[DEAL TIME] Back to School Laptops
August is when back-to-school sales begin on everything from pencils to computers. Even if you're not a student, this can be a great time to upgrade your tech. Here are some of the hottest deals going on for laptops right now...
The Best Deals on Back-to-School Laptops
Dell has student-level laptops starting under $200, and with approved credit parents can get another $20 off plus 6 to 12 months of financing. Here are two models to consider, one at the low end, and one with beefier specs.
$184 buys a Dell Inspiron 14 3000 with a 14 inch screen, Intel Celeron processor, Windows 10 Home, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC Storage. The last is solid-state storage much like a USB drive, but on a faster data bus. It’s not as fast as a traditional SSD but with no moving parts it can take a student’s beating better than a hard drive.
The $700 Inspiron 15 5000 features 12 GB of RAM, Windows 10 Home, an 8th Generation Core i5 processor, a 256 GB SSD, and a 15.6 inch FHD touch display. The 360-degree hinge enables conversion from a laptop to a tablet.
Chromebooks are ideal for elementary school students and older ones who are not hung up on Windows games. Amazon has quite a selection at discounted prices. In a recent article, I posed the question "Is Chromebook a Serious Laptop Contender?" Depending on your needs, the latest generation of Chromebooks may be an excellent choice, especially now that the option to dual-boot either the Chrome OS or Windows 10 is on the horizon.
The Samsung Electronics XE500C13-S03US Chromebook 3 (2GB RAM, 16GB SSD) Laptop, 11.6", in black, is just $156.
The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6-inch Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree Hinge (Intel Celeron, 4 GB RAM, 16GB eMMC drive) is only $224.
The Pixelbook is a line of high-end Chromebooks made by Google. Its 4-in-1 design lets it function in Laptop, Tablet, Presentation and Audience modes. The Pixelbook i5 (8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD) retails for $999, but Amazon's back-to-school price is $749.
Windows 10 Home Goes Back to School, Too.
The Acer Aspire 1, with 14" Full HD screen, Intel Celeron N3450 CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage, costs just $200.
An ASUS ZenBook Ultra-Slim Laptop is a hotrod with 14” FHD IPS WideView Display, Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Windows 10, Backlit keyboard. It weighs 3.1lbs, and goes for $821.
The ASUS VivoBook F510UA is thin and lightweight with a WideView screen, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD+1TB HDD, USB Type-C, ASUS NanoEdge Display, Fingerprint Reader, and Windows 10, with a price tag of $620.
And finally, here’s an Acer Aspire E 15, with 15.6" Full HD screen, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce MX150 graphics, 8GB RAM Memory, and 256GB SSD for just $600.
When buying for middle and high school students, ruggedness is a key criterion. After that comes price. And unlike smartphones, a decent laptop will not be obsolete after one or two years. A well-made laptop should survive at least 3 or 4 years. By then, the hardware will be outdated, and the student will be ready (and likely begging) for a newer, faster machine.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 16 Aug 2018
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