Best Laptops for School Students (March 2019)

by | Mar 19, 2019

The vacation season is about to finish. All the kids will be waiting anxiously to see their friends at school.

At the same time, the excitement of new books and bags will make them happy as well.

As the school curriculum becomes more and more streamlined, students are required to learn more from outside than from the supplied textbooks. A laptop would be the best tool for this purpose.

But which laptop should you gift your kid? – We’re here to help.

School students only need to have basic functionalities like the option to browse the internet, prepare presentations with the office suite etc.

A budget laptop under Rs.30,000 is more than enough for these purposes. Here is a list of five best laptops that we’ve cherry-picked for students.

Best Laptops for School Student  

1. Lenovo IdeaPad 330SOverall Best Pick
2. HP 14q-cs0007TURunner-up pick
3. Dell Vostro 3478Value for Money Laptop
4. Asus X507MAHonorable Mention
5. iLife ZEDBest Budget Laptop

1. Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

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Overall Best Pick
  • Lightweight
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Intel Optane memory

Lenovo has switched its focus as one of the top smartphone brands in the country to one of the best laptop brands in the country offering some excellent devices for the customers.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S is a feature-rich laptop that is priced well under an affordable budget for those who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying their performance index.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say so – Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in India.

No matter the budget, be it entry-level or high-end performance segment laptops, Lenovo has managed to pull off an ace when it comes to the design.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S has a simple design with a metallic finish on the keyboard deck and the chassis. The screen flex is minimal and won’t be a problem in day-to-day usage.

The Lenovo Ideapad 330D has an island-style keyboard with a separate number pad for those who are used to the full sized desktop keyboards.

The keys are large but spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time as well.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S features a 14-inch 1920x1080 pixels full HD TN display.

The visuals are adequately colourful and rich in details and the 14-inch size makes the pixel density count higher than most other laptops in its price range resulting in a sharper and more clear text and image viewing experience.

The anti-glare coating on the screen helps it to prevent reflections from the display. This greatly enhances the viewability and reduces stress on your eyes.

The bezels around the display are considerably thinner and make the screen look much bigger than its actual size.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels. The Lenovo Ideapad 330S is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i3 – 8130U processor.

With Turbo Boost technology enabled, the processor will run at minimal power when idle and when something resource intensive is launched, the cores will run at a higher clock to ensure smooth performance.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups. With the 4GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

In addition to the 4GB RAM, Lenovo has thrown in a 16GB Optane memory into the mix for better performance.

Optane memory acts as a middle man between the CPU and hard drive on the system, storing most frequently used apps for faster access.

The 16GB Optane memory on this system acts like an SSD, but with a much smaller memory footprint.

The boot and application loading times on this laptop, thanks to the Intel Optane memory is much quicker compared to the rest of the competition.

If you are a student, this laptop will help you through the academic works without breaking a sweat.

Miscellaneous

This laptop doesn’t skimp on pot distribution either. This Ideapad series laptop from Lenovo comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and the regular HDMI and card reader slots.

The keyboard on this system is backlight enabling to used in darker environments with no external light source.

The dual speakers on this laptop are certified by Dolby and give out a loud sound output.

Running on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box, this laptop comes with a 12-month free McAfee Livesafe antivirus subscription.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion cell, the Lenovo Ideapad 330S can last up to an impressive 6 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 330S priced under Rs.40,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

If you really need a laptop that performs well under all circumstances, the Ideapad 330 is worth checking out.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

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The screen needs manual colour calibration

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4 + 16GB Optane
CPUIntel core i3 8130U
Battery backup4-6 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080 Display

2. HP 14Q-CS0007TU

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Best in class CPU
  • Suited for intense multitasking
  • Great after sales support

Choosing HP over other laptop brands is a no-brainer for many people here in India. Such is the popularity of the brand in consumer electronics and other related peripherals.

The HP 14q-cs0007TU is probably the best laptop that you can gift your kid this academic season. Let us explain why in this article.

Design and Build Quality

The HP 14q-cs0007TU is designed to look impressive at first glance itself.

These ultrawide hinges look solid and work great. There is no creaking sound when opening and closing the lid and the operation is so smooth.

The C deck on this budget laptop comes with a textured finish which looks really nice and feels comfortable to lay your hands on.

The metallic back plate has a shining HP logo which gives this device a luxury feel.

The front-facing speakers aid in better sound propagation directly on to the user, eliminating muffling issues when kept on a flat surface.

Display

The HP Notebook 15 comes with a 14-inch HD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

This display can get very bright and the colour reproduction is on par with other laptops priced at the same budget.

If you are a student and want two apps opened side by side, having a large wide display is very beneficial.

The ability to see more content will be definitely a time-saving method rather than closing and reopening apps more often.

Even though this screen is non-full HD, due to its smaller size and increased pixel density, the texts will appear sharper and crisper and reduce the stress on your eyes.

Processor and Performance

Thanks to the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor inside, this laptop can blaze through your academic work and related software like a cakewalk.

The new and improved processor from Intel now has eight physical cores compared to only four on its predecessor. This has improved the overall efficiency and performance u to 50%.

Multitasking with the 4GB DDR4 RAM is not an issue anymore. Opening up multiple tabs in chrome and doing stuff on MS Powerpoint? No worries mate!

The graphics department is handled by an integrated Intel UHD 620 which will assist the processor for enhanced performance in related apps and tasks.

Connectivity

HP has left no stones unturned when it comes to connectivity options on this budget laptop.

This device has two USB 3.1 Type A ports for high-speed data transfers, 1 USB 2.0 port for plugging in the peripherals and an SD card slot.

Along with these, the HP 14q-cs0007TU comes equipped with an optical disk drive for students who have a lot of their textbook contents on CDs.

Battery Life

The battery life on the HP 14q – cs0007TU is nothing spectacular to brag about. But this laptop gives an approximate screen on time up to 5 hours on a single charge.

With HP fast charging technology, the device can be juiced up quickly, as much as 90% in just under 90 minutes which is very beneficial.

Verdict

The HP 14q-cs007TU is one of the best laptops for academic purposes under a budget of Rs.50,000.

Equipped with the latest eighth-generation processor from Intel, this machine can perform all the tasks with relative ease.

The high-quality display and the fast charging battery is yet another attractive feature when it comes to making a purchase decision of this laptop.

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Good build quality
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Powerful processor
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Bright and vivid display

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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz
Battery Backup5-6 Hours
Display14-inch HD Display

3. Dell Vostro 3478

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 Value for Money Laptop
  • Latest 8th generation Intel processor
  • Secure file storage via biometric protection
  • Optical drive for CD/DVD playback

Dell is one of the oldest computer and related peripherals brand in the Indian market.

The Vostro series has been in the market since time immemorial and is one of the widely regarded budget laptop lineups in the country.

The Dell Vostro 3478 brings back the age-old build quality of Dell combined with the latest processor from Intel by which the company intends to deliver the best of both worlds.

Design and Build Quality

Starting off with the design, It’s completely made of plastic and the design is of a typical Dell laptop style. The textured matte finish offers excellent grip and aesthetic beauty to this entry level laptop.

Not the slimmest out there, this laptop weighs around 2.25Kg. This is due to the fact that there is an optical disk drive tucked underneath the shell, which is almost a rarity nowadays.

The quality of construction is very good for the price. There is no substantial flex on the chassis or the display.

The island-style keyboard doesn’t feature a numeric pad but otherwise is perfectly comfortable to type on.

To ensure security, Dell has added a fingerprint sensor on this laptop for biometric identification instead of plain old passwords.

Display

The display is a 14-inch HD LED panel and for some people, that will be the perfect display size for a laptop. This display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

Not the best display out there, but with the decent brightness and colour accuracy, it is perfectly usable for students as well as casual users.

