Best Laptops for Students on a Budget

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 14 Oct 2020
Best Laptops for Students on a Budget

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Online classes, assignments, presentations, workshops, coding and content creation are just some of the needs a student has from a laptop. A budget-friendly laptop with mid-range features should be good enough for such tasks and this is exactly what we have considered while curating this list of four reliable laptops for students on a budget. All of these products are available on Amazon, and have been selected based on their listed features.

Asus Vivobook 14 M409

This Asus Vivobook variant is compact and lightweight, which should make it ideal for students to carry it around with ease. It has a 23.1-mm thin body that weighs just 1.6 kilograms. It runs on an AMD Quad Core Ryzen 5-3500U processor and is backed by an 8GB RAM and a fast 256GB SSD. Students can expect to get robust performances under most use cases. It has a 14-inch FHD display with 60Hz refresh rate, which will mean a decent gaming or video watching experience. Finally, it has a full-size Chiclet keyboard with 1.4mm key travel, which is considered good for typing.

Lenovo Ideapad S340

This is a budget-friendly laptop from Lenovo that sports a 14-inch FHD IPS display, with a wide viewing-angle, so it should offer sharp visual output. The screen also sports anti-glare technology, so you won’t suffer from eye strain when using it for long periods of time. The laptop runs on a tenth generation Core i3 processor that can clock CPU speeds up to 3.4 GHz. In the memory department, it has an 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD storage, which should enhance the general performance of the laptop.

HP Chromebook 14-db0020nr

A laptop with above-average sound output in the budget-friendly category is a rarity, but this model from HP provides just that, through its inbuilt, dual, Bang & Olufsen powered speakers at the front. Furthermore, the laptop has a 14-inch HD display that uses Anti-Glare coating to reduce eye strain and let you use it comfortably for long hours. This Chromebook runs on an AMD Dual-Core A4-9120 processor and has all the basic software required by a student. You can expect a reliable performance across most user-case scenarios when used for school or college purposes.

Dell Vostro 3491

If you are looking for a 14-inch laptop that offers a good battery backup, then the Dell Vostro 3491 should do just fine. Dell claims that it can run for 11 hours on a single charge, under optimal use. This laptop runs on a tenth generation Core i3 processor and sports 4 GB of RAM, which should deliver acceptable performance. Thanks to the 1TB HDD, students should be able to store all of their coursework, files, and even all of their entertainment and downloads, while the 256 GB SSD makes sure that the OS and applications still run blazingly fast. At just 1.7 kilograms, this laptop is light and easy to carry around.

Ashwin Nair


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