For the non-techy person, buying a new laptop for school can be confusing. Here are some general tips on what to look for so you can buy a great laptop at an affordable price.
First things first, stay away from tablets. While they may be the new, iPads, Android tablets and even Windows tablets that convert into mini laptops will not get you very far in your college career. They are limited in what you can do due to the different operating systems and lack of traditional software. They also tend to cost a lot more than your basic reliable budget laptop.
While on the topic of touchscreen devices, I also recommend staying away from the newer laptops with touch screens. Windows8 touch friendly interface is still in its infancy, and until it evolves into something more useful, the touchscreen laptop is nothing more than a gimmick to bump up sales prices.
Stick with a PC over a Mac. Even with Bronco-tech selling and advertising Macs on campus, a PC is going to work with just about any software your instructors might have you use. Your odds with a Mac greatly decrease. Macs look beautiful and are definitely trendy, but when it comes to value, the specifications of an entry level $1200 Macbook Pro laptop are about equivalent to your entry level $400 Gateway PC.
You don’t need to worry about “computer specs.” Just look for an affordable laptop. For the majority of students, your basic $300 laptop will more than meet your needs.
Most students surf the web, type up essays and stream movies. If that’s all you’re doing, then you don’t need to worry about dual-core vs. quad-core processors, or if your laptop is running an Intel i3 or AMD-A6.