Thin and light laptops for frequent travellers

By Afrah Khan | Published on 13 Oct 2020
Thin and light laptops for frequent travellers

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Most of us are quite used to travelling... or rather, waiting at airports, cafes and airport lounges. Whether it’s attending a quick online meeting, updating some files or making major code changes, work can pop up quite unexpectedly. While all laptops are portable, we all know that some just don’t fit that moniker at all. In this article we will look at those that really do qualify as frequent travel-friendly – they are extra slim, weigh far less than the average laptop, and are far more portable. Without further ado, let’s look at the lightest and thinnest laptops available on Amazon right now.

Dell Inspiron 5300 13.3-inch FHD Laptop

The Dell Inspiron 5300 is not just portable and slim, but also has an anti-glare 13.3-inch FHD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and wide-view display angle, so you can work in all kinds of lighting environments. It has a rubber drop hinge which keeps it slightly above whatever surface you have placed it on. It even has an adaptive thermal profile which can detect whether you are holding it on your hands or keeping it on a flat surface. Under the hood, it has a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor (6MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz,4 cores), 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD. This device has a backlit keyboard, an HDMI port, three USB Type C ports, Micro SD card reader and a headphone/microphone audio jack. The fingerprint reader adds an extra layer of security to this 1.08 kg laptop, which should make it a suitable travel companion.

Acer Swift 3 Laptop

The Acer Swift 3 is a well-built laptop with an i5 10th Gen Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD memory (expandable up to 1TB) to ensure good performance under all conditions. It has a 14-inch FHD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, two narrow bezels and a great screen to body ratio. Moreover, the Acer Color Intelligence and Exacolor technology claim to provide better colour contrast than other laptops. It has a maximum battery life of 13 hours, as per the brand’s claims, and comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. This sturdy and stylish laptop weighs 1.19 kg, which makes it very light on the shoulders. In terms of connectivity it has everything you’d need, with a Thunderbolt 3 port, a display port, a 3.5-mm jack and USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Lenovo IdeaPad S540

If you are on the lookout for an all-rounder, budget-friendly laptop, then this might be the one for you. With a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 6MB Smart Cache, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage, this laptop will deliver good performance under all conditions. The IdeaPad S540 weighs in at 1.3 kg and is just 15.9 mm thick, while Lenovo claims that this laptop can last up to 18.5 hours on a single charge – a very portable solution indeed! Connectivity options include two USB Type-C ports, a USB-A 3.1 and an audio port for headphones and microphones. The narrow bezel, wide-angle viewing and 300 nits brightness mean the 13.3-inch QHD display will please your eyes. The NVIDIA GeForce MX250 inside it will make sure that the display lives up to its potential with decent colour reproduction, crisp visuals, faster performance and smoother gameplay. Overheating is prevented with twin internal fans and dual exhaust pipes carrying heat away from the components.

LG Gram Laptop

The LG Gram weighs a mere 995 grams and is the lightest yet toughest laptop in this list. LG claims it has passed seven military-standard tests, and is made with a Nano-carbon-magnesium body, which makes it sturdy and stylish. It has an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD. For connectivity, it has multiple ports including a USB Type-C, two USB 3.0, an HDMI, headphone out and Micro SD card slot. It has a 14-inch FHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a backlit keyboard. The laptop has a fingerprint lock and a Kensington slot to provide an added layer of security. The 72Wh long-lasting battery is claimed to be able to last for 23.5 hours on a single charge.

Afrah Khan


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