With the summer days dwindling down and school looming over the horizon, parents and students are eager to begin their back to school shopping. However, finding that perfect laptop can be a daunting task with so many options available. In addition, given today’s economy, value will be an important factor on consumer purchases this season. The following lists a few notebook recommendations for every student’s budget.
Low-End: Toshiba Satellite C655-S5212
For the starving student on a tight budget, value is everything. Fortunately, the Toshiba Satellite C650 series notebook offers an amazing performance-to-price ratio. This 15.6-inch laptop features the new Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3-2310M 2.10GHz processor and the Intel HD 3000 graphics, which is more than speedy enough to handle 1080p video streaming and light gaming. It also comes equipped with 3GB of DDR3 memory, a 320 GB hard drive, and a built-in webcam and microphone for all your multitasking, multimedia and video chatting needs. It is available at BestBuy for $380.
Mid-Range: ASUS A53SV-XN1
Students who want a little more power and entertainment value without breaking the bank should consider the ASUS A53 series notebook. This 15.6 inch multimedia powerhouse comes equipped with an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2410M 2.30 GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M discrete graphics, 6GB of speedy DDR3 memory, a 750GB hard drive, a DVD multi drive and built-in webcam and microphone. If that wasn’t impressive enough, ASUS also bundles a complimentary 1 year free accidental warranty, which can prove a lifesaver for the chaotic environment of a college dorm. It is available at Newegg for $750 with free shipping.
High-End: ASUS G73SW-XA1
PC notebooks on the high end are generally suited for students who want the best resolutions, the fastest processors and the most powerful graphics to play the latest games on max detail or to quickly render large video files. However, top-of-the-line specs do not always necessitate high prices. The ASUS G73 series notebook gives you top-tier performance at a modest price. This 17.3-inch monster comes equipped with everything you would expect from a high end machine: 1920×1080 full HD display, Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.9 GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M discrete graphics, 8GB DDR3 memory, 750GB 7200RPM hard drive, EAX Advanced HD 5.0 audio, DVD multi drive, USB 3.0, backlit keyboard, and a generous 1 year free accidental warranty. If you buy before September 3, 2011 Microsoft will even throw in a free XBOX 360. Get this awesome deal on Amazon for $1350.