Which laptop should I buy for the start of the 2022 school year?

The laptop has become an essential work tool in connection with a student’s education. Value for money, performance, autonomy: an overview of the best references.

With the start of the new school year, it is up to students to find a high-performance laptop to start this new year. Ideally, a machine that isn’t too heavy to carry around offers good battery life, decent performance and good value for money.

But to date there are many models and different brands of devices, and it is not always easy to make the right choice. Here is our selection of laptops according to needs, clutter, but also budgets.

1. Honor Magicbook

Honor magic book
Honor MagicBook © Honor

With its new 14-inch MagicBook, also available in a 15-inch version, Honor has achieved a real tour de force by offering a versatile and ergonomic machine at a relatively affordable price. Thin (less than 16 mm thick) and light (1.3 kg), the laptop of the Chinese brand is characterized by an elegant and refined ultra-compact design, supported by an aluminum chassis and a Full HD screen. The latter provides a good contrast level as well as high brightness ideal for watching videos.

This ultraportable also shows a very satisfactory level of performance, which makes it possible to perform daily tasks without problems (office automation, internet browsing, etc.) but also to play video games without problems.

If it is well supplied in terms of connectors, its autonomy is unsurpassed. In its 14-inch version, the Magicbook advertises around 10 hours without needing to be recharged. It’s a bit easier for the 15-inch version (7.5 hours). This laptop offers excellent value for money for anyone who wants a big screen and a machine that performs in all areas.

2. Acer Aspire 5 A515-45

Acer Aspire 5 A515-45
Acer Aspire 5 A515-45 © Acer

With its silver aluminum and plastic housing, the Acer Aspire 5 makes a good impression. Its 15-inch Full HD screen provides a fine and detailed image. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, this laptop shows a decent performance. However, he is able to perform several tasks (office work or entertainment) without weakening. There is also a large number of connectors (USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, USB-C, HDMI, Jack, RJ45) and compatibility with Wi-Fi 6.

Quiet and with a good battery life of up to 10 hours, the Acer Aspire 5 will appeal to those looking for a large screen at an affordable price, with a small footprint and above all 1 TB of SSD storage. Its only drawback comes from on-board configuration for video games that require low-resource video game experiences.

3. Asus VivoBook S14

Asus Vivobook
Asus Vivobook © Asus

This laptop from the Taiwanese brand relies on its versatility to seduce. In fact, its pedigree, an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 16 GB of memory and a 512 GB SSD, makes it possible to run all everyday applications without problems. If not specifically cut for video games, this model can still launch a game with a relatively fluid experience.

This laptop is silent, well built and has an elegant aluminum case and a Full HD panel that effectively limits reflections. We appreciate its row of extra buttons on the far right and the touchpad, which turns into a numeric keypad with a single click. Its 1.4 kg is very easy to transport and its autonomy is honorable, as it is possible to last a day of teaching or work without having to recharge it.

In addition, the Vivobook has a well-stocked connection. There is a USB-A 3.2 port, a USB-C 3.2 port, an HDMI and a mini jack on the left side. On the right there are two USB-A 2.0 ports and a micro SD card reader. Considering its excellent price-performance ratio, this Asus is definitely the laptop of choice.

4. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i © Lenovo

The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i has a discreet and understated design. Modular, it is mainly characterized by its functionality, which allows it to be fully convertible and can be used in tablet or easel mode. Equipped with a 12th generation Intel Core i5 processor (also available in Core i7), the machine is able to support the operation of multiple programs smoothly

Designed for multimedia-oriented use and office tasks, its 14-inch touchscreen offers good visual comfort. It is even possible to take it with the OLED screen option. And it’s full of advanced connectivity with USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports.

5. Asus Zenbook UX425

Asus Zenbook UX425EA
Asus Zenbook UX425EA © Asus

Functional, the Zenbook UX425 is light (1.2 kg) and compact, allowing it to be carried with one hand without difficulty. Its main assets: a good level of performance, powered by an 11th generation Intel processor, which gives it power without sacrificing autonomy, and its rather bright 14-inch Full HD screen and, above all, with rather thin edges. Its autonomy can reach 13 hours in balanced mode.

It has Windows Hello recognition via its infrared camera and is Wi-Fi 6 compatible. It is still equipped with an HDMI connector, 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports (one of which is also used for power supply), a USB 3.2 Gen. 2 connector and a microSD card reader. It also has a touchpad that turns into a numeric keypad with a single tap.

6. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2

    Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 © Microsoft

The Surface Laptop Go 2 is a model designed for students and those who need a portable and elegant PC. The 12.4-inch screen in 3:2 format is quite comfortable, and we appreciate the secure Windows Hello facial recognition connection. The set is very quiet and does not heat up.

We apologize that the connections are a bit limited. But it all works well for primarily office automation. Count around 10-12 hours of autonomy. And if you want some color, it comes in Worm, Blue, Sand Pink and Platinum Grey.

7. HP Envy X360 13

HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13 © HP

With its OLED screen in 16:10 format, the HP Envy x360 13 will please video content consumers who want an elegant PC. It has a 13.3-inch touch screen with very thin edges, which means that it can be turned into a tablet by folding it 360°. This is also one of its strengths: its convertible side (PC, tablet, tent mode to present a document to an interlocutor by resting the product on a table).

Hybrid computer, it is very light because it is mainly made of recycled aluminum, quite compact and therefore easy to carry everywhere. Its wide-angle camera, which always leaves you in the center of the frame and corrects the brightness or complexion to make you look beautiful, will be useful in video conferences, as will its four speakers signed Bang & Olufsen for optimized sound quality. This ultraportable runs Windows 11 Home and still offers 512GB of storage.

8. Macbook Air M1

Macbook Air M1
MacBook Air M1 © Apple

For those who want an Apple device, the MacBook Air with M1 processor is a good compromise, despite the recent release of the successor with a slightly more powerful M2 chip and a different design. The 2021 MacBook Air can do it all without batting an eyelid.

Whether for office automation, video or audio editing, photo editing, it is able to do everything, quickly and easily, but above all without heating and in a very great silence.

This ultraportable, one of the most powerful on the market, also has a gigantic autonomy, which allows you to leave for a day at work or in class without having to worry about your battery. If we want to look for the little beast, we will blame it on a FaceTime webcam, which does the minimum level of quality.

BFMTV’s editors made this choice independently. BFMTV will likely receive compensation when one of our readers makes a purchase through the links included in this article.

By Louis Mbembe and Melinda Davan-Soulas

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