The Best Laptops For Students

You don’t need to break the bank to find your student an affordable laptop that still has enough power for research, word processing and other basic tasks.

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If you’re looking for a basic laptop for a younger student at a reasonable price, this may be the laptop for you. The Core i3-7100U CPU (2.4GHz) and 4GB of DDR4 RAM (expandable to 32GB) provide enough power for light multitasking, but not enough power for more than basic gaming.

 

The 1TB hard drive is a large amount of space at this price, especially compared to most chrome books that don’t offer more than 64GB. It includes two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA connection, an Ethernet jack, and even a USB-C (USB 3.1) port. The 15.4″ screen offers 1080P video at 1920 x 1080 resolution, so it plays HD movies easily. But this laptop has integrated graphics so it won’t be good for more than basic gaming. Battery life is excellent at over 8 hours, almost double the 4:25 the more expensive Dell Inspiron 15 5000 offers. All in all, for a student who needs to do internet research, type papers and do projects for school, this is a very affordable option.

 

 

 

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The Acer Aspire E15 High Performance 15.6” Full HD Laptop (2018 Edition) offers very good performance at a lower price than most competitors. It features the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500 Processor (2.7GHz, 4MB Total Cache, can be overclocked up to 3.50 GHz) and 8GB DDR4 Memory (up to 32GB Maximum).  Just like the other two laptops mentioned above, this Acer comes with a 1TB hard drive with plenty of space for a studnet to store school documents, photos, music and movies. There’s also an SD card slot for transferring those files to and from a smartphone, tablet or digital camera. And speaking of cameras, this laptop comes with an HD webcam, great for video chatting and collaborating with groups working on school projects together. For ports, it offers a 1 x USB-C 3.1, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, for a total of 4 USB ports,  1 x HDMI so you can connect it to an HD or 4K TV, and a headphone/microphone jack. There is no DVD drive in this unit, but that reduces both the heat created and the weight, which is 4.92 pounds. 

 

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This New HP Notebook has an AMD Quad-Core E2-7110 APU, (1.8GHz) and 4 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM system memory and comes with Windows 10 home 64 bit installed. The 500 GB SATA hard drive should be enough storage space for documents, photos and music, and you can read and burn CD’s and DVD’s with the SuperMulti DVD/CD Burner. This HP has a 15.6″ HD BrightView WLED-backlit display so streaming from Netflix or Amazon Prime video looks amazing. It has a built in Front-facing VGA webcam with integrated digital microphone,  a full-size island-style keyboard with numeric keypad,  and the touchpad supporting multi-touch gestures without on/off button. For ports, it’s got 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x headphone/microphone jack, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and 1 x USB 3.0 port. 

 

These are all good laptop deals for the average student who isn’t doing any gaming, photo or video editing and only needs to research, check email and write some papers for school.

Laptops Under $500 That Still Pack a Punch

Laptops Under $500 That Still Pack a Punch

There are some very fast computers in the under $500 price range. These laptops are perfect for internet use, streaming video, word processing, basic photo editing and organizing and other day to day tasks.

 

2017 Lenovo 320 15.6 Inch Premium Flagship High Performance Laptop AMD A12 up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, AMD Radeon R7, WiFi, Bluetooth, Webcam, HDMI, USB-C, DVD-RW, Windows 10 Home

 

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This Lenovo has a fast quad core CPU, very fast 128GB SSD hard drive and 8GB of DDR4 memory. It’s got an HD webcam, bluetooth, a very good AMD Radeon R7 video card and a Multi-format SD media card reader for camera and phone memory.

 

 

  • Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
  • 15.6″ display Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Energy-efficient LED back-light.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking
  • Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 128GB SSD for ample file storage space and faster performance
    Holds a sizeable collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 5400 rpm spindle speed for standard read/write times.
  • AMD Radeon R7
    Integrated graphics chipset with shared video memory provides solid image quality for Internet use, movies, basic photo editing and casual gaming.
  • Weighs 4.85 lbs. and measures 0.9″ thin
    Balances portability and screen size, so you get a respectable amount of viewing space without the laptop being too cumbersome for practical portability. 2-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • Bluetooth 4.1 interface syncs with compatible devices
    Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.
  • Ports: 1 USB Type-C port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI output expands your viewing options
    Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer
  • Supports SD, MultiMediaCard, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
  • Full keyboard with 10-key numeric keypad
    Type comfortably, input numbers quickly and maneuver through games with ease.

 

2017 Dell Inspiron 15.6″ HD (1366 x 768) Laptop PC, Intel Dual Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, DVD +/- RW, MaxxAudio, HDMI, Bluetooth, WIFI, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10

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This Dell Inspiron comes with a strong Intel Dual Core i3-7100u 2.4 GHz Processor, 128GB SSD hard drive and 8GB of memory, making it a good laptop for all basic tasks plus internet streaming and basic computer gaming.

