallets with the Big Billion Days 2022 Sale. These sale starts on Sep 23 onwards and will last a number of days. We are expecting many new launches as part of the sale.
Check out some of the best launches in Electronics, Laptops, Mobiles, and Accessories online on Amazon India during the month of August 2022 and September 2022 below.
Sep 2022 Update – New Arrivals on Amazon.in
Yamaha TW-E5B True Wireless Earbuds Black color ( MRP: ₹14,200 )
Yamaha TW-ES5A True Wireless Sports Earbuds Black ( ₹15,700 )
New Launches in Cameras ( Aug – Sep 2022 )
GoPro and DJI have launched new Action Cameras – GoPro Hero 11 Blackand DJI Osmo Action 3. Since GoPro has a strong presence in India, the Hero 11 Black is already available to pre-order in India online from Amazon.in. DJI Osmo Action 3 is expected to launch in India in the coming weeks as well. With this 3rd Gen model, DJI is going back to their first gen design instead of the modular action camera – DJI Osmo 2 – they launched last year which was plagued with heating issues and didn’t sell well as an action camera.
12th Gen Intel-powered laptops and AMD Ryzen 6000 Series powered Laptops are now slowly starting to take over the Laptop market in India online. Amazon.in has a lot of new models popping up from different manufacturers. HP has launched a few Pavilion models with 12th Gen Core i5 processor on board. Asus has launched a lot of new Vivobook Pro models with OLED displays as well. Lenovo, MSI, LG, and Acer all have new models launched recently online in India. Xiaomi has announced Notebook Pro 120G models with 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce MX Graphics.
Check some of the best new launches in laptops below.
New Launches in Electronics, Gadgets and Accessories ( Aug – Sep 2022 )
Apple has launched iPhone 14 Series in India online. iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max are all available to pre-order online on Amazon.in, Flipkart, Apple Store, etc. Along with these new 2022 iPhones, Apple has also launched new Apple Watches. Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2022, and Apple Watch Ultra are now available to pre-order.
Amazon has launched All-new Kindle Paperwhite 2022 models with 16GB storage and a USB Type-C port in India. The price for this starts at ₹14,999 ( Rs 1000 more than the 8GB model )
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) is one other popular gadget Apple launched in India. The price starts at ₹26,900 and is available to pre-order now. It will ship to customers on Sep 23th – release date.
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Go Type C Flash Drive, Peach, 512GB and 256GB Models are now available on Amazon.in. The price is ₹4,149 and ₹2,379 respectively.
WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD Gaming Storage 1TB and 2TB models are now available to purchase in India from Amazon.in. This new SSDs offer speeds up to 7,300 MB/s ensuring top-level performance and ridiculously short load times.
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 Dual-Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Gaming Router (Black) with Dual 2.5G Ports, WAN Aggregation, VPN Fusion, Triple-Level Game Acceleration, Free Network Security and AiMesh Support is now available to purchase in India. It costs ₹38,699. Asus has also launched ROG Herculx Graphics Card Holder (Tool-Free Design, Included Spirit Level, Solid zinc Alloy, 72-128mm, Aura Sync) in India. The MRP list price is ₹4,900.
Looking for a Mechanical Mouse ? Logitech has launched G502 X Lightspeed Plus Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse in India. It is available in White and Black color options. It uses LIGHTFORCE Hybrid switches and has features like LIGHTSYNC RGB, Hero 25K Gaming Sensor etc. It is compatible with Windows and MacOS systems. The MRP Price in India is ₹15,495.
Lenovo often ranks top of the charts when it comes to the most popular selling laptops online in India. According to the current Best Sellers list on Amazon.in ( June 2022 ), there are many Lenovo laptops powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i3, Core i5 processors, and a few powered by AMD Ryzen processors selling very well in India. You also see many older models, which have 10th Gen Intel processors in the Top 10 Best Sellers list.
Many budget Lenovo laptop models launched in 2021 and early 2022 came with dual-core processors like the 11th Gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 chipset while the mid-range Lenovo laptops come with the 11th Gen Intel Core i5 – 11300H or Core i5-1135G7 quad-core processors. We also expect Lenovo to launch a lot of 2022 new models which will be powered by upcoming 12th Gen Intel processors in the coming months ( Core i3-12100T, Core i3-12100, Core i3-12200T, Core i3-12300, Core i5-12400T, Core i5-12400, Core i5-12500T, Core i5-12500 etc ).
