With the return of Target’s back to school jingles playing on every channel on a constant loop, you are probably reminded of your long college checklist if you’re a student. This year you’re going to need to purchase more than a new lunchbox! That’s right, set the gushers and go-gurts aside, it’s time for you to make a responsible decision on which laptop to purchase. With so many different brands and designs, choosing the right laptop can cause a headache. With this guide we hope you can make a confident decision on purchasing a new laptop.
- Keep in mind what your college recommends. Some schools recommend a particular model for their students. This is especially important when looking at what your intended major recommends. For example, a graphic design major would require a laptop with certain systems and updated software, while this may not be as pertinent to you if you are psychology or history major.
- Don’t ignore the campus store. In addition to the benefit of not having a laptop to worry about keeping protected on move-in day, many campus stores have great discounts or promotions. Back in the day (about a year ago) my college gave away a pair of Beats headphones with a purchase of a laptop, which I took full advantage of. In addition to a new pair of headphones, buying from the campus store makes it easier to get product protection and allows you to become familiar with the local tech support.
- PC vs MAC (Yup, I went there). Although this is a controversial topic, it must be addressed because there are certain aspects about both manufacturers that could make their products perfect for you.
- Price: If you want to stay under $1,000, you should plan on choosing a PC. Apple typically prides itself in being a high-end brand, making it more expensive.
- Touchscreen: If a touchscreen is important to you, go with a PC. The only touchscreen characteristics found on a Mac is the touch bar, available on select models.
- Security: PC’s take up the majority of the market, making them an easier target for malware. Less Macs sold = less viruses created for Mac’s operating system (OS X).
- Design: Macs are sleekly designed. If the appearance matters to you, Mac is the one for you.