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What's the best laptop for students?

A laptop is a must-have for most students these days. A reliable, capable laptop that can keep up with a busy education schedule while also facilitating down-time is on most students wish lists.


What are the specifications of a good laptop for students?

  • The processor, the better it is, the faster it will be.

  • The screen, size (no smaller than 13" is best) and resolution. Going without 4K display is usually ok, unless it is needed for designs/photo-editing etc.

  • Storage space, try not to go under 256GB/1TB

  • Graphics card, useful if the laptop will be used for image editing or things like that, otherwise it's not really necessary.

What is the currys laptop buying guide?

How much RAM is enough for a student laptop?



Apple 2022 MacBook Pro


This is probably the best laptop for students all round.

  • 13.3" Retina display for vibrant images in incredible detail

  • Apple M2 chip provides power efficient performance, extending battery life from all day into the night

  • Up to 24GB of unified memory, 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU gets more done faster

  • Up to 20 hours battery life, no worries if you can't find an outlet anywhere, perfect for travelling

  • 720p FacetIme HD camera

  • Studio-quality 3-mic array Stereo speakers with Spatial Audio

  • 1.4 kg weight

  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

  • Compatible with all Apple devices

  • 1 year limited warranty included and up to 90 days complimentary technical support, extended coverage can be obtained through AppleCare+


Asus Vivobook 15 X1500EA


This is our choice for the best laptop for students under £500

  • 15.6" FHD display with 83% screen-to-body ratio for an immersive viewing experience

  • Up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA MX330 discrete graphics and Windows 11 Pro makes this laptop swift and efficient

  • 1.8 kg weight

  • Fingerprint sensor for easy, secure login

  • Has the reversible (x1) USB-C 3.2, (x1) USB 3.2 Type-A, (x2) USB 2.0 ports, (x1) HDMI output and (x1) audio combo jack

  • Enables transfer of files between PC and mobile, and GlideX feature: screen mirror and screen extend with mobile device

  • AI noise-cancelling audio ability for clear speech


Dell Inspiron 14 5406


This versatile 2 in 1 laptop has a touchscreen and a 360° hinge, perfect for study, emails, movies and gaming.

  • 14" FHD convertible touchscreen

  • Up to 12 GB DDR4 RAM, Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 10 make this 2 in 1 laptop swift and efficient

  • 1.54 kg weight

  • Up to 9 hours battery life



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