6 Best Affordable Laptops to Buy a Student

A laptop is not just a tool to do class work- it is often one of their primary sources of communication with the world, and your family too. It becomes the student’s best friend securing all their plans and keeping their secrets safe from prying eyes.

Students want a laptop that is skinnier than their first love, more powerful than their car (or bike), and pretty enough not to make your teacher feel sorry for them. The display has to be large enough to prevent squinting and look for QHD –it makes everyone look better no matter how ugly they are in person.

No matter how sleek it looks if it isn’t a powerhouse put it down and walk away. An Intel Core i5 processor is fast enough and economical. Check the number of ports available, how much ram (8gb) and what type of USB charging it has. The SSD should range around 500 MBps at a minimum. Less than that and it may be so slow students will nap between sentences. The rage at the moment is the 2 in 1 feature, but it comes at a cost, they are difficult to balance on your lap, the hinging is a bit wonky, and most don’t have replaceable batteries. That means it is useless until it recharges.

Unless the plan is to double its use of weight lifting sessions, get one that is lightweight ! After dragging this around for an entire day, it will feel like your desktop is on your back. Wi-fi is only mandatory if music is your mental therapy and it will be!

Now, no matter how fast and light it is, if you have a short battery life it bites! Sometimes one wonders if they measure the battery life when the computer is not in use rather than surfing. Once the majority of these criteria are met, pick a pretty one and don’t forget to use protection. Lojack and USB security locks are just a couple of options.

The following are laptops that are affordable, sexy, small and functional for under $1000.00, that’s not too much to pay for a best friend!

ASUS ZenBook UX305FA 1.2 lbs. (with Polymer Battery)

ASUS ZenBook

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 – 5300 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD– QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD, CPU: Intel® Core™ M 5Y10 Processor, 3 x USB 3.0 port(s), Up to 10 hours battery life, 867 Mbps3X Wi-Fi

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin 5 lbs. a powerhouse

Samsung Notebook 7

Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED with touch panel | Storage: 1 TB HDD – 1TB HDD; Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 12GB – 16GB |Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3L); Intel HD Graphics 520| and CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U

MacBook Air 2.96lbs\1.34 kg

MacBook Air

CPU: 5th generation Intel Core i5; Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch WXGA+ (1,440 x 900) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD| Non-Removable Lithium-Ion Polymer Providing up to 12 Hours per Charge (54 Wh)

Acer Aspire E 15 just over 5 lbs. -under $600.00

Acer Aspire E 15

6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor| 8 GB RAM| 256 GB memory| Nvidia 940MX | and a 15.6” true HD screen| 12 hour battery| USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports| Wi-Fi 802.11 ac

Dell XPS 13 2.7lbs.

Dell XPS

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD| Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet that works like a computer

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display| Surface Pen included| CPU: 6th generation Intel Core m3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 – Iris Graphics | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

No matter which one you choose, buy it online and check the prices. Most people need to see it, touch it, and hug it before they know if it’s the one for them. So – go shopping, pick it out, go home and order it for less money.

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