Student Laptops

​For students a laptop can be as important as pen and paper. As laptops are this important for students there are a few things to think about before you purchase such as size, battery life, durability, specs and a few others.

 Battery life, build quality, weight and 2 in 1 capabilities are some of the general requirements of a student laptop. The laptops on this list were chosen based on the above mention qualities with specs being the secondary need (the specs are still competitive for the price). Laptops above 15.6” were left off the student laptop list as above 15.6” would lose some of its portability.

200-250

Lenovo N22

  • Intel Dual-Core Processor 1.60GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC SSD
  • 0.88″ Thin, 2.8lbs Weight,
  • Battery: 14 hours

This thin and light weight laptop is ideal for those who want a ‘burner laptop’. It features a simple design with nothing too fancy. The RAM can be upgraded to give you a little boost in speed in the future.

ASUS L402SA

  • Display: 14″ (1366 x 768 pixels)
  • Processor: Intel Celeron 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery life: 6 hrs
  • Weight: 3.6lbs

This laptop has many mixed reviews and your needs will determine how you feel about it. If you need a quick laptop for cheap this is not for you. If you want a low price, good display (for this price) and multiple ports this system is for you

Dell i3168-0028BLU 2-in-1

  • Display: 11.6″ HD 1366×768 touch Display
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3060 up to 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage 32 GB SSD
  • Battery Life: 13+ hrs
  • Weight: 3.2lbs

The display on this model is not as good as the ASUS L402SA but it has 2-in-1 capabilities and a long battery life for a low price making it a good student laptop for those on a budget.

HP Laptop

  • Display: 15.6″ HD
  • Processor: AMD A6-7310 Quad-Core APU 2GHz,
  • RAM: 4GB RAM,
  • Storage: 500GB HDD
  • Weight: 4.74 lbs
  • Battery life: 5 hrs +

300-350

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11E

  • 11.6″ HD LED-backlit Touchscreen IPS display with 1366 x 768
  • Intel Celeron N3150 1.6GHz (Burst up to 2.08GHz)
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4GB RAM

Pros|ConsIPS screen|Not Full HD Cheap|slow at multitasking SSD|poor webcam Can be upgraded| limited warranty

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM

  • Display Size: 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-7100U
  • RAM: 4GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Battery life: 8 hr+
  • Others: Backlit keyboard, Optical Drive

Without a doubt, one of the best student/budget laptops out there
Detailed Review

400-450

Dell i5378-3031GRY-PUS Inspiron

  • Display: 13.3″FHD 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: i3-7100U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs

The Dell i5378 might not be the most powerful system at this particular price point but what makes it special is its portability, build quality and its ability to be a good student laptop as it has 2in1 capabilities. An upgrade in RAM will be needed as 4 GB will slow you down a bit

450-500
Acer Swift 3

  • Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
  • 14″ Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 4GB DDR4 Onboard Memory
  • 128GB SSD
  • Battery life: 10-hours
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs

The swift 3 is a small light weight laptop that has lots of power especially if you upgrade the RAm by adding a cheap RAM in the extra slot The i5, 8 GB 256 SSD version refurb is also at a similar price point Powerful Refurb
Detailed Review

500-550
HP X360

  • Display: 15.6” Full HD Touchscreen 2-in-1 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 1TB Hard Drive
  • Battery Life: 8 hrs+
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs

Having a 2 in 1 feature is good for students as it takes portability and note taking to a different level. This laptop can easily multitask as the specs are sufficient to handle light tasks easily. Low specs gaming is also an option for this system

550-600
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4

  • Display: 15.6-Inches Full HD Notebook 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: i5-7200U
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Storage: 256GB SSD (HDD can be added)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5
  • Battery life: 8 hrs+
  • Weight: 5.27 lbs

This Acer mixes work and play as it has decent specs but most importantly a GeForce 940MX graphics card which most laptops at this price point don’t carry. Having 8 hrs+ on a student laptop that can game is also a big plus. One drawback of this system is that it’s a bit heavy for a student laptop
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Detailed Review
Dell Latitude E7250

  • Intel i5-5300U 2.3GHz
  • 256GB SSD
  • 8GB DDR

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Refurb

  • Intel Core i5
  • 128 GB SSD
  • 4 GB RAM

The design and portablity of Surface Pro 4 already makes it a great student laptop but the Pen makes it even more secial as it is responsive and has a natural feel
Acer Spin 5

  • 13.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display
  • Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • Card Reader-microSD
  • Weight 3.53 lbs

The Acer Spin 5 is a great two in one laptop with a sharp display, powerful processer and a fast SSD.
Detailed Reviw

600-700
Acer Spin 5

  • i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz (Up to 2.8GHz)
  • 13.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD. Card Reader-microSD
  • Up to 10-hours Battery Life

Lenovo Ideapad

  • Display: 15.6″ Full HD IPS
  • Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz
  • 12GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Bluetooth

While this system is lacking an SSD for quick boot and load time is has a powerful i5-6300HQ processor which sets it apart from the mostly U processors in this price bracket. This HQ processor is much more powerful which makes this laptop suited for gaming, video and photo editing
Detailed Review
Acer Spin 5

  • Display: 13.3″ 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 3.53 lbs.

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54

  • Display: 13.3-inch Ultra-Slim Laptop 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7200u
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs
  • Battery Life: 11 hrs +

The aluminum body and weight makes this laptop ultra portable which makes it ideal for students. This system is not meant for running intensive programs or playing AAA games, it is meant to have a good build quality that can last 4+ years to see you through college
Detailed Review
Dell i5568-7477GRY

  • 15.6-Inches FHD 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz Processor,
  • 16 GB RAM,
  • 256 GB SDD

On sale when posted, the sale price of tist laptop offers great vale for a 15″ 2 in 1 laptop, with a fast booting SSD, 16 GB RAM and an i7 proceesor

700-800
Lenovo Ideapad 510

  • Display: 15.6″ 1920×1080 IPS
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7500U
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
  • Battery Life: 5 hrs
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs

The dedicated graphics card in this system can give a gaming performance similar to the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 but with a IPS display so your viewing angles will be better. This system also does not have a SSD but a 1 TB HDD

900-1000
Dell XPS9360 XPS 13

  • 13.3-Inch Laptop
  • 7th Gen Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128 GB SSD
  • Weight 2.7 lbs

With the laptop ypu get what you pay for, a solid build quality in a well designed light weight package

HP Spectre X360 Refurb

  • 13.3″ QHD 2560 x 1440
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7
  • 16GB
  • 512GB SSD
  • Touchscreen

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

  • 12.3” PixelSense Touchscreen with pen input 2736 x 1824 resolution
  • Intel Core i5
  • 256 GB
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Weight 1.7 lbs

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