A laptop is a must-have tool for a college student. It gives you the freedom and the flexibility to get work done from just about anywhere whether you’re in class, at the library, in your dorm room or even under a tree and for those times that you want to kick back unwind or have some fun they provide entertainment for watching videos, movies, and playing games. The round-up of devices below consists of traditional clamshell laptops, hybrids, and ultrabooks in various price ranges so whether you’re on a small budget or a very large budget there’s a laptop here for you.
The Laptops on this list are given an Overall Rating out of 10 based on Performance, Design, Features and Battery Life…
The Asus F555LA is a solid Laptop with a sleek design, offering great speakers and good screen resolution, which is hard to find in even $600 Laptops. The Asus F555LA offers a lot for the price, it’s great for get work done and doing some light browsing plus so much more. The ASUS F555LA Is the best Budget Laptop you can buy today it offers a whole lot for the money.
My Overall RATING 8.2 out of 10
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA
Priced From $349USD
If your looking for a cheap and reliable 2 in 1 laptop this Asus Transformer is a great option. At just 11 inches this very versatile device can be used as a laptop or you can remove the detachable keyboard and use it as a tablet.
It’s not very fastest so it won’t outperform most laptops in this similar price range, but with an Intel Atom Quad Core x5-Z8350 Processor and 4GB RAM, this laptop is more than good enough for simple every tasked. This little 2 in 1 also has a one-touch login and enhanced security with fingerprint sensor supporting Windows Hello. With only 128GB of storage space, you’re able to expand storage space via the included micro SD card slot. There’s even a USB, micro USB, micro HDMI port along with a headphone jack. You’re able to get up to 11 hours of battery life on a single charge.
My Overall RATING 7.7 out of 10
Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop
Priced From $$1,649USD
The MacBook Pro is one of the most portable computers on the market. It’s the perfect computer for those students who need a computer that will handle anything. It’s only 0.68 inches thick and weighs 4.9 lbs pounds making it easy to carry around campus in your hand or just toss it in your bag.
It has a stunning 13.3-inch LED-backlit 2560x1600p display that is one of the best and brightest on the market. The brilliant backlit keyboard will help you with those late night assignments. This fast and powerful laptop has a 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz) and 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM. You also get 10 hours of battery life which is more than enough to power you through the day.
Apple’s new addition of the Touch Bar has replaced the long-standing function keys to a more interactive bar that changes based on what you’re doing to show relevant tools. The MacBook Pro can do it all, its the ultimate workhorse.
My Overall RATING 9.0 out of 10
Lenovo N22 20 Touch Chromebook 80 VH
The Lenovo N22 20 has a built-in handle for carrying around and a camera that spins around. Perfect for the person or student that loves to record. With a battery life of 10 hours and 26 minutes enough to last you the entire day. The Lenovo N22 was designed to enhance your learning experience, perfect for students.
My Overall RATING 8.1 out of 10
Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB)
Priced From $1,499USD
The Microsoft Surface Book is a brilliant 2-in-1 laptop that has a detachable screen which separates seamlessly from the keyboard by simply press the eject button on the keyboard. This makes it easy to use like a notepad with the included Surface Pen and because it’s running Windows 10 you will have access to a store full of apps that will help to enhance the Surface Pen’s usability.
It has a very beautiful 13.5-inch Pixelsense display with a 3:2-aspect-ratio and a 3000×2000 pixel layout, which makes viewing media a great experience. The Surface book features 6th-Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with up to 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage. With its futuristic design and full magnesium body, the Microsoft Surface Book will definitely make people turn their heads.
My Overall RATING 9.0 out of 10
Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible
Priced From $289USD
The is one of the best and most affordable 2-in-1 devices for the students that want a laptop for work and also to watch movies, play games and underline the occasional text. It has a 11.6-inch HD IPS touch display with 1366 x 768 resolution that you can convert into tablet mode by simply flipping the screen all the way backward. Multitasking is easy thanks to an Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.08GHz along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This 2-in-1 has a battery life of 10 hours, which more than enough work and play and you also get 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.
