The best laptops for every type of student – USA TODAY
These days, students have enough to worry about without having to deal with a slow, unreliable laptop. But with so many options on the market to choose from, finding the right oneâat the right priceâcan be as daunting as facing down a pile of student loans. Weâre here to help.
We spend days putting every laptop we get through test after test to see how well itâll do if you decide to take it home. Thatâs why we firmly stand by the laptops we recommend. So whether you’re a valedictorian in training or still just figuring it all out, one of these laptops should be just right for you.
Acer Aspire E 15 -Â $550 at Amazon
If you just need a great laptop at a great price, our favorite budget laptop is easily theÂ Acer Aspire E 15Â (also known as the Acer Aspire E5-575). This $550 laptop has a 15-inch screen, a fast processor, is completely upgradeable, and can even handle some light gaming. It would be a great deal at $800, but at $550 it’s perfect for any student. Read our in-depth review.
Best value: Asus Chromebook Flip -Â $219 at Amazon
That said, if you want to save even more money and just need a laptop that covers the basics, aÂ Chromebook is your best bet. For that we recommend theÂ Asus Chromebook Flip. It’s not the cheapest Chromebook, but it’s affordable, performs well, and is one of only a handful of Chromebooks that’ll be able to run Android apps later this year. That gives you a world of options for getting work doneâwithout breaking the bank.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 -Â $799 at Amazon
If you have a completely packed schedule, you need a laptop that can keep up without weighing you down. If portability is paramount, our favorite laptop is theÂ Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Built to work as both a tablet and a laptop, the Surface Pro 4 gives you the power to do what you need and the flexibility to do it anywhereâthoughÂ the $129 Type coverÂ is essential. Read our in-depth review.
Budget pick: Asus Vivobook E403SA -Â $379.99 at Amazon
If you want a more conventional experience and are looking to save a little money, theÂ Asus Vivobook E403SAÂ is just the ticket. It isn’t a 2-in-1, but it is lightweight, has exceptional battery life, and it packs just enough power to do everything you need while on the go. Best of all, at under $400, you won’t have to work all semester to afford it.Â Read our in-depth review.
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro -Â $1,249.00 at Amazon
High school and college are often about trying a little bit of everything until you find what you’re passionate about. That makes theÂ 13-inch Apple MacBook ProÂ an ideal choice because it’s equipped to handle pretty much anything you throw at it. It has a beautiful screen, a fast processor, and excellent battery life compared to similar laptopsânot to mention a design that isn’t going out of style anytime soon.Â Read our in-depth review.
Best value: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 -Â $749.99 at Best Buy
If affordability is high on your priority list, but you still need a laptop that can handle whatever creative endeavor you get up to, look no further than theÂ Dell Inspiron 13 7000Â series. It’s a 2-in-1 with a backwards-bending display, excellent performance, and a modest price tag that earned it one of our Editors’ Choice awards. The 2-in-1 hinge is especially useful, letting you turn it into a tablet that’s perfect for showing off your latest project or binge-watching Netflix on your down time.Â Read our in-depth review.
2016 Razer Blade -Â $1,999.99 at Amazon
If you want a laptop that can handle classes all day and gaming all night, our favorite is easily theÂ 2016 Razer Blade. The Blade is simply one of the best flagship laptops around, with excellent portability, a funky design, and loads of power to handle games, video editing, and even design work and 3D modeling. It’s pricey, but much more powerfulâand a few hundred dollars cheaperâthan comparable flagship laptops like the current 15-inch MacBook Pro.Â Read our in-depth review.
Best value: Dell Inspiron 7559 Gaming Series -Â $843.99 at Best Buy
For those who want as much power as they can get on a smaller budget, theÂ Dell Inspiron 7559 Gaming SeriesÂ is our pick. It starts at just $749 but packs a punch, with options including a powerful Intel i7 processor, 8GB of memory, and an Nvidia 960M GPU available for under $800 on sale. That’s a steal, with many comparable laptops going for $1,000 and up.Â Read our in-depth review.