- Do you have a Best Buy near you? If so, there is a hot deal on the ASUS 2-in-1 touch screen Chromebook. This top-of-the-line Chromebook, that normally retails for over $500 has been slashed to $429.00.
Was: $529Now: $429
- Tired of sharing screens with kids? Check.
- Need privacy when surfing ‘incognito’? Double Check.
- Need a great deal on a high profile laptop? Triple Check, Check, Check.
LAPTOPS FOR UNDER $350
We know you are waiting for that stimulus check. These deals are so hot, you might have to break out the credit card or put these bad boys on layaway.
Laptops4Learning, an Arizona based 501 (c) (3) organization has partnered with MyCollegeLaptop to provide laptops to low income students. Since 2015, Laptops4Learning has provided free laptops to low-income students.
MyCollegeLaptop realized that the majority of laptop and technology programs are designed for K-12 students. Adults who are looking to return to college are often excluded from many scholarship programs due to their age. This program is designed primarily for students 18+ that would not have access to guidance counselors or formalized help like K-12 students.
- Create a 90-second (minimum length) video (“Video”) outlining your blended family experience. You understand the Contest is to provide an economic incentive for individuals from blended families experiencing financial challenges and you agree to collaborate with this purpose;
- You must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident to participate;
- You must at least 18 years of age to participate;
- You must provide your mailing address for the delivery and process of the Reward, if selected; and,
- You must be currently enrolled or intend to enroll at an accredited college or university located in the United States. Applicants that are selected must provide proof of enrollment or proof of intent to enroll, i.e. college application, acceptance letter, etc.
As of 28 Feb 2021
-Laptops have been shipped to deserving college students.
What are you waiting for?
As of February 2021, we have provided over 200 laptops to students. Here are some of the schools recipients attend.
|Rank||School||# Of Students|
|Southern New Hampshire University||7|
|Colorado Technical University CTUO||4|
|University of Phoenix||4|
|University of New Orleans||3|
|American InterContinental University||2|
|Florida Atlantic University||2|
|Jamestown Community College||2|
|University of Central Arkansas||2|
|University of Central Florida||2|
|Valdosta State University||2|
|Western Governors University||2|
|Alamance Community College||1|
|American College of Healthcare Sciences||1|
|Atlanta Metropolitan State College||1|
|Baldwin Wallace University||1|
|Bearcat Web – Lander University||1|
|Borough of Manhattan Community College||1|
|Bossier Parish Community College||1|
|Bowling Green State University||1|
|California State University||1|
|Christian Leaders Institute||1|
|Colorado Christian University||1|
|Colorado State College||1|
|Community College of Allegheny County||1|
|Community College of Philadelphia||1|
|Corning Community College||1|
|East Tennessee State University||1|
|Erie Community College||1|
|Finger Lakes Community College||1|
|Florida Agricultural and Mehanical University||1|
|Florida Department of Education||1|
|Florida International University||1|
|Fort Valley State University||1|
|Galen College of Nursing||1|
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College||1|
|Georgia State University||1|
|Goodwill Excel Center||1|
|Grace Christian University||1|
|Grand Canyon University||1|
|Hutchinson Community College||1|
|Indiana State University||1|
|Iowa Western Community College||1|
|Ivy Tech Community College South Bend-Elkhart||1|
|Jackston State Community College||1|
|James Sprunt Community College||1|
|Kellogg Community College||1|
|Laredo Community College||1|
|Louisiana State University Eunice, Cimone||1|
|Maricopa Community College||1|
|Mercy College New York||1|
|Midland technical College||1|
|Midwestern State University||1|
|Milwaukee Career College||1|
|MT San Antonio College||1|
|National Academy of Sports Medicine||1|
|North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University||1|
|Northwest Mississippi Community College||1|
|Northwestern Connecticut Community College||1|
|P.R.O. Fitness and Sports Academy||1|
|Penn Forster High School||1|
|Pensacola State College||1|
|Prairie View A&M University||1|
|Saint Leo University||1|
|Savannah State University||1|
|Spartanburg Methodict College||1|
|St. Louis College of Health Careers||1|
|St. Petersburg College||1|
|Stark State College||1|
|Suffolk County Community College||1|
|SUNY Broome Community College||1|
|Tallahassee Community College||1|
|The College of Central Florida||1|
|The University of North Carolina at Charlotte||1|
|Ultimate Medical Academy Online||1|
|University of Hawaii at Hilo||1|
|University of Indianapolis||1|
|University of Massachusetts Lowell||1|
|University of Minnesota||1|
|University of Nebraska Kearney||1|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||1|
|University of South Carolina||1|
|University of the Cumberlands||1|
|Virginia Community College System||1|
|Wake Tech’s College||1|
My College Laptop wants to ensure that your college experience goes as smoothly as possible. For 10 years My College Laptop has matched over 500,000 students with colleges. We spend years researching offers for students and have an extensive list of community colleges that offer laptops. No matter what your current financial status is, My College Laptop has found deals on laptops and other products that will assist you in your college experience. We have compiled a list of the top six places students and staff can go to receive discounts on laptops and other technologies.
