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Best Student Laptop 2016

Updated on December 2, 2015

In best student laptop 2016 we are going to take a quick look at what makes a top student laptop and then we will shortly review some of the best selling student laptops on the market.

What to look for in a student laptop:

  • Portability: Students should be able to carry their laptops around with them. So you need to look at size, weight and durability. Most laptops are available in sizes between 13 and 17 inches. I recommend only looking at laptops smaller than 15 inches.
  • Cost VS power: Students are fairly price sensitive, but they need a laptop that can run several applications quickly. Striking the balance between the 2 is up to you. You will find that large online retailers, like Amazon, sometimes buy large numbers of laptops and then sell them at a discounted price. Bargain hunting for a student laptop is worth the effort.
  • Brand: I would recommend buing a laptop from a larger player in the laptop market who you can trust, like Toshiba, Asus, Apple, Hp, Dell or Compaq.
  • Battery life: The notebook producers have lately gotten better at making laptops that run longer on less battery power. You need to be aware of your battery needs and then get a laptop that can run as long as you need it to, between recharges.

Best student laptop of 2016
Best student laptop of 2016

ASUS U41JF-A1 14-Inch Thin and Light Laptop

This is a high end laptop that has more processing power than most students need.

The Asus U41JF-A1 is easy for any student to carry because of its slim and stylish design. It appears to be thinner and more portable because of the sloped sides. The U41JF-A1 promises to extend your battery life keeping you powered through class for up to 10 hours.

You can watch videos on the 14-inch 1366 x 768 glossy display with bright and sharp quality. The laptop's front mounted speakers aren't bad compared to that of other laptops.

It has a 0.3-megapixel webcam built in which is effective for making Skype calls. The lighting is a bit low but audio is clear and movement smooth. There are also three USB connections and the standard VGA, Audio, HDMI, Ethernet ports. The Asus U41JF-A1 offers you light weight convenience, while you’re on the move.

Best selling student laptop 2016
Best selling student laptop 2016

Toshiba Satellite T655D-S5085 TruBrite 15.6" Laptop

The Toshiba is great value for money. Price wise it's in the middle of the pack, but it is still fairly powerful when it comes to running applications.

The very thin Toshiba Satellite T655D-S5085 provides fast and broad range Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking. Like most laptops it also offers Ethernet jack, mic and headphone port. The three USB ports allow you to connect your speaker, wireless mouse and charge your cell at the same time. Enjoy the sharp clear quality of movies on the 15.6 HD glossy backlit screen or connect your flat screen via the HDMI output or standard VGA port.

There is a 55 second idle startup and 9 second shutdown time thanks to the Intel Ultra-low voltage processor. You’re powered up all day with the 3.5 hours of battery life. The T655D-S5085 gives you fast and easy access to your e-mails, connecting to Facebook or refreshing your Twitter feed.

The 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive impact sensor protects your system sudden movement or dropping it by “parking” the system. The whisper quiet fan default speed shuts off during low activity. This allows you watch a movie without your laptop overheating in your lap. The Toshiba Satellite T655D-S5085 is a great travel companion for any student.

Mac for students 2016
Mac for students 2016

Apple MacBook Pro

The Apple-MacBook-MC374LL has a sturdy but elegant aluminum body. Thanks to the MacBook light unibody design it slides easily into any backpack. The mac delivers 10 hours of uninterrupted battery power to take you through an entire day at school. Videos and photos are viewed in clear quality thanks to the LED backlit screen. The backlit keyboard gives you the ability to work in the dark while your room-mate’s asleep.

The MacBook has a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor in addition to 4GB of upgradeable memory. It gives you the ability to run demanding applications like Skype, IMove and Photoshop fast and smoothly. Unlike the PC, getting on the Internet is as easy as flipping open the lid. It takes the laptop about 30 seconds to power up and 10 seconds to power down.

The two finger tapping track pad is almost as good as a mouse. With the push of a finger you can cut, drag or paste. Much like Windows on a PC, ILife allows you to run the basics like ITunes surf the web and send an email. If you switched from a PC to a MAC maneuvering the ILife will be a learning curve, but you will soon find it easier to operate. With the use of iChat, built-in webcam and external speakers you can chat with a friend anywhere in high quality. The MacBook offers durability and flexibility to any student on the go.

ASUS Eee PC Seashell

This is ASUS's mini laptop. It is cheap and very portable, but not very powerful. If you want to run multiple applications at the same time, it can be a little slow.

The ASUS Eee PC Seashell PE-PU17-BK features a bright energy-efficient LED-backlit display. Share the best movie experience with friends in crisp, clear color with the 1024 x 600 resolution high-resolution display.

The portable wireless connection gives you a chance to chat in between classes with friends. The Super Hybrid Engine of the ASUS allows you to conveniently go from home to school fully powered. The 250GB hard drive and 500 GB of ASUS free web-storage gives you the ability to share and sync files and online backup capabilities.

The keyboard is comfortable and is fully equipped with a multi-touch track pad and roomy palm rest. The convenience of the hotkeys gives you immediate access to certain functions like WI-FI control. If you’re looking for portable wireless connectivity the ASUS EeePC Seashell 1015 PE-PU27-BK does that well.

I hope you found what you where looking for in best student laptop 2016. You could also read best laptop backpacks 2016 and funky laptop bags for women, for some laptop backpack and bag ideas.


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    • Freda Raffeal profile image

      Freda Raffeal 7 years ago from New York

      As the macbook pro is expensive, i like the asus u45jc and the satellite T655d. However there are other good laptops as well such as HP PAVILION DM4 which you must check out.