Best Laptops for School Students (May 2020)

by | May 27, 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 six best laptops that we’ve cherry-picked for students.

If you want to read reviews on any particular price range, please check out our articles on Best Laptops under different budgets here.

Best Laptops for School Student

1. Acer Swift 3 Overall Best Pick
2. Asus Vivobook 15Runner-Up Pick
3. Lenovo 330SBest Compact Laptop
4. HP Pavilion 15Feature Rich Laptop
5. Asus Vivobook E12Budget Netbook for Students
6. Dell Vostro 3490Honourable Mention

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1. Acer Swift 3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful eighth generation Intel processor
  • Dedicated graphics card
  • Full HD display

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.55,000 price category.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-55G 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 SF314-55G 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 an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor clocked at a respectable 1.9GHz.

Although this being a slightly outdated processor, the performance is on par when compared with the competitor models, thanks to the 512GB SSD inside and the 8GB DDR4 RAM.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 dedicated 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX250 assists the processor and does perform decently well in normal day to day tasks and casual gaming sessions.

Display

The display on this device is a 14-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.

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.55,000.

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Ergonomic design

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Stereo speakers

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Minimal bezels around the display

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No disk drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage512 GB SSD
RAM8 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5 8265U
Battery backupUp to 5 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel

2. Asus Vivobook 15

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Illuminated keyboard
  • Full HD display
  • Fast charging support

Asus is quickly catching up when it comes to the competition in the laptop market with the giants like HP and Dell.

Asus has been a star performer in many of our lists including the premium budget category to the entry-level laptops.

This time with the budget-oriented Vivobook S15, Asus has a strong contender in the sub Rs.35,000 price bracket.

Build Quality and Design

If you ask us to describe the build quality and design of this laptop in just one word, it would be this – gorgeous!

Yes, the Asus Vivobook S15 has the same chassis and the looks of its premium laptop cousins bearing the same Vivobook badge.

This thing looks dope and people would often mistake this beauty for a MacBook Air at a distance.

The plastic hard shell with metallic brushed design has been our favourite for some time now and the same is present in this laptop as well.

Everything feels great and the fit and finish of the product, in general, are great for the asking price.

Performance

Inside the stunningly stylish Asus Vivobook S15 is the eighth-generation Intel Core i3 processor clocked at a respectable 2.1GHz.

Higher clock rate equates to better performance in general but usually at the expense of battery life.

This device is ideal to be a travel laptop that can handle all the essential productivity tasks such as document editing on the go without any lags.

The 4GB DD4 RAM can be easily upgraded to double the amount for better multitasking.

It has to be noted that this is a slightly faster 2400MHz RAM than the normal 2133 MHz ones found on most laptops in the price segment.

There is also the provision to swap the existing 1TB HDD for an SSD to make this laptop perform as great as any other premium laptop out there.

Display

The Asus Vivobook 15 features a 15.6-inch widescreen full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This display is an anti-glare panel that will restrict the light from reflecting off the surface, thereby reducing the stress on your eyes while looking at it.

The visuals and text look sharp and clear and the colour reproduction is also decent.

The nano-edge display with minimal bezels makes this laptop priced under Rs.35,000 look stunning and premium.

Connectivity

Asus is no miser when it comes to including connectivity options on their laptops. The

Asus Vivobook S15 comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 port and a new generation USB C port for faster data transfer speeds.

Remember that USB C ports are still finding its way to budget laptops of other brands when Asus has done it already.

Battery Life

The two cell Lithium-ion battery inside this laptop is generally good and provides battery life up to 6 hours on a single charge.

The 40W charger bundled with the package supports fast charging and will let you juice up the device pretty quickly.

Verdict

The Asus Vivobook 15 is one of the best looking laptops around Rs.35,000 price point.

It is compact and lightweight and is the perfect choice for travellers who would prefer taking their files with them and doing some casual work on the fly.

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Premium design

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Lightweight and portable

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Loud sounding speakers

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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10
Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i3 8th gen
Battery backupUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6-inch full HD Display

3. Lenovo 330S

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Best Compact Laptop
  • Stylish design
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Easy hardware upgradability

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 330S 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 1920 x 1080 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.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups. With the 8GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

The 1TB of HDD offers enough space for all your offline file storage needs.

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 it to be 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 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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Powerful CPU

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Battery life

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The screen needs manual colour calibration

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i3-8130U
Battery backup4-6 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080

 

4. HP Pavilion 15

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Feature Rich Laptop
  • Powerful tenth gen CPU
  • Suited for students
  • The gorgeous full HD display

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

The HP 15-di2000tu is probably the best laptop that you can give your kid this academic season. Let us explain why.

