6 Must-Have Laptop Features for 2016 (College Edition)

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Touchscreens, Battery Life, 2-in-1 Hybrids, Laplets: Every year, the standards for laptops increases drastically as technology develops. In 2014, lots of new technologies started to become normal compared to all the years prior. The Laptop Features for 2016 mentioned in this article are the ones to look for to maximize your college experience.


1) Battery Life

batteryBattery life is an absolute necessity in college. You’ll be going from class to class, and if your laptop dies, you’re pretty much screwed. Classes are becoming more and more reliant on the use of laptops for classwork, so you’ll need your laptop to last you all day long. In 2015, we expect companies (and they already have!) to start creating more powerful batteries and optimizing battery life in their laptops. We have already started to see companies like Dell and Sony creating laptops with 12-15 hours of battery life, which is incredible.

For a laptop with a stable, long-lasting battery life, we suggest the Macbook Air.

For a Chromebook with long-lasting battery life, we suggest the Acer Chromebook or ASUS Chromebook.


2) Touch Screen

2015musthave3In 2014, touchscreen laptops started to pop up among all manufactures. Now, they are pretty much a necessity in the lightweight laptop category. Windows 8 introduced a new perspective to operating systems, by integrating touch screen features all-around, making it possible for companies to make laptops specifically for touch screen use. Touch screens will help you easily navigate through your computer, create quick drawings, and even allow you to ditch the keyboard (for laptops that support this). Imagine yourself in class, without the need for a physical notebook, being able to keep your handwritten notes on your computer completely organized. This is extremely useful for art & architecture students, as well as any creative media majors.

For a fully-featured laptop with an awesome touchscreen, we highly recommend the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.

For a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop with touchscreen features that had Palm Block Protection, we suggest the Surface Pro 3.


 3) Lightweight-ness

black-feather2Let’s face it, on most days, you won’t be hanging in your dorm 24/7. You’ll be lugging your laptop around most of the time as well too, since you should probably get your homework done between hanging with friends and raiding the dining hall. You’re gonna want to get a laptop that doesn’t weigh too much because a heavy laptop can be a real burden for average college student. Luckily, we got some sweet laptops that will pack all the awesome specs that you need into a lightweight, fully capable laptop.

For a laptop that is super light and packs some awesome specs, we suggest the Macbook Air, or its competitor the Dell XPS 13.

 


4) High Resolution Display

Apple made Retina displays, and Dell made Infinity displays. Why? Because high resolution displays are very important for the average college studentretinadisplay. You’re going to be spending hours, days, and weeks doing assignments, watching movies, and playing games on your laptop, and a bad screen would be very annoying after time. You’re going to need a good display, which means high resolutions of 720p, 1080p, or even 4K. Not only will it make typing papers better, but it will also make watching movies more enjoyable.

For laptops that have stellar displays, make sure to check out the Macbook Air, Dell XPS 13, ASUS ZenBookand the Surface Pro 3.


5) Solid State Drive (SSD)

ssdCollege students tend to be everywhere, all at the same time. The typical college students go to class, the library, the coffee shop, their friends’ dorms, and more everyday. The laptop you’ll be needing needs to be able to boot up quickly, and be ready to go at an instant. Solid State Drives help you do boot up, and use your software quickly without the lag of a regular hard drive. Laptops will SSD’s built-in boot in around 10-12 seconds, and open programs in 30% of the time it would take on a regular hard drive. No more having to wait when you need to do something quickly on your laptop! Some laptops like Chromebooks, and Apple products even have Flash Memory, which is even faster.

If you need to check some laptops with speedy hard drives, check out the Macbook Air, Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga Pro 2,  ASUS ZenBookand the Surface Pro 3.


6) Flexibility

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Between dorm life and going to class, college students use their laptops for everything. In 2014, 2-in-1 hybrid laptops took flight with laptops like the Surface Pro 3, Transformer Book, Yoga Pro, etc. These laptops can be a tablet, and a laptop, all at one time. Why is this useful? Imagine yourself after a long day of studying, longing to watch a movie. Instead of pulling out your tablet, or annoying your dorm-mate with the TV, just turn your laptop into a tablet (or detach the screen) and kick back. This is especially useful for media, art, and architecture students who do a lot of viewing and don’t need a keyboard for many of their activities. All of these 2-in-1 hybrid laptops are touchscreen, so don’t worry about having a trackpad!

For the best 2-in-1 hybrid laptops on the market, check out the Surface Pro 3, Acer Transformer Book, or HP Spectre x360.

 

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