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What student laptop is best for you?

As a student, a laptop is indispensable in order to tackle your exams and thesis. But what kind of laptop do you need for school? Do you want to work with specific software, or should it be easy to carry in your bag? On this page, you can find advice on what laptop you need for your studies.

Type essays and make notes

As a student, you want to have time for things other than studying. Choose a Windows laptop with an SSD and at least an Intel Core i3 processor if you use it for light tasks like typing essays and making presentations. Or choose a Chromebook, if you only type essays and make presentations. These laptops work fine for that: they have a startup speed of 15 seconds and enough computing power to multitask.

Graphic design and photo editing

Woman works behind laptop outside.

If you're in graphic design, your laptop needs to be powerful enough to run demanding programs. That's great if you work with Photoshop or InDesign but also have your web browser and Spotify open at the same time. That's why we recommend a laptop with at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor. Choose a Full HD screen or more, so you can work on your graphic projects in high resolution.

Video editing and 3D applications

Woman edits video on MacBook behind desk. A camera is on the desk.

If you really want to use demanding programs, you should choose an Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor. You won't have to worry about your laptop being slow, and you can work with video edition and other demanding software. If you use your laptop for 3D rendering and CAD applications, it's best to get a dedicated video card. You can use the laptop to play games after studying that way.

Easy to take with you

Woman holding HP laptop under arm on stairwell.

If you move from your house to the lecture hall and the library, you don't want to carry a heavy laptop with you. Choose a 15-inch laptop or less, so it fits in your bag easily. Nowadays, laptops are thinner and lighter than a few years ago, but we still recommend choosing a laptop under 2kg. You'll avoid carrying a laptop that's too heavy, so you can take it anywhere without problems.

A laptop and tablet in one

Are you in doubt between a laptop and a tablet? Choose a 2-in-1 laptop if you find a touchscreen handy. Flip the screen 360 degrees and you have a tablet. You can take notes and draw ideas with a touch pen on the screen. This can come in handy if you do a graphic study or want to take notes quickly during lectures.


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