Best Laptops for School Students
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.
1. HP 15-bs145tu
Overall Best Pick
- Best in class CPU
- Suited for intense multitasking
- Great after sales support
The HP 15-bs145tu is probably the best laptop that you can gift your kid this academic season.
Let us explain why in this article.
As always, great build quality…
The HP 15-bs145tu is designed to look impressive at the first glance itself. What will strike your eyes at the first look will be those chrome hinges.
These hinges look premium and works great. There is no creak 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 look 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.
Say yes to multitasking and resource intensive apps…
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 8GB 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 handles by an integrated Intel UHD 620 which will assist the processor for enhanced performance in related apps and tasks.
The big full HD display…
The HP 15-bs145tu comes with a large 15.6-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 720 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 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.
Since the display is of full HD resolution, the texts will appear sharper and more crisp and reduce the stress on your eyes.
Rich connectivity options…
HP has left no stones unturned when it comes to connectivity options on this budget laptop.
This device has a USB 3.0 port for high speed data transfers, 2 USB 2.0 port for plugging in the peripherals and an SD card slot.
Along with these, the HP 15-bs145tu comes equipped with an optical disk drive for students who have a lot of their textbook contents on CDs.
The battery life on the HP 15-bs145tu is nothing spectacular to brag about. But this laptop gives an approximate screen on time upto 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.
The HP 15-bs145tu is the best laptop for academic purposes if you don’t mind the Rs.40,000 price tag.
Equipped with the latest eighth 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 a purchase decision of this laptop.
|RAM||8 GB DDR4|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz|
|Battery Backup||5-6 Hours|
|Display||15.6 inch Full HD|
2. Dell Inspiron 3565
- Best for upper primary classes
- AMD APU is well suited for academic tasks
- Bundled softwares is a bonus
The Inspiron series is known to provide excellent internal specs for a decent price tag.
The Dell Inspiron 3565 has a very good build quality with matte texture finish given on the top.
The cooling vents are placed on the sides for better heat dissipation.
The keyboard is comfortable with even spaced keys that offer good feedback.
Powering this device is an AMD A9 Dual-core APU clocked at 2.4GHz.
Assisting this processor in the graphics handling is an AMD Radeon integrated GPU.
Apps run smoothly with no noticeable lags or stutters on this device.
The APU evenly distributes the horsepower for graphics as well as processing efficiently.
This device comes with 6GB of RAM out of the box with an option to expand it further up to 8GB.
The RAM is clocked slightly higher at 2400MHz when compared with its competitors.
A 1TB HDD is present for taking care of the storage needs that you may face.
OS and other software goodies
The Dell Inspiron 3565 comes bundled with Windows 10 Home out of the box with a lifetime worth license of MS-Office.
As a value addition, the company also provides 15 month worth of McAfee antivirus subscription for the users.
Wider 15.6-inch truelife display
The display on this device is a 15.6″ 1366 x 768 HD backlit Truelife display that offers great viewing angles as well as a decent amount of brightness.
The details, although less sharp than on a conventional full HD display is pretty OK on this device.
The dual speakers on the downside are tuned with Waves MaxxAudio and sound great with good bass.
Port and an optical drive!
Port selection is decent with the company providing two USB C port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port and a 3 in 1 SD card reader.
A DVD drive is provided on the machine if people are still on to the ritual of installing apps or copying content from a compact disk.
The 4-cell Lithium-ion battery will last up to 5 hours on a single charge.
Dell has put in some effort to include a fast charging support for this laptop.
The dual-core processor might bottleneck the performance of certain resource-hungry apps.
Lack of a dedicated graphics card also limits the potential of the processor, even though a decent amount of RAM is present.
The trackpad on this laptop is a bit uncomfortable and fails to frequently register clicks and gestures.
This might not be a problem with hardware though, and can be easily fixed with a software update.
With the bundled software suits and decent performance of this laptop, the Dell Inspiron 3565 suits a students day to day needs.
Academic works that don’t demand a lot of processing power will run just fine on this device.
And that’s why we recommend it as the best laptop under Rs.30,000 for students.