Laptops 4 Learning, a Phoenix based 503 (c) organization has partnered with VideoScholarship.org to provide up to 30 refurbished laptops for enrolling college students on a monthly basis. If you have just graduated from high school and come from a low-income family, then this could be the program for you. Also, if you find yourself enrolling in college in your mid-thirties in order to make more money and need some financial support along the way, then this is also the program for you.
To be eligible, laptop recipients must:
1. Have a family income of $50,000 or less. Income is self-reported by applicant.
2. Demonstrate proof of enrollment at a college or university OR have a college acceptance letter.
3. Provide one of the following explaining why a laptop will help them further their education.
a) Upload a 90 second video explaining why they should be selected
b) Upload a 90 second audio file explaining why they should be selected
c) Write an essay of 500 words or less explaining why they should be selected
To learn more about the program and apply, go to
The Dell affiliate program partners with TechSoup to provide non-profit organizations and libraries with discounts on a series of select items. This includes desktops, laptops, tablets, servers, & accessories. Any non-profit organization or any member of a non-profit organization is eligible for this discount regardless of how large the organization is.
HP.com for nonprofits partners with TechSoup to provide discounts on desktops, laptops, printers, supplies, & more. Discounts only apply for a select list of items. Any non-profit organization or any member of a non-profit organization is eligible for this discount regardless of how large the organization is.
Lenovo provides benefits for any employees, students, faculty members, & retirees interested in the program. When you join the program, you get access to a special site with savings and discounts. This program is great for anyone who isn’t a part of a non-profit organization but still wants great deals. K-12 and college students of all income levels are eligible for this deal and anyone who is currently employed with a job is also eligible for this deal. This makes Lenovo a very special discount program because it’s available to everyone in the general public.
Samsung offers 30% discounts for those in the military, education, government, & first responders. If you happen to be in more than one of these fields then you can combine deals to save even more money. Save 30% or more on select items when you have proof of identification. This deal is great for the patriots of our armed forces, any student or teacher currently involved in education, any person who works for the government, and of course the brave first responders on the front lines.
6. LG Electronics
Coming in at last is LG Electronics. They don’t offer any discounts for students, but they do offer seasonal promotions. Visit the website and save up to $450 on select laptops offered on their site. This promotion is perfect for people who are already going to buy a laptop but are struggling to find reasonable prices for the kind of laptop they want.
We Want Your Input
If you are familiar with other companies and websites that offer free laptops or laptops at a discounted rate, then please let us know. We are interested in hearing about what you have found. Please leave a comment in the comment section and tell us what you know.
Americans are on the move in 2020. While the tally of permanent moves for 2020 is ongoing, short term moves more than doubled from roughly 150,000 to 350,000 in March of 2020 according to a MYMOVE analysis of USPS data. California, New York and Illinois received the most short term net out migration and the beneficiaries include Texas, Georgia and Idaho.
Reasons for relocation include:
*Lower cost of living
*Better quality of life
At My College Laptop, we ask: Are Americans undergoing relocation for education? If a person was to relocate for education reasons, which states provide the best programs for their residents? Since we asked the question, we have to provide answers. Hence, we ranked the top states for education migration.
The Top 20 States For Education Relocation
|Rank State||Tuition Program||Benefits||Eligibility||Our Comments|
|WV||West Virginia’s free-tuition||Free |
|• Pass a drug test for marijuana.|
• Be a resident of West Virginia.
|If you are 21 and moving from California, Colorado, Nevada or Washington – you might want to think twice.|
|TN||Tennessee Promise||Free |
|• Be a resident of Tennessee.||It pays to be a member of the Volunteer state.|
|CA||California College Promise||Free Community College||• Be a first time college student.|
• Be a resident of California.
|California still knows how to party. More reason to stay if you are resident and more reason to go if you are not.|
|MI||Futures For Frontliners||Free Tuition||• Must be a Michigan resident and an essential worker in the state of Michigan||One of the largest programs in the country geared toward essential workers.|
|AZ||The University Of Arizona Primary Care Physician Scholarship||Free Tuition||• Be a resident of Arizona.|
• Be a full-time medical student at University of Arizona.
• Work a mandatory two years in underserved medical communities across Arizona or scholarship converts into a loan.
|Service to the underserved is the highest calling.|
|CO||Colorado Pledge||Free Tuition AND/OR Room or Board||• If family income is $60,000 or less then the student receives free tuition/room or board.|
• If family income is $60,000-$125,000 then the student receives free tuition.
|The Centennial state is listening to Gen-Z and Millennials|
|GA||HOPE Career Grant||Free Community College & 30 free degree hours||• Apply for one of 12 highly demanded majors.||Keep HOPE alive!|
|CT||Pledge to Advance Connecticut||Free |
|• Be a resident of Connecticut.|
• Fill out FAFSA and meet the requirements.
• Attend a local Community College full time.
|CT is making community college free.|
|DE||Over-60 Tuition-Free Degree|
Delaware Tech – Tuition Free
|• Be age 60 or older.|
• Be a resident of Delaware for a year or longer.
• Get a 2.0 GPA or better in high school.
• Have a clean record.
|Delaware proves you are never too old to go back to school.|
|SC||Senior Citizen Free Tuition Program||University of South Carolina – Free Tuition||• Be a Resident of South Carolina for a year or longer.|
• Be age 60 or older.
|South Carolina proves that old-school wisdom pays.|
|NE||Nebraska Promise||Free Tuition||• If Family income is less than $60,000 then the student receives free tuition.|
• Fill out FAFSA and meet the requirements.
|The Cornhusker state is keeping its promise to its citizens.|
|TX||FASFA & Pell Grant Programs||Free Tuition at 12 select colleges||• If family income is from $0-$50,000 get free tuition, depending on the school.||Tuition is NOT bigger in Texas.|
|IL||Illinois Commitment||Free tuition and campus fees||• If family income is $67,100 or less then receive free tuition.||The land of Lincoln is committed to its citizens.|
|AR||Arkansas Future Grant||Free Community/Tech College||• Enroll in a STEM major at Tech/Community College.|
• Work a mandatory 3 years in Arkansas or scholarship converts into loan.
|Stem is the future|
|MD||Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships||Free |
|• Fill out FAFSA and meet the requirements.|
• Be a resident of Maryland.
• High school GPA must be between 2.3-4.0
• Family household cannot exceed $150,000 yearly.
|Maryland is earning its nickname as the Free State.|
|WI||Bucky’s Tuition Promise||University Of Wisconsin-Madison||• Family income must be $56,000 or less for eligibility .|
• Be a resident of Wisconsin.
|Free tuition at a Research I university. It doesn’t get any better than this.|
|ME||The Pine Tree State Pledge||University of Maine at Augusta – Free Tuition||• Be a full time student (12-15 credits).|
• Be eligible to receive a pell grant.
|Residents of Maine have everything to gain.|
|MN||Minnesota State Grant Program||Free Tuition & Fees||• If family income is $40,000 or less attend Community College for free.|
• If family income is $30,000 or less attend 4-year university for free.
|The land of a thousand lakes and free community college.|
|UT||For Utah Scholarship||Free Tuition||• Have a High School GPA of 3.2 or higher.|
• Fill out FAFSA and meet the requirements
• Apply for a pell grant and be eligible.
|A great deal for students that have the best snow on earth .|
|HI||Hawai’i Promise Program||Free Tuition, Fees, & Books|
Last Dollar Program
|• Fill out FAFSA and meet requirements.||Free tuition in paradise.|
What You Need to Know Before Starting a Digital Career
If you have always wanted to work for yourself and live a dream lifestyle, you are likely wondering what steps you can take to reach success. Working for yourself or running your own company comes with many benefits you might not have considered. You set your hours and work when you want.
