Every year, there is a horde of parents that are looking to buy their students a new computer as part of their back to school shopping, but often times, they don’t know which one to get. There are thousands of laptops out there, many of which can be further configured to meet specifications. This can make the decision a long and drawn out one, for most people. Luckily, here is an easy Buying guide for parents who are looking at purchasing a new computer.
- What is your student primarily going to need it for? – This is the first question that parents should ask. If your student is primarily going to be doing art or graphic design or video production, a MacBook Pro would probably be a good bet, or any PC laptop with a dedicated graphics card, in addition to a good screen. Macintosh systems have been a long time favorite for the graphic design and video editing industries, but that is rapidly becoming less and less the case, as many of the software tools are improved for Windows and Linux systems. If your student is going to be going to be editing a lot of spreadsheets, then you will most likely want a laptop with a full size keyboard, in order to make entering numbers not as much of a pain. If they are going into engineering, get one with a 17 inch screen and an extreamly good processor+graphics card combination along with 8GB or more of RAM(This is extreamely necessary), as that will help immensly with working with CAD applications. A good laptop to look for with Engineering students would be a gaming laptop, because that will most likely have the power required for CAD. If your just looking for your tried and true “Just to type papers on” type of laptop, find a laptop with a chiclet keyboard, but otherwise, that’s all you need. Thus, just a normal laptop or a netbook would work well.
- Still need suggestions? – Here are the kinds of laptops that are being suggested:
- Artist or Graphic Designer or Video Editing: http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/ or http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/LX.RHQ02.021 or http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-l502x/pd
- Buisness/Spreadsheets: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/laptops/NP-SF510-S01US
- Engineers or Mathematics or Computer Science: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/laptops/NP-RF711-S02US (note: upgrade the ram to 8GB when purchasing this one) or http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=High+performance&series_name=dv7tqe_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/High_performance/dv7tqe_series
- Libral Arts or ‘Just to type papers on’: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WZDWOC/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller= or http://www.store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&XID=O:vpcyb15kx%2fs:dg_cnetdf&productId=8198552921666293067 or http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&series_name=dm1z_series&aoid=11232&srccode=cii_5766179&cpncode=22-148809331-2
- Gaming: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/product_detail.do?product_code=LV046UA%23ABA&aoid=11232&srccode=cii_5766179&cpncode=00-57945598-2 or http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=140573&SRCCODE=CCDCNET&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjC2WHaCjCVqHCjCdwwp&cpncode=21-146218099-2 or http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-m18x/pd.aspx (note: this is a very solid choice, and is a fairly common one for gamers, despite the face that alienware is pricey)
Well, those are the kinds of laptops you should be loooking for, if you need additional advice, post in the comments section below. Happy Hunting!