Top 10 Student Laptops

Locating a great back-to-school laptop should not demand a lot of research and time. After all, as a student, you are likely to be busy with your studies and the last thing you would want is spending hours finding a suitable laptop. Keeping this in mind and considering budget-constraints, we present the top 10 useful and low-cost laptops. Have a look:

  1. Acer Aspire 5741Z (Price: £290)

Acer Aspire 5741Z Laptop

Every once in a while, a laptop comes that performs beyond its price tag. Acer Aspire 5741Z is one such laptop. Its 15.6-inch screen, lightweight, 4 hours of battery life, and Pentium P600 processor make it an ideal buy for anyone with a budget of £300. Besides being capable of multitasking, it comes with the HDMI port that allows you to connect it to your TV.

Most notable features are:

  • Powerful processor for its price
  • Powerful graphics
  • Decent battery life
  • Attractive design
  • More storage capacity than other laptops in this price range

Read our detailed review of Acer Aspire 5741Z here

  1. Toshiba NB550D (Price: £262)

Toshiba NB550D Netbook

With tablet PCs flooding the market, the interest in netbooks is waning sharply. However, this smartly designed, portable mini-laptop is an exception to this trend. Its AMD Fusion graphics, responsive keyboard, large touchpad area, bright screen, attractive rubberized finish makes it a pleasure to work on and hold. It comes with a 10-hour battery life, meaning you can continue using it without recharging it long after your lectures are over.

Most notable features are:

  • Above-than-average graphics performance for the price
  • Good screen
  • Build quality
  • Good storage capacity
  • 600 minutes of battery life

Read our detailed review of Toshiba NB550D here.

  1. Asus Eee PC 1201N Seashell (Price: £390)

Asus Eee PC 1201N Seashell

It is one of the few netbooks that boasts of a highly effective combination of Nvidia Ion graphics and dual-core Atom processor. This combination allows it to multitask with ease and deliver solid gaming graphics. It has a 12-inch screen and an above-than-average keyboard for netbooks.

Most notable features are:

  • Good graphics performance
  • Good storage capacity
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Decent looks

Read our detailed review of Asus Eee PC 1201N Seashell here.

  1. Samsung NC110 (Price: £236)

Samsung NC110

Samsung NC110 scores high in three areas: looks, usability, and, of course, price. At £236, it is cheaper than other netbooks with comparable performance. This ultra-slim, nicely designed, and light netbook is as trendy as high-end Samsung laptops. Its performance is impressive too. Its keyboard is also of superior quality, with keys that are nicely spread out and responsive to the right amount of sensitivity.

Most notable features are:

  • Low price
  • Impressive battery life (7 hours)
  • Impressive looks
  • Slim and light
  • Thoughtful location of ports and buttons

Read our detailed review of Samsung NC110 here.

  1. Asus X32A (Price: £300)

Asus X32A

What impresses most about this netbook is that it offers some innovative, highly-useful features along with all the basic features that one expects in back-to-school laptops offered in this price range. It has the staple basics such as a 320GB hard drive, a 13.3-inch screen, an average 3GB RAM. In addition, it has a Linux-based OS—along with Windows 7 Home Premium—that boots in a flash with a press of a button, giving you access to a web browser, email, and Skype.

Most notable features are:

  • Windows 7
  • A light, Linux OS
  • Bright display
  • Impressive inbuilt speakers

Read our detailed review of Asus X32A here.

  1. Packard Bell Dot SE  (Price: £190)

Packard Bell Dot SE Laptop Review

The least expensive laptop in our list, Packard Bell Dot SE is a colourful, highly-portable, and useful netbook. It comes with an Intel Atom N550 processor, allowing you to easily run Office applications. At this price, you are not likely to come across a netbook that does multitasking like breeze and displays high-definition with ultra clarity. This netbook too doesn’t offer such features, but it is a solid performer, with a 9-hour battery life.

Most notable features are:

  • Good screen
  • Attractive and sleek body
  • Excellent battery life
  • Usability

Read our detailed review of Packard Bell Dot SE here.

  1. HP Pavilion DV6-3112sa (Price: £430)

HP Pavilion DV6-3112sa Laptop

This is a fully-featured laptop which makes mincemeat of regular computing tasks, such as running simple Office applications and web surfing, and does multitasking and displays high-definition videos with utmost ease. It has a 1st generation Core i3 350M processor, impressive 6114 MB RAM, and a dedicated ATi Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics card. It is ideal for students who don’t mind some light gaming in their spare time.

Most notable features are:

  • Impressive performance
  • Dedicated graphics
  • Ample RAM

Read our detailed review of HP Pavilion DV6-3112sa here.

  1. Dell Adamo 13 (Price: £499)

Dell Adamo 13 Top

An all-round performer, Dell’s laptop has a phenomenal keyboard, sharp display, and 300 minutes of battery life. In its price range, it is the best-looking and the thinnest laptop.  It has a 13.4 inch display, Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, and Intel GMA 4500 graphics. It is does multi-tasking with ease, and is suitable for watching movies, and listening music. Without a doubt, Dell’s laptop is ultraportable and superbly stylish, but it has a few shortcomings like limited multimedia potential (not suitable for editing media files), low hard disk space (128 GB), no DVD drive.

Most notable features are:

  • Great looks and sleek design
  • Build quality
  • Screen
  • Decent battery life
  • Connectivity

Read our detailed review of Dell Adamo 13 here.

  1. Packard Bell EasyNote TJ75-JN-070 (Price: £499)

Packard Bell EasyNote TJ75-JN-070

Stylish and powerful are the two words that come to the mind when one looks at this laptop. With an Intel Core i3-330M processor, 4GB RAM, and impressive graphics, this laptop has enough ammunition to power all your needs and to be used as a media center.

Most notable features are:

  • 15.6-inch screen
  • Build quality
  • Usability
  • Webcam, DVD-RW Drive, Multi-gesture touchpad

Read our detailed review of Packard Bell EasyNote TJ75-JN-070 here.

10. MSI CX640-018UK (Price: £568)

MSI CX640-018UK Top

The most expensive laptop in our round-up, MSI CX640-018UKis ideal for photography or media students. It has a 15.6-inch display, Intel’s Sandy Bridge Core i5 2410M processor, Nvidia GT 540M graphics card, an excellent track pad, built-in SRS speakers, and USB 3.0 ports. Whether you want to use Office applications or do photo and video editing, this laptop is capable of handling everything with ease.

Most notable features are:

  • Excellent office performance
  • Decent graphics performance
  • Decent battery life

Read our detailed review of MSI CX640-018UK here.