My Overall RATING 8.3 out of 10
Dell XPS 13
Priced From $777USD
The Dell XPS 13 is one of the most compact Windows laptops on the market. It has a near bezel-less 13.3-inch display that’s extremely gorgeous, with very responsive touch functionality.
This lightweight laptop has excellent portability and is better suited for productivity than a MacBook Pro 13. The Dell XPS 13 is incredibly light, with a nice keyboard, great screen, excellent battery life powered by Intel’s latest Skylake processors. It has all ports for normal productivity like both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 ports. If you’re looking for a Windows laptop that’s lightweight and compact, it’s hard to go wrong with the Dell XPS 13.
My Overall RATING 8.8 out of 10
Microsoft Surface Laptop
Priced From $927USD
The Microsoft Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s first crack at a traditional laptop. It has a gorgeous PixelSense touchscreen at 3:2 aspect ratio which is great for work and web browsing. This powerful and stylish device sports U-series 7th generation Intel Core “i” processors, which beats the Apple’s 12-inch MacBook up and down. It has a long battery life so it will power you through the day no problem. The Surface laptop comes with Windows 10-S but it only lets you install apps from the from the official Windows App Store so you’ll want to take advantage of the free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro to remove those restrictions. The small selection of ports and the lack of a USB Type-C port may be a deal breaker for some but the Microsoft Surface Laptop is a very a desirable laptop that checks off most of the features and design elements you need, backed up with solid performance and long battery life.
My Overall RATING 9.1 out of 10
Asus VivoBook E200HA
Priced From $409USCD
The Asus VivoBook E200 HA is one of the best cheap laptops for students on the market today. This 11.6 inches lightweight ultra-compact notebook has Window 10 Pre-installed and sports an Intel Quad-Core Atom Z8350 1.44 GHz (Turbo to 1.92 GHz) Processor with Intel Quad-Core Atom Z8350 1.44 GHz (Turbo to 1.92 GHz) Processor with 4GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You also get 1-year free subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal where you’ll have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Onenote, Outlook, Publisher, and more. The Asus VivoBook E200 HA has a respectable 12 hours of battery life and being a low-end budget laptop there will be a few compromises like in performance department, you won’t be able to run multiple tabs when browsing the web because of it will start to stutter. If you’re willing to look past those minor issue the Asus VivoBook E200 HA is a great value.
My Overall RATING 8.0 out of 10
Priced From $159US
The Hisense Chromebook is one the cheapest on this list but don’t let that price tag fool you. It’s great for taking notes, writing papers, watching videos on YouTube or Netflix and browsing the web, at only $159.00 this is the notebook for you. The stand out features are the keyboard has a nice and comfy feel when typing and great battery life that will get you through the day on a single charge. But you can’t run any downloadable windows app or play the newest games on it. So if you want more from your Laptop you will have to stretch your budget and buy a pricier Laptop on this list. The Hisense Chromebook was designed for students and classroom in mind.
My Overall RATING 7.5 out of 10
ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02
Dell Inspiron 15.6” TouchScreen
Priced From $507USD
The Dell Inspiron laptop has a 15.6 touch screen HD touchscreen with a LED-backlit display. It runs a 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM, an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 processor and a massive 1TB hard drive. It has plenty of connectivity option that includes a DVD optical drive. The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 has impressive features and is a great option for the student that’s looking for a mid-range laptop.
My Overall RATING 8.7 out of 10
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501
Priced From $2,093USD
This Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is an insanely powerful gaming laptop that’s one of the thinnest gaming laptops around. It has an impressive 15 inch 1080p HD screen that delivers excellent quality. This laptop offers a ridiculously powerful Core i7 CPU along with a massive 16GB DDR4 RAM and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics. which is more than enough to handle the most intense games for many years to come. It’s by no means cheap but if you have the money to spend I can’t go wrong with this Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501.
My Overall RATING 8.7 out of 10
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