See here the list of Top 10 best laptops for college students. Read the buying guide and other important factors before making a selection for you or any of your dear ones.

A good laptop is now indispensable for efficient work at the university. In most courses, a notebook is even absolutely indispensable, be it business administration, journalism, law or of course computer science. Laptops are a handy tool for taking notes, often necessary at home anyway for writing and submitting tasks and of course for research. In our overview, has summarized the best laptops for students in 2019.

1. Dell XPS 13 (2018/2019)

Our recommendation for students is the Dell XPS 13 in 2019. Regardless of the course of study, the premium laptop from the US manufacturer is a really great choice, as it offers a nice, anti-glare display with great brightness, great performance in all configurations as well a great battery life. In addition, it is beautifully processed and offers an appealing design.

Incidentally, it does not really matter if you buy the Dell XPS 13 (2018) or (2019). The only difference is that the webcam on the newer model is no longer under the display. So if you barely use them, you save some money with the 2018 model and still get the best student notebook on the market.

Basically all. The Dell XPS 13 is a great notebook. Our recommendation for students is also because there is not really a bad configuration. The i3 model, but there is almost no other to buy, but you may like to ignore.


+ Workmanship and design
+ Performance
+ Battery life


– High price
– Only USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 connections

2. Best price/performance: Lenovo ThinkPad E495

If you are looking for something cheaper, bigger, and with significantly more connectivity options, the new Lenovo ThinkPad E495 is a great option for the university.

Thanks to the latest Ryzen 5 processors from AMD, the economy ThinkPads are finally back and bring some of the benefits of the iconic business notebooks in a much cheaper price range. While the Lenovo ThinkPad E495 may not be ultra-thin and lightweight, it can be very robust and serviceable to a greater degree than many Ultrabooks.

Anyone who does not want or need thin and light gets the Lenovo ThinkPad E495 a powerful, yet compact and versatile student notebook in business garb.

Basically all. Same as the Dell XPS 13, with the Lenovo ThinkPad E495 offering a slightly larger screen and weight. It will undoubtedly take up more space in the bag than some ultralight tablet or 2-in-1.


+ Price / performance ratio
+ Easy to maintain
+ Many connection options


– Mediocre display brightness
– Heavier than many Ultrabooks

3. Ultra-portable: Microsoft Surface Go

When mobility comes first, there is no way around the surface go. Microsoft’s smallest surface tablet is ideal if you want to take as little stuff to the university as possible. It’s a compact 10-inch tablet with keyboard and stylus support, so it’s perfect for taking notes of all kinds. Especially when you’re too comfortable to drag folders and paper to the university every day.

The Surface Go is so compact, it fits into a slightly larger ladies handbag. Ideally, this is when you walk along the corridors of the Wirtschaftsuni with Birkin Bag, after all, nobody should know that you are still studying there. Joking aside: the Surface Go is a very versatile, small tablet and perfect if you’re looking for something like that.

The keyboard is better than any iPad or Android tablet, the performance in everyday life sufficient for most tasks and Windows 10 is simply more productive than iOS or Android.

No technical or design studies.

Nevertheless, the Surface Go is naturally limited by its small size. It offers significantly less power than a Dell XPS 13 or Lenovo ThinkPad E485, a slightly shorter battery life and only a single USB-C port. We only recommend the model with 128 gigabytes SSD and 8 gigabytes of RAM. In addition, we recommend it only for students who do not attend a technical degree course or embark on a design degree. For this, it is simply not powerful enough.


+ Lightweight and compact
+ Versatile
+ Decent performance for the form factor


– Mediocre overall performance
– Expensive
– Only 1 x USB-C

4. Maximum performance:  Surface Book 2 with Core i7

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is exceptionally well-equipped and very versatile for a 13.5-inch notebook. We only recommend the Intel Core i7 models, because only these devices have a dedicated graphics card.

Surface Book 2 is an expensive and very powerful notebook with a tablet display, which can also be separated from the keyboard, for example, for drawing or presentations. It offers great performance as well as good battery life and the best keyboard of the devices listed here.


Basically, the Surface Book 2 is suitable for all courses, but it is just a bit too much for business, journalism, psychology, literature or similar non-IT courses. This makes it harder, the form factor bigger, and you unnecessarily carry more ballast daily than you have to. In addition, you pay for the Surface Book 2 also for this privilege to have such power in this compact form factor. And not a little bit.

Therefore, we recommend the Surface Book 2 rather only those students who need a lot of performance on the go, for example, for media design, media computer science or a classical computer science study, and who want to pay for it.


+ Performance
+ Versatile


– Expensive

5. A lot of power for less: HP Envy 13

Who wants to have similar performance as the Surface Book 2, does not necessarily have more than 2,000 euros for the table. As a cheaper yet compact alternative, there is the really good HP Envy 13.

With features such as an Nvidia GeForce MX250 and current Intel Core i7 processors and 16 gigabytes of memory, the HP Envy 13 is suitable for graphically and performance-demanding tasks, be it the execution of Visual Studio, Photoshop, After Effects or Premiere Pro.

The runtime is quite good, especially with the FullHD display, and borders on the 8-hour mark. At prices starting from 1.200 for the model with Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM and Nvidia graphics card, the device is absolutely worth seeing. I myself tested the (almost identical) predecessor model and was highly satisfied. Unfortunately, HP does not want to send us test devices anymore, so I find it a bit harder to make recommendations.

For the HP Envy 13, however, I’m absolutely sure it’s a really good laptop for students who need a compact form factor with decent performance on the go.


+ Compact form factor
+ Price / performance


– Tell me

6. Cheapest option: Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

The Lenovo 330S is an obvious choice. Equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, it should be shortlisted for all students, students and parents.

With prices around 500 euros, there are some notebooks with an older Core i5 processor, but without SSD and only with an HD display. With FullHD display, there are mainly notebooks with a not quite up-to-date Intel Core i3-6006U and usually without SSD.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S offers a FullHD display, thin bezels and HDMI and USB Type-C connectivity in all good configurations. Cost on the Lenovo 330S: 500 euros and down. Great price, great device and just worth every penny.

Recommended configurations

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 330S with Intel Core i5 / 8/128 gigabytes
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 330S with Intel Core i3-8130U / 8/256 gigabytes
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 330S with Intel Pentium 4415U / 8/128 gigabytes


Of course, if you want to compromise on the price, you can not always expect the same performance that a Surface Book 2 offers, for example.

But if you can invest about 500 euros in a notebook, should first consider the Lenovo ThinkPad E495 and look there for one or the other offer. If nothing is found, the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S with the Intel Core i5 processor offers very similar performance characteristics. So we can basically recommend these configurations for all study programs.

Those who can not or do not want to spend so much on a notebook can look at the model with a Core i3 or Intel Pentium processor. Both notebooks provide enough power for everyday life but are a bit slower for more demanding tasks. Theoretically, you can still do media computer science in the first few semesters, but these two processors are simply not intended for the use of image and video editing programs.