How To Pick A Laptop For School

A laptop can be an essential tool for a student, providing them with all the necessary programs and apps to do their work. But how does one go about picking out just the right device? There are many aspects to consider when looking for that perfect machine: features, design, price-point- it’s important you find something both affordable yet powerful enough to handle anything your school throws at you! In this article, we’ve compiled all these factors below if you’re interested in buying or upgrading today.

How to Pick a Laptop For School

1. What is your budget?

The first thing you need to decide before buying a laptop is your budget. You should try and stay within your given budget, although it may be tempting at times to go over this budget you should always try and be practical with your spending, and remember getting a new computer is a big investment so make sure to carefully weigh your options!

Transportation: if you are taking the school bus or riding in a carpool with friends to get to school, then you might be able to save you some budget money by getting one of the lighter laptops near the bottom end of this list. For students who commute via public transportation (including subways), bicycles, motorcycles, or walk from home to school (under two miles), then we recommend spending more on the heavier models which can survive longer without being damaged.

2. What do you need it for?

A laptop has to be a  smart investment, as it can cost anywhere between $250 and $3000.  For this reason, it is vital to choose a device that will benefit your schoolwork the most.

3.Do you need a graphics-intensive gaming laptop for your art class?

Do you need to be able to run multiple hefty programs at the same time on your computer or do you just need a laptop that can display school presentations and browse the web without any problems?

If you want to purchase a new computer/laptop, then you should take some factors into consideration. First, it is important to decide how much you plan on using your laptop in general. If you are buying a laptop only for school purposes, then it probably wouldn’t make sense to buy a high-end gaming laptop for school if it will get damaged through a normal dedicated graphics card for photo editing or video processing? Do you need a keyboard with more travel distance for prolonged use? Do you want super-fast processing power so that programs and websites open at lightning speed?  Or maybe you just need something light enough to carry around campus all day long.

Gaming

Best High-End Gaming Laptops for school:

Just because you are buying a laptop to use in school, doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun!  If your budget allows it, then there’s no harm in splurging on one of the best gaming laptops around. It will just be another tool at your disposal – especially if you are running graphics programs like Photoshop or Illustrator during classes/tutoring or when working an internship where these tools could come in handy. The one thing to keep in mind with gaming laptops is that they tend to get very hot  –  so make sure to use a cooling pad or stand in order to avoid damaging your computer during intensive gaming sessions.

Ultraportables

Thanks to better processors and higher storage,  ultraportable models of laptops have become more and more popular with students around the world.

If you use your computer for school, then it is important to consider portability every step of the way. Today’s laptops are so portable and light that they can easily fit inside a book bag or backpack. The two most popular ultraportables ( ultrabook ) out there are the Apple MacBook Air and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Both are great options if you want something lighter and more portable, but not sacrificing performance too much. If you don’t mind paying a little extra for portability, then the MacBook Air can’t be beaten.

If money isn’t an issue, then you should definitely check out the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre x360, or perhaps even the Surface Book. If you are looking for a tablet and a laptop in one device, then any of these Windows® 10 systems would do just fine.

Ultraportables, what to look for: 

  • Intel’s 9th and 10th-gen CPUs or AMD’s Ryzen 4000 line. (Avoid anything more than two years old if you want your computer to last.)
  • 8GB RAM minimum; 16 GB is ideal. 512 GB of SSD storage as a bare minimum with 1TB being the best option available currently on most laptops today.
  • Bright screens are preferable but not required plus bezels should be thin enough so that they don’t interfere too much when watching videos online in full-screen mode while also giving plenty of working room which may be needed by some people who prefer using multiple apps at once simultaneously instead of just one application window open at any given time as I do sometimes myself!

Multimedia students

Because multimedia students deal with editing video, music, or some serious 3D rendering you might want a computer that provides a good balance of speed,  performance, and gaming to be able to get everything done as quickly as possible.

The  Dell’s XPS 15 and the MacBook Pro 16-inch are powerful laptops that you can easily use to fully take advantage of your multi-core CPU.

They both have gorgeous, bright screens which make them perfect for watching movies or editing photos. The MacBook Pro is the better option because it has a dedicated graphics card in addition to its processor. That means when you open up Photoshop, it will load and render images fast! If your school has you working on media projects with other students, then having an extra GPU will make things go smoother. Multimedia notebooks might now be as flashy as gaming laptops but they do have more ports and SD-card.

You should be able to have multiple USB-C, HDMI, and even Thunderbolt 3 connectors on your laptop. Some models might come with more than one of these types of ports but you probably don’t want too many proliferations as that will result in a cluttered mess.

Chromebooks and Microsoft’s Surface tablets?

Chromebooks are incredibly popular in schools for a reason.  They are cheaper than laptops and offer the most bang for your buck. A Chromebook is made of plastic and lightweight material, so you can carry it around without having to worry about breaking it accidentally if you have a habit of throwing books in the backpacks haphazardly. However, they don’t have much power under the hood especially as compared to a Windows 10 or macOS laptop which is why students who do editing might want something that’s a bit more powerful than the average Chromebook.

Surface Pro is basically Microsoft’s version of rival Apple’s iPad Pro. They run Windows 10 but they function like tablet PCs rather than laptops or notebooks because they have touchscreens.  If you’re someone a student who’s not a big fan of the keyboard, then this is the tablet for you because it has a built-in one. Surface Pro also comes with a detachable keyboard which is similar to how a business laptop would look like if there were no separate display and body parts.

Conclusion:

If you just want to do some light work, then a Windows 10 laptop with at least 8 GB of memory would be enough.  If multimedia is your main focus, then the MacBook Pro or the XPS 13 are both good options.

However, if you need a computer that will last for years and not get outdated too quickly, then look for something with an Intel 10th-gen CPU inside. It might cost more in terms of money but as these processors have a longer lifespan, it’s worth paying extra upfront so that you can save big over the life of your device rather than having.