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Laptop/Notebook Reviews

Say 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