Best College Laptops with Windows in 2018

Best College Laptops with Windows in 2018 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

You don’t need to spend hours or days looking through online forums to find the right laptop to take with you to college. Use this round-up of the best college laptops to get the right Windows PC to aid you in your academic success.

Choosing the right college laptop is a daunting task. There’s so much to pay attention to and making the wrong decision has a big impact on your routine. College laptops with mediocre battery life will force you to find a place to charge between classes. Buy a poorly made laptop and you can count on replacing it halfway through your studies. That’s not ideal, especially when you have other things that you could spend your money on. These are just the practical things that you need to worry about.

Dell’s new XPS 13.

You also need to consider the future when buying a laptop for college. The best college laptops let you adjust how you work and study to your learning style. If typed notes aren’t helping you remember what you’ve learned, try writing them down with the HP Envy x360 or Lenovo Yoga 920 (14”). These laptops support digital pens. Every note you take is searchable with Microsoft’s OneNote app for Windows 10. You don’t need to go flipping through all your notes to look up something that definitely will be on your final.

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Great college laptops aren’t just about classes though. You will thank yourself for buying a laptop that has a great entertainment experience too. Don’t expect to fit external speakers in your college dorm. That’s why you need a laptop with great speakers. You also want a laptop that has an amazing display. That way, you can binge on television shows as you do your laundry and still see every detail.

What To Look For in a College Laptop

Here are some things to keep in mind as you are shopping for the best college laptops.

Think about the things you regularly do on your PC or tablet. These activities should influence which laptop you buy. If you like gaming, you need a college laptop that has a graphics card or allows you to add one. Spend a lot of time reading? Maybe you should buy a college laptop that transforms into a tablet, like the 2017 Surface Pro. That way, you only need to keep one device with you.

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Second, keep the realities of college in mind. This laptop must hold all your files, survive for years and last hours away from a charger. Look for as much storage as you can afford and search for the best battery life possible. Anything with a battery estimate of less than 8 hours isn’t worth your time. Finally, you want something that’s durable and can handle a few accidents. Look for a PC that’s made of aluminum.

Here are the best college laptops with Windows you can buy in 2018.

Best College Laptops with Windows in 2018

  • Surface Laptop
  • New Dell XPS 13
  • HP Envy x360
  • 2017 Surface Pro
  • Lenovo Yoga 920 (14″)
  • Razer Blade Stealth (13”)

Surface Laptop

Surface Laptop
$799.00 from Microsoft

If you’re into aesthetics and need a solid laptop, you want the Microsoft Surface Laptop. It has the Surface Pro’s good looks but abandons its kickstand for a traditional design that isn't awkward to use in your lap.

The Surface Laptop’s body is aluminum. So, it can handle collisions with things in your bag. Opening the laptop’s lid reveals a 2256 x 1504 13.5-inch display that supports touch. The backlit keyboard has a fabric palm rest. You can write on its display with the Surface Pen but Microsoft doesn’t include one. A web camera above the display lets you sign into Windows 10 without a password.

Read: Surface Laptop vs 2017 Surface Pro: Which to Buy

The Surface Laptop comes in a lot of configurations. For $799, you get a model with 128GB of storage and Intel Core m3 processor. Skip that model for one with an Intel Core i5 processor for $899. More expensive models offer more processing power and storage. Different configurations have different color options. There are silver, cobalt, burgundy and gold options on Microsoft’s website.

Every Surface Laptop has a headphone jack, mini DisplayPort and a USB 3.0 port, which really is the minimum amount of ports for a decent PC.

Read: How to Upgrade Surface Laptop to Windows 10 Pro

Expect to make it through an entire day with this PC. The Surface Laptop lasts for 14.5 hours of videos, according to Microsoft. Expect less battery life if you switch its operating system to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S only allows you to install apps from the Microsoft Store.

Best College Laptops with Windows in 2018 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The HP Spectre x360 15 Has the Power Creators Deserve

The HP Spectre x360 15 Has the Power Creators Deserve is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

It doesn’t matter which HP Spectre x360 15 shoppers buy this March, they can expect enough horsepower to create whatever they wish.

HP designed the Spectre x360 15 for people who like to create things and want a notebook that feels high-end. The laptop has an aluminum chassis that comes in copper and dark ash. Special hinges allow buyers to flip the 15.6-inch 4K display backward for a solid touch and pen experience. At 0.76-inches thin, the laptop isn’t just sharp-looking, it’s also sleek. The laptop will start at $1,369.99 and will come in silver or copper colors.

Two different Spectre x360 15 configurations with the latest Intel Core processors deliver on the performance and power creatives need.

One configuration pairs the Intel Core i7-870FG processor with a Radeon RX Vega M graphics chip. This model gets 12 hours of battery life and recovers half of its charge in 30 minutes thanks to HP’s Fast Charge technology.

