/// A Laptop for Students

November 14, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Q: I am a college student in the market for a non-clunky laptop. I have a pretty limited budget, $500 or less. I will be using it primarily for research and writing Word documents for school. I’m not into editing videos or pictures or downloading games and such but I do want one that can play DVDs, and don’t want something with too small or too large of a screen. A: Your price range eliminates Macs and the least “clunky” Windows laptops, but there are plenty of choices among Windows PCs around the $500 range. With a budget-driven purchase like this, it’s best to go to a store and actually eyeball the machines, to see which ones have screens and keyboards you favor. I’d also try to stick with name brands, like Acer or Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard or Lenovo. But bear in mind that to get the most out of the new Windows 8 operating system that comes on nearly all laptops now, you will want a touchscreen. Q: We would like to purchase a laptop for our 16-year-old to do school work, surf the Internet and play games.

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