Affordable thin and light laptops for students on a budget

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on 12 Feb 2020
Affordable thin and light laptops for students on a budget

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A student’s satchel is historically large and heavy because it’s laden with hefty textbooks and numerous notebooks. But with laptops making their way into the hands of more and more students, that needn’t be the case. What’s more, laptops themselves are becoming more lightweight and compact by the day. Here are some of your best options if you’re in school or college and need a thin and light laptop for daily assignments and special projects.

ASUS VivoBook 14 X409UA-EK361TS

Nothing strikes a balance between performance and price the way the Asus VivoBook 14 does. Asus’ 14-inch laptop comes with a decent powertrain in the form of an Intel 7th Gen CPU combined with 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state storage. This setup is ideal for students whose assignments involve the use of multiple browser windows at the same time. Since the screen measures 14-inches, the laptop stays compact and lightweight. At 1.6kg, the Asus VivoBook 14 is easy to slip in and out of the college backpack.

Apple MacBook Air

The 2017 Apple MacBook Air may have been succeeded by the newer Retina model but it’s still an excellent choice for students who are willing to stretch their budget. It comes with all the right ingredients for school and college work: a capable Intel Core series processor with ample RAM and storage, a comfortable typing setup, a smooth touchpad, and oodles of style. What’s more, the Apple MacBook Air has a strong battery life, which means you can get through an entire day of lectures without having to search the walls for a charging socket.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-54

Sometimes, a 14-inch laptop just isn’t big enough for all those long lines of code. This is where the Acer Aspire 5 Slim comes into its own. It has a 15.6-inch WLED-backlit LCD screen with Full HD resolution. Its full-size keyboard with an integrated number pad ensures an uncompromised typing experience. Though the Aspire 5 Slim is a 15-inch model, it’s not very heavy. It weighs 1.8kg, which is a little more than the average entry-grade model. The Acer Aspire 5 Slim is ideal for school and college use.

Lenovo Ideapad 330S

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S may have been succeeded by the IdeaPad S145 in 2019 but it’s still a good choice for students on a strict budget. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 3 processor, the IdeaPad 330S packs enough RAM for basic tasks such as checking email and composing documents. Its 1TB hard drive ensures you have enough space even for large, non-essential video files. The IdeaPad 330S’ keyboard features dedicated media playback keys, which makes watching movies with your friends just that bit easier.

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