It may seem like a challenge, but finding an affordable college laptop on a budget is certainly possible with a little research and a keen eye on your pocketbook.
As a parent purchasing a new laptop for your college student (congratulations btw!), there are a few laptop criteria to consider to fulfill your collegiates academic and entertainment needs.
Here are a few things to consider for performance:
- Processor Speed
- Hard Drive Space
- Battery Life
- Portability (Backpack...Laptop Carrier...Desktop Replacement?)
- Laptop Weight & Screen Size
- USB Ports
- CD/DVD/BluRay Player
- Integrated Wireless Access / Network Card
How can you balance all of these considerations with the needs of your student and keeping it light on your bank account?
At a minimum, your new college student should have enough laptop processor speed and RAM to effectively run all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook). A Core i3 is, or a dual core processor from AMD / intel will certainly suffice.
In addition, your student should have a battery that will allow them to write their papers, take notes and more so they don't have to hook up to an outlet for at least 4 hours of operating time.
All in all, you should be able to find a suitable / affordable college laptop in the range of $350-$600.