Choosing a laptop for students to go to college is not too complicated. Read this article to understand the important factors you need to consider before shopping for a computer, and there are more things to care about than that configuration.
1. What do you need a laptop for?
This question you have to study a little bit about your field of study. I temporarily divided into 3 groups as follows:
- Group studying economics, finance, marketing, sales, operations …: This group does not need to use any specific software, and most of them also have a web-based version that does not require much from the personal computer, so basically the computer hardware of more than 10 million can also meet
- Group of programming, technology, techniques: This group needs some specific software, but most of the lessons in the school also do not require too much hardware, just a machine that can both do well the lesson, test
- Study group on graphics, design, movies …: This group will need strong hardware because you have to deal with a lot of graphics, even if you need to have a GPU (graphics processor) to do it quickly. Some schools have strong desk equipment for you to work on, but some schools don't.
A good way to learn about the tools and software you will need to use is to refer to the previous siblings. You can join Facebook groups or student forums to inquire first and know what you will need to use, then choose your configuration.
But the students who are going to school should also note that the schools are very understanding for students, not every student has the condition to buy expensive high-configuration machines so the projects and assignments are usually given to you. Never ask too much about computer hardware. If you don't have too much money, don't try to buy an expensive machine!
A basic configuration sufficient for students to use will be:
- Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU, should be i5 or i7 for strong and stable use for a long time
- 6GB to 8GB RAM, 16GB is good
- HDD or SSD hard drive range of 256GB or more for comfortable storage, can be used in combination with the cloud to be safer and more economical
- GPUs leave if your industry needs graphics processing
- 13-14 "screen will be suitable for everyone, but if you like spacious workspace then 15", 17 "is a bit big, not everyone likes
- Battery life should be 8 hours or more
- The weight should be less than 2kg to carry the bag gently
- Machine should be beautiful Of course, who is beautiful, who doesn't like it, it is temporarily inspiring for you
2. How much is your budget?
Before buying, you need to think about how much money you can spend on your laptop? 10 million, 15 million, 20 million, 40 million, 50 million? Just choose a number that fits your finances, and then follow along, you will find the most satisfying machine for you. If you are willing to spend 50 million but you buy a 20 million then maybe it is not what you need, can be configured, but it is not beautiful, not sure, then you will always regret it, unworthy.
Some budget ranges that I can suggest to you are as follows:
1. With basic needs, standards, are economic groups, finance, marketing … that I mentioned above: you can spend from 10 million to 20 million It is fine, it is even better if you buy a more expensive, more beautiful machine.
2. With the needs of engineering, programming, technology groups: from 15 to 30 million Will make sure your laptop will still run well in the next 1-4 years, enough for you to end your college life. In fact, laptops over 25 million have been able to solve the needs of almost every student, you don't need to twist
3. With the needs of graphic, design and film groups: range from 20 to 30 million, because devices with discrete graphics processors (GPUs) are more expensive. I found this group also used Macs often because of their beautiful colors, and the Mac is usually more expensive than Windows with the same configuration, so you need to keep this in mind.
3. Battery life
The battery is definitely something you need to care about because you will have to roll all day at school, so the battery should be 8 hours or more to use. Currently most non-gaming laptops are able to withstand more than 8 hours so you don't need to worry, but remember to pay attention to this parameter when buying a laptop.
Some current Ultrabooks also have quite good battery life but are sexy, you should buy these very well. Dell XPS 13, Asus ZenBook, HP Envy, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air … are the names you can think of.
In terms of battery life, the terrible configuration gaming machines may not be enough to spend the whole day at school because they are too strong to eat a lot of electricity. I don't think buying a gaming laptop to go to school is a good idea.
Every day, you have to carry the device in your backpack, and keep adding books and personal belongings so you need to choose the lightest machine possible. Do not consider the figure of 500g or 700g, this number seems nothing but it is very different even when you wear it on your back or hold it in your hand. Ideally, you will get a machine of 1.5 kg or less with a 12-14 "screen and 2kg or less with a 15" screen.
What do you need to wear on your back all the time? Wrong, wearing lightweight clothing will help you to be much more tired when you have to stay in school for a long time, getting on and off a bus or removing your backpack will be easier.
I have a share of thin and light laptops, please consult: Need to buy a thin and light laptop for office use, which one to choose?
If you have any questions, please comment on this article, I and you Sophisticated brothers will support you. If you have asked about a specific model, remember to link to that machine so we can advise you faster.