avatarby Edgar CervantesSeptember 5, 20161 comments

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Are you all set to go to college? Classes are about to start, and we all know a good computer is among the most crucial school supplies. With so many options out there, we know it can be hard to find the right laptop, so we have put together a list with our favorite computers to take to college.

We will include options from multiple price ranges and for different kinds of users, just to make sure we got you all covered. Ready to start shopping? Let’s get started!


ASUS Chromebook Flip

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Let’s start the Asus Chromebook Flip, a unique device aimed at those looking for something that’s one part laptop, one part tablet. The Flip isn’t exactly the most impressive device on this list, but power isn’t the point here.

Chromebooks are known to be fast, simple and very convenient, but you have to look elsewhere if you need more power and versatility. Those looking for a simple machine to browse, edit word documents and such simpler tasks may find Chrome OS to be great, though.

With a unique hinged design and a much smaller screen size of 10.1-inches, the Chromebook Flip is the perfect device for those looking for a multimedia machine that also can double as a Chromebook for basic productivity and for those situations where having a keyboard makes sense over a touchscreen.

The Flip isn’t perfect, with a weaker Rockchip processor onboard and an OS that isn’t necessarily built with touch in mind, but for less than $280 – it’s a unique twist to the Chromebook formula. Sure, it’s not for everyone, but it might be perfect for you.

Specs:

  • Storage: 16 GB SSD
  • Memory: 2/4 GB
  • Screen size: 10.1 inches
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Processor: Rockchip 1.8 GHz Processor
Buy the ASUS Chromebook Flip now

Lenovo Chromebook 100S

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Are you really looking for something affordable, yet functional? The Lenovo Chromebook 100S still has Google’s fast and light operating system, so it performs very well, but only costs $179.99. You can’t get much better than this for under $100.

It is designed to be a portable machine, with up to 9 hours of battery life and an 11.6-inch HD display. As expected, it isn’t the most powerful machine around, and it’s low-end even for Chromebooks, but it will do the job alright for students with less intensive needs.

Specs:

  • Storage: 16 GB SSD
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Screen size: 11.6 inches
  • Operating system: Chrome OS
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N2840
Buy the Lenovo Chromebook 100S now

Asus Z205TA

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The Asus Z205TA has a larger for a laptop that’s priced under $200 and comes with Windows 10. The laptop is still lightweight and thin but weighs 3.6 pounds which are slightly more than most other Chromebooks or Windows 10 laptops in the price range.

While the laptop isn’t powerful enough to run Photoshop or gaming, it is slightly stronger than others in the price range which gives you faster browsing experience and overall performance.

Specs:

  • Storage: 32 GB SSD
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Screen size: 14 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N2840
Buy the ASUS X205TA now

Asus Transformer Book T100HA-C4-GR

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The Asus Transformer is a 2-in-1 moderaderalty price and feature full Windows 10. The ultraportable laptop comes with a 10.1-inch screen. There’s 64GB of storage, which will allow a little more space with Windows taking up so much space. The tablet part feels great by itself but combined with the keyboard you’ll be more productive than ever. The 2-in-1 has a USB C port for all your charging needs and still features a USB 2.0 port to charge all your legacy devices.

This amazing 2-in-1 features all day battery with claims of 12 hours of battery life, but when you need to charge there is a quick charge feature that’ll charge your device to 80% in only 2 hours. If you’re looking for a mobile first laptop and tablet, the Asus Transformer fits not only your budget but also your needs.

Specs:

  • Storage: 64 GB SSD
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Screen size: 10.1 inch
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z8500
Buy the Asus Transformer Book T100HA-C4-GR now

Acer Aspire E15-575-54E8

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The Acer Aspire is a simple and elegant looking laptop, but under the matte, black finish is a laptop that’s packing a lot more than you’d expect from a $400 or under price tag. There’s an Intel Core i5 processor, more than enough to do some light gaming open up Photoshop and handle your web surfing habits without a hiccup. The 15.6-inch screen is big enough to let you snap multiple windows, but not too big that you feel overwhelmed.

The laptop claims 6 hours of battery life, which is more than enough to move around without having to worry about your battery dying on you. The 1TB hard drive will let you store all your files, photos, and software that you could ever have. If you’re looking for a laptop with a little more power, the Aspire fits your needs.

Specs:

  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Screen size: 15.6 inch 1366 x 768
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6200U
Buy the Acer Aspire E15-575-54E8 Now

Dell Inspiron 15-5555

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You can’t talk about computers without at least mentioning Dell. The company has built a reputation that will always precede them, and it is computers like this one that really make the brand shine. Just take a look at what this unit offers!

Liking those 12 GB of RAM, huh? We are too. That’s the most amount of RAM you will get off any of these devices, after all! And the computer is pretty good looking, even if a little on the large side.

