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Student Laptop Buying Guide for the Start of School Year

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Whether you are a college student, high school student or in university, the start of the 2021 school year is approaching and it’s time to prepare your school supplies! If you are done with pencils and paper, pencil case and diary, and prefer to take your notes and record your lessons on a good laptop, powerful but not expensive, super light and with great battery life, this article is made for you.

Laptop Bee guide you step by step, from choosing the model to buying a student PC. What storage capacity and how much weight for your student laptop PC? Do you need a touch screen? We help you with the purchase of a student computer.

How to choose? The essential criteria

Choosing a laptop can be a pain, especially if you don’t know much about it. But don’t worry, this guide is here to guide you! The first step is obviously to identify your needs because there is a multitude of devices for different uses:

UsageGamingProfessionalStudiesFamily
Computer typeDesktop PC / Laptop2 in 1 Laptop / Hybrid PCUltraportable / Laptop / Hybrid 2 in 1Laptop / Desktop PC / All-in-One 
CPU power ImportantMeanMeanMean
Graphics card type High-end dedicated cardIntegrated or low-end cardIntegrated or low-end cardDedicated mid-range card
Memory8 GB at least4 GB at least4 GB at least4 GB at least 
Storage typeSSD or SSD + hard driveSSD SSD HDD or SSD + HDD
ConnectivityAt least 4 USB 2 USB at least At least 4 USBAt least 4 USB
Screen size 15,6″ +/ 24″+10 to 14 “ 11 to 15.6 “15,6″+ / 24″+

For the purposes of this article, your needs are pretty straightforward: A student laptop should allow you to take notes, search the internet, and store lessons, while still being portable. Here are the essential criteria to take into account as a priority so as not to make a mistake:

  • Bet on a screen that is between 11 and 16 inches, Full HD if it exceeds 12 inches.
  • Prefer great autonomy, at least a whole day.
  • Choose a nice keyboard, you will spend a lot of time on it.
  • Then never neglect the memory or the processor of your laptop PC: an Intel Core i3 with 4 GB of RAM is enough.
  • Finally, if you have the necessary budget, prefer a faster SSD type hard drive, 128 GB or 256 GB.

These criteria are suitable for students who will be using their laptop for note taking, PowerPoint design, Internet browsing and writing (e.g., dissertations). For students of computer science, architecture or graphics (who may need heavier software), as well as engineers, opt for a more efficient laptop:

  • Apple’s MacBook Pros are suitable.
  • The Asus ZenBook range as well.
  • As well as the IdeaPad from Lenovo.

Regarding the technical characteristics, favor:

  • An i7 processor.
  • Minimum 8 GB RAM.
  • An SSD hard drive.

Now that you have the basics, let’s get into the details of the best laptops.

What kind of laptop?

You have the choice between three types of computers:

  1. A standard, relatively versatile laptop.
  2. An ultraportable, extremely light, but less powerful.
  3. A 2-in-1 hybrid PC, which has the advantage of being able to convert from the tablet. 

The weight

If there is one fundamental criterion, it is this. You will be carrying your computer everywhere, so spare your back! Some models weigh less than a kilogram, while others weigh more than 2kg. Preferably choose a model that is as compact as possible (in width, length and thickness).

Autonomy

This is the second most important criterion because you don’t want to find yourself without a battery in the middle of the day, with no connection within range. Autonomy can be very variable, so maximize it… to the maximum! You will be able to find devices with up to 14 hours of battery life.

Performance

A god fire processor is not a priority for this use. Instead, opt for a low-power model for better battery life, such as an Intel Core i3 processor (or i5 if you still want a little more power).

Memory

RAM is an important criterion. The more you have, the faster your machine will be: opt for 4 GB minimum, 8 GB to be completely quiet.

Storage

If you can afford it, go for a computer with an SSD drive, it will be much faster. And they consume much less energy, which is another advantage in terms of autonomy. 256 GB is sufficient, especially if you have an external hard drive to save your lessons.

Screen

The screen is one element that consumes the most energy, so the smaller it is, the better your computer will perform. Stay between 11 and 16 inches. A 14 inch or a 15 inch fits perfectly.

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The touchscreen may also tempt you. Be aware that if you do not use it, it remains more expensive.

Ports

Opt for 4 USB ports minimum to have where to connect your mouse and your external hard drive without worries. A memory card reader for your camera is handy too.

Conclusion

There is probably still a lot of tips and tricks to share, but the point of this article was to focus on the essentials without falling into the trap of saying that Mac is better than PC, that amounted PC is better than a branded PC and so on.

I took over 3 hours to write this article and I have no doubts that it can be of use to many people. Share it around you as well as on social networks. Thank you.

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