Picking a laptop as a student is a pretty big deal. A lack of funds means the machine is likely going to become your primary work and entertainment device.
As a result, picking the right laptop to meet your needs is of the utmost importance as a student. Fortunately, the quality of affordable laptops has come a long way over the last decade. It’s not uncommon for companies to release great value laptops, like the newly unveiled Lenovo Yoga 530 and Lenovo Yoga 730.
But with so many around, each with complex spec sheets, it’s not always easy to know which is best for your specific needs. If you’re not even sure which type of laptop you want then make sure to check out our Top 10 Tips to Follow when buying a laptop.
Or if you’re on the market for something a little more premium jump over to our Best Laptop buying guide, which includes a section of machines as well as a few more expensive options, or our Best Gaming Laptop if AAA gaming is more your thing.
If you’re all set and know what you’re looking for at the affordable end of the market, scroll down to check out our picks of the best laptops for students.
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5 of 9
- Thin, all-metal design
- Good battery life
- SSD included
- Review price: £650
The student appeal of the Swift 3 is down to its great performance and light weight. This 14-inch machine weighs in at 1.5kg, which is easily light enough to sling into a bag. There’s a choice of specifications starting at just £500 for a Core i3 model, with our best pick being the dual-core Core i5 and 256GB SSD for £650.
Battery life is solid at over seven hours, and the Full HD screen is good for the money – although it isn’t it won’t suffice for proper video or photo editing due to its lack of colour coverage.
For the money, there isn’t a lot better on the market than the Swift 3. Be warned, however, Acer has launched a new version of the Swift 3 – and, like many things affected by the crazy-world currency markets, this model offers you a bit less for your money. It’s still good, but you should grab 2016 models while you can.