The second configuration pairs a quad-core Intel Core processor with an NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics card. It lasts 13 hours away from a wall outlet and charges to 90 percent of its full capacity in 90 minutes.

Buyers of either configuration can expect a solid video watching and music experience thanks to the 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution display and the four speakers that provide sound. HP shrunk the bezels on the left and right sides of the display to make whatever is on-screen appear as if it’s floating. Buying HP’s Tilt Pen unlocks super-accurate writing or drawing when buyers flip the laptop’s display back to use it as a tablet.

Having all the right ports determines how quickly users can create their next masterpiece. The HP Spectre x360 15 has 1 Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a full-size USB 3.1 port, a headset jack and an SD card reader. That’s a solid selection. Many notebooks designed for creatives don’t have a headset jack or a dedicated port for connecting a display.

Everything buyers create on the HP Spectre x360 15 is easy to protect. Just pressing the F1 key on the laptop’s keyboard turns on a privacy screen. It also has a fingerprint reader and a Windows Hello camera for signing into Windows 10 without a password.

The HP Spectre x360 15 Has the Power Creators Deserve is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

New HP Envy x2 Has Style and Stellar Battery Life

New HP Envy x2 Has Style and Stellar Battery Life is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new HP Envy x2 will have sharp looks, the latest processors, stellar battery life and mobile internet when it launches sometime in the spring of 2018.

HP devices are known for their sharp looks, and there’s nothing about the HP Envy x2 to suggest that it will damage that reputation. The company revealed the new laptop at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it’s the best looking Surface Pro alternative the company has announced yet. Unfortunately, HP won’t reveal final pricing until its release date is closer.

There’s a lot to like about the HP Envy x2. Its body is made of machined aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass covers its 1920 x 1280 12.3-inch display. The tablet’s rounded edges don’t just look good, they should also make it comfortable to hold as users read books, watch movies and browse the internet.

This device is 0.311-inches thin. Despite that, it has some solid hardware inside. It uses Intel Core I Y-series processors to provide solid performance while still offering 17 hours of battery life. HP’s fast charging technology gets the device back to 90% of its battery capacity in just 90 minutes when a work day is particularly hectic. Expect models with up to 256GB of solid-state storage, 8GB of RAM and mobile data connectivity. A Windows Hello camera and a fingerprint reader support signing into Windows 10 Home without typing passwords. The 13-megapixel camera on the back of the device should capture detailed photos despite not having flash.

Whatever its cost, HP Envy x2 buyers won’t need to buy any extra accessories. The device has a pressure-sensitive digital pen and its dark blue folio case acts as keyboard and kickstand.

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Huawei MateBook - $549

Huawei MateBook - $549

The Huawei MateBook has an attractive price and two configurations for shoppers to pick from.

This machine offers 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 processor for just $399. More expensive configurations add an Intel Core m5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of solid state storage.

Buyers that like clean design will love the Huawei Matebook. Its sleek metal frame has just a USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a connection for its add-on keyboard. It doesn’t have a kickstand on the back. Instead, users snap the cover accessory onto the bottom to hold the screen up. The 12-inch 2160 x 11440 display dominates the front, and machined aluminum covers the back.

You will need to factor in the cost of the digital pen and the keyboard with your purchase. The MatePen is just $49.99 from the Microsoft Store. The keyboard, which has a kickstand for propping the device up and backlit keys, costs $99. For comparison, a Surface Type Cover costs $129.99, and the Surface Pro 4’s pen sells for $59.99.

Buy the Huawei MateBook from the Microsoft Store for $549

New HP Envy x2 Has Style and Stellar Battery Life is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

New HP Pavilion Wave Brings Alexa to the Desktop

New HP Pavilion Wave Brings Alexa to the Desktop is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new HP Pavilion Wave will include an easy way to start music and enjoy its amazing built-in speaker system when it launches this spring: Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant.

HP revealed its updated HP Pavilion Wave PC at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. And, like a lot of other new devices debuting at the trade show, it’s updated design lets owners interact with a personal assistant to stream music, play video and control their smart home. Configurations will start at $549.99.

This new Alexa integration turns the entire system into a giant Amazon Echo. New Smart Sound technology developed by Intel allows the PC to hear voice commands from anywhere in a room, also like an Echo or Echo Dot. A blue light that shines from within the HP Wave lets users know when Alexa is listening or processing their commands.

All this Alexa integration compliments the desktop’s existing features. It’s designed to fill an entire room with sound, and Alexa makes streaming live radio stations and music as simple as uttering a voice command.

Read: 50 Exciting Things You Can Do with Alexa

HP will stick with Intel’s 7th generation Intel Core processors for the new HP Pavilion Wave, and users can add up to 16GB of RAM and an AMD R9 470M graphics card. There are 3 USB 3 ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort for connecting to phones, cameras, monitors and external storage.

New HP Pavilion Wave Brings Alexa to the Desktop is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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