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  • Cheryl Tan

Laptops for Students 2020 – The 3 Designs You Should Consider

Updated: Aug 19, 2021

it’s that time of the year again, back to school! Lenovo has kindly approached us and asked if we would like to feature some of their latest laptops that might just be for students. Of course, students’ needs vary. Some require powerful hardware, while others need a thin and light laptop.

So while keeping budget in mind, we’ve shortlisted 3 laptops to represent 3 categories, which we hope, can perhaps help students make their choice.

Let’s start with the first, and we feel that this is the one most people will prefer.

Lenovo S740

This is the Yoga S740, a slim and lightweight laptop, that comes in a 14-inch form factor and weighs about 1.4kg. It has a pretty minimalistic design and does come with a choice of either a Full HD or a 4K panel, with both supporting Dolby Vision.

For ports, you get two standard USB 3.1 ports, a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, along with your headphone jack and power jack.

This means that you don’t really have to bring adapters around, which is a nice plus in our books. And with Thunderbolt 3, that means there’s options for future expansions.

Performance-wise, the S740 is geared towards light productivity, like documents, emails or just web browsing, and that’s because it comes equipped with up to an Intel Core i7 1065G7 that has 4 cores and 8 threads, along with a maximum of 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

But you can actually do a little more, like edit photos in Lightroom and Photoshop, or even have some fun playing games like CS:GO or Dota 2, thanks to the inclusion of an Nvidia MX250 discrete GPU.

Despite all that, battery life is pretty decent. Lenovo does claim up to 15 hours on the FHD model, though you’ll more likely get about 9 hours of actual usage. Still, that’s not bad, and it does support rapid charging.

In short, the S740 is a great laptop to take a look at, especially if you’re the type to travel around frequently, and perhaps if you already have a powerful PC at home.

Lenovo C640

Next up, something slightly more unique. This is the Yoga C640. A portable 2-in-1 device.

We would say this would be preferable if you’re a design or business student. The reason being, it’s a 2-in-1. So, you can use it like a normal laptop, or fold it up and use it as a tablet.

The 13.3-inch Full HD display is IPS, and of course, supports touch. We’ll say that using it as a tablet will prove handy for presentations. Or, with the included pen, it can also be your digital canvas.

You also get the same variety of ports like the S740, with two USB 3.1, a USB-C that’s not Thunderbolt 3 but does support display out and power, along with your headphone jack and power jack.

In terms of performance, it features up to an Intel Core i7 10510U that’s slightly more powerful compared to the 1065G7 and can be customized with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

All this in a package that weighs just around 1.3kg and has really great battery life as well, up to 12 hours in our testing.

Basically, if you’re looking for something a little more unique and versatile, you might want to take a look at the C640.

Lenovo Y7000

Lastly, we have the most powerful laptop in our lineup. This is for you guys who require performance for your studies, but most importantly, if you’re a gamer.

This is the Legion Y7000, and this is a really budget-friendly gaming laptop. It features up to an Intel Core i7-9750H, which is a 6-core processor, up to 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and most importantly, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.

With these specs, you can easily run programs such as editing programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro or run 3D software such as AutoCad or Python. The 6-core i7 will speed up your workflow, and reduce those render times.

But you probably want to know about gaming, and we’ll be honest, a GTX 1050 is not the best graphics card you can get. You can still expect 60 frames per second in popular titles in games like Fortnite or Overwatch though, and you can even play AAA titles like Resident Evil 2 or Shadow of the Tomb Raider, or just go all classic with CS:GO.

Ports wise, this has it all. You get 3 standard USB 3.1, one USB-C, HDMI and MiniDisplayPort output, and even an RJ45 Ethernet Port. You’re covered on all fronts.

The only drawbacks are battery life and weight. For battery life, you can expect roughly 6 hours at most on a single charge, though that depends on your usage, and as for weight… Well… It’s not light, coming in at 2.3kg.

Now, if you have a little more budget to spare, Lenovo does also offer the Y7000 SE, which bumps up the specs to a GTX 1660Ti and more SSD storage, so you can expect even greater performance.

In all, if you’re looking to get the best possible performance in a laptop on a budget, then, take a look at the Y7000.

So, three laptops for three different categories of students. We hope you guys do well in school, and perhaps pick up the right laptop that you need.

This content was brought to you in partnership with Lenovo.

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