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July 9, 2015

Looking for a laptop for school but aren’t sure where to start? Here are our top laptop recommendations for college students under $500. They’ll include the features that you need but they won’t break the bank.

Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series Non-Touch $449.99

  • Screen Size: 17.3 inches
  • Platform: Windows 8
  • Processor Speed: 1.7 GHz
  • Storage: 500 GB
  • Battery Life:  5 Hrs. 20 Min.

With a 17.3” screen you won’t have to squint to read the screen and an impressive 500 GB hard drive will give you plenty of storage space while Windows 8 provides you with a comfortable, easy-to-use platform.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 $399.99

  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Platform:  Windows 8.3”
  • Processor Speed:  2.16 GHz
  • Storage: 500 GB
  • Battery Life:  8 Hrs 24 Min.

This laptop won’t weigh you down with its 11.6” screen and impressive 8 hour plus battery life you won’t need to pack your charging cord with you. It also offers plenty of storage and a fast processor.

Acer Aspire Switch 11 $399.99

  • Screen Size: 12.5 inches
  • Platform: Windows 8
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Battery Life:  6 Hrs. 21 Min.

The Acer Aspire Switch is a great option for college students who require a lot of storage with a small price tag. The 128 GB will give you ample space for your files and the 12.5 inch screen won’t weigh you down.


HP Stream 13 $229.99

  • Screen Size: 13.3 inches
  • Platform: Windows 8
  • Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
  • Storage:  32 GB
  • Battery Life:  9 Hrs. 9 Min.

This is a fantastic no frills laptop, the processor is fast and with Windows 8 it will be ready to run the software you need for college. The battery life is impressive, and what it lacks in storage space you’ll be able to make up with jump drives, or external hard drives.

Acer Chromebook (C720P-2600) $169.99

  • Screen Size: 12.5 inches
  • Platform: Google Chrome OS
  • Processor Speed: 1.4 GHz
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Battery Life:  7 Hrs. 20 Min.

The Acer Chromebook is a wonderful low budget option! It comes with the Google Chrome Operating system and 32 GB of storage. While the processor speed isn’t incredible, it’s a solid machine that can handle the basic needs of college students.