A compact display means that it’s much easier to slip it in a bag and carry around.
The smaller display size also helps in saving battery life.

Processor and Performance

One of the reasons why Dell Vostro 3478 stand-out from the rest is its 8th Generation Intel Core i3 processor.

It is quite a surprise that Dell has managed to include the latest generation processor at such a competitive price segment, giving this laptop a clear mandate over its competitors.

The 4GB DDR4 RAM helps in running multiple programs and keeping several tabs open simultaneously without any problems.

For students, the combination of 4GB RAM and the eighth generation processor will find appealing enough to carry out their regular usage without any hiccups or stutters in the middle.

Furthermore, there is provision for expanding RAM further to aid better multitasking performance. The Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU is integrated with the chipset.

This GPU is much more powerful than the previous generation and can easily handle light to medium gaming as well as other graphics-intensive tasks.

All in all, you can expect great performance while doing office work, browsing the Internet or doing other day-to-day tasks.

This laptop runs of 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS out of the box. Being a licensed version of Windows, you don’t need to worry further about the updates and security patches.

Fingerprint Scanner

The Dell Vostro 3468 also offers certain specifications not seen in other budget laptops.
It has a fingerprint scanner for unlocking your laptop in a flash.

It also contains a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip for an extra layer of security for your sensitive data, under the hood.

Connectivity

There is a VGA+HDMI connectivity option on this notebook as well. The Dell Vostro 3478 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It has all the necessary ports like one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, an audio jack, and a DVD optical drive.

It doesn’t have any USB-C ports, which may be an inconvenience as more and more devices are switching to them.

The speakers in Vostro offer output that’s quite accurate and loud enough to fill a medium-sized room. The clarity is good but at higher volume, it sounds distorted.

Battery Life

The Dell Vostro has a battery backup of 5-6 hours under normal usage which delivers a 3-hour backup under continuous heavy usage.

When compared with other contenders, these figures are more or less the standard for laptops in this price bracket.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Dell Vostro 3478 is a great budget laptop and it offers some unique specifications not found in its competitors.

The latest 8th generation processor and the fast DDR4 RAM will prove beneficial for a fast computing experience.

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Expandable memory

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Compact in size

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Fingerprint Scanner

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Not the most beautiful design

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Touchpad response is poor

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i3-8130U 2.2GHz
Battery backup5 Hours
Display14-inch HD Display

4. Asus X507MA

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 Honorable Mention
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Affordability is a big plus
  • Works well for casual tasks

Asus needs no introduction. The ROG series with gamers in mind and Vivobook series for budget-conscious buyers, Asus has a strong foothold in the laptop segment.

The Asus X507MA is an entry-level laptop priced under Rs.25,000 which comes equipped with latest and greatest connectivity features.

Display

The Asus X507MA has a 15.6″ HD LED Backlit display with an anti-glare coating that will reduce the reflectiveness of the display under bright light.

This will reduce the strain on your eyes while looking at the display for an extended period of time.

Asus Eye Care technology is a piece of software that would particularly help a lot of students out there, who spend a lot of time reading content on the laptop screen.

This nifty software reduces the blue light levels on the screen up to 33%, which in turn makes reading a comfortable experience.

Processor and Performance

The Intel Pentium N5000 quad-core processor inside this laptop is fast and powerful enough to run browsers as well as everyday productivity apps side by side without any lags or stutters.

This device comes with a 1TB HDD that provides enough space for your kid to save his/her files safe and secure.

The 4GB DDR4 RAM helps in some lightweight multitasking, which of course is necessary for academic projects to switch between apps for information gathering.

Connectivity

What makes this laptop stands out from the rest at this price point is its connectivity options.

This laptop comes with two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port along with an HDMI as well as a card reader.

The Asus X507MA comes loaded with Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Home operating system out of the box.

Battery Life

Asus X507MA packs in a 3-cell Li-ion battery inside and has the proprietary Asus fast charging technology integrated.

