Laptops may be important for all of us, but they’re essential for anyone attending school or college, especially computer and technology students. From looking up information online, taking notes and writing papers to collaborating on group projects, laptops make studying easier in many ways!
If you’re looking for the best laptop for college, we’ve put together a list of features to look for as well as the top options available in 2019.
Features to Consider While Buying a Student Laptop
College students have specific requirements which you need to keep in mind while shopping for a laptop. Here’s what you should prioritize:
- Portability – Between classes, dorm, library and study hall, college students are always on the move. A large or heavy laptop will be painful to lug around, so get one that’s lightweight with a screen size of 11-15 inches.
- Performance – While working on a paper or project, you may have multiple browser tabs open, along with word processing/image editing software, and other programs. You need enough RAM to handle all this without lags.
- Software – Look for laptops with a pre-installed operating system, as well as writing and editing software such as Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365 (free for students). These are basic necessities for most schoolwork.
- Media Quality – Whether it’s watching an online lecture, playing music while studying or participating in a group discussion via video call, you need good speakers, high-quality graphics and an integrated webcam.
The one thing you shouldn’t do is compromise on quality or features when you’re shopping for a student laptop. If you don’t have enough saved up, you can always buy a laptop on EMI or get a laptop loan online!
Best Laptops to Buy for College Students
Here are the best laptop options for college students in 2019:
Dell XPS 13
13.3-inch Full HD display, 8th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor, 4GB/16GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU
Huawei MateBook X Pro
13.9-inch 3K display, 8th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor, Intel UHD 620/ Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card.
Acer Aspire E15
15-inch 1080p display, 8th generation Intel Core i3/i5 processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, Intel UHD 620/GeForce MX150 graphics card.
HP Envy 13
13.3-inch 1080p/4K display, Intel Core i5/Core i7 processor, 8GB/16GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 620/Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
13.5-inch PixelSense touch display, 8th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor, 8GB/16GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU
Dell XPS 15
15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD display, 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card
When you buy a laptop for college, think of it as an investment. Get a laptop loan if your budget is tight, since you can pay this off over time. But don’t settle for something that cannot handle the load of schoolwork, gaming and more!
Author: Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore (refusing to acknowledge the name change) and works with MoneyTap, India’s first app-based credit-line. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life’s mission to help and educate people on various financial topics, so email him your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.