Congratulations, you graduated from Maplewood or a nearby school! Whether you’re planning on attending a community college, a four-year school like the University of Minnesota (or even starting a new entrepreneurial business venture), you’re going to need a new laptop.
But how do you choose the right laptop for you?
Consider your major
Some majors or areas of focus require special software like AutoCAD or Photoshop, so be sure the laptops you’re considering have enough memory and processing power to handle the basics plus the specific software you’ll need. Design, computer science, business and engineering majors often require extra computing power to run industry-specific software.
If you haven’t yet decided on a major, look at laptops that are smaller, lighter and easily portable. Another important factor will be long battery life, so you can go from class to class without having to constantly charge up.
Laptop dependent or laptop averse?
Consider how often you will need to use your laptop. Will you use it primarily for word processing/note taking/paper writing or are you online all the time – including watching movies and gaming?
The more you’ll use your laptop, the more you’ll want to focus on more memory, a faster processor, high quality audio and a high-resolution screen. Make sure you test out your laptop candidates in person, especially if you’ll be using it to type a lot. You’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable and easy to type on.
One of the top considerations when choosing a laptop for college is, of course, budget. You may really want that MacBook Pro, but your bank account does not support that decision – you’re just getting started on a new phase in your life and living with limited resources is an important part of that.
If you’re ready to part with your current laptop or computer, bring it to Device Pitstop Maplewood and, in most cases, you’ll get cash on the spot.
For an even better way to get the most laptop for your money, browse the large selection of like-new, professionally refurbished laptops at your local Device Pitstop store. When the laptop is new to you, you’ll be able to get more memory, more power and the laptop you really want, at a price you can afford.
Are you a gamer? Like to watch movies and videos on your laptop? Do a lot of photo editing? Consider what activities outside of school work you’ll use your laptop for and plan for those as well. Keep in mind that gaming laptops typically use a lot of power and their battery life is shorter, as they are designed for seamless play with amazing graphics.
Still stuck on what laptop will be the best while you’re in college? Check with the IT department or computer lab on campus – they can provide you a good starting point and help you understand just what you’ll need to get started.
Have questions? Need more guidance? Contact a member of the Pit Crew, we’re here to help!