Best Laptops for Students – 2020 Ultimate Guide

My ultimate guide on what you should be looking for in a laptop for university. I give my recommendations for most students, plus specific recommendations for programming students, film students, photography students, and those who want to do some gaming and streaming on the side.

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– Asus Zenbook 14:
Ideapad 5 15:
– X1 Carbon 7th Gen:
– HP Spectre x360:
– Macbook Pro 13: – I recommend the 10th gen model
– HP Envy 15:
– HP Omen 15 AMD:
– Razer Blade 15 Advanced:
– Aero 15 OLED:
– XPS 9500:
– Macbook Pro 16:


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Programming Laptop: – I have the 8 core 9980HK version
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  1. louie on February 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    could you make a programming for beginners/students with java or python?

  2. Nick Fuller on February 1, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Which laptop should I get for college work and light gaming(LOL or possibly valorant)?

  3. lara 8643 on February 1, 2021 at 6:24 pm


  4. Frederick Mu on February 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    My chromebook has lasted more than 4 years

  5. R Hebner on February 1, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Please note : Some manufacturers do not allow repair shops to repair their products and Razor does NOT sell parts and do not pay shipping either way if the warranty has expired. I would recommend looking hard at after sales warranty and repair policies BEFORE buying especially if you’re paying more than 2000.

  6. Pawel Zabinski on February 1, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Should I get the Macbook Air with M1? I’m hearing so many positive reviews on it.

  7. Nicole Castro on February 1, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    This was the most considerate laptop review ever and I am so touched. May you be blessed 😭

  8. Ryan on February 1, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Best laptop for someone who wants to create designs for t shirts to sell on Etsy, Shopify ?? I have £1000

  9. bluedogfighter on February 1, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Your bullshit i have a mac and it easy last my whole day??

  10. Muru Roa on February 1, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    7:35 FYI a tight budget doesn’t "start at $689.99". 👎 What world do you live in? 🙁

  11. Fifth Season on February 1, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Yeah I’m looking for a laptop but just hearing him talk is so calming lol

  12. BD FIFA FREAK on February 1, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Is HP spectre x360 13"(10 th gen i7, 16gb ram,512 gb ssd,4k display) worth buying laptop over dell xps 13" ? please reply …please please please

  13. Matic Rupnik on February 1, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    you have huge eyes

  14. Welt Siebenhundert on February 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    7:30 start for only Laptops.

  15. Der Fliegende Mocca on February 1, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, the amount of elitists here is too damn high.

    1400$ is NOT what you NEED to spend on a notebook.
    I had a 50$ crappy old thinkpad for most of my university life, 10-12 years old, i cleaned it properly and gave it more, faster ram and an ssd and it was more than enough.
    I now switched to a 2008 macbook (not pro) with Intel Core 2 Duo. New battery and ssd, but this is really working great, i love the keyboard and its just so cool and ancient while still doing its job. especially if you consider i got it for free, because the former owner was not able to reinstall a fresh macos.

    so do you want a 10 year old notebook? probably not honestly. but saying that anything below 1000$ is pure crap is just bullshit.
    I cant speak for everyone, but if you really just want something for school, just get any cheap laptop and an external harddrive. you will be fine.
    maybe you want to game too – then please consider buying a used gaming pc for like 200$ that easily outperformes most notebooks.
    other than that i honestly think that most super power hungry people are just running benchmarks or trying to brag. you can video encode with 4 cores in 2020, its okay. you dont need 200 lol fps on a laptop. just dont fool yourself into thinking, that a 500 – 600$ notebook is worthless. it will get everything done and you can literally for the same price buy a absolutely new one in 3 years, outperforming anything that NOW costs 1400$.

  16. Katinka Vanyák on February 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm


  17. Shamarian Revada on February 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    My top 5 laptops:
    Xps 13
    Idea pad 5
    Asus zephyrus (even though it a gaming laptop)
    Vivo book 15
    Think pad l13

  18. Lucas Menegat on February 1, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    The video starts at 7:20

  19. Amrit Pandey on February 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Only lenovo mac no , hp what the hell !!

  20. Schwarz Weiß on February 1, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Don’t buy a Dell xps laptop guys. I constantly have problems with it and the guy at the computer service told me that he has a lot of costumers having the same issues.

