2019 Best Back to School Laptops

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  • Published: 22 August 2019
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  • omar arreola
    omar arreola  1 days back

    The Surface laptop has the perfect aspect ratio. but for what you are touching all day, the MacBook Pro has the best trackpad. I would rather this than a touch screen.

    • Rob Richard
      Rob Richard  2 days back

      Alex why the sad face

      • Harraz Masri
        Harraz Masri  2 days back

        1:49 windows update needs restart hurts my eye

        • Arctic FowlMist
          Arctic FowlMist  3 days back

          10:00 if these are the laptops youre buying for school, do you really need to go to school?

          • Danish
            Danish  2 days back

            You should have more likes

        • Anuradha Akella
          Anuradha Akella  3 days back

          Where da lg gram at???

          • Gene The Bean
            Gene The Bean  4 days back

            4:41 You get whatcha paid for (sadly my $350 Samsung laptop does the same)

            • Juris Dumagan
              Juris Dumagan  4 days back

              Also the lenovo ideapad L340

              • Der Shrimpi
                Der Shrimpi  4 days back

                I got myself an Asus TUF Gaming Laptop just last week for Uni
                It's got a Ryzen 5 3550H, Radeon RX 560X and 8GB RAM (No Windows install which lowered the price a little and gave me the opportunity to install a bloatware free version of Windows)
                Cost me roughly 650€ including shipping


                Any thoughts on that?


                I think it's pretty nice and very good for general Uni usage (And also very good for gaming as far as I've seen so far).
                And I already have an awesome Gaming Desktop so I won't have to solely rely on the Laptop for gaming but have it as a portable option.

                • Chris Van Middelkoop
                  Chris Van Middelkoop  5 days back

                  great video boys! that asus zypherus is a good find! it is exactly what I am looking for!

                  • Scarlet
                    Scarlet  5 days back

                    Can we please get a video for graphic designers/ artists/ video editors/ game devs/ etc who need higher end performance? I've used a Samsung Notebook for the last 3 years upgrading each year and at work we use the big Surface that sits on the desk with the dials. But now HP supposedly has some pretty good 2-in-1s and even Dell is competitive again. You haven't done a review of all of these in a long time, and MANY of us on YT are in creative or video-related fields or otherwise need write-on-screen technology

                    • Trainboy1EJR
                      Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                      They mentioned the Acer Nitro 5 GAMING LAPTOP, that should work just fine for GAME DEVS... video editors, add a mouse... artists, carry a wacom tablet in addition to the laptop... or just use any gaming laptop with a g-sync screen if you want better colors on the laptop screen itself. Or if you were looking at the Dell XPS 15, you might as well also look at the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme which regularly goes for $1560 any time they have a sale.

                  • אהרון אלמוג
                    אהרון אלמוג  6 days back

                    there are great entry level thinkpads below 1K$ with enough specs and a matte FHD IPS, and a very good keaboard. dell vostro is similar/

                    • Коля
                      Коля  1 weeks back

                      Unless you go to graphic design and 3d vfx school... Then... None of those work

                      • Trainboy1EJR
                        Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                        Really? The Acer Nitro 5 wouldn't work?

                      • Scarlet
                        Scarlet  5 days back

                        ikr. I wish he'd review 2-in-1's or all touch screens that designers can use.

                    • Iddra
                      Iddra  1 weeks back

                      This is the most awkward video I've seen all year

                      • sonic 768
                        sonic 768  1 weeks back

                        tbh i don’t really care about a touch screen bc i don’t want smudges all over my laptop

                        • Ibrahim Abu Eraq
                          Ibrahim Abu Eraq  1 weeks back

                          I need back to school laptop cost $100

                          • Trainboy1EJR
                            Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                            Just use a bluetooth keyboard with your Android/iPhone. It's going to be more capable than any laptop under $800. Maybe you could get a used Chrome book, but at that point, you are still better off using your phone.

                        • NIBBA
                          NIBBA  1 weeks back

                          bruh

                          • Mou Ja
                            Mou Ja  2 weeks back

                            It doesn't exist. MacBook is piece of 💩💩💩. All good notebooks are heavy. All light notebooks are extremely bad

                            • skies
                              skies  2 weeks back

                              The sunscreen on the nose kinda look... Well... Not that appropriate lol

                              • Thelonious Breskin
                                Thelonious Breskin  2 weeks back

                                Huh. No love for my HP Spectre x350 with an i7 and 1060. I fucking love the thing.

