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Top tips for students buying a laptop

Whether you’re off to high school, college, or university, we’re going to help you pick out the best laptop for back to school season. There are a lot of different factors to keep in mind, but hopefully, this will give you a starting point.

Remember weight

No matter what course you’re taking, you’re going to be moving around a lot. There are lectures to get to, labs to do, getting back to your parent’s place, and late-night study sessions at the library. Having a bulky laptop weighing you down through all of that is a drag, so try to find something that’s relatively light. Of course, the easiest way to do that is to get a laptop with a smaller screen. A smaller screen also means a smaller body and that brings the overall weight down, ideally under 2 kg.

Future-proof with a powerful processor

You’re going to be keeping your laptop for several years, so make sure it ages gracefully by getting the best specs you can. The last thing you want is a machine too underpowered to handle perpetually growing software requirements. Though it can be hard getting a top-of-the-line PC on a student budget, the VivoBook family manages to deliver great performance with reasonable price points while still staying portable.

When you might need a second PC

Even if you have a computer already, it may be a little too heavy to haul around to class. Bigger laptops can be a real strain, as mentioned earlier. A small form factor PC can be perfect for trucking around campus without taking up too much room in your back. Another added benefit: maybe you want to keep personal stuff and schoolwork separately. This can provide lots of room for paring away distractions when you’re trying to be productive.

Make room for play

You won’t be spending all of your time at school studying; consider getting a laptop with gaming-grade discrete graphics. Sure, these will have a clear benefit in multimedia-related studies, whether that’s animation or video production. Even if you’re a student in a less graphics-heavy program, you may want to pick up a bit of gaming in your off-time. After all, stress can be a major threat to your health and productivity while at school, and games are an easy, accessible way to relax. Maybe your campus has an Overwatch team you want to join, or you’ve been meaning to dive into the latest Civilization game. Just make sure your assignments are done first!

Consider connections

Your PC acts as a hub for all of the devices in your life. Being able to accommodate more devices means less hassle hunting around for adapters and dealing with incompatibilities, and more time getting your assignments done.

Do you need a touchscreen?

Touch input can be a deciding factor for your next PC purchase. Using a stylus can be absolutely vital to making preliminary designs, sketching artwork, taking freehand notes during lectures, and lots more. 2-in-1 laptops are built very specifically with this kind of use in mind. Not only do they work well as traditional laptops, but being able to fold the display all the way around lets you use it casually as a tablet when lounging around the dorm and reading, or flat on a table for stylus use.

That should get you well on your way in picking a new laptop for the back-to-school season. Be sure to contact us for more details on the best options available

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