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Best Laptops for College Students 2012

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 11

Last year I had a piece on the best laptops for college students in 2011, and it turned out to be a big hit, getting featured on the front page and being one of the my highest-viewed articles to date. So I decided now that it's pretty much 2012, I would write up another list of the best laptops for college students and hopefully help some more people out with deciding which notebook computer to buy. Those who attend universities or any type of school really can benefit from owning a notebook computer in so many ways. They allow the undergrads to get their schoolwork done more efficiently because they are able to work on their assignments anytime they want outside of the classroom.

Nowadays, portability is becoming a much better feature that many notebook computers focus on. If you have to walk from class to class around campus, you're definitely going to be wanting something easily portable. And of course college students want the best laptops available -- what material item would a young adult NOT want to have be the greatest? Notebook computers are far from an exception; in fact these particular products are some of the most highly-coveted, so having the best laptop is surely something you desire quite a bit if you are a college student, especially in 2012 where we have so many options to choose from and so much amazing technology to play with.

I made these lists after doing plenty of research around the web, and they have been grouped into different price ranges, just like I did last year. I noticed a lot of websites didn't even tell you how much each notebook computer actually costed, and if you attend school then you are likely on a budget and price is most certainly something you want to know.


Best Laptops for College Students Under $500

2012

In our economy, it's not uncommon to want to save some money and buy a cheap notebook computer. Being an undergrad, you probably have to spend most of your money on tuition and living costs. It’s no secret that school is expensive. Most of the time you're better off with a notebook that costs between $300 and $500; however there are a few cheap laptops under $200 worth considering. The list below contains three of the best laptops for college students for the upcoming 2012 year, and each one of them is great in its own way.

Asus A52F-XA1

Est. Price: $499

Asus A52F-XA1

Asus is a popular brand amongst young adults whether they attend school or not. Most of their notebooks are very sleek in design and attract that younger demographic, and they are also well-known for their amazing multimedia laptops that college students surely love. The Asus A52F-XA1 is a 15.6-inch notebook computer with a Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. The Intel Pentium Dual Core P6100 processor is one of the faster kinds out there, especially for this price. Some of the notable features include the Intel High Definition graphics, a super multi-optical disk drive, an HDMI port, Bluetooth capabilites, and a 0.3 megapixel webcam. With 4GB of RAM and two 8-gig slots, this Asus notebook is able to store a lot of information, allowing you to do both schoolwork and play games.

Dell Inspiron 1545 Office Notebook

Est. Price: $450

Dell Inspiron 1545 Office Notebook

Last year we had a Dell Inspiron 1545 on the list of best laptops for college students, and most people can agree that it is indeed an excellent choice. Dell is a reliable company that has been around  for years, and the Inspiron 1545 has remained one of the most popular notebook computers on the market since its release. This model doesn't have anything overly fancy about it like the previously reviewed Asus notebook, but it is ideal for those enrolled in university or school of any type for its high quality and performance. The Dell Inspiron 1545 is a 15.6-inch notebook computer with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB disk. It comes with a DVD drive and a powerful Intel CPU with mobile technology.

HP ProBook 4530S

Est. Price: $450

HP ProBook 4530S

HP, or Hewlett-Packard, is a name that is almost synonomous with computers. Not only have they dominated the world of desktop computers, but they are also at the forefront of sales in notebooks as well. You can't really go wrong with an HP product, and the ProBook 4530S is no exception as it is easily one of the best laptops for college students under $500 in 2012. This versatile 15.6-inch notebook computer is chock-full of amazing features such as a built-in camera and webcam, dual array microphones and SRS Premium Sound quality, HP Face Recognition, ProtectTools and fingerprint-reading technology for extra security. The ProBook 4530S also comes with a touchpad widescreen display (1366 x 768), a DVD drive, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.