If you would like to enjoy even more rewards, start a virtual job. With a virtual company, you can work from your laptop and travel to any spot in the world that grabs your attention. Starting a virtual company is a rewarding path that puts you in direct control of your future. When you launch your first virtual company, you will be pleased with the outcome you can achieve.
Top Online Careers
There are many online careers from which you can choose. Many people try becoming virtual teachers or coaches, but digital marketing is a great option if you learn how to do it.
Digital marketing lets you earn as much money as you want if you follow the right path. You can also become a writer when your goal is to earn a living on the internet. Online writers don’t often make much when they are first starting, but you can increase your earning potential as you earn a reputation for yourself.
How to Find Success With Your Company
Getting started with your virtual business is not as hard as you might think. You can start a website and advertise your services, or you could find a digital job site that matches you with clients looking for the services you offer. Indeed and Guru are two job sites for writers, marketers and other digital professionals. You bid on jobs and earn stars for keeping your clients happy, and you start charging more when your reputation as a professional goes up.
Benefits of a Business Degree
You can work on the internet without a degree and still earn a decent living. On the other hand, having a college degree makes your life that much easier. If you want a degree that helps you in any field, look for a virtual college that offers business degrees. You can also get marketing degrees on the internet if you want to get the most from your time and effort.
You learn much more about your field when you take the right courses. Your clients are also willing to pay more when they know you have a degree in your chosen field. By earning a degree, you also show that you are dedicated to providing exceptional results on which people can depend. You don’t even need a degree when you are getting started. Earn your degree while you are working on the internet, and you can make money while improving your education.
Working from your computer is one of the best ways to enjoy life if you earn enough money to live comfortably. You work from anywhere you want and set your hours, but you must remain dedicated to working during your office hours. Get a degree from a digital college so that you can boost your profit potential and enjoy the benefits for years to come.
How Women Can Get Into Tech Fast & Efficiently
A few decades ago, people had to go to college if they wanted to get a career in tech. Today, the same university degree can be completed online. More importantly, there are countless boot camps, certificates and internships you can do to start a career in coding and cybersecurity. Women can get started in the tech industry by using the following methods and tips.
A Tech Degree Is Unnecessary
Many women think that they have to have a degree from a top tech university if they want to start a tech career. In reality, many tech companies will hire people who do not have a degree. In addition, the tech industry needs accountants and marketing professionals like any other industry. If you already have a degree in a different field, you can use it to get your foot in the door.
Tech jobs are in high demand, which is one of the reasons why they pay so well. Because they are in demand, employers do not expect a bachelor’s degree from every employee. In addition, employers are starting to realize that a bachelor’s degree is not the best indicator of an employee’s potential.
Find Boot Camps
Companies like Google are beginning to realize that boot camps and short certificates are great ways to train employees for a career in tech. If you get a career certificate from Google, the company will treat it like a bachelor’s degree. Currently, Google offers certificates for UX designers, project managers and data analysts.
Online boot camps are a great way to transition from your current job to a career in cybersecurity. Full Stack Academy, Code Fellows and Flatiron School all have top-rated boot camps. You can also check out boot camps from traditional universities such as the University of Washington, the University of Colorado, the University of California and Columbia University.
Discover Free Options
Coding courses do not have to be expensive. At Codewars, Khan Academy and Code Academy, you can learn to code for free. Many of these boot camps also offer certificates that you can give to a future employer. While they take less time than a college course, they provide you with the same tech abilities.
Get an Entry-Level Position
One of the best things you can do is start working in the tech industry right away. No matter how well you are trained, the tech industry is constantly changing. Because of this, you will always have to learn new information and techniques after you are hired. If you get started in your new position right away, you can immediately begin your on-the-job learning.
In the United States, women only receive 18 percent of computer science degrees. Thankfully, this figure is finally starting to improve. More women are entering the tech industry each year. With a job in cybersecurity or coding, you can enjoy a lucrative salary and great career growth. Whether you get on-the-job training or take an online course, there are a number of ways you can break into this field.
Entry Level Jobs: Tech vs. Non-Tech
Good entry level jobs in the tech industry include: Digital Marketing Manager, Jr. Web Developer, Data Analyst, Social Media Manager, and UI/UX Designer. The mean salary for these tech jobs is $60,572. The mean salary for 5 non-tech jobs (Case Clerk, Accountant, HR Recruiting, Administrative Assistant, Help Desk Support) is $46,602.
