How to choose a laptop for your studies
The click of an abacus once represented the only computing power needed to accompany learning. Now, technology is becoming an integral part of the classroom and learning process. Computer Mania shares some insights into the important factors to consider when setting up your student for the academic year ahead.
A day on campus usually requires running around between classes located in different places. A laptop is probably the most important purchase you will make, and it is vital to choose the right kind of laptop to suit the chosen course of study. A powerful laptop may be needed for an engineering student, while a lightweight, portable device may be better suited for the humanities student.
If you're still not sure about your major, consider a laptop that's lightweight, lasts long on a charge (8+ hours). Whether typing up a 100-page thesis or taking notes in class, having a responsive keyboard allows you to get more work done faster. The HP's Envy 13” has one of the best keyboards in the industry, along with a lightweight aluminium chassis and nearly 10 hours of battery life. The 13.3-inch laptop is powered by a speedy Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and a 256GB SSD, giving it really powerful performance.
The Asus's 1.2kg ZenBook UX330UA is light enough to carry to class and powerful enough to do almost any homework. You get a sharp 1080p screen, a generous 256GB SSD, and a speedy 8th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU. Best of all, the battery lasts 9 hours on a charge so you can leave your charger in the hostel.
On a budget
If you're on a shoestring budget and only need office and web apps for your major, the Acer Aspire ES1 i5 will do the job. It boasts a vivid HD display, Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. It has every port you'll need, including USB Type-C. It will also survive a day of classes with more than 8 hours of battery life.
Serious about science
Whether focused on chemistry, life sciences or astrophysics, you need a solid machine like the Dell XPS 13. This system packs up to powerful 8th-generation quad-core processor with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The virtually borderless, 13-inch Infinity Edge display with full HD resolution will make sure your notes and graphs pop, giving the illusion of a much bigger screen. The latest version can last up to 16 hours.
A law unto itself
If you are aiming for the courtroom, the Huawei Matebook has a sleek design is extremely portable, weighing only 1.05kg and 12.5mm thin. It offers 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor with 256GB of solid-state drive storage. Its metal frame has just a USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a connection for its add-on keyboard. It doesn’t have a kickstand, but users can snap the cover accessory onto the bottom to hold the screen up for presentations.
Engineers and architects in the making
If you're doing CAD work or 3D modelling, you need a high-end mobile workstation. The Dell XPS 15 packs a powerhouse performance with a stunning Infinity Edge Touch display for maximising screen space. The Ultra Sharp 4K Ultra display allows you to see each detail of each pixel without needing to zoom in. With 6 million more pixels than Full HD, you can edit images with pinpoint accuracy. Performance is powered by a 1TB Solid State Drive, along with an Intel 7th Generation i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX graphic card. It supports up to 32GB of memory. A Thunderbolt 3 multi-use port allows you to charge your laptop, connect to multiple devices and enjoy data transfers up to 40Gbps.
Big on business
Get ready for the boardroom with Acer Swift 3. It offers good performance for the price, handling everyday multitasking very well. This Intel 7th Gen Core-powered Ultrabook offers a well built, slim metallic case with a battery lasting up to 12 hours on a charge.
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