Apple finally launched a well-needed update for the MacBook Air last year. Featuring an all-new design with a Retina display stretching all the way to the edges, and updated innards, it looked quite similar to the 12-inch MacBook which was launched in 2015.
While fans praised Apple for the new notebook, the pricing was something that didn’t work very well. The base model featuring an Intel Core i5 processor, 8-gigs of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs 1,14,900. Now for that kind of money, you can get a much better Windows notebook which is a premium and more powerful.
So we’ve got five notebooks that are great alternatives to the new MacBook Air:
Dell XPS 13
The XPS 13 has been the leading ultrabook for years and the latest variant is an excellent alternative to the MacBook Air. It features a 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display with almost no bezels and up to 10-12 hours of battery life. The latest range of 8th-Gen Intel Core processor delivers enough power for your daily tasks and the gorgeous display is great for binge-watching TV series and movies.
Price: Starting at Rs 93,700
Microsoft Surface Laptop
The Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s response to the MacBook Air. Featuring a lightweight, slim and minimalistic design, it includes a nice fabric finish around the keyboard which feels premium and unique at the same time. With that, you get great speakers, a sharp and bright 13.5-inch touchscreen, and a claimed battery life of 14 hours.
Price: Starting at Rs 86,999
HP Spectre x360
One of the finest 2-in-1 notebooks, the Spectre x360 from HP is a machine that has it all. Having a 13.3-inch convertible design, it has an elegant chassis with a dark-gray and finish copper accents all around. You also get a comfortable keyboard, great speakers and the option of latest 8th-Gen Intel CPUs.
Price: Starting at Rs 1,24,890
Asus ZenBook S
One of the most elegant and premium notebooks from Asus, the ZenBook S oozes of style and premiumness. It features a unique hinge design, which raises the keyboard when you open the lid, making it more comfortable to type. It offers enough power for everyday tasks and media consumption, without working up a sweat thanks to the latest 8th-gen Intel processor options and up to 16GB of RAM. It also has an excellent display if you happen to choose the 4K resolution variant.
Price: Starting at Rs 1,29,900
Acer Swift 7
If you are looking for a super-slim notebook, the Acer Swift 7 is going to make you wonder how this laptop squeezed in all of the hardware including a battery that lasts 9 hours. With that, you get a vibrant full HD 14-inch display, a comfortable keyboard, and a lightweight body. The only caveat here is that it comes with an Intel Y-series processor, so don’t expect high-end performance.
Price: Starting at Rs 95,999