A laptop is a big commitment, and no two are the same. If you’re looking for a laptop that’s going to last throughout your academic career, it’s important to pick out one that’s catered to your specific needs. The three laptops below are popular options by Dell, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, check out their website for additional models and features.
For the student who’s trying to save money.
Ever since home computers became a “thing” in the ’90s, my family has been purchasing from Dell. So, when I wanted to buy my first laptop in college, I knew that they were the brand I’d want to buy from. In 2008, I discovered the Inspiron 1525 model. It came with the quality I had come to expect from Dell growing up, and it was offered at a reasonable price, even for a college student. Five years later, my Inspiron 1525 is still alive and kicking!
The latest “everyday laptop” model, the Inspiron 15, is perfect for the student who wants to use their laptop for popular tasks, such as browsing the web, uploading pictures, and typing up papers. It can be purchased with with the latest operating system, Windows 8, which can help prepare you in the future for the technologically-involved business world.
In addition to its useful features, the Inspiron 15 has been rigorously tested against extreme conditions. As Dell likes to put it, “it’s designed for the real world — because that’s where life happens.” For example, in order to ensure that the hinges remain tight, they open and close the lid 20,000 times. Buttons are made to survive 40,000 pushes with no problem, and the battery can be removed and reinstalled 750 times. It can even tolerate temperatures as high as 149°F!
Right now, you can buy this laptop for as low as $299! Just make sure you purchase it soon as possible — the deal only lasts until tomorrow!
For the student gamer.
On the Alienware 17, the crystal-clear graphics can be displayed on an HD antiglare screen while the sound comes out from Klipsch-certified speakers. The 1TB Quad Play solid-state drive can handle as many games as you dream to add on your laptop, all at lightning speeds. You can even create custom lighting and special effects to suit your unique gaming style.
If you want to make friends at school who have the same interests as you, and make your room the “go-to” hangout after class, this laptop will serve that purpose. Everyone needs a break from homework now and then!
For the student who expects the best of the best.
Do you want a laptop that’s sleek and lightweight but still powerful? This XPS 13 Ultrabook is a slim 6 mm at its thinnest point, 18 mm at its thickest point, and weighs less than 3 pounds! The laptop turns on in just 12 seconds, and when it’s in sleep mode, it keeps your email, contacts, calendar, and social networks up to date. The 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processors make this Ultrabook twice as fast as their last-generation model, delivering the speed and performance you’ve come to expect from the XPS family.
Jessica Dolnick sets up many of the merchants that you see on We-Care.com, and through extensive research and personal experiences, writes about them in the Philanthropic Shopper. Jessica has always been passionate about the nonprofit sector – before working at We-Care.com, she organized benefit concerts, volunteered at her local hospital, and raised over $50,000 for her alma mater. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University at Albany.