Best Laptops for School Students (January 2020)

by | Jan 1, 2020

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. Asus Vivobook 15Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Ideapad 330 Runner-Up Pick
3. HP Notebook 15Best Build Quality
4. Dell Inspiron 15 3583Value for Money Laptop
5. iLife ZED Air ProBudget Netbook
6. Acer Swift 3Honorable Mention

1. Asus Vivobook 15

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Overall Best Pick
  • Dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX110 GPU
  • Powerful Intel Core i5 processor
  • Full HD display

Asus Vivobook series combines excellent performance and built quality at a very compelling price point.

This mid-range laptop has the best internals that aids in superior performance encased in an aesthetically appealing form factor.

Build Quality and Design

Asus Vivobook laptops have always been one of our favourite laptops with premium design, even in the entry-level budget market.

Although the device is made of plastic components, it doesn’t feel cheap at all.

The outer chassis at the back has brushed metal design which looks great when viewed from a distance.

The grooved surface also feels good in the hand.

The keyboard is of slightly disappointing quality despite being a full-sized one.

The keys are well laid out with enough space in between but the key travel distance is inadequate.

Since the keys are not backlit, you may find trouble typing in the dark without a supporting light.

The thick bezels around the display make the screen look a bit uninteresting but over time you will get used to it.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is the latest Intel Core i5 8250U chipset with 4GB of DDR4 RAM. This processor is an absolute beast in terms of performance.

With the RAM expandability up to 16GB, this laptop is best suited for intense multitasking.

Surprisingly, this budget-oriented laptop from Asus comes with a dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX110 graphics card for enhanced graphics performance.

Display

Coming to the display, this device packs in a 15.6-inch full HD panel with good colours and brightness levels.

The anti-glare screen also reduces reflectivity resulting in reduced stress to the eyes while working from a brightly lit environment.

Miscellaneous

All the modern ports are present and accounted for on this laptop.

There’s a USB 3.0 port accompanied by two USB 2.0 port, an HDMI as well as an SD card reader.

Warranty is an area where most of the laptop brands skimp on their promises. Contrary to this Asus provides one year of onsite warranty with this laptop.

There’s a fingerprint scanner placed alongside touchpad to ensure the safety of files and other sensitive data inside.

Battery

Battery life is quite average on this laptop. The juice lasts for about five hours tops on moderate to heavy usage.

Asus has included their fast charging technology with this device that lets you charge up the laptop from 0% to 60% in just under 50 minutes.

Verdict

Honestly speaking, the Asus Vivobook 15 is a very capable machine that can run your apps the way they meant to be for a budget just under Rs.40,000.

With the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 chipset and supported the dedicated Nvidia GPU, you can expect this device to perform pretty well even in the most demanding situations without any struggle.

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Preinstalled Windows OS

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Disk drive present

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Sonicmaster speakers

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Thick bezels around the display

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz
Battery backupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

2. Lenovo Ideapad 330

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Ryzen dual-core processor
  • 5-hours of battery life
  • USB C support

Lenovo has been selling laptops and notebooks for a while in the Indian market.

The speciality of Lenovo is that they offer a wide range of custom configurations that users can select based on their personal preference.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 has a metallic silver coloured chassis made of high-quality hard plastic.

The design is simple and right on point without any unnecessary distractions to talk about.

The minimal branding and use of dual-tone black and silver colour scheme makes this laptop look and feel stylish and premium.

The sufficiently large trackpad and easy to use full-size keypad will make you feel right at home if you are used to the desktop computing experience.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 packs in the latest powerful AMD Ryzen 3 processor and is one of the first laptops in the Indian market to sport the same.

This quad-core processor runs at a base clock of 2.5GHz with a boost speed up to 3.4GHz.

The Ryzen 3 performs much better than the similarly priced Intel i3 processors and even gives this laptop an edge over the graphics performance.

The integrated AMD Vega 3 graphics helps the processor to compute graphics tasks much faster and fluid than any other laptop in its segment.

With the 4GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD, this laptop proves to be a winner by a definite margin in the sub. Rs.30,000 budget.

If you are a fan of expandability, the Lenovo Ideapad 330 comes with an option to expand the RAM up to 8GB for better and more fluid multitasking experience.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 features a 15.6″ 1920 x 1080 pixels full HD LED Backlit Anti-glare display which outputs punchier and vivid colours and excellent viewing angles.

Reflection from the screen is minimal, thanks to the anti-glare coating, using this display in bright light is a joy.

A very few laptops if not none offers such a good quality full HD display in the segment. The texts and visuals appear crisp and clean with no noticeable pixelation to be seen anywhere.

We’d say, if you love to watch a lot of movies and other media content on your laptop, purchasing this one won’t leave you disappointed.

