Written by ZoŽ Richardson The most essential object for all students is a laptop. However, there are so many different kinds of different weights, storage size, power and price, so which ones are the best and are going to see you through your degree?
Whilst standard computers may be more powerful and allow more to be done, it is the portability and simplicity of a laptop that a student needs. For budgeting, if you are willing to risk waiting until just before starting the university year to get a laptop, electronic shops tend to offer Ďback to school discountsí around Autumn time that will help save you some cash. Additionally, Amazon does a six month free trial of Prime for students if you register with your university email address, which can save you some shipping hassle if needed.
Having reviewed the vast market of laptops, here at AFS, we have come up with the five top laptops that will you help you get through life as a student!
5. Asus X401A-WX461H 14.1 inch Notebook
The battery life is weaker compared to the other laptops on the list, but it has 750 GB storage so you will be able to store all the essential material for work as well as for fun. It is very light so will be good for carrying to and from campus and reboots quickly so no need to wait around to get on with your work. Asus are a fairly reliable brand but, as a Notebook, it may not be as accessible as the stronger laptops mentioned. It can be purchased at £279.99 from Costco with two years warranty. Long warranty is important with something as pricey and important, as well as fragile at times, as your laptop.
4. MSI GS70 Stealth
If you are someone whose idea of university is socialising through the medium of online game, then you will be after a powerful gaming laptop. Being able to still do all the normal work related tasks such as writing essays, internet access and storage with its 500 GB hard drive, it has incredible speakers, a gaming specific keyboard and a 2 GB graphic card. Whilst gaming laptops have the reputation of being heavy and hence a nuisance for constant student work, the MSI Stealth is the lightest gaming laptop on the market, weighing 2.7 kg. Gaming laptops are incredibly expensive, but if itís something you consider extremely important whilst at Uni, then itís worth the investment, and can be purchased for £1205 on Amazon.
3. The Acer C720 Chromebook
The idea of Chromebooks is that you store the majority of your items on the Cloud rather than on the laptop itself, and can be bought in 16 GB or 32 GB form. The Chromebook boots up in seconds, is light, updates automatically from Google and its Google associations means you are getting some of the best services. A major issue with this is if you are unable to access any wifi, you will struggle with accessing your work and, whilst wifi is constantly on the increase in both location and strength, you may not want to end up in a situation where you cannot open an important file. You would essentially just be using this for writing essays and accessing the internet if you feel you cannot store things in the cloud. Currently, the 16 GB is available on Amazon for £179 whilst the 32 GB is £208.
2. Apple Mac AirBook
If you are a student that needs to do far more technical tasks such as video editing or graphic design, Macs are more preferable, though quite costly. However, Macs seem to last a lot longer than many other laptops, with many students going through two laptops at university whilst those with Macs seem to be less in need of replacing them. The MD712B/A is incredibly quick with incredible graphics processing though only 256 GB of storage which, if you are using this laptop for graphic heavy work, it might be too small for you. It is very lightweight making it less of a hassle when carrying it to and from campus. The MD712B/A 11.6" is £849 at PC World and Apple do a student laptop discount.
1. Sony VAIO Fit E 15 Core i3
This laptop has a 750 GB storage, which means you will always have room for your essays, lecture notes, lecture PowerPoints, music, photos and TV shows you will be storing on it. Sony are reliable laptop makers, so you know you would be getting a good branded laptop. Whilst not as lightweight as some other laptops and hence not as easy for transportation, it is powerful and traditional. The website laptopsdirect.co.uk offer with one year warranty at £419 which is a reasonable price for something that is your most needed item for the next three or four years of your education.
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