Top Budget Student Laptops

Updated September 2018

  1. At the low end of the budget we have the Acer Aspire 1 which is great for students on a budget

  • Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-Core Processor (Up to 2.2GHz)
  • 14″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 Widescreen Display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • 8 + hrs Hours Battery Life
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Weight 3.64 lbs

If you want to watch videos at a good resolution the Acer Aspire 1 is a decent budget laptop with a full FHD screen

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2.  Next on the list is the Acer Aspire E15 

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
  • 15″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit Display
  • 6GB Dual Channel Memory,
  • 1TB HDD & 8X DVD
  • Up to 13.5-hours advertisedof battery life
  • Backlit keyboard, Optical Drive

With its 8th gen CPU, FHD screen, 6 GB of RAM it provides great value for money for general use and light gaming as it has an HD 620 graphics. This laptop is the new king of budget laptops

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3. A surprisingly light weight laptop for the price next on the list is the  ASUS VivoBook F510UA 

  • 15″ Inches FHD 1920 x 1080 Display
  • Intel Core i5-8250U,
  • 8GB RAM,
  • 1TB HDD,
  • USB-C, NanoEdge Display, Fingerprint
  • 3.7 lbs

It has a solid build quality and is not too heavy. The only thing missing from this system is an SSD. With its quad core CPU this laptop is ideal for a low budget Editing/CAD laptop

4. Microsoft Surface Go

  •  Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
  •  Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
  •  RAM: 4GB – 8GB
  •  Screen: 10-inch, 1,800 x 1,200 (217 ppi; 3:2 aspect ratio) PixelSense touch display
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC – 128GB SSD

5. Arguably the best bang for buck laptop on this list is the Acer Aspire E 15

  • 15.6″ Full HD IPS
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U version
  • GeForce MX150,
  • 8GB RAM Memory,
  • 256GB SSD

This Acer E15 laptop comes with an 8th gen quad core i5 or i7 processor which is great for CAD and cpu intensive works (i7 versions costs around $100 more). With the MX150 graphics card you will have a much better gaming experience than with a GeForce 940MX. FHD IPS display is also good for its price. Detailed Review

6. Next on this list we have a tie, with the tie breaker being if you prefer gaming or portability. If you want gaming your choice must be the Acer Swift 3 if you want portability your choice would be the ASUS ZenBook 13


7. Lenovo Yoga 720

  • 13.3″ FHD IPS 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop/Tablet,
  • Intel Quad-Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Backlit Keyboard Dolby Audio Fingerprint Thunderbolt 3

8. Dell 2-in-1 Inspiron 5000

  • 13.3 inch FHD Touchscreen
  • Intel Core i7-8550U Quad-Core,
  • 16GB DDR4,
  • 512GB SSD
  • Backlit Keyboard Laptop PC,

9. Lenovo Yoga 720 2-in-1

  • 15.6″ 4K UHD IPS Touch-Screen 90% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ,
  • 16GB RAM,
  • 512GB SSD,
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050,
  • Thunderbolt, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard

This laptop balances work and play with its powerful GPU and its 2 in 1 features which is ideal for drawing, editing and other creative work

10. Dell XPS Thin & Light Gaming Laptop

  • 15.6″ FHD,
  • 8th Gen Core i7-8750H CPU,
  • 8GB RAM,
  • 256GB SSD,
  • GeForce GTX 1050Ti,
  • Infinity Edge 400-Nits Display


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