This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Top 10 Back to School Laptops: 2014 Edition

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's the time of year again when you realize your trusty MacBook, ThinkPad or Pavillion notebook isn't going to make it through another full year - or even a semester. And, it's the time right before computer manufacturers begin introducing brand new, updated models for the holiday shopping season.


Sure, you might be able to make do with a shiny new tablet, but tablets can't do everything a laptop can. That may be one contributing factor to why tablet sales are beginning to sag. According to the latest analysis released by Canalys, worldwide tablet shipments fell approximately 5% in the second quarter of 2014 (48.4 million units) while PCs and notebooks posted a 14% increase.

It might be a safer bet to buy a device sporting a built-in hardware keyboard and mouse and the capability to run sophisticated software programs not available on mobile platforms. In other words - a notebook.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great choices. Everything from standard to touchscreen models, from large hard drive capabilities to models that store files in the cloud, in nearly every price range from $200 and up.

Although lower prices may lure you in, there's a grim reality concerning less-expensive portables and computing: the less expensive the laptop, the heavier it is. Super-cheap laptops hover in the 4.5 to 5.5 pound range, and someone has to lug that around. Conversely, the less a laptop weighs, the more it will probably cost you. Want slim and sleek? It's going to be more expensive.

Must Read: Apple Gives the Mac a Boost

Here are TheStreet's choices for the best value notebooks for students as they go back to school.

1 of 7

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $94.02 0.00%
AMD $1.98 0.00%
AMZN $502.13 0.00%
GOOG $683.57 0.00%
IBM $128.57 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 16,204.97 -211.61 -1.29%
S&P 500 1,880.05 -35.40 -1.85%
NASDAQ 4,363.1440 -146.4150 -3.25%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs