Top 5 Laptops for Students

You’ve just arrived at university and you’re looking to invest in a bit of technology to help to get you through the course. Maybe your primary computer has always been a desktop, so you’re looking for something more portable to carry around, or maybe you’re a foreign student who decided to save weight on the flights into the UK with a plan to make a purchase once you arrived. Well, fear not, because we’ve got your back! Here’s our top five laptops that we feel are some of the best for students right now; they’ll work brilliantly whether you’re writing an essay or catching up on missed TV, and as far as your budget is concerned, there’s something here for everyone.

Prices are the best available online at the time of writing sourced from trusted websites.


Samsung N145

10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.66GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive – £198.90

This stylish netbook is perfect for throwing in your bag for lectures and seminars with it’s 10-hour battery life, WiFi and optional 3G connectivity, you’ll be online all day. While not the biggest, the almost-HD display is certainly capable of a little home cinema, and the built-in webcam means you’re never far away from anyone.


Compaq CQ56-206

15.6-inch display, Intel DualCore 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive – £299.00

Compaq CQ56-206

Compaq CQ56-206

While the Compaq is not as portable as the former Samsung, it’s almost twice as powerful, with 4 Gigabytes of RAM, this machine is capable of multi-tasking with the best of them. If you usually find yourself with several programs open, this computer won’t let you down.


Dell Inspiron Duo

10.1-inch Touchscreen display, Intel Atom 1.5GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive – £438.95

When you first glance at the specs of this machine, they seem to be quite similar to the Samsung N145, but the price is more than double. Okay, so this laptop probably isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for an investment, and you love your gadgets, this device is brilliant. It’s killer feature is the touchscreen display. The screen itself can swivel horizontally, so that when you close the laptop, you’re left with an incredibly powerful tablet computer running Microsoft Windows 7, which makes this great for the lecture theatre.


Lenovo G550

15.6-inch display, Intel Dual Core 2.1GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive – £359.99

This is a computer that’s suitable for everyone. It’s fast, powerful and well built, with a feature-list that, for the price, is excellent. At only 3.5 Kg, you’re able to carry it around with you, and it’s ingenious VeriFace Facial Recognition technology means you can login to the machine by simply looking into the built-in webcam. It’s just that cool.


HP G62-B27SA

15.6-inch display, AMD Athlon II 2.2GHz Processor, 3GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive – £319.99

HP have seemingly taken a little inspiration from the Apple MacBook Pro for the design of their new G-series notebooks, which is certainly not a bad thing. This machine packs a punch and will not disappoint whatever you plan to use it for. While it may not be able to detect your face, it’s capable of detecting almost any input you throw at it, with a 5-in-1 card reader built in, three USB ports, two Ethernet sockets and even a HDMI output, you’re not going to go far wrong with this notebook.