The Ultimate Back to School Laptop Buying Guide – 2022 Edition!

The Ultimate Back to School Laptop Buying Guide – 2022 Edition!

Looking for the best laptop for students and back to school? Well we’ve got our updated back to school laptop buying guide for 2022. It includes some of best affordable laptops along with options if you have more to spend on a laptop for back to school.

Find these laptops on Amazon & other retailers at the links below:

UNDER $1000:
Acer Swift 3 –
Ideapad 5 PRO –
Acer Nitro 5 (USA) –
Acer Nitro 5 (Canada) –
HP Aero 13 Ryzen 5 –
HP Aero 13 Ryzen 7 –
Dell Inspiron 16 (AMD & Intel –
MacBook Air M1 –

UNDER $1500:
Surface Pro 8 –
MacBook Air M2 (10 core) –
MacBook Air M2 (8 core) –
Dell XPS 13 –
Legion 5 AMD –
Acer Swift X –

OVER $1500:
Lenovo Slim 7i PRO X (Intel) –
Lenovo Slim 7 PRO X (AMD) –
Zephyrus G14 –
Legion 5 PRO (AMD) –
Zephyrus M16 (RTX 3060) –
Zephyrus M16 (RTX 3070 Ti) –

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0:00 – Some Laptop Buying Tips & Tricks
1:43 – Best Budget Laptops (under $1000)
5:28 – Best Mid-Range Laptops (under $1500)
11:08 – Best High End Laptops (over $1500)
14:39 – Wrap Up!

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  1. ojirmr on January 11, 2023 at 2:50 am

    "budget", what kind of high student rocking $1000 laptop for?

  2. Andreas Jensen on January 11, 2023 at 2:52 am

    Economics students sitting here thinking "buts where’s the full size laptops" 😂 we need the number pad

  3. Alvin Motas on January 11, 2023 at 2:53 am

    I recently bought an Acer Aspire 7 for $720, Ryzen 5 5500U, 4GB Gtx 1650, 512GB ssd, and with just an 8GB of ram, you should also consider this one, btw ram is upgradable so it’s just fine.

  4. Achille on January 11, 2023 at 2:55 am

    if i found a pretty good deal on 2018/2019 refurbished 15 inch macbook pro would you recommend this? watched a lot of videos recently thanks for the great content

  5. Justin on January 11, 2023 at 2:56 am

    did u forget the high end macbook pro for high end or leave it out on purpose

  6. Casual Carnage on January 11, 2023 at 2:58 am

    can someone help me out please? Im going into architecture and need a laptop, would the Rog Zephyrus M16 be good enough for 3d modeling like autocad 2d/3d? Ive also been looking at the xp 15 but that is 800 more with 32 gb instead of 16 and an rtx3050ti instead the 3060.

  7. Earthling on January 11, 2023 at 3:00 am

    I am very disappointed that none of the laptops in the *budget* category are even less than $750. Budget category should be at least from $500-$1000.

  8. Cold on January 11, 2023 at 3:00 am

    2:05 my budget was around 400 initially but I spotted the £500 AMD version of the Acer swift 3 and managed to get that. I find myself using it more than I use my PC (1660, 2600x,16gb ram) as it runs most games well enough. If your budget is in this range I’d strongly recommend at least giving it a look

  9. Jonah Haley on January 11, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Don’t forget the Asus flow x13. It is definitely up there in price but it does everything. High performance cpu check, dedicated gpu check, thin and light form factor check, 16:10 1200p display check, 120hz display check, amazing battery life check and proper 2 in 1 form factor with touch screen and included stylus support check and check

  10. PRO TNTDEN on January 11, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Last year I bought a laptop hp 15 for $600 Intel i3(10110u) , ram 4 gb ddr4 and m.2 ssd 128 gb

  11. Danzzy Tech World on January 11, 2023 at 3:02 am

    I have got a question for you. Why is it becoming more difficult to get access to 15 inch PCs that have the numpad keyboard?

  12. Teodor Nakov on January 11, 2023 at 3:03 am

    last gen g14 user here got it for 1000 euro couldnt be happier great keyboard great trackpad great baterry life small and thin good build quality only issue is no webcam but my classes are in presence and when needed I just use my phone which I havent needed to do yet actually. also great performance obviously

  13. Bảo Bùi on January 11, 2023 at 3:05 am


  14. Danial Agha on January 11, 2023 at 3:06 am

    Hardware Canucks if you’re European do you not recommend any of the Huawei laptops. Unless you guys in Canada have had a taste of huawei laptops?. They look like some nice machines but not allot of people have talked about them only one machine the matebook 14s

  15. Tony L on January 11, 2023 at 3:08 am

    If you have enough money for a 1000 dollar laptop for school you aren’t watching this video.

  16. ORI - official channel on January 11, 2023 at 3:10 am

    you shall focus more on students laptop and less on the gaming..

  17. Nguyen Dang on January 11, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Great video by the way however as a student that has limited of money can you find a cheap laptop that is good enough for school and everyday usage for 600 dollars or less anything above I can not afford it.

  18. Kirby on January 11, 2023 at 3:12 am

    Lenovo Legion 5, especially the new model, is like a no-brainer to me if you want to game too. It’s pretty much at the top on so many aspects, the ports are at the back which is great, and it has a lot of them. Max tdp GPU, backlit keyboard, good build quality, good screen, decent battery life if you choose the AMD option. And it has sufficient cooling.
    Maybe not as portable, especially with a larger power brick than more mobile options, but the combo of a 6600H + 3060, or 6800H + 3060, it beats so many competitors in value.