Design and Build Quality

The HP 15-di2000tu is designed to look impressive at first glance itself.

These hinges look premium 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 nice and feels comfortable to lay your hands on.

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

Processor and Performance

Thanks to the latest 10th Generation Intel Core i5 10210U 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 four physical cores compared to only two on its predecessor. This has improved the overall efficiency and performance of up 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 1TB HDD with bundled 256GB SSD will deliver buttery-smooth day to day performance and lightning-fast app loading and boot times.

You can further expand the memory in case you need your system to perform much faster when it comes to multitasking.

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

Display

The HP 15-di2000tu comes with a large 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The large 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 and wide display is very beneficial. The ability to see more content will be a time-saving method rather than closing and reopening apps more often.

Since the display is of full HD resolution, the texts will appear sharper and crisper and reduce the stress on your eyes.

Connectivity

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

This device has two USB 3.1 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 15-di2000tu 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 15-di2000tu is nothing spectacular to brag about. But this laptop gives an approximate screen on time of 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 15-di2000tu is one of the best laptops for academic purposes if you don’t mind the price tag of Rs.50,000 and the lack of a bundled Windows 10 OS.

Equipped with the latest 10th-generation processor from Intel, this machine can perform all the tasks with relative ease.

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

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Robust build quality

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5 hours of battery life

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256GB SSD

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No dedicated GPU

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1TB + 256GB SSD
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPU Intel Core i5-10210U
Battery Backup Up to 10 Hours
Display15.6-inch Full HD

5. Asus Vivobook E12

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 Budget Netbook for Students
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home OS
  • Decent display
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life

Asus Vivobook E12 is one of the cheapest Vivobook series laptops aimed at school students in mind.

This compact and lightweight netbook priced under Rs.20,000 packs in a decent punch for everyday academic tasks.

Design and Build Quality

The Asus Vivobook E12 is made of plastic materials to cut down the cost. The build quality feels decent enough for the price to say the least.

The keyboard is very neatly laid out for easy typing experience. The keys are well spaced with enough key travel distance.

The touchpad supports gestures and it works really well for a sub. Rs.20,000 laptop.

Overall, the build quality of this student laptop is pretty commendable for its low price tag.

Display

The Asus Vivobook E12 features a smaller 11.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1366 x768 pixels.

Since the display is smaller, the images and text appear reasonably sharp and clean.

The brightness levels are adequate for indoor usage, for which this compact netbook is primarily meant for.

Processor and Performance

The Asus Vivobook is powered by an Intel Celeron dual-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz with turbo boost up to 2.6GHz.

For daily academic works such as word editing, PowerPoint presentation preparation and web browsing, this processor is very well suited for.

The 2GB DDR4 RAM might seem a bit low for multitasking but perfectly works fine otherwise.

The 32GB eMMC storage is fast and snappy. In these days of cloud computing, the lack of local offline storage won’t bother you much.

Miscellaneous

This student netbook comes with an impressive range of connectivity options. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a USB type C port along with the regular HDMI and SD card slots.

This machine runs a genuine 64-bit Windows 10 Home office straight out of the box.

Battery Life

Owing to the smaller display and a less power-hungry processor, the Asus Vivobook E12 lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge.

The Asus fast charging technology onboard lets you top up the battery within 2.5 hours from zero to hundred.

Verdict

The Asus Vivobook E12 is the best student laptop priced under Rs.20,000 currently available in the Indian market.

With its long-lasting battery, decent performance and sufficiently crisp display, this laptop punches way above its weight in this price segment.

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Lightweight and compact

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Rich connectivity options

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USB type C port

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Limited offline storage

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage32 GB EMMC
RAM2 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Celeron dual core
Battery backupUP to 10 Hours
Display11.6 inch Full HD

6. Dell Vostro 3490

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Honourable Mention
  • Latest 10th generation Intel processor
  • Secure file storage via biometric protection
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home OS

Dell is one of the oldest computer and related peripherals brands 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 3490 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 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 because 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 10th 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.

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.

Fingerprint Scanner

The Dell Vostro 3490 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 3490 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It has all the necessary ports like one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI port and an SD card slot.
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 3490is a great budget laptop and it offers some unique specifications not found in its competitors.

The latest 10th 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

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUInte Core i3 -10110U
Battery backup5-6 Hours
Display14 inch HD LED

We conclude this article for the best six 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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