A decent computer is a must for students now, and a laptop offers more flexibility than a desktop. Wondering which laptop is best for back to school this September? Check out our list of this year’s top 5:
1. The MacBook
According to CBS, Consumer Reports recommends the latest Macbook for a lightweight option with long battery life (up to 16 hours according to Consumer Reports testing and 9-12 hours according to Apple, depending on the laptop’s size),
It’s a little pricier than some of the other options on this list, however; The Street reports that these featherweight laptops start at $899 with “11-inch display, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash-based storage” and can cost well over $1000 when you factor in extra storage and/or a larger screen.
For a slightly more affordable laptop that’s easy to carry with good battery life, check out the Dell XPS 13. This 13-inch Ultrabook starts at $799 and is less likely to soar into the $1500 range with add-ons like the Macbook, unless you opt for touchscreen. The XPS 13 is only 2.6 pounds and, according to Laptop Mag, can last up to 12 hours. The keyboard can feel cramped due to the size, but if you want an ultraportable machine, this is a great option.
For a more modestly priced laptop with good all-round specs, consider the Lenovo Z40, recommended for middle to high schoolers by Consumer Reports. At $550, the Z40 offers a 14-inch screen, high performance scores, and quick photo and video editing.
Searching for a solid laptop that can convert into a tablet when needed? PC Mag has placed the Acer Aspire Switch 11 in its top 10 for laptops for college students. At $516, the 12.5-inch screen and a little over 6 hours of battery life make this a modest but good general-purpose machine.
So there you have it–whatever your tastes (or the tastes of the student in your life), there’s a laptop out there to suit. If you’d rather rent than buy, Metrocom Audio Visual offers laptops for rent as well as a variety of other audiovisual equipment products.
Try Renting a Laptop, Before You Buy
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