Miscellaneous

Windows 10 Home is the preinstalled Operating System that is bundled with this laptop.

Lenovo also provides a 12 months free subscription of McAfee Livesafe antivirus with this device for protection from viruses and unwanted malware on the internet.

Lenovo has done an impressive job in thermal management that results in less heating even when the laptop functions under heavy loads.

Connectivity

Ports-wise, the laptop features two USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port along with an HDMI out and a 4 in 1 card reader.

The RJ45 port will let you connect wired LAN to the device if that’s your choice of connection.

Remember that even expensive laptops are inclined to omit these legacy ports nowadays.

Battery life

Lenovo Ideapad is equipped with a 2 cell lithium battery which will last you about 5 hours of continuous usage.

Included in the box is 45W AC adapter that will charge the device fairly quickly.

Verdict

If you intend to purchase a budget laptop priced under Rs.30,000 for multimedia consumption and casual productivity tasks, this is one of the better choices in the market right now.

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Expandable memory

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Immersive audio output

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64bit Windows 10 Home OS

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Slow HDD

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUAMD Ryzen 3 Dual core 2.5GHz
Battery backupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

3. HP Notebook 15

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Best Build Quality
  • Powerful processor
  • Fast charging support
  • Dual speakers

HP is one of the most accomplished electronic hardware manufacturers across the globe.

The HP Notebook 15 model specifically targets users who are in search of a device mainly for media consumption at large.

Design and Build Quality

The build as you’d have already guessed is plastic, yes. But the textured finish on the back with metallic HP logo is very much appealing to the eyes.

The robust hinge mechanism feels solid and ensures durability no matter how many times you open and close the lid. There is no noticeable flex in the shell and the build feels durable.

The full-size island-style keyboard has a dedicated number pad on it. This will make it feel at home for those who are used to desktop keyboards.

As for students, who ought to have a lot of typing to complete their academic projects will find this keyboard very comfy.

Processor and Performance

The HP Notebook 15 is one of the first laptops under Rs.30,000 in the country to rock an AMD Ryzen series mobile processor. This laptop features an AMD Ryzen5 2500U processor clocked at 2GHz.

With the 4GB of DDR4 RAM, it comes with, this laptop breaks no sweat while running the usual set of applications such as web browsers and office suites. It also performs incredibly well when it comes to multitasking.

If you’re inclined to suck up more power out of this incredible mobile processor, we’d suggest you invest a few bucks on additional RAM module.

The AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics on this chip blows the Intel integrated GPUs in performance.

Storage-wise, this machine comes with a 1TB mechanical HDD on board to store your media files all in one place.

Display

The screen on this machine is a 15.6″ HD widescreen anti-glare panel that provides vivid and punchier colours and sharper images with a decent level of detail.

This 1366 x 768-pixel resolution display has a maximum brightness up to 220 nits, which is quite OK for indoor use. On top of the display, a 720p webcam is provided for making video calls.

The built-in dual speakers located on the underside of the laptop might get muffled when placed on a surface.

Connectivity

The HP 15 comes with 2 USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port as well as an SD card reader. The DVD drive is one of the other important features retained with this machine.

Today, DVD drives are becoming obsolete, being replaced with portable storage devices such as USB drives or portable hard disks etc. Having an extra option doesn’t hurt and HP has rightfully given this option for the users.

Battery Life

All this is powered by a 4 cell Lithium-ion battery pack that the company claims will last up to 6-7 hours.

The fast charging technology from HP will let you charge this device up to 70% in under 40 minutes.

Verdict

In conclusion, If you are looking for a perfect companion for your academic as well as casual uses, the HP Notebook 15 is a great choice.

Those who love consuming content on a bigger, better screen would love to have this laptop with them.

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Robust build quality

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Nation-wide service network

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Reliable brand

Q

No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 quad core
Battery Backup6-7 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED

 

4. Dell Inspiron 15 3583

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Bundled MS office subscription
  • Lightweight form factor
  • Comfortable keyboard

Dell Inspiron laptops range from entry-level to premium budget segment, offering value for money specifications at an affordable price.

The Inspiron 15 3583 is an entry-level budget laptop which targets the first time laptop buyers looking for a low-cost machine for casual purposes.

Design and Build Quality

The Inspiron 15 3583 is practicality oriented budget laptop.

To cut the costs down, Dell hasn’t done anything too impressive in the build quality department.

The entire construction of this laptop is of plastic.

There is a bit of flex at certain points but it is to be expected with the asking price at which this laptop retails for.

The design is simple and minimalistic. We prefer this simple look over the sharp cuts and grooves on the chassis to make the laptop more aggressive.

Processor and Performance

The Dell Inspiron 13 3583 comes equipped with an eighth-generation Intel Pentium Gold processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

For starters, this is an entry-level processor that can easily complete all the basic tasks that a budget laptop should perform.

