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The Best Laptop For Nursing Students: Ultimate Guide

Are you trying to find the best laptop for nursing students? Well, look no further. We compiled a list of our top choices.

Having a good laptop can be helpful, but having a great laptop for nursing school can help you to be successful! Getting accepted into nursing school can be exciting, but with more and more school work being done online arming yourself with the right laptop is vital to getting through nursing school!

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It’s GRADUATION TIME again! Whether you’re a high school graduate or maybe ending your first year in college just getting accepted into nursing school, it’s about the time to start looking at college stuff for going back.

We will be focusing on the following most popular questions from students:

What type of laptop should I get for nursing school?

Should I get a Mac for nursing school?

Is there any budget Mac options for nursing school?

Should I get a Windows computer for nursing school?

Should I get a MacBook for nursing school?

As a parent what laptop should I get my child for nursing school?

As a parent what laptop should I get for a nursing student?

Choosing a laptop computer for nursing school can be a daunting task. But, we’re here to hopefully make it as easy as possible! We already have a list of some budget options out there. However, in this list we will be focusing on the best choices for nursing students.

What’s In the Best Laptop for Nursing Students?

A great laptop for nursing school consists of several features that can be different for everyone. Although, there are some that we recommend more than others (or maybe don’t recommend).

Powerful, fast, and reliable are all features that come to mind when you think “college laptop” or “nursing school laptop”. They are very important, but should not be completely focused on. What I mean by that is; you want a laptop that is powerful, fast and reliable, but you also want a laptop that is price effective for the value you are looking for.

A great laptop for me combines all of that while still maintaining it’s main function. Being used as a powerful study aid and to last you long enough to get through college (at least).

The Cost Of A Great Laptop

When I say “price effective” I don’t mean cheap and I don’t necessarily mean affordable (it definitely can be affordable). I mean that you need to find the best value in your specific price bracket. Now obviously college students are not known as being the most wealthy of groups. But having a budget and with some help from parents or loans you can find a great laptop for nursing school.

When buying, you should follow the basic rule of thumb. The value of any good (laptop, accessory, clothing) is related to the literal value it has to you (the consumer) versus the value (or price) the supplier of the good determines.

I personally find great value in higher-end laptops due to the fact that they typically are powerful, fast and reliable. Since this is the Ultimate Guide we do have a list of the best budget laptops for nursing school, but I can promise you that you will have a better experience with one of our top recommendations.

*Also, quick tip: if you are expecting to pay a certain amount of money, expect to pay a few hundred dollars more. If you’re looking at laptops in the $1000 price range, expect to pay somewhere between $1200-1300.

Okay, so all that price talk might get a bit confusing. And, quite honestly if you really want to find the laptop that is the best for you. You really shouldn’t look at the price until the end. BUT, let’s be realistic, unless you have a bottomless wallet (which most of us do not!). You will be looking at the price so let’s get into what features you need in a laptop for nursing school.

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What Features To Look For In A Laptop

The best laptop for nursing students has to have several features. It needs to be fast, easy-to-use, powerful and last throughout school. It can be difficult to find a laptop in your budget with all these qualities. However, there are a few that might not break the bank!

Touch Screens

Alright, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how to phrase touch screens because I don’t really have anything great to say about them. Touch screens have been around for a while now. Honestly manufacturer’s just slap them onto laptops to claim that they have them.

These screens basically allow you to use your finger instead of a mouse, which inherently just makes your screen dirty and proves to be even worse on your posture.

Realistically I don’t know many people, if anyone who routinely rely’s on a touch screen laptop as their daily driver for nursing school. These touch screens are just another point of error for the laptop and run background tasks that can make your computer run slower.

Most laptops now will have them, but I try to stay away from them (hint: get a Apple/MacBook). Personally, there is only one real choice for a touch screen laptop, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out!

My saying is: If you want a touch screen laptop, buy a tablet.

Battery Life

Next on our feