Best laptops for students: What is the best laptop for teenagers?

Technology plays a major role in our daily lives and thus we have got to adapt. Today I’m going to ease a little of that adaptation for you by walking you through the process of finding the best laptop for your teen.

Teenagers are students after all and their education is one of our priorities. In this day and age, laptop is considered as a tool to enhance learning.

In the first instance, what is a laptop?

In simple words it is a small personal computer that is portable and suitable for use while traveling. It is designed for mobile uses and it can be place on top of your lap, hence the name, with its main component inside. (CPU, keyboard and monitor). Screen size is 13-14 inches (Some may have 15 inches screen). It has high processing power, more RAM memory and more storage space. It is faster and more powerful than most other type of computers. Unlike desktop, it emits less heat.

Why choose a laptop for a teenager?

In order to understand why you should opt for a laptop for your teen, let us take a quick look at different computer types.

TabletLaptop tablet

It is a touch screen device with its screen size ranging from 7-11 inches. It is good for casual activities such as web browsing, watching videos and playing portable games. However, it is poor at productivity. It has fewer components than a laptop, no keyboard and only a few ports.


It has smaller screen size (12 inches and lower) and smaller keyboard size than laptop. It is used to perform easy tasks such as email, internet browsing, light entertainment and light productivity. It has lower processing power than laptop.


It is often referred to as laptop. The difference between laptop and notebook is that laptop is somewhat larger than notebook, in both thickness and weight. Laptop usually has a higher processing power than notebook. Notebook has a slower processing speed but is relatively lightweight.


It is heavier than laptop and has separate hardware. It remains in a fix position, uses more power and generates lots of heat.

Overall laptop is very handy due to its portability, lightweight and power.

Now that you understand the basic differences between different computers, there is no doubt in your mind why a laptop is the best choice for your teenager. So, let us take a look at how you will search for one.

How to search for a laptop?

When in search of a laptop, you need to know your purpose of purchasing one. In your case it will be for a teenage student.

Be careful of which system you pick, for in most cases, certain sacrifices are being made to accommodate for other features. Choose one that can handle student’s workload, streaming and light gaming (It should deliver performance).

Bear in mind that students don’t generally need a high-powered laptop.

So what to look for in a student laptop?

Listed below is the basic aspect we should look at in order to buy a student laptop.

  • Affordability

Considering you will be giving the laptop to a teenager you should consider your budget wisely. It certainly doesn’t mean that you should buy a cheap one.

  • Portability

The laptop should favor being lightweight, that is being ½ inch thick and weigh 3 pounds or less. It will therefore be easier and lighter for the teenager to carry around.

  • Ports availability

Check the types and quantity of USB ports (Type –A, Type –C) available with the device. This will be a heads up for you to know if you will be in need of accessories.

Pay attention to availability of HDMI connector port; for video output (It allows connection to TV, desktop monitor and AV system).

Are memory card slots available?

  • Battery life

It should be efficient enough to at least last a school day on a single charge.

To get a clearer picture, let’s take a look at 3 of the best laptops for students which will work wonders for your teenager.

  1. Dell XPS 13Laptop phone
  • Affordability

This laptop’s price leans towards $1000 as its starting price.


  • Portability

It is 0.46 inches thick and weighs 2.7 pounds. It is considered as lightweight.


  • Ports availability

There are 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports (Can hook to a compatible monitor), 1 Type –C USB port, 1 micro SD card slot, a 3.5mm jack (for headphones and speakers). There is no Type-A USB ports. Included in the box however, is a USB –A -to- USB –C adapter.


  • Battery life

The battery performs well.

Cons: SSD slow at saving data.

2. Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA

  • Affordability

It has a considerable price of around $900.

  • Portability

Also, considered lightweight at 0.55 inches thick and weighing about 2.7 pounds.

  • Ports availability

It has 2 USB –A ports (a 2.0 and a 3.1), 1 USB –C 3.1, 1 combo headphone/microphone jack for audio, 1 HDMI for video. Has no thunderbolt 3 as well.

  • Battery life

It Lasts all day.

Pros: It has an amazing screen.

Cons: Its touchpad is small and awkward to use.

3. HP Envy 13

  • Affordability

Its starting price is around $900 upwards.

  • Portability

It is heavier than the other two laptops with 0.59 inches thick and a weight of 2.9 pounds.

  • Ports availability

It has 1 Type-C USB port (supports Power Delivery), 1 DisplayPort 1.2, 1 HP sleep and charge (charge the phone through the computer while transferring photos or files. Included in the box are 1 Type –C USB –to-HDMI adapter, 2 Type –A USB 3.1ports, a mains adapter, a 3.5mm jack for headphones. It has no Thunderbolt 3.

  • Battery life

It has an average battery life.

Pros: It is Ideal for essay writing and for security it has a finger print scanner (to lock your device).

Other important factors worth considering when purchasing a laptop

  • Operating-system

Microsoft OS allows you with greater possibility to choose a laptop. Laptops which are window-based, give access to a wide range of software and greater options of flexible physical designs. Microsoft OS also is budget priced.

  • Storage and memory

Choose a laptop with SSDs (Solid-state Drives) rather than the classic hard drives or eMMc. SSDs access stored data much faster. It is actually the best and most common drive configuration. One of its advantage is that it is immune to jolts and bumps.

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  • Your minimum amount of storage should be 256GB.
  • It’s ideal to get a 512GB SSD + an external drive for additional space.
  • Minimum RAM should be 8GB.
  • Best RAM is16GB. This will provide enough memory for future advance apps (Keeping lifespan in mind).

To sum it all

With all that has been said above, I will also consider the lifespan of the actual laptop I am buying and compare it with its price. How long do you actually want the laptop to last for? That is a vital question you ought to ask yourself. Usually the lifespan of a laptop is around 5years (depending on how you treat it) but can actually last longer.

Choosing the correct laptop to meet your specific need can be somewhat tricky. It depends on lots of factors. The process that I’ve outline above should make it easier to acquire the best laptop for your teenager. You may not get the perfect one but you will at least attain a certain balance in your choice. Treated with care, your choice can easily last for a couple of years. Mistreating it will lead to your effort going to waste.

NB: Gifting a teenager with a laptop can reap lots of benefits. It also opens the door to more gift options. How about accessorizing it?

Thanking you for taking the time to read my post. Hope it is helpful and your comments will be greatly appreciated.

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