Going Back to School Laptop Buying Guide

On the lookout for a new laptop for the 2017-2018 school year? Here’s our roundup of the latest features you should seek and why they matter.

USB Type-C
In addition to being able to transmit electricity and data over a single wire, USB Type-C are completely reversible. Given that USB-Type C will ultimately replace Type A, it makes sense to look for a laptop that offers the latest Type-C ports. That way, you can have confidence that your device will be fully compatible with the tablets and phones that are released in the near future.

Higher-Resolution Screens
At one time, the standard laptop screen offered a resolution of 1366 x 768, and there wasn’t much difference in resolution from model to model. This resolution is pretty basic when it comes to images, and it also forces users to scroll to view the content of long-form web pages.

Today, things are much better. You can now buy affordable models that come with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher, allowing you to view high-definition movies and see more of your work at once.

SSDs
Today’s laptops have ditched mechanical hard drives in favor of solid state drives (SSDs), which are a whopping 300 times faster, thereby transforming your entire computing experience. In addition to allowing you to boot up your system faster, you will also be able to launch your applications and get up and running almost instantly.

2-in-1 PCs
There are some times when you want the solid touch and feel of a laptop, and others when you want all the flexibility and ease of a tablet. This is where 2-in-1s come in. The latest generation of 2-in-1s offer both a laptop and tablet in one integrated system. Just perfect for students.

8GB of RAM or More
Laptops that offered RAM in excess of 4GB were often way beyond the budget of the average student. However, that has all changed, and 8 GB and even 16 GB are now very affordable. 8GB allows you to do many more things at once without suffering from performance issues.

802.11ac Wi-Fi
The latest laptops offer 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a new wireless standard that allows users to access speeds up to 10 times faster than the older standards. Although you may need to purchase a new router to support 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the results will be well worth the investment.