Best Laptops for School Students (November 2019)

by | Nov 14, 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. Acer Aspire 3 Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Ideapad S145Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus Vivobook 14Lightweight and Portable Laptop
4. HP Notebook 15Best Build Quality
5. Dell Inspiron 3000Best Budget Laptop
6. RDP ThinbookHonorable Mention

1. Acer Aspire 3

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Full HD display
  • Powerful processor
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home

Acer has been at the forefront of value for money laptop revolution in the Indian market.

The Acer Aspire 3 comes with powerful internals for those who are looking for a performance-oriented laptop under a budget of Rs.30,000.

Build Quality and Design

The Acer Aspire 3 laptop is entirely made of plastic but feels solid and strong throughout the entire body. There is no flex whatsoever, but the device does feel a little bit heavy.

The design of this laptop looks awesome for its asking price. A great amount of detail has been enforced into the design of this budget laptop.

The large and comfortable keyboard offers an excellent typing experience.

Due to the powerful internals inside, Acer had the foresight of having heating issues and has provided large exhaust vents for cooling down the laptop, resulting in minimal throttling.

Display

This device packs in a large 15.6-inch full HD display with an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The colour reproduction and contrast levels of this screen seem to be on par when compared with its competitors in the same price segment.

This display can get decently bright and usage under direct light won’t be much of a problem per se.

The thick bezels around the display might bother you a bit at first but will get used to afterwards.

Processor and Performance

Powering the device is the latest AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor with a base clock of 2GHz.

This processor performs great when it comes to graphics-intensive tasks as well as with the causal applications and multitasking.

The applications such as MS office suites which are heavily relied upon by the students run buttery smooth on this machine.

This laptop comes with 4GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133Mhz and is expandable. Coupled together is a traditional 1TB mechanical HDD.

The AMD Vega 8 integrated graphics chip works great and n times better than the earlier integrated graphics solutions from Intel.

Miscellaneous

The speakers are placed at the bottom of the laptop and will often get muffled due to the covering up of speaker grills. The sound output is loud but the bass is lacking.

All the legacy ports are present and accounted for on this device. There are two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port and an RJ 45 port for connecting the ethernet cable along with an SD card reader.

Battery Life

A 4810 mAh Li-ion battery powers this laptop. The company claims that the laptop can last for about 7 hours on a single charge but take that with a grain of salt.

Verdict

The Acer Aspire 3 can be considered as a performance-oriented entry-level laptop if we consider the budget.

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Elegant design

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Polished fit and finish

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Excellent performance

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No optical drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 Quad core 2GHz
Battery backupUp to 6 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD display

 

2. Lenovo Ideapad S145

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Lightweight and Portable Laptop
  • Preinstalled MS office
  • Crisp and clean audio output
  • Decent display quality

Lenovo has been a major player in the Indian laptop market for a long time now.

The company has been in the left, right and centre of the budget laptop segment with a lot of great products that the users liked.

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 is one of the newest entries to the entry-level budget laptop catalogue in the country.

Design and Build Quality

Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops in the world.

Whatever be the price bracket it fits in, Lenovo provides an aesthetically pleasing design which is often combined with the great build quality.

The Ideapad S145 is one of the finest looking laptops, if not the best in its category.

The metallic design inspired chassis makes the device look and feel premium.

Minimal bezels on either side of the display are stunning and make the display look even bigger than it is in reality.

Processor and Performance

Fret not, the good qualities of this laptop doesn’t end with the looks.

Inside the chassis is the newest AMD Ryzen 3 series dual-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz.

With the onboard 4GB DDR4 RAM, this laptop can breeze through any application or task you throw at it with ease.

Academic tasks such as document editing and internet browsing is a breeze on this new generation budget laptop aimed at school as well as college-goers.

The standard 1TB HDD will let you save all your files offline with no worries about space being run out after installing a couple of apps.

Display

Lenovo usually provides the best display panel with their laptops.

Same is the case with the Ideapad S145 as well.

This 15.6-inch display is a Full HD panel with an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080pixels.

The colours are bright and vivid and the contrast levels are up to the mark.

There is no noticeable pixelation in texts at a normal distance between the eyes and the display outputs everything fine and clear.

Miscellaneous

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 comes loaded with the Windows 10 operating system out of the box.

Everything is pre-configured from the factory and it makes sure that the customer can start using the system as soon as he opens the box.

Lenovo provides a one year warranty with this device.

In case something unfortunate happens, you can always visit the nearest service centre for repairs.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 comes with a 2-cell Lithium-ion battery inside.

This will let the device be run for about 5 hours on moderate usage with 55% brightness.

If you are running games or watching movies at full brightness, the screen on time will reduce drastically and be sure to have the charger at an arm’s length.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad S145 is a very good deal for its price when it comes to a laptop priced under Rs.25,000.

The aesthetically pleasing looks and the excellent build quality further adds charm to this product.

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Elegant design

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Sensitive trackpad
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Excellent display

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Slow HDD

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUAMD Ryzen 3 Dual core
Battery backupUp to 4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit

3. Asus Vivobook 14

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Best Travel Laptop
  • Latest AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor
  • Full HD nano-edge display
  • Fingerprint scanner security

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.

The ultra-thin bezels around the display make this device look premium and drool-worthy.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this laptop is the latest AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core 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 powerful AMD Vega 8 integrated graphics chip for enhanced graphics performance.

