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Best Laptop for College Students in 2017 Buying Guide

Being a student of several years myself, and having used a laptop every day in my classes and for working, I can say that, in my opinion, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is the best laptop for college students.

1 – The laptop with the best quality/price ratio

The laptop with the best ratio of quality to price is the Toshiba Chromebook 2.

Its IPS Full HD display is excellent, its battery easily holds a charge for 6 to 8 hours, its light – 1.3 kg – weight makes it very easy to transport, and it it powerful enough to take notes in class and surf the web without any difficulty.

The display on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 measures 13.3 inches, which makes it highly mobile while remaining large enough to be comfortable for working at. It offers very decent sound and its refined design makes it stylish.

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Corsair SSD M.2 NVMe Force Series MP500 240 GB Review


This type of drives requires having a modern PC, either a desktop one or a laptop, but they are the best example of what the new storage technologies have to offer, which are also available for more affordable home PCs. Using the Corsair Force Series MP500 means making a major qualitative leap for any PC, and Corsair makes it easy with an affordable drive, sporting features that are most sought after by home users, that can be adapted to any PC by having the right format.


M.2 and NVMe

A PCI Express unit is considerably more powerful than any SATA SSD. Not only in terms of data transfer rates, but also in terms of data processing capabilities. This type of units offers you a look into the storage future, where mass storage will keep most traditional interfaces, but they will run on PCI Express as their main interface, such as Intel’s Thunderbolt, and they will have protocols inherited from professional systems, such as NVMe.

Corsair mp500

Two major improvements have merged on these SSD models. We have the M.2 (in its different variants), which is a small and versatile interface that offers support for legacy SATA interfaces and high speed PCI Express interfaces with a bandwidth of up to 32 GB/s for now. This interface is an evolution from the mSATA that we used to see in some small motherboards and in many laptops that dared using the SSD as their main system drive some years ago.

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Best SSD 2018 Buying Guide: properties to consider when buying

The SSDs are one of the most interesting components to consider when buying a new computer or updating a current one. In the latter case, either by replacing the magnetic hard disk or by installing a SSD next to it.


The advantages of the SSD over conventional hard drives are diverse, but especially they provide a much higher performance in time access, speeding up OS startup, application opening and the transfer of data.

Since they are based on NAND flash memories, the lack of moving parts in a SSD provides advantages like being almost noiseless as also presenting very low heat emission and power consumption. The improvement on the latest generations made them robust and reliable, having an Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) very similar to the one of a conventional hard disk.

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With the new MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO-001, MSI’s line of gaming laptops is seeing a new addition. This model comes with a 17,3” screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Inside, you’ll find a current-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB of RAM, and plenty of storage. This combination allows you to play all current titles with plenty of FPS. The GE72MVR APACHE PRO-001 boasts MSI’s well known SteelSeries keyboard with programmable backlight.

Price-wise, the MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO-001 comes in at less than 1900$.


MSI fitted this laptop with a 17,3” Full HD panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The matte surface means that reflections are basically non-existent. IPS technology assures great viewing angles and the average brightness lies at 225 cd/m2.

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Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM Gaming Laptop Review

The difficulty in finding a pocket friendly gaming laptop is why we are writing this review, to help ease the stress of as many lovers of gaming laptop as possible in choosing an affordable one. Here we present to you the new, high performance, enticing and within budget laptop the ACER aspire VX5-591G-75RM for interesting gamers. This review as you will find out, halsens to give solution to the above stated difficulty.

ACCER Aspire VX5-591G-75RM

In the past there have been quite a number of high performance gaming laptop from ACER with most of them in competition and comparison with the best out there. And most importantly affordable and pocket friendly that you don’t have to break the bank to get one. Selling at $999.9 at Amazon the Acer aspire VX5-591G-75RM has almost everything desired in a budget midrange gaming laptop. Braging top speeds, high quality graphics performance and fair battery life, all making it a cool buy for its price.

Possesses a good overall specifications for its price, quite affordable, has a solid GPU, with the latest Intel 7th Generation Kaby-Lake Core i7 processor, latest NVidia GTX 1050Ti w/ 4GB of VRAM, 16GB of ultra-fast DDR4 RAM at 2400 MHz, Anti-Reflective IPS display, Premium sound system, Suitable cooling system, devoted gaming-grade backlit keyboard, Decent full HD gaming

Quite heavy and bulky for a gaming laptop, minimal port selection, Nvidia G-sync not supported, has a vacant 2.5″ drive Bay but without bracket and screws needed to install a secondary drive.


The downside of this wonderful gaming laptop is its size. Quite massive, perhaps one of the bulkiest gaming device around, with the weight around 5.6 pounds but looking a lot heavier.

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Acer VX5-591G-5652 Review – Fast, Responsive and Cool

The last time we reviewed an MSI laptop for entry-level gaming one thing was abundantly clear – Gaming on laptops are catching up with the desktop market. Acer, with this terribly long named VX5-591G-5652, is yet another competitor for budget conscious gamers. The price quoted on Newegg is $800. At the time of this writing, the product is listed on Amazon but with no price, suggesting that it is currently out of stock.

Keeping aside the pricing issues, there are a few interesting decisions made by Acer which differentiates this from its competitors. Let’s dig deeper into its performance and who would really benefit from this product.

ACER VX5-591G-5652

Hardware Specifications

For CPU, we have an i5-7300HQ, which is clocked at 2.50GHz and can turbo up to 3.50GHz and has 4-cores/4-threads with no hyper-threading and 6M of cache. This particular CPU is gaining popularity among OEMs owing to its good performance manageable heat output.

