Laptop for study features review
It is impossible to imagine a modern schoolboy or student without his own computer. The beginning of a new school year is a great occasion to upgrade your computer or to get one if the child just went to first grade. On which models it is worth paying attention – we will prompt in this material. We tried to focus on the optimal price-performance ratio devices and deliberately avoided frankly low-power options.
Acer Aspire 3 A315
This laptop can be safely considered the champion in the nomination “good performance for a minimal budget.” However, he has many different configurations, and not all of them are equally good. We are interested in one specific option with an AMD A4-9120 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive and a screen with a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels. Thus, for more than 20 thousand rubles, you will receive a reasonable minimum for a comfortable search for information on the network, communication with classmates and work in office programs. Of course, you can immediately forget about loaded games, but perhaps it’s for the better: nothing will distract from learning. For elementary grades, exactly what you need!
Dell Inspiron 3583
A student who has successfully transferred to the middle classes will definitely need a bigger car and, most likely, a bigger screen. An interesting economical version of the 15-inch laptop – Dell Inspiron 3583. His design is strict, while the device is assembled very soundly. But the most important thing here is a bunch of a completely new Intel Core i5-8265U processor and a Full HD-resolution screen. It is on this configuration that you should pay attention because the model also has a lot of them.
Exactly the same processors are installed in the top 13-inch ultrabooks so that the performance of the machine will be inferior to them only with the amount of RAM: it is 4 GB here. But there is an opportunity for an upgrade: remove the bottom cover, and at your service are two slots for DDR4 SO-DIMM strips: you can safely increase the volume up to 16 GB. Also in this modification, there is a simple discrete graphics Radeon 520 with 2 GB of memory, which will not particularly help in games, but it will be a good help when editing video from a smartphone. For data storage, the good old HDD is used at 1 terabyte.
Dell Inspiron 5370
High school and first-year students very often need not a home computer, but the most portable laptop. With this requirement of the classic options, the criterion of “maximum efficiency” meets the Dell Inspiron 5370 very well. The device weighs only 1.4 kilograms, and the thickness of its body is a modest 17 millimeters. The power supply is also very compact: you can carry it and the laptop without particularly straining to classes, training conferences, and first work at least every day. The Intel Core i3-8130U processor is “sharpened” mainly for the Internet and office programs, but the SSD-drive, the volume of which is 128 GB, gives a considerable vigor to the system. For the first time, it will be enough, and later both it and the RAM (the basic version – 4 GB) can be replaced. The volume of the latter can be increased eight times – up to 32 GB, but for a working machine, it will still be excessive. It makes more sense to stay at 16 GB. Screen size is 13.3 inches, the resolution is the most relevant by today’s standards – 1920 × 1080 pixels
Lenovo Yoga 530
If you want something more universal and unusual, then you should pay attention to Lenovo Yoga 530. Firstly, it has a slightly larger screen: the diagonal is 14 inches with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels. Secondly, it is a full-fledged transformer with a sensor matrix. On the train, you can put it in a “house” and watch a movie, and in-class with tutors the device can be folded with the letter L with the display outside – it’s so convenient to scroll through the training materials. Well, the tablet mode, of course, has not been canceled. The laptop case is made of metal, the weight is very moderate – 1.6 kilograms.
There are a lot of different configurations, and the budget one with Intel Core i3-7020U and 128 GB SSD fits into the budget up to 40 000 rubles. True, the option with a 4-core Ryzen 5 2500 processor, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and 256 GB SSD is definitely more interesting. But it is no longer necessary to look at the most expensive versions – for 60-70 thousand there are more interesting laptops.
Asus Zenbook S UX391
For senior students who are already earning their own money and are looking for the most compact computer, we can advise Asus Zenbook S UX391. This is one of the lightest and thinnest ultrabooks on the market: it weighs only 1050 grams, and the thickness of its body does not exceed 13 millimeters. Such a fuzzy laptop, which at the same time has a gorgeous metal case and very decent autonomy.
The filling is also decent: even very heavy tables and many open tabs in the browser will not make this laptop think for a long time. Powered by Asus Zenbook S under the control of the 4-core Intel Core i5-8250U, the RAM is 8 GB, and the fast SSD-drive is 256 GB. True, you can’t count on an upgrade: the maximum compactness forced the developers to unsolder all the memory on the motherboard. It is worth noting that there are excellent ergonomics. The ErgoLift screen hinge with the lid open tilts the keyboard at an angle of 5.5 degrees – this is the most comfortable for the position of the hands at work.
Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 520
In the event that the portability of the computer during school is not important at all, but you don’t really want to bother with the bundle from the system unit and monitor, you can think about buying a candy bar. From ourselves, we can recommend Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 520. This 24-inch monoblock in size and weight is almost no different from a monitor with a similar diagonal: unless the case is a little thicker.
Such a computer takes up little space on the table and, if necessary, can be easily transferred from one room to another. Well, thanks to the form factor, there are no traditional problems of the system unit: a heap of dangling wires and tons of dust inside the case. There is also a special wow feature – a spectacularly retractable webcam for video calls.
IdeaCentre has quite a few configurations, but almost all of them are aimed at an undemanding user, who has priority access to the network, chat rooms and office applications. The screen is very good – the resolution of 1920 × 1080 on a diagonal of 24 inches looks great, and the quality of the matrix itself is decent. Particularly pleasing are the very thin bezels around the display and the anti-reflective coating.
Inside – 4GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. The Radeon 530 controller with 2GB memory is responsible for the graphics. On the back of the case, there are a lot of ports for connecting various peripherals and RJ-45 for a wired Internet connection. By the way, you don’t have to spend extra money on the keyboard and mouse – they are included in the package.
HP Pavilion 17
For a snack, we left an unusual option. This is an economical 17-inch HP Pavilion 17 laptop by its class standards in one specific configuration: with an Intel Core i5-8300H processor, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics. Such a device can be taken as a home option for a schoolchild or student who is seriously interested in video editing or 3D modeling. The same laptop can be considered as the minimum acceptable option under the requirement “for study and for games.” In Full HD at low settings, even fairly up-to-date games will work here, but with online projects like DOTA 2, World of Tanks and CS: GO there will be no problems at all.
There is only one bottleneck here: the savings did not allow the manufacturer to use an SSD drive in the assembly. But nothing prevents you from installing it later yourself, at the same time expanding the amount of RAM. Well, this laptop got into the selection with home solutions because of its weight: without taking into account the power supply, it even exceeds a little 3 kilograms. You definitely don’t want to wear such a device at the institute, but you can move it within the apartment without any problems. At the same time, the 17-inch diagonal makes it equally comfortable to work, and watch videos, and play games.