Female student with laptopSooner or later a student will need a laptop computer to research information, take notes in class, communicate through social media and play games when it comes time to relax. The newer models of laptop computers cost thousands of dollars. However, many manufacturers sell decent laptop models for under $500. These lower priced laptop models make great tools for completing college coursework and research.

First up is the Lenovo IdeaPad Z410 is a laptop that has a 2950M 2.00GHZz 1600MHz 2MB, 4 GB RAM, 500GB Storage. This mobile computing device has a 14-inch screen and a slim design for easy transportation and storage. The Ideapad is pre-loaded with a Windows 8.1 operating system and it comes in two colors which are chocolate and white. Users have more than enough power and storage space for operating educational and course related programs. They can also use applications from the Microsoft App Store which will allow them to record lectures from their professors. The IdeaPad laptop retails for $399.00.

Hewlett Packard offers consumers the HP Pavillion Touchsmart 11-e011nr laptop that has 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and an AMD A4-1250 Processor. This particular laptop model that is offered by Hewlett Packard has an 11-inch touch screen and is preloaded with the Windows 8.1 operating system. This particular laptop allows users to manipulate their screen with the touch of a finger and it has a built in keyboard as well. This unit has a webcam and a wireless receiver. The Touchsmart is compact and lightweight for easy transportation and storage. It has more than enough power for users to perform educational related tasks and it also gives users access to other great features such as videos, games and the Microsoft App Store. The Pavillion Touchsmart is also known as an ultrabook and it retails for $399.

The Toshiba 15.6 Satellite laptop has a fairly large size 15-inch screen and it comes equipped with the Windows 8 Operating system. This laptop has an Intel i5-4200U Processor, 4GB RAM and 320 HD space. The unit comes equipped with a webcam and is designed to work with Microsoft applications. Even though it is a large size laptop it is fairly lightweight and easy to operate. This particular model is priced at $308.

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