The top 5 student laptops for 2017


With universities opening their doors from September 11th, time has almost run out for students to get themselves kitted out for the new academic year. The summer has most probably whizzed quicker than anticipated and the mad rush will now be on for first, second and even third year students to get ready for the 2017/18 campaign.

If you are a regular reader here at the Almero Student Mansions site, then you will most probably have been reading our advice guides and student news pieces all summer. If not, then this will be your first taste of our ever-popular blog where you will be able to find tips and guidance on every aspect of student life, from the best takeaway food to our advice on how to cope with even the most gruelling university courses.

Student Laptops Examined

In today’s article, we take a look at the five best laptops for students across the UK. You may well have been perusing the web or searching the high street for the best deals but unless you are a technical whizz, the chances are that you don’t know your RAM from your CPU and have ended up pretty confused.

When it comes to laptops for students, picking the right one can be of paramount importance as you look to find the perfect balance between thriftiness and performance. Pick one that’s too cheap and you will end up having to buy another one sooner rather than later, but you obviously need to free up as much cash as you can for booze, clothes oh… and textbooks.

Almero Student Mansions Best Laptops For Students

So, true to Almero form we have got the team together and used all of our expertise and know how to bring you our guide to the best student laptops in 2017. Stick to one of these machines and we are confident it will still be running like a dream come the end of your studies.

Acer Chromebook 15

Laptops for students need to be durable due to the rigours of carting them from your digs, to seminars and lectures, the SU and even back home. This is what makes the Acer Chromebook 15 and absolute no-brainer.

It may run Chrome OS as opposed to MAC OS or Windows but if you are on a course that doesn’t require extreme performance or gaming, that won’t impede you whatsoever.
The speakers aren’t great, but we are guessing you will have your sound system sorted by now and the brilliance of this laptop’s screen more than makes up for that in our opinion.


CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Storage: 32GB SS
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 720p
Weight: 4.85 pounds
Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95-inches

Dell XPS 13

If you are looking for something on the other end of the market, then the Dell XPS 13 number is surely one of the best student laptops out there.

For your extra money, you get a range of benefits as you can see from the spec below. This enables you to do everything from editing videos, writing, creating tunes and gaming with big boys. If you are more technically minded and want to go to uni with a laptop to rival anyone, then this is most probably the one for you.


CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge
Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Apple MacBook Air 13 Inch

We couldn’t really bring you a guide to the best student laptops without mentioning a Mac, could we? Although some feel the Air is outdated in terms of design, others believe this is for a reason. Lightweight and quick to boot and with all the slick functionality you would expect from an Apple design, this laptop is still right up there as a versatile choice.

Here’s the specification, in case you didn’t already know.


CPU: Intel Core i5 1.3GHz (dual-core, up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1440 x 900 pixels
Storage: 128GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: FaceTime HD
Weight: 2.96 pounds
Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.94 x 0.68-inches (W x D x H)

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

Next on the list is the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, which is ideal for anyone looking for a 2 in 1 option. Complete with its S-Pen, this machine allows you to take notes in a range of ways from touch screen and voice to conventional keyboard, which could be vital for lectures.

This one also has an excellent battery life, which could be an important factor when choosing a laptop for university.


CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – AMD Radeon Graphics (2GB GDDR5)
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.3-inch – 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED display with Touch Screen Panel
Storage: 256GB SSD

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Last but not least in our guide to the best student laptops, is the much-coveted Microsoft Surface Laptop.

It incorporates the PixelSense touchscreen and Alcantara keyboard and is said to be Microsoft’s attempt at a traditional laptop. Only, it is far from that due to the high specification and gadgets.

There aren’t a great deal of ports and you are restricted in terms of operating system, but if you are looking for something sleek, modern, fast and aesthetically pleasing then you won’t need to look much further than the Surface.


CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Iris Plus Graphics 640
RAM: 4GB – 16GB
Screen: 13.5-inch, 2,256 x 1,504 PixelSense display
Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

These are the Almero Student Mansions five top picks when it comes to choosing the perfect laptop for university, but there are obviously hundreds of others out there that could be right for you.

Here you have a budget laptop, a premium laptop and something in between so we hope this helps you on your quest to find the machine for you.

Remember that we have luxury student accommodation available across Bristol, Nottingham and Exeter should you still be looking for some sophisticated digs when at uni. We will also be continuing to bring you features just like this one, so we hope to see you back here at the Almero blog soon!

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