If you’re a student or a parent looking to buy a laptop for school work, then this guide is just for you!
Buying a laptop for school can be hard when planning for the new school year. With so many types of devices that range from ultrabooks to gaming laptops, it’s hard to decide on a device that meets your needs, has the right amount of computing power and fits within your budget. So, we’re here to help you make a more informed choice, on your next computer.
What display size should I choose?
If you’re planning to carry your computer to class on a daily basis, do yourself a favour and pick a device that’s light-weight and compact! The most common choice among students are laptops are either 13” or 14” inch laptops. Most devices this size weigh less than 1.8kg and have longer battery life as they require less power than devices with larger screens.
How much storage would I need?
With most school-related tasks, a 128GB Solid State Drive or SSD, is more than sufficient. Plus they are more reliable, as they don’t have any moving parts. You could also take advantage of services like Google Drive or DropBox to save and back up your documents online.
If you need more physical storage, you could use an external hard drive like the reasonably priced Seagate Maxtor (1TB) Portable 2.5″ External Drive ($99).
What kind of display do I need?
With the price of LCD panels becoming more cheaper to produce over the years, even most entry-level laptops come with a 1080p panel, which gives you Full HD resolution and is more than sufficient for school work as well as for watching movies and videos.
What kind of performance should I look for?
While it might seem like a great idea to purchase a high-performance pc like a gaming laptop for school, most school-related work doesn’t require a lot of computing power, with most ultrabooks and the MacBook Air are more than sufficient for browsing, note taking, word processing as well as watching movies, and listening to music.
We recommend that you have at least 8GB of RAM on your device to make sure your device continues to run smoothly for years to come. We offer upgrades for RAM, which can be done quickly and easily.
What kind of Processor do I need to look for?
Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and the newest i9 processors are good options according to your needs and budget, while it’s best to avoid older Intel devices with Celeron and Pentium processors.
What kind of Ports do I need?
Having a good selection of ports in your Windows Laptop or MacBook is extremely important. The most common type of port is the USB 3.1 Type-A port, which works with most accessories like mice, keyboards, headsets, and external hard drives. HDMI ports are important if you need to connect your laptop to external displays and projectors for presentations. If you’re into photography, then you would benefit from having a built-in SD or Micro SD card slot.
Newer computers have USB Type-C ports, which support fast charging, Thunderbolt 3 ports which can connect multiple monitors as well as External Graphics Processing Units or eGPUs.
Another point to consider is the typing experience. Since students spend a lot of time typing up various assignments and essays, having a keyboard with a good typing experience would definitely be an advantage.
That’s it! We hope this guide would have given you some ideas on choosing your next computer for school. If you want to learn more, drop us a message at facebook.com/kingitau – We love to help!