It’s that time of the year when, as much as you’d hate, you have to get rid of your ‘vacay’ mode and get into the campus groove. While a week’s extension would certainly do you no harm, you also know the arrival also means you’re in for some new goodies; goodie in point being a new laptop.

The laptop industry has witnessed a sea of change over the past years. Right from wanting them to be lightweight to making sure they fit within our budget, we expect from a laptop more than we would from the girl or boy we’d crush on this new year. Breaking the chaos down, we present to you the laptop you cannot miss investing in. Take a look.

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Apple MMGF2HN/A 13.3-inch Laptop

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In all honesty, Apple, as a brand, has grown to earn the kind of reputation only a few can surmount. So, naturally when it is an Apple product in question, not many would want to stoke an argument.

This particular laptop from Apple is just what you need in your student life. Slim and lightweight with a good battery backup, this is by far the model you’d want to flaunt with pride. With a 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen, this laptop weighs only about 1.3kgs. At its heart is an Intel Core i5-5250U 5th generation processor along with 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, which makes sure the laptop performs functions incredibly fast and is smooth to operate. The laptop also features a FaceTime HD webcam of 720p resolution.

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Dell Inspiron 15 3542 Notebook

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Powered by a 4th gen processor, running on the latest OS—Windows 8.1, this laptop packs a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit display with TrueLife feature. With a thickness of 26.6mm, it is a slightly heavy model weighing 2.4kgs.

At its heart is a 1.7GHz Intel Core i3-4005U CPU. It is supported by a gigabyte of DDR3 RAM operating at 1600MHz. Its RAM can be expanded up to 8GB. It features an inbuilt Intel HD 4400 graphics unit; however the lack of an external graphics card makes it inadequate choice for gamers. It comes with a built-in webcam and a 500GB SATA HDD.

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Acer Gateway NE46RS1 Notebook

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Acer Gateway NE46Rs1 is known for its decent display and fairly good battery life. The laptop features a 14-inch HD LED backlit display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, offering the user clear and crisp visuals. Available in black, it features a standard keyboard and a touchpad featuring multi-touch gesture support.

Run on a Linux operating system, this one is powered by 2.1 GHz Intel Pentium dual-core A1018 processor, assisted by 2GB DDR3 RAM along with Intel HD graphic processor. It does not, however, feature an integrated webcam. One would need to plug in a USB camera externally for video calling. Overall it makes for a decent buy for someone shopping on a budget.

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Dell Inspiron 14 3443

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With a powerful processor, run on Windows OS, the Dell Inspiron 14 3443 features a dedicated graphics memory and a handy optical drive. With a 14-inch HD LED backlit display, it offers a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels.

On the inside is an Intel Core i5 processor with a clock speed of 2.7GHz. The processor is assisted by a 4GB DDR3 RAM which operates at 1,600MHz; it is further expandable up to 8GB. Its HD webcam and integrated microphone ensure users a clear and noise free video conferencing experience. It’s actually a great gaming laptop available at an affordable price.

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Acer Gateway NE571 Notebook

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This is one affordable model with a great battery life, excellent storage capacity and is a good performer. For the price it comes for, this one packs a host of great features that actually lend it value for money. Operating on Linux, it features a 15.6-inch screen. Powered by an Intel Core i3 (5th Gen), it boasts of a clock speed of 2.0 GHz. It has a hard disk capacity of 1 TB.

The highlight of the Acer Gateway NE571 Notebook is certainly its impressive battery life that allows users to use the device uninterrupted for hours.

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Apple MMGL2HN/A 12 Inch Laptop (Rose Gold)

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This one is known for its exceptional display beautifully complemented by an incredible battery backup, strong configuration and a light, slim body. The Ultrabook laptop comes with a 12-inch LED-Backlit Retina Display with IPS technology. With a screen resolution of 2,304 x 1,440 pixels that provides a crisp and clear display, the laptop’s IPS panel blesses it with wider viewing angles. Its rose gold body weighs just 0.9kgs.

It runs a MAC OS X El Capitan platform. Within its sleek body, it contains powerful performance features in the form of an Intel Core M3-6Y30 6th generation processor with a clock speed of 1.1GHz and turbo boost speed of up to 2.2 GHz. It also packs a 480p FaceTime webcam. The highlight of this one certainly is its excellent display and brilliant viewing experience.

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Dell Vostro 15 3558

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Fitted with a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlit Display with Truelife, the Dell Vostro 15 3558 is 21.7mm thick and weighs 2.19kgs. A machine that means business, it is powered by a fourth-generation 1.7GHz Intel Core i3 processor. It features a 4GB DDR3 RAM and an integrated Intel HD 4400 GPU. However, it lacks an OS that is user-friendly.

It packs a webcam and inbuilt microphone. It comes with the 500GB SATA hard disk that operates at 5,400 rpm. It is a fairly decent machine for business and studying. The price point makes it value for money.

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