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
Dell XPS 13 (9380)SGD 1899.00
Acer One 10SGD 398
Lenovo Yoga C630SGD 633.21
ASUS VivoBook S15 - S531FL-BQ188T(G)SGD 1598
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019)SGD 1899.00
Lenovo Ideapad L340 15-inch (81LW000QSB)SGD 729
HP Pavilion X360 14-inchSGD 949
Acer Chromebook 15SGD 380
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2SGD 1518
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.
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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There are many reasons to buy a laptop. But we shall answer the most important question of all:
Why you should buy a laptop specifically for school?
Today, laptops are essential to completing your assignments and digesting lessons more efficiently. With the right laptop, projects are done much better, neater, faster and more accurately especially for certain fields like budding graphic designers and videographers.
For example, some laptops come with a better screen to ensure accurate colour grading or high RAM for those who need to run heavy software on the daily. Of course, these laptops can cost a bomb, so always buy a computer that's appropriate for your level and field. 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.
Now that you're clear on that, here's to know...
Where to buy a laptop?
Laptops can be pretty expensive in Singapore. Lucky for you, there are many stores out there that offers good deals to students at budget-friendly prices. Here's a few of them that you should focus on:
- Lazada.sg - If there's a merchant that's well known for branded tech and home appliances, it's got to be Lazada. You can shop from local to international sets here.
- Amazon.sg - Looking for an international set instead? Amazon is where you should go. Get products here that even Singapore local stores may not have. A word of advice; remember to check for warranty cover, because chances are it's only applicable in America.
- Courts.sg - Log onto here and check out their 14,000 offerings for whatever tech that you're seeking. This also makes it easier for you to set the benchmark when it comes to pricing.
- Best Denki - Come here for your electronic goods for all home goods and tech gadgets. They also frequently offer deals that are too good to be missed.
- HarveyNorman - This electronic store has almost any kind of electronics good that you need, whether it's a refrigerator or a laptop. Their physical stores are also available nationwide in case you want to do some price-checking or inspection.
- Courts Megastore, Tampines - We understand if you prefer to shop in a physical store. So, do drop by at the biggest Courts in Singapore that's just beside Ikea Tampines.
- Challenger, Bugis Junction - This store is definitely a budget-friendly price galore, offering everything at an exclusive deal. If you can't make it for their flagship store in Bugis Junction, don't worry as they have over 40 outlets for you to make your purchase.
- Mustafa Centre, Syed Alwi Road - In Singapore's only 24-hour shopping mall, are many shops that offer full-ranged electronics including laptops at unbeatable prices. With so many varieties of goods in-stock, shopping at this hypermarket lets you compare prices easily.
- Funan Mall, North Bridge Road - Be amazed at what this one-stop mall has to offer. Not only does it have over 30 electronics and technology store available, but it also houses some of the world's first concept stores including Samsung Smart Home retail and Google Experience Zone.
- Parasilk, Holland Village - Try your luck at Parasilk, the OG store that offers "legendary" prices rivalling even online merchants. They sell almost any electronic product that you're looking for.
When to buy
Tech goods can be very expensive in Singapore, and we understand that! If you can wait, make sure to buy whatever you fancy during these special periods:
IT Show, COMEX, The PC Show, SITEX
Throughout the year, there are a couple of tech expos such as these to catch a product at a great discount and promotion. You don't only get to learn more about new tech products available in Singapore, but also get the chance to seal in exclusive deals that throws in gifts.
Great Singapore Sales - (June to July)
If all you want is just a good deal regardless of online or offline purchase, best buy them during the nation's sale period. You are sure to not miss it, as many physical stalls and banks offer huge discounts as well as deals respectively.
11.11 - (Single's Day, 11th November)
To celebrate the idea of being single (aka 11.11), catch an irresistible deal no matter which website you go to on this day. (Don't worry, everyone is free to participate! Not only do you get to enjoy sales on Singaporean websites, but also China and the rest of the region.
Besides Alibaba, drop by shops like Lazada, Shopee or Qoo10. Do check out our reviews and comparison of products in order to secure the best buy possible!
Black Friday & Cyber Monday - (The next Friday & Monday after Thanksgiving)
If you're eyeing on something from America, wait for Black Friday & CyberMonday. The former generally focuses on offering the best deals for electronics whereas the latter on tech. But no matter which day you choose, websites these days would usually just host it as one, same shopping festive. You should still, check the promotional page or here on ProductNation to see special deals that may only occur at a certain time of the sales period.
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.
So, here are considerations to make the right choice and investment for your budget:
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. Instead, you'll 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. Understanding a student's life, we recommend anything that gets you 8 hours minimum on a single charge.
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 it can be pricier (such as ultrabooks).
Generally, laptops are commonly between 1.5-2kg. But, if you can take on more than that, then any machine shouldn't be a problem (we recommend avoiding gaming laptops because they're really heavy). However, if you think that's too much as you do carry books with you, consider a notebook that's just around 1.2 to 1.5kg.
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 in 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.
This is something many may overlook. The importance of having a warranty is to save money for when your device needs it especially when it's new. Often, new releases would benefit the warranty most as you don't know what bugs and technical problems it may face. Therefore, ensure that you have at least 1 year of warranty.
Additionally, check if it has either nationwide or international warranty. If your product is from Amazon.sg (or anywhere outside of Singapore), the ideal choice is, of course, international warranty. To note, a couple of brands provide full international warranty support, namely Lenovo, Dell and Asus.
