Best Laptops for School Students (August 2019)

by | Aug 20, 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. Asus Vivobook 15Overall Best Pick
2. Acer Aspire 3 Runner-Up Pick
3. HP Notebook 15Best Build Quality
4. Lenovo Ideapad 130Lightweight and Portable Laptop
5.Dell Inspiron 15 3000Honorable Mention

1. Asus Vivobook 15

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful processor
  • Dedicated 2GB Nvidia GPU
  • Asus Eye care mode

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

This mid-range laptop has the best internals suited to run all the necessary applications that you would ever need for doing the academic work and then some.

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.

This means you can install vector drawing software such as Autocad on this machine.

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 ports, 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.

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Genuine Windows OS

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Decent keyboard

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Loud sound output

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Thick bezels around the display

 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. 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

Q

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

 

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. Lenovo Ideapad 130

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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 130 is one of the most affordable entry-level budget laptops in the market priced just under Rs.20,000.

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 130 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.

The symmetric bezels around the display are large but don’t look as ugly as some of its competitor models.

Processor and Performance

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

Inside the chassis is an AMD A6 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.

Except gaming, this laptop is capable of handling all the day to day tasks with relative ease and speed.

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 130 as well.

This 15.6-inch display is an HD panel with an effective resolution of 1366 x 768 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 130 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.

Since this laptop is very light and portable, it is easy to be carried in school bags as well.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad 130 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.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad 130 is a very good deal for its price when it comes to a laptop priced under Rs.20,000.

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

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Robust build quality

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Powerful performance

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Windows 10 OS

Q

No-CD/DVD drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUAPU Dual Core A6 2.6GHz
Battery backupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6 inch HD LED Backlit

 

5. Dell Inspiron 15 3000

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Honorable Mention
  • 1-year McAfee antivirus subscription
  • 1-year onsite warranty
  • Decent performance

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

The Inspiron 15 3000 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 3000 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 15 3000 comes equipped with a dual-core AMD A6 processor clocked at 2.6GHz.

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 AMD Radeon R4 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 large and is not a full HD one, you might see pixelations when it comes to texts and certain images.

However, for the 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, especially for students to upload their project works online.

Battery Life

The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 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 3000 is a great entry-level device for beginners to try and test their familiarity with the laptop.

Loaded with Windows 10 Home, this is one of the low-cost alternatives to enjoy a full-sized desktop experience on a budget.

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Expandable memory

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64-bit Windows 10 Home

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Stereo speakers

Q

No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Storage1 TB
RAM4GB DDR4
CPUAMD APU A6 2.6GHz
Battery backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6 inch 1366 x 768 HD LED Backlit

 

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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