How to choose a laptop
for studying

Top three things to consider

  1. It’s worth paying extra for a better processor
  2. You might need to buy extra software
  3. Larger internal storage keeps work all in one place
Pick Your Best laptop

When you are investing in your education it makes sense to invest in a good laptop that’s going to work hard too - and we don’t just mean watching funny videos when you should be writing that assignment!

For better performance you need to spend a bit more, but a better performing laptop will allow you to do a few things at once (like watching video while you work – but shhh we didn’t say you would do that).

At Pick Your Best we have rated laptops we think are suitable for study to be medium to high performance devices.

This is perfect for most types of study, however if you are coding or doing a design course then you would be better choosing our ‘Creativity and coding’ scenario, as design software is demanding.

Try our Product Chooser now to help you match three laptops that meet your needs for study.

We also filter out all the heaviest laptops available – because we know carrying between lectures can be a chore if it’s too heavy. Also, if you don’t want to carry a charger around all day check the rating for battery life in your shortlist by selecting ‘Why this one’. Assessing battery life is not a precise science, if you are doing lots of things as once – like researching on the web, putting together a presentation and listening to music the battery just isn’t going to last as long as it would if you were only doing one of those things.

Pick Your Best shortlists laptops with a decent amount of storage as we have assumed you will want to store your work on the laptop itself - in case you can’t connect to the internet to store it in cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

If you plan to do some serious gaming while you study then you might be better selecting our ‘Gaming’ scenario in the Product Chooser which will find you the best options amongst the very highest performing laptops.

Take note of the operating system your matched laptops use before buying. If you are used to Microsoft Office products - like Word, Excel and PowerPoint you will probably want to stick to Microsoft Windows. However, if you are an ‘Apple person’ then it will be Mac OS you need to look for, but this only comes on Apple devices, so you pay a premium for this. A Google Chrome laptop works just as well for going online and messaging, but they are designed to be used connected to the internet all the time – so if you want to use your laptop at college that is something to keep in mind.

If the operating system is different to your last laptop it may take a couple of days to get to use to the new one. They are all good, but some of the settings work slightly differently which might take you a bit of time to fathom. Remember a different operating system also needs different versions of software, so don’t assume you can just transfer your old software – because that might not be the case at all! Often older software doesn’t work so well on new laptops, so you might need to factor the cost of new software into the price of your new laptop too.