Best Laptops For Students

Best Laptops For Students

oday’s computers need to be able to do much more than the primitive number-crunching of old. They need to support a huge range of software, given that several courses have special requirements, as well as the standard office packages – although that said, Google’s Chromebooks and the associated Google Docs suite are extremely good (and free) substitutes if you don’t want to pay for Microsoft Office.

They need to be able to run HD video lectures without juddering – and a set of good speakers always comes in handy when the university day is done. These machines have to be affordable too, given the increased cost of schooling all round the world. Integrated webcams are important as well, for web lectures and broadcast media-related courses.

1. DELL XPS 13

Dell raises its game once again, and delivers the world’s best student laptop

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160; touchscreen)
Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Powerhouse performance+For student use and beyond
REASONS TO AVOID
Not cheap

f you’re looking for one of the most refined and revitalised laptops on the market, look no further than the impressive Dell XPS 13. When it comes to performance you won’t be left wanting, thanks to its super slick 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 CPU, while you can game lightly with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics card.

Add in a repositioned webcam (for vlogging and streaming purposes, naturally) and a simply stunning 13.3-inch Full HD display and you’ve got a powerhouse in portable form.

The only caveat is it’s quite the investment, but it’ll definitely see you through college, uni and beyond, and that raw quality and longevity, for us, make it the best student laptop in the world in 2019.

2. ACER CHROMEBOOK 15

The best student laptop available in 2019 running Chrome OS

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Storage: 32GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 720p
Weight: 4.85 pounds
Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95-inches
REASONS TO BUY
+An amazing monitor+Long-lasting battery+Very attractive price point
REASONS TO AVOID
Flat speakersBig and heavy

The Chromebook 15 is a ridiculously cheap student laptop that’s also very capable. The hardware is in line with that price, with lower specs across the board – but as the machine runs Chrome OS, it doesn’t matter too much, with the laptop still delivering a fast and responsive usage experience.

And that 15.6-inch screen is an absolute delight, by the way. Again, its speakers are poor, with flat treble and weak bass – but at this price, you can afford an iPod as well. One of the best student laptops going in 2019 for those shopping on a budget, and who don’t need a host of extra bells and whistles.

3. HUAWEI MATEBOOK X PRO

Mobile computing on steroids for students with serious studying needs

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620, Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.9-inch 3K (3,000 x 2,080)
Storage: 512GB SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Clean and vibrant display+Impeccable battery performance
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor in-built webcam

If you’re going to kickstart your education, regardless of the subject or the level, why not invest in a student laptop that’s not only built to last, but also one of the most powerful laptops you can buy in 2019? That’s what Huawei is offering with the robust MateBook X Pro, and it’s going to have you covered whatever your subject.

Its attractive and sleek chassis is home to a lovely 13.9-inch 3K display, a meaty Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 GPU, and a battery that will serve you well through even the lengthiest of all-nighters.

With all these specs and more, the Huawei MateBook X Pro has proved itself the new gold standard, and one of the very best 2019 laptops for students available.

4. HP PAVILION 14

The best student laptop for all-round value for money

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 14-inch (1,920 x 1,080)
Storage: 256GB SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Specs to handle most student needs+Solid build quality that will last

We’ve got a lot of time for the HP Pavilion range of laptops: not the most stylish or the most powerful computers, but no-nonsense laptops that marry decent specs with good build quality. Numerous configurations are on sale besides the one we’ve highlighted here, so take your pick.

When it comes to picking the best student laptop, you want value for money rather than the best specs or the most dazzling display. This HP Pavilion 14 is just about affordable enough for most students and won’t let you down while you’re at college or university.

5. SAMSUNG NOTEBOOK 9 (2018)

Samsung raises its laptop game with a gorgeous and capable student laptop

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Screen: 15-inch FHD LED
Storage: 256GB SSD
REASONS TO BUY
+Gorgeous display+Impressive performance
REASONS TO AVOID
Keyboard is a letdown

Samsung’s latest iteration of the Notebook 9 sees some of its most impressive specs to date, with all manner of top-of-the-line components adding up to make this one of the best student laptops for 2019.

There’s that 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU producing some top-notch performance, while the graphical powerhouse that is the Nvidia GeForce MX150 will ensure your games and video rendering rarely falter. Oh, and what about that eye-catching 15-inch FHD LED display? And in a Samsung machine, no less.

Indeed, really the only thing that isn’t top tier is the keyboard, which feels cheap-ish. Regardless, though, this is a quality all-round student laptop at an attractive price point.

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