We received a laptop recommendation request from Katherine who’s looking for a durable laptop for college. She’ll be doing a lot of internet research with a lot of tabs opened at the same time and some programming as well.
The Laptop Recommendation Request
According to your request I would say that durability, performance and portability are the most important factors.
As far as durability goes, the most durable laptop are (by far) business laptops. They’re really built to survive assaults, most of them passing military standards. They usually withstand a fall of 30 inches, which is really great if you think of all the fragile parts in a laptop. But, of course, they’re a more expensive, I would say something like 25% more.
If you tend to break your laptops, I would suggest these ones:
- I think your best choice would be the 12.5″ Lenovo ThinkPad X260. It’s a small, portable, quite powerful durable laptop with a world leading 17+ hours of battery life.
- I would personally go with the Lenovo ThinkPad T460 for programming. It’s a great, powerful and portable 14-inch laptop. And I prefer the bigger screen for programming.
Otherwise, in other categories (not as strong as business laptops, but are still very good quality), choose one of these:
- The ZenBook series is one of my favorite at the moment and the 13-inch Asus ZenBook UX303UA would be my choice here
- or the Dell XPS 13. Almost as small as an 11-inch, but with a 13-inch screen and the same powerful specs as the rest.
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