Top 5 Budget Laptops for College Students

Let’s be honest…after paying tuition and other college related expenses, no college students wants to hand over thousands of dollars for a laptop computer.

However, a laptop is one of the things needed for college.  So, what is a college bound student left to do?  Well, it’s definitely possible for price sensitive shoppers to find a perfectly good laptop for less than what you might think.

According to…you can get the best “bang for your buck” with the following 5 laptops:

1. HP Pavilion dv6t-6000

This 15-inch laptop offers significant improvements over HP’s previous version.  It has a lot of different features and allows consumers to choose from a variety of different system options (depending on their budget).

Current Price: $750 (Approximate)

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Very Good)

2. HP Pavilion dm1z

This laptop offers great battery life, good performance, and basic graphics for under $500!  This is also the first laptop to offer AMD’s power-efficient Fusion platform.

Current Price: $450 (Approximate)

Rating: 4.0 Starts (Excellent)

3. Acer Aspire AS5742G-7200

According to CNET, this laptop is one of the better laptops on the market when comparing price to performance.  The price is also reasonable.

Current Price: $740 (Approximate)

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Very Good)

4. Dell Inspiron 15R (2nd Generation)

This budget laptop is well priced and has a good variety of features and design options.  However, students should be mindful of the customization costs.

Current Price: $820 (Approximate)

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Very Good)

5. Toshiba Satellite L655-S5161

This basic 15-inch Toshiba laptop is reasonably priced and has a current-gen CPU.  It can be purchased for around $600, making this a good choice for college students who are on a tight budget.

Current Price: $500-$800 (Approximate)

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Very Good)

6. Apple MacBook Air (or MacBook Pro) *Bonus*

Okay, so this one wasn’t included in the list, but it’s definitely worth mentioning for those college-bound students who might have a little more cash to spend.

MacBook’s are easy to use, portable, powerful, efficient, and they just look really cool.  This laptop is ideal for college students who have more than $1,000 to spend on a computer.  Apple also typically offers a $100 discount for students.

Current Prices:

11-inch MacBook Air – $999

13-inch MacBook Air – $1299

13-inch MacBook Pro – $1199

Rating: 5.0 Stars (Awesome!)

I hope this was helpful.  You should definitely add one of these to your dorm checklist if you haven’t done so already.

Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!  Maybe you own one of these laptops or know of other laptops that should be added to the list.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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