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Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop For College


Every student needs a laptop for college, but unlike inexpensive school supplies, such as pens and paper, laptops are long-term investments. Spending some time researching laptops can help you figure out what type of device will work best for your courses and what you can afford.

The average student spends close to 75% of their time engaging with technology, so it's important that you feel comfortable while working on your laptop. All students should consider the following eight factors before choosing a laptop for college.

College students typically prioritize laptop portability. Whether opting for smaller or larger devices, consider the tradeoff in size, power, and performance. Light, small, and simple laptops should work fine if you only plan to perform basic tasks like word processing, but some students may prioritize screen size and faster processing power.

All students should consider battery life when choosing a laptop for college. Most batteries last 10-14 hours. Whereas smaller computers tend to offer longer battery lives and work more efficiently, higher-performing laptops use more power and may therefore perform less efficiently while offering shorter battery lives.

Newly released computer programs typically require increased memory use, but your laptop's RAM will stay the same, possibly causing your computer to slow down over time. So while 4 GB of RAM might get the job done when running simple applications, 8 GB makes for a better long-term investment.

For students who need to perform just basic tasks, such as email and word processing, either operating system will work fine. That said, Macs are often considered better laptops for college students who need to perform specialized operations, like video editing.

Given the essential role technology plays in modern education, many colleges now provide inexpensive or free laptops for college students. Some schools may include laptops in the cost of tuition, while others may offer them completely free of charge. Certain colleges may also lease laptops to students for the duration of their program, with some allowing learners to keep their laptops after graduation.

The open market offers tons of opportunities for low-cost computers, and many college students conclude their searches by buying a laptop off sites like eBay and Craigslist. Learners should exercise caution in these situations, though, as most third-party sites conduct little to no policing of their vendors.

Before you begin your search, identify the most important features you're looking for in a laptop for school. Then, build awareness of typical market pricing or resale value on particular models. Finally, exercise the utmost care when buying from individuals on these sites.

If you plan to keep your computer for your entire stay in college, you should consider devices that allow you to upgrade its components. You cannot expect to upgrade the processor and graphics card of a laptop. But the option to upgrade its RAM and storage is always welcome.

Whether you're heading off to college yourself or trying to help your favorite student, searching for and finding the best laptop for college may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, this is an open-book test and we can help you find the right answers.

How you use your laptop will directly influence how much performance you'll need. Using heavy-duty apps like Adobe Premiere Pro* or playing video games requires a lot of horsepower from the CPU. However, if you or your future college student will use the laptop for more basic tasks like word processing, downloading music, and posting to social media, then a top-of-the-line CPU might not be necessary.

Battery life is always a main concern when it comes to purchasing a laptop. Unfortunately, establishing the battery life of a laptop is no easy task for manufacturers. How long a laptop's battery will last depends on what you're using the PC for; it's best to look at manufacturers' specs as a general guideline.



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