You know your kids are grown up when your usual back to school shopping cart now includes a laptop. Finding the best laptop for them can be quite a complicated mission, especially when you know nothing about electronics (we have been there too). No need to worry because we did the research for you: Here are our top 6 laptops for College students!
HP Envy 13t
“The Envy 13t's keyboard is so good that it alone makes this laptop a compelling option for students or productivity workers.”
Heavy note takers, this one is for you! The envy 13t gives you a stylish and lightweight design with great performance for less than $1000. It is thin, yet the typing experience is top-notch with a highly responsive keyboard. Plus, you no need to worry about carrying your charger at all times!
Pros: Sleek light design, great typing experience, great battery life.
Average price**: $1000
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Microsoft Surface book 2
“This beautifully designed machine can do it all, maintaining the signature ability to detach its screen from its keyboard while now acting as a legitimate gaming laptop and delivering near-workstation levels of performance. It's very spendy as configured, but a swath of configuration options means you're not locked in at the highest price.”
The surface book 2 is undoubtedly one of the best 2 in 1 laptops (it acts both as a laptop and a stand alone tablet) that you will find in the market. It is more pricey than average but you get fast performance, high versatility and premium features that will allow your kid to handle all kind of tasks. It is known to be one of the best laptops for image/video editing on the market.
Pros: very good battery life; high versatility; fast performance
Average Price: $1500
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HP spectre x360 13
“Cheaper, lighter and faster than a 13-inch MacBook Pro, with a longer-living battery and tons more features, the HP Spectre x360 13 continues to wow me.”
If you are looking for a 2 in 1 laptop with exceptional battery life, the HP Spectre x360 13 is your best bet. It is one of the industry’s favorite in its category due to its beautiful design and practicality. However, it's performance is a little behind the other models mentioned in this list. If your kids like to be different from their peers, they will love the black and copper color scheme of the HP Spectre x360. In addition, it is very thin and light and has a great keyboard and trackpad. Gorgeous and practical, what else?
Pros: Beautiful design; Very good battery life; Very practical
Average Price: $1000
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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch)
"A pricey but superior tool for creative pros, 2018's Touch Bar version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro brings four-core moxie to Apple's handsome ultraportable, with options for cavernous local storage."
If you were thinking to invest in an Apple laptop but have no idea which one works best for you, you have come to the right place. While other Apple MacBooks might be cheaper and lighter, the Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the one that combines great features and performance. With the Apple MacBook Pro, you get a fast, sleek and thin laptop with a gorgeous Retina Display, flat keyboard and practical expanded trackpad. The touch bar is definitely a plus for video animators and editors as it will save them clicks while using programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut X pro and other Apple apps (the down side being these apps are limited).
Pros: Amazing display; Great trackpad; Fast performance
Average Price: starts at $1800
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Microsoft Surface Pro
"The Microsoft Surface Pro is the Windows 2-in-1 detachable-hybrid tablet that other PC makers have spent the past four years trying to create. The competition is getting closer to achieving an optimal balance between design and features, but the Surface brand is still the one to beat."
Last but not least, for the tablet lovers. If you are only looking for a 2 in 1 detachable hybrid tablet, the Microsoft Surface Pro is still the best choice on the market. Easy to carry and very versatile, it is powerful enough to provide the best in-class experience to all kinds of students. Media and Arts aficionados will love this option as it provides them great graphics performance and storage capacity.
Pros: Great screen resolution and graphics; Amazing performance; wide selection of options
Average Price: starts at $800
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Asus Chromebook Flip C302
“Chromebooks are excellent and affordable laptops that are perfect for students, and the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 is easily one of the best Chromebooks, and one of the best laptops, money can buy.”
Perfectly priced for students, the high-quality design of the Asus Chromebook Flip could almost trick you into thinking that it is a silver Apple MacBook Pro. Except this one has a couple additional magic tricks as you get to use it in multiple modes (laptop, stand, tent and tablet). It is more expensive than other Asus Chromebooks, but you get the best value for your money with all the premium features it includes.
Pros: Good battery life, Amazing tablet mode, Tactile backlit keyboard
Average price: $500
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** All the prices and gives listed in this article are U.S specific, they might vary for Canada
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