Best Laptop for Programmers

Contrary to popular belief, picking up any kind of a budget laptop for your programming needs is probably not a good choice. We suggest you go with a laptop that has at least 4 cores, a minimum of 8GB RAM, and of course, an SSD. All these things combined together will make sure you get speedy compile times and a smooth workflow. In this list of best laptops for programmers in India, we've recommended a set of well-balanced laptops that will help you get your work done more efficiently, without causing any issues along the way. We also believe that the best laptops for developers are the ones that have a good quality keyboard. That's not something you can simply make out by looking at the specs sheet. As a programmer, you’re going to be typing a lot, so the keyboard is going to be just as important as all the specs combined. So taking all that into account, here's a list of top laptops for programmers

List of Best Laptop for Programmers

Product Name Seller Price
Apple MacBook Air M1 N/A ₹92900
Acer Swift 3 Tatacliq ₹58757
Dell XPS 15 N/A ₹98200
Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch Amazon ₹184990
HP Envy 15 Amazon ₹134900


The new 13-inch MacBook Air powered by Apple's new M1 SoC is the stuff that's redefining what people should expect from modern-day laptops. Besides exceptional battery life, you're also getting uncompromising power with the M1 processor, which is perfect for a developer. It also has Apple's new keyboard which we think is amongst the best in the market and is very comfortable to type on.

OS:MacOS 10.14 Mojave
Display:13.3" (2560 x 1600)
Processor:8-core CPU | NA
Memory:256 GB SSD/8 GBGB DDR4
Dimension:32.4 x 7.3 x 23.1
Graphics Processor:Apple 7-core


  • OSWindows 10 Home
  • Display14 inch" (1920 x 1080)
  • ProcessorRyzen 5 4500U | 4.0Ghz
  • Memory512 GB NVMe/8 GBGB LPDDR4

The Acer Swift 3 powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U based on TSMC's 7nm process. This is a 6-core processor paired with up to 16GB memory, a combination more than capable of taking on your demanding compiling needs. It's also got a slim form factor, making it super comfortable to carry around and use in, say, a cafe. It also comes with a full-sized keyboard which is great for typing.

OS:Windows 10 Home
Display:14 inch" (1920 x 1080)
Processor:Ryzen 5 4500U | 4.0Ghz
Memory:512 GB NVMe/8 GBGB LPDDR4
Dimension:21.8 x 32.3 x 1.6 cm
Graphics Processor:AMD Radeon Graphics
Available ₹ 58757


  • OSWindows 10 Home
  • Display15.6" (3840 x 2400)
  • Processor10th-generation Intel Core i9-10885H | NA
  • Memory256 GB SSD/16 GBGB DDR4

The premier laptop from Dell’s portfolio, the Dell XPS 15 comes equipped with the Intel Core i9, 32GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, and a gorgeous 4K display. The XPS 15 is an absolute powerhouse, making it ideal for coders who want to develop world-class apps or even develop games. The keyboard and trackpad on the XPS 15 are some of the best in the industry and have been loved by practically everyone who has used it. The XPS 15 is also slim enough to get into any kind of a backpack and despite that, packs a fairly good battery life. The total combined power of the components inside the XPS 15 makes it a great choice of laptop for game developers too, given that it should be able to compile code as fast as you’d like.

OS:Windows 10 Home
Display:15.6" (3840 x 2400)
Processor:10th-generation Intel Core i9-10885H | NA
Memory:256 GB SSD/16 GBGB DDR4
Dimension:344.72 x 230.14 x 18
Graphics Processor:NA


If you’re looking to be involved in any kind of development within the Apple ecosystem, a Mac is your best bet. Packing one of the fastest Intel processors, high-speed RAM, and blazing-fast storage, the MacBook Pro is bound to make short work of any kind of code you try to compile on this beast. The keyboard on the MacBook Pro has also been changed to the new scissor switches, the same switches found on the Apple Magic Keyboard, so you can rest assured that you’re going to be able to hack away at the keyboard for hours. If you’re looking to develop anything for the Apple ecosystem, doing so on a Mac is your only choice, and the MacBook Pro 16-inch is the best of the lot.


  • Impressive performance, thermal throttling is well controlled
  • The 16-inch display offers excellent colour reproduction
  • Impressive battery life


  • No SD Card slot
  • Keyboard should have had more travel
  • VFX artists might need more than 16GB RAM
Display:16" (3072 X 1920)
Processor:Intel Core i9 8th Gen | NA
Memory:512 GB SSD/16 GBGB DDR3
Dimension:349.3 x 240.7 x 15.5
Graphics Processor:AMD Radeon Pro 560X
Available ₹ 184990
Available ₹ 224990


The HP Envy 15 is powered by the latest 6-core Intel Core i7 (10th gen) and comes with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and a great display. When it comes to coding and compiling, you get all the horsepower you need in Envy 15. HP's Envy series is also known to have some premium notebooks, so you will get your money's worth with this laptop. Not to mention, it also has a really good keyboard, which as we've mentioned earlier, is a must for coding.


  • Elegant Design.
  • CPU-GPU do not throttle.
  • Handles video editing very well.


  • Keyboard surface can get hot.
  • No charging over USB-C.
OS:Windows 10
Display:15" (1920 x 1080)
Processor:Intel i7-10750h 10th Gen | 2.6 GHz
Memory:1 TB SSD/16 GBGB DDR4
Dimension:23.7 x 35.8 x 1.8
Graphics Processor:Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti
Available ₹ 134900
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