With the new Uni semester fresh on our doorsteps, its time to kick into gear and make some investments that will pay off in the long run in terms of study, note taking and organising your materials in general. Perhaps the most important thing you can equip yourself with, aside from good discipline and good sleeping habits, is a laptop that you can take with you to all your assessments. We’re here to give you a little low-down on the computers that’ll give you an edge in your studies this year, so read on to find out what to get.
Now if you’re looking for some serious processing power and storage capacity in a very lightweight, portable frame, then you should look into getting yourself a Macbook Air. The Macbook Air is only a few centimetres thick, and yet it boasts an incredible 9 hours of batter life (for the 9 inch range), and 12 hours of battery life for the 13 inch model. With 802.11 ac wireless technology for excellent connectivity results, and fourth generation Intel processors for optimal performance, there’s no way this laptop will let you down in any lecture theatre or tutorial room. And of course, with an amazing storage capacity, you can horde years and years worth of files without any problems at all. All this, and for as little as a thousand dollars if you choose the lower-end configuration.
Now the Macbook Pro is said to be one of the all-round finest, most powerful and reliable laptop performers out there on the market today. A little more expensive than its Air cousin, the Macbook Pro starts retailing at around 1500 dollars. But the amazing screen display (15 inches) and its 4-5 million pixels mean that every image, every slideshow and every study video you watch will be crisp and of the highest visual quality. If you like multi-taking, the fourth generation quad Intel processors will ensure that you can run a hundred tasks at once with no bother- and its cutting edge connectivity and wireless systems allow you to transfer files between devices in a matter of seconds, and from any location at Uni you’d care to think of. This beast of a machine is definitely worth buying if you want to spend top dollar on a top product.
Acer Aspire S7-191 Review
Retailing for around eleven hundred dollars, the Acer Aspire S7-191 is a nice, powerful, middle-of-the-road laptop that will give you a decisive advantage in class but won’t break the bank. Weighing only 2.2 pounds, and with many hours of battery time and an extremely fast internet connection and loading sequences, the Acer Aspire is just perfect for when you need your computer to start quickly. No matter where you are, you can be in a state of readiness in seconds to start notetaking- this one’s good for reacting quickly to the challenges that study can throw up!
ASUS Vivobook X202E-DH31T
Moving onto the budget laptops, and ASUS has a great offer for people in need of a typing machine that’s used strictly for research and study. At only 549 dollars, the ASUS vivobook X202E-DH31T doesn’t boast to have the kitchen sink. But what it does well is offer word processing opportunities and good connectivity to the Internet, as well as 32 GBs of Cloud Storage. So for what it is, the Vivobook would be a great investment for the dedicated student on a budget this semester.
Lenovo Thinkpad T430s
The great thing about the Lenova Thinkpad T430s is that amazing value for money that you get when you buy one. At only 806 dollars, the Thinkpad comes equipped with a state of the art keyboard, great monitor lighting systems, great battery power and a processor good enough to whip your programs up with ease. It’s a powerful computer, but one that especially caters to students and businesspeople on the go- so definitely a shoe-in for those wanting a good quality, lasting investment for their studies this year and beyond.
Pat Lemnot is an IT student who loves his computers, and has gotten a brand new Macbook Pro this year with the help of Flexirent- because he likes to be prepared when he studies!