College students have altogether different requirements than most counter-parts. They need a complete package with good battery, light weight, fast processors, gaming ability, stylish and most important of all reliable & in budget.
As a student your budget is not very high but what you need is a complete package. We have a compiled a Top 5 list here under to give you an idea of what’s right?
Let’s begin –
Dell XPS 13 (9380) – This is a very stylish all-rounder machine from Dell. Laptop runs on Windows 10 with Intel Core i7 8565u Processor with clocking speed of 1.8GHz. With 16GB RAM & 1 TB Storage Capacity combined with Intel UHD graphics 620 card what else we need to demand. The screen size is 13.3 inches with 3840×2160 4K resolution which decreases battery rundown to 11:10. The combined package is weighed at 2.7lb.
Acer Chromebook 514 / HP Chromebook – Chromebooks are for budget needs and are good options if you need to basic computing and don’t expect any gaming output from it comparable to other laptops. Or you can as a second option can carry Chromebook with you while your mainstage gaming beast stays there.
Talking about Acer Chromebook it runs on Google OS (spot on!). The intel Pentium N4200 gives a processing speed of 1.1GHz. 8GB RAM with 256 Storage is enough for day to day college tasks. Intel HD Graphics 505 is complimentary. The screen is sized at 14 inches with a Resolution of 1920×1080. Battery Rundown is around 13:40.
Another Chromebook option is from HP. X2 HP Chromebook is also a great buy. Running on Intel Core m3-7Y30 chip and a processing speed of 1GHz. RAM is 4GB with 32 GB storage which is little less though. Intel HD Graphics 615 is the graphic card. The screen size is at 12.3 inches with a resolution of 2400×1600. Laptop weighs around 3.07lb & a battery rundown of 11:00.
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019)/ Apple MacBook Air (2019) – These are highly portable laptops & very effective battery rundowns (18:32, 20:01). Both run on Mac OS & have Intel Core i5-8250U, 8210Y chips respectively. While the former has processing speed of 1.4GHz, the latter gives 1.6GHz. 8GB RAM & 256 GB is standard on both.
The former boasts a graphic card of Intel Iris Plus 655 while Intel UHD Graphics 617 on other. The 13.3 inches’ screen along with a resolution of 2560×1600 is also standard on both. 3lb & 2.75 lb. are the respective weights.
Asus Vivo Book/HP Envy 13 (2019)/Microsoft Surface laptop 2 – The Asus is for value seekers; HP Envy is for travelers & Microsoft one for style conscious users. All have Windows 10 OS. Asus & Microsoft run on Intel i5-8250U while HP has Intel Core i7 8565U.
Both HP & Microsoft have 1.8GHz processing speed while Asus boasts 1.6GHz. 8GB RAM & 256GB is standard on ASUS & Microsoft while 16Gb RAM & 512Gb Storage on HP.
Lenovo Legion Y530/Lenovo Yoga 730 (13-inch) – Legion model is for budget gamers while Yoga for creative professionals. Both run on Windows 10 OS. Legion runs on Intel’s Core i5-8300H while Yoga 730 on Corei5-8250U. Legion has 2.3GHz Processing power while the latter has around 1.6GHz. 8GB RAM & 256 GB storage is standard on both.
Legion has dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphic card while Yoga comes with Intel UHD Graphics 620. While the former has screen size of 15.6 inches, the latter has 13.3 inches with resolution of 1920×1080 in both. Legion being a gaming laptop comes at 5.1lb & Yoga at 2.73lb. Batteries could have been better with 7:59 & 9:49 battery rundowns respectively.
These are some the recommended laptops for college students. One can search on net for different deals for best prices. While the Chromebooks are prized between 200$-450$, others are costly. So choose the best for you.