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The 2 Best Back to school laptops of 2016
So you need a laptop
There's a fine line between inexpensive and cheap. Just because somethings inexpensive doesn't mean its crap. But just because somethings cheap doesn't mean its inexpensive. Selecting a perfect laptop for all your back to school needs really depends on what courses you are taking. If you're looking for a budget animation or 3d rendering laptop then this article is probably not for you. This is for the average Joe who wants a good laptop for his school work and maybe light animation of 3d rendering, And by light I mean LIGHT. Don't expect to be able to make a Pixar movie with the laptops in list. The guidelines will be based on memory, storage, processor power, and of course price.
HP Stream 13 $215
To kick things off we have the ultra portable HP stream 13. Available in 4 different colors with a display size of 13.3 inches,This will definitely give you a nice experience for the price. Its rocking an Intel Celeron processor and 2 gigabytes of DDR3 Ram which will definitely give enough power for what you're using it for. It features a 32 GB Solid State Drive preinstalled with windows 10. IF you do purchase this product i would suggest buying a flash drive as 32 GB's of storage will run out fast if you use it to write essay. You used to be able to get one with windows 8.1 but it was discontinued. It doesn't have an optical drive but you can purchase an external optical drive from amazon for 30 bucks. At 100% charge the battery will last about 8 hours just long enough for you to use it at school then go home put it on the charger and watch a couple YouTube videos. I actually have a stream 11 with windows 8.1 and its a nice little laptop. Sadly i don't have the stream 13 but since I own the prior model I think i can safely say this laptop is a pretty good laptop.
Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310
Technically its a 2 in 1 but I'm putting it on the list anyways. Lets start off with specs it features a 1.44GHz Intel Atom Processor which is unusual for a laptop but not surprising for a tablet. It also has 2 GB's of DDR3 ram. It has a native resolution of 1200X800 but has an micro HDMI port if you want to hook it up to a display.It has a micro SD card slot for extra storage. Its also features 3 USB ports which isn't that bad for a laptop/tablet, considering there is a significantly more expensive notebook on the market that has on a single port which is the chargers port.It also has a 64gb hard drive which should be enough but you might want to take advantage of that micro SD card slot sooner or later. It has Bluetooth 4.0 for all your Bluetooth needs. Even though I don't have as many good things to say about this but Its not a horrible deal for 300 bucks