* All salary data for this article via Glassdoor and based on submitted salaries with 0-1 years experience.
Therefore, by choosing to enter into the tech industry you can an average, make $13,970 extra dollars a year. Additionally, from 2018-2019 the tech industry experienced a 27.3% growth in industry according to the Swyft Industry Report. In the 2019 State of Salaries Report, the average tech worker made $135,000, indicating there is plenty room for personal growth in this industry.
10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Order to Graduate College
The U.S. college dropout rate is about 40 percent. Higher learning can be tough. Take steps now to stay on track and graduate as planned. Here are 10 things to avoid while getting your college degree.
1. Being Vague About Goals
What do you want to be when you grow up? Now is the time to decide. If you don’t plan on graduate school, major in something interesting but marketable. With a nursing or education degree, you can quickly get a professional job anywhere and a decent salary to boot. A degree in psychology, however, has little market value unless you plan to get a doctorate. It’s easier to keep moving forward when you know which way you’re going.
2. Studying by Yourself
Students learn more effectively in groups than alone. With the help of classmates, you can absorb material on a deeper level and thereby make it your own. A better understanding of what’s learned can improve your grades, and having scheduled study times with others combats procrastination.
3. Activating Student Loan Repayments
Here is an excellent reason to avoid becoming a college dropout. The first payment on your student loans will be due six months after you drop out. According to the Brookings Institution, college dropouts are more likely to default on student loans than students who complete a degree.
4. Staying in the Wrong College
If you’re not resonating with your school, consider attending another one. Not all colleges are created equal. A different school might have an academic environment that’s more compatible with your interests and goals.
5. Dropping Out Instead of Taking a Gap Year
During a gap year, you can travel, tutor, perform community service, work or follow a course of independent study. A gap year can give you some time to find yourself before you resume your studies.
6. Carrying Too Many Credits
If you feel exceptionally stressed, consider taking fewer classes for one semester. It will give you a chance to slow down for a bit and resolve the issues that are making you feel anxious.
7. Living Off Campus
Higher graduation rates correlate with living on campus. It’s exciting and fun to share an off-campus place with roommates. However, the shenanigans can distract you from your studies. Living on campus gives you easy access to classmates, friends, faculty and resources.
8. Ignoring a State of Imbalance
Cramming for exams is part of being a student, but try to keep regular hours the rest of the year. A healthy balance between school, social activities, eating, sleeping and exercise can help you to stay fit.
(Dr. Jubbal, 2019)
9. Neglecting to Ask for Help
Sooner or later, you’ll encounter a subject, a paper or a project that has you completely flummoxed. Don’t waste time beating yourself up. Instead, schedule an appointment with your professor immediately, and get the help you need.
10. Hanging in Is Easier Than Coming Back
If you are feeling challenged now, imagine yourself returning to school in five years with a family and a high-stress job. Get your degree now, and you won’t have to deal with it later.
A college degree is an investment in yourself. It will always work in your favor.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, approximately 100 million Americans are not subscribed to an internet service provider. Many plans are excessively expensive, a barrier which prevents many from access to a reliable internet connection. This technology gap is increasingly pertinent these days, as access to online resources has become an essential tool for job-seeking, education, and conducting business. According to the Pew Research Center, 78% of community college students are home internet users. Students without access to the internet at home often access their coursework from their school’s library.
Social distancing mandates have prompted schools to close their campuses for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. According to a survey released by ParentsTogether, an education advocacy group, the unprecedented switch to remote learning disproportionately affected low-income students without the resources to attend class online.
Fortunately, many internet service providers offer programs that allow low and fixed-income individuals to access high-speed internet at affordable rates.
Coverage varies by provider. Here is a comprehensive list of plans available in each state:
All 50 States
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers monthly internet bills by providing a stipend of $9.25 to eligible recipients. Visit their website to see which internet service providers in your area are participating in this program.
ConnectAll is available nationwide. To enroll, users must create an account and provide proof of eligibility for the program. Once signed in, navigate to the address book and fill out your full address. At this point, users will be able to view the available internet plans.
District of Columbia (D.C.)
Wave Internet First (Seattle area only)
InterConnection (Seattle area only)
Switching from a traditional campus college to full time learning in an online school is not a decision many students make. The existing lockdown policies in the world has put students attending traditional campus colleges in a tough spot. Students are given more reasons to switch to an online school day by day. Social distancing policies globally have placed students attending traditional campus colleges in a tough spot.
