As parents, third party or a student yourself, there are many things you should consider before making the final decision to purchase a laptop. In order to avoid getting a laptop that is not suitable for the you as the student or future owner, below are 5 points you should consider before purchase a laptop for college students.
Communication (Ignore This Point If You Are The Students Himself)
Always communicate and talk to the one who will use the laptop, after-all, you are not the one who will use it and there is no point to get a laptop that usable for you but not the future owner. What information should you know from him that will assist you on the buying process?
Ask him if he has his own preference laptop model. Try to understand how will he will maximize the usage of the laptop beside using it for learning purpose. Blogging? Gaming? As an entertainment machine? Normal internet surfing? Each of the different usage needs different computer performance from the laptop.
From here, you will have some basic ideas of what kind of laptop that you should get for.
Technical support that will be provided to the end user by each manufacturer is an important factor to be consider. It’s because college students rely on their laptop very much where they barely not afford for any downtime. Imagine if he in trying to complete important and final report for his study and the laptop is break down, this will certainly affect their concentration and output.
Research on each manufacturer of their technical support. Are they easy to be reached by phone? Do they offer next day site-visit technical support on that particular area? What will they do if the laptops’ part failure and ETC. If they provided extended warranty coverage, how much it charge? These are all factors you should consider for this point.
When we are saying someone will become a college students, he will be major in certain subject. You must get a laptop that match to his profile on that particular field he is taking. For instance, engineering students normally need to use some very complex software such as calculating and CAD designing, which needs high perfomance on their CPU, memory and also graphic card. The same goes to design school students.
Is the laptop in you plan to buy can cope with the software requirement they will be using? Beside that, if the student will be taking engineering course, please also consider the outer material of the laptop. It’s important for engineering student as they need a tough laptop that can withstand the extreme environment when they are using their laptop inside the lap, workshop or job site.
Ask you self the question is the student staying far away from home or stay on-board? Beside as a workstation for him, he might need some entertainment during his journey to the college or if he staying in hostel, this laptops will certainly become the solely entertainment gadgets for him. Please consider the multimedia function in the laptop that you will purchase for him.
There are a big different choosing a laptop for a design, engineering student, accounting and music student. Each of them needs different kind of size and appearance of laptops. Please also consider what kind of transport he boarding daily, to decide the size and weight of the laptop you will buy for him
Getting the best laptops for college students is not as simple as like you getting a home use PC. It is very important to get a right laptop for student who will be enroll to college as this will greatly affect his learning process in the college and thus impacted to his college life.
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