I’m going to keep this article really short, and highlight one PC and one Mac computer that I think are the best laptops for college students in 2013. I’ve based my suggestions on price, performance, portability, and a variety of other factors that are important to college students. If you are looking for a new computer as an entering 2013 freshman you should choose one of these two computers.
- RAM - 8GB
- Processor Type / Speed - Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz
- Operating System – Mac OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion
- Weight - 4.5 pounds
- Screen Size – 13.3 inches
- Hard Drive – 500GB
Some people think that because they have a mac they can’t enjoy the benefits of having a PC. However, this Macbook pro was recently recognized as the top computer for running Windows. In reality, if you have a macbook you can run both Windows and OSX Mountain Lion. There are plenty of articles on how to do this.
The reason this computer makes the cut is not only because it can run both operating systems, but also because it is small, portable, and is can be quite powerful. For college students that are always moving between their dorms, the library, and making trips back home on the weekend this is ideal. The stellar battery life also helps with long bouts in the library and on road trips.
The Macbook 13 inch ranges from the low $1,000′s to the high $1,000′s in price depending on the amount of RAM, type of processor, and other features.
- RAM – 8GB
- Operating System – Windows 8
- Processor Type / Speed – 2 GHz Core i7 3537U
- Weight - 7.1 pounds
- Screen Size - 15.5 inches
- Hard Drive - 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Driv
I’ve had quite a few PCs but, of all of them, the Sony Vaio has time-after-time proven to be my favorite. After the Macbook Pro this is the best computer for college students. I will never buy another PC that isn’t a Sony Vaio.
It may not be able to run some Mac exclusive programs, but for the amount of money spent it is quite powerful, and if you are the type of student that runs the entire Microsoft Office suite, the Adobe Suite, and has 20 Chrome tabs open this computer can handle it.
The sony Vaio is a little larger than the Macbook, and doesn’t have as much of the “cool factor” but in terms of computing power it is a steal. The battery life, from my experience, is a little less than the Macbook pro, but it gets the job done.
The thing that really clenches the deal when it comes to the Sony Vaio is that it is slightly cheaper than the Macbook Pro. For price sensitive students this is ideal
Something I like to point out is that this is the computer that you will likely be using for the next four years. It is OKKKK to spend a couple extra hundred dollars on something that you will be using for 3-4 hours every day. It baffles me how averse buyers are to buying a more expensive computer when the decision impacts them so heavily in their day-to-day operations.