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The Toshiba PX35t is a relatively quick performer for its price range and looks great doing it. Despite a dull screen and uncomfortable mouse, this is the best choice for the college student.
The Lenovo C540 Touch may not look like much, but under the hood it delivers some decent performance with an abundance of memory that won't leave you scrounging for more.
The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 23-f260xt may look outdated and clunky, but that's just to maximize the space it's saving you.
The Dell Inspiron One 20 Touch sports some nice design features that unfortunately don't carry over to the peripherals or media features.
The Acer Aspire Z3-605-UR22 may look sleek, slim and streamlined, but it's only skin deep—it lagged far behind in our benchmarks.
All-in-ones deliver more bang for the buck than notebooks. They’re great for schoolwork and entertainment, and much less susceptible to theft.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch may be a bit heavy on weight and light on battery life, but it manages to provide solid performance and can handle a little rough handling.
The Dell Latitude 3330 is a 13.3-inch budget laptop that offers little more than decent battery life.
The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z-e000 is a lightweight 11.6-inch laptop that sports a touchscreen and a slow, slow processor.
The Toshiba Satellite L55Dt-A5253 provides good performance but has drawbacks that don't show up on paper.
The plastic construction helps keep the weight of this big-screen notebook lighter than some competitors with smaller displays.
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These high-tech notebooks and gadgets—plus one piece of software—will help you stay on top of your study game this semester.
Being a cash-strapped student requires making a few hardware compromises, but a nice notebook is still within reach.