8 Notebooks for Students

| September 27, 2016

Not sure how to choose a laptop for studies and at the same time spend money wisely? We know how complicated the choice can get, so here are eight best models.

“Laptop for students” – one of the most elusive of entities. What is it? Compact ultrabook that was easy to carry around? Or the powerful gaming machine that will not only help to prepare a report, and relax the soul of granite science? We are “assembled” for the students and found that most of them the choice falls on a 15.6-inch laptops. Not too heavy to carry, not too small for comfortable work. It remains only to determine the best in each price category, which we did in the material below.

HP 250 G5

Unfortunately, at the present dollar exchange rate the price of laptops that do not cause bitterness or aversion, do not start with one, not two, and rarely even three dozen thousand. So begins our list of HP 250 G5 $627. Yes, this is a substantial sum, but still cheaper than the new iPhone.

For the money you get a 15.6-inch laptop, with quite compact – weighing about two kilograms, thickness – 24.3 mm. In such a case it would be possible to fit and playing “iron”, but HP 250 G5 is equipped with Intel Core i5-6200U processor, a typical ultrabook. Yet this CPU and with its major responsibilities to cope well, and also spend little battery power. It is not suitable for games. But we are gathered here to discuss the laptop for a student, that is, first of all to study, right? Therefore, leave the game models for other material.

At HP 250 G5 has only built-in graphics core processor, so the game – only the old and undemanding. But once the laptop is equipped with 8 GB of RAM DDR4 and that just will not leave you indifferent, SSD 256 GB. For the money – just a gift. In addition, the laptop has a Wi-Fi-module standard, 802.11ac.

The screen resolution is excellent for this diagonal and price tag – 1920×1080 pixels. However, according to the manufacturer of the matrix type, TN, and brightness of 220 cd / m 2 does not inspire much enthusiasm. Among the ports there is only one USB 3.0, two USB rest of the second revision. Furthermore they can also be found by one HDMI, D-Sub, and RJ-45.

HP 250 G5 (W4Q07EA)
Advantages Disadvantages
  • SSD hard drive instead of sluggish
  • 8 GB of RAM
  •  Wi-Fi latest version
  • Backlit screen without reserve to work in high ambient lighting conditions (for example, on the street)

Dell Inspiron 5559

An alternative to HP 250 G5 (W4Q07EA) among the low-cost 15.6-inch notebooks, for which you can get the purse, not sobbing, a Dell Inspiron 5559. It is more or less compact: postpone your hand during a road to the university will be just 2.32 kg . That’s not counting the charger, which may not be considered necessary – because the laptop has CPU Intel Core i5-6200U.

In contrast, HP 250 G5, Dell Inspiron 5559 does not have a solid state drive, and only the hard disk, but the volume of one terabyte. RAM is the same – 8 GB. For the entry level we could have done, and 4, but it is better to take a little bit in reserve. The laptop has a discrete graphics card AMD Radeon R5 M335, but it is like the fifth leg of the dog – do not give any advantage, since even behind the least useless GeForce 920M. Therefore it can be safely shut down the drivers to have at least did not waste battery power.

In terms of networking opportunities everything is pretty mundane. According to the wire can be connected to the Internet at speeds up to 100 Mbit / s. Of course, there is a Wi-Fi module – not the most modern, but quite a good standard – 802.11b / g / n. Also some retro technology can be seen among the connectors. For example, of the three USB connectors, two belong to the second revision, while in the yard for a long time the newer version. The remaining port USB 3.0 still that happy. Apart from these you can also find HDMI, RJ-45, and headset jack.

Dell Inspiron 5559-8931
Advantages Disadvantages
  • capacious drive
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 100-megabit network card – the century before last


Among the low-end models are also worth paying attention to your ASUS K501UB. At the time of this writing, its average price is about $784. Generally, the ASUS is widely represented among 15.6-inch notebooks, but to find a well-balanced configuration among them is not easy. This model is also not ideal – for some reason, the manufacturer has determined 6 GB of RAM, besides DDR3L, even for the same money you can find a laptop with eight DDR4 standard. But six is also nice if you do not plan to ship the laptop games. And even if you plan to, this notebook is equipped with only NVIDIA GeForce 940M. C You can use it to play except on medium settings at 1366×768 resolution or low and Full HD.

