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Best Laptops for Computer Science Students in 2021

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

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Computers are essential for almost everything nowadays, and if you are studying, you certainly need a laptop that will allow you to study anytime from anywhere. Whether you are learning with online courses or attending residentially, you need a laptop that will not hold you back, and that will allow you to do anything you would like to do while studying. As a result, here are the best laptops for Computer Science students in 2021.


As a college student, you likely travel often, whether it is across the country or to cafés everywhere, in order to take a class or complete a paper. As a result, we have compiled this list of the top high-quality, user-friendly, durable laptops for a college student. Here are our top 7 picks:


  1. Apple MacBook Pro 16 in.

  2. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

  3. Microsoft Surface Pro 7

  4. Dell XPS 15 7590

  5. ASUS ExpertBook B9450

  6. HP Elite Dragonfly

  7. Lenovo IdeaPad 14"


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Every top computer brand has multiple, even dozens of laptop models to choose from, so how do you pick the best one? Trusty Home Guide has you covered with our top 7 computers for Computer Science students, which you can use for school, but also enjoy for pleasure. Here is what we focused on:


  • Build - How sturdy is the frame of the laptop to sustain the wear and tear of an active life?

  • Weight - Is the laptop light enough to easily carry it around in a purse or backpack all day?

  • Speed - Does the processor have the capacity to meet your needs, despite how much they change, such as blogging, spreadsheets, gaming, and photography?

  • Style - Your laptop must look sleek, it must be thin and modern, and that is a trend with each of our top picks.

Let's get started!


1. Best of the Best - Apple MacBook Pro 16 in.

Pros: From the leading laptop brand by photographers, video editors, and graphic designers, this pick does not disappoint. With a retina display, the signature touch-bar, and a 9th Gen 6-core i7 processor (which means very, very fast), this is the best for the money for any business need. On top of it all, we love the 11-hour battery life and excellent sound for watching movies and playing games after work!


Cons: It is a little pricey, and if you are used to a Windows computer, you may have a hard time getting used to it and taking advantage of everything this laptop has to offer.


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Top Windows Picks - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Pros: This ultrabook has one of the faster processors around, excellent graphics, and very durable. Outside of the MacBook Pro, this is the top laptop you will find. The feature we like the most, which helps it stand out, is its durability. This is a rugged college laptop. As the company claims, the computer resists spills, dust, drops, and even arctic temperatures!


Cons: The graphics definitely fall short of the MacBook Pro's graphics, but if your business is not built around graphics, videos, or photos, you will likely not even notice.


Best Hybrid Tablet Option - Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Pros: The Surface has been a market staple for a few years now, making others jealous for its design, but its performance has not been up to par with top laptops in the industry. However, that is all behind with the Surface Pro 7. This is an extremely powerful device with up to 10+ hours of battery life and processing power that allows you to take full advantage of its functionalities. For college students, this is a great pick, especially when you need flexibility and a tablet fits your preferences, but you also need the speed of a laptop. Here are its main features:

  • USB-C and USB-A ports

  • 256GB

  • 8GB Ram

  • Intel Core i5 for high performance

  • 2 colors and many accessories available

In other words, this is a highly customizable piece.


Cons: If you are looking for processing power above all, if you also like gaming or you are into professional video editing, you will likely need more processing power than what this tablet offers.

Best High-Power Option - Dell XPS 15 7590


Pros: Basically, if money is not an issue, and you simply need one of the best computing devices out there to be fast enough for anything you may or may not need, from gaming to design to video editing to anything that required a lightning-fast processor, here is your choice. Here you have a laptop with a large screen and one of our favorite features, a 4K anti-reflective screen. Here are the key features to consider:

  • 9th gen. Intel Core i7

  • 16GB DDR4

  • 6-cell 97 Whr integrated

  • 256GB Solid-state drive

  • Cinema sound with deep bass

If you are a creator, a businessman, a gamer, or all of the above, this is your choice.


Cons: Obviously, the price is steep for most, and most will not see an obvious difference between other options here and this one simply because most of us don't use computers to their full capacity. However, for the few that do, this is a great option.

Best for On-the-Go - ASUS ExpertBook B9450



Pros: As stated in the subtitle, this is our pick for the on-the-go student, the traveler, the one jumping from trains to airplanes and accomplishing the most in coffee shops, airport terminals, and hotel lobbies. With up to 24 hours of battery life, something almost unprecedented, and weighing only 2.2 lbs., this has to be one of your picks. We love that this Asus is sturdy and durable, passing vibrations tests and drop tests with flying colors. Lastly, it is secure, with locking slots, webcam shield, fingerprint sensor, among others. Here are its best features:

  • 516 GB

  • 16GB RAM

  • Spill-resistant keyboard

  • LED-illuminated keyboard

  • Strong chasis

  • Intel Core i7 processing

Cons: Some users have seen issues with the screen, but we have not experienced this, and they seem to be isolated problems. However, ASUS prides itself on its customer service and is quick to make it right if you see any defects after purchasing.


Top Style pick - HP Elite Dragonfly

Pros: This HP takes our top style pick while delivering in all performance areas for college life on the go, mainly because of its sleek aluminum body. At only 2.2 lbs, this is one of the lightest laptops you will find, as well as the best designed. Why not look the part while you get things done! On top of it all, it boasts 13 hours of battery life.


Cons: The main complaint with this laptop is that its sound quality lags behind the top picks above. However, again, unless you are an audio expert, we doubt you will tell the difference.


Best under $750 - Lenovo IdeaPad 14"

Pros: Get as close to our top Windows pick above as you can get without paying over $750! As long as all you are doing is watching movies, streaming, playing music, working on documents, and meetings, this is all you need! On top of it all, it has an excellent, stylish build.


Cons: The graphics are not as clear as most modern laptops and the battery life is usually at around 10 hours.

How to succeed in college anytime and anywhere?


You clearly want to succeed in college; you are looking for the ultimate computer to achieve your goals, but are you ready in all of the required areas? To help you, we created a list of the top areas that every student needs to not only understand but be prolific at. Here they are:


Set clear goals

You will not drift towards success, you will reach it by planning and then taking the necessary steps to move in that direction. Take some time to set clear goals, even goals for every semester, taking into account what you want to do academically, healthwise, and even cutting bad habits.


Manage your time


Time management is crucial not just when studying, but in anything you ever do in life. In fact, you need to think of it this way: Every second that you waste doing something that doesn't lead to anything is a second less than you can spend reaching your goals. If you need time with time management, just do a quick online search because there are many free resources to help you. Without strategic time management, you will end up wasting most of your time.


Know your learning type


There are different ways that every person learns. Some simply need books, some need experiences, and some need to learn by listening. You need to know the way you learn and focus on learning that way as you study for your degree and later on to succeed in your career. You may struggle in school not because you do not understand the concepts but just because you are not studying in the style that is best for you.


Take care of your body and mind


You need to make sure to take care of your body and mind. Remember, workout! If your body is right, you will feel better, and if you feel better, you will produce better. In other words, keeping your body right can be the key to learning better! As a tip, here is an article on the best exercise bikes to stay fit anytime and anywhere. In addition, remember to rest at least 7 hours of sleep per night to keep your mind right. Doing all of this will help you feel better, it will minimize your stress, and it will help you perform at your best!

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