Every year millions of high schoolers graduate and are then off on their way to college. Most of them will need some type of computer or laptop for school. Sure the campus will have computer labs but there is just know way you are going to want to spend for years in the computer lab. Here are some important tips for buying a laptop for college student.
There are a lot of factors that one has to consider whether you are buying the laptop for you or for someone you know. Not only is this laptop for you but it really needs to fit what you are going to be using it for while you are in college. Let’s look at some important things to consider when buying a laptop for a someone heading off to college.
Consider the Cost
When you are thinking about the laptop you want to purchase you need to first decide on the budget you have for the laptop. What you get is mostly going to be determined by the budget you have in mind and the things you may want or need to have.
If you are going of to college you need to consider you may need to get another laptop before you graduate if the one you get now doesn’t or won’t meet the standards later on. Most students can get by with a simple laptop for the first few years to the plan could be to get something cheap now with plans to upgrade later.
Also when considering cost remember that most students can get a sizable discount when purchasing equipment especially if you buy directly from the school. Sometimes you can save as much as $200-300 with educational discounts. See also our tips “To Do To Your Laptop When You First Get“.
Well we are not saying you need to get a big laptop but you will need to consider what size laptop you will need or want. Remember you are heading off to college and you may need to carry your laptop around with you.
Do you really want something that ways a ton? Are you happy with having a 11, 13, 15, or 17″ scree. If you are going to be doing graphic designs you may want to consider getting a bigger screen. If you are just going to be using the laptop to write papers and play games maybe something smaller will do.
How are You Going To Use It
Every laptop out there can be used for different things. If you are purchasing a laptop for college you need to figure out how that particular notebook is going to fit into what you will be doing. Do you need something for just note taking and writing papers? Or will you need something that will allow you to design, code and play/create games? You will also need to check to make sure that what you are wanting to buy will be compatible with what they are using at the school you are going to.
It’s Gotta Fit You and Your Style
Parent will think this is the least important when buying a laptop for college student but the student will say this is really important. Get something that fits you and that you are comfortable with. Remember you are the one that will have to make the most out of it.
It would be best if you get something that you know you like and will enjoy using. Make sure you pick something that staying within budget and has everything you need for college but also fits your personality so that you can take care of it and want to use it. If you have nother tips for buying a laptop for college student, please share in comment box below.