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Universities are already announcing plans to hold classes online for the fall 2020 semester. That means another semester of Zoom lectures and remote exams. It’s a safer move for students, though some won’t have easy access to computers like they would on campus. Here are some of the best laptops for students to help prepare for next semester.

Choosing the right laptop can be tricky for students. After all, graphic design students typically have different needs than business students. We’ve done our best to cover a range of operating systems and price points, and many of these options work for high school students as well.

We’ll start with a few Windows options and then move through Macs and Chromebooks to cover all of the bases.

Best laptops for students

We’ll make sure to update the list as new laptops are announced, but many of these options have newly been refreshed. Be sure to check back as more schools announce plans for the fall.


Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft Surface Pro X laptop for students

We’ve written about the Surface Pro X before in our review, and it remains the most advanced Surface available. It’s a great option for web-based applications on the go thanks to the LTE connection. With a 13-inch screen and slim bezels, the Surface Pro X is a powerful two-in-one that can go pretty much anywhere.

You can pick up the Surface Pro X bundled with a keyboard and Slim Pen on Amazon.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro 7 is similar to the Surface Pro X with a tablet design and detachable peripherals, though it’s built for different applications. It sacrifices the LTE connectivity in favor of a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor that’s better for heavy-duty tasks.

The Surface Pro 7 with a detachable keyboard is available on Amazon.

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See also: Best Surface Pro deals

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Dell XPS 13 2019 laptop for students

Dell’s XPS 13 has been at the top of best laptop lists for years, and for good reason. The two-in-one edition combines the power of a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with the flexibility of a touch screen. You can easily flip it into tablet mode to draw or write notes. This model is upgraded to 16GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, which should be more than enough for your toughest jobs.

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See also: Best Dell laptops to buy

Acer Aspire 5

Acer Aspire 5 laptop for students

Not only is the Acer Aspire 5 more affordable than the last few options on the list, but it also offers far more connectivity. It packs an HDMI port, a gigabit ethernet port, two USB 3.0 options, and a USB-C port. The Acer Aspire 5 also shows that you don’t have to break the bank to pick up a new 10th-generation Intel Core processor or a secure fingerprint reader.

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See also: The best cheap laptops you can buy

Lenovo Flex 14

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Lenovo’s Flex 14 is another popular two-in-one choice, though it runs on a Ryzen chip instead of Intel. It packs 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, and upgraded AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics. The Flex 14 also offers a solid selection of ports and Dolby Audio premium to enhance your experience even further.

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MacBook Pro (2020)

macbook pro 13 inch 2020 laptop for students

Moving over to macOS, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has finally ditched the much-maligned butterfly keyboard in favor of the Magic Keyboard. Otherwise, the 2020 refresh is generally the same as last year’s model with the 8th-generation Intel Core processors standard. You can opt for the updated 10th-generation chips, though it leads to quite the price hike.

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See also: The best Apple MacBook accessories

MacBook Air (2020)

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Right now, the MacBook Air is probably the better Mac laptop for students. It’s slimmer and lighter than the MacBook Pro, and it comes with a 10th-generation Intel processor standard. While the MacBook Air may not be a top pick for gaming, it does pack Intel Iris graphics and a crisp Retina display. The MacBook Air was upgraded to the Magic Keyboard before the MacBook Pro and it has a 20-percent larger trackpad for Multi-Touch gestures.

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See also: Best MacBook deals

Google Pixelbook Go

Google Pixelbook Go

If you primarily use Google apps to get through your day, you may want to give a Chromebook a shot. They start up quickly and the operating system is extremely light, though you’ll have to get used to sacrificing some apps. Google’s Pixelbook Go offers up to 12-hours of battery life with an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. It may be more than you need in a Chromebook, but it’s always nice to have extra power.

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See also: Best Chromebooks for Students

Asus Chromebook Flip C436

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Another solid Chromebook option is the Asus Flip C436. It’s both significantly more affordable than the Pixelbook and it has the added benefit of a two-in-one design. The Flip C436 has a 14-inch screen and the extra real estate just might make a difference. You’ll also get one year of access to Google One when you grab a Flip C436 which means an extra 100GB of free cloud storage.

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If you don’t mind a slightly older processor, you can still grab the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 and save a few hundred dollars.

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See also: The best Chromebook deals right now


Those are our picks of the best laptops for students, but a laptop isn’t the only key gadget for school. Here are a few other accessories you might need:

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