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Computer technology is revolutionizing the way we learn and teach. We are living in exciting times, where lack of technology is a reason for fear. Computers and laptops do what you tell them to do – and skilled teachers can harness its power for the betterment of their profession.

Whether it is for recording grades, managing attendance, or preparing for instructional delivery, technology has personalized the way education is handled by teachers in classrooms. Laptops and servers have become secondary classrooms for students and teachers that cope up with heavy personal commitments. The main motto is to connect the student to the teacher in the same way in which the student is connected to his friends.

While the world was reeling in the fear that computers would replace teachers, we have reached a point where both are now buddies. Here we have compiled a list of the best laptops, where we cover the finest out of the lot out there.

Apple MacBook Pro

Our first laptop is known for its brand. A brand whose greatness lies in the right use of innovation and technology. People at the helm of Apple were crazy enough to innovate their way out of competition. On 10th January 2006, Steve Jobs announced the Mac Book Pro at the Macworld Conference & Expo. No wonder, when it is technology, an Apple product will always be on the top of any list. With it, you are promised an experience that you never knew existed.

Technical Specifications:

  • Intel Core i5, i7
  • Retina Display
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
  • Ultrafast SSD
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Force touch trackpad

Why should teachers buy it?

Wide color support

The large pixel aperture and the variable refresh rate provides excellent color support for the Apple device. This translates into millions of excellent quality sharp colors. The attractive IPS display provides superior viewing angles that help teachers to have seamless group discussions with students without having to move or adjust their device multiple times.

Less power consumption

The LED-backlit display and the pixel aperture ensure that the laptop consumes less power, thus increasing its usage for longer conference sessions.

Battery life

The battery lasts 10 hours on a single charge, thus making it a preferred choice for teachers and professors who use it unplugged for longer periods.

Performance

The Mac book provides accessibility features for the vision and hearing impaired and those with low motor skills and learning disabilities. Whether it is voice over, Siri dictation, closed captions or speech to text, teachers can be assured that the laptop will be a good complement while working with differently-abled children.

Intensive usage

The touch pad has a touch-sensitive display that syncs with the applications used on the laptop. The pad ensures that teachers who use the laptop can keep their retina display free of finger-prints and unnecessary hand contact. Mac operating systems score above Windows in terms of heavy video and audio editing. So if you are preparing a project which involves multiple videos, the Mac Book Pro comes in handy.

Lightweight

At 1.37 kgs, the laptop is an excellent, lightweight accessory for teachers to carry around. Heavy laptops can kill mobility, and Apple excels at launching products that are top-notch in their innovation and usability.

To Think Twice

Price

For new teachers, an Apple device can burn pockets. While it’s true that some people prefer Apple devices to look prosperous, but for a teacher, it is an investment that warrants counting the cost before purchasing it.

Legacy Ports

Due to the Thunderbolt three ports, the traditional USB port and memory card reader ports are absent. An adapter or external device is needed to read and port USB’s.

In what parameter is Apple better than the other four in our list? – Performance & Technology

ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA-DSM4T 2-in-1 Laptop 14″ Touchscreen Full HD

“People ignore designs that ignore people.” – Frank Chimero
Technology and usability are all about people. Users that use and harness technology with minimum frustration bring more business for successful companies. ASUS Chromebook Flip touted as one of the best Chromebooks available out there, that provides the sweet spot in all parameters of laptop performance.

Technical Specifications:

  • NanoEdge Display
  • 360-degree hinge
  • Lightweight aluminum body

Why should teachers buy it?

Vivid and bright panel

The 14-inch NanoEdge display features ultra-narrow 5mm thin bezels that provide bright and vivid display experience for a 14-inch laptop. Reviewers have described the 1080p touch screen as groundbreaking as it perfectly complements the sleek grey color of the device. The screen-to-body ratio is 87%, thus keeping the dimensions at a minimum. For teachers using audio-video as their primary means of teaching will find this feature useful.

Keyboard & Hinges

The island-style 1.33 mm key travel with large spaced-out keys gives a dense typing experience. Teachers who heavily use their devices for typing out notes can experience seamless tactile clicks. The hinges of the laptop enable lust and tablet mode that help lift the rear of the laptop with ease.

Look

The Asus C434 replaced the black keyboard of its predecessors with a silver/grey metallic one to enhance the overall look and sophistication of the device.

Audio

The audio of the Asus Chromebook can reverberate in a big room with ease and clarity.

Weight

With a weight of 1.45 kgs, the Asus is a petite device. Adding to its portability is the 15.7mm thick aluminum body with diamond cut wedges. It features Intel’s latest x86 microarchitecture, its Y-architecture offers very low power consumption. Teachers who have long hours of conference or teaching sessions will benefit from these features.

To Think Twice

Touchpad

Many teachers may find the touchpad a bit finicky and jumpy at times.
Music sound: The bass tones and the softer piano chords are weaker when played through the device. Music teachers may have to opt for the Apple MacBook for rich music experience.

In what parameter is Asus better than the other four in our list? – Display Panels with its ultra-thin bezels.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft is a place where culture evolves and where workers believe in reinventing the future. It has become an ecosystem, and as Satya Nadella says, it is the “platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.” In this vein, the Microsoft Surface Pro series has proven to be the deal breakers even with their high prices.