  19. ironyconfident on January 11, 2023 at 3:12 am

    For back to school I would prioritise laptop battery, lightweight and smaller to fit in your backpack (and use a sleeve). 15 inch and above is way too big. If your course allows, I would go with base model M1 Macbook air. There seems to be a heavy gamer agenda. Conside a second gaming dedicated PC for home which also will be detracting from your study time.

  20. Cyan on January 11, 2023 at 3:13 am

    1000 dollar laptops in the "budget" part of this video lmao

  21. Mohit Vats on January 11, 2023 at 3:15 am

    Sir, lenono slim 7 pro x ( amd ) or asus vivobook pro 14x oled ( amd )

    Which one to choose please tell me. I am confused between these two ?

  22. Pooria Khosravi on January 11, 2023 at 3:15 am

    Do you recommend macbook pro 14?

  23. Kynrai on January 11, 2023 at 3:16 am

    whats with the normal lenovo yoga slim 7 pro x with AMD prozessor why wasnt that mentioned its cheaper tham the intel model

  24. RaxXxvell on January 11, 2023 at 3:17 am

    I just got myself an insane deal on the lenovo slim 7 pro 16" for less than 700 and now I’m trying to get rid of my macbook pro 14. Because I can really use those 1k bucks otherwise. 5800H + 3050 for such a price is insane. It’s insane what kind of laptops you can get nowadays for a cheap price.
    Students can get the HP aero 13 for 650 aswell over here. What a time.

  25. Ur Saad on January 11, 2023 at 3:17 am

    What about HP Pavilion Plus?

  26. M43DA on January 11, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Just picked up a Surface Pro 8 with keyboard for $1069 (US) with a student discount it’s the 8 GB ram model but it’s amazing for the size .. battery life is good compared to my Legion 7i .. always has to be plugged in.

  27. taha soomro on January 11, 2023 at 3:20 am

    where the thinpad people at?

  28. Koenigsegg on January 11, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Nah kids want razer laptop

  29. Vector on January 11, 2023 at 3:22 am

    A *summer fan* , huh?
    As a *winter enjoyer* : "lol".

  30. Noukz on January 11, 2023 at 3:25 am

    How come there are no more compact laptops with the home/end/delete/insert row on the right of the keyboard? 😭

  31. Jorge Castillo on January 11, 2023 at 3:25 am

    Man and I’m over here a student and working tryna get something for about 500

  32. Caleb Hudson on January 11, 2023 at 3:25 am

    Hey, my acer swift 3 just broke after 1 year and 2 months (outside of acer warranty, inside of Costco’s thankfully) the hinge detached from the screen side panel, causing the screen to Crack, I tried to re-adhere it but it didn’t work. Stay clear from acer.

  33. Weekend-Street on January 11, 2023 at 3:26 am

    I was lucky to have paper folder with some paper in it. And a phone… really…if you called my house and didn’t get anybody you weren’t getting anybody…

  34. MK on January 11, 2023 at 3:27 am

    How tf 900$ Is budget laptop

  35. Da Trooper on January 11, 2023 at 3:29 am

    My laptop buying guide:Get the most powerful laptop that you can get in your budget range😂

  36. Kelly Wu on January 11, 2023 at 3:29 am

    If you’re into repairability, consider the Framework laptop. You can get a decent spec (1240P + 16 GB + 1 TB aftermarket SSD) for $1250 or so.

  37. August on January 11, 2023 at 3:30 am

    The AMD option for the slim 7 pro is better for most people. Just not worth it to go with intel for a laptop that thin and light.. The battery life and cooling just aren’t good enough.

  38. Delorean Daily on January 11, 2023 at 3:32 am

    Can you do a video for college students on a budget? $300-$600, thank you 🤍

  39. Jose Perez on January 11, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Honestly you lost me at the very first one. Why do I need 16g of ram. Like at most all the student laptop should be running is the basic if yall you are doing taking notes and such. I suppose if you are using it for more high end things sure but just get a pc at that point

  40. E K on January 11, 2023 at 3:34 am

    I am a big fan of Asus Zenbooks, very well priced and their new stuff is 16 by 10 ratio touch screen (Zenbook Flip 13)

  41. IOAN.ER. on January 11, 2023 at 3:39 am

    I can’t aford neither of those

  42. Joël Koutangni on January 11, 2023 at 3:40 am

    Please do a review of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Por x 🙂

  43. SaucyNipples on January 11, 2023 at 3:40 am

    aero 13 looking good

  44. SMAQSMAR on January 11, 2023 at 3:43 am

    bro if that is your real voice…. I am impressed

  45. Harsh Patel on January 11, 2023 at 3:47 am

    please bring full review of legion 5 and pro models

  46. Dulce on January 11, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Do the oled screens burn in fast? That’s one of the things holding me back from getting the asus zen. I’d like to use a laptop for 5+ years (which is what my current Acer has been running for)

  47. Farhan Qurashi on January 11, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Hi can someone tell which laptop would be better?

    Lenovo Slim 7i PRO X (Intel)
    Lenovo Slim 7 PRO X (AMD)

    I am going to be studying engineering at university from september and need a laptop for my work and some gaming too. I can get both with 32gb Ram and 1tb storage.

  48. nishesh shukla. on January 11, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Where do you guys get your wallpapers from? You guys have some awesome wallpapers in your videos.

  49. Opiniones on January 11, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Great video!

  50. George Sheng on January 11, 2023 at 3:50 am

    How on earth have I not found you earlier. So calming and pretty dang informative for a newer consumer. Good stuff

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