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Formal education is not something to be taken lightly. It’s a point in our lives where we build foundations for the future – an investment. However, no one said you have to rely on learning only the traditional way.

Today, laptops are essential to completing your assignments and digesting lessons more efficiently. Also, with a decent laptop, you can finish projects quicker and be more organized with work. With the right laptop, projects are done much better and more accurately especially for certain fields like budding graphic designers and videographers.

Here are the top laptops for students of any field:

Top 9 Laptops for students in Singapore 

Best laptop for C++ programming
1. Dell XPS 13 (9380)
Best overall laptop for students
add_circle Powerful
add_circle Value for money
add_circle Full HD screen
add_circle Light games are possible
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remove_circle Expensive

CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U Processor | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Memory: 8GB RAM | Storage: 256GB SSD | Screen: 13.3-inch 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge Touch Display | Weight: 1.23 kg | OS: Windows 10

Dell continues to please consumers with its performance from the latest XPS 13 model. Its powerful performance lets you not only do your assignments peacefully but also allows for light gaming thanks to the 620 Intel graphics card.

With a repositioned of its webcam and an upgrade of the display screen to full HD, the laptop also excels with visuals that'll be pleasing to the eyes. Although it's pricey for a student's budget, the laptop should last you through university life and even until you graduate.

Best 2-in-1 laptop for college students on a tight budget
2. Acer One 10
Best 2-in-1 laptop - suitable for medical and law students
add_circle Affordable
add_circle Portable
add_circle Convertible into a tablet - taking better photos are possible
remove_circle Slower than most laptops

CPU: Intel Atom Quad Core Processor 1.44GHz | Graphics: Intel Integrated | Memory: 4GB RAM | Storage: 64GB eMMC | Screen: 10.1 Inches | Weight: 1.195 kg | OS: Windows 10

With regards to its performance, the Acer One 10 is quite decent thanks to its Intel Atom processor and 4GB of RAM. In a nutshell, it still gets the job done. You can even play casual games, too.

As it's a tablet convertible, you can quickly take photos or videos directly from the device instead of using a separate camera. And since it has a keyboard, you can encode data a lot faster than a tablet. Therefore, we recommend that it's great for document viewing and editing for students like law and medical who don’t need too much processing power but still requires assistance from a portable device.

Best laptop with long battery life for students
3. Lenovo Yoga C630
Best laptop with long battery life for students
add_circle Nice, slim design
add_circle Has 4G LTE - no need for wi-fi
remove_circle Lacking in power
remove_circle Audio is not as full-sounding

CPU: Snapdragon 850 | Graphics: Adreno 630 GPU | Memory: Up to 8GB | Storage: Up to 256GB SSD | Screen: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1280 display | Weight: 1.2 kg | OS: Windows 10

If all you need is a simple laptop to do assignments (meaning, no gaming or crazy graphic/video editing), this laptop will do you just fine. Equipped with not only 4G LTE connectivity but it's also very lightweight and slim in design which extends its prowess of being an ultra-portable device.

Although not the most powerful machine for heavy users, it will power you through simple media consumption such as Netflix and also editing documents for up to 12 hours.

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Best for engineering and computer science students
4. ASUS VivoBook S15 - S531FL-BQ188T(G)
Best for engineering and computer science students
add_circle Decent performance
add_circle Great display
add_circle Good storage hybrid amount
remove_circle Short battery life

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-8565U | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX250 | Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: 512GB SSD | Screen: 15.6 Inches | Weight: 1.8 kg | OS: Windows 10

At a glance, one of the most elegantly-designed laptops is the VivoBook S15. It has a visually stunning 15.6-inch screen that’s in full-HD while powered by an i7-8565U processor. Furthermore, it has a dedicated graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce MX250), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a generous storage combination of 512GB SSD.

It’s just the perfect blend of performance for superior productivity needed by most engineers and computer science professionals. And with a huge storage, there’s no need for external storage devices for your bulky files.

As an engineering standard, the laptop is capable of running both AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel simultaneously in windowed mode without any noticeable lag. And for programmers, it can smoothly test your applications at its optimum. Goodbye, unreliable dry runs.

Best MacBook laptop - for graphic designing and video editing students
5. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019)
Best MacBook laptop - for graphic designing and video editing students
add_circle Excellent display
add_circle Very light - portable
add_circle Very powerful
remove_circle Expensive
remove_circle Few ports

CPU: From 1.4GHz quad-core, Intel Core i5 processor | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 | Memory: up to 16GB | Storage: up to 2TB SSD | Screen: 13.3 Inches | Weight: 1.37 kg | OS: mac OS Catalina

Apple is well-known for its superb-quality computers that are particularly built for graphic design, image editing (photo and video), and ease of use. However, it’s pricey. But then again, it assures anyone who’s into creating beautiful imagery using Adobe Photoshop CC a flawless experience.

2019's MacBook Pro is powered by an 8th generation quad-core i5 processor with a starting 8GB of RAM and an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 graphics card. Like its predecessors, it is capable of handling heavy-duty tasks due to heavy programs for photo and video editing.