Yes, brands do matter! Today, different brands are known for a certain range or quality. For example, Asus is loved for its customer service and reasonably good valued products whereas Lenovo offers many budget options as well as IBM (business) laptops. Apple MacBooks may not be cheap, but they excel at seamless execution, and Dell provides premium quality laptop but can be quite pricey for some.
By doing some background check on a brand, you'll be able to get an idea of their product quality.
Thankfully, there are lots of brands that offer many budget options. As mentioned, Lenovo and Asus are known for offering laptops at a great value. But be aware that the built quality may not be the best, so you'll have to leverage the expected durability of the product. If you do have more cash to spare, you can consider laptops that may be on the higher end but are said to offer longer-lasting use.
Another feature that's often overlooked; you do NOT want to miss out this fast. The size and display is important as it will play a role in how often, when and where you use your laptop. We recommend these specs to meet the minimum satisfaction for comfort and various use:
- Brightness level - 250nits and above to meet most settings.
- Resolution - At least 1920 x 1080p so you can have clearer/more detailed visuals.
- Screen type - IPS offers the least reflective viewing angles whereas OLED (fairly new in laptops) offers vivid colours.
- Refresh rate - How often the screen refreshes to update itself. Most laptops come with 60Hz. But if you want to game, go for something higher!
- Response rate - How long the screen takes to respond in changing colours. Games will benefit anything under 5ms.
Gone are the days when HDD (hard disk drive) is the norm. Although they are pricier, we'd recommend SSDs (Solid State Drive) for your new laptop. This is because HDDs uses an actual disk (hardware) to run and store your files, which can take time to load your files. Meanwhile, SSDs uses flash memory, which lets you access files much quicker than HDDs. With a faster SSD, you wouldn't need to worry too much about having the biggest RAM space.
The only downside is that SSDs are generally pricier, but that's something to pay for the amount of time you'll save from loading files. As a student, you should be getting at least 200+ GB worth of storage. More so if you plan to have your laptop store everything from day one.
To simply put, Random Access Memory (RAM) is where you store and access applications that are already loaded and opened right away. With apps stored in your RAM, you do not need to pull them out of your storage drive and take time to re-load them again. With a higher RAM, means you can leave more apps open without completely closing them.
Today, it's best to have 8GB of RAM for general use. You can get away with 8GB for those who casually game. But do consider 16GB if you load many heavy games and apps such as for photo and video editing.
There are two things to think about here: what software bundle comes with the laptop and what software your laptop is capable of running.
Tying back all the factors previously mentioned, different laptops with different specifications can run different programs better. For example, Macbooks are touted to run Adobe apps smoothly whereas Windows laptops can run games much better than Macs.
Moreover, some sellers do offer a set of software for productivity use. Depending on the type of laptop and its brand, you may or may not need this set of software. For example, if you need to write often, Microsoft Word is a must for Windows laptops whereas you can get by with Pages which is readily-installed in a Macbook.
The difference between these two is that Pages is free (on the app store) whereas Microsoft Word isn't. Lucky you, there are many free alternatives out there for you to try, whereas apps, in general, are more limited for Apple products. Not to worry, both laptops are supported by many applications on the internet.
Operating System Platform
There's no OS that's better than the other. They are simply based on your preferences. The 3 most popular ones are Windows, MacOS & Linux.
When it comes to flexibility, Windows offer it best. They are also probably the first OS that you'll use in computer class, is widely available across several devices and they can support almost any app. Meanwhile, MacOS is always known for its simplicity, security and seamlessness especially when you execute hand/mouse gestures.
Meanwhile, Linux is a family of open-sourced OS that offers a much better interface for those working on building websites. There are many to choose from such as Elementary OS, Ubuntu, CentOS and more. Although open-sourced, Linux OSes are also generally faster and offer more security compared to Windows.
We suggest trying each OS types before you make a purchase unless you're confident in learning new platforms and being flexible enough.
Buying a laptop shouldn't be as confusing as it seems. As long as you follow our recommended specs, you can roughly narrow down to a laptop that suits your needs.
Here are some additional tips that you may not be aware of when buying a laptop:
You may or may not be aware of this, but the size of your laptop plays a role in determining how powerful the machine is. Generally, a 15-inch laptop offers the best of both moderate power and portability. 13-inch typically offers less power (unless you can pay for pricey ultrabooks) whereas 17-inch laptops are more powerful yet least-portable.
The size of your laptop will greatly affect its portability and viewing comfort as well. Therefore, choose wisely on which feature you'd want to prioritise on.
Buying a 2-in-1
You want a laptop that can also double as a tablet for portability purposes. There's nothing wrong with that, but it needs to be thought of carefully. First and foremost, 2-in-1 laptops are not going to be the best main powerhouse for you. Compared to general 13-inch laptops, 2-in-1s will always be inferior in terms of power. If you're looking for a secondary device to your main computer, then a 2-in-1 is a great choice. But we wouldn't recommend it as the main driver.
You're ready to choose a laptop that has all the whistles and bells. But do you really need them? Often, we get swayed by a product's cool features which you'll likely be paying a high price tag for. Only to realise that you don't utilise them as much as you'd thought.
Take the time to review what you're paying for in a laptop will help you greatly in determining the right valued laptop. Instead of wanting touch-screen (which can drain battery), consider if you're better off paying for a laptop that gives you either more power or storage - both of which are highly useful for your education journey.
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