March 20, 2023

Information Technology by cobuman

Which laptops give the best value for back to school?

As if college wasn’t already expensive enough, incoming freshman must ask themselves (and their wallets) what type of laptop they should get for the school year – gone are the days of strolling into class with a notebook and pencil and hoping for the best; today, even the class syllabus is online. But with so many devices to choose from, which laptop gives me the best “bang for my buck?”

We decided to do some research on your behalf to make this an easy decision. After all, it is important to make sure that we only pick the best for the money, and of course a laptop that will not break half way through the school year.

In addition, we have highlighted the most relevant aspects of each laptop in order to help you visualize features that matter most to you. Some may prefer storage space over CPU power and some may prefer a touch screen with a nice front facing camera. All of these things matter differently based on individual needs that help us get through life-or school in this case.


Apple MacBook Air

  • Often considered the “entry level” MacBook, but still costs $999.
  • Recommended for journalism, creative writing, and art majors.
  • The base model has 128 GB storage, with a configurable 256 or 512 GB SSD.
  • 8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera



Microsoft Surface Pro

  • Base price of $719 for students and educators.
  • Recommended for law, art, and business majors.
  • The base model comes with 128 GB storage, but has options ranging from 256 GB to 1 TB.
  • Intel 7th Gen Core m3, i5, or i7 processor
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video



Lenovo ThinkPad T470

  • Base price of $881.10
  • Recommended for business, law, and medical students.
  • Boasts Up to 500GB 7200 RPM
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7600U processor
  • 720p HD webcam



College is already expensive – so if you’re on a budget, there are still a number of laptops to choose from. We have to keep in mind that cheap does not necessarily mean good; however, we have selected a well known brand at a very good price.

Acer Aspire E 15

  • Available for $350 from Amazon.
  • Recommended for all majors – great as an entry-level laptop, or replacement if yours breaks.
  • 4 GB RAM, with a 1 TB hard drive.
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor
  • The laptop does have a webcam, but the picture quality is grainy.
  • For $350, this laptop has everything a student needs – yes, it doesn’t have that little keyboard touchscreen like the MacBook Pro, but it does have a wide array of features for its price range.


Choosing the correct Laptop or even a desktop can be hard, but deciding to go to school is not… Of course some of these laptops have good video gaming specs but who has time for that, right?

Don’t forget to study and we wish you best of luck!