The Best Types of Laptops to Use for College
Finding the right laptop for you and your college career is almost as difficult as deciding on a major, just a bit more fun and flexible.
A simple Google search for laptops can turn into an overwhelming task when there are so many different features available. Whether you only have a vague idea of what you might major in, or you’re 100% positive in what you’ll do, you want to make sure that whatever laptop you end up with will keep up with your work. Majoring in English is a very different experience for laptop users than, say, majoring in video journalism. The following list breaks down of some of the more popular laptops used in colleges in terms of durability, lightness, battery life, and more.
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)
It seems like all the cool kids and their mothers have this laptop. Besides being sleek and living on the more expensive side of the laptop spectrum (starting price $999), what gives? As the name suggests, it’s extremely light (just under three pounds) which is great to carry around campus without feeling weighed down. It also has an astoundingly long battery life of 17.5 hours, so you can feel at ease if you forget to bring your charger. This would be the perfect laptop for the English and History majors out there writing their way into Fulbright Scholarships.
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series
On the opposite end of the spectrum lies the reliable Dell Inspiron. This laptop is geared towards those who like to keep things simple and practical. It has 6GB of memory (2GB more than the MacBook), a sturdy amount of battery life (8 hours, 44 minutes) and doesn’t have a million features to keep up with. With a budget-friendly $299 starting price, it’s hard to argue against it. Those who are looking into majors that require multimedia projects can be rest assured that this laptop can handle your workload even when you’re at your wit’s end with deadlines.
Acer Aspire R 14
If you’ve never heard of a convertible-hybrid laptop before, get ready to have your mind blown. The Acer laptop works both as a laptop and as a tablet by simply folding the keyboard back and facing it down. It includes a beautifully large touchscreen with strong, built-in speakers that adjust according to whether you’re in laptop or tablet mode. At the same starting price as a Dell, double the memory of a Macbook (8GB), and 9.5 hours of battery life, Acer is out to slay your assignments and impress your friends during movie nights in your dorm room.
Whichever laptop you decide on, make sure to protect it with PSafe Total Windows. With its unbeatable protection, PSafe will keep your computer virus-free and working as fast as possible.