The all time guide to buy the best laptops for college students

Team CollegeHumara | 26th April, 2018 | 8 min read

The all time guide to buy the best laptops for college students

Congratulations, first of all! Why? Because you’re going to be a graduate student, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, very soon and that’s not a mean feat.

This is one of those transformational phases of your life that will, teach you bitter lessons and give you sweet memories. But eventually, you will either be grabbing an employment opportunity or moving on for further studies. Be it any, you are gonna face extreme competition because now the arena is large and you will be challenged from students across the globe.

One of the so-called requirements for this phase will be a laptop. Most of you will be a first time buyer and it’s a feeling really special but confusing as well. To make your life a little easier on this, we will help you dissect the uses and technicalities of a laptop.

So, describing here the most important uses of the laptop during college life and then the technical factors on which you should select a laptop.

Technical Requirements:

  • CPU and RAM: The processor forms the crux of your system. The better the processor, the better you can fulfil your needs. But this factor has a direct impact on the cost. If you move in the higher generation of the better processors, you’ll have to pay proportionally. You need to carefully shortlist your requirements and then start the selection of laptops.
  • Storage: Since most of you won’t be buying an external hard drive as of now, the internal storage will be your everything-dump-it-here ground. Thereby, 1 TB is a good option so that you are not in a fix whether or not to delete your repository to make storage for upcoming important things.
  • Screen: There are two options to go with at this time, either business (13” - 14”) or normal (15”). Preferably, at this stage 15” will be a good choice, the ones with the numpad. With better screen, you will have better resolution and anti glare screens available. Considering a daily rough use, touch is not be a good option.
  • Graphics: For heavy usage people, this is to be a concern else for daily use, this is a point not affecting the decision much.
  • Form Factor: Generally a normal laptop will weigh at least 2 kg and will not be that interesting to see. Laptop stickers will make it compliment your style. Otherwise, buying a beautiful laptop is not a necessity. The response of mouse-pad and alignment and touch pressure of the keyboard keys is a must to be checked.
  • Battery Life: A good battery backup will help you in carrying less weight by not taking the charger everytime you set out of your room with laptop. This factor will directly relate to your ease of mobility.
  • Speakers: Movies, Audio Tracks or even Games will be a miss in case there is no kick in the sound making outlets of your laptop. An external speaker can be a hit but for a regular use, your laptop should produce decent sound to give you satisfaction.
  • But, the ultimate decision maker will be Budget. This is the only constraint in the problem of choosing what you require and what you want. Only once you are finalised with the amount that you can put in, you can move onto selecting a perfect fit in that range then. Remember, generally more the cost better the system but whether you need it is question to be answered.

    Uses:

  • Browsing: With a free internet connection, you will be desperate to know everything. But in the end, you will find yourself hearing audio songs on YouTube in 1080p quality rather than completing that assignment you have to submit the next day. And mind you, you will be doing this at 4 AM.
  • Document and PDFs: There will be a lot of assignments and project reports that you need to prepare and print for submission. Also for the majority, note taking will be become the toughest job. And for the exams, you will be studying your classmate’s notes; which will be photos converted to PDF through CamScanner App.
  • Presentation: With your teacher not interested to teach you because your class was making it too tough, you will be asked to prepare the topics yourself and show it as a presentation to all. With a lot of such instances and in the name of grades, you will be preparing a hell lot of presentations.
  • Movies, TV and anime series: There will be some alone time and to be frank, after reaching the college one attains laziness level to the infinity. You will just lie in this time and with free internet and word of mouth, go on watching loads and loads of stuffs without a tint of sleep. Many days you will go to sleep after having your breakfast.
  • Gaming: You will at least be playing Counter Strike once and if your laptop supports, then even COD or CS GO. The is an insane craze of gaming in colleges. You will be making a lot of friends and get your aliases for the rest of your life. And if you are a big gamer, you will be spending a lot of time downloading, installing and playing all types of games.
  • Educational softwares: Whichever field you study for your graduation, you are now entering a field to expertise. There will be tools and software you need to be acquainted with to solve complex problems methodically. And thereby, you need a hardware capable enough such processing.
  • Our Pick:

    HP Notebook - 15-bs659tx 2017

    Perfect combination of Style comprising of chrome finished hinges, metallic HP logo and visual strata pattern on C deck, Productivity with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM, 1TB storage and integrated Graphics and the Power from 4-cell 41 WHr fast charge battery (charging upto 90% in 90 minutes when off), to do more. HP 15 comes with a big 15.6” Full HD Widescreen LED display (1080p). HP Audio combined with powerful dual speakers, delivers immersive sound with deep, rich bass and crystal clear voice. The laptop weighs only 2.1 kg. The only con is the DOS operating system which makes it a perfect budget laptop. You can install any operating system as per your use.

    HP 15-bs145tu(Budget)

    Perfect combination of Style comprising of chrome finished hinges, metallic HP logo and visual strata pattern on C deck, Productivity with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM, 1TB storage and integrated Graphics and the Power from 4-cell 41 WHr fast charge battery (charging upto 90% in 90 minutes when off), to do more. HP 15 comes with a big 15.6” Full HD Widescreen LED display (1080p). HP Audio combined with powerful dual speakers, delivers immersive sound with deep, rich bass and crystal clear voice. The laptop weighs only 2.1 kg. The only con is the DOS operating system which makes it a perfect budget laptop. You can install any operating system as per your use.

    MacBook Air

    This is the all new 2017 Apple MacBook Air which is the cheapest model to own a macOS. Powered by 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, combined with 8G LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD and Integrated Graphics makes it ultra efficient. The architecture is designed as to use less power ad still deliver high performance. macOS is the operating system that powers everything macOS High Sierra brings new forward looking technologies and enhanced features. It gets upto 12 hours of battery life on a single charge and if put to sleep for than 3 hours, it enters standby mode to conserve battery life upto 30 days. 1.7 cm unibody design, 13.3” screen with 1440*900 pixels per inch display and 1.35 kg of weight makes it ultra portable.

    Asus Vivobook

    The powerful 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with 1.8 GHz (Turbo upto 4.0Ghz) will drive you crazy. Coupled with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD with 128GB SSD will give you the option to do anything from this machine. 15.6” screen with Full HD (1920*1080), wide-viewing angle display and NVidia GeForce MX150 with 2GB DDR5 discrete graphics will leave you spellbound. Ergonomic backlit keyboard with fingerprint sensor along with 1.7 kg weight and durable and long-lasting lithium polymer batteries with fast charging technology makes it a portable machine. With all types of comprehensive connections and 2 years Global Manufacturing Warranty, this machine is made to run.

    Dell Inspiron 15(Gaming)

    This laptop will free your gaming spirit. From a fast processor 7th Gen Intel Core i7 Quad-Core processors, 8GB DDR4 memory and 1TB storage, to powerful discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050T and its own video memory of 4GB DDR5, this laptop will enthrall your soul. The 15.6”, anti-glare LED backlit display in Full HD will give crystal clear detail and backlit keyboard with WASD keys will enable smooth gameplay. Windows 10 will give you customizable combination of features for optimum performance. Maxx Audio Pro, dual speaker and a subwoofer will give astounding sound. Also, the 6-cell 74 WHr, combined with up to 8 hours of battery life, will never end your gaming quest. Finally, the 24*7 premium support via Support Assist will help you have a pleasurable experience. Only, con is the weight which is 2.57 kg which makes it not so travel friendly.