The processor is the same – dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U with 15W. Neither weak nor very productive it will not name, so that, in general, is a good solution for this price category. Laptop, incidentally, is quite mobile. It weighs just two kilograms, the body height is about 22 m. Do not say it’s easy marching variant, but also to carry on occasion ASUS K501UB will not be difficult.

The drive in this laptop, and one is a classic hard drive capacity one terabyte. There is a RJ-45 connector and the network card supports the connection speed of up to 1000 Mbit / s. Naturally, there is no new ports. There are two “bearded» USB 2.0 and two yet cheerful spirit, but already feels his forgetfulness in the near future, USB 3.0. There were no HDMI connector, and headset.

ASUS K501UB 90NB0A52-M00660
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Not heavy or thick
  • Many ports
  • RAM is less than the competition

Acer Aspire F5-573G-51JL

If the game is still occupy an important niche in your life, and to buy a separate PC and laptop do not want more or less to play some current titles can be on the Acer Aspire F5-573G-51JL. It costs $784, but it comes with a video card NVIDIA GeForce 950M. This gives the opportunity to enjoy at least the story of modern games, in contrast to solutions on the Intel integrated graphics. By the way, this notebook processor – Intel Core i5-6200U, so the selected video card manufacturers are not even able to reach their potential by 100%. But, in general, it is not such a bad tandem, if patience is not particularly high resolution.

By default, this 15.6-inch notebook display it is 1920×1080 pixels, which is not bad – the lower, we do not consider in this collection, and all that is above, yet very costly.

RAM in Acer Aspire F5-573G-51JL – 8 GB DDR4 standard – will be enough for the future. But as a drive – the hard drive. But in the terabytes. That’s enough for a long time, especially given the increasing distribution of cloud services.

Laptop less suitable for carrying infrequent. Weighs, excluding power supply, 2.3 kg, and a depth of almost 29 mm. Not but fit in a backpack. I am glad availability of a Gigabit network card and Wi-Fi-adapter modern standard – IEEE 802.11ac.

Acer Aspire F5-573G-51JL NX.GD6ER.003
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The card, which will allow at least a little to touch the world of computer games
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi latest version
  • By itself, the CPU is not bad, but did not reveal the

Dell Inspiron 7568

In the category of up to $1020 have two laptops at once, with very different. Dell Inspiron 7568, despite the 15.6-inch screen diagonal, has a relatively modest thickness – only 20 mm. A mass allows it quite regularly take – 2.17 kg. The processor had also “ultrabook” rather ULV – i5-6200U, but no video at all – only in CPU Intel HD Graphics 520. GPU It will allow you to do many hours without a power outlet, but put an end to video games ( and therefore will be more likely not to depart from the university).

Add positive emotions 8 GB of RAM and SSD 256 GB. No game – no need for a large hard disk, but the system and the program will run very fast. A music and movies every day is becoming easier to watch and listen online without the need to store at a ton of information. In the extreme case, you can also purchase an external hard drive.

Personally, in our opinion, without the possibility of turning into a tablet Lenovo Yoga and a matte screen, this Dell Inspiron 7568 would be even more attractive, but it’s a matter of taste.

Dell Inspiron 7568-9862
Advantages Disadvantages
  • very mobile for a 15.6-inch laptop
  • SSD will provide a quick start system and applications
  • ULV-processor should ensure a long battery life
  • not suitable for games

Acer Aspire V5-591G-50RF

The Acer for the same amount is quite different from the Dell Inspiron 7568. GL62 6QD slightly heavier 2.4 kg, but noticeably thicker – body height up to 30 mm. In other words, wear it with a less convenient. And he did not tranfsormer and simple notebook in its usual sense.

Let’s be honest, this is not a laptop, which is necessary for an excellent student learning. This 15-shka has a graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, as well as the aforementioned Acer Aspire F5-573G-51JL, but if you order the ULV dual-core-processor, then the Acer Aspire V5-591G-50RF quad-core Intel Core i5-6300HQ. At least for this card its capacity should be enough.

