Best Laptops for School Students (February 2020)

by | Feb 21, 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. Acer Aspire 3 Overall Best Pick
2. Lenovo Ideapad S145Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus Vivobook 14Best Travel Laptop
4. HP Notebook 15sBest Build Quality
5. Dell Inspiron 3000Best Budget Students Laptop
6. RDP ThinbookHonorable Mention

1. Acer Aspire 3

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Overall Best 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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Runner-Up Pick
  • Full HD display
  • Powerful Ryzen processor
  • Rich connectivity options

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 1920×1080 pixels. 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 15s

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Best Build Quality
  • A good full HD display
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Genuine Windows 10 OS

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-du0093TU 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-du0093TU looks standard and is designed with durability in mind, rather than impressing users with the looks.

These body wide screen hinges 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 eighth-generation Intel Core i3 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 8GB DDR4 RAM is not an issue anymore.

Opening up multiple tabs in chrome and doing stuff on MS Powerpoint?

No worries mate!

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 HD 620 which will assist the processor for enhanced performance in related apps and tasks.

This laptop ships with the genuine 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS out of the box.

Display

The HP 15-du0093TU comes with a large 15.6-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 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.

Connectivity

HP has left no stone 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 Type C and an SD card slot.

Battery Life

The battery life on the HP 15-du0093TU 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-du0093TU is one of the best laptops for academic purposes if you don’t mind the price tag of Rs.40,000 and the lack of a bundled Windows 10 OS.

Equipped with the latest 8th-generation processor from Intel, this machine can perform all the tasks with relative ease.

The decent quality widescreen 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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Premium style and design

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Lightweight and comfortable

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Nationwide service network

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No disk drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM8 GB DDR4
CPUIntel Core i5 8145U
Battery BackupUP to 5 Hours
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080

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
Storage32GB 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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