Exploring the Best Laptops for Students

Exploring the Best Laptops for Students

Whether you are an engineering student or studying management, every student needs a laptop. It has become an essential tool for almost every student for taking notes or preparing projects. Other than that, a laptop in a university campus ensures that you can stay connected to the student Wi-Fi and surf the web without any additional expense. Now, there is no limit as such as to what laptop any student uses. It can be a desktop replacement spec laptop for the people who need the power for graphics design or play games every now and then, or it could be very basic barebones.

Determining the best laptop for students can be a bit challenging as everyone has different needs and budgets. Nonetheless, we’ll explore a few options that can get you the best bang for the buck.

  1. Acer TravelMate P2 Core:The TravelMate series from Acer has always focused on function over form, and this one is no different.The design is perhaps not a strong suit of the TravelMate but don’t be fooled by the looks as it packs a serious punch when it comes to raw power. The TravelMate P2 Core is powered by a 7th gen Intel Intel i5 7200U, which can boost to a max frequency of 3.1GHz. That coupled with 8GB RAM and NvidiaGeforce GTX 940MX means that it’ll chew through all manner of tasks that you throw at it. The dedicated GTX 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM is nothing to write home about as it is a fairly entry level chip, but it at least means that you’ll be able to make use of apps that use CUDA or Open GL and maybe run a few games with low settings. It also has 1TB of storage to take the bulk of the data. The I/O is impressive too as 1x USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 Type A, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, SD Card Reader, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, HD Webcam and a DVD R/W. Best of all, it has a backlit chicklet keyboard which feels really comfortable and ergonomic to type for extended periods. Crucially, the TravelMate P2 costs roughly Rs. 43,000, which is a solid bargain for a decently performing and well spec’ed personal laptop.
  2. Dell Vostro 3000: The Vostro series from Dell is primarily aimed as a business laptop with an array of business-ready features built into the device. It’s a well built and smart looking device that doesn’t attract any unnecessary attention, but what it looks in looks, it more than makes up in terms of raw specs. The Vostro 3000 is available in a wide range of configurations, the one that we have features an Intel 7th generation i5 7200U, coupled with an AMD Radeon R5 M420 with 2GB GDDR3 VRAM, 8GB of DDR4 System memory and a 1TB Hard Drive. Where the Vostro primarily focuses on is security as the device has a dedicated fingerprint reader for biometric lock/unlock of the laptop and TPM 2.0 for commercial-grade hardware protection and storage for encryption keys. I/O includes 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and a DVD R/W. The Vostro costs just under Rs. 40,000 making it a very good work laptop for any purpose.
  3. Asus Vivobook X541UA-DM1358D: It was really hard picking this up as compared to some of the listings that I could find but, in the end, I decided that this was a better deal. The Vivobook is Asus’s entry-level offering for a solid performing multimedia laptop. Compared to the previous laptops, it doesn’t look quite as boring as it features a nice brushed metal finish on its exterior and is available in 5 colours. The Asus is also a contender for the lightest laptop in this category as it weighs in at just 1.9KGS. Spec wise, it comes with an Intel 7th Generation i3 7100U processor with a clock speed of 2,4GHz, 4GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD. It doesn’t, however, come with a dedicated GPU, but this isn’t meant to be a gaming laptop anyway. The primary focus of this laptop is to act as an entertainment oriented device with decent battery life. The Asus comes with dual 3W top firing stereo accompanied by ASUS’s sonic master on board chip that acts is more like a dedicated DAC for audio processing. This coupled with Asus’s Audio Wizard means that you can experience a decent level of audio quality both with the onboard speakers and plugged headphones. One of the better aspects of this laptop is its screen which is full-HD, a rarity in this price bracket and isn’t featured by any of other laptops in this comparison. The Asus Vivobook comes at a price of Rs.27,000, which is an incredible deal considering its specifications.
  4. Acer Swift 3: This is probably the best-looking laptop in this comparison. The Swift 3 features an all-metal body with a brushed finish. It is a look straight out of the box and weighing in at 1.5KG, it is also the lightest. The reason why I picked this above others is that it comes as the most balanced laptop in this category even with its slight premium. It is powered by a 6th gen Intel Core i3 Processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB M.2 SSD. That is a decent configuration on its own, but the Swift 3 can be had in a number of configurations. The I/O in this rather slim laptop doesn’t disappoint either as has Wi-fi a/b/g/n/ac, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 1x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0, SD card reader, HDMI, 3.5mm port and crucially a backlit keyboard. Now the Swift 3 can also be found with 8th Gen Intel processors, but sadly, they haven’t reached India yet. Nonetheless, this is a solid laptop for any use case, and the m.2 SSD really helps to speed things up. Coming in at roughly Rs.36,000, it is a decent pick for an ultra-lightweight laptop on a budget.

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