Laptops are must haves for college students and there are more choices than ever. We've narrowed down the choices to a few select laptops.

Unsure of which laptop is the best for your college needs? Take a look at our student notebook faq to help you decide. Any computer you choose should be powerful enough to run at full speed with multiple windows and programs open. Most computers are multi core processors with over 2ghz processing and 4gb of ram. That's a solid baseline to making a selection. Being in college you'll be on your laptop at least several hours a day. Depending on your major you may put more or less stress on your computers processing ability and thus your needs may vary. Graphics Card Needs: Liberal Arts Major - Standard - Intel HD Graphics Linguistics / Language Major - Standard - Intel HD Graphics Life Sciences - Standard - Intel HD Graphics Math - Standard - Intel HD Graphics Engineering - Dedicated Graphics Card - NViDIA Quadro Graphic Design - Dedicated Graphics Card - NVIDIA / ATI Radeon Architecture - Dedicated Graphics Card - NViDIA Quadro Video Game - Dedicated Graphics Card - NVIDIA / ATI Radeon This just represents a baseline to review. Most college students won't need anything special, however, engineering or design related majors will likely need a dedicated graphics card. What Operating System? Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS will be the easiest OS's to use in college. Mac's are incredibly popular among college students these days. Still, some students choose to run windows on their macbook's due to compatibility. How much laptop memory will i need for school? A solid baseline is 4gb of ram and a 250 gb hard drive. Anything less than 4gb of ram and you run the risk that the computer could slow down with multiple programs or windows open. Because of music and video streaming sites, cloud storage and backup, there's less of a need to store video and audio locally.