Nowadays, a laptop is a must have amenity for a college student. From playing games to word processing to sending mails, laptops play a vital role in college life. However, college laptops with high performance come at a high price. This causes a financial constraint for college students as they have other expenses to cater for. However, there are laptops that offer good services at a pocket friendly price.
For under $200, you can get a laptop that offers HD display to a free year of Microsoft 365 and cloud storage for windows and a massive free Google Drive cloud storage for laptops running Chrome operating system.
With manufacturers filling the market with different brands and models, getting one that serves you best is a challenge. However, there are some outstanding in a pool of laptops that offer quality services for college laptops.
1. HP 14‑an013nr
This machine packs a quad-core AMD processing chip and an impressive 4GB of RAM to cater for you multitasking needs. You can adjust the capacity of RAM to suit your tasks as it is not soldered in.
A 14-inch screen donning 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution gives an amazing crystal clear display.. Furthermore, there are plenty of ports to connect your other devices.
However, this laptop has no optical drive space and offers a limited storage capacity, this can be overcome by using cloud or an external SD card storage. An average of 5 hours battery life will require moving around with a power cord.
2. Asus VivoBook E200HA
For an impressive 11-inch screen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution screen, Asus has equipped this VivoBook with a 4GB of RAM space and a quad-core Intel Atom chip for your multitasking needs. A 12 hours of battery life ensures you do stay on the go for a long period. Furthermore, an added USB 3.0, a MicroSD card slot and a USB 2 port allows for external booting.
However, a microHDMI port and slugging on opening many tabs makes this laptop annoying.
3. HP Stream 11-y010nr
HP Stream runs Windows 10 operating system. An Intel Celeron processor with double RAM to 4GB ensures this laptop allows for multitasking and opening of new tabs without slowing down. It offers a well laid keyboard for a great typing experience and an 11-inch HD for an impressive display.
The limited 32GB of storage can be enhanced by a microSD card or cloud. HP Stream comes with free twelve months of full version Office 365 and 1 TB OneDrive cloud storage. Furthermore, eight hours of battery life allows the laptop to run longer without recharge.
Built with HD TrueVision webcam, 11-y010nr’s camera captures clear pictures.
4. Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02
A 4 GB of RAM, Intel Celeron, 2M cache and a ten hour battery life stretches far for a chrome book since unlike windows, chrome do not need much to get going. For a college laptop, Asus Chromebook comes with 11-inch 1366 x 768 anti-glare technology display that hinges for 180-degree for flexibility and effectiveness during group discussions. This laptop was designed to work with cloud as it comes packed with 16 GB of storage. This can be extended with a SD card besides getting 100GB of cloud storage free for two years.
The downsides to this laptop is the small storage capacity, its apps limited to chrome store and lacks an optical drive.
5. Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ
Rated highly by chrome users for its amazing wireless connectivity, Acer Chromebook packs 2 GB of RAM space, Intel Celeron chip, 16 GB of storage space which can be boosted with an SD card or cloud storage, 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixel resolution display and a battery life of 8 hours. A compact design and an aluminum cover ensures this product withstands classroom abuse. You can install Linux on this machine to make it a fully fledged computer.
However, just like most Chromebooks, its applications are limited to Chrome app store and it offers no optical drive.
6. Asus E402SA (EeeBook E402MA)
A windows 10 laptop that packs a 2 GB of RAM and a dual-core Intel processor for multitasking. A 32 GB of SSD storage allows this laptop to boot and load applications fast. For a budget college laptop, 14-inch 1366 x 768 resolution gives an amazing display. What makes this product outstanding is its hard drive bay which can be accessed easily for an upgrade. However, its 5 hour average battery life will require a recharge often thus necessitating moving around with power cord.
7. Dell Inspiron 11 3162
This colorful and stylish laptop packs a fast Intel Celeron chip and a 2 GB of RAM space for your multitasking needs. It boasts an 11-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display for clear view and an impressive boot speed thanks to its 32 GB SSD storage. An average battery life of 9 hours means it would not require frequent recharge. However, Dell did not equip this product with an optical drive or an Ethernet port.
Settling for a budget laptop is a great idea with the advent of cloud computing which lessens the amount of heavy hard disk drives to carry around. Most budget college laptops are convenient to carry as they do not pack much hardware. Furthermore, the less hardware packed with this products will require less power thus improving the battery life of budget college laptops. To supplement the less services offered by this products, most manufacturers style them to give impressive stunning looks.