As a college student, it’s almost impossible to survive without a laptop. This is because you need it for school work like; typing essays, assignments, and occasionally take online tests. It should not just be for school stuff but be able to handle extracurricular activities, such as video chatting, watching movies, social networking, listening to music, gaming etc. and because of the importance of such a machine, it is essential that you get the right one not only for essay writing solutions but for other things as well.
As of the beginning of this year, there are a plethora of laptops available on the market but not all laptops are made equal. So how do you narrow it down to get the one that best fits your needs?
We used the following criteria to narrow the search down to a few worthy laptops for college students.
- Price; of course as a student your main concern will be the price.
- Durability and portability; the laptop has to be lightweight and well built to last three or four years of undergrad and why not even a year or two more for your grad studies.
- Specification; the specs of the laptop must be able to handle what you throw at it. This will depend on what your major is and your extracurricular activities.
- Battery life; a laptop can have all the bells and whistles but all that will be useless if it can’t last at least five or six hours on a charge.
- Operating system; some colleges/universities will prefer their students to be equipped with windows based system to reduce software incompatibility problems. Other colleges don’t care which system you use be it MacOS, Linux or ChromeOS.
That said, if you are planning on buying a laptop, here are some of the best to go for:
The Huawei MateBook X Pro – the best all-round laptop. It is new in the PC space but it is the best laptop money can buy in 2018. This is a gorgeously looking, well-designed laptop packed with a 13.9-inch 3K (3,000 x 2,080) touchscreen, 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5, RAM 8GB – 16GB, Storage of up to 512GB SSD and good battery life. It has some innovative features like the hidden webcam in the keyboard, fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos sound system and for the price, it is a bargain.
Dell XPS 13 – the best Ultrabook. It is a thin and light Ultrabook that is powerful enough to handle almost anything you throw at it. The newest version of the Dell XPS 13 has a higher starting cost than before. This is because of the new 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, bundled with a beautiful 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) or UHD (3,840 x 2,160; touchscreen) bezel-less Infinity display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, RAM from 4GB – 16GB and Storage of 128GB – 1TB SSD.
Hp spectre x360. this is an incredibly versatile 2in1 machine which allows you to use it in the standard laptop, tablet and tent modes, with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display of 3840 x 2160 native resolution. Inside it packs an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, RAM|8 – 16GB, storage|256 – 512GB solid state drive (SSD). Included stylus to jot down notes and its keys are backlit so no worries in low or no light situations.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX330UA – the best budget laptop. This is a laptop for people that do light tasks and not for heavy duty stuff like 4k video editing, playing games although it can handle some light gaming at very low frame rates. It doesn’t have the striking appearance like those mentioned above but it is a capable machine with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB solid state drive. It also has a backlit keyboard and the battery might last a full day depending on your use. The screen is not bright, the trackpad is not great but it’s usable, the USB-C port is not thunderbolt. If you are willing to overlook this minor issues then for the price of less than $800 it’s a great bargain.
MacBook Pro 13-inch (without Touch Bar) – if you prefer a Mac laptop this is the one we recommend you to buy. It is the most expensive on this list but expensive Mac with enough power and features most students will need, but be prepared to pay about $1500 for a recommended configuration of an i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and 256GB storage. The performance is great, the best trackpads in the business, a bright Retina display of 2560×1600 with outstanding color accuracy, two Thunderbolt 3 ports. But the butterfly keyboard is mediocre, prone failure, and expensive to replace out of warranty.