Best Budget Laptops for Nursing School

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The best nursing school laptop for students on a budget! We found some of the best valued laptops for nursing students and even included a few Apple laptops! SPOILER! – The MacBook Air is hands down the best nursing school laptop, find out why you should buy a Mac for nursing school!

This list is focused on budget nursing school laptops, but we did compile a list of the Best Laptops for Nursing Students.

All of the laptops on this list will meet nursing school laptop requirements!

5. Lenovo Flex 5 14-inch – Check Price!

The 2020 Lenovo Flex 5 14-inch laptop is a great option for students who need a value oriented 2-in-1. The Flex 5 has all the performance, flexibility and portability of a much more premium laptop!

Read a full, more in-depth review of the Lenovo Flex 5 here.

4. XIDU PhilPad 13-inch ($399) – Check Price!

xidu philpad 13

The XIDU PhilPad is a Windows tablet that includes a keyboard and pen, complete with a quad-core processor, 6GB of RAM and a 128GB ROM. If you have seen our Best Laptops for Nursing Students, you would know that we aren’t big fans of these “tablet style”, “pen centered” devices, but for this price you are getting a very well equipped computer that mimics the style of a more pricey Surface Pro.

3. Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Older Version) ($399) – Check Price!

This MacBook Pro is an incredible machine that is going to last you several…… wait a second…. This computer is how many years old??? – Let me clarify. This is an Amazon Renewed computer which is another way for saying “old, but new”. It is an older version of the MacBook Pro, but with a few upgrades it will be up-to-date and a great budget choice for any college kid. 

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So firstly, we’re going to upgrade the RAM for $31 with this A-Tech Premium Memory Set. Second, we’re going to upgrade the hard drive with a 240GB solid state drive from Kingston for $33. So, for about $65 you could easily make this older MacBook Pro into an updated version that can definitely compete with some of the newer budget options and even some mid-range options. Highly recommend this option for anyone up for a little project.

Here is a tutorial for anyone interested:

2. HP 2019 14-inch Laptop ($345) – Check Price!

This HP laptop is a solid choice for any college student on a budget that needs a fast, easy to use Windows computer for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and web browsing. It has an HD screen with a 7th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB Solid State Drive. With almost 400 4.5 star reviews on Amazon this is a solid choice for any budget list.

1. Apple MacBook Air 13-inch ($749) – Check Price!

macbook air 13 inch

The MacBook Air is easily the best nursing school laptop hands down! This MacBook Air is the second Apple computer on our list and definitely the most expensive laptop on this list. I will agree 99% of the time that Apple computers usually don’t belong on “budget” lists, but the two on our list I believe are exceptions (especially with the Pro being under $400).

Now I know that this isn’t exactly a “budget” option, but it is $250 off currently on Amazon and is a tremendous option for nursing students, let alone anyone else! This is a fast, lightweight, laptop with a strong battery life and powerful operating system (MacOS). 

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