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How to buy the best laptop

Best laptops for students

By Callum Tennent

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We round up the three highest scoring suitable laptops from our expert lab tests to help you find the very best laptop for school, college or university life.

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The best laptop for students

Nowadays, if you’re going to attend university or college, you will absolutely need a personal computer to take along with you. It’s impractical to take a tower PC or an all-in-one, so a laptop makes perfect sense. We’ve rounded up our top three laptops for students, all of which have great battery life, a compact screen and weigh less than 2kg. They won't break the bank, either, and are all more than capable of handling student essentials like word processing, web-browsing and media playback.

Student laptops

Today's best price £799.00
Which? score 94%
Reviewed Nov 2016
Best Buy
Performance:
5 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 5
Screen quality:
5 out of 5
Sound quality:
3 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
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It remains the best rated laptop we've ever tested. If it's in your budget, you'll be the envy of the campus.

Typical price £600.00
Which? score 76%
Reviewed Dec 2016
Best Buy
Performance:
4 out of 5
Battery:
4 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Sound quality:
2 out of 5
Portability:
4 out of 5
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Sleek and portable enough that you could use it without trouble in a lecture, but has the goods under the hood to make it powerful enough in the home as well.

Typical price £229.00
Which? score 73%
Reviewed Jun 2016
Best Buy
Performance:
2 out of 5
Battery:
5 out of 5
Screen quality:
3 out of 5
Sound quality:
2 out of 5
Portability:
5 out of 5
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If you're happy to stream your films and tunes and don't mind working from the Cloud, this is a genuine bargain and lovely to use.

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