It’s almost back-to-school time, so we’ve put together a roundup of the nine laptops we believe will best serve the needs of school, college and university students.
There are a variety of laptops available in the market, and picking a single machine to cover the array of activities for which a student might need a device is certainly a tough ask. Take a look at our Top 10 Tips to Follow when buying a laptop, then look at our list of top choices below.
We also have a more general Best Laptop buying guide, which includes a section of machines as well as a few more expensive options. Gaming more your thing? Check out our Best Gaming Laptop guide for some proper gaming beasts.
Whether you’re on a course that requires you to work on 3D graphics, videos or photography, or you just want a bargain-basement machine to sling into your bag as you dash out of halls on your way to a Monday morning lecture, there are tonnes of great deals out there just waiting to be snaffled.
While this guide covers laptops, it’s worth remembering that if you already have a desktop PC or will only be making sparse notes, then a laptop might not be what you need at all. For example, consider the Google Pixel C, a lightweight Android tablet with a keyboard dock that you can take with you everywhere. Got a bit more cash, perhaps one of the new iPad Pros will be more your thing? Even the Lenovo Yoga Book, which is certainly of niche appeal, might be your best bet.
This Week’s Best Laptop Deals
Asus VivoBook E200HA at Amazon.co.uk | Was £229.99 | Now £167.99
Lenovo Ideapad 510S at Amazon.co.uk | Was £669.99 | Now £519.99
Asus ZenBook UX310UA at Amazon.co.uk | Was £799.99 | Now £669.99
Microsoft Surface Pro at Amazon.co.uk | Was £1249 | Now £1179
Acer Chromebook 14 at Amazon.com | Was $299 | Now $259
Asus ZenBook UX310UA at Amazon.com | Was $759.99 | Now $669.99
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.