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Best Laptop Computer Systems For Students

By Jon Tran

1. Summary

Before we look at the laptops most suitable for college students, we should understand what constitutes a good student laptop. Typically, a student wants a laptop that’s lightweight and comfortable enough to lug back and forth from their various classes. In addition, the laptop needs excellent battery life and performance. And prices are sometimes a concern, so the above features have to be packed into an affordable package.

After considering the types of laptops appropriate for college students, I’ve decided to split them into three categories: budget, thin and light and ultraportable. Let’s take a look at them now …

2. Budget Laptops

For a college student who is short on cash, a budget laptop is a good buy. The best budget laptops include those from Dell, Toshiba and HP. I personally find the Toshiba Satellite A215-S4747 will probably be great budget laptop. You receive an AMD based dual core CPU, which perfroms very well with many applications. Additionally you get a huge 200GB hard drive and numerous peripheral ports.

There’s also a nice Sony VGN-NR160E/S model that is (surprisingly) within the budget category. Right out of the box, this machine gives you the Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a large 160GB hard drive – that’s a lot of computing power at budget price.

3. Thin and Light Laptops

If you prefer a more powerful laptop and don’t mind a small amount of weight, then try going for some sort of thin and light laptop. Several of the models I’m able to think of include those from Lenovo, HP and Sony.

The Sony VAIO VGN-FZ280E is a pretty good option in a thin and light notebook. This system includes a Bluray compatible writer that will also burn CDs and DVDs. In addition, you get an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz CPU, 2GB RAM plus a very large 250GB hard drive.

Another model I’d consider is a HP Pavilion dv6675us. You can get yourself an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz CPU, 4GB RAM and 250GB of hard drive space. The 4GB of RAM is a great feature which will be handy if you’re a student of finance or science and need to run intensive computational applications.

4. Ultraportable Laptops

If the size and weight of the laptop is of high importance to you, then go for an ultraportable laptop. These laptops give excellent computing performance in a very small, compact package.

In this particular category, I believe the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 is a great choice for college students. It is slightly pricey (although not outrageously so) but it is among the best performing laptops around. It weighs in at only about 3 pounds and is hence a very portable bit of hardware. In addition, you get an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz CPU, 2GB RAM and a huge 100GB hard drive. You do not get a built-in DVD writer though – that unit is external to the laptop.

Another good choice is the Toshiba Portege R500-S5001X. It weights 2.4 pounds and it is less than an inch thick. This is among the thinnest and lightest notebooks you will find on the market. It is also very reasonably priced.


Well! I really hope this article has gone over with you the various kinds of laptops which are well suited for college students. No matter what your needs and budget, make sure that you do proper research before shelling out any cash. Until next time, good luck and happy shopping!

Want to find out more about College Laptops, then visit Travis Ludlow’s site on how to choose the best best college laptops for your needs.

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