The Best Computer for a College Student
A student requires a computer that can do numerous tasks and be able to support a wide range of software considering the requirements of certain courses and, of course, the standard office packages. There is also the need to consider the video capabilities of these computers for the sake of HD video lectures. The price is also a determinant because students would like to minimize school spending as much as possible, considering the increasing cost of learning. This paper compares two computers that can be found at Walmart.
The Dell XPS 13 is the most refined and revitalized computer among the various available at Walmart. It is a high-performance machine that is powered by an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 central processing unit. There is also an Intel Core i7 version of the same generation, which means even better performance. The Intel UHD graphics installed in the computer translates to a wonderful display on the 13.3-inch Full HD display. A buyer has a choice of a Random Access Memory ranging from 4 gigabytes to 16 gigabytes, all depending on the amount one is willing to spend. And speaking of money, the Dell XPS 13 is quite expensive, starting from $1,088 (Walmart). The value of this amount is that this machine will see a student through college and probably beyond university, the only problem being the rapid change in technology.
It is important to look at a computer with a lower price in order to compare. In this case, the Chromebook 15 is a high-performance machine which makes it ridiculously cheap. It is not fancy with all the high-end specifications like the Dell XPS 13, but the Chrome operating system it uses makes its running quite smooth. It is very fast and responsive, giving the student an enjoyable experience for only $277.94 (Walmart). The 15.6-inch display makes it bigger than the Dell XPS 13 with good resolution and uses the Intel HD graphics. It has a 4GB ram and a very modest SSD with only space for 32GB. The speakers are not so good, but with its price, it means one can save some cash for external ones or an iPod.
I would recommend the Chromebook 15 because I understand most students are on a budget and with the specifications on this computer, it is such a bargain. The Dell XPS 13 is definitely the better machine in all aspects. Still, for the majority of the students who are not learning to program or do not need a computer for high-end activities, the Chromebook 15 is perfect.
Walmart. “Dell XPS 13 9370 Laptop, 13.3″, Intel® Core? I5-8250U, Intel® UHD Graphics 620, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM, XPS9370-5156SLV-PUS.” Walmart.com, 2020, www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-XPS-13-9370-Laptop-13-3-Intel-Core-i5-8250U-Intel-UHD-Graphics-620-128GB-SSD-8GB-RAM-XPS9370-5156SLV-PUS/316130649. Accessed 19 Jan. 2020.
—. “Acer Chromebook 15 CB315-1HT-C9UA, Celeron N3350, 15.6″ Full HD Touch, 4GB LPDDR4, 32GB Storage, Google Chrome.” Walmart.com, 30 Aug. 2019, www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Chromebook-15-CB315-1HT-C9UA-Celeron-N3350-15-6-Full-HD-Touch-4GB-LPDDR4-32GB-Storage-Google-Chrome/703812878. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.