Specs:

  • Storage: 1 TB HDD
  • Memory: 12 GB
  • Screen size: 15.6 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz quad-core AMD A10-8700P
Buy the Dell Inspiron 15-5555 now

MacBook Air

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Originally announced in 2008 as the notebook that can fit in a manila envelope, Apple kick started the ultrabook trend. Now in 2016, the Air is getting a little dated. The latest refresh of the model was back in March 2015, but the specifications are not that bad and you can get the Air for a pretty good price. The MacBook Air comes in 11 inch 1366×768 and 13 inch 1440×900 flavors starting at $899 and $999 respectively.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128/256 GB SSD
  • Memory: 4/8 GB
  • Screen size: 11.6/13.3 inches
  • Operating System: Mac OS X
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7
Buy the Macbook Air now

Microsoft Surface Book

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The Surface Book is Microsoft’s best professional 2-in-1 ultrabook. The drop dead gorgeous screen offers great color accuracy, and if you want you can flip the laptop to act more like a tablet. Then you can use the pen to draw, which is a unique feature that you won’t find on other ultrabooks. Of course, this is the same Surface Pen smart stylus as on your Surface Pro 4 windows tablet.

The powerful ultrabook is heavier than others, and the larger 13.5-inch screen makes the device a bit bulkier. As a tradeoff for the size, this powerful device has specifications that will make it a daily driver that can do anything you throw at it.

Specs:

  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Screen size: 13.5 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 with NVIDIA Geforce GPU
Buy the Surface Book now

Macbook 12

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The Macbook is a beautiful Apple ultrabook, but it’s not without its flaws. The single USB Type-C port makes it hard to charge devices and plug in more than one device at a time, but it’s nothing a dongle can’t solve. The Macbook comes in 4 different colors, but the starting price of $1,300 might put some folks off.

The entry level Intel Core M processor will get daily web browsing, email, and messaging done, but you’ll want to bump up to the Core m5 or Core m7 chipsets if you want to do any photo or video editing with your new Macbook. The area the Macbook excels is battery life, lasting all day and being able to charge from the single USB Type-C port. Overall it’s a beautiful ultrabook, adhering to Apple’s typical level of craftsmanship, which also means it runs a tad more expensive than similarly spec’d ultrabooks out there.

Specs:

  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Screen size: 12 inches
  • Operating System: Mac OS X
  • Processor: Intel Core M
Buy the MacBook 12 now

Huawei MateBook

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The Huawei Matebook is another 2-in-1 tablet with a thin keyboard cover like the Surface Pro 4. This time around the keyboard is built into a full leather cover for the tablet, and the cover folds in tp act as tablet stand. As far as the tablet experience goes, this is the nicer feeling device compared to the Surface Pro 4, but the MateBook Portfolio Keyboard case lacks a little in versatility when acting as a stand.

The Matebook is a decent device to house a single USB Type-C port, but enhances this with the optional MateDock. There is also a fingerprint reader built into the tablet and the artistic type can take advantage of the MatePen smart stylus. The starting price for the MateBook is lower than the Surface Pro 4, which is another huge plus.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128 GB SSD
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Screen size: 12 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core M

 

Buy the Huawei MateBook now

Razer Blade Stealth

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The Razer Blade Stealth is one of the world’s best gaming ultrabook. The Razer ultrabook has the same feel and design as other Razer laptops, except the Stealth is thin and light. The chroma branded keyboard is a standout feature, you usually need to purchase a high-end gaming laptop to get this feature rich of a backlit keyboard. The keyboard is a level of personalization other ultrabooks cannot match.

The Blade Stealth is not a standalone gaming laptop. When paired with the Razor Core, an external housing for a single graphics card like the Nvidia Geforce 980, the ultrabook can play graphics intensive games or edit photos and videos with ease. The only problem is your ultrabook is then tethered to a desk for high performance needs, luckily, it is very portable otherwise. The Razer Blade Stealth starts at $999, but when you think about adding in the Razer Core for $499 it becomes a more expensive setup than others.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128/256/512 GB SSD
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Screen size: 13.3 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
Buy the Razer Blade Stealth now

13-inch Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display

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The Macbook Pro 13 with Retina display is one of the go-to professional laptops on the market. Popular with folks who like to edit video and photos, this is as powerful of a machine as you’ll find in the Apple mobile device offerings. While the Macbook Pro isn’t the lightest or thinnest laptop around, it is still within the range of the larger ultrabooks out there.

The Macbook Pro begins its specification options in the ballpark of some high-end Ultrabooks, around $1300, you can then apply upgrade after upgrade until you are at a nearly $3000 price tag. It sound like a lot of money, but this really is a powerhouse of a device – it’s the video editing laptop of choice for half of our YouTube team over at Android Authority.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128 GB SSD
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Screen size: 13.3 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
Buy the MacBook Pro now

15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display

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Many designers and producers swear by Apple’s creative advantages. These machines are powerful and have plenty of great software at their disposal. Of course, it also helps that Apple makes some of the best-looking laptops around, so you will look great while taking care of work.

Our favorite Apple machine for editing is definitely the 15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display and dedicated graphics. Of course, it will also be among the most expensive devices in this list, starting at $2499. But you can get it for much less from Amazon.

Specs:

  • Storage: 128 GB SSD
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Screen size: 13.3 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
Buy the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display now

Are you taking any of these machines to school? Do you think there are any other computers that should be added? Hit the comments to let us know!

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  • JLhugo

    I would love to have the 15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display for my studies. It is best for photoshop, 3d, designing and video editing.