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The Best Laptops for Education

When you are a pupil or student these days, there is every likelihood that you will be using a laptop for much of your learning time so it’d be good to know what are the best laptops for education, right?

Though we’re not quite living in an episode of Star Trek, education has very firmly moved into the digital era. That means the right equipment is necessary to get the most out of the learning experience. In terms of your personal portal (that’s our fancy description for a laptop – ie. your route into the wider digital world and, of course, your work), it’s important to get something which can provide you with everything you need, so that you can concentrate on your studies!

In this blog we’re going to look at some laptops which could be considered ‘the best laptop for education’. Of course, there is no definitive answer, but by the end of this blog you’ll certainly be better clued as to the choices on offer!

But what are those things you need from your laptop? What should you be thinking about as you browse the Ebuyer website looking for the right laptop? Roughly speaking these are the two areas we think are the most important and which you should always consider when you’re on the hunt for the best laptop for education.

Portability

In other words: Size and weight. This is the obvious one to begin with. Transporting a desktop PC from home to classroom or lecture theatre and back again would be no easy task. In fact it would be a ridiculous thing to do – so it’s obvious that from the angle of portability – and making things easy on yourself – a laptop is the way to go.

These days a great deal of effort goes in to the aesthetics of laptops – with designers and engineers ensuring that every possible tweak to weight and size (otherwise known as ‘form factor’) can be made without compromising the power and performance of the device. It makes a lot of sense to get a model of laptop which is relatively compact and lightweight, as you may also have other things you need to carry in your backpack at the same time. Plus, desk space may be at a premium at home or in your learning environment.

We recommend: The ASUS X515EA

With an overall weight of just 1.8 kg, the ASUS X515 is really portable, meaning you will be able to put it in your laptop bag and transport it without much fuss. It looks good, too, with a ‘transparent silver’ finish, and a decent screen size which is well suited to working your way through school or college work. The laptop’s NanoEdge display boasts wide 178° viewing angles, so you’ll be able to see what you are working on if you are positioned to either side without loss of clarity. The matte anti-glare coating copes with the reflectivity issue and leads to a satisfying display. You’ll really be able to focus on your work! 

This is a great quality ‘entry-level’ laptop which is perfectly suited to your educational needs as well as to any other tasks you might put it through – work or play! It’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM, so it’s quick and powerful enough to support your learning experience. There is a model with a better processor, should you feel that’s a necessity – but it’s obviously a little bit more expensive!

Performance

In computing, ignore that old saying ‘less is more’. The truth is that ‘more is definitely more’. Better internal components are going to mean that your laptop is more powerful, and therefore more capable of handling whatever it is that you are going to throw at it. There’s a big but, though – and it’s this. As with everything, it depends what you need it for! Put simply, there’s not a lot of point in buying yourself a rocket if your only intention is to go to the shop at the end of your road for a pint of milk.

Most likely, in the case of your laptop, it will get frequent use – probably daily, and in the evenings as well. But it may not be the ‘heaviest’ sort of use in terms of processing and graphics ‘oomph’. Don’t forget that with technology things tend to improve all the time anyway, so last week’s top of the line is this week’s not quite top of the line. In other words, even if you don’t go for the most expensive, all-singing, all-dancing, bells-and-whistles laptop, it’s pretty likely that a mid-level laptop is going to be more than adequate to meet your educational needs.

Some of the things you need to think about when considering performance and specifications are:

  • Battery life
  • Processing power (CPU specs)
  • Graphics
  • Screen refresh rate
  • RAM
  • Storage capacity
  • Connectivity options

We recommend: Dynabook Satellite Pro C50-H-11D

They might not be the first tech provider you think of, but this laptop is great for learners! It’s one of the best laptops for education. The Satellite Pro C50 is Dynabook’s most affordable model, but it’s been just as carefully engineered as all their devices. It’s equipped with a decent Intel Processor, up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a variety of connection options for hooking up to your favourite peripherals.

An HD webcam means any online learning is made easier, as do the Microsoft Cortana-enabled microphone and stereo speakers. Or you can connect up a headset via the laptop’s Bluetooth or mic/headphone socket. Not only all this, but the Dynabook Satellite Pro features a special anti-bacterial paint coating which inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria!

So that’s it. Some things to think about when you’re looking for an answer to the question what are the best laptops for education. Remember our two-point rule: Portability and Performance. We’ve suggested a couple of cracking laptops to meet educational needs – but there are many others available too. Check them out in the laptops section at the Ebuyer website! Happy learning!

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