We Can’t Promise a Higher GPA, But These Best Laptops for College Students Could Help

They're perfect for long study sessions and Netflix marathons.

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The perfect laptop to take to college must be lightweight, stylish, and capable of delivering excellent battery life. We've rounded up our favorite laptops for college students that have all three qualities and then some.

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HP
​HP ENVY Touchscreen Laptop (13-inch)
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$972.94

Best Windows 10 Laptop

Key Specs

• 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU (quad-core)
• 13.3-inch Full HD display (1,920 by 1,080 pixels)
• 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD
• Up to 14 hours of battery life

A solid contender for the best touchscreen laptop in its price range, the HP ENVY laptop has a powerful eighth-generation Intel processor, a crisp and bright 13.3-inch display with thin bezels, and phenomenal battery life for its form factor. The notebook also comes with Amazon Alexa out of the box, allowing users to perform thousands of tasks via voice commands.

Other key features of the notebook include excellent speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, a fingerprint scanner, and a gorgeous all-metal body that weighs less than 3 pounds.

More: Our Favorite Bluetooth Speakers Perfect for Dorms

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Apple
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch) Notebook
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$1,206.22

Best MacBook 

Key Specs

• 7th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU (dual-core)
• 13.3-inch Retina display (2,560 by 1,600 pixels)
• 8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB SSD
• Up to 10 hours of battery life

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is sleek, light, and plenty powerful. It has an excellent keyboard, the best trackpad on any laptop, a display with exceptional quality, and great battery life. 

The all-metal notebook weighs only 3 pounds. Like all things Apple, it comes with a great selection of protective cases and other accessories. If you feel like splurging, consider the Touch Bar-equipped model instead.

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Google
Google Pixelbook Touchscreen Laptop
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$846.00

Best Chromebook

Key Specs

• 7th-generation Intel Core i5/i7 CPU (dual-core)
• 12.3-inch 360-degree touchscreen (2,400 by 1,600 pixels)
• 8/16 GB of RAM, 128/256/512 GB SSD
• Up to 10 hours of battery life

The Google Pixelbook is the best Chrome OS notebook available today. It's sleek, lightweight, beautifully designed, and, thanks to its 360-degree touchscreen, incredibly versatile. Unsurprisingly, it also feels effortlessly powerful.

Google's Chrome OS platform supports Android apps, making the Pixelbook great for both work and entertainment. The device's optional accessories include a stylus pen that helps you take full advantage of its sharp display.

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Acer
Acer Aspire E 15​ Laptop
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$379.99

Best Budget Buy

Key Specs

• 8th-generation Intel Core i3 CPU (dual-core)
• 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) screen
• 6 GB of RAM, 1B  HDD
• Up to 13.5 hours of battery life

The Acer Aspire E 15 laptop is our favorite budget laptop for students. Priced below $400, the full-sized notebook offers solid performance and an excellent set of connectivity features. Most importantly, the notebook will easily make it through a full day of use on one charge. 

Acer offers the Aspire E 15 in a plethora of hardware configurations. If you can stretch your budget a bit, we highly recommend this variant instead. It has a faster processor and storage, more RAM, and an even better battery life. 

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Microsoft
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Windows 10 Laptop (13.5-inch)
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$1,669.29

Best Splurge

Key Specs

• 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU (quad-core)
• 13.5-inch detachable touchscreen (3,000 by 2,000 pixels)
• 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD
• Up to 17 hours of battery life

No laptop comes even close to offering the same combination of craftsmanship, power, versatility, and battery life as the Microsoft Surface Book 2. Thanks to its detachable display, the device can seamlessly transform from a powerful laptop to a tablet. 

The Surface Book 2 packs a powerful NVIDIA graphics card, which allows it to work and play equally hard. In case you need even more power and productivity, consider the 15-inch variant instead — it's even more capable. 

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ASUS
ASUS Chromebook Flip Touchscreen Laptop
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$474.99

Best Affordable Chromebook

Key Specs

• Intel Core m3/m5 CPU (dual-core)
• 12.5-inch 360-degree touchscreen (1,920 by 1,080 pixels)
• 4 GB of RAM, 32/64 GB expandable storage
• Up to 10 hours of battery life

Priced below $500, the ASUS Chromebook Flip offers a blend of cool design, speedy performance, and top-notch battery life. Most importantly, thanks to its superbly built aluminum body, the notebook looks and feels like it belongs in a higher price point. 

Compared to the pricier Google Pixelbook, the Chromebook Flip has a less powerful processor, less storage, and a display with lower resolution. However, its attractive price tag makes up for its inferior hardware. 

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Razer
Razer Blade Stealth Touchscreen Laptop​
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$1,499.99

Best Design

Key Specs

• 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU (quad-core)
• 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 by 1,800 pixels) touchscreen
• 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD
• Up to 10 hours of battery life

The Razer Blade Stealth is a beautifully crafted, stealthy-looking laptop with a machined-aluminum chassis, a stunning touchscreen, powerful CPU, and a backlit keyboard with customizable RGB lighting. It weighs less than 3 pounds. 

Razer has an optional external graphics card enclosure for the device as well. It can instantly transform the notebook into a mighty gaming rig. The notebook has up to 10 hours of battery life.