RAM for 12 GB, which can be useful for video games, but not the fact that will be demanded in the study. The video memory too much – 4GB. For data storage provides a hybrid hard drive. Since their introduction in the market of SSD-cache size rarely exceeds 8 GB and our case – is no exception. “Useful” is the disk capacity is 1000 GB.

Gigabit network card and the WLAN-module standard IEEE 802.11ac toy allows you to download educational materials with a maximum speed provided by your ISP. Among the ports of any new products, only the classics, one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, one HDMI, and even D-Sub (the latter is likely to be useful to show the training presentations using a projector).

Acer Aspire V5-591G-50RF NX.G66ER.009
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Productive
  • The hybrid hard drive
  • Most shell thickness – 30 mm

HP ENVY 15-as005ur

Between $1020 and $1334, you can find interesting notebooks with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, but we had to bypass them by. Because in the middle of August, NVIDIA has announced the launch of a new three new mobile graphics cards. In particular, it replaces the GTX 960M comes much more productive GTX 1060. On the shelves of shops laptops in new graphics cards are still there, but it’s a matter of time.

Pay attention to the thin lightweight HP ENVY 15-as005ur (X0M98EA) without a discrete graphics card. Its main advantage – compactness. It weighs 1.93 kg and body height is only 18 mm. Already from the name it is clear that is it has a 15.6-inch screen, but the other models we have in this article, and do not consider. The screen resolution is 1920×1080 pixels, the type of matrix – IPS.

The notebook is not suitable for games. In its order of 15-watt processor i5-6200U, a discrete graphics card and did not. Thus, HP ENVY 15-as005ur – is something like a 15.6-inch ultrabook. But apart from the relative compactness, it has another strong point – just two drives. Moreover, one SSD to 128GB for the OS and applications, and the other – on the hard drive terabytes. In general, a good combination of speed and capacity.

Among the ports, you can find three USB 3.0 and one USB 3.1 Type-C, but the latter, apparently, has the usual bandwidth of 5 Gbit / s, as well as a conventional USB 3.0. There are also HDMI for video output, but to connect to the Internet or LAN through the wire will have to use the USB adapter – RJ-45.

HP ENVY 15-as005ur (X0M98EA)
Advantages Disadvantages
  • compact laptop with a 15.6-inch display
  • It has the SSD, and a hard drive
  • not suitable for games

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15

If you are brave guy and want to buy a laptop with a more or less powerful graphics right here and now, rather than wait for the models with NVIDA GeForce GTX 1060 (incidentally, a laptop with her already tested in our editorial office, while you are reading this), then look at the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15 for $1255. But remember, we told you so.

On the one hand, like MSI is known for a large selection of gaming laptops with various configurations of “iron”, but with a graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M notebooks this Taiwanese company, or are more than $1334, or the accelerator is equipped with only 2 GB of video memory, instead of four. This is partly why the choice fell on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15. If we take the laptop with just about ustareyuschey graphics card, then at least with a normal supply of video memory.

Display, like all other models in this collection, has a diagonal of 15.6 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Especially convenient it can not be called for daily carrying, yet it weighs 2.6 kg, and the thickness, despite all the efforts of engineers, remained at approximately 26 mm. But to sit at home like a laptop – a real pleasure. It is best only for older model with a 17″ screen – the IdeaPad Y700 17 .

The processor is Intel Core i5-6300HQ without Hyper-Threading technology, significantly lagging behind their counterparts from i7 series. But processors and will have to pay more for more CPU. RAM this notebook can be up to 16 GB, but is equipped with 8 GB DDR4 standard in this configuration. Data storage – it’s two drive like a HP ENVY 15-as005ur (X0M98EA): SSD of 128 GB and a hard disk capacity of 1 terabyte.

port facilities is the same as that of the ASUS K501UB 90NB0A52-M00660, which is 30,000 less. Namely, two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, HDMI, RJ-45, and headset jack. But with network capabilities all much better. By wire connection speed of up to 1000 Mbit / s, and over Wi-Fi will be rather big grace WLAN-module IEEE 802.11ac standard.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15 (80NV0042RK)
Advantages Disadvantages
  • two drives
  • modern network modules
  • two USB 2.0 ports prehistoric
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M can soon turn into a pumpkin

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