Laptops Students Will Love (Even If They Dislike School)
The days when pencils, rulers, and a new lunchbox were the only must-haves for back-to-school are long gone — and they’re not coming back. The laptop era and our digital times have upped the ante when it comes to making sure students have the equipment they need for staying ahead of assignments and getting a handle on homework.
According to kiplinger.com, these five laptops can help students stay on top of things — and prevent your bank account from hitting bottom.
1. Apple MacBook Air
Good price. Great style. Long battery life. The newest MacBook Air is one of the best laptop choices for students, as long as you don’t need to run Windows-only applications. Best considered as a macOS laptop, the MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone, 8th generation dual-core Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and a Force Touch trackpad.
Price tag: $999
2. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
Consider it an Apple laptop for power users: The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch has more muscle but the same sleek style you expect from Apple. Take a look at the features — 13.3-inch Retina display with True tone and Wide Color (P3) support — and it all clicks: This laptop is a good choice for multimedia editing. The MacBook Pro also features Intel’s latest generation Core i5 CPU with four cores, Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz, and integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645.
Price tag: $1,199
3. Dell Inspiron 15-inch 7000 (2-in-1)
This full-size two-in-one tablet is ideal for tasks such as working in Microsoft Office and streaming video and includes an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. A 15.6-inch laptop with a Full HD touchscreen display supports Dell’s pressure-sensitive Active Pen digital stylus. And thanks to a 360-degree hinge, this laptop can also be used as a large tablet, just what you need for using the stylus to draw diagrams or take notes.
Price tag: $829.99
4. Acer Nitro 5
If you’re looking for a laptop that can handle both work and play, the Acer Nitro 5 could be your number one choice. Leveraging the latest in GPU and mobile processor technology, this laptop delivers gaming capability in a relatively small, and stylish, package. A 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 4GB of DDR5 RAM, quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, and multiple ports make this laptop a winner, especially when it comes to downtime activities when class is over.
Price tag: $829.99
5. Microsoft Surface Pro 6 + Type Cover
Although aimed at professional users, this Windows 10 tablet makes a great student laptop when equipped with an optional Type Cover. Whether taking notes, illustrating, or copying diagrams or formulas, the ultra-portable Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a good, general-purpose laptop. Weighing in at just 1.7 pounds, the laptop has a 12.3-inch, high-resolution PixelSense touch display that offers eye-popping color and sharp text. Other features include an Intel Core i5 processor, 8G of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.
Price tag: $899.99