Top 5 Best Laptops for College Students


As a college student, there are some factors that matter when it comes to buying a laptop. Some of them include cost, durability, functionality, weight, style, battery life, compatibility with your institutions’ minimum requirements, and compatibility with current apps. You need a laptop for more than your schoolwork. The good news is that you do not need to take a student loan just to buy a good, useful laptop. Below we look at the best laptops for college students:

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad 13 ($509.25; $531.75)


This is an ideal choice if you are looking for a long battery life, good keyboard, and sharp screen. The Think Pad has 9 hours of battery life. It is also lightweight.


Weight: 3.14 pounds

0.75 x 12.69 x 8.77

Colors: silver and black

Design: aluminum top and ABS plastic for the bottom case


The Thinkpad has a wide viewing angle. The text is razor sharp and the visuals are very clear. It is very easy on the eyes, though. The speakers are stereo and loud and clear. The keyboard keys have a spongy feel making it very comfortable to type on for long. You need not worry about that assignment whose deadline is just too close. It has an Intel Core i3-6100U processor. Windows 10 comes already installed.

  1. Asus VivoBook E403SA-US21 ($399.00)



The Asus is stylish, lightweight, has a great battery life and the performance is solid.


Screen size: 14 inches

0.7 inches thick

1080 display

Strong build


Weight: 3.18 pounds

128GB of eMMC storage

USB Type-C port – supports data transfer and charging

Battery life: 9 hours

The lid is very sleek. It is aluminum and well brushed making it look way more expensive that it actually is. There are 2 small tabs that help to keep the lid from scratching against flat surfaces.

  1. CTL J5 Chromebook ($259)


This is a good match if you have a Google for Education Account. It is a hybrid convertible meaning that you can use as a tablet by flipping over the keyboard, as a laptop, in display mode (the screen is popped up at an angle and the keyboard is tucked away) and tent mode (the system stands upright on its edge).


Strong build

Size: 0.88 x 11.5 x 8.22 inches

Splash resistant

Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor


Weighs: 3.21 pounds

Screen resolution: 1,366 x 768

32GB of eMMC flash memory

The Chromebook has a matte black finish giving it a business-like look. It can survive 2 feet fall thanks to the polycarbonate top lid and the strong body build. If your lecturers offer one-on-ones after class, you will benefit from a good webcam. The keyboard is comfortable to type on. The processor is okay for schoolwork including watching instruction materials. If you want to use your laptop for some gaming sessions, then the J5 is not a good fit.

  1. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series (3162) – $199.99



What makes this popular among the best laptops for college students is its price.


1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3050


32 GB eMMC Flash

Weight: 2.6 pounds

Colors: Alpine White, Tango Red, and Bali Blue

Non-removable battery

Battery life: 10 hours

The Inspiron 11’s performance is acceptable and the long battery life is just so cool. It is suitable for your day to day learning activities. Gaming and media projects may not be great options here, though.

  1. Lenovo IdeaPad 100S-11 (80R2003XUS) – $199.99




Weight: 2.29 pounds

Solid design

Battery life: 11 hours

Size: 0.68 x 11.4 x 7.9 inches

Sturdy build

1366 x 768 resolution

32GB of eMMC flash storage


Bold colors: the lid and bottom are bright red and black in the middle

The IdeaPad will handle all your school work well. It is portable and the battery life should take you the whole day. It may not suitable for media projects, though.

All in All 

The above list of the best laptops for college students is by no means exhaustive. They are hundreds, probably thousands of options to choose from. These 5 are samples of what you should really look for when buying a laptop for your school work. Features like battery life, portability and cost should be vital. Other considerations should be based on your coursework and institutional provisions. You may also want to go for a laptop that will suit your out-of-class usage, for instance, one that can allow for gaming. The rest has to do with personal preferences, taste, and style.