Web browsing and document editing are pretty much easy with this.

Light multitasking is possible, thanks to the 4GB RAM that comes with this device out of the box.

There isn’t any dedicated GPU, but the dedicated Intel integrated UHD610 performs reasonably well when it comes to the handling of graphics.

Display

This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch display that offers decent visual output.

Since the display is relatively small, the visuals and text look reasonably sharp and crisp.

For the asking price, we felt that the colour accuracy and brightness levels are comparatively good.

Miscellaneous

The hard drive size of this laptop is 1TB. This makes it suitable for storing all of your files offline – be it be movies or other document files.

Apart from that, Dell has partnered with Dropbox to provide free 20GB worth of cloud storage for every customer who buys a Dell computer.

If you have some files that you think should be on the cloud accessible anywhere and every time, this is a great choice.

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 15 3583 lasts for about 4 hours of continuous usage on a single charge.

But again, this budget laptop is mainly meant for first-timers who will use this primarily at home or office with an option to always plug into a power source when needed.

Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 15 3583 is a great entry-level device for beginners to try and test their familiarity with the laptop.

Loaded with Linux
operating system, this is one of the low-cost alternatives to enjoy a full-sized desktop experience on a budget.

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Premium design

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Access to service centres

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Genuine Windows 10 OS

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No Disk drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUIntel Pentium Gold 8th gen
Battery backupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch 1366 x 768 HD LED Backlit

5. iLife ZED Air Pro

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Best Budget Netbook
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • 64-bit Windows OS
  • Bright display

iLife ZED is a small and compact budget netbook that provides an excellent combination of style and performance.

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

Design and Build Quality

The iLife ZED Air Pro 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 full-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.

In the front, there is a VGA camera to assist you with video calls via apps such as Skype.

Display

The iLife ZED Pro has a 14-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 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.

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 when multitasking or 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.

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

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

Battery Life

This device has a 5,000mAh Li-ion battery that will last for about 8 hours on a single charge.

It takes around 3 hours to completely charge this device from empty to 100%.

Verdict

If you want an entry-level netbook that doubles up as a tablet, the iLife ZED Air Pro is a great device priced competitively under Rs.10,000.

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

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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

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage32 GB eMMC sd slot upto 64 GB
RAM2GB DDR3
CPUIntel Atom 1.44Ghz
Battery backupUP to 8 Hours
Display14 inch Full HD

6. Acer Swift 3

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Honorable Mention
  • 256GB SSD
  • Hardware upgradability is a big plus
  • Best laptop for secure file storage

Acer Swift 3 is a budget laptop in the Indian market which comes with a highly reliable and super-fast SSD instead of a traditional HDD in the sub. Rs.40,000 price category.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-52 is advertised as a processing and multitasking powerhouse for its price tag and delivers on its promises effortlessly.

Design and Build Quality

The Acer Swift 3 SF314-52 has a metallic finish chassis that imparts the device a distinct premium look despite the plastic components used in its construction.

This laptop comes with a fingerprint scanner for added protection.

If you are a programmer and wants to restrict the access to the system, this would be an ideal method to do so.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range laptop is powered by a seventh-generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor clocked at a respectable 2.4GHz.

Although this being a slightly outdated processor, the performance is on par when compared with the competitor models, thanks to the 256GB SSD inside and the 4GB DDR4 RAM.

The booting process is very quick and the apps open up significantly faster than in a laptop with a traditional hard disk.

On the graphics front, the integrated Intel HD620 assists the processor and does perform decently well in normal day to day tasks.

Gaming is strictly a no go with this laptop, given the old processor and the lack of a dedicated graphics card.

Display

The display on this device is a15.6-inch full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This screen has decent brightness levels and the viewing angles seem OK for the price.

At times the colours seem to get washed out and the sharpness is not up to what we had expected from a full HD display.

Maybe the aggressive cost-cutting has ruined it for Acer.

Miscellaneous

This laptop features a backlit keyboard and will let you do your work without turning on the light and distract others at night.

The keys are large and tactile. The touchpad works well too.

One thing to remember while purchasing this laptop is that it lacks an RJ 45 port. So wired internet connectivity is out of the equation with this device.

Everything being wireless these days, we don’t think this will be much of a dealbreaker for you.

Verdict

The main advantage of the Acer Swift 3 is that it comes with an SSD onboard which significantly improves the overall day to day performance.

The backlit keyboard and the fingerprint sensor are value-added features which makes this laptop worth checking out under a budget of Rs.40,000.

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Fingerprint sensor for added security

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Backlit keyboard

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Average display

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No Windows OS out of the box

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage256 GB SSD
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i3 7100 2.4GHz
Battery backupUp to 5 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel

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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