Back To School Laptop Buying Guide - 2015

There is a number of things that you will be wanting to pick up to go back to school with. However, whether you like it or not, your laptop is likely to be the most used item over the next year. Therefore, it does matter that you pick one up which is both useful to you and one you enjoy using. That said, there are so many on offer that it can be a little difficult to know which one to go for. Well, to help you narrow the search, here are five laptops that you might want to try and ranging from the affordable to the more powerful.

Acer Chromebook 15

While a lot of people might not consider a Chromebook a laptop, it is. Not to mention, it is one which can offer you a good level of performance for the money. One of the best all round Chromebooks available is the Acer Chromebook 15. This comes sporting a 15-inch display, is available with either 2GB or 4GB RAM variants and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron Dual-Core 3205U processor. The Best thing about Chromebooks is the price, although, remember, these work best when connected to the internet.

Acer Chromebook 15 2GB RAM on Amazon

Acer Chromebook 15 4GB RAM on Amazon

Acer Aspire Switch

One of the current trends at the moment is to bridge the gap between what is a laptop and what is a tablet. With that in mind,, if you want to go back to school 'on trend', with the functionality of a laptop but the portability of a tablet, then one worth checking out is the Aspire Switch by Acer. This one offers a detachable 11.6-inch touchscreen which can be used as a standalone tablet for taking notes. Not to mention, it comes with 4GB RAM. 128GB internal storage and powered by an Intel Core i3 processor.

Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-39LB on Amazon

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

If the 2-in-1 type of laptop is something that you are interested in, but would like something a little bit better and more powerful, then you cannot go wrong with the Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft. This is one of the most popular and stylish 2-in 1's on the market. Sporting a 12-inch display with a massive 2160 x 1440 resolution, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage and powered by an Intel Core i5 Processor, this is a great and reliable option to go for.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 on Amazon

Lenovo Thinkpad T450

Lenovo is a name everyone is becoming more familiar with in the android world thanks to their purchase of Motorola. However, when it comes to laptops, they certainly have made a name for themselves and even more so, with their ThinkPad range of laptops. The Lenovo ThinkPad T450s is a great option for those looking for a powerful machine. This one comes with a 4-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 8GB RAM, fingerprint reader and powered by an Intel Core i7 processor. This is a well-built and fast laptop for those looking for something a bit better than what else is out there.

Lenovo ThinkPad T450s on Amazon

HP EliteBook Folio 1040

Although back to school normally means looking for an affordable option, if you want to go back to school with power than you can't go wrong with the HP EliteBook 1040. For a lot of people, HP is one of the best (and most reliable) computer companies to go with and this is one of their best laptops currently available. Boasting 8GB RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor with an Intel hD Graphics 4400, 256GB storage and Dual-Band WiFi, this is a great option for those willing to pay the extra.

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 on Amazon

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John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]