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15 Best Laptops For College Students (2016)

Every college student needs a laptop these days for various tasks, but given the fact that they have full fledged work on their laptop or considering their budget, they don’t necessarily need the high-end laptops. So considering a general students needs and budget in year 2016, I’ve made a list of best budget laptops which they can choose from according to their needs. From gaming, video editing to professional tools like Matlab or CAD, following list covers your need as a student on all levels.

We have covered some lists of laptops if you are looking for devices for different purposes like – The Best & Budget Gaming Laptops for Everyone or Basic Gaming Laptops Under $500.

Best Laptops for Students in 2016

1] Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK

Dell Laptops for College Students

This is a good laptop for animation students who need extra graphics power to run their projects. This Dell Inspiron has an Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM,  1TB HDD + 8 GB SSD Hybrid Drive storage, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 and a 15.6-inch FHD display. Available at under $900, this notebook can be a really good casual gaming machine as well.  See full specifications here.

2] Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro

Laptops for schools

The Apple MacBook Pro is good for students as it is light in weight and easy to carry around. It has an Intel Core i5 2.5GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB SATA hard drive, integrated Intel HD graphics and a 13.3-inches display. See full details here.

3] HP Pavilion Laptop


This is one of the great futureproof laptops for students as it comes with latest 6th gen Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.60 GHz (with turbo boost up to 3.50 GHz) processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 530, 8GB DDR3L SDRAM, 1TB Hard Drive and a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen. It should easily handle heavy workflow of student level documents, and even heavy software like CAD Pro, CATIA and MATLAB. See full details here.

4] Acer Aspire Laptop


This Acer laptop is perfect for students who are in the medical or computer field. It has the latest 6th gen Intel Core i7-6500U 2.50 GHz (with turbo boost up to 3.10 GHz) processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD and a 15.6-inch FHD IPS touchscreen. See full details here.

5] Toshiba Satellite Fusion 2-in-1 Laptop


This is an awesome 2 in 1 laptop for students. It has a full 15.6-inch display which is detachable from the keyboard to use as a tablet. Apart from its design, it has an Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz processor, 6 GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB hard disk drive and integrated intel graphics. See full details here.

6] Lenovo Ideapad Y700-14 Laptop

Lenovo Laptops for Students

Lenovo IdeaPad series are undoubtedly the best laptops for students. This particular IdeaPad has a 6th gen intel core i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, AMD Radeon R9 M375 2GB graphics card and a 14-inch FHD display. It should also be a great casual laptop for 1080P gaming in mid settings. See full details here.

You may also like reading: Laptops for gaming under just $500!

7] Asus Zenbook UX305CA

Asus Zenbook UX305

This ASUS Zenbook UX305CA is an ultrabook which means that it has a compact form factor and light in weight. This laptop has a 6th gen Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 13.3-Inch Full-HD IPS anti-glare matte display and up to 8~10 hours of battery life. See full details here.

8] Dell Inspiron Laptop

Dell Laptops 2016

This Dell laptop for students is a budget laptop that has Backlit keyboard. It also has a 6th gen intel core i7-6500U 2.50 GHz (with turbo boost technology up to 3.10 GHz) processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, integrated intel graphics and a 15.6-inch Full HD LED Touchscreen. See full details here.

9] HP Pavilion 15-au030nr Laptop

 HP Pavilion 15-au030nr Laptop

This HP Pavilion laptop is great for students animation students who need a lot of memory. This laptop has a 6th gen intel core i7-6500U 2.5GHz processor, 12 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 1TB hard drive, integrated intel graphics and a 15.6-inch FHD IPS UWVA WLED-backlit touchscreen. See full details here.

10] Asus Zenbook UX303UA-YS51


This is another ultrabook by ASUS. The Zenbook UX303UA has an Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz (Turbo to 2.8GHz) processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, integrated graphics and a 13.3″ FHD display. See full details here. We have also done a review of last generation Zenbook , which you might like reading.

11] HP Omen Pro Workstation


This is a professional grade laptop for animators or designers. This HP Omen laptop comes with a Quadro series graphics card that is meant for rendering purpose only. The key features are that it has an Intel Core i7-4870HQ quad-core 2.40 GHz (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.70 GHz) processor, 16GB DDR3L SDRAM, 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM and a 15.6-inch anti-glare FHD UWVA touchscreen. See full details here.

12] MSI CX62 Notebook


This MSI Notebook is great for students who are in the computer field and also like to play games. This laptop has an Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB hard drive, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX 2G DDR3 graphics card and a 15.6-inch HD display. See full details here.

13] HP ENVY 15-Q493CL


This is a high-powered laptop for students who have high processing requirements. This laptop has an Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core 2.6 GHz processor, 12GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB hard drive, 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card and a 15.6-inch WLED-backlit FHD IPS touchscreen. See full details here.

14] Microsoft Surface Pro 4

surface pro 4

This is an excellent laptop by Microsoft. The Surface Pro 4 has a great build quality and functionality. Underneath the body, it has a 6th gen Intel Core i5 2.2 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, integrated graphics card and a 12.3-inch PixelSense touch screen.

Microsoft Surface is practically the best Windows laptop/tablet you can buy out there in the market, and a must have for people who travel a lot. See full details here.

15] Clevo Prostar W670RCQ

Clevo Prostar W670RCQ Laptop for Students

The Clevo Prostar is a great budget laptop as it has most high-end and latest hardware and software at a budget price. This laptop is for those students who want maximum performance as well as a big screen. It has an Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 128 GB SSD + 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GDDR3 graphics card and a big 17.3-inch FHD matte display. See full details here.

All these laptops are being sorted out keeping in mind the requirements of students of every field. If you like this article then please share, if you don’t please leave with your favourite laptops, and why you selected it!

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