                                • Andrew Morris
                                  Andrew Morris  2 weeks back

                                  You guys know you're about a month late, especially for the US, right?

                                  • David Lacziko
                                    David Lacziko  2 weeks back

                                    I'm still waiting for Xaomi to make laptops.

                                    • Vlad
                                      Vlad  3 days back

                                      @David Lacziko I'm calling budget anything cheap. Why would a big company make something cheap? I thought of Acer because they have a history in making something chep with high end components, reminds me of Oppo or OnePlus a few years ago. If you want a really bugdet gaming laptop, there's the second hand market always available. No company will build for you a gaming laptop with i9 and 2080 under 500$. But if you're waiting for a cheap gaming laptop from Xiaomi, well, keep waiting :)

                                    • David Lacziko
                                      David Lacziko  3 days back

                                      @Vlad You are calling budget something that I can make myself in PC form with the third of the price. That doesn't sound that budget to me.

                                    • Vlad
                                      Vlad  3 days back

                                      @David Lacziko They are too busy making Macbooks with Windows, just like Huawei. You'll always have Acer for budget laptops.

                                    • David Lacziko
                                      David Lacziko  3 days back

                                      @Vlad No, not Mi notebooks. Like real bulky budget laptops for gamers and heavy workloads. Not this pieces of crappy nothings.

                                    • Vlad
                                      Vlad  3 days back

                                      Is this a joke? Because they...do... Xiaomi that is.

                                  • David Lacziko
                                    David Lacziko  2 weeks back

                                    You want to get value? Don't buy Surface or anything Apple. That's it.

                                  • Glenn F
                                    Glenn F  2 weeks back

                                    I'm looking for a 17"er gaming and adobe...any suggestions? Oh and touch screen.

                                    • Declan C-D
                                      Declan C-D  2 weeks back

                                      Lol surface go is pretty good

                                      • Hyp3rSoni X
                                        Hyp3rSoni X  2 weeks back

                                        I wonder when Linus' new Razer Blade will break

                                        • SuperWeabo38
                                          SuperWeabo38  2 weeks back

                                          Could you guys do a video on best laptops for software development? Mainly software development for games.

                                          • Trainboy1EJR
                                            Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                            Get a Gaming Laptop for Game Development... More power = better. Acer Nitro 5 should be fine, 1650 or better GPU. Although you're probably going to want 2060 or better for the Ray-Tracing future. Although I think 2nd gen RT cards will be way better, and will almost certainly be worth waiting for.

                                          • hal0cito
                                            hal0cito  1 weeks back

                                            Probably one with a like a core i7, with a high end graphics and a SHIT ton of ram to make it smoother and probably a massive ssd for all those files

                                        • tibor29
                                          tibor29  2 weeks back

                                          I'm surprised the Surface Pro 6 wasn't even mentioned in the video. The Intel i5 (quad core) 8GB RAM variant is priced very reasonably and it's an awesome device for a student. It's light and super portable, has excellent battery life and most importantly you get to take handwritten digital notes using the Surface pen. It's the best device for note taking hands down.

                                          • Trainboy1EJR
                                            Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                            @InappropriateJapaneseName How about you work a full time job for 2 years, tell your parents you are saving for college so you can get out of paying rent, and go in full force with a proper gaming laptop and go for a programming/engineering degree.

                                            Great name you have there, I have google translate on my phone for situations just like this. :-)

                                          • 私の顔にペニスを撃ってください
                                            私の顔にペニスを撃ってください  1 weeks back

                                            @tibor29 also apple isn't even worth bringing up.
                                            If you use a Mac or an iPhone you're basically disqualified from life and aren't even worth discussing. Go waste air somewhere else.

                                          • 私の顔にペニスを撃ってください
                                            私の顔にペニスを撃ってください  1 weeks back

                                            @tibor29 Ok so go game on it then. I'll wait.

                                          • tibor29
                                            tibor29  1 weeks back

                                            @私の顔にペニスを撃ってください Except that the surface pro 6 is cheaper than many of the gaming laptops that they featured in the 2nd half of the video. Also, at European and American univeristies 90% of people who bring a laptop/tablet to lectures have a Macbook or iPad.

