Back to School Guide 2012 – Laptop Edition

Laptops are essential in notetaking and writing papers. These laptops will help get the job done. There’s a few for every price range.


Samsung Series 9 – You can get a 13.3″ or 15″ screen with 1600 x 900 display. The unibody aluminum design is stunning to look at and can weigh as little as 2.5 pounds. Toting this laptop around won’t be difficult. While light in weight; it’s heavy in features. While standard is 4GB RAM you can upgrade to 8 GB RAM. 256 SSD and Intel Core i7 for fast performance.

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A – If you need a beautiful screen to be productive. You’ll love this model. The battery lasts a long time on the Prime UX31A. While many haven’t been fans of the trackpad; a good mouse is easy to find and inexpensive.

Alienware M17xR4 – This laptop will run you a pretty penny. It’s for those who actively game and need a laptop that can handle it. You can watch Blu-Ray discs on it too. The M17 is basically your entertainment system on the go (though, it may be somewhat heavy; weighing in at nearly 10 pounds). If you still want an Alienware notebook but can’t afford the M17xR4, try the Alienware M14x. It’s the downsized version.


Samsung Series 5 – Available in a 13.3, 14.0”, or 15.6” display. This laptop has Samsung’s FastStart technology; boots up quickly for those rare times you’re late to class. Very light and thin; making it ideal for school. Intel Core i5 and 4 GB RAM for excellent performance

Lenovo Ideapad U400 – One of the most inexpensive ultrabooks on the market. Weighs a little over 4 pounds; making it easy to carry around school. But it doesn’t sacrifice quality. You can upgrade to an i7 processor and up to 750 GB HDD. You can also view content on your TV with convenient HDMI out port. RapidDrive technology boots your U400 quickly.

Toshiba Portege R835 – This is a full featured 13” laptop. An i5 processor and 6 GB memory promise ideal performance for school. Starting at 3 pounds (4 pounds max with upgrades) you can easily carry this laptop around with the rest of your textbooks. Toshiba laptops are known to be reliable. I’m sure they can handle the roads of a challenging school year.

Sony Vaio E 15 – Sony always makes products that look sleek and sophisticated. The Vaio E 15 isn’t any different; the body is beautifully designed. The inside is nice too. The midsize model has an i5 processor and can be upgraded to an i7. Has plenty of memory and RAM for efficient production. It also comes with Sony’s Creative Suite.


HP G6t – this notebook comes in a variety of colors to suit your personal style. A decent 15.6” LED display, and 500 GB for storage; this notebook has the essentials to get you through the semester.

Asus X64C – This laptop has a lot to offer for the small price tag. It has 6 GB RAM for great performance. 320 GB HDD to store your notes and media is great for this price. With a USB 3.0 port, transferring files is fast. You might want to keep your charger close by seeing as the battery is a bit small and you might have to charge it during/between classes.

Acer Aspire V5 – Acer is known for their affordable laptops. The V5 is portable with its light and lean body. You have a choice of three screen sizes from 11”, 14.0”, and 15.6”. You can also choose from a few color choices. Connectivity is great with a USB 3.0 port and Bluetooth 4.0.

Samsung Series 3 – Affordable and Portable; all you need. This laptop has Samsung’s FastStart technology which will have you booted up in seconds. Also with their PowerPlus Battery Technology; giving you a long battery life. You have an option of 11.2” or 15.6” screen size; 4 GB Ram and 500 HDD.