If you are dealing with MS office and similar apps, the device lasts for about four hours on a single stretch.

When it comes to video playback, the battery drains quite quickly in about 2-3 hours.

Verdict

The Asus X507MA is one of the most affordable full-fledged laptop available in the Indian market.

Launched with Windows 10 Home out of the box, this laptop priced under Rs.25,000 is a great value for money proposition in the budget laptop segment.

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Affordable
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Windows 10 Home preinstalled

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Multi-gesture supported touchpad
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Ineffective Anti-glare display coating

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUIntel Pentium N5000 1.GHz
Battery backup5 Hours
Display15.6 inch,HD LED Backlit Anti-glare Display

5. iLife ZED

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Best Budget Laptop
  • Detachable touchscreen display
  • 64-bit Windows OS
  • Bright display

iLife ZED is a small and compact 2-in-1 laptop that provides an excellent combination of style and performance.

Running on a full-fledged 64-bit Windows 10 operating system, this notebook-cum-tablet combo device offers the same computing experience that you are familiar with any desktop devices.

Design and Build Quality

The iLife ZED has an aesthetically pleasing design that looks more like a tablet rather than a laptop. The fit and finish of this laptop is exquisite and resembles Apple MacBook from some angles.

The matte textured chassis adds up to the design and offers a visually appealing vibe to the device.

Equipped with a detachable mini-sized keyboard, versatility is the buzzword for this device. The keyboard, even though tightly packed, has decent key travel distance for a comfortable typing experience.

At the rear, there is a stylish camera bump, similar to some of the smartphones in the market.

Display

The iLife ZED has a 10.1-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Thanks to the small-sized display, the level of details in the visuals are surprisingly good.

This display can get sufficiently brighter outdoors, enhancing the usability of the device under direct sunlight.

Featuring IPS technology, the viewing angles are extremely good on this device. There is no colour washouts or image distortions, no matter in which angle you’re viewing this laptop.

This is a touch screen with 10 point touch recognition. The responsiveness of this screen is excellent and feels quite similar to a smartphone display.

Processor and Performance

Under the hood, a quad-core Intel Atom processor powers this laptop.

Clocked at 1.44GHz, this processor has a turbo boost frequency up to 1.92GHz, which vaguely indicates that power on demand is readily available while running a resource-intensive application.

There is a 2GB DDR3 RAM module that offers decent performance. Remember that you may face background apps disappearing from the memory due to this limited amount of RAM.

This is sufficient to carry out most of your academic work which includes browsing the internet and preparing spreadsheets and presentations on Microsoft Office.

With this laptop, you will get a full-fledged 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS with an extensive library of apps to choose from.

Miscellaneous

The detachable display has all the connectivity ports and control buttons mounted on the sides. This makes tablet mode operation much easier.

There are two USB2.0, a single HDMI and an SD card reader on this 2-in-1 laptop, but no USB C.

There are a 2MP front camera and 2MP rear camera in case you want to click pictures with the tablet or conduct video calls.

Battery Life

This device has a 5,000mAh Li-ion battery that will last for about 6 hours on a single charge.

It takes around 2 hours to completely charge this device from empty to 100%.

Verdict

If you want an entry-level laptop that doubles up as a tablet, the iLife ZED is a great student-oriented device priced competitively under Rs.15,000.

With a full-fledged 64-bit Windows OS and a comfortable keyboard, this device will prove to be a great companion in your academic life.

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Lightweight and compact

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Comfortable keyboard

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Decent display

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Lags while multitasking with resource intensive apps

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage32 GB EMMC
RAM2 GB DDR3
CPUIntel Atom Quad core 1.44GHz
Battery backupUp to 6 Hours
Display10.1 inch IPS LCD

We conclude this article for the best five laptops for school students here.

If you wish to purchase something even more powerful than the products mentioned here, don’t forget to check out our other lists for the best laptops under Rs.40,000 and laptops under Rs.50,000.

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