We all know that screen times have spiralled in a post-pandemic world, HP’s internal research nails it down to a number. The company estimates that consumers spent 60 hours per week using laptops in 2021, up from 35 hours in 2019. Laptops are getting slinkier and more powerful. They’re not just work machines anymore, they have the entertainment quotient to quickly morph into binge watch devices.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro
You’re unlikely to find a lighter premium laptop — the 13.3-inch version weighs just 870gm and is 11.2mm thin. Samsung’s new notebook sets a new standard for slim Windows laptops. It will slip into your thinnest portfolio bag, perfect for that one-day business trip.
Don’t let the slinky form fool you, this one’s sturdy with an all-metal build that looks every inch premium. Samsung’s display creds come to the fore in a vibrant 13.3-inch AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with a 60Hz refresh rate. There’s also a 15.6-inch display version. Both come with multiple ports busting the myth that lightweight laptops compromise on connectivity options.
The Book 2 Pro features the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors that allow you to work, video call and game without a fuss. The top-end version comes with a generous 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Battery life is quite impressive for a ultra-thin laptop, you should get through a typical work day.
In case you don’t, the 65W Type-C charger has you covered. This universal charger can also power your Android smartphone, doing away with the need to carry two chargers on a short trip.
Virtual meetings and video calls are a big part of laptop usage. This laptop is kitted with a 1080p FHD webcam and wider field of view angles. The Studio Mode feature has been upgraded and offers Auto Framing — you’re perfectly centred even when you move around the frame. The Book 2 Pro runs on Windows 11 layered with Samsung’s intuitive OneUI Book 4. But more than anything else, it’s the form factor that has our attention.
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition
In case you do make it on one of SpaceX’s flights as a space tourist, you might want to carry this laptop along. ASUS calls it ‘Out of this world’ design. In this case it’s not an overstatement. We dig the aluminium alloy design with Zero-G Titanium finish; you’ll find hints of morse code around the design. Decode it and its ad astra per aspera (Latin for ‘Through hardships to the stars’). The other cool add-on is the customisable 3.5-inch OLED ZenVision display on the lid.
One of its headline features is the 14-inch 2.8K (2880x1800 pixels) 90Hz OLED touchscreen with an impressive 92 per cent screen: body ratio and a taller 16:10 screen aspect ratio. It is powered by the top-of-the-line 12th Gen Intel H series processors that combine performance cores and efficiency cores for the ultimate balance between power and battery life. The laptop also features a robust 63W battery with fast 100W Type-C charging.
HP Pavilion 15
HP has designed it’s new Pavilion laptop line-up with the environment in mind. This all-metal laptop contains ocean-bound plastics and recycled aluminium. HP is playing up its new EyeSafe certified display that is designed to reduce eye strain with an always-on blue light filter. The new Pavilion laptop line-up is powered by 12th Gen Intel Core processors, they also feature a battery optimiser and a backlit keyboard. Other highlights include 8.75 hours of battery life (With a HP Fast charger in the box), HDR streaming for more vibrant visuals and a Bang & Olufsen tuned audio set-up
Price: Rs65,999 onwards