When considering which laptop is the best choice if you plan on taking a college course, there are a number of factors to think about; but first, it’s worth asking the education department whether the course has any special computer requirements. For many courses, an average performing machine is fine; however, more and more require professional or even specialist software.
The big issue with buying any laptop if you’re a student, though, is budget. The image of the economically poor student is often an accurate one, so any laptop purchase must be accompanied by a low end price, and this is just one of the factors we’ve considered when looking at laptop models.
So, what do I look for in a student laptop?
- Processor: The higher the GHz the more powerful the laptop – generally 2GHz is a good place to start, but for a high performance machine that’s ideal for heavy duty specialist programs, and for streaming games and movies once study is done, 3GHz might be a better bet
- RAM: 4GB should provide enough space for high school kids, however 8 or 16 would work better for college students, whilst with 32 you’ll probably never need to add extra.
- SSD or HDD: When choosing a student laptop, our advice is to look for a SSD drive. Offering faster load times, an SSD is perfect for presentations and downloading library books, whilst making post study gaming an exciting prospect
- Battery Life: For a student laptop this is always going to be a crucial win/lose situation – powering down mid way through an essay or presentation is a bad scenario.
- Screen Size: Bigger can be better for work, but may be less portable for hauling to and from lectures, and this may well be something to consider
The laptops featured here all carry our recommendation and have survived our tough tests with flying colors.