Student Laptops - Tips to Find the Perfect One

12/04/2011 14:50

Once upon a time, the most important thing to pack for school was your books and lunch. Today most students, especially college students pack their laptop and off to class they go. There are so many choices when purchasing a laptop and so many different price levels; it is often difficult to know where to begin.

Many colleges and universities will actually state in their materials the minimum specifications for laptops and computers. Many areas of study may have certain requirement as well. It would be very wise to check with your field of study and the university to make sure you purchase an adequate system to handle your courses and related work. There are even schools that will include a laptop in the cost of tuition to ensure everyone has a laptop to work from.

If the college does not have any guidelines to follow, the following should help in selecting the best laptop for college students. One of the most important things is to remember that the student will be carrying the laptop from class to class. Therefore, the weight of the laptop is important. Try to get one that weighs around six pounds. Since there may not be lots of space in the laptop, a screen size of fourteen inches is best. The batter life should be over six hours to ensure the student will be all powered up.

At a minimum, the laptop should have a fast processor. It should be well above 1.66MHz. The system should have 512 MB of RAM and at least 40 GB hard drive. It needs to have a DVD/CDRW drive as well. These things should be able to handle the basic needs for the student. The systems should also have a solid word processing or office suite software. Being able to produce slide show presentations is also important. A wireless connect card is a must, with almost all universities operating on their own network. The system should be upgradeable without difficulty to keep up with the fast pace of technology.

These are just some minimum things to check once you begin looking for a laptop. To find the best laptop for a student, you can check out laptops through manufacturer websites and stores. You should rely on other people's feedback, especially students. There are many reviews of systems and it is easy to see the specifications of models to make sure your requirements are met. You can find cheap laptops meeting minimum needs very easily. Often for just about three to four hundred dollars. Remember though, cheap does not always work. Make sure that the laptop will be able to handle all the students' needs.

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Many laptop stores will have special discounts for students. They simply need to show proof of their enrollment. There is also special financing available for students purchasing a laptop. Take your time and examine all of the different styles and models, as the laptop is one of the most important tools for the student.