                                          • 私の顔にペニスを撃ってください
                                            私の顔にペニスを撃ってください  2 weeks back

                                            Probably because most students are...students. Not middle class white collar people. Or trust fund kids.

                                        • Marco Ulmanella
                                          Marco Ulmanella  2 weeks back

                                          For 200 dollars I bought a really great used laptop on ebay with free shipping:
                                          Specs:
                                          old i5 3360m put still pretty decent
                                          8gb ddr3 2666mhz
                                          500gb hdd 7200rpm
                                          firepro m4000
                                          1080p 60hz monitor

                                          • Martinesse
                                            Martinesse  2 weeks back

                                            I need a new laptop for school. I am gonna be studying CS. I am not planning on playing any games or anything so I don't need a good gpu.

                                            • Trainboy1EJR
                                              Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                              ...but CS (Counter Strike) *is* a game.

                                          • internetboy
                                            internetboy  2 weeks back

                                            Let's see how logical people(not linus) have to say about this

                                            • internetboy
                                              internetboy  5 days back

                                              @Trainboy1EJR I will remember this and i think that what I like is software development I already have been learning software development for over a year.

                                            • Trainboy1EJR
                                              Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                              @internetboy Well, my advice will still be valid in 4 years, rushing off to college to get a degree is a terrible idea unless you have a Full-Ride Scholarship. Take a year or two to study the subjects online that interest you on your own time, find out what you are good at and can turn in to a career. So many people change their majors and end up in pointless debt because they didn't know what they truly wanted to do and what they were actually capable of. You need to find that out before college, because college in America is a evil debt factory designed to enslave people in debt for the rest of their lives. Think Fortuna in Warframe, but worse. XD

                                            • internetboy
                                              internetboy  5 days back

                                              Hold up I'm only 14

                                            • Trainboy1EJR
                                              Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                              How about you work a full time job for 2 years, tell your parents you are saving for college so you can get out of paying rent, and go in full force with a proper gaming laptop and go for a programming/engineering degree. The only time you should go to College straight out of High School is if you have a Full-Ride scholarship.

                                          • Leroy B.
                                            Leroy B.  2 weeks back

                                            4:40 i think the RJ45 is broken or it is so fragile that is falling apart

                                            • ChattChitto
                                              ChattChitto  2 weeks back

                                              T440p with FHD panel, i7, Storage upgrade + 16gb ram FTW!

                                              • ChattChitto
                                                ChattChitto  2 weeks back

                                                @Andreas Brunnet hi, im just new on using thinkpad series. Currently im not capable on those things haha.

                                              • Andreas Brunnet
                                                Andreas Brunnet  2 weeks back

                                                Older Thinkpad models are awesome. Rather cheap and build like a tank. Did you do the trackpad mod ?

                                            • Oh Poogers
                                              Oh Poogers  2 weeks back

                                              Fuck Linus, I want these guys to be reviewing things

                                              • Roseki
                                                Roseki  2 weeks back

                                                The acer Aspire dosn't have an ips display though... am I crazy? I almost bought it, $350 is too cheap for an ips one.

                                                • jusmy dniel
                                                  jusmy dniel  2 weeks back

                                                  acer nitro 5 here??? like...

                                                  • Lorenz Geering
                                                    Lorenz Geering  2 weeks back

                                                    Would like to know your opinion... I'm a student on a tight budget and found a 2015 Dell xps13 9350 with an i7 6560u, 8gb ram and 256gb 970evo m.2 ssd. I'm just not shure if its worth it to buy a 4 year old laptop(currently use an 2012 macbook pro)

                                                    • Trainboy1EJR
                                                      Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                                      It's a dual-core, I wouldn't bother. You're not going to see enough of a difference in performance from your Macbook, if you already have same ram and an SSD in it.

                                                  • Chrispm84
                                                    Chrispm84  2 weeks back

                                                    My thinkpad t450s cost me $200 and is my favorite laptop. Using it as my main pc since my PSU just fried itself yesterday. :(

                                                    • Salt Gill
                                                      Salt Gill  2 weeks back

                                                      These laptops: 😀
                                                      My budget: ☹️

                                                      • CrazyRed98
                                                        CrazyRed98  2 weeks back

                                                        Slight correction, you state “intel i9 6 core” for the Razer blade 15, but it brings a 9th gen intel core i7 6 core.

