Searching for the best, most affordable laptop for a student can be overwhelming. From entry-level Chromebooks to Elite Laptops there are a million and one options; And though picking the right laptop is always important, when it comes to a student keeping up in a learning environment, the future itself can be at stake!
The best laptop for a student varies depending on education level, daily activities, and of course your budget!
Equally important is who you are buying from. This determines the post-purchase support you’ll receive, the quality of the product, and how much you’re being charged. Like the endless laptop options, numerous sellers are pushing these products.
What is the best laptop for younger students?
If your student is an elementary student in 1st – 5th Grade, consider an entry level laptop.
For the youth of the nation in elementary school, the answer for most parents to which laptop is best hovers between, “Do they need a laptop?” to “Make it cheap, and simple!” and for good reason, having kids of my own I cannot imagine trusting them with a $1,000 laptop! So for that demographic, the answer is really an entry level laptop.
One of the best options we offer for younger students would be the Dell Latitude 5490
This laptop has what a young student needs to keep up in school, and you can’t beat it at just $299.99! The Intel i5 processor is suited for entry-level computing and browsing, while the 8GB of RAM is plenty to keep up with the limited multi-tasking expected from our youngest students.
The built-in webcam allows them to live-chat their teachers and classmates, and the built-in Wi-Fi makes network setup simple and easy.
High School students require a more powerful laptop
As your student gets older and starts middle school and above the need for a more powerful system is normal. Graduating to Powerpoint, Microsoft Word & Excel, FileMaker Pro, and in-depth online research for those beloved science fair projects; The need to process more information faster becomes a necessity! Thankfully our middle and high school students can be trusted a bit more than our elementary students, but keeping durable and affordable is still a priority when buying a laptop! Our students may not be as wild as previous generations, but they still drop their devices and spill sodas! (Will that ever change!?)
So, when it comes to an affordable, durable and capable laptop for students in middle and high school, our answer is the Lenovo ThinkPad
Lenovo of course is one of the most recognizable brands in the world and this is well deserved; They’ve been producing some of the best laptops and desktops for years! Specifically, the ThinkPad series here is one of their most iconic laptops, and our refurbished Thinkpad T480, coming in at $369, is the perfect answer for middle or high school students needing a proficient and affordable laptop. With 16GBs of RAM and 256GBs of fast SSD storage your student will have plenty of power to be productive in class!
Finally, Intel i7 powered laptops paired with a vibrant 4K display and touchscreen are perfect for college students
As a student progresses through their education, it’s only natural the demands increase as well! Still engaged with Microsoft Office, they’ll likely be including premium software, like Evernote, Adobe Creative, and OneNote. There’s now the daily bombardment of assignments, typically leading right to their laptop to access the internet, create a document or presentation of some sort. Nearly everything puts them in front of the computer! To maintain maximum efficiency, it’s more important than ever that your laptop can keep up with the educational demands a student will face.
For this, we recommend an Intel Core i7 powered laptop with 16GBs of RAM and solid-state storage. Specifically, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2
As the gold standard for multi-tasking at high speeds, an Intel Core i7 paired with 16GBs of RAM will enable you or your college student to take on any project or assignment free from lag. The fast solid-state storage drive ensures lightning-fast boot times, and little to no wait periods when apps or documents are loading A vibrant 4K touchscreen display also ensures they are able to tackle any task from their professor! Starting at $999, the money is well spent, and students will be grateful for the extra power when numerous assignments start to pile up!
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