Almost all Lenovo Laptops launching in 2022 ship with Windows 11 Home pre-installed. Most models have MS Office Home and Student 2019 or 2021 pre-installed as well. Lenovo is gearing up to launch 12th Gen Intel-powered laptops in India which will be available during the later part of the year 2022. This page will be updated with new models once they become available to purchase in India.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 81WB018EIN is currently the best-selling Lenovo laptop online on Amazon.in. It currently sells for ₹34,990 and is powered by 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10110U dual-core processor. It comes with 8GB of ram and has 256GB of SSD storage.
Legion 5 82B500BHIN is currently the best-selling, budget, entry-level Lenovo gaming laptop online. It costs ₹65,990 and is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Hexa-core processor and has Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics.
The cheapest RTX 3050 Lenovo Laptop currently available is Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 82K10168IN. It sells for ₹66,490 and is powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11300H processor. Ideapad Gaming 3 82K201RRIN is another entry-level RTX 3050 Lenovo laptop, which is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Hexa-core processor. The current lowest price for this model is ₹67,490 ( Deal of the Day Offer ).
Check out the below list for the current best-selling Lenovo laptops in India online. You can check Amazon.in page here to see the full list with the current lowest price offers.
Top 10 Best Selling Lenovo Laptops online in India ( June 2022 – Amazon.in )
Nvidia Geforce GTX 16 Series are entry-level graphics cards currently powering many budget gaming laptops and desktops launched in 2021. We are gonna see a lot more similar models launching in 2022 as well. Nvidia also plans to bring many new models with the just-announced RTX 2050 GPU as well in 2022.
Nvidia GTX 1650 / GTX 1650 TI is the cheapest model in this series and powers many entry-level gaming laptops by Lenovo, Dell, Asus, Acer, MSI etc.
GeForce GTX 1650 (G5) vs GeForce GTX 1650 (G6) Nvidia has launched two variants of GeForce GTX 1650 graphics GPU. The earlier launch G5 variant has a memory speed of 8 Gbps and supports GDDR5 while the newer GTX 1650 G6 has a 12 Gbps memory speed of supports GDDR6. Both models have 4GB of memory.
Check out the best-selling Nvidia GTX 1650 powered laptops currently sold in India below ( Dec 2021 update ).
Best Selling Nvidia GTX 1650 / GTX 1650 Ti Laptops in India ( Dec 2021 ~ Source: Amazon.in )
Amazon has launched 2021 All-new Kindle Paperwhite 11th Gen E-reader in India online. The 8GB model has a launch selling price of₹13,999. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32 GB) is also now available to purchase in India, at a launch price of ₹17,999( Sep 2021 ). You can pre-order these new 2021 Kindle Paperwhite models on Amazon.in from here. ( affiliate link ). These models will ship to customers on November 4, 2021.
Dec 2022 Update All-new Kindle ( 11th Generation, 2022 release ) – The lightest and most compact Kindle, now with a 6” 300 ppi high-resolution display, and 2x the storage – is now available to purchase in India online from Amazon.in. The price in India starts at ₹8,999. Check out the current pricing and availability here ( affiliate link ).
Oct 2022 update Amazon US has announced All-new Kindle (11th Generation) and Kindle Scribe Ereader Tablets. As of this writing, there are not currently available to purchase in India.
September 2022 Update Amazon India has now launched All-new Kindle Paperwhite (16 GB) model with a USB Type-C port. The launch selling price is ₹14,999. ( affiliate link ).
Check out other Kindle E-readers Deals of the Day Offers on Amazon.in here.
2021 All-new Kindle Paperwhite (8 GB) model comes with a 6.8-inch display with thinner borders and adjustable warm light. You can get up to 10 weeks of battery life on a full charge. It features a glare-free display that is 10% brighter at the max settings compared to the older models. You can take this E-reader to the beach or to the bath without much worry as it is IPX8 rated.
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition comes with more storage and supports Wireless charging. It also comes with auto-adjusting front light for a better reading experience.
Launch Offer: Get 80% off on eBooks up to Rs. 500 Kindle Credits. More info here.
From the manufacturer Kindle Paperwhite is thin, lightweight, and travels easily so you can enjoy your favorite books at any time. With our signature 300 ppi glare-free Paperwhite display-now 10% brighter at its max setting-you can read in any light. And now, a single battery charge via USB-C lasts up to 10 weeks. Battery life may vary depending on use.
I recently bought an Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G renewed laptop from Amazon.in as a backup laptop to test out Windows 11 Insider Edition. Since I use Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) with GNOME 3.38.4 on my regular laptop, I was curious to see how it will work on this new hardware.
Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G is not just another Intel-powered laptop. This model is unique as it comes with Intel Iris Xe Max GPU ( Intel DG1 ). As of this writing, the Ubuntu official kernel doesn’t have support for this GPU. However, since the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 also comes with integrated Iris Xe graphics, the latest Ubuntu bootable USB installation drive booted into it without any issues. Everything was working except the Intel Iris Xe Max GPU because of a lack of drivers.
Installing Ubuntu 21.04 Linux on Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G
Since I was able to boot the live USB without any issues, I thought i will install it after updating Windows 10 to Windows 11. I enrolled in the Windows Insider program and installed the new Windows 11 without any issues. The UI looks much better and polished than the older Windows versions. If you are a Windows user, I would highly recommend you give it a try. From my limited usage, I didn’t see the Blue Screen of Death, which is now black I heard.
After using Windows 11 for a while, I decided to Dual boot Ubuntu 21.04 on my new Acer Swift SF314-510G. Installation went without any issues. Since the new Ubuntu versions support Secure Boot, you don’t have to disable it in the Bios and use legacy mode. Everything got installed and the system rebooted. However, the GRUB bootloader, which was needed for Ubuntu to boot didn’t load at startup. Naturally, I googled for solutions and got a wide range of solutions to try out.
A few users suggested i try the following commands
For me, both of these commands didn’t work. So I moved on to other solutions.
Acer has a Bios feature that lets you choose a .EFI file as trusted. In order to do that, first, you have to set a Bios Supervisor password. You can do that easily from the Security tab. Then you have to choose the Select a UEFI file as trusted for executing option. This will let you browse through the EFI partition. From there, navigate to the ubuntu folder and find the shimx64.efi. If no such file exists, look for grubx64.efi. Select it by entering. It will prompt you to enter a name. After finishing this step successfully, reboot. You will now have a new entry in the bootable items listed in the F12 boot menu. This process will give you the Grub loader to boot from on many many Acer Laptops.
However, in my case, it didn’t. So I repeated the Ubuntu installation process after resetting everything in the BIOS to default. Also i tried with and without Secure boot enabled. I again ran into the same issue. but this time, I got empty EFI Ubuntu folders. When I mounted the EFI ubuntu folder using a live system, I found the needed files there but for some reason, BIOS didn’t show it.
I tried using older Ubuntu versions – even installed older Ubuntu 18.04 LTS just to see if it will give me the GRUB. Now i ran into a new error – Executing ‘grub-install /dev/nvme0n1’failed – This is a fatal error. I switched back to the latest Ubuntu live CD, and to my surprise, i started to see this new grub-install error in that as well! Again, I google-searched for solutions, and nothing these great minds suggested worked in my case.
Since I am a full-time Ubuntu user, I actually didn’t need to have Dual Boot Windows 11 and Ubuntu on my Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G. I can easily live without it. However, I wanted to test out the new UI and Windows experience, hence the decision to Dual boot. Also, I was afraid Acer has done some bad EFI Secure Boot implementation that wouldn’t let Ubuntu or other Linux booting on their new laptops. So removing Windows, formatting the whole drive, and installing Ubuntu alone was a risk. However, I was forced to do exactly that thanks to a fix suggested by Gparted. I was using Gparted in the live session to look at the partitions, and it alerted me of some issue with a drive. I hit FIX without thinking much and.. managed to corrupt the Windows partition. ie I screwed up. The Windows bootloader recovery tried to fix it automatically and failed. I tried a few different things and all failed. So I went from trying to fix the Ubuntu GRUB loading issue to trying to fix Windows 11 loading issue.
Finally, I decided to wipe everything off and go Full Ubuntu. I did select Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats during the installation and during the first boot, I performed the “Perform MOK management” and used the “Enroll MOK” option. All went well. It worked. I was able to Boot into the new Ubuntu installation without any issues.
I don’t know the exact reason why the GRUB didn’t load properly. It could be a bug in the GRUB, it could be the Windows 11 bootloader blocking other OSes, or maybe it’s due to some bad Acer BIOS EFI issue.
What I am now trying to do is get a Kernel with support for Iris Xe Max GPU ( Intel DG1 ). According to the reports online, the Linux 5.14 kernel will land with the support for the DG1 GPU. Intel developers are pushing various patches to the kernel to support this new GPU. I tried signing and booting with a 5.14.0-051400rc2-generic but is yet to have drivers for the DG1 GPU.