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There are lots of questions incoming college students ask themselves during summer vacation. What course should they take? Which school should they pick? However, after figuring out the answers to these two basic queries, resources come next.

In high school, bags, notebooks, and books are the materials needed by each student. In college, though, even the resources change for a more effective academic learning. Choosing the best laptop suitable for the course and the university itself is vital in surviving the hardest four years of campus life. Here are three tips on how to pick the right laptop before facing the collegiate arena:

Necessity

According to the MustTech News, one of the most important questions in buying a laptop is: How much portability is needed? Note that there is a trade-off between screen size, weight, battery life, and price. If the laptop is set to be used in the classroom only, a heavy variant with a 15.6 to a 17.3-inch screen will do. However, if the laptop is to be carried outdoors, an 11.6-inch screen and a solid-state drive (SSD) might come in handy instead of a traditional hard drive.

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Comfortability

Never switch away from a familiar system. For one, it sacrifices hard-earned experience. The transition, which has few real advantages, is more painful than beneficial. Well, most of today's educational and business software runs on Microsoft Windows. In fact, such software might be a course requirement. Nevertheless, if anyone is used to using Apple Macintosh, just stick to it.

Personalization

Most of the time, any computer is okay. But then, some students need to run professional software. For example, AutoCAD and Adobe. In these cases, The Guardian reported, personalization of laptops based on the course requirements must be done. Those in programming and engineering courses should always opt for a powerful laptop. Probably, the basis should be anything equal to or higher than 8GB to 16GB of memory. (The greater the specs, the greater the price is)

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