The best student laptops for school, college and university

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Three of the best student laptops on a red background

(Image credit: Future / Microsoft / Apple / Acer)

The list in brief ↴
1. Best overall: MacBook Air M1
2. Best Chromebook: Acer Spin 514
3. Best for creatives: Vivobook Pro
4. Best mid-range: MSI Prestige 14
5. Best 2-in-1: Surface Go 3
6. Best budget: Acer Aspire 5
7. Most powerful: MacBook Pro 16
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The best student laptop is not just a nice thing to have, it's essentially to helping you through higher education. So when you compare it to the cost of your course fees, it's clear that it's something worth investing in. However, with so many models on the market, where on eath do you start?

Matt Hanson

Matt has been a technology journalist for over 15 years, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a managing editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.

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