Laptop/Notebook Reviews

student looking at laptops in retail storeSay goodbye to your iPhone; in college, your laptop will be your new BFF. Here’s where it all happens: the notes on your classes, your study schedule, writing those papers – your whole life is here!

Make sure you’re fully equipped to give it all you’ve got by weighing all of your options before buying a laptop or notebook. We’ve made the job easier for you by reviewing the best picks for college students today.

1.) Dell XPS 13
Price: $800-$949
For a laptop that looks amazing and is super-powerful and functional, the Dell XPS 13 is a great choice.

  • Specs:
    CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3 – Intel Core i7
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Intel UHD Graphics 620
    RAM: 4GB – 16GB
    Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800; touchscreen)
    Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
  • Pros: Strong battery life, Webcam orientation, Sleek, pretty exterior
  • Cons: Poor speaker placement, Relatively expensive in comparison to similar models

2.) Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Price: $875-$999
The 2-in-1 laptop that outperforms nearly every other one on the market, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s best feature is its stylus, equipped with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity to make sure you don’t miss a word. Best of all, this nifty little gadget attaches to the Notebook and doesn’t need to be charged separately.

  • Specs:
    CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i7
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – AMD Radeon Graphics (2GB GDDR5)
    RAM: 8GB – 16GB
    Screen: 13.3-inch – 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display with Touch Screen Panel
    Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Pros: Excellent for the stylus, Sleek look and feel, Lengthy battery life
  • Cons: Downward-firing speakers, Touchscreen has only 1080 pixels

3. Asus Chromebook Flip
Price: $450-$499
Asus has slashed the price on Chromebooks while equipping the laptop with a 360-degree hinge for easy flipping.

  • Specs:
    CPU: Intel Core m3
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
    RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare
    Storage: 64GB eMMC + TPM
  • Pros: Stunning, vivid screen, Excellent price for performance and features, 360-degree hinge
  • Cons: No out-of-box Android app support, Average speakers

4. Microsoft Surface Prol9
Price: $375-$899
Finally, the next generation of tablets has made its debut. This tablet is so well-equipped that it can easily replace your laptop. The Surface Pro has several different versions, and as usual, the more you pay, the more you’ll get.

  • Specs:
    CPU: 7th generation Intel Core m3 – i7
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 – Iris Plus Graphics 640
    RAM: 4GB – 16GB
    Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display
    Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
  • Pros: Improved battery life, Sleek, modern design, Large selection of accessories
  • Cons: Surface Pen no longer included in package, Only the i7 version can compete with Apple’s less-expensive iPad Pro

5. Samsung Notebook 7 Spin
Price: $ 699 – $1200
With the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin, you’ll get the performance you’d expect from a MacBook Pro, for the price of a MacBook Air.

  • Specs:
    CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i7
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3L); Intel HD Graphics 520
    RAM: 12GB – 16GB
    Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) LED with touch panel
    Storage: 1 TB HDD – 1TB HDD; 128GB SSD
  • Pros: Extremely versatile, Full HD touchscreen
  • Cons: Heavyweight, Graphics don’t quite measure up to the competition

6. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming
Price: $699-$799
Need a computer that offers the perfect mix of functionality and gaming options? Look no further than the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming.

  • Specs:
    CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i5 – i7
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050; Intel HD Graphics 620 – GTX 1050 Ti; Intel HD Graphics 630
    RAM: 8GB – 16GB
    Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) anti-glare LED-backlit
    Storage: 1TB HDD – 1TB HDD; 128GB SSD
  • Pros: Affordable gaming setup, Excellent battery life
  • Cons: Trackpad isn’t fully reliable, Screen is deficient

7. Acer Swift 3
Price: $429-$699
If you’re looking for a budget laptop that will still do its job well, you’ve just found it. The Acer Swift 3 offers performance and value, complete with Ultrabook-class Core i processors and an incredible 8 hours of passive battery life.

  • Specs:
    CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    RAM: 4GB – 8GB
    Screen: 14-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) ComfyView IPS
    Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD
  • Pros: Powerful for its price, Strong battery life
  • Cons: Boring looks, Down-firing speakers

Your Turn: What’s your favorite laptop? How does it make tackling studies or doing course work easier and/or more productive?


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