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Student Laptops Buying Guide (Part 3)

A great budget advantage that students have over common non-student consumers is the ability to buy laptop computers at a great cost savings.  All campuses have a computer store or campus bookstore where students can buy laptops at heavy discounted prices -- sometimes at rare unheard-of savings like 25% percent off retail.  Savings will vary a lot from state to state and campus to campus.

Cool Tip: Being a student also entitles one to discounted savings on software programs from many companies, so always mention that you are a student.  When shopping for a laptop computer always keep in mind that you are entitled to a discounted price -- if the retailer will not offer you one then shop elsewhere. Remember, your money is tight so shop smartly and wisely.

Student Laptops and School LaptopsThere has never been a better time to purchase a laptop computer for school, with prices dropping to all-time lows.  News headlines have been rampant lately with major computer companies expressing a desire in bringing to market $500.00 performance laptops.  This can certainly be seen as indicative to the consumer market cry for a quality laptop at an inexpensive price.  So, if you are a student looking for a laptop, open the door to computer portability and get out of your dorm room.  Go pick yourself up a good inexpensive portable wireless laptop computer soon!  The timing has never been better, so just go for it!

The following two (2) table charts show what specifications some schools recommend for a student laptop purchase. Important that you realize these should only be used as a general guideline. It is always in your best interest to check with your school IT department, to determine what specifications your school recommends. Recommendation guidelines do vary between schools. 

 

Normal Size Weight 5 kilo grams or less Laptop/Notebook Systems Specifications

Laptop OS Type Windows OS MAC OS
Processor Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2 GHz) Core 2 Duo T8300 (2.4 GHz)
Memory (RAM) 2.0 GB 2.0 GB
Storage 120 GB/7200 RPM
or 160 GB/5400 RPM
200 GB/7200 RPM
or 250 GB/5400 RPM
Display & Video Card RAM 14.1-inch to 15.4-inch WXGA
128 MB or 256 MB discrete video card
15.4-inch widescreen
256 MB or 512 MB discrete video card
DVD Drive and Bluetooth DVD±R/CD-RW drive
internal Bluetooth
DVD±R/CD-RW drive
internal Bluetooth
High-Speed Network Connectivity Internal 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet
Internal 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi)
Internal 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet
Internal 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi)
Low-Speed Network Connectivity internal V.92 modem internal V.92 modem

Operating System

Windows XP Service Pack 2
or Windows Vista
MAC OS 10.5.x
Estimated Price $1,500 - $1,800 $2,000 - $2,300


 

 

 

 

Low End Budget Size Weight 5 kilo grams or less Laptop/Notebook Systems Specifications

Laptop OS Type Windows OS MAC OS
Processor Core 2 Duo T7100 (1.8 GHz) Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.0 GHz)
Memory (RAM) 1.5 GB 1.5 GB
Storage 80 GB 80 GB
Display & Video Card RAM 12-inch to 15.4-inch XGA or WXGA
integrated video
13.3-inch widescreen
integrated video
DVD Drive and Bluetooth CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive
internal Bluetooth
High-Speed Network Connectivity Internal 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet
Internal 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi)
Internal 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet
Internal 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi)
Low-Speed Network Connectivity internal V.92 modem internal V.92 modem

Operating System

Windows XP Service Pack 2
or Windows Vista
MAC OS 10.5.x
Estimated Price $700 - $1,200 $1,200 - $1,350

 

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