Almost 19 million college students join over 4100 colleges and universities around the united states on a yearly basis.
Each one needs his own laptop, but how can you choose when there is so many options available? Well that is why we are here, here is a quick buying guide and a short list of best laptops for colleges available.
What to look for in a Good Laptops for college students :
Even though it would be great to have a big screen with 1080 to watch high-definition movies and play games with amazing graphics but, when you are going from class to class through the campus you will need something that you can put in your college backpack.
The ideal size then would be 13 to 14 inch but you need to take into consideration what your work on the laptop will be since it will require more scrolling and the fonts will look smaller than your usual 15.6-17.3 inch screens.
Most of your usage on the laptop will be writing, between chatting with family back home, your online friends, or even writing essays ans research papers.
You will need a full size keyboard and a comfortable touch pad to suite those needs.
Most new laptops come with enough storage for college students so unless you are studying film making or a video enthusiasts then no need for you to worry too much about storage.
2 in 1 laptop:
Hybrid laptops are also a good option, those laptops can be converted into a tablet that you can then connect a keyboard too which is a great plus if you need more typing than usual.
The CPU is the core of your laptop, it usually determine if you are going to have any lagging during your work or smooth sailing.
Processors build differently so you will find some that give you more power but it will consume more battery, and the other way around.
Usually the Intel Core I has a good balance between battery life and raw power.
If your work will require more power then you should go for a i7, if you need more power then you should go for a i5
If you are a gamer or a CAD user then that will have some value to you, but if you are not then an integrated GPUs will be enough for graphics-intensive tasks.
Graphic cards are great for 3D gaming or video editing or even watching a blu-ray movie, however this will consume a lot of battery as well.
This is an important part of a good laptop for college.
A big battery is going to be an important part for the top laptop for college students.
Some laptops come with a removable battery which is a plus since we can always buy an extra battery if your laptop don’t last the whole day.
The bigger the battery the more weight the college laptop will have, so it is important to find a good balance.
Most college students are on a tight budget but some students require more power than others like students who need to do some heavy programming, video editing, and even some to light to hardcore gaming.
Those kind of students will need a dedicated GPU which will definitely increase the laptop price, so if you are not one of those students I would advise that you get an integrated GPU so you would not pay for something that you have no use of.
We currently reviewing the best laptops for college, so we will update this article soon, but for now this short buying guide should help make a more informed decision.
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The ZenBook-UX305UA because it comes with 13.3-Inch Full-HD IPS which the perfect size and recommended screen size for a college laptop, Intel Core i5 6200U which is powerful enough for most college usage and kinda the standard on these kind of laptop, 8 GB RAM which is enough ram for smooth multi tasking(multiple chrome tabs, while watching videos/listening to music and such, 256 GB SSD very good for faster booting and and overall performance, great battery life expect 7-10 Hours Battery Life with light to medium usage,great build quality with all-aluminum body, very light at 2.9 lbs which is one of the lightest in this category, doesn’t come with a backlit keyboard or USB tybe C though which is a con if you have a use/need for them.
Pro tip: you can save about a 100 if you are ok with buying from the warehouse deals.
or the newer version of it which is this ASUS ZenBook UX330UA because it comes with 8 GB of ram for smooth multitasking, good SSD storage of 256 GB for faster boot up and loading, the new Intel Core i5 2.5GHz 7200U which is one of the best in this price range and on ultrabooks, intel HD 620 which is great for light gaming and again one of the best iGPU currently available on laptops, built-in fingerprint sensor, high build quality with Aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass 4, very good battery life, very light at 2.6 lbs, USB Type C, it also has better speakers than the older version and it is within the same budget.
The Acer Swift 3 because it comes with 14″ Full HD, Intel Core i5-6200U which is powerful enough for most college usage , 8GB DDR4 which is enough ram for smooth multi tasking, 256GB SSD very good for faster booting and and overall performance, Intel HD Graphics 520 good for light gaming/photo editing, light weight at 3.31 lbs, very good battery life at 6-8 hours with light to medium usage, great build quality with metal chassis, it also comes with USB type C and 1 – HDMI port with HDCP support, very good battery life, fits well inside small budgets and a backlit keyboard.
The Acer Spin 5 because it offers great value for money, it comes with Intel Core i5-6200U Processor just like the other acer, Intel HD Graphics 520 good for light gaming/photo editing , 8GB of ram which is enough ram for smooth multi tasking, 256GB of SSD for faster booting and and overall performance, very good battery life at 7-10 hours with light to medium usage, very good build quality with metal cover, (1920 x 1080) resolution with 13.3 inch screen, it is also light weight at 3.53 lbs, and it has 2 in 1 feature with 4 modes which a nice bonus and can work with acer active stylus combined with 2 in 1 feature makes it a great option for drawing and such.
The Acer Aspire S 13 again great value for money, it comes with Intel Core i5-6200U Processor just like the other acer, Intel HD Graphics 520 good for light gaming/photo editing , 8GB of ram which is enough ram for smooth multi tasking, 256GB of SSD for faster booting and and overall performance, very great battery life at 8-11 hours with light to medium usage (one of the areas where it is better than other options so if you care most about battery this is the way to go), very light weight at 2.9 lbs (this is another area where this is strong plus, lighter than the other Acer by (.41 lb and .63 lbs) so if weight is an issue this is where to go), good build quality (not as good as the others on the list but still very good), USB 3.1 (Type C) port(another nice plus), 2 – USB 3.0 ports (1 with power-off charging) and slightly lower in price than the other two.
Pro tip: for some reason with this listing some times the higher priced seller show when you click on the link, simply click on the other sellers section to get the better deal.
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