As a student, if you want a powerful laptop that can run even resource hungry modelling and simulation apps, we’d recommend you check out Asus Vivobook S15 laptop priced under Rs.70,000.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|RAM||6GB DDR4, with an additional slot|
|CPU||APU Dual Core A9 2.4GHz|
|Battery backup||5 Hours|
|Display||15.6- inch, HD LED Truelife display|
3. Lenovo 320E
Best Linux Laptop
- Best suited for tech savvy kids
- Anti glare display reduces eye strain
- Decent performance guaranteed
Lenovo is the Chinese brand we’re all familiar with – thanks to some of their popular smartphones in the country.
Lenovo is known for their stylish and sleek laptops which reminds the style meets substance quote.
The Lenovo 320E is a budget laptop priced under Rs.25,000 that is suitable for everyday casual use.
Powered by AMD APU!!
Powering the Lenovo 320E is a seventh generation AMD APU coupled with 4GB of DDR4 RAM.
This processor runs on a slightly higher clock speed than the above mentioned Dell Inspiron 3565.
Higher clock speed equates to better performance.
Even with the processor running inside at this clock speed, the Lenovo 320E manage to last for 5+ hours in a single charge.
Anti glare display for protecting the eyes…
This device comes with a large 15.6-inch anti-glare display.
Looking at the laptop screen for extended hours can cause stress to the eyes, especially for children who cycle between the books and the laptop.
The anti-glare display reduces the reflectivity of the screen and this reduces the strain on the eyes when this laptop is used under brightly lit environments.
The supplied 1TB hard disk will let your kid save all the files offline. For a student 1TB hard disk space is more than enough to play with.
If you wish to spend some time with the laptop watching a few movies at times, the 15.6-inch screen offers good colour reproduction and brightness levels.
Ubuntu OS on board
The main drawback of this laptop is that it comes with Ubuntu OS.
To the end users, it means that the learning curve for the new OS is steep and it may take a while to get used to it.
You’ve to install an operating system such as Windows 10 to continue using it with the apps you’re familiar with.
Ubuntu is a free and open source OS that is, in our opinion the best for a student to become familiar with computers on a deeper level.
Gifting your kid an Ubuntu laptop is a great step towards making him more interested to computers and its low level mechanisms.
Unlike Windows, there is a lot of things to do manually instead of clicking just the icons.
This will make them familiar with the computer a lot more than what they will have with Windows OS.
Also, almost everything that is possible on a laptop powered with Windows OS is possible with an Ubuntu machine as well.
If you want your kid to learn much more faster, we’d suggest buying this laptop.
|RAM||4GB 2133MHz DDR4|
|CPU||2GB Nvidia Geforce 940MX|
|Battery backup||5 Hours|
|Display||15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 HD LED Backlit Antiglare|
4. Asus X540YA
Value For Money Laptop
- Suitable laptop for on-screen reading
- Affordability is a big plus
- Anti glare screen
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 X540YA is an entry level laptop priced under Rs.20,000 that comes equipped with latest and greatest connectivity features.
Protection for your eyes – guaranteed!
The Asus X450YA 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.
Low powered processor – good for casual academic tasks
The Dual core AMD APU E1 processor is fast and powerful enough to run browsers as well as every day productivity apps side by side without any lags or stutters.
This device comes with a 500GB HDD that provides enough space for your kid to save his/her files safe and secure.
Excellent connectivity options – A USB C port too!
What makes this laptop stands out from the rest at this price point is its connectivity options. This laptop comes with a USB C, a USB 3.0, USB 2.0 along with an HDMI as well as a card reader.
How does this benefit you as a user?
USB 3.0 and USB C are capable for faster data transfer speeds.
If you have to copy some content into or from the laptop, the time required to do that will be almost reduced by half.
From a student’s standpoint, this feature isn’t something worthy of attention.
But still having an option is always better than nothing.
The Asus X540YA comes loaded with Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Home operating system out of the box.
Battery life and more…
Asus X540YA 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.
Should you buy it?
The Asus X540YA 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.20,000 is a great value for money proposition in the budget laptop segment.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|RAM||4GB 2133MHz DDR3|
|CPU||AMD APU Dual Core E1 1.3GHz|
|Battery backup||5 Hours|
|Display||15.6 inch,HD LED Backlit Anti-glare Display|
5. iLife ZED
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
Lightweight and compact
Lags while multitasking with resource intensive apps
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Storage||32 GB EMMC|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|CPU||Intel Atom Quad core 1.44GHz|
|Battery backup||Up to 6 Hours|
|Display||10.1 inch IPS LCD|
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. Thanks for your time, have a great day and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.