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Every year millions and millions of students spend 100's of millions of dollars on laptops for school. College students especially need the right balance between price, form, function, and power. These are the top 5 that strike a great balance between the 4 factors. If you're a gamer or a graphic designer or on the opposite end, someone who is just using it to browse the web or writing essays then these might not be for you, but if you're someone in the middle these are laptops that strike a great balance.

Huawei Matebook 13


  • Storage: 256GB - 512GB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB
  • CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5 - i7
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620, Nvidia GeForce MX150
  • Screen: 13.3-inch 2K (2,560 x 1,440)
The Matebook 13 is a great laptop that can strike a price-performance balance without compromises, and so far in 2019 the Huawei MateBook 13 is closer to perfection than anything else. It's lightweight, compact, perfect to carry in your backpack while you hurry from class to office hour. This magnificent 13-inch Ultrabook ensures that you do your entire work in style, without burning a hole into your pocket. Of course, the charge will last the entire day because battery life is impressive, but for those extra long days you may have to keep the charger ready. The Huawei Matebook 13 merits its top spot because it's a balance of Apple's style, Dell's power, and other brands lower price points.

Surface Laptop 2


  • Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB – 16GB
  • CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i5-i7
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Screen: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 PixelSense
Although the surface laptop is arguably one of the top 10 laptops for students, its low performance, a lack of ports and the Windows 10 in S mode pushed it a little lower on the list. Fortunately, with the exception of the ports, the Surface Laptop 2 improved significantly on its predecessor. It now comes with Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processors for 8th generation, full-fat Windows 10 Home, and a black color. We only want one USB-C port to be included. Now, with this laptop you'll get all your tasks done in style, making it worth a highlight on this list.

Dell XPS 13


  • Storage: 128GB – 2TB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB – 16GB
  • CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Screen: 13.3-inch FHD, UHD
Dell's desktop flagship has always been considered one of the best student's computers, not to mention some of the best equipment for professionals and casual, daily users. The Dell XPS 13 2019 introduces the entry-level variant this time, which again makes it affordable for college students. The XPS line-up has also dealt with our greatest disappointment–the webcam. The placement was fixed and it means that when you talk in video again, your family and friends will not have to take a look into your nostrils.

HP Envy x360 13


  • Storage: 256 GB – 1TB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB – 16GB
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 6 to Radeon Vega 10
  • Screen: 13.3" diagonal FHD IPS
The HP Envyx 360 (2019) has so many compelling reasons for belonging to our best student laptops. The laptop features a slim elegant look with up to 9 hours of video replication. The 13-inch 2-in-1 offers an output that takes you through most of your school work and project, without using a ton of space. When you want to chill on the couch or just want to watch some videos you can change the laptop into a tablet and use it. It help you keep your backpack light while fulfilling all the technology needs in your life.

Apple MacBook Air


  • Storage: 128GB - 1TB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB - 16GB
  • CPU: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 617
  • Screen: 13.3” (2,560 x 1,600) Retina
The MacBook Air is a classic by Apple, which offers some refreshing new features. It features True Tone technology and an even more robust keyboard. It doesn't have the most upgraded specs, but what it lacks in pure hardware power it makes up for in build and smooth operating system. Nevertheless, the best part still remains: this iteration is even cheaper, and you certainly get more value for less. It is slim, light, and cheap and is all around great value.