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The best notebooks for students focus on portability features and decent configuration, and are available under $1000.

College students frequently need to move their laptops from one class to another which necessitates a weight limit of 1.8 â?? 2 Kgs and a screen size not larger than 14 inches.
Furthermore, the battery life of the notebook can not be compromised on since students typically work on battery power; and a good 6 â?? 7 hours battery back up, along with at least 1GB RAM and 160 GB or more of hard disk space is what you need to look for.

The best student notebook combines good configuration with Wi-Fi access, a DVD drive and a couple of USB ports atleast to conform well to student needs.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
Asus ZenBook UX305F
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Apr 2015
May 2015
Display Size
13.3 in.
12.3 in.
13.3 in.
13.3 in.
12.5 in.
Display
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1440 x 900
12.3 inches, Standard, 2736 x 1824
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
12.5 inches, IPS LCD, 2560 x 1440
Hard Drive
128 GB, Flash storage
16GB SSD
256 GB, SSD
128 GB, SSD
Installed Memory
4 GB
8 GB
8 GB, 8 GB
Operating System
Apple OS X El Capitan
Google Chrome
Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1
Processor
1.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5250U
2.4 GHz, Intel Core m3
1.70 GHz Intel Celeron 3215U
0.8 MHz, Intel Core M 5Y10
1.2 GHz, Intel Core M-5Y71
Laptop Type
Ultraportable, Flash storage
General Purpose, Ultraportable

  • The latest upgrade of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air brings a more powerful Core i5 processor and an astounding 17.5 hours of battery life. It remains our top choice for ultraportable laptops.


  • While we wish it had a better display, the 2015 MacBook Air is superfast and lasts longer on a charge than any other ultraportable today.


  • After some extensive testing, we found the MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) to be little different overall to the 2014 model. The Thunderbolt 2 update will prove useful for connecting to high-resolution UHD displays, and a few percent of added processor power is never unwelcome. But hoped-for improvements in graphics performance and battery longevity did not arise in our testing, in spite of a new Intel processor which was expected to shepherd benefits in both areas.


  • The Surface Pro 4 is the best version of Microsoft's tablet yet, with a stellar display, snappy performance, and more than 10 hours of battery life. With Windows 10, the Surface Pen, and optional Type Cover, it can replace your laptop.


  • While it might not look new on the outside, the Surface Pro 4 features a faster CPU, bright high-res screen and improved Type Cover but with much less battery life.


  • A host of small refinements cements the Surface Pro 4's position as the best-in-class Windows tablet -- so long as you're prepared to pay extra for the required keyboard cover accessory.


  • The Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB35 puts a bright, highly accurate display and stellar battery life in a sharp, silver form that makes it the Chromebook to beat.


  • If you want a Chromebook, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the one we recommend. It has a great screen, looks good and delivers in every way that matters.


  • With its ultraslim profile, the Asus Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 midrange ultraportable certainly redefines the concept of thin. Unfortunately, its performance isn't as impressive.


  • The new ZenBook is a great home for Intel’s new Core M processor, which proved up to basic daily tasks in Windows with no obvious lag in the interface. Good battery life and decent screen quality are further plus points to a well-made case with a familiar design to Apple fans. At a price of £650 this is an attractive package as a carry-anyway Windows laptop.


  • The Asus UX305 is almost perfection in affordable ultra-portable laptops. Its stylish, well built, incredibly light and has a screen, keybaord and battery life to rival the best. All for under £650. A tiny slip-up with the trackpad and a definite compromise on performance mean it doesn’t quite take home maximum points, though.


  • The pricey Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is a very thin, elegant-looking detachable-hybrid tablet that makes some major concessions in the name of portability.


  • The $699 Transformer Book T300 Chi is the better version of Asus' two tablet-laptop hybrids, but its battery life is still a little underwhelming.


  • This good-looking fanless hybrid works as a slim Windows tablet or an ultra-portable laptop, but still suffers from the same awkward marriage of base and screen as many hybrids.


Top 5 notebook for college studentsof 2016:

  1. Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2015)
  2. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
  3. Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015)
  4. Asus ZenBook UX305F
  5. Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi