Top Laptops for 2020

The top laptops based on student reviews collected over 2019.

Want to know what laptops are best for students? So did we. So we asked them. We surveyed 250 students on our Student Hut Opinion Panel to bring you the best student essentials. Students ranked the hottest laptops on the market out of 10, on things like price, battery life, look, durability and it's brand. Here are the top laptop recommendations for students, by students.

1. Surface Laptop 2

Hailed across the internet as an excellent bit of kit, the Surface Laptop 2 offers a range of features including a much-loved touchscreen. Released in 2018, it's a fan favourite for a reason.

2. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Another entry from Microsoft, the Surface Pro 6 offers a versatile Windows 10 experience. With the ability to flex between tablet and laptop mode, and Surface Pen and Cortana compatibility, this is a well-rounded device for students.

3. Apple Macbook Air 2019

Tried and tested is the phrase that comes to mind when discussing Macbooks. Loved by students internationally, this affordable model offers everything a student would need, including True Tone and an updated keyboard.

4. Acer Nitro 7

There aren’t many better ways to spend your downtime at uni than getting lost in the depths of a decent game. This entry-level gaming laptop, with its striking black and red design and 144hz display, will help you do just that.

5. MacBook Pro (15 inch, 2019)

The MacBook Pro is an absolute must-have for those studying anything in the creative arts. Its huge Retina display screen means Photoshopping has never been so easy, while its Intel Core i9 processor makes it one of the fastest laptops on the market. And it’s an Apple product. They just work.

6. Lenovo Ideapad L340

The second gaming laptop entry on the list comes courtesy of Lenovo. It features an Intel Core i5-9300H processor, with 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of HDD, making for a seamless gaming experience. It’s also affordable for students, coming in at under £600.

7. HP Envy x360

It’s easy to see why the HP Envy x350 is such a popular laptop for students: It’s sleek, smart and lightweight, perfect for getting from lecture to lecture, and boasts awesome sound for pre-drinks party playlists.

8. ASUS Chromebook Flip

The ASUS Chromebook Flip ticks all the boxes when it comes to student laptops. It’s light and compact, perfect for getting around campus with, and it’s 360 hinged screen (clue’s in the name) makes watching films and TV shows a joy.

9. HP Pavillion

HP’s Pavilion series has long been known for its reliability, which will come in handy when you’re on hour 193,849 of your dissertation. Long battery life, durability and affordability make this a no-brainer for any student looking for a laptop.

10. Lenovo Yoga

Another 2-in-1 laptop proving popular with students is the Lenovo Yoga series. Slightly flashier than the ASUS Chromebook Flip, these beauties seamlessly switch from laptop to tablet, perfect for writing essays and taking notes alike.