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Posted 12th February 2015 at 08:03 AM by Sara Young

My daughter is in college and she's been looking for the best type of laptop for programming. Yes - she is studying computers just like I did many years ago when I was a student... I can't believe it's 2015 already!!!

So we've been looking for a laptop to buy for her.

The main uses will be programming and web design.

After a lot of research and looking at many brands, I have narrowed it down to 3 computers that IMO are best for college students.


#1: HP - ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop

Specs:

- Intel Core i5
- 8GB Memory
- 750GB Hard Drive

My review:

The full HD touch screen laptop gives full hands-on control. It weighs just 5.3 lbs, and is 0.9” deep. It runs Windows 8.1 and allows you to use the touch screen, mouse, or keyboard - whatever you prefer. Using the touch screen, you can very easily zoom and customize the Start screen.

The 750GB hard drive gives you a considerable amount of storage space for photos, videos, and music. There is also an 8GB system memory which lets you run all your games, is great for photo and video-editing applications, and allows multiple browser tabs and programs at the same time.

The sound is excellent (Beats Audio). Dragon voice recognition lets you check your email, surf the web, update your Facebook status, and more, simply by talking to it. Wireless display (WiDi) lets you stream anything you wish to your HDTV.

Out of some 1,100 reviews, 91% of users would recommend it to a friend.

This is my favorite, and we might choose this one even though it is above the $500 price range we were originally looking for.

Click Here For Great Deals On The HP Envy


#2: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series i5547-7475sLV 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

Specs:

- 1.70 GHz Intel Core i5-4210u processor
- 8GB RAM
- 1TB Hard Drive
- Backlit Keyboard

My Review:

This touchscreen laptop has 1TB of hard drive, is razor thin, and ultra-fast. As compared with a laptop and tablet, it is half the weight, and has a battery life of up to eight hours. It runs Windows 8.1.

With the 1TB hard drive, there is plenty of storage space for videos, music, and photos. 8 GB of RAM lets you have browsers and different programs open at the same time, and it is easy to play games and edit videos and photos.

The price is middle of the range, but then you are getting a Dell.

I really like Dell because where I live the customer service is great, which is the main reason I chose this for #2.

Click here for great deals on the Dell Inspiron


#3: Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

Specs:

- Intel Core i5-4200U Processor 1.6GHz
- 8GB RAM
- 1TB Hard Drive

My Review:

Running Windows 8.1, you can easily tap, swipe or touch in order to get tasks done quickly. The touch panel uses a technology which allows for easy reading in bright light. You can also connect wirelessly to your HDTV and enjoy movies the way you would in a cinema.

The average battery life is stated to be 7 hours, which is longer than other models in its class.

A major feature is AcerCloud which means that, wherever you may be, you can access your music, photos, videos, documents, or more on another PC or any of your mobile devices. The Acer has Dolby audio, which is probably the best available.

I chose this as option 3 because it is inexpensive and gives great value for the money.

Click Here for Great Deals on The Acer Aspire


Here are the criteria we were looking at:

Processing - She doesn't need anything huge because she won't be doing any gaming, but still - she wants something that will allow her to get her work done at a reasonable speed. We decided that an i5 processor would be good enough.

Memory - we have settled on 6-8GB RAM

Rating - my experience shows that the best rated computers on major sites (and by my friends as well) are usually... well... the best on the market...

Brand - I want a name-brand that has great customer service, not like those brands that keep you waiting on the phone forever.

Price - We wanted to keep it under $500, but were willing to go a bit higher if it was worth it.

So that's what we came up with when researching the best type of laptop for programming...
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