The 17 Best Laptops for Students in 2023, Starting at $200

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17 best laptops for students in 2023 according to ratings and reviewers (Image via Getty)

Buying a new laptop can be stressful β€” especially when you’re thinking about tuition, tuition, and inflation.

Laptops are considered an essential part of the course for millions of students across Canada, starting in elementary school.

Regardless of age or education level, for many buyers, finding the right computer boils down to one thing: price. With that in mind, we scoured the internet to find the best student laptop deals in 2023, starting at less than $200.

From Amazon to Best Buy Canada, Chromebooks to Macbooks, PCs, and everything in between, here are the 17 best affordable laptops for elementary, high school, and college students in 2023, according to ratings and reviewers.

17 Best Laptops for Elementary, High School and College Students in 2023

The best laptops under $500

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 laptop with on-screen graphics (Image via Amazon)

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (Image via Amazon)

This “Amazon’s Choice” touchscreen Chromebook has an 11.6-inch screen that can be rotated to be used as both a tablet and a laptop. According to one five-star reviewer, it’s “an excellent little laptop for the price.”

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HP 14

HP 14 inch laptop (photo via Staples)

Designed to keep you productive and entertained wherever you are, the HP 14-inch laptop combines long battery life with a thin and portable micro-edge design.

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ASUS Chromebook C403 (Image via Amazon)

ASUS Chromebook C403 (Image via Amazon)

With an average rating of 4.3 stars, Amazon buyers describe the 14-inch ASUS Chromebook as a “great value” laptop. According to one reviewer, it’s “a great little Chromebook.” “The battery life is impressive.”

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Lenovo Chromebook 3 11.6

Lenovo Chromebook 3 11.6″ (Image via Best Buy Canada)

This affordable Lenovo Chromebook 3 offers up to ten hours of battery life, 4GB of storage, an HD webcam, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. “I can’t believe how fast it is,” raves one Best Buy Canada reviewer. “I love how I can do so much more than I’ve ever done before in half the time.”

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Lenovo 82KN0003CF 14-inch HD Chromebook (Image via Staples)

This Lenovo Chromebook received an average rating of 4.1 stars from Staples buyers. The 14-inch IdeaPad 3 has built-in antivirus for the latest security, 10 hours of battery life and two stereo speakers.

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KM 15.6

HP 15.6″ FHD Laptop (Photo via Best Buy Canada)

With an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars, Best Buy Canada buyers called this 15.6-inch “the best and fastest laptop ever” [they’ve] ever owned.” According to one reviewer, “the battery life is amazing, the processor is fast and it has plenty of storage.”

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The best laptops under $700

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop (Image via Amazon)

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop (Image via Amazon)

Highly popular with Amazon buyers, this 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 5 Slim laptop has an impressive 4.3-star average rating based on over 34,000 reviews. The device has a dual-core AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor, 4 GB DDR4 memory and 128 GB NVMe SSD.

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ASUS VivoBook 15 thin and light laptop (Image via Amazon)

ASUS VivoBook 15 thin and light laptop (Image via Amazon)

Work easily from anywhere with this best-selling ASUS VivoBook laptop. Weighing in at 3.5 pounds, the device has the latest Intel Core i3 processor and comes with fast charging technology. It’s “a great laptop,” writes one buyer; “I should have bought this sooner!”

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Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15.6

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop (Image via Best Buy)

This Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6-inch touchscreen has garnered rave reviews from Best Buy buyers and top marks for value, portability, and touchscreen functionality. According to reviewers, it is “great for students” and “worth every penny”.

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Acer Aspire 5 (Image via Amazon)

Acer Aspire 5 (Image via Amazon)

The fan favorite Aspire 5 is perfect for anyone who creates and shares on the go. It comes with the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series mobile processor, AMD Radeon graphics, and tons of high-speed storage and storage.

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Microsoft Surface Go 3 (Image via Best Buy Canada)

Microsoft Surface Go 3 (Image via Best Buy Canada)

Be productive anywhere, anytime with the Microsoft Surface Go 3 128GB Windows 11 S tablet. This 2-in-1 tablet features a 10.5″ PixelSense touchscreen, Windows 11 technology, is optimized for digital pen and touch, and offers versatility between tablet and laptop.

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The best laptops under $1500

Acer Swift 3 laptop (Image via Amazon)

Acer Swift 3 laptop (Image via Amazon)

Buyers can expect high performance, responsiveness, and long battery life from this “Amazon’s Choice” laptop. The device is equipped with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, up to 4.7 GHz, 4 cores, 8 threads, 12 MB Intel Smart Cache and a 14-inch Full HD IPS display.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 (Image via Best Buy Canada)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 (Image via Best Buy Canada)

With an encouraging average rating of 4.9 stars, this elegant Microsoft Surface laptop is equipped with a powerful 11th generation Intel processor with a processor speed of 2.4 GHz. According to one reviewer, it is “surprisingly quiet, responsive and compact”. β€œIt exceeded my expectations,” they add.

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Apple MacBook Air laptop with colorful rainbow blue, pink and orange background (image via Amazon)

Apple MacBook Air Laptop (Image via Amazon)

This 2020 Apple MacBook Air has garnered over 14,000 reviews from Amazon Canada buyers. The device, which offers up to 18 hours of battery life and 8GB of unified storage, was called “really fast and reliable” by reviewers.

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Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming 17.3

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming 17.3-inch laptop (Image via Best Buy Canada)

Lenovo’s 17.3-inch laptop has garnered near-perfect reviews from buyers at Best Buy Canada, with an average rating of 4.7 stars out of more than 150 reviews. Reviewers say the versatile computer “does anything you want.”

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Lenovo Yoga 7i 14

Lenovo Yoga 7i 14-inch 2.2K Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (Photo via Best Buy)

This 2-in-1 laptop comes with an Intel Core i5-1235U processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Its fold-out design features a 360-degree hinge, allowing for a smooth transition between tablet and laptop mode.

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Acer Nitro 5 15.6

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Image via Amazon)

Stay connected and entertained from anywhere with the Acer Nitro 15.6″ gaming laptop. Equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card and 8 GB of RAM, the “Amazon’s Choice” computer has garnered over 2,300 five-star reviews from buyers.

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