Best Rugged Laptops for Students Windows Central 2020
Rugged laptops are often as thick as a briefcase and covered in what feels like an inch of rubber. That’s great for if you’re on a construction site, but won’t work for students. You don’t have to purchase a box with a keyboard to get a laptop that can survive a little abuse. Several laptops feel like everyday laptops and happen to have extra protection, such as the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e, which has reinforced hinges and rubberized corners.
Best overall: Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e
It runs on an Intel Quad-Core N4100 processor, which can handle many day-to-day tasks for students. It only has a 42 WHr battery, but Lenovo states that it can last all day on a single charge. It also has a Kensington lock slot to keep it secure when a student uses it in a public place.
- Has passed 200 durability tests
- Has rubberized corners
- Is relatively affordable
- Uses a processor that isn’t extremely powerful
Flexible and durable
This convertible laptop features rubberized corners, reinforced hinges, and a water-resistant keyboard.
Best for college: LG gram 17
The LG gram 17 has the screen size and benefits of a large laptop, but it weighs less than many 15-inch laptops. You may have to get a larger back to carry it in, but it will be lighter on your back than much of its competition.
- Great battery life
- MIL-STD-810G military stress tested
- Has many ports
- Extremely light
- Too expensive for most high school students
- Doesn’t have discrete NVIDIA GPU
Best for college
The LG gram 17 is an impressive laptop, whether ruggedness is a priority or not. Adding a military stress test helps make it a better choice for students.
Best Value: HP ProBook x360 11.6″ G1 EE Notebook
The Intel Celeron N335- Dual-Core processor isn’t very powerful, but will be able to handle many day-to-day tasks. The 64GB of storage will be enough for some files, but you may have to rely on the cloud to free up space.
- Has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for a sturdy screen
- Features co-molded industrial rubber to protect the body
- Is very affordable
- Has an Intel Celeron processor that isn’t that powerful
- Only has 64GB of memory.
Affordable and durable
This laptop is durable enough to toss in a bag and handle the everyday life of students. It’s also incredibly affordable.
Best semi-rugged: Panasonic TOUGHBOOK CF-54
On the inside, this laptop runs on a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor. It’s an older chip but has enough power to handle everyday tasks and to get through work.
- Provides more protection than standard laptops
- Has an option for a hot-swappable battery
- Has options for add-ons such as dedicated GPS
- Runs on an older processor
- High price
This laptop can have hot-swappable batteries and is spill-resistant. It’s not a tank but is more durable than standard laptops.
Getting a laptop that can handle the everyday life of a student doesn’t need to break the bank or require a clunky laptop that looks like it’s from the 1990s. The Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e has rubberized corners and reinforced hinges that help it stand up to the bumps and knocks of student life.
While no laptop is going to be indestructible, reinforcing the weakest points of a laptop makes a big difference. The Thinkpad Yoga 11e does this well with its added durability on its corners, screen, keys, and hinges.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Sean Endicott is a tech lover who manages to go through too many devices because he isn’t careful enough. He’s learned a thing or two about making sure that the weak points of a device are reinforced.
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