Choosing the right laptop can be a daunting task at the best of times, but throw on top the stress of submitting college application letters, getting used to your dorm and choosing your subjects and it can become impossible.

hands-typing-on-laptop

To determine the best laptop for college you need to consider 5 factors that college students often look for when choosing a laptop.

Battery Life

Most students will often find when they receive their timetable that they have a full day of classes.

If you know that you’re going to have 8 hours of classes, you want a laptop with an extended battery life that can get you through the day without a charger.

Having an extra long battery life will also give you the freedom to go 2 days without charging, giving you some extra breathing room if you ever forget to charge your laptop.

Also see: 5 Best Laptops under 500 Dollars

Keyboard

For most students, taking notes, doing assignments and communicating with classmates will be done digitally on a laptop.

With this in mind, it’s important to select a laptop with a comfortable and responsive keyboard.

A laptop that is comfortable for your fingers and wrists will be essential for those big study sessions.

If you’re someone who often works at night, or in the dark, then you are going to need a backlit keyboard so you can see what you’re doing.

Portability

When you’re carrying your laptop between classes all day, you want it to be lightweight and durable.

There’s nothing worse than trying to carry a bagful of heavy books and a heavy laptop at the same time, especially if you have classes at different ends of the campus.

Any laptop under 4 lbs is going to be light enough to carry around all day without discomfort and chances are, you’ll forget you even have it in your backpack.

Screen Size

College students live and breathe the multi-tasking lifestyle. Often students have their lecture notes open on one side of the screen and are typing up study notes on the other side.

Multi-tasking is possible if you have adequate screen size. If you’re someone who often works with windows open side-by-side then I would recommend a screen size of 13.3” or bigger.

Resolution is also a factor when choosing a screen size. A screen that has a larger resolution has more screen real estate and gives you extra room to use, which is useful when multi-tasking.

Speed

Everyone has been on the end of a slow computer, whether it be at home, at a friends, or at work.

Hardware such as Intel i5 CPU’s, 4GB of RAM or more and SSD hard drives are essential when it comes to speedy boot times and application responsiveness.

Speed is especially important if you are in a degree that uses modelling or CAD software that can be taxing on the laptops hardware. To combat this, Nvidia Quadro GPU’s are specially made for industrial applications.

In closing, you should carefully consider what laptop you purchase for college,as you will likely use the same one for 3-5 years.

You should also keep in mind that a little extra money now can lead to a lot of saved headaches later.