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Purchase advisor: the right notebook for school

In the meantime, it is almost mandatory for students of a certain age to have their own PC or notebook for school. Some schools even primarily rely on digital work equipment instead of traditional paper. Of course, this often raises the question of the best notebook for school. We have therefore taken a look around and give you tips on what to look out for and of course specific suggestions for the best notebooks.

Last updated: November 2020

First of all, it should be clear what the notebook is to be used for. Any device can now do simple word processing and Internet research. Almost every notebook is suitable for elementary school students who are just learning the basics. Since younger users are not always the most cautious, a high-priced device might not be the best choice here either. In the higher grades, however, depending on the type of school, a little more performance may be required. In addition, the devices are usually transported more frequently - so it should be robust and yet light.

1st entry: up to 300 euros
2nd middle class: up to 450 euros
3rd upper class: up to 600 euros
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Entry - 300 euros and below

Even new notebooks are now available for less than 300 euros. But that's not what it should be about for the time being, because what is available in this price range is explained in our article on used equipment. They often have more power than many new devices, but only cost a fraction. In addition, they are devices for professional use, so they are particularly robust and durable - most of them do not even mind spilled liquid on the keyboard. These notebooks can easily handle even a little rough treatment.

For example, Lenovo's ThinkPad series is famous for its reliability. Dell Latitude or HP Elitebook are corresponding alternatives from other manufacturers, which can often be found among the used notebooks in the shop. Learning software for elementary school should always be included. In addition, all devices come with an operating system, which is rarely the case with new devices in this price range. It is therefore always worth taking a look at the used goods category, especially if you don't want to invest a lot of money.

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For those for whom second-hand goods are not an option, there are of course some new devices to choose from. However, I would advise against devices with a small (16-64GB) flash memory and an Intel Atom processor. These notebooks are usually very cheap and have Windows 10 as the operating system, but in the long run they are more expensive than a "normal" notebook. Since in the vast majority of cases these devices have permanently soldered memories, they cannot grow with increasing requirements. A normal notebook, on the other hand, can usually be expanded effortlessly and cheaply in order to be prepared for increasing hardware requirements.

An inexpensive entry-level device would be the Acer Aspire 3. The Acer is inexpensive and offers everything you need to get started - including a 15.6-inch full HD display for pleasant work. It has enough USB connections (e.g. for hard drives and drives) and very important: an SSD hard drive. This means that the device boots up quickly. However, you have to get Windows separately.

With the Acer Extensa 15 you get a matt 15.6 ″ display with full HD resolution, a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM. Linux (eShell) is used as the operating system. Windows 10 can be installed without any problems (we have instructions here). If you still need a Windows 10 license, you will find it in our shop. The Extensa 15 is currently available for a little over 300 euros *.

If you like it a little more exotic, you can also use an Acer Chromebook Spin 311. Google's own ChromeOS operating system runs on the convertible notebook, which is largely intended for use on the Internet. It offers an 11.6 ″ touch display, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB local storage. The rest is backed up online in the cloud.

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If you don't want to do without Windows, but don't want to install it yourself, you will rarely find it in this price category.

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Middle class up to 450 euros

In the middle class, there are significantly more devices with better equipment. Of course, it still depends on how much you want to or can spend, but devices with the latest Intel Core i or AMD Ryzen processor and a larger SSD and Full HD display are no problem. More extensive work can then be done with it.

You will find a good price-performance ratio with this Acer Aspire 3. It comes with an anti-glare 15.6 “display, Ryzen 3 3250U, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

The same goes for the HP 255 G7. For just under 433 euros * you get a matt 15.6 "display with full HD resolution, a Ryzen 3 3200U, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. This model also has a DVD drive, but you have to install Windows 10 separately.

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Since the requirements are usually more computing, but not graphics-intensive, you will find the upper class with very good equipment in this price range. The devices are usually sufficient for working with Adobe Photoshop or Premiere without any problems. The performance of an Intel Core i3 or Ryzen 3 is also sufficient for budding programmers, but at least 8 GB of RAM are mandatory - also for Adobe applications.

If you are looking for a notebook without Windows for just under 500 euros *, then the Acer Extensa 15 is an option. The Acer Extensa 15 uses an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD and a matt 15.6 “display with full HD resolution. For just a few euros more, the Huawei MateBook D14 is available for just under 530 euros *. The MateBook D14 uses a Ryzen 5 3500U as processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and an anti-reflective 14 “full HD display with IPS panel.

If you want a notebook with a dedicated graphics accelerator, a Dell Inspiron 15 is interesting. In addition to a 15.6 “full HD display, you can expect an Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8 GB RAM, a 512 GB SSD and a GeForce MX320 with 2 GB graphics memory. However, the price is just under 660 euros *. Windows 10 is also included with this device.

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In addition to the hardware, the software is also an aspect that should not be underestimated. Many manufacturers offer special education editions that are given to schoolchildren, students and teachers at a discount.

From Adobe there is e.g. the Creative Cloud Individual Edition, which includes all programs of the Creative Cloud for one year. Normally, this subscription costs around 60 euros per month, i.e. a little over 700 euros per year. For schoolchildren and students, however, the whole year costs just under 230 euros.

Microsoft Office 365 is only partially cheaper for students. Schoolchildren and students at certain schools or universities have the option of receiving Office and Windows free of charge through the school. Information on this is available directly from Microsoft or from the respective school or university.

If your own school or university doesn't take part, that's not a problem either, because Office 365 is quite cheap with a few tricks. The Office 365 Home version includes up to 6 users at currently just under 80 euros. If you share this package with 5 other people, you get just under 15 euros per person - annually. For comparison: An Office Home and Student 2019 version costs 130 euros once, so you can use Office 365 for 8 years until you have paid the price of the single Home & Student license. In contrast to the normal purchase version, you also get all the new features and updates.

There are also a number of free software that does the job equally well.

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In addition to our normal offers, we of course also have an offer specially for schoolchildren and students. In the notebooksbilliger.de campus there is a constantly changing selection of notebooks, PCs, tablets, software and much more that we have reduced in price especially for schoolchildren and students. So it's definitely worth taking a look at the devices.

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What is still missing? Of course, a bag or a backpack in which the notebook can be transported safely. Sleeves or notebook bags are the right choice if you only take the notebook with you now and then. Their biggest disadvantage is that they only offer space for the notebook and the power adapter and school books etc. have to be carried in a separate bag.

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Backpacks offer significantly more space. You have several compartments in which not only the notebook but also the books and documents required for the respective school day fit.

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Summary

A laptop for schoolchildren does not have to be expensive to offer enough performance and equipment. Many very inexpensive notebooks offer everything a student needs. Common educational software for primary school students runs smoothly even on the cheapest models.

But even demanding applications are feasible with a budget of less than 600 euros and the performance of most notebooks is easily enough for the years to come. If you are looking for a gaming PC, we recommend this post.

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* As of November 2020