Display

Coming to the display, this device packs in a 14-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 one USB 2.0 port, a USB Type C 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 14 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 powerful AMD Ryzen 5 chipset and nano-edge full HD display, you can expect this device to perform pretty well even in the most demanding situations without any struggle.

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Genuine Windows 10 OS

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Lightweight and compact

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Illuminated chiclet keyboard

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Keys are a bit mushy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4 GB DDR4
CPUAMD Ryzen 5
Battery backupUp to 5 Hours
Display14-inch 1920 x 1080

4. 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

 

5. Dell Inspiron 3000

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Best Budget Students Laptop
  • Powerful AMD Ryzens series processor
  • Genuine Windows 10 OS
  • Decent display

Dell is a company known for the build quality and durability of its products. The Inspiron series is known to provide excellent internal specs for a decent price tag.

The Dell Inspiron 3000 is a feature-packed entry-level laptop which comes all the necessary horsepower inside and the software goodies with students in mind.

Design and Build Quality

The Dell Inspiron 3000 has a very good build quality with matte textured finish given on the top.

The cooling vents are placed on the sides for better heat dissipation. The full-sized keyboard is comfortable with even spaced keys that offer good feedback.

The matte-finished back and the keyboard looks and feels excellent.

Processor and Performance

Powering this laptop is an AMD Ryzen 3 dual-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

Assisting this processor in the graphics handling is an integrated AMD Radeon Vega 6 GPU.

Apps run smoothly with no noticeable lags or stutters on this device.

This device comes with 4GB of RAM which can be further expanded up to 16GB depending on your needs.

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.

Operating System and the Extras

The Dell Inspiron 3000 comes bundled with Windows 10 Home out of the box with a lifetime worth license of MS-Office which students can use for doing academic tasks without relying on pirated or cracked versions of the same.

As a value addition, the company also provides 15 month worth of McAfee antivirus subscription for the users.

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.

Miscellaneous

Port selection is decent with the company providing two USB 3.1 port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port and a 3 in 1 SD card reader.

Battery Life

The 4-cell Lithium-ion battery will last up to 5 hours on a single charge.

Dell has put in some effort to include fast charging support for this budget laptop.

Verdict

With the bundled software suits and decent performance of this laptop, the Dell Inspiron 3000 suits a students day to day needs.

Academic works which don’t demand a lot of processing power will run just fine on this device.

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Bundled MS office 2016 license

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Expandable memory

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Rich connectivity options

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No-CD/DVD drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUAMD Ryzen 2 Dual core
Battery backup5-6 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

6. RDP 1450-EC1

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Honorable Mention
  • Good quality display
  • Easy to carry around
  • Long-lasting battery

RDP is an Indian company that has been active in the market with its products such as tablets and laptops.

This affordable device costs only a fraction of what other manufacturers asks for their products with similar configurations.

Netbook

The RDP 1450-EC1 is a thin and light netbook which runs a full-fledged Windows OS priced similarly to that of many budget smartphones.

If you’re too low on budget but still is in search of a netbook that your kid can make use for his/her academic purposes, this is the best bet.

Processor and Performance

Running on a less powerful Intel quad-core processor clocked at 1.44GHz and coupled with just 2GB of RAM, this little device can be as useful as any of the laptops priced under Rs.20,000 available in the market.

As this budget netbook comes loaded with Windows 10 OS, it can run most of the windows-based apps in its full flex.

Apps like MS word and powerpoint works pretty well, considering the processor and limited amount of RAM inside.

Remember that this is a netbook and is not capable of heavy multitasking. You may face certain hiccups but nothing major enough to be a dealbreaker.

Storage

A 32GB eMMC lets you store some of the data, if not all on the device.

Be sure you have an external storage source if you plan to use this device as apps and other data can take up space quite quickly.

eMMC stands for embedded Multi-Media Controller. It is a flash memory that is found on compact communication devices such as smartphones and tablets. Generally, this eMMC are of limited memory sizes.

Display

The RDP 1450-EC1 sports a 14.1-inch HD LED Backlit display with good colour and saturation levels.

This display is perfect for viewing video content on youtube and casual browsing on the go.

Thanks to its smaller size, the higher pixel density of this display render the images and text with excellent sharpness and clarity.

Miscellaneous

Since it’s lightweight and compact, students can carry it around in their regular school bags easily.

Windows 10 is preinstalled and users can use the device right out of the box without needing setting up anything else.

On the connectivity front, the RDP 1450-EC1 features a USB 3.0 port, a legacy USB 2.0 port along with the regular HDMI and SD card slot.

Battery Life

This netbook can last up to 9 hours on a single charge. This makes it a perfect travel companion.

Verdict

The RDP 1450-EC1 is a thin and lightweight carry anywhere netbook which is affordable to most of the consumers.

Featuring a full-fledged version of Windows 10 Home, this product will enhance the enjoyable learning experience of your kid to an entirely new level.

Having excellent battery life means the device can be carried on trips to enjoy watching interesting videos as well.

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Windows 10 Preinstalled

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Very cheap

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Lightweight

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Limited performance

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage32 GB eMMC sd slot upto 64 GB
RAM2GB DDR3
CPUIntel Atom 1.44Ghz
Battery backupUP to 8 Hours
Display14.1 HD 1366 x 768

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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