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    The best student laptops: all the best options for school

    From TechRadar – Student Laptop

    The top laptops for college students this year:

    The best laptop for students beautifully balance value and performance, so that they can deliver the level of performance students need for schoolwork while saving them some cash as well. After all, school can get very expensive very fast without even factoring in shelling out some money to purchase one of the best laptops for students.

    Staying on budget matters a lot, especially for college students who also need to pay for housing and are already scrimping with their steady diet of instant ramen. However, performance also matters, so that not just any budget laptop will do. The best laptops for students also deliver a performance good enough for getting schoolwork and projects done, with a bit of video streaming, movie watching and perhaps some gaming in between.

    The top contenders for the best laptops for students put value over having the top-of-the-line processors and graphics cards, giving you some budget-friendly options. And yet, they still have enough juice to get you through a demanding workload then let you partake in some post-schoolwork entertainment.

    You don’t need to stay with Windows 10, either, as some of the best Chromebooks are also capable of going head to head with some of the best laptops while being economical.

    1. Huawei Matebook 13
    The best laptop for most college students
    CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620, Nvidia GeForce MX150 (optional) | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch 2K (2,560 x 1,440) with touch panel | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

    + Extremely affordable
    + Powerful
    – Limited to 8GB of RAM

    2. Dell XPS 13
    Dell’s flagship just graduated
    CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160; touchscreen) | Storage: 128GB – 2TB SSD

    + Webcam in a reasonable location
    + Powerful
    – Small upgrade

    3. Surface Laptop 2
    Look beyond the surface
    CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i5-i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 PixelSense touch display | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

    + Huge performance boost
    + No Windows 10 S
    – Still no Thunderbolt 3

    4. Microsoft Surface Go
    A Surface for everyone
    CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 10-inch, 1,800 x 1,200 (217 ppi; 3:2 aspect ratio) PixelSense touch display | Storage: 64GB eMMC – 128GB SSD

    + Affordable
    + Fantastic build quality
    – Pentium CPU

    5. Dell XPS 15
    More of what we love
    CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 – i9 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) Anti-Glare Non-touch IPS – 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Touch IPS | Storage: 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive – 2TB PCIe SSD

    + Plenty of horsepower
    + Affordable
    – More of the same


    6. HP Envy x360 13 (2019)
    HP gives its slimline laptop an AMD upgrade
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U | Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 6 – Radeon Vega 10 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3″ diagonal FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 256 GB – 1TB SSD

    + Slim and sleek for a 2-in-1
    + High quality chassis
    + Improved battery life
    – CPU performance merely adequate
    – Graphics performance disappointing



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    Just wondering there is no acer it this listing.

    We have them twice and quite happy about for a good price.

    Latest is an Acer Swift 3 SF314 and no problems so far.

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    I have owned one a few year back and it was dreadfull, but on a positive it was a fair price

    Alas TrustPilot (UK) rates ACER Laptops very poor

    I used to love Sony Laptops, but since they no longer manufacture Laptops, I have switched to Dell

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