The last two years of college are just the right period of time to invest in a decent laptop to last until graduation. If you had been using a hand-me-down laptop made three years ago that you have used through your sophomore years in college, it’s time to get a new one for the next 2-3 years in the campus. Not only are they more powerful, but in terms of price per MIPs, they offer more value across various price ranges. You can get a sub-$500 laptop today with the features and processing muscle reserved for laptops in the $700 price point just 18 months back. Chances, are, your last years in college will require a more reliable and robust laptop for your dissertation or thesis, not to mention restoring your sanity on weekends when watching HD movies or playing those upcoming games your old laptop is sure to crash playing.
Notebooks made over the last 12 months have the trendy aesthetics and slim profile that won’t embarrass you with your campus peers and while there are cheap models, we prefer to go md-priced knowing who college students demand a lot form their notebooks. Apart from the muscle to get all your eBooks stored, thesis written, and engage in social networking activities, mid-priced laptops today provide multimedia capabilities to play high definition movies at 720 to 1080 native resolution and play the latest high performance games. Stay clear from those with integrated Intel HD graphics 3000 or mobile graphics cards as they will not play many of those games even the lowest setting, except maybe those released in 2009. We look at some of these laptops and here are our recommendations.
Some of the best laptops for College and Gaming
Dell Inspiron Special Edition i15Rse-1667ALU
The Dell Inspiron Special Edition i15Rse-1667ALU can be the ideal laptop for the student who is a serious gamers on the side. It sports a 15.6-inch screen with standard 1366 x 768 resolutions and a 750 GB SATA drive and weighs a rather hefty 9.4 lbs that is not uncommon for many beefy gaming laptops. Under the hood is a 3rd generation 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M with 6GB dual channel DDR3 system RAM that can run the 64-bit Windows 8 bundled with the package. Playing the most demanding games won’t be a problem with its powerful midrange AMD Radeon HD 7730M graphics engine with 2GB of video RAM. With its Stealth Black anodized aluminum body and stylish design, this special edition Inspiron won’t disappoint, other than the fact that its $799 price tag may be a bit frightening to students or their parents. But consider it an investment that may even last you to your first few years in post graduate course or your first job.
HP Pavilion dv6-7010usm
The HP Pavilion dv6-7010usm at $699 can be the right laptop for college kids who are casual gamers with its 15.6-inch 1366×768 screen and 750 GB SATA drive that’s typical with most laptops at this price point. What’s not typical is the AMD Radeon HD 7640G with its own 3 MB video RAM on top of the 6 GB SDRAM and its muscled AMD quad core A8-4500M clocked at 1.9 GHz. A student’s weekend or after class hours can be a fun-filled casual gaming experience playing many of the 2011 games at low to medium graphics setting while the 2012 games can best be played at low settings.
ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T
If you are the student who is always on the go, the ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T at just 4 lbs and 0.83” thin won’t tire you lugging it in your backpack. At $688, this vivobook model sports a brilliant LED-backlit 14-inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution, a 500 GB SATA drive with integrated 24GB solid state drive, and is bundled with 64-Windows 8. Under its hood is 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U engine integrated with the Intel HD Graphics 4000 sharing a 4 GB DD3 system RAM.
HP Pavilion g7-2270us
A generous 17.3-inch LED backlit display with 1600 x 900 HD resolution is just right for a student’s multitasking needs to display simultaneous files for his or her thesis while surfing the net or listening to mp3 files. On the other hand, a student is not supposed to be playing games all the time and the Intel HD Graphics 4000 is just right for a student to play a few of the demanding games released in 2012 at low setting while not too muscled to encourage him to spend more time trying out all the new games in the market. At $529.95, discounted form its $629.99 MSRP, the HP Pavilion g7-2270us has these two features, and gets powered by a 3rd generation Intel dual core i3-3110M with a 3MB L3 cash and 6GB DDR3 system RAM. In addition, it comes with a 750GB SATA hard drive housed in a body weighing just 6.6 lbs and a 1.4-inch profile.
Dell Inspiron i15N-3910BK
Slightly more expensive with a list price of $690 now discounted to just $549,99, this Inspiron is powered by the 3rd generation Intel quad core i5-3210M clocked at 2.5 GHz and supported by a 6GB DDR3 system RAM. Its 15.6-inch LED backlit screen has a 1366 x 768 HD resolution powered by a modest Intel HD Graphics 4000 that is good enough to play many sophisticated RPG and FSP games in low game setting which is just fine for students who are more serious with their studies than with their games. It has a generous 1 TB SATA hard drive running at 5400 and an 8x optical drive housed in a slim 0.8-inch slim body. It comes preinstalled with the Windows 8 OSD and a McAfee Security Center good for 30days.
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