                                                        • zepcrazyfre
                                                          zepcrazyfre  2 weeks back

                                                          Why wasn't the *'Google Chromebook'* recommended here? 👀

                                                          • Trainboy1EJR
                                                            Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                                            Because you can't use a Chromebook for a programming/engineering degree.

                                                        • ImNoPURePoSt y
                                                          ImNoPURePoSt y  2 weeks back

                                                          Im going to high school so im scamming my dad to buy me a laptop just for games

                                                          • Trainboy1EJR
                                                            Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                                            That's dumb, you should get a Desktop for better longevity, a Laptop can't be upgraded, a desktop you just slide in a new GPU whenever the current one is no longer satisfactory. Also Laptops fall apart, if it doesn't say Thinkpad, the hinge isn't lasting past 2 years.

                                                        • Luke Shaddick
                                                          Luke Shaddick  2 weeks back

                                                          What if you weren't going to use it for gaming anyway, hence back to school

                                                          • Trainboy1EJR
                                                            Trainboy1EJR  4 days back

                                                            @Luke Shaddick This video is addressing College/University students, if you're in the K-12 schooling you're not going to need anything more than the cheapest used computer with 4gb ram. Of course I'd consider K-12 an absolute waste of time and a total failure of an education system that only serves to break the will of all who are forced through it, taking pointless tests for garbage you will never use after said test has been taken.

                                                          • Luke Shaddick
                                                            Luke Shaddick  4 days back

                                                            @Trainboy1EJR In the UK you have to stay in school until you're 18 and that is either college or a-level

                                                          • Luke Shaddick
                                                            Luke Shaddick  4 days back

                                                            and family lol

                                                          • Luke Shaddick
                                                            Luke Shaddick  4 days back

                                                            @Trainboy1EJR Do you know what country i'm from

                                                          • Trainboy1EJR
                                                            Trainboy1EJR  4 days back

                                                            @Luke Shaddick You should only go to college for a job where the starting pay is 3x minimum wage. Anything else is a waste of money, that will only lead to a lifetime of debt.

                                                        • WhiteLion
                                                          WhiteLion  2 weeks back

                                                          The Surface Go is cheap but you need to buy a protective case for it, a keyboard, ... with that price, you could get a pretty good notebook. But Microsoft is getting really good with their products so it's not a totally bad idea.

                                                          • Trainboy1EJR
                                                            Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                                            It already comes with a Keyboard. A protective case might be a good idea...

                                                        • Uthman Baksh
                                                          Uthman Baksh  2 weeks back

                                                          Got me a Dell Latitude from eBay refurbished. I had to upgrade the RAM and I do have plans on upgrading to an SSD very soon. The machine is way better than I expected as something I purchased until I have enough money for a MacBook Air or Pro.

                                                          • Gautam Yajaman
                                                            Gautam Yajaman  2 weeks back

                                                            Anthony please lose some weight no one wants you to die early you're the MVP of LTT :'(

                                                            • Snarethedrummer
                                                              Snarethedrummer  2 weeks back

                                                              I was just waiting on that umbrella since the start :P

                                                              • Carlos Iglesias
                                                                Carlos Iglesias  2 weeks back

                                                                I will see this video even though I have no money yei

                                                                • Carlos Iglesias
                                                                  Carlos Iglesias  5 days back

                                                                  @Trainboy1EJR hey that's nice. see I'm from El Salvador. I'm practicing english a lot in order to get a scholarship for studying in the US.
                                                                  You may guess that average salary here is low and having a job while studying is almost a requirement for most people.

                                                                • Trainboy1EJR
                                                                  Trainboy1EJR  5 days back

                                                                  Here's an Idea... You work a full time job for 2 years, tell your parents you are saving for college so you can get out of paying rent, and go in full force with a proper gaming laptop and go for a programming/engineering degree. The only time you should go to College straight out of High School is if you have a Full-Ride scholarship.

                                                              • asdfgh123
                                                                asdfgh123  3 weeks back

                                                                there is summer in canada?