 

 

  • 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display,
  • Intel Dual Core i3-7100u 2.4 GHz Processor
  • 8GB Single Channel DDR4 2400MHz (8GBx1) SDRAM
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
  • Intel HD 620 Graphics with shared graphics memory
  • Media Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Stereo speakers + MaxxAudio
  • HD 720P Webcam
  • 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Headphone output/Microphone input combo
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit, Standard Keyboard, Color: GRAY

 

ASUS VivoBook F510UA FHD Laptop, Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, USB-C, NanoEdge Display, Fingerprint, Windows 10, Star Gray (F510UA-AH51)

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The ASUS VivoBook F510UA FHD is a beautifully designed laptop, perfect for work or college. Featuring the latest 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U CPU and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, it can handle your everyday computing needs easily. While this computer does not offer a fast SSD hard drive, the installed 1TB drive gives you plenty of storage space.

 

  • Powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor
  • 14.2″ wide, 0.8″ thin and portable footprint with 0.3″
  • NanoEdge bezel for a stunning 80% screen-to-body ratio
  • 15.6″ anti-glare Full HD display with ASUS Splendid software enhancement, 1920×1080 pixels
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • Ergonomic chiclet keyboard with fingerprint sensor
  • USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI
  • Lightning-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi keeps you connected through any congestion or interference

 

 

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Lastpass – The only password Manager You Will Ever Need!

How often does this happen to you?
How often does this happen to you?

I’ve got more passwords than I can count. Work email, Personal email. Facebook, Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. Pinterest. LinkedIN, Online Banking. Every single credit card. The Patient portal for my doctor’s office (and my childrens portals as well). Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Reddit, Ancestry,  Xbox One, Playstation 4, Verizon for cable, Sprint for my cell phone,  Online shopping at Amazon, Kohl’s, Target, Old Navy, Home Depot, Sears, eBay… it’s easy to forget all the places where we have online accounts. and how many passwords we’re using.

in fact, the average computer user has over 130 passwords to remember. And the worst thing you can do from a security standpoint is use the same password for every site because it makes a hackers job much easier.

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Lastpass is a web based app that allows you to save all your different passwords in one vault, out in the cloud,  and set one master password to get that vault open.  Your password vault is encrypted so even the team at LastPass can’t access your passwords. Set one secure password for the vault and never worry about remembering each and every site password ever again. I suggest a long phrase that’s easy to remember and type. For example, I might choose Chara33BigZchamps2011 or Gronkspike87NEpatsSBx4

With my one master vault password, I can log in and access literally 1000’s of passwords I would certainly have forgotten. This is especially true for those sites you only visit once or twice a year.

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Another nice feature included in Lastpass – you can create multiple profiles containing all your contact info, like the stuff they ask for every time you sign up for a website – and lock them down with the vault password too.  My PC Overhaul profile has my name, street address, phone number, credit card, date of birth and credit card numbers for the business. When I go to a site to buy parts for a customer, the checkout process is simple. I click on my PC Overhaul profile in lastpass and it fills all that information in for me. And you can have as many different profiles as you want. I have a profile for work, another for personal purchases, and a 3rd for web forums (using my spam email account).

Lastpass also has the ability to create randomized secure passwords for you. This is handy if you always plan on using Lastpass to log in to sites, but won’t be helpful otherwise.

Once you have it installed, whenever you go to a site with a saved password, lastpass offers to autofill the username and password fields for you. You enter the vault password and can choose not to be prompted for the vault password for a period of time.  If you know you will be in front of the computer for 3 hours, you can set it to leave the vault open for that long, and after that time anyone with access to your system will be asked for the master vault password again to get in.

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There are literally dozens of handy features to lastpass, especially considering it’s a free app, I highly recommend you check it out.

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Amazon Laptop Wizard

I was checking out some deals on Amazon.com for Cyber Monday and noticed this wizard on the laptop and notebooks page.

I've highlighted the things I plan to do with the laptop and on the right, Amazon calculates the specs I need.
I’ve highlighted the things I plan to do with the laptop and on the right, Amazon calculates the specs I need

 

Just click the “Show Me” link to see the laptops that meet your criteria. A handy way to narrow down the hundreds of choices to the laptops that fit your criteria.

See the history of items on Amazon.com

Today’s handy free site is Camelcamelcamel, which checks and reports the price of items sold on Amazon.com/ You can use this info to see if a product has been going up or down in price before you decide to buy it. Sometimes waiting a little while can save you some money.

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