How to Transfer to an Online School
Have you decided to go full time learning online? Are you oblivious of the steps to take to switch from your traditional campus college to an online school? Unfortunately, not many students know how to switch from their on-campus college to an online college. Highlighted below are the steps to take for online college transfer during our current times.
1. Make a list of online schools you will like to attend
The first step students who want to transfer to an online school need to take is to know what their choices are. What better way to do this than making a list of online schools you are interested in? Collect information about the schools, their curriculum, their fees, their accreditation, the courses they offer, etc.
After making an in-depth inquiry, select the best option out of all the schools you have gathered. Make sure to choose only a school that is officially accredited. You can confirm if the school is accredited by checking the “Accreditation of colleges and Universities: Who’s Accrediting the Accreditor’s” website.
2. Contact the school of your choice
You can extend your interest in transferring to the online college by making contact with the school. Make sure to go to their administration page. Check out the requirements expected for you to meet before transferring to the school. If you are given questionnaires to fill, provide the answers and let them know your reasons for switching to their school.
Make findings of the paperwork required for you to submit before transferring. If you have any form of making contact with the school to ask questions, exploit that opportunity. Some schools have platforms where they provide frequently asked questions. Go through those questions and check the answers provided.
3. Transfer your credits from your former school
Are you transferring from an accredited school? That is already a bonus to transfer your credits. Graduate Center of CUNYC in a study reveals that students who transfer not less than 90% of their credits are twice more likely to complete their online education than those who transfer less than 50%.
Unfortunately, it may not be easy to transfer credits for a student coming from a school that is not accredited. If you are one, this should not discourage you. Be ready to work hard and get your degree completed.
4. Submit your application to the school
The last step is to submit your application. Most online colleges have clear procedures on their website to apply for their courses. Read the instructions carefully before applying. Fill in your detail and personal information correctly.
Make submissions of your transcripts and other necessary documents you are asked to provide. Prepare to submit documents like birth certificates, proof of residency, and immunization records. Some schools like the University of Minnesota encourage their online students to submit their transcripts electronically for quicker processing.
After you have submitted your application, check your email regularly for feedback from the college you have applied to. While it is good for you to be optimistic, also keep an open mind for a chance that some of your credits will not transfer.
Laptop computers open up a whole new world for disabled people who want to attend a college or university. They make doing research, accomplishing homework assignments, and connecting with family and friends while on the go a breeze. The good news is that many models are made specifically to address the needs of the disabled community. Depending on his or her disability or health condition, a student can get a laptop that offers features such as screen reading, voice-to-text scripting, and a no-hands mouse. These features are called assistive technology, and major computer manufacturers and third-party ancillary device companies partner to make them available on top-branded computers for disabled persons. Here are some of the best laptops for college students with disabilities.
1. Dell Latitude 7424 14-inch
Assistive Technology Features Supported
The Dell Latitude 7424 is one of the most accessible laptops for students who have mobility challenges. The laptop comes with a sturdy handle that makes carrying it easier for disabled students. We love the tethered stylus that gives mobility impaired students another option to make on-screen selections instead of leaving them to struggle with a traditional mouse. The Dell Latitude 7424 is equipped with a plate that makes it compatible with a desktop docking station. This feature gives mobility impaired students the ability to use the laptop standing up when it’s docked on a raised desk. The laptop has ample storage and processing speed to support assistive technology software such as the hands-free mouse product called Enable Viacom. Enable Viacom is a free, open-source software product that allows disabled persons to make mouse clicks using head gestures and a laptop webcam.
• Window 10 Pro operating system (OS)
• 16GB RAM
• 7th generation Intel Core i3 processor
• 128GB solid state drive
• HD 1920p x 1080p touchscreen
• Ports: one USB 3.0 Type-C, three USB 3.0 Type-A, two Ethernet ports, one HDMI port, a Display port, and a serial port
Where to Buy
While online resellers such as Amazon consistently dominate the market for computer sales, it’s often best to buy specialty laptops directly from the manufacturer. Laptops for college students with disabilities often require more memory and storage than base model laptops. Dell’s customer support allows students to configure the Latitude 7424 with the features that they want and pass on the ones that they don’t need.
2. Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch
Assistive Technology Features Supported
Our research shows that the Apple MacBook Pro is one of the most accessible laptops for students who have visual impairments. The Apple MacBook Pro has built-in assistive technology features that help visually impaired students perform classic computer functions as normal. The laptop’s built-in screen reader lets visually impaired students know what’s on the screen via audio prompts, and its Hover text function allows students to magnify portions of text as needed. The MacBook Pro is also known for its brilliant display and screen color adjustment that automatically adapts to the lighting in different settings. This automatic screen adjustment feature helps to reduce eye strain whether the student is working from a dimly lit dorm room or a sun-drenched park.
• MAC OS
• 8-Core Intel Core i9 Processor
• 16GB of RAM
• 1TB hard drive storage
• HD 1920 x 3072 display
• Ports: four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
• AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB video card
Where to Buy
The Apple MacBook Pro is known for its superior features, Apple’s outstanding support, and a hefty price tag. Amazon has the best deals on the Apple MacBook Pro. You’ll find discounts on models that have base-level hard drive storage of 512GB and ones that have larger capacity hard drive storage of 1TB.
3. Panasonic Toughbook 55 14-inch
Assistive Technology Features Supported
The Panasonic Toughbook 55 is a durable computer that supports assistive technologies for students who have hand injuries. The laptop comes with hardware that allows it to be mounted to a desktop docking station. Its Windows 10 operating system also supports speech-to-text functions that are essential for hands-free computing. A distinctive feature of the Panasonic Toughbook 55 is its microphones. The laptop comes with four Tetra-Array microphones that result in speech recognition processing that’s up to three times more accurate than a laptop that’s equipped with standard microphones. The Panasonic Toughbook 55 also comes with automatic display adjustment that reduces stress on the eyes.
• Windows 10 Pro OS
• Intel Core i5-8365U vPro processor
• 8GB RAM
• 512GB hard drive
• Ports: one USB-C, two USB-A, one HDMI, one Ethernet, and a Micro SDXC
Where to Buy
Tried-and-true online retailers such as Amazon usually beat out manufacturers on deals and discounts. For this laptop, we found the lowest price at Barcodes.
4. Dell Latitude 5424 14-inch
Assistive Technology Features Supported
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common problem among children and adults. Common symptoms of this brain disorder include a lack of focus, organizational skills, and attention. Kurzweil Education makes a number of multisensory software tools that help students with ADHD to read for comprehension, organize their ideas, and apply their knowledge in consistently coherent ways. When it comes to laptops for students with ADHD, the Dell Latitude 5424 gets high marks from us. The laptop comes with the versatile Windows 10 operating system that supports assistive technology software products such as the ones made by Kurzweil. We know that laptops for students with ADHD must be flexible enough to support many different software programs, and the Dell Latitude 5424 has enough RAM and storage space to accommodate those special learning tools without compromising computing speeds.
• Windows 10 Pro
• Intel Core i3-7130U processor
• 8GB of RAM
• 500GB hard drive
• 1920p x 1080p display
• Ports: one USB 3.0 Type-C, three USB 3.0 Type-A, one HDMI, one Ethernet, and one serial
Where to Buy
The Dell website is the best place to buy this laptop. You’ll get a custom configuration, and the company offers free shipping.
5. HP Zbook 15 G5 Mobile Workstation
Assistive Technology Features Supported
When searching for laptops for hearing impaired students, the HP Zbook 15 G5 Mobile Workstation tops our list. This HP laptop comes with Windows 10 operating system that supports speech-to-text applications such as Google’s WebCaptioner and Live Transcribe. When assessing laptops for hearing impaired students, we found that choosing a machine that has a variety of ports and slots is best. The HP Zbook 15 G5 Mobile Workstation has standard USB ports and the latest Thunderbolt 3 ports that support connections to headsets and hearing aids.
• Windows 10 OS
• Intel Core i5-8300H
• 1920p x 1080p display
• 8GB RAM
• 512GB hard drive
• Ports: four USB 3.0, one HDMI, two Thunderbolt 3, one Ethernet, and one SD card slot
Where to Buy
The HP Zbook 15 G5 Mobile Workstation is best purchased directly from HP to get the configuration that’s right for you. HP offers promotional coupon codes that give hundreds of dollars off its retail prices and free shipping.
Independent living is part of the college experience. These laptops help students with disabilities get the most out of their time at college.