When it comes to laptop selection, there’s never been a better time to be a student. From sub- $300 Chromebooks to Windows 8 touch-screen convertibles, there’s a breadth of options for meeting your specific needs. Many of the latest notebooks feature Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processors, so you’ll be able to use your machine throughout the entire school day, and still have enough juice for a late-night cramming session. Plus, budget systems have become much more attractive, so students looking to save some cash don’t have to compromise when it comes to looks. Here’s our list of the 10 best student notebooks for 2013.
Whether you’re looking to travel very light or you want a bigger screen, both the 11- and the 13-inch MacBook Air deliver epic battery life. Thanks to Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processor and Apple’s own engineering, we saw nearly 9 hours of runtime on the 11-inch Air, and 12 hours on the 13-inch version. That’s truly all-day endurance. Otherwise, these are the same Airs we’ve come to know and love: an iconic aluminum wedge design, excellent backlit keyboard, and massive touchpad. This fall, the notebooks will be updated with OS X Mavericks, which features Finder Tabs, a more social Safari, and better multi-display support.