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Oct 08, 2016 08:53 AM EDT

Macbook Pro 2016 Or The New Dell Latitude 11 As A College Laptop?

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Going off to college and staying ahead in your class is crucial to survive the next four years. And it gets easy if you have the right devices and technology on hand. So before you purchase a Macbook Pro, browse on some other options first.

But what is the perfect laptop for the college student? There is a new laptop from Dell called Latitude 11 and it is perfect for education. It is no Macbook Pro but it has its advantages and disadvantages.

Aptly named Dell Latitude 11 for Education (3150), the laptop itself has a comfortable keyboard with strong speakers. However, one critic from Laptop Magazine says that there is a consistent, annoying lag and it is heavy for its size.

It may not be the best device for multitasking but it is the best laptop for school because of its affordability. The price starts at $379 and it runs on Windows 10 with a 250 GB hard drive to store your homework. And if running from classroom to classroom is an issue, it is a tough device that can withstand bumps and drops. The design is meant more for protection. So it should be fine in your backpack.

On the left side of the notebook are an Ethernet jack, an HDMI output and a USB 3.0 port. On the right are a headphone jack, an SD card slot, a USB 2.0 port and a lock slot. Mostly your bare essential ports.

You can write your research papers on the Latitude as the keyboard is comfortable for your long hours of writing and researching. Plus, the touchpad is smooth and accurate that those who use it had no issues moving windows around with 2 and 3 finger pushes and pulls.

It took into consideration the college students' need for music which is why the speakers are loud even for a laptop this size (11.85 x 8.35 x 0.9).

There is a bit of a snag when it comes to the battery life though. The battery lasts a little under 7.5 hours with continuous browsing on the internet. And the opening and closing individual programs produced a little bit of lag.

Compared to the Macbook Pro, it is a cheaper Windows PC option for students and schools.

The Dell Latitude not to your liking? Look at the Asus Chromebook C202 or the Lenovo IdeaPad 100s before you zip to that Macbook Pro. It saves you hundreds of dollars!

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