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Getting The Most from Your Laptop Budget as a Student

If you’re a student, you’re probably on a budget when it comes to buying a new computer for college. This article will discuss some of the ways you can get the very best from your laptop budget and get great value for money.

Deals and Bundles

As the student term usually starts in the late summer / early autumn, it’s not too far of a stretch to wait until Black Friday to get your computer. Yes, it means in the short term managing your workload on your current devices or the library computers, but the year tends to start off slower and build up to a hefty assignment submission period at the end of the year. Doing this will not only give you a little extra time to keep saving, but it also means you’re going to bag some epic deals on your purchase.

Black Friday sometimes sees discounts of up to 50% on technology (especially if you’re willing to go with a slightly older model that the store is attempting to clear out stock of). This means, essentially, you can get a lot more computer for your money.

If you really can’t wait that long, then keep your eyes peeled for bundle deals and special offers, which will often pair accessories and software with the machine, thus saving you money on subscriptions or additional items such as printers, cases etc. Check out this range of Lenovo student laptops to see some great deals and offers! 

Saving on Hardware

Most students don’t need a hugely powerful computer to be able to complete their studies. Word processing, browsing,and emailing are generally the pre-requisites, and are essentially available on all machines. With this in mind, you don’t need to go overboard with the processor which is where a lot of additional cost comes into play. For basic use, a dual core processor is more than good enough, and even 2GB of ram will suffice (although 4GB would be ideal).

Now that most people store their work on cloud services, it takes a lot of the pressure off laptops to be able to function well with a lot of stored data. So, you don’t need to worry as much about huge storage capacity, just back up to something like Google Drive (which gives you 15GB of storage free) and delete from your device! Not only is your work stored more safely, but it gives your laptop less work to do! 

Saving on Software

If you don’t get a package bundle, then you can always use free antivirus and a free office suite (such as Google’s version), which has very similar functionality to the Microsoft Office suite with no price tag.

Don’t be afraid of free software; just ensure you read reviews before using them.

Summary

There are ways to cut corners on your college laptop without sacrificing what you need to be successful in your studies. Most students only require a basic machine, however, if you’re studying something more specific such as graphic design then your requirements are going to be a lot more than someone studying English, for example. Buy a machine that isn’t overkill, meets your needs, but also fits your budget. Wait for deal days where possible and use free software if you have no budget left for paid.

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