If you are on a tight budget and you need to select a cheap alternative laptop for college – don’t worry. There are a lot of good cheap models that are still able to impress you.
*What is the difference between cheap and more expensive laptop models?* The difference between the more expensive and the cheapest models usually is in the performance and the quality of built. With a cheap model, you can save from storage, processor power, RAM, and such. Display size may not increase the money you pay, unless you go for a 17″ model. Also, a laptop may be less expensive if it does not come with Blu-Ray reading/writing device, USB 3.0 and new wireless technologies (which you may not need).
*Student Discounts on Laptops* Also, what you have to know as a student is that most companies offer student discounts on laptops. You can either select the desired laptop and then check for a student discount right before the purchase, or you can see the list of the companies offering discounts, and therefore choose the model you want.
How to find cheap models that are good?
As mentioned above, there are many features that increase a laptop’s price slightly, few of them even strongly. Down below are listed the features that you may not find necessarily if you are looking for a cheap model:
- Blu-Ray reading/writing device
- USB 3.0
- Full HD (1080p) Resolution
- SSD (Solid-State Drive)
- Touchscreen Display
Brand Name Matters – if you are looking for a cheap laptop, then you may find luxury brands such as Apple and Sony Vaio very expensive. Our advice is to avoid them, because there are cheaper machines with almost the same performance and look. Few names are Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP at some point.
ASUS F55A – CHEAP ULTRABOOK FOR COLLEGE
The ASUS F55A is cheap and at the same time reliable model. Many owners claim that this laptop has great overall performance and is well-made, including an outstanding keyboard and responsive keyboard – you can scroll up/down and left/right with just two fingers (Macbook-like).
More about the ASUS F55a” variation=”green”]At all, this laptop seems to be a great gadget for its price. If you are looking for a 15.5 inch laptop for browsing the internet, watching movies, playing simple games and even edit photos or videos – this may fit very well to you. However, there is a downside, the battery life is not that good, which means it cannot stand more than 2 hours on a single charge (excluding the stand-by period).
LENOVO IDEAPAD U310 – CHEAP ULTRABOOK FOR COLLEGE
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 has slim design, comfortable keyboard (with separated and rounded keys), a strong battery life and good overall performance.
More about the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 CNET Editor’s Rating rated this machine “Excellent”. While it comes to price, it’s one of the cheapest laptops out there at price around $420.00 (Latest Amazon Price). The display size is 13 inch, which gives you portability and visibility at the same time. This machine usually comes with a storage of 500GB HDD, but it has additional 32GB SSD. Usually, it comes with everything that is necessary. Of course, you may not be able to play a lot of games on it, but as we are picking a laptop for college, it is still a good choice.
ASUS A53Z – CHEAP LAPTOP FOR COLLEGE
Do you believe that you can get everything you need from a laptop, just for $399? Well, almost everything, with the ASUS A53Z-AS61. This model is cheap mainly, because it uses an AMD processor, instead of Intel one. However, it comes with licensed Windows 7, 4GB of RAM and external ATI HD 6520G graphics, which may do a great job for a college students, including playing latest games. We recommend it as a good “budget laptop”, since its price is $399.00. The 15 inch display is just perfect for college work.