Best Laptops

Back to school season is an excellent opportunity to invest in advanced technologies. If you are still using a bulky computer or need to upgrade your old laptop now is the best time to purchase a sleek and powerful notebook without breaking a bank. Below you will find reviews of the top ranking laptops for high school and college students. The list includes models for all budgets, ranging from power-sipping and inexpensive Chromebooks for students specializing in liberal arts to powerful laptops for those who major in design or animation coursework.

Asus Zenbook UX305

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core m3 – Core m5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 – 5300 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

This is the cheapest of excellent Ultrabooks you can find now. Incredibly thin and light, this general use laptop guarantees solid performance. Despite its wonky video driver and tinny speakers, it comes with an attractive package, making it the best deal ever.

HP Chromebook 14

CPU: 6th generation Intel Celeron | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB eMMC

A well balanced Chromebook, with excellent keyboard and trackpad, the HP Chromebook 14 is speedy and responsive. It has crisp, vivid screen and comes with a funky blue case. It is not the most powerful and the battery life is average, but it is perfect for classwork or home use for high school students. It would also be great for college students pursuing degrees in liberal arts. This surprisingly affordable laptop is simple to maintain, but works great with practically every major app and service needed.

13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

CPU: 5th generation Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen:13.3-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Even though this laptop is small it is very fast and comes with Retina Display, making it the best choice for those who need portable but powerful notebook. Among other advantages of this light weight model is long battery life and high resolution display.

Acer Chromebook 15

CPU: 5th generation Intel Celeron – Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

If you think that every Chromebook available for sale has to be less than 14 inches, you are wrong. The Acer Chrombook 15 features not only a 15.6-inch screen, but it also contains powerful processors, making it the real colossus of Chromebooks. In addition to fast processing speed it boasts long battery life. Some customers may find the keyboard a little bit awkward but now the Acer Chromebook 15 is offered for sale at a considerably cheaper price than when originally released, so it makes a great deal anyway.

13-inch MacBook Air

CPU: 5th generation Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB | Screen:13.3-inch WXGA+ (1,440 x 900) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Though it lacks Apple’s Retina display, the MacBook Air has a fantastic 12-hour battery life and a dual-core, Broadwell processor.  In addition, if you don’t like the 12-inch MacBook’s low-travel butterfly keys, then MacBook Air is your best choice as it features a more traditional chiclet-style keyboard.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2GB – 4GB) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 500GB HDD – 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD

This excellent gaming laptop looks great and its price tag will please you even more. The 15-inch laptop boasts long battery life and a system that will enable you to accomplish a wide range of tasks from writing essays to making cartoons. What you may not like is that it is rather heavy, gets hot and has inconvenient trackpad buttons.

Dell XPS 13

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Definitely a revolution in laptop design, the lightweight Dell XPS features a high-resolution screen combined with serious processing power. With a 13-inch display fitted into an 11-inch body, this laptop ensures strong performance, being a worthy competitor to aluminum laptop line ideal for any school assignment. The Dell XPS 13 is the great example of a general use laptop worth buying. Probably its only drawback is average battery life.

HP Pavilion x2

CPU: Intel Atom Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch WXGA (1,280 x 800) | Storage: 32GB eMMC

It’s unbelievable but the best Windows 10 convertible is absurdly affordable. The HP Pavilion x2 is a great Windows 10 device ideal both for streaming Netflix and basic computing tasks like taking notes in the classroom. Lightweight, with roaring speakers and long battery life, it is a tablet and a laptop in one easily covering the basics. The only thing you might want to upgrade is its limited storage and memory.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core m3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 – Iris Graphics | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch PixelSense (2,736 x 1,824) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

If you think that a tablet can never become a worthy replacement of a laptop you are wrong. This one with higher resolution screen, a thinner attractive design and Intel’s more powerful Skylake processors that support Windows 10 can easily perform like an ordinary laptop. Unfortunately, the Type Cover keyboard should be purchased separately.

LG gram 15

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6-inch UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB SSD

If we compare it with a MacBook Air, the LG Ggam 15 is thinner and lighter. Of course, if you’ve got used to using a MacBook, you might be disappointed with the color options, but the thin-and-light design of the LG Ggam 15 is just fantastic, as well as practically everything else in it. With a 15.6-inch display, Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, four USB ports, including one Type-C and a microSD card reader the LG gram 15 is probably one of the best laptops you can buy at the average price point.