Now that students are about to start college or university, or even if they are going back for a second or third term, it might be time to look at getting them a laptop.
If you are the parent that’s splashing out for your child, it’s definitely worth asking your child for a list of features that are important to them. Do they want something that’s lightweight as they’ll be carrying it around a lot? Is a large screen important? Remember the smaller the screen the smaller the keyboard. What about battery life and recharging times? How about the processing power and storage capability? Do they want good speakers and an optical drive for CDs and DVDs?
Another point to consider is whether to choose a Chromebook or not. Running on Google’s Chrome operating system means that you can use Google Docs and not have to purchase Office.
Here are our suggestions:HP Pavilion 10 x2 Detachable Laptop 32GB – £229.00
This is a tablet and laptop all-in-one that features Windows 10 and is a great device for first-time laptop users. If you are after a basic device that delivers all your media and computing tasks, then this one is ideal. It has a long battery life and 10.1-inch screen. Speakers by Bang & Olufsen deliver a great sound, one negative is that the actual screen only has a resolution of 1,280 x 800.
From: store.hp.comAcer C910-C3B4 (15.6 inch) Chromebook Celeron – £270.00
Some pretty impressive features with this laptop. The Acer Chromebook 15 C910 comes with a 15-inch Full HD1 wide viewing angle display, the latest Intel processor and it uses dual-band 802.11ac wireless technology. With this huge screen you get two big upward-facing speakers providing a great viewing experience. The processor is super-fast, and there’s the new ultra-fast MIMO 2×2 802.11ac wireless connection which can give you internet speeds to up to three times faster than normal.
From: tesco.comToshiba Satellite Click 10 LX0W – £209.99
Lovely long battery life here at over 14 hours, this device switches easily from a laptop to a tablet. Lightweight and thin design with a full HD display and a very reasonable price makes this one of our favourites.
From: argos.co.ukDell Chromebook 11 – £190.17
Great feature here with a spill-proof keyboard that will please both parents and students alike. Other features include the Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM, a battery life of above average of 10 hours. You can have an option of a scratch-resistant touch screen.
From: amazon.co.ukHP Stream 11 Laptop, Intel Celeron 11.6″ – £149.00
This lightweight laptop is designed for cloud computing and features an Intel Celeron processor which has a burst frequency for extra power when you need it. Features include an HD webcam with built-in microphone, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and complete Windows 10 packages. Includes Windows Hello1, which allows you to sign in to all your Windows 10 devices using your fingerprint, iris or face. There’s 15GB of free OneDrive storage and Continuum 3 to adjust your apps and content alongside Xbox app to connect with your gaming community.
From: johnlewis.comLenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook – £264.70
If your digs are pretty grotty you might be interested in this device which can withstand high and low temperatures, humidity, high and low pressure, vibrations, temperature shock, solar radiation and dust and fungus. Comes with a 11.6-inch HD display and is as tough as you like. All the hinges, corners and ports have been strengthened and the device can withstand drops of up to 90cm. Great for those who are a little clumsy.
From: shop.lenovo.comASUS N551VW 15.6 inch Notebook – £959.00
This may be a lot of money, but for those students working in multimedia or photography courses that need to have great video-editing and 3D graphics, this is definitely worth the expensive. Features an Ultra HD screen and powerful 4th-generation Intel Core processors. Battery is not great so make sure you are connected when using the graphic functions.
From: amazon.co.ukLenovo Yoga 300 11-inch – £279.99
Yoga by name, Yoga by nature, this laptop is capable of moving through 360 degrees and can change from a laptop to a tablet, then into tent mode or stand up. Comes already with Windows 10 Home and the latest Intel Pentium processor, you get three handy USB ports too. A lightweight and thin design that will fit perfectly into your bag.
From: shop.lenovo.comASUS EeeBook E402 Laptop 14″ – £229.95
The ASUS EeeBook E402 has a nice big screen that comes with an Intel Pentium processor and ASUS IceCool Technology keeps the device between 28ﾟC and 35ﾟC, so it you use your laptop for long periods thisis important. The touchpad is responsive so you can use smarter gestures and you get great graphics alongside the front facing speakers. One negative, battery life is only four hours.
From: johnlewis.comDell Inspiron 15.6-3552 – £259
Good basic all-rounder here from Dell that ticks all the boxes. Features include Windows 10 and a 1TB hard drive. The Dell 3552 series come with either a dual core or quad core CPU which are pretty low processors but perfectly fine for basic school and college work. Memory is 4GB which is standard and can be upgraded. We recommend this laptop for first year college students who just need a basic device.