Technical Specifications:

  • PixelSense Touch Screen Display
  • Office Home and Student 2019

Why should teachers buy it?

Performance

With the 8th Gen Intel Processor, the Surface Pro 6 is way better than its predecessors that help you toggle between various apps and screen to ensure clean and seamless working experience. Its surface pen let’s art teachers take legible notes and draw seamlessly with more than 4,000 levels of perfect shades and colors.

Battery Life

The Microsoft boasts of a 10-hour battery life, which is quite impressive compared to the benefits that it gives through its 12.3 inches screen and 128 GB memory/4GB RAM.

Display

Microsoft’s 2736 x 1824 PixelSense display lets teachers experience a rich and vivid viewing experience, whether it is watching HD videos or replying to messages.

Tab with a keyboard

Since the Surface Pro doubles as a tab with a keyboard, and promises glitch-free typing experience. Teachers can use this lap-tab for drawing sophisticated designs using the surface pen and writing notes for students using the keypad. The keypad scores above all other lap-tabs as most do not provide the same experience in terms of workability.

Appeal

The matte-black color design looks sleek and classy for professional use. If detached from the keypad, it seems more appealing and can be used for a host of purposes that a teaching profession demands.

To Think Twice

Mouse and Pen

The mouse and pen for this tab-cum-laptop need to be purchased, which adds to the cost and maybe a big deterrent for middle-budget users.

In what parameter is Microsoft better than the other four in our list? – Best 2-in-1 usage as a laptab

Lenovo Yoga 900

Lenovo has been known for its gaming ThinkPad and Legion brands. The touch-wood feature of its consistency helped carve out a niche for itself in the computing industry. The best feature of Lenovo’s offering is its ‘something-for-everyone’ feature, which was the biggest motivation during the launch of Lenovo Yoga 900.

Technical Specifications:

  • Turbo Boost Technology
  • IPS Multi-touch Display
  • Dolby Home Theater Certification

Why should teachers buy it?

Design

The Lenovo Yoga 900 is an epitome of ‘sleekness.’ The magnesium panels on the top of the device and the superior quality hinges make them one of the sophisticated looking laptops in the Lenovo brand of portable devices. The hinges are made of individual bands that shine and sparkle. However, it is stronger than the last year’s model. When you look sideways, the hinges look like a continuous piece of metal that begins at the tip of the screen and ends at the base of the device.

Keys

As with other products, the Lenovo features distinctive scallop-shaped keys that help in typing seamlessly. Teachers who type longer notes won’t experience discomfort while using the Lenovo Yoga.

Audio

The Lenovo Yoga is one of the few devices that possess Dolby DS 10.0 Home Theater Certification for a superior audio experience. The bass is clear and crisp, and teachers using the device for audio lessons can be assured of a flawless experience.

To Think Twice

Keys

Some of the key arrangement is off with the shift key changed to half its original size and the F4 key doubling as the Close Window key. Teachers not used to this arrangement can end up frustrated.

Audio

The audio is dependent on the surface on which the laptop is resting due to the placement of the speakers.

Holding the tablet

Some teachers may find it difficult to hold the tablet in one hand due to the weight, and the screen may draw fingerprint smudges.

In what parameter is Lenovo better than the other four in our list? – Audio technology

Dell Inspiron 15 5000

We are living in a period of rapid change. Enterprises that don’t innovate decline fast. Michael Dell, the founder of Dell, came to the tech-world with a vision and made Dell the synonym of portable computing. While not comparable to Apple, Dell has carved a forte for being a budget laptop.

Technical Specifications:

  • Intel Optane Memory
  • Nvidia GeForce MX130 or MX150

Why should teachers buy it?

Build Quality

The Inspiron has a consistent build quality that looks clean and sleek for a budget laptop. The wrist-rest is strong, and the screen has a sturdy feel to it. The teacher can carry their laptops for excursions and picnics and rest on the strength of their Dell Inspiron to withstand long travels.

Standard Ports

Dell sports the standard slots each laptop should have – three for USB’s, Gigabit Ethernet, one HDMI output and an SD Card reader. For those who like to mini-repair their laptop, the internal parts are easily retractable by removing the base panel quickly with screws.

Anti-glare Finish

The display helps in reducing reflections due to its anti-glare finish. At this price, teachers would be happy to get a full HD display to impart seamless instructions through the audio-video medium.

Keyboard

The keyboard area of Dell does not have a flex. It is wide for the teacher’s hand to rest on it comfortably while typing notes. It is not backlit, which can be an off for some who are used to working at night.

Storage

2TB storage at an affordable price is a cut above the rest. Teachers who develop audio-video intensive notes use the 2TB version of the Dell to store their notes and research for seamless instructional delivery.

To Think Twice:

Display appeal

Compared to Apple and ASUS, the Dell Inspiron is less visually appealing. The laptop body is clunky with plastic silver slab body.

Bezels

The impressive 1080p screen is surrounded by substantial bezels that put-off the visual appeal of the screen.

In what parameter is Dell Inspiron better than the other four in our list? – Affordability

Kevin Systrom famously said, “Good products sell themselves.” This is particularly true of all the laptops we have reviewed above. These are brands that have established themselves in the portable computing market and have an audience that is willing to try the next product that they launch. The values of these laptops are determined by the way they are used, and teachers who spend their life multitasking their way through their professional journey, stand to benefit from the innovation that each product brings.
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