The laptop is a prime choice among professional graphic designers due to Apple’s Touch Bar, which replaces the function keys into multiple, customizable shortcuts that allow for editing that's ten times faster.

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Best gaming laptop for students
6. Lenovo Ideapad L340 15-inch (81LW000QSB)
Best gaming laptop for students
add_circle Value for money
add_circle Good enough power for most games
add_circle Portable for a gaming laptop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor | Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega8 Graphics | Memory: 8GB | Storage: 2TB 5400 rpm | Screen: 15.6-inches HD LED AntiGlare, 1366x768 | Weight: 2.2kg | OS: Windows 10

Gaming laptops aren't always the best; they're expensive and bulky. Instead, what you need is a laptop that's powerful yet affordable and portable enough to get you through school and play.

Enter Lenovo's Ideapad L340. Offering quite a good selection of specs together with an affordable price, you can play any games you want as long as it's at mid-range settings. Additionally, with a big display that has an antiglare coat together with a built-in shutter for covering your webcam (which is HD, by the way), you can work in peace.

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Best all-rounder laptop - for media and music production students
7. HP Pavilion X360 14-inch
Best all-rounder laptop - for media and music production students
add_circle Great speaker support
add_circle Well-balanced in terms of performance
add_circle Not too heavy as well
remove_circle Storage is on the lower-side

CPU: Intel Core i5-8265U, 1.6GHz | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Memory: 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB SSD | Screen: 14-inches, 1080p, has touch support | Weight: 1.55 kg | OS: Windows 10

For those that just need an all-rounder which is powerful enough to do almost anything including light gaming, the HP Pavilion X360 is a dependable laptop with great specs and great audio support. It has built-in Bang & Olufsen audio system together with HP Audio Boost so editing clips or videos will be quite convenient.

Not only that, but colour reproduction is good enough, although its screen is not the brightest. Aside from its comfortable-to-type keyboard, the laptop has a touchscreen (with pen support) which is convenient in allowing you to tweak settings much faster during editing mode. For its battery life, you can expect a decent time of 6 hours.

Best Chromebook for students
8. Acer Chromebook 15
Best Chromebook for students
add_circle Super fast start-up
add_circle Good build
remove_circle Low storage
remove_circle Limited apps and functions

CPU: Intel Celeron dual-core processor N3350 | Graphics: Integrated | Memory: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Screen: 15.6 Inches | Weight: 1.8 Kg | OS: Chrome

A Chromebook laptop, which is specifically designed for Google applications and web browsing, may not offer much in terms of application support. But it is an affordable machine that's ideal for students who need a simple machine for browsing and to do heavy research.

The best thing about Chromebooks is that it's light on energy consumption, so its battery life last longer than most laptops. It's also pretty fast even with so-so specs and has a built-in antivirus provided by Google. The only thing about it though is that it has very limited functionality. 

Best lightweight-portable laptop for students
9. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
Best lightweight-portable laptop for students
add_circle Good built
add_circle Beautiful design
add_circle Super portable
add_circle Great processing power
remove_circle No USB C ports

CPU: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-8250U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Memory: up to 16GB | Storage: up to 1TB SSD | Screen: 13.5-inch Retina display, 2256 x 1504, PixelSense support | Weight: 1.2 kg | OS: Windows 10

One thing's for sure about the Surface Laptop 2 is that its looks and weight virals Macbooks. It's portable, has good performance, is good-looking with a sturdy built and has long battery life.

With a decent keyboard and audio, the laptop should get you through your assignments and other media uses without much issue. As its processor isn't the strongest, you can pretty much operate most applications and carry out day-to-day tasks except for heavy games or video editing.

Besides being someone who'll write a lot, other reasons you'll want to consider this lightweight laptop is its good screen and above-average battery life.

How to Choose the Best Laptop as a Student

Being a student is tough. You either rely on your parents for your financial needs or on your part-time job. We understand that it's going to be expensive no matter how you look at it. Nevertheless, your budget shouldn't be the only reason for your purchase decision. You're getting a laptop to make your university days smoother and easier. It's an investment, and here are a few things you need to consider for you to make the right choice.

Battery Life

How long your laptop lives is vital. You don't want to bring a machine where you have to sit next to an outlet just to charge it. You want a laptop that can be used anywhere at any given time, especially during classes where you need to execute or take note of something. Each student is different, and some require a laptop on almost all subjects while some on just a few. Consider how many hours do you actually need your machine to function for you.


If you're studying in a huge university, and you have to transfer rooms here and there every now and then, getting a more compact laptop might be your optimal choice - although pricier. If you can take on two kilograms of extra weight, then any machine shouldn't be a problem. However, if you think that's too much as you do carry books with you, consider a notebook that's just around a kilogram.


Some students only need a laptop for their projects and to make studying easier. However, some rely on it to run more complex programs. If you're the latter, best invest on a machine that has superb specs. Yes, it will cost more, but it's not going to add more headaches as it can run every program you throw at it.


Laptops are not made equal, and that's actually better as it gives you options that will best suit your needs. Never buy a computer just to impress people. If you only need a computer to write down notes, opting for a thousand-dollar machine is just overkill. Always go for what benefits you the most.

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