For main memory, 8GB of DDR4 SDRAM is what we see. It is nothing special but if you wish to upgrade, installing another 8GB stick is super easy. The next in our memory hierarchy is a 256GB M.2 SSD which makes a world of difference by eliminating the HDD bottleneck. All in all, the laptop would stay snappy and responsive even with multiple applications open.

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Asus C300SA Chromebook Review


  • Thin and light-weight
  • Very low price
  • Excellent keyboard and trackpad
  • Very long-life battery


  • Restricted display viewing angle
  • Mediocre quality speakers

What is the Asus Chromebook C300?

Situated at the lowest point on the scale of entry-level models, the C300 is being billed as an ultra affordable laptop which doesn’t sacrifice too much performance in order make itself so affordable.

Asus C300SA-FN005

With this portable PC, Asus is looking to offer basic users a complete solution at a price that can’t be found anywhere else. In order to do so, the manufacturer had to make some difficult choices in terms of the computer’s display and sound capabilities.

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HP Omen 17 4K VR Laptop Review (NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB, Intel i7-7700HQ, 512SSD)

The new gaming laptop from HP’s OMEN series have been updated and improved again. In the OMEN 17, newest components are guaranteeing maximum gaming fun. HP is now utilizing newest generation Intel processors, the newest Nvidia chips with the new Pascal-architecture, and a faster M.2 module. RAM-wise, you’ll be getting DDR4 modules. Displaying the content is handled by the 17,3” 4K display. If that’s not enough you can add external 4k monitors via DisplayPort. Even with a setup like that the combination of fast processor and top-of-the-line graphics guarantee good frame rates.

HP Omen 17 4K VR Laptop


The new HP gaming-notebook comes with a 17,3” 4K display that, thanks to the matte finish, has almost no glare whatsoever. IPS technology meanwhile guarantees great viewing angles. The average brightness of the panel is a decent 305 cd/m2. In the center of the upper bezel you’ll find the HP Wide Vision HD-webcam alongside its digital Dual-Array microphone.

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How Much Does It Cost to Play in 4K on a PC?

To be able to play on your PC in 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, you will need to choose good components, ones adapted to this high- performance requirement task.

We will be looking at graphics cards, processors, but also at displays.

At the end, we will break out the calculator to tally the prices!

What graphics card should you choose for playing in 4K?

There are not many graphics cards which will allow you to play in 4K with good results. Here is an assessment of the situation:

  • The entry level card for playing in 4K would be the GTX 1070, available for around 500€. However, we do not recommend it for playing in 4K since it will struggle to go beyond 40 FPS in Ultra / High modes.
    Except in the case of a GTX 1070 SLI configuration, the GTX 1070 is not the card you should buy if you are looking to play in 4K. In fact, the GTX 1070 is much better suited for playing in 2K.
  • Next in line is the Geforce GTX 1080 (without SLI) which costs between 600 and 800€. At the moment, it seems to be the only viable solution for reaching 3840×2160 resolution with maximum detail.
    However, you should not expect to be able to run at more than 50 / 55 FPS in Ultra mode in very heavy AAA games. We are fast arriving at the conclusion that one graphics card is just not enough to be able to comfortably play in 4K resolution.
  • A GTX 1070 SLI configuration (budget requirement of around 1 000€), will give you more power than a single GTX 1080, allowing for a frame rate of around 60 to 70 FPS in Ultra 4K in games with even the greatest resource requirements.
  • You will have understood by now that the performance of even a single GTX 1080 is already quite good. However, putting two GTX 1080 cards together is even better! (it will cost you around 1,300$). With this configuration, you will be able to play at more than 90 FPS in Ultra mode with many AAA games.
    Just for fun you could even try reaching 5K resolution!

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Budget – graphics card:

  • Minimum: GTX 1080 = 500/650$ (competition between brands)
  • Recommended: SLI GTX 1080 = 1000/1300$

What processor should you buy for playing in 4K?

CPUIntel will launch, in January 2017, its 7th generation of processors (Kaby Lake) which will be tasked with democratizing 4K UHD. But, until then, what processor should you choose?

In order to avoid the “Limited CPU” phenomenon which occurs between the CPU and GPU, the necessity of moving towards a powerful Intel Core i7 type processor seems obvious.
4K resolution requires that the CPU perform intense calculations, something which the Intel i5 processors are just not cut-out to do.

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Assembling a Gaming PC Piece by Piece, a Rookie’s Experience

It is well known that building a PC piece by piece is cheaper, but the reality is that this option is not available to anyone because, either you have to at least have some basic notions of hardware components, or you have to have a good sponsor who can help you with the selection of the parts and the assembly. The latter perhaps not, because the most recognized stores offer assembly – at a cost, of course. As I write this, I’m not an expert, so I tell you my experience facing the challenge of building a PC gaming component with basic knowledge.

There are colleagues in the sector – and a few in CVC2– who know every model, every design, every format, and so on with a very long list of possibilities that define each hardware component and make them completely different from one another. This is not my case, but it wasn’t the first time that I’ve played with a printed circuit board full of transistors, much less. I wasn’t as knowledgeable of the last generation of processors or, for that matter, more complicated matters like chipsets and sockets, among other particularities of the motherboards, for example.

Gaming PC

First thing: What I’m Going to Use the Computer for, Then Which Components I Need

First of all, you must set some guidelines, or so I thought. For example, what you want it for, and of course, among others, how much you can spend. Based on these two points, and perhaps some other less relevant ones, you can start the construction of a PC gaming computer piece by piece – or non-gaming, for multimedia or perhaps the office. In my case the computer has to fulfill office tasks, which is a basic matter, but also has to be able to edit photos and videos, for the work I perform here at CVC2.

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