Best Laptops for Nursing Students
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Everyone needs a laptop nowadays and nursing students aren’t an exception. Sure, compared to other students, you’re generally low-maintenance in terms of hardware requirements. Pretty much every laptop that’s fully functional will do.
However, since you’re going to be spending that money anyway, why not also spend a few minutes of your time into finding the best option? Ideally, a nursing student will want something that’s lightweight with plenty of battery life while also being powerful enough to feel snappy and lag-free.
Without any further ado, let’s get right into it!
How We Picked
You might think that any old laptop will do for a basic laptop for studying but we want to make sure what you get will get you through your whole course, won’t slow down and has plenty of storage for those all-important essays.
How We Tested
Here’s our selection of laptops that, when considering all the considerations outlined above, would perfectly suit the needs of this a nursing student – reliability, good storage and the ability to be up and running as quickly as possible as your time is valuable.
Best Laptops for Nursing Students
- Very cheap
- Good battery life
- Good value
- Touch-screen is a welcome addition – especially at this price point
- The Core i3 processor can feel quite slow – sometimes, even with casual usage
Dell Inspiron 15.6
If you’re on a budget and you need something that just works, the Dell Inspiron is one of the cheapest options out there! Keep in mind that there are various Inspiron variants with this particular one being on the cheaper side.
At just a bit more than $300, this is definitely an insane deal. The dual-core i3 processor may be a relatively weak processor, but you still get 8 gigs of RAM along with an SSD. Not to mention anything about the great battery life.
The display is definitely not the sharpest one around but it gets the job done. Overall, if all you need is a laptop on the cheap that can handle documents and maybe Netflix as well, this should be plenty.
However, if you can increase your budget a tiny bit, then we’d recommend getting something with at least a 1080P display (1920×1080); especially at this screen size.
- Extremely lightweight
- High-resolution display (Even if you can’t take advantage of it at that size)
- Offers a unique 2 in 1 design (Tablet + laptop)
- Good battery life
- The hardware is a bit underwhelming (But that’s to be expected with everything else that you get at this price point)
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
The Surface Pro 5 has a unique design that allows you to use it as both a laptop and a tablet at the same time. This is mostly possible thanks to the removable keyboard – but keep in mind that it also comes with a relatively small display.
One of the biggest advantages that this laptop (Or tablet) offers compared to some other alternatives is its extremely low weight and size. At 1.69 pounds, we highly doubt that you’ll manage to find anything lighter.
Battery life is also superb – especially for something so small. It would probably be even better without the 2K display which is frankly overkill, though.
If there’s one downside, apart from the small display with the huge resolution, then that’s definitely going to be the processor and RAM. With 4 gigs of RAM and a dual-core processor, you’ll only be able to perform the most basic of tasks and you can forget about heavy multitasking.
- 2 in 1 design
- More RAM than you’ll ever need for basic tasks
- Great battery life
- The display offers a good balance between size, portability, and resolution
- 64 gigs of storage are plenty for a Chromebook – but those of you who need to store a lot of media in it may feel underwhelmed
Asus Chromebook Flip
Before we mention anything about this laptop, let us start by saying that it comes with Chrome OS instead of Windows. If you only need a laptop for basic stuff like browsing the web, taking notes, writing documents, and things like that, good. This is more than enough.
However, students who need specific apps for any reason will most likely be better off with Windows or macOS instead. After all, there are still a ton of programs that are not available on Linux-based operating systems – including Chrome OS.
Just like the Microsoft Surface, it allows us to use as both a laptop and a tablet in one. However, it takes a slightly different approach to it. Instead of removing the keyboard, you flip the display over to the back of the laptop.
Of course, this design makes it a bit heavier. But, at 3.3 pounds, we’d say that this is still very lightweight.
And while it uses the weak Core M3 processor, do keep in mind that Chrome OS is a much more lightweight OS compared to Windows.
- Relatively powerful processor
- Lots of storage
- Lightweight while also being a “Traditional” laptop
- Integrated graphics can handle a bit of gaming
- Big display
- Great battery life
- A bit bigger compared to our other options which is something that can harm portability
Asus VivoBook 15
If you need a full-fledged, mid-range laptop with a lot of storage that can handle a lot of apps and even a bit of casual gaming, then this is the best choice for you!
One important thing to note here is that while the laptop uses integrated graphics, it can still handle a bit of gaming. Nothing crazy, though. You can expect to run most games at 1080P, low, with about 24-30 FPS. And while that’s definitely not ideal, well, it’s playable.
Speaking of specs, compared to our other options, this is playing on a league of its own! It comes with a quad-core processor, more than a terabyte of storage, and a big display as well!
The most impressive part is that it offers all that while still maintaining great battery life and low weight. Overall, if you don’t mind carrying around something that’s relatively big, it’s very hard to go wrong with this one.
- Works well with Apple’s ecosystem
- macOS is very optimized and makes even a dual-core laptop feel snappy
- Superb battery life
- Great build quality
- Good balance between portability and user experience
- Doesn’t offer the best specs for what you pay
- Display looks bad compared to other options
- The dual-core CPU may still be a deal-breaker for some demanding users (Even though we highly doubt that a nursing student will need a PC for anything too demanding)
Apple MacBook Air 13
If you’re using a lot of Apple devices and services (iCloud, iPhone, iPad, etc), then you may want to consider spending a bit more in favor of getting the MacBook Air instead of the VivoBook. You may be sacrificing storage and gaming, but you get much better compatibility with your other devices and services.
One of its biggest advantages is that it comes with up to 12 hours of battery life and it just works. Even with a dual-core processor, the MacBook Air feels very snappy thanks to its proprietary operating system.
Storage and screen resolution are definitely a huge downside at this price point, though.
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Since this is a lot of information to take in at once, let us summarize the advantages and disadvantages of each laptop as quickly as possible:
Dell Inspiron 15.6: The entry-level option. Just a basic, cheap laptop that should be enough for basic usage without anything fancy (Except the touch display)
Microsoft Surface Pro 5: 2 in 1 laptop with a detachable keyboard. It’s extremely lightweight – but the small display and 4 gigs of RAM could be an issue for some
Asus Chromebook Flip: Another very portable 2 in 1 laptop – but it comes with a weak CPU and not a whole lot of storage
Asus VivoBook 15: A “Traditional” mid-range laptop that offers all the power you need with extra storage and can even handle a bit of gaming. But, because of that, it’s also a bit heavier and much bigger than the two previous choices
Apple MacBook Air 13: Great for those who are into the Apple eco-system – but the display is mediocre and the dual-core CPU is an insult at this price point
That’s all for now. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments section down below!