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Being a college or university student can be costly. Instant noodles, tuition fees, books and most importantly, a good computer. With the falling costs of mobile computers, a laptop or notebook is currently the preferred choice for most students. Their portability allows you to carry them with you anywhere easily.

With the current advances in computing, you don’t have to spend a premium price on a perfectly capable notebook computer which will see you through to graduation. As we’ve all been students before, we know how important it is to invest in a good computer. To help you select the best one for your needs, read on to find out which laptop is the right choice for you.

Should you have a laptop for school?

Should you have a laptop for college

While today's colleges and universities offer a computer lab and other related resources for student-use, it's much more convenient and even life-saving to own your own laptop. The main reason being is that you can take and complete work anywhere without worries. Especially if you're someone who tends to 'procrastinate', it'd be a better choice to crunch on your laptop last-minute in your private space comfortably than publically in the computer lab.

Moreover, with many tedious assignments that need more than a day to complete, finishing up your work one step at a time, whenever and wherever will give you a peaceful mind. Also, owning a laptop will give you the huge flexibility to complete your assignments and group projects at your convenience without relying on the opening hours of your school's computer lab.

Dell Inspiron 14-3467
Best student laptops with windows 10
Buy Now RM1,499.00

Dell puts together their notebook computer’s right here in Malaysia at their Penang factory. Their Inspiron 14-3467 notebook features the capable i3-6006 Processor running at 2.0 GHz, 4GB of fast DDR4 RAM, 1 TB SATA HDD, 14-inch HD LED Display and many other great features.  

It also comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit which saves you the hassle of installing an operating system on your own. All in all, this is a great all rounder which is up to the task for even processor heavy workloads.

Best with DVD drive and i5 processor – suitable for coding
HP 15-DA0006TX Black
Best with DVD drive and i5 processor – suitable for coding
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If for some reason you need the processing power of the i5 processor, then the HP 15-DA00006TX is one of the most reasonably priced i5 powered notebooks from a trusted brand.

This one comes with an i5-8250U (1.6-3.4 GHz) processor, 4GB of DDR4 Ram and Super Multi DVD writer. There’s also a 1 TB SATA HDD along with an NVIDIA® GeForce® MX110 Graphics Chip, 2 GB dedicated video RAM and a huge 15.6-inch FHD display.

For the price, you’re getting a machine capable of running intense graphics programs or complex coding without breaking a sweat.

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Best laptop for students under RM 2,000
Asus VivoBook Max X441M 14" Laptop
Best laptop for students under RM 2,000
Buy Now RM1,300.00

For those tight on budget, you can get your hands on the Asus Vivo Book X441M 14-inch laptop. It has a 6th Generation Intel Celeron Dual Core N3350 processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, 14-inch HD Display and Windows 10.

This particular laptop is suitable for most productivity applications, light gaming and simple internet surfing, which should be suitable for most students.

Best student laptop with SSD
MSI GL63 8RD-410MY Gaming Laptop
Best student laptop with SSD
Buy Now RM4,220.00

The MSI GL63 8RD 410MY is a good value for the high-end specifications it offers. It has an Intel Core i7-8750 Processor, an 8GB RAM and a Geforce GTX1050 for speedy runs of programs and entertainment. There’s also an enjoyable Wide View FHD Display and a 1TB SATA HDD with 128GB SSD. In short, this is a highly desirable laptop.

Marketed as an entry-level gaming laptop, the MSI will easily breeze through any program including resource-hungry ones such as AUTOCAD, Photoshop and SPSS. When you’re done with your schoolwork, go all out with any PC game titles at 1080P.

Best student laptop for the money
Acer One 10 S1003-1671 10.1" Laptop Grey
Best student laptop for the money
Buy Now RM1,049.00

If you’re on a tight budget but absolutely must get a new laptop, you should check out the Acer One 10 S1003. This 2 in 1 laptop comes with an Intel Atom X5 Z8350 processor at 1.44-1.92GHZ, 2GB of DDR3L RAM and a 64GB e-MMC Storage. Not too small, it’s made with a 10.1-inch touchscreen LED Display, paired with an Intel Integrated Hardware Graphics Accelerator.

The keyboard is detachable, enabling it to function as a standalone tablet which expands the usage possibilities of the device.

Best university student laptop - for video editing, graphics design
Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-51-75WB)
Best university student laptop - for video editing, graphics design
Buy Now RM4,899.00
add_circle Upgraded screen with 144 Hz refresh rate
add_circle Solid performance
add_circle Runs cool and quiet with daily use
remove_circle Runs hot and noisy under load
remove_circle Some arguable design decisions

The Acer Predator Helios doesn’t come cheap especially for most struggling college students. But, if you’re a multimedia or graphics major, then this model is one of the most reasonably priced laptops that can crunch through graphics-intensive tasks such as video editing and complex 3D-graphic design.

Its speedy multitask nature is all thanks to its Intel Core i7-8750H, 8GB fast DDR4 RAM and over-clock-able NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 graphics accelerator with 6GB of dedicated VRAM.  These high-end specifications make this laptop well suited to any intensive programs and even the latest resource-hungry 3D games.

MacBook Air 13.3-inch with Retina Display (2019)
Best for College & Lightweight
Buy Now RM4,699.00
add_circle Great design
add_circle Better keyboard from the previous generation
add_circle Excellent screen display
remove_circle Pricey
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As the student life revolves a fair amount of mobility from travelling between classes, libraries and sometimes even cafes, it makes a good deal of sense to consider the very portable MacBook Air.

The 2019 MacBook Air comes with a brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology, a new generation of keyboard, Force Touch Trackpad and a Touch ID. With up to 12 hours of battery life, you can now do more without needing to worry about battery life!

At its side are two Thunderbolt 3 USB C ports so you can transfer files with massive sizes faster up to 40 Gbps. If you want, connect up to four 4K displays or up to two 5K displays to increase productivity.

Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch) With Touch Bar and Touch ID
Best with long battery life – suitable for Photoshop CC and AutoCAD
Buy Now RM5,499.00

The MacBook Pro is excellent for those needing to do Photoshop and AutoCAD. Built with the latest Intel Core processors, MacBook Pro reaches new heights in compute performance.

With its stunning Retina Display, contents shot in 4K look incredibly vivid and sharp whether editing or viewing. Running on a blazing-fast SSD that upgradeable up to 4TB in storage, store as many large files and bring it wherever you go without any worries!

Also configurable up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM (13-inch), rendering large 3D model files on AutoCAD has never been more fast and convenient. Wherever your ideas take you, you’ll get there faster than ever.

Buying Apple Products for Education?

Are you thinking of getting a Mac or an iPad for school but the prices are too high for you? Don't worry. Apple has got you covered!

Apple has special pricing for academic institutions. Whether you or your parents are buying one for your university college, if you're a teacher or a university lecturer/ staff, you're eligible for the special pricing.

Just head over to Apple's Education Store Home webpage, and browse through to purchase the one that you want.

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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