Students need to own a laptop that is powerful, reliable, and reasonably priced. We picked our top 5 options for the best laptops for students.
1. MacBook Air
The MacBook Air is ideal for students because of it’s lightweight design. It’s thin profile means less strain on your back when hauling it around campus, while the durable aluminum case ensures that the laptop will be resistant to bumps along the way. Mac computers are also great because they tend to have fewer bugs than Windows computers, and generally have a more user-friendly interface.
Depending on which MacBook Air model you choose (the 11-inch or the 13-inch), you can expect between 9 and 12 hours of battery life. That makes this laptop ideal for commuting students, or students who have a ton of classes back-to-back. Mac-only apps like iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are ideal for creating projects and reports that look professional.
The only downside to this laptop is the price. For some students, $999 is too high for a laptop…though this Mac is likely to last you all four years, if not longer.
2. Samsung Chromebook
The Samsung Chromebook was the first laptop on TechRadar‘s list of best laptops for students. Here’s why TechRadar put this laptop on their list:
“it’s essentially a computer that does one thing: run a web browser. In this case, of course, the web browser in question is Google Chrome.
The offline mode supported by some apps mitigates against the constant internet connection problem and college campuses, and cafes usually provide accessible Wi-Fi services but we know it may still take some getting used to.
But once you get it, it gets under your skin. The simplicity and security of it – a nice compromise between the one-app-at-a-time mode of the iPad, say, and the potential complexity of a traditional computer – is refreshing and welcome.
It’s a slim, light, cheap, long-lasting little laptop that is very secure – partly it only runs a web browser and isn’t based on Windows.”
So as long as your campus has great Wi-Fi and you’re happy working out of Google’s document creation apps, this inexpensive notebook could be just the thing for you. The Samsung Chromebook retails for around $250.
3. Lenovo G580
Featured on PC Mag‘s list of best laptops for college students, the Lenovo G580 was praised for it’s big screen and its overall value.
This Lenovo notebook has two main features that make it student-friendly. Firstly, there’s Veriface™ face recognition software. This keeps your snooping roommate out of your files, but can be configured to let your GF or BF use your computer, too.
There’s also the OneKey® Rescue System, which simplifies the virus killing process in the event of a computer catastrophe. The Lenovo G580 retails for around $479.
4. Dell Inspiron 15 Touch
The Dell Inspiron 15 Touch is relatively inexpensive for a laptop with a touchscreen. This touchscreen capability makes this computer ideal for students who prefer a more tactile computer interface.
The Inspiron line of laptops have been rated for short-term heat conditions of up to 65°C/149°F, so you can feel safe leaving your laptop in a hot car while you run into the library to drop off your books.
The Dell Inspiron 15 Touch starts at $489.
5. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s
Recommended for students by Laptop Mag, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s (or any of the Yoga line) are ideal for students who can’t decide between a laptop and a tablet. Since the device can be twisted into a variety of configurations, this is also ideal for students who like to take notes or draw using a stylus.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s starts at $749, but is ideal for students of all budget levels thanks to its deep customization options.
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