Back to School Tech Shopping: Best Laptops Edition
We are just days away now from students and faculty returning to schools and universities around the country. Now that we are in the homestretch, you can pick up some great deals on back to school notebooks and laptops before its too late. If you are in school or not.
There are thousands of models to choose from when picking out the perfect laptop, but we have selected a few that we have tested ourselves, and that have received positive feedback-on from our readers. You can check out the official list below, the links take you to the appropriate online store mentioned in the price in a new window, so you can freely compare and browse without having to reload the page.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Convertible Ultrabook $810 and Up via (Microsoft Store)
This is one of the most popular Ultrabooks that are on the market right, now and one of the top choices from both the staff and readers of The Slanted. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is light, powerful and touch-enabled. It comes with a wide array of features and terrific specs in several different base-models. The 13.3 inch HD touchscreen is one of the favorite sizes among students, since it fits so easily in a bag and can be easily carry around from class to class. The standard base model comes with an Intel core I5 1.802 GHz processor with turbo boost and a 120GB SSD hard drive with the Windows 8 operating system. It has fair amount of input ports, is sturdy, reliable and cost-effective.
Macbook Air 11″ $999 and Up via (Apple)
Few can deny that the new MacBook Air is one of the best small class laptops that anyone can buy, unfortunately it’s also one of the most expensive laptops that you can buy, putting it out of reach for the average student. Still our list wouldn’t be complete with at least adding it for your consideration. The 11″ model comes with a 128GB SSD flash drive, a 1.3 GHz dual-core i5 processor with turbo up to 2.6Ghz. As one of the lightest and smallest laptops on the market it’s perfect for students because of its portability. The new MacBook Air has improved battery life over the older models.
Samsung Chromebook $219 via (Amazon)
The Samsung Chromebook opinions very deeply between who is shopping for the notebook. The Chromebook runs online and you need a network connection to use almost all of the features that are on it. The reason why the notebook is so extremely popular (and one of the best-selling laptops on online markets like Amazon.com) is that it comes at an incredibly low pricepoint and is powerful and fast. Since they Chromebook has to be online in order to run its applications it’s not exactly ideal for everyone that needs a laptop but it is perfect for students who spend most of the time either in dorms, libraries, or classrooms. Most of which constantly have Wi-Fi access or VPN network to connect to.
Sony VAIO Fit 15E Touchscreen Laptop $779.00 via (Microsoft Store)
Sony makes a wide array of VAIO laptops, each one with different specs, weights and different screen sizes. When shopping for a Sony VAIO it’s important to shop around, not just in one store but several online stores to find the exact model that has the specifications that you’re looking for. Sony is such a large corporation you can often find a Sony VAIO that is on sale. The one that we pointed out from the Microsoft store online is currently $50 off for example. The one listed above has a 15.5″ full HD touchscreen, perfect for students that might enjoy a larger laptop as opposed to the 11″ or 13″ models. This version has a large 750GB hard drive, 6GB of RAM (as opposed to the 4 GB that many start with) and weighs 5.31 pounds.
ASUS VivoBook X202E Touchscreen Ultrabook $404 via (Microsoft Store)
One of the most popular and lower-priced laptops and ultrabooks on the market comes from ASUS. Much like Sony these laptops and ultrabooks come in a wide array of sizes and price points so look at a few before deciding on one in particular. The one we listed above saves money by offering an Intel i3 1.80 GHz processor, lower on the spectrum when compared to others listed above it but still snappy. This model comes with a 500GB harddrive with Windows 8 operating system and an 11.6″ LED backlit LCD screen with 4 GB of RAM.
Macbook Pro $1,199.00 to $1,700 via (Apple)
Again the issue with the MacBook Pro isn’t it’s features or functions, it’s the price. Starting at around $1,000 (depending on where you look) it’s still one of the most special laptops on the market. With that in mind it’s also one of the most powerful and most efficient laptops that someone can buy. The standard 13″ model comes with a 2.5GHz i5 processor with a turbo boost up to 3.1GHz. The same model comes equipped with a 500GB hard drive and a host of features, apps and icloud synching for all your Apple products.
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e011nr Touchscreen Laptop $449 via (Microsoft Store)
The HP Pavilion TouchSmart is another great option for someone that’s looking for a very small, very light laptop. This 11.6″ model offers 10-finger multi-touch support, the price is kept low by offering a low-end processor (the AMD A4-1250 1.00 GHz) and offers 4 GB RAM and a 500GB drive. HP Pavilion has such a low-end processor that it wouldn’t exactly be ideal for anyone that’s running extremely memory intensive applications like Photoshop but it will work rather well for someone that is just writing papers, taking notes or browsing the web.
Microsoft Surface Pro Now $899 via (Microsoft Store)
Since we already wrote a list for tablets (that you could see below) I wasn’t going to include the Microsoft Surface Pro but since the price was lowered I wanted to include it as a viable option for anyone that’s looking for a Windows 8-based laptop computer. I want to make this perfectly clear, the Microsoft service Pro for $899 is not the same thing as the Microsoft Surface RT for $349. If you’re looking for a tablet that can double as a laptop, one that allows students to still use Microsoft Office, email applications, intensive programs and note-taking then the Microsoft Surface Pro is easily the best on the market. Accessories like the Microsoft Smartcover and connecting with a bluetooth mouse turns it into a standard laptop easily, but it’s adding on to the price. Eventually if you had enough accessories you are going to catch up to a standard laptop computer cost.