The 5 Best Laptops for Students

[ 2 ] August 17, 2010 |

Finding the right laptop for back to school can be a difficult task, but these days it’s a necessary one. With all of the options out there, sometimes it’s hard to choose. Plus, certain college programs list specific system requirements, making the hunt for the perfect laptop even more difficult.

So, to make your search a little easier, I’ve gathered some of the best and most reasonably priced laptops for back to school:

Interested in any of the laptops you see? Just click on the image for more information.

Dell Inspiron 15, $379.99-$529.99 (get Dell coupons)

This laptop is perfect for all student needs – and every student’s budget! Starting at only $379.99, it comes equipped with:

  • A 7-in-1 media card reader so you can quickly transfer your digital photos and music to your camera phone or MP3 player. An optional integrated webcam and the latest in WiFi technology. It also comes with 2GB memory, a Combo or DVD+RW Drive and Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium.

Plus, it comes in eight fun colors and 200+ artist designs!

HP Mini 110 Series, $279.99 (get HP coupons)

Netbooks are a perfect buy for students who love taking their laptops to class but hate carrying around bulky electronics. They’re also much cheaper than regular laptops.

But, they’re cheaper for a reason. Their processors typically use very little power, thus they tend to have limited performance. This makes them great for the classroom, but not so great if you need more than just the basics.

This little HP has up to 9.5 hours of battery life (perfect for class). It also comes with a webcam with integrated digital microphone and 1GB DDR2 system memory.

The New MacBook, $999.99 (get Apple Store coupons)

Not a PC? Then check out The New MacBook. It comes with:

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB memory, 250GB hard drive, 8x double-layer SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, Polycarbonate unibody enclosure.

Plus, it has up to 10 hours of battery life! That’ll come in handy when you have a few classes in a row. You don’t have to worry about plugging in!

15-Inch MacBook Pro, $1799-$2199 (get Apple Store coupons)

I’ve included this one for all the potential design students looking for the perfect laptop. This one’s going to be a little more expensive because of the added system requirements needed for your program. But this laptop has everything you need:

Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 320GB hard drive, SD card slot, Built-in battery (8-9 hour), Intel HD Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB.

Sony VAIO EB Series, $719.99 (get Sony Style coupons)

Here’s another laptop suited to almost any student’s needs. The battery life is less than some of the other laptops listed above, but it is still great for all your back-to-school needs. It comes with:

2.53 GHz, Genuine Windows 7 Professional, 15.5″ screensize, 3.5 hours max battery, 500 GB max storage, and it’s pretty lightweight – weighing in at 5.95 lbs.

What do you think? What kind of laptop are you planning to buy for back to school?

Category: school shopping tips, tech shopping tips

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  1. Cristina says:

    I agree with Andrew… and the discount aspect is even better when you can set up a payment plan with them :)

  2. Andrew says:

    Drool. I love laptops. And I have to admit that I’m a hardcore Mac guy. I especially love the new Macbook. Its price really isn’t too bad when you factor in the student discount that Apple offers.

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