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Best college laptops for 2020: Apple, Dell, Microsoft and more compared – CNET

Laptops are a foundational tech tool for students. They’re crucial for work — taking notes in class, writing papers and crunching numbers in a spreadsheet — and entertainment tasks like watching Netflix, listening to music and catching up on email.

High school, university and college students on a budget can easily find an entry-level laptop with a decent hard drive, graphics card, display and battery life for $200 to $400. But we think it’s worthwhile to spend a few hundred more on machine with long battery life, a faster SSD and better performance. This list of the best laptops for students is based on our own hands-on use and benchmark testing. We update it regularly as we review new products.

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Note that most of our best laptops for college between $500 and $1,000. If you’re looking for something less expensive — or if you’re open to an alternative to Microsoft Windows and Apple’s MacOS — we recommend checking out the best Chromebooks for students. They’re less expensive but still powerful enough to handle student-life basics such as email,

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