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Best Laptop for Students for under S$2,000

By Azrul Abas    June 17, 2022

Apple MacBook Air M2 2022

Laptop shopping for yourself as a student can be stressful - and this is not including the assignment due next week. Factors that you have to consider when purchasing a laptop include running Microsoft Office smoothly, having a nice web camera for Zoom classes, long battery life, a durable case that can resist little bumps and scratches, longevity, and most importantly, a price point that is friendly to your pocket.

The MacBook Air 2022 just launched a few weeks ago, and might seem like a perfect match for a student that needs a laptop that ticks all the boxes. However what if you are searching for a laptop with the Windows operating system? We will list down 5 laptops from 5 different brands that may be an alternative for MacBook Air M2 or maybe better.

New Dell Latitude 3330

New Dell Latitude 3330 Laptop

The Dell Latitude is known for its capability to basically get things done. It is powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i5 with Intel Iris X Graphics which is more than enough to work on your Powerpoint presentations. It also has a massive battery with ExpressCharge at 65W for all-day usage and fast charging.Online classes couldn’t be more clear with a 1080p camera that supports low light and 13.3” FHD Display.

The New Dell Latitude 3330 Laptop 13-inch starts from S$1,564 (Currently on sale on their website) but it doesn’t really pack that much practical features. For instance, the backlit keyboard will set you an additional $42 while the fingerprint reader another $26.75. This is a shame as some laptops have those features as the default.

Pros:

  • Big battery with quick charge, you’ll  get 80% within an hour
  • Good quality camera
  • Thin and light at only 1.2kg
Cons:
  • Lack practical features like fingerprint and backlight keyboard
  • Currently only available on their website

HP Pavilion 15 Laptop

HP Pavilion Laptop 15

This New HP Pavilion 15 is a strong contender, as it packs a 12th Gen Intel i7 with NVIDIA MX550 graphics card which obviously can get things done easily and allows you to play Valorant with friends. It is also good for entertainment with a 15.6” FHD Display with B&O speakers for a great Netflix experience. It also features a complete array of portability, such as USB A, USB C, HDMI, headphone jack, and a lock port.

With this huge display and list of features, this means that the HP Pavilion 15 is quite big and heavy. It weighs about 1.7kg which may not be much but definitely heavier than a MacBook Air. Despite its weight, it doesn’t pack much battery with only a 3-cell, 41Wh Li-ion battery that won’t power the 15 inch display for long. 

Pros:

  • 12th Gen Intel i7 with NVIDIA GeForce MX550 Graphics
  • Surprisingly bright display
  • Starts from S$1,649
Cons:
  • Big and Heavy
  • Poor battery life

ASUS Vivobook S 15

ASUS Vivobook S 15

The ASUS Vivobook S 15 is the HP Pavilion killer - it packs the same 12th Gen Intel i7 but combines with Intel EVO graphics. However, the true highlight of this laptop is its 15.6” display features with 2.8K OLED with 120Hz refresh rate. ASUS even claims this is the first laptop to feature a desktop class display. This would definitely be a huge benefit for doing your work outdoors, and comfortable for the eyes if you are studying for a long time.

Yet, it also faces the same problem as the HP Pavilion. Not only does its large size prevent it from being portable, its 120Hz OLED bright display consumes more power. And without a large battery to complement it, it is highly unlikely that you can expect an all-day battery life.

Pros:

  • 12th Gen i7 with Intel EVO Graphics
  • Amazing OLED display
  • Starts from S$1,799
Cons:
  • Huge size, and 100g heavier than HP Pavilion 15
  • Doesn’t have any SD card reader

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Think of it as the Google Pixel of computers, Microsoft created a device to be the best complement to their famous operating system. And what’s great about the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is that it has a tablet form which makes it very compact and portable. In addition, its touch input makes it very convenient to use the Slim Pen for all of your drawing and editing activities.

However, this tablet form also means that the device is sold as a tablet and not as a laptop -  the Signature keyboard and Slim Pen are sold separately for an additional $399. And honestly, you would be better off buying a tablet at a cheaper price if you’re thinking of getting the laptop tablet ala carte. This is because the base model with 128GB starts from S$1,649 and I'm gonna make sure that storage isn’t going to be enough.

Pros:

  • Multifunction tablet form
  • Tailor made for Windows 11
  • Vibrant Display
Cons:
  • Keyboard and Pen sold separately
  • Fairly expensive

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Gen 2

The Lenovo ThinkBook 14s is like the jack of all trades - for S$1,500 you will get a good 11th Gen Intel i7 which is great for crunching numbers on Excel, a good 14” FHD Display with IPS technology, and packed with practical features such as backlit keyboard and fingerprint reader for security. 

Even though it is one of the best 14 inch laptops out there we feel like it’s still missing a selling point. It does not have a fancy display to be proud of, and it’s not using high end graphics cards to complement the Intel i7. Furthermore, with its 45Wh battery, it won’t be  lasting long in terms of daily usage.

Pros:

  • Great computational performance for students needs
  • Compact yet packed with 14” display
  • Wide I/O ports with SD card reader
Cons:
  • Doesn’t really pop out
  • Don’t buy the  45Wh battery

The Verdict

For now, we have concluded that we would pick the HP Pavilion 15 Laptop as our choice for a student laptop. It has everything you need for students: the 12th Gen Intel i7 and NVIDIA GeForce MX550 combination is perfect for powering Microsoft Apps, but also good for Netflix and playing CS:GO to destress. And the device starts from S$1,659, just slightly under the MacBook Air M2.

For the runner-up we would choose the ASUS Vivobook S 15 for the amazing OLED display, because it will look good on the eyes. If you are able to spend more, we will highly recommend the Surface Pro 8 as it is a compact and multifunctional tablet. 

Windows Laptop Batteries

Nevertheless, if you still have a functioning Windows laptop such as HP, ASUS, Lenovo, Dell, or Microsoft that is not performing as well, do consider replacing the battery first instead of buying a newer model. Mend.sg offers not only MacBook and iPhone repair but also available for Windows Laptops battery replacement in Singapore.

This month Mend.sg has also introduced Laptop Battery Wholesale for business. We offer bulk orders for ASUS laptop battery, HP Laptop Battery, Lenovo Laptop Battery, Dell Laptop Battery, and Microsoft Laptop Battery at wholesale price. You can contact us directly for more information and business inquiries.

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