How To Choose A Laptop For A Student?

by Marilyn Harris

That we live in a technological society is something we know very well. Technology is an omnipresent element in people’s lives and the little ones have grown up surrounded by electronic devices. Mobile phones, tablets, game consoles… all these devices are part of our daily lives and we cannot ignore them.  

Schools have also adapted to new technologies so that we now need one laptop per student: carry out tasks and upload them to the platform, group work, online exams… Buying computers for students is a very wide world and for that reason, We have prepared this article.

Which Student Laptop to Buy: Factors to Consider

We want to help you solve the basic doubts that may arise -or even the details that you had not fallen into- so that you can choose a student laptop model.

In the following lines, we offer you a review of the main factors that you should consider before opting for one or the other, and at the end of the article, you will find a selection of some models chosen based on their price and the functions they offer. We hope it will help you.

Laptop or desktop?

This is one of the first doubts that must be resolved before choosing the ideal model for students. We believe that laptops have some advantages over desktop computers: they are easy to transport -ideal for group work or studying away from home-, they take up less space and they have the same options as a desktop.

Another option is the convertible models that have a design similar to that of a laptop, except for the fact that they can be used as a Tablet. One of the biggest benefits of this type of model is the presence of touch screens that can be very useful in some cases, but they are also more expensive to repair.

Durability

Another element to take into account before buying a laptop is its lifespan. In the event that it is a computer for children, we must take into account that it is possible that it falls or suffers an accident. For this reason, one of the requirements that must be demanded when buying it is that they are resistant enough to withstand coexistence with the little ones.

Age

Buying computers for children is not the same as buying laptops for teenagers. Depending on the age, the minimum requirements of the PC will vary and the budget will have to be invested in one model or another.

In the case of wanting laptops for primary or secondary school, a cheaper model with the basic functions will suffice. However, if we are talking about a university student, we will not only need something more advanced, but we will also have to take into account the type of career chosen – it is not the same to buy a laptop for a psychology student for a graphic designer.

extra functions

We must evaluate the presence of some very useful functions such as parental control –essential to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content or that someone can put them at risk-. We must also look at other programs such as a timer that prevents the device from being used in a certain time slot, or that the internet connection can be blocked.

Budget

This factor is one of those that are mainly taken into account when buying laptops for school. There are models with very varied prices: you can buy a laptop that varies from 400 euros to more than 1,000 euros.

Different factors will influence the price of the laptop: the brand, the technical specifications, the added programs, the operating system, the memory, etc. However, if the main use that is going to be given is school, it is not necessary to make a high investment to find a good model.

Type of use to be given

What will the computer be used for? It is not the same to look for a copy oriented solely to the academic field as another that also serves as a tool for leisure and entertainment.   In the first case, it will suffice to have the basic programs (Word, PowerPoint, PDF reader, etc.) while if you are looking for something more complete, you will have to invest more money in the purchase and look for other specifications (greater memory, more RAM, a better processor, etc).

Best laptops for students

Choosing the best laptop for a university student or school is very complicated if the specific characteristics of the person or their needs are not known. Even so, here is a small list with some very interesting options that can serve as laptops for students.

Laptops for elementary and middle school kids:

  • Asus VivoBook Flip TP412FA-EC013T Intel Core i3-8145U.
  • HP 11.6″ Pavilion 11-u013ns.
  • HP 14” Stream 14-ax001ns.
  • HP 14” Stream 14-ax003ns.
  •  HP Pavilion 13-u105ns.
  • Lenovo Ideapad 330-15AST AMD A6-9225/4GB/128GB SSD/15.6″
  • Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API.

College Student Laptops:

  • Asus F543BA-GQ739T AMD A9-9425/8GB/256GB SSD/15.6″.
  • Asus Zenbook 14 UX431FA-AM132.
  • Dell Precision 3550.
  • HP Notebook 14s-dq1038ns.
  • HP NoteBook 15-DB1024NS AMD Ryzen 5.
  • Huawei MateBook 13.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15IIL05.
  • LG Gram 15Z90N-VAA78B.

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