Best Laptops for College Students in 2018

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After many researches on colleges you want to attend and those sleepless nights waiting for a decision replies, student will face another hurdle and it is “which laptop is best for me?” and not just best but also the one that will last you throughout college and not “force close” on you after you spent 5 hours writing a 10 page research, sounds familiar?

Purchasing right laptop can really change your experience you will have in college because this days almost everything done on the computer. One thing I have learned though is you get what you pay for in the end so in this case choosing the right laptop for you and your intended major is crucial as a college student.

Here’s the list of best laptops for college students:

1. Apple MacBook Pro ($1450+)

(Best for Creative Minds)

You just can’t go wrong with MacBook Pro, it is just the well-known and most reliable machine out there. The screen at 2,880 x 1,800-pixel, the performance and it’s style stand out the most. Apple’s addition of touch bar is another step into the new technological world. MacBook comes with a hefty price tag though, well over $1,200 for start, but in the end you are guaranteed for it to last throughout your time in college and more. Another bonus? MacBooks tend to keep its resale value! So, when you are ready to sell, you will get way more for this device than any other compatible with price tag computer. Ready to buy?

Pros:

  • Touch Bar (if you purchase that version)
  • Bright and very colorful display
  • Fast Processor
  • Sleek Design (easy to carry)
  • Speakers and quality of music increased dramatically in new generation
  • Great resale value

Cons:

  • Almost every other display you see will look lower quality to you
  • Price
  • No more “USB” ports

2. Microsoft Surface Book ($1,499+)

(Best for Note-Taking)

If you are a student and prefer to take notes by hand, then this will be a great decision for you. This device easily detaches from the keyboard and makes it very convenient for anybody especially note takers with pen provided with purchase. It also makes a great tablet once detached.

Pros:

  • Running Windows 10
  • Over 12hrs battery life
  • High resolution display
  • Makes a great tablet once detached

Cons:

  • Steep price (starting at $1,499)
  • Still running Intel 6th generation

3. Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop ($1,040+)

(Best for engineering students and gamers)

Great computer for our engineering students. As an engineering student you need a powerful processor because of all of the things you will be running on it. On side, this computer also makes a great gaming computer with its internals that can be swapped. Great budget computer for it’s price and a great investment into your engineering degree or any impacted major that requires a lot of design work.

Pros:

  • A nice large screen at 15.6-inc at 1920x1080p
  • Was rated as the best value for it’s performance and the price comparison
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
  • Great battery life for a gaming laptop up to 7hrs
  • Latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor

Cons:

  • Not very attractive gap between screen and base
  • Speakers on the bottom
  • Display is on the dim side

4. Apple MacBook Air ($840+)

(Best for Portability)

If you are a student always active like running around the campus and need a light computer that can serve you great in many ways. Just the name “Air” makes is portable because it is. It is rather remarkable laptop and I used to have one and was very happy with it. It can definitely get you through school but if you need to do any editing you might want to choose something else.

Pros:

  • Impressive battery life (lasts up to 12 hours)
  • .68 inches thin and only 2.96 lb
  • One of the best keyboards out there especially for typing

Cons:

  • Outdated CPU
  • No touch screen
  • Screen resolution outdated
  • Limited internal storage

5. Asus Chromebook Flip C302 ($470+)

(Best for productive students)

Great computer for those students that are productive on day to day basis. It is powerful enough to handle tasks like watching Netflix, surfing the web, writing papers, etc.. This computer is designed to run web-based applications for the most part.

Pros:

  • Lightweight design
  • Good performance
  • Solid battery life
  • 360 degree hinge

Cons:

  • Not a very good feel of keyboard
  • Price
  • Lacking USB Type A ports

Other Top Rated Laptops to Consider

1. Eluktronics P650HP6 15.6″

2. Samsung Chromebook 3, 11.6″

3. HP 15-F222WM 15.6″ Touch Screen Laptop

4. ASUS VivoBook

5. ASUS Chromebook 11.6″ Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design

Bottom Line

I hope this selection can help you decide on your decision with your next purchase of laptop. I would highly recommend paying extra for a computer if you need it to last as the old saying go “You get what you pay for” it is true in this case. Hope you are having a great semester this far!

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Richard Barnett is a student majoring in finance, entrepreneur, marketer, content writer, budget traveler, and financial blog “Student Money Adviser” owner. You can read more about me here.

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