Top 5 Low-Cost Laptops for Students on the Move
As a student, you need a laptop that fits your lifestyle. Usually this means your laptop must consist of speed, plenty of memory, plenty of hard drive space, a decent graphics card (if you occasionally play graphic-intense games) and it must be durable. Essentially, you are looking for a mobile office in order to best keep up with your demanding schedule and the following laptops, notebooks, ultrabooks and Chromebooks have features and stats that should be beneficial to busy students who are always on the go.
Acer C710-2055 Chromebook
The Chromebooks are a unique breed of laptop as they operate solely off Google’s Chrome OS. The Chromebook runs from an Intel Celeron CPU. With the 320GB hard drive, it’s perfect for downloading large files or installing large programs and it can run large programs easily with 4GB of RAM. The 1366×768 resolution is perfect for the 11-inch display, and it’s not too big/heavy to carry around from class to class or too small for you to be able to efficiently work on it. At under $300, it can fit the budget of many students looking for a decent laptop at a decent price.
Sony Vaio E Series SVE11113FXW
Sony Vaio has long been a name associated with quality laptops. The Sony Vaio E Series is no different. Powered by an AMD Dual-Core 1.7 GHz CPU, it has plenty of power for student projects and more, and has 4GB of RAM which can be upgraded to 8GB for superior speed and application management. It is preloaded with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium Edition.
It has an 11-inch display which is about the perfect size. The only downside is that it is a bit heavier than the Chromebooks and other laptops around the same size. It has an AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics card which allows users to play many modern, medium-intensity games. For the higher-intensity games, this graphics card will need to be replaced and upgraded. It has an HD resolution of 1366×768 for excellent display. With a 500GB hard drive, it will be awhile before you will have to upgrade your storage space. At around $400, it’s in the comfortable range for a decent student laptop.
Asus Vivobook X202E
The Asus Vivobook is another 11-inch notebook that is not too big, not too heavy and is in a comfortable price range. It compares in features and hardware with the Sony Vaio listed above. Powered by a Dual-Core Intel 1.8 GHz CPU, it also comes with 4GB of RAM. The Asus comes preloaded with the 64-bit version of Windows 8 and has a 500GB hard drive. It also has HD resolution with a maximum resolution of 1366×768.
Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook 530U4BI
The Samsung Series 5 tries to pass itself off as an ultrabook but it’s a little too thick and heavy to really fit into the category. Nonetheless, this 14-inch laptop is slim for all the added features that it carries. It runs from an Intel 1.6 GHz CPU and has 4GB of RAM. It brings plenty of storage space in the 500GB hard drive and is preloaded with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. It comes with an optical DVD R/W drive while the display is powered by Intel HD Graphics 3000. At around $500, it’s in the higher range for students looking for a decent laptop at a decent price, but perhaps it’s worth it for the added features it has.
HP Envy Sleekbook 6
The HP Envy is another slim laptop that, while it is the heaviest of our laptop lineup at 4.6 lbs, its features and stats outdo the other laptops in the list. It is powered by a Dual-Core AMD 2.1 GHz CPU and comes with 4GB of RAM which can upgraded to 16GB. A 500GB hard drive ensures plenty of storage space and it comes preloaded with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. The 15-inch display is powered by the AMD Radeon HD 7500G and has maximum HD resolution of 1366×768.
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