Best Laptops for College Students Under $1000

2012

Perhaps you are lucky enough to be able to spend a little more money on your notebook computer. If this is the case then you'll be happy to know that there are much better options available for you in a price range of under $1000. Some of the best laptops on the market are found in this price range. College students can appreciate the functionality and performance of these notebook computers, and regardless of if you attend a state university or a community school, everyone can enjoy the better portability.

Samsung Q430

Est. Price: $650

Samsung Q430

Samsung is a brand that is normally known to be relatively cheap in price, but they have never really been too stigmatized by poor quality. The Samsung Q430 has the one of the most powerful processors on this list with the Intel Core i5 which runs at 2.66 GHz. This is also the smallest notebook computer we have covered thus far at only 14 inches, but that is a desirable trait when it comes to laptops for college students due to their portability. A 14-inch notebook is a bit easier to carry around campus than a 15.6 or 17-inch notebook. The Samsung Q430 comes complete with a 500GB disk, Windows 7, 4GB of RAM, an integrated camera, and a 3D graphics card to compliment the 1366 x 768 widescreen touchpad display.

Toshiba P755-S5395

Est. Price: $800

Toshiba P755-S5395

Last but certainly not least (especially as far as price is concerned), is the Toshiba Satellite, specifically the P755-S5395 model which has the most powerful processor of any of its sibling models. The Intel Core i7 processor is actually the most powerful on this list, making it one of the best laptops for college students who are impatient and want their stuff to load FAST and be able to multi-task without getting frustrated or held back. This 15.6-inch touchpad widescreen notebook computer also comes with a whopping 6GB of RAM and a 750GB disk and only weighs about 5.3 pounds. The 6.4 hour battery life is not too bad, and neither is the TruBrite High Definition display with LED backlighting and NVIDIA graphics.


I hope that some of these notebook computers strike your interest and the information provided has helped you decide. It can be tough deciding which portable computer is worth buying; especially with so many different brands out there, but you can rest assure that these are among the best laptops for college students in 2012. They all have a sufficient amount of positive customer reviews and the brands are highly respected around the world.


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Comments

Dec 20, 2011 9:08am
InfoJunkie
A good list of laptops here. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a couple of the laptops listed here- and I've been out of college for a while.
Dec 21, 2011 7:16pm
Jerky
When I was a student - which wasn't that long ago - laptops were astronomically more expensive than desktop computers. Makes me wonder how much trouble I would have gotten in with one of these cheap laptops for students.
Jan 14, 2012 11:48pm
southerngirl09
Good information! This article will certainly help students focus in on the best computer for their needs. Looks like another winning article!
Jan 16, 2012 5:38am
uditha33
Come on guys, apple MBP for $600? seriously? Clearly you are dreaming... least price for MBA is $1199 according to their site
Jan 16, 2012 6:20am
Travis_Aitch
This comment has been deleted.
Jan 16, 2012 6:24am
Travis_Aitch
You are correct now. I just checked the site that had it for the price listed here and they are now closed. Looks like I will have to make an edit. Here is the site where I saw it though, just so you don't think I was making it up:

http://www.mmikemallltd.com/servlet/the-25/Apple-MacBook-Pro-MD313LL-fdsh-A/Detail
Jan 16, 2012 6:44am
WebAddict
Dell Inspiron is great. I still have it despite having a second unit (Compaq Presario) now.
Jan 16, 2012 4:31pm
Maxwell
Asus makes some great computers. But you also left out Apple one of the best for students.
Jan 17, 2012 2:12am
Travis_Aitch
LOL, I actually just had to remove the Apple model I had listed. The website that had it on sale for under $1000 no longer exists, as one of the commenters above "kindly" pointed out. Although I don't blame him for being upset as it did come across as complete BS on my part as the author. I plan to replace the Apple laptop I had to delete with a less expensive model if I can find one.
Jan 16, 2012 10:17pm
ninabillian
Indeed an article that will be cherished by all young college going aspirants. Great work Travis!
Jan 17, 2012 2:12am
Travis_Aitch
Thank you! :)
Jan 22, 2012 7:59am
technofreaky
Great prices and good laptops
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