  21. Jmigostimpy 1 on February 1, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    3:14 cancel this man sisters

  22. Esdras Guerra on February 1, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Man thinks we have money like that to spend in 2020-21. Where’s the stimmy when you need it🥵

  23. subway surfers gaming girl on February 1, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Lol ×502

  24. biscuitninja on February 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    7:27 for the computers

  25. Clem R on February 1, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Hey josh, i have been searching for a laptop for almost 2 months and i still didn’t found an ideal laptop. If you can, i would really appriciate your help. What i need is a 15 inch laptop for university that is lightweight, and that i can also use for indie game develping (with unity or gamemaker studio). My most desired options for now are the lenovo legion 5 15, and the lenovo ideapad 5 15 (especialy for their keybords), but one of them is too bulky with a graphical power that i dont really need (since i play AAA on consles), while the other one has a bad display that i can’t tollerate (i could buy an external monitor, but currently i dont have enough space for it). I would be happy if you raccomend me a laptop like the ideapad 5 15 but with a better display, 16 gb ram, with POSSIBLY an i7 or ryzen 7, and that it can also do some CASUAL gaming; i also don’t want to spend too much so i wont buy anything over 1500€. If you don’t know any laptop like this, then tell me what i should do. Thank you

  26. R K on February 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    I can’t believe the iPad Pro didn’t make anyone’s best laptop list…lol

  27. Muhammad Usman Ansari on February 1, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    What is your say on a refurbished Dell Latitude 12 7275 for university activities. Mind you, this is not for the computer science or engineering students. Just management sciences.

  28. afsana mimi on February 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Ntel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, lAcer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H lDual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD,(
    40% off) l

  29. Peter P on February 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Would you recommend the macbook 16 inch for software developers?

  30. Mors Immineat on February 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Lol x501

  31. yup on February 1, 2021 at 6:57 pm


  32. Uoiea Villanueva on February 1, 2021 at 6:57 pm


  33. Muhammad Abd ur Rahman on February 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    josh: any laptop over 2.5kg with charger is too heavy for a student.
    indians: hold my backpack…..

  34. Yulesh Patel on February 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    If you’re new to buying laptops this is the go-to video. This kind knows his stuff, is honest, realistic, and to the point.

  35. Welt Siebenhundert on February 1, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    If I want a 17 Zoll laptop under 1000$ is there something good?
    FHD, CPU&GPU, Numb Block, 8/16Gb RAM, HDMI, >2 USB A, >1 USB Typ C, I5/R5.

  36. Elin Sundström on February 1, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Is there any difference between Asus VivioBook s14/15 14 inch and Asus Vivobook s14/15 15 inch except the screen size, the nits (400 and 200) and a number pad? Looks like both have an AMD Ryzen 4700U, 512 SSD and 16 GB ram. I am no expert at computers and got an 14 inch and my eyes and head hurts, I use fl studio and photoshop. 150% screen "size" is recommended in the settings, but I have to have 125% to be able to see all plug-ins in fl studio. Everything is so small. I am also studying economics at uni. The 14 inch is 1,4 kg and the 15 inch is 1,8 kg. I have the possibility to change the computer for 25 days and I am torn.

  37. Adeline Proverbs31 on February 1, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Are you using a teleprompter?

  38. Inspicues on February 1, 2021 at 7:03 pm


  39. Adhi Subramanian on February 1, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    What is the model of laptop at 8:48? it looks really sleek

  40. tandläkarN on February 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Aaaah the classic three different types of students:

    – Computer science
    – Youtubers
    – Gamers

    Yes that totally captures everyone, thank you 🙏 What even is CAD anyway

  41. Snoxu on February 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    i don’t expect students to he using 1000$ dallar laptops

  42. Dany Money on February 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    I got the M1 Macbook this year for school and I absolutely love it! I got it from Amazon too

  43. bluedogfighter on February 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Get a mac it will last your whole high school and your first years in uni

  44. mirjalol tuychiyev on February 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    So simple

  45. Peter Samuel on February 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I just want to say thank you

  46. W O on February 1, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    give him money so he will respond. wow.

  47. RC on February 1, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Acer Aspire 7. Period.

  48. Abde on February 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Zenbook 14 has no 3,5mm

  49. Donna Bosilkovski on February 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Josh. I am hoping you could please recommend me a new laptop. I’m in Australia, would like a 15" i7 good display and sound and up to $2000 AUD if this is even possible please? For home use only, so web browsing, youtube, and word docs for work. I have been to stores but they promote the brands they sell (understandably so). I want something futureproof as I am a "mature lady" and this will be my last purchase… hopefully. Thank you in advance and have a great day. Donna

  50. Richard Buchholz on February 1, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Love a guy who plays his Battlefield 1