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17 Best Laptops for College Students in 2023, Starting Under $200

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17 Best Laptops for Students in 2023 According to Ratings & Reviewers (Photo via Getty)

Buying a new laptop can be stressful—especially when you think about college tuition, school costs, and inflation.

Laptops are a course requirement for millions of students across Canada starting in elementary school.

Regardless of your age or educational level, for many buyers there is one thing that matters when it comes to finding the right computer: price. With that in mind, we’ve scoured the web for the best student laptop deals in 2023, starting at less than $200.

From Amazon to Best Buy Canada, Chromebooks to Macbooks, PCs, and everything in between, these are the 17 best affordable laptops for undergraduate, high school, and college students of 2023, according to ratings and reviewers.

17 Best Laptops for Elementary, High School, and College Students in 2023

Best laptops under $500

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 laptop with graphics on screen (Photo via Amazon)

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (Photo via Amazon)

This “Amazon’s Choice” touchscreen Chromebook features an 11.6-inch screen that can be rotated to be used in both tablet and laptop form. It’s an “excellent little laptop for the value” according to a five-star reviewer.

$419 $450 at Amazon

HP 14

HP 14-inch Laptop (Photo via Staples)

Designed to keep you productive and entertained anywhere, the HP 14-inch laptop combines long battery life with a thin and portable micro-edge bezel design.

$450 at Staples

ASUS Chromebook C403 (Photo via Amazon)

ASUS Chromebook C403 (Photo via Amazon)

With an average rating of 4.3 stars, Amazon buyers describe the 14-inch ASUS Chromebook as a “budget” laptop. According to one reviewer, it’s a “great little Chromebook.” The “battery life is impressive.”

$287 $349 at Amazon

Lenovo Chromebook 3 11.6

Lenovo Chromebook 3 11.6″ (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

This budget-friendly Lenovo Chromebook 3 offers up to ten hours of battery life, 4GB of storage, an HD webcam, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. “I can’t believe how fast this is going,” raves a reviewer from Best Buy Canada. “I love that I can do so much more in half the time than ever before.”

$169 $399 at BestBuy Canada

Lenovo 82KN0003CF 14

Lenovo 82KN0003CF 14″ HD Chromebook (Photo via Staples)

This Lenovo Chromebook has received an average rating of 4.1 stars from Staples buyers. The 14-inch IdeaPad 3 features built-in antivirus for state-of-the-art security, 10 hours of battery life, and dual stereo speakers.

$430 at Staples

PS 15.6

HP 15.6-inch FHD Laptop (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

With an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars, Best Buy Canada buyers call this 15.6-inch computer the “best and fastest laptop [they’ve] ever owned.” According to one reviewer, the “battery life is amazing, the processor is fast and it has lots of storage”.

$430 at Best Buy Canada

Best Laptops Under $700

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop (Photo via Amazon)

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop (Photo via Amazon)

This 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 5 Slim laptop is a crowd favorite among Amazon buyers and has received an impressive average rating of 4.3 stars based on more than 34,000 reviews. The device features an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U dual-core processor, 4 GB DDR4 memory and 128 GB NVMe SSD.

$600 at Amazon

ASUS VivoBook 15 thin and light laptop (Photo via Amazon)

ASUS VivoBook 15 thin and light laptop (Photo via Amazon)

Work effortlessly from anywhere with this best-selling ASUS VivoBook laptop. Weighing in at 3.5 pounds, the device packs the latest Intel Core i3 processor and features fast charging technology. It’s a “great laptop,” writes one buyer; “I should have bought it sooner!”

$691 $740 at Amazon

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15.6

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop (photo via Best Buy)

This 15.6-inch touchscreen Lenovo IdeaPad has received rave reviews from Best Buy buyers, earning top marks for value, portability, and its touchscreen capability. According to reviewers, it’s “great for students” and “worth every penny.”

$650 at Best Buy Canada

Acer Aspire 5 (photo via Amazon)

Acer Aspire 5 (photo via Amazon)

The fan favorite Aspire 5 is ideal for anyone creating and sharing on the go. It features the latest AMD Ryzen 5000-series mobile processor, AMD Radeon Graphics, and plenty of high-speed storage and memory.

$583 $681 at Amazon

Microsoft Surface Go 3 (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

Microsoft Surface Go 3 (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

Be productive anytime, anywhere with the Microsoft Surface Go 3 128GB Windows 11 S Tablet. This 2-in-1 tablet features a 10.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display, Windows 11 technology, is optimized for digital pen and touch, and offers tablet-to-laptop versatility.

$650 $700 at BestBuy Canada

Best Laptops Under $1,500

Acer Swift 3 Laptop (Photo via Amazon)

Acer Swift 3 Laptop (Photo via Amazon)

Buyers can expect high performance, responsiveness and long battery life from this “Amazon’s Choice” laptop. The device features an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor up to 4.7 GHz, 4 cores, 8 threads, 12 MB Intel Smart Cache and a 14-inch Full HD IPS display.

$860 at Amazon

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

With an encouraging average rating of 4.9 stars, this sleek Microsoft Surface Laptop packs a powerful 11th Gen Intel processor with a processor speed of 2.4GHz. According to one reviewer, it’s “surprisingly quiet, responsive, and compact.” It “exceeded my expectations,” they add.

$800 $870 at BestBuy Canada

Apple MacBook Air laptop with colorful rainbow blue, pink, orange background (Photo via Amazon)

Apple MacBook Air Laptop (Photo via Amazon)

This 2020 Apple MacBook Air has received more than 14,000 reviews from Amazon buyers in Canada. The device, which offers up to 18 hours of battery life and 8GB of unified storage, was called “really fast and reliable” by reviewers.

$1,300 at Amazon

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming 17.3

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming 17.3-inch Laptop (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

The 17.3-inch Lenovo laptop has received near-perfect reviews from Best Buy Canada buyers, with an average rating of 4.7 stars from more than 150 reviews. Reviewers say the versatile computer “does anything you want it to do.”

$1,300 at Best Buy Canada

Lenovo Yoga 7i 14

Lenovo Yoga 7i 14″ 2.2K Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (Photo via Best Buy)

This 2-in-1 laptop is equipped with an Intel Core i5-1235U processor, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD. The convertible design features a 360-degree hinge that allows for a smooth transition between tablet and laptop modes.

$1,100 $1,500 at BestBuy Canada

Acer Nitro 5 15.6

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop (Photo via Amazon)

Stay connected and entertained anywhere with this 15.6-inch Acer Nitro gaming laptop. Equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card and 8 GB of RAM, the “Amazon’s Choice” computer has received more than 2,300 five-star reviews from buyers.

$1,200 at Amazon

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