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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

If you're not wedded to Apple's operating system, Dell's notebook is the way to go, but Mac fans who value endurance above all else will find the new 13-inch Air the best there is.

It's excellent overall, and an improvement over last year's version.

It has a great screen, looks good and delivers in every way that matters.

The Asus Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 may be extremely thin and feather-light, but an ultraportable laptop can't get by on those aspects alone.

The biggest weakness of the quad-HD T300 Chi was its poor battery life.