A typical students laptop packs a lot of features generally. It helps for research work, creating documents, watching movies, or playing games. Many would point at the Apple MacBook Air but it is expensive and not really wholesome. Thankfully, there are ample Windows laptops and Chromebooks out there that are not as expensive and lets you go about your job seamlessly.
Performance is not the only factor to consider when picking a laptop for a student. It should both have long battery life and be portable. And hey, build quality is also an essential factor, especially if you are thinking of using it until the next chapter starts.
So, if you are in the market looking for some well-performing student laptops under $700, here are our recommendations.
Let’s check them out. But first,
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1. HP ENVY X360
- Weight: 2.9 pounds | Display: 13.3-inch FHD
- Ports: 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, 1 x microSD slot
And it’s not just the performance that drives this laptop. The display is clear and crisp on the 1080p display. You will see accurate colors, and the stereo speakers ensure that you can easily binge-watch your favorite series without any issues during your breaks. It’s worth to be noted that the Envy x360 comes with Bang & Olufsen audio center.
Apart from that, you get the option of connecting an MPP 2.0 stylus, should you want to indulge in a little digital sketching. And the 2-in-1 design is the cherry on top.
The battery life is decent and you should get a day’s worth at average brightness.
2. ACER SWIFT 3
- Weight: 2.65 pounds | Display: 14-inch FHD
- Ports: 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5 audio
It weighs 2.65 pounds and you can easily carry it in your backpack. The 14-inch FHD screen helps to make the text and visuals appear crisper. That said, the screen isn’t exactly too bright and you’ll have to stuggle if you plan to work outdoors in the day.
As noted earlier, it can effortlessly multitask, whether it’s running a boatload of Chrome tabs together or switching between two or more apps. And this has been backed by quite a few authoritative reviewers. The seamless performance is backed by long battery life.
3. LENOVO THINKPAD C13 YOGA
- Weight: 3.30 pounds | Display: 13.3-inch FHD
- Ports: 2 x USB 3.2 Type-A, 2 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x MicroSD card reader, 1 x 3.5 audio
And it’s the stylus that comes in handy for many reasons. For one, you can jot down quick notes and reminders, apart from using it occasionally for illustration purposes.
The ThinkPad C13 Yoga is powered by AMD’s 3000C-series processor, though there are a few Ryzen variants. The 3000C-series processor is fast and can easily handle anything you throw at it without going warm or slowing down. The battery life is decent for Chromebooks.
Of course, the battery life depends on the intensity of your work. And more power-intensive work will tend to drain the battery faster. Nevertheless, the folks at The Wired managed to eke out around 9 hours during their battery tests. Not long ago, Chromebooks were often ridiculed for their functionality, rather limited functionality. Thankfully, things have changed for the better with devices like the C13 Yoga.
Another Chromebook that you can check out is the Google Pixelbook Go M3. While it has an impressive battery life and comes in a chick package, the 8th-generation Intel Core M3 processor can at times be laggy. If you can extend the budget, you can check out the Intel Core i5-8220Y powered Google Pixelbook Go. Though it’s a tad expensive, this Chromebook is often touted to fly through everyday tasks with ease.
4. ACER CHROMEBOOK SPIN 713
- Weight: 3 pounds | Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504
- Ports: 2 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.55 audio, and microSD slot
The folks at Laptop Mag could run 20 tabs together without any issues. Interestingly, seven of those tabs had YouTube videos running. The battery life is not bad either. On average, it should last you around 10 hours.
As noted earlier,k you get the advantage of added vertical height. There’s less amount of scrolling involved when reading and browsing online. It’s slim and can be carried conveniently in bags. Interestingly, it’s certified (MIL-STD 810G) against drop and temperature changes. Cool, I’d say.
5. MICROSOFT SURFACE GO 2
- Weight: 1.2 pounds | Display: 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280
- Ports: 1 x USB-C, 1 x Surface Connect port, 1 x Surface Type Cover Port, 1 x MicroSD, 1 x 3.5 mm audio
It’s the convertible design that adds to its versatility. Be it fitting into a small space or using it as a book to go through your notes; the convertible design amplifies its usability. And hey, you get neat specs like a touch screen display in a neat 3:2 aspect ratio panel. Whenever you need it, you can prop it up in a kickstand position.
Owing to the form factor, you can expect some tradeoff, and for this option, it’s the battery life which lasts around 5 hours. It’s on the shorter end, and you’ll have to ensure that the battery is topped up daily. Note that Microsoft ships a higher variant of the Surface Go 2. This one packs the top-end Intel M3 processor and naturally costs a lot more than this one.