Being properly equipped to tackle the rigors of high school or college has never been more important. These days, using anything less than a decent laptop is like coming to school without a pen and paper; you’re at a huge disadvantage right off the bat. If you’re shopping for a laptop for yourself as you begin high school or college, or you’re buying one for your son or daughter, here are some tips to make sure you get the best possible laptop in your budget.
- Portability: Go for something slightly smaller than average. Don’t be lured in by that 17-inch widescreen laptop, it will be cumbersome and a pain to take to class. 15 inches is about the biggest you want to go, with 12-13 being perfect for taking to class.
- Durability: What is the chassis made out of? If it’s within your budget, go for metal over plastic, but always check for computer for creaks and flexing to get an idea of how durable it will be.
- Operating System: A Chromebook which uses Google’s operating system, is great for younger students, Windows or Apple’s OS X are great for productivity and are easy to use.
- Battery Life: The longer the better in this case, as this allows you to take notes in class and get work done on-the-go without needing to worry about sitting near a wall socket. 6 hours is a good benchmark to shoot for in this case. A laptop with a solid state drive (SSD) will generally have a longer battery life, but will be more costly.
- Noise Level: This is less of a problem now with advances in technology, but make sure the cooling fans in the laptop are not obnoxiously loud when they come on. Nothing is more annoying and embarrassing than a loud laptop in a quiet classroom.
These are just a few of the things to look out for when shopping for a laptop for school, and the best way to find one you love is to come in and try as many out as possible. At Buddy’s, we stock a wide variety of laptops that are perfect for students, at prices students can afford. Give us a call today at 1-866-779-5058 with any questions.