1. Acer Aspire 5
The best budget college laptop
Display: 15.6 inches; 1,920 x 1,080 | CPU: Intel Core i3 | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB SSD | Weight: 3.76 pounds
You normally assume that buying a budget laptop means getting budget quality, but the Acer Aspire 5 says no. Not only does it offer a bright 1080p display that’s great for researching and writing papers, but it’s also got a 15-inch screen, great for splitting between your project and your research. It’s also got the specs for decent multi-tasking, starting with its 8th generation Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD.
College students looking to take their laptop all around the house (and outside) will appreciate the Acer Aspire 5’s battery life: it lasted nearly 9 hours on our web surfing battery test, which is very good for a 15-inch system. And since this next school year looks to be a little less mobile than before, we’re not that concerned about how the 3.8-pound Acer Aspire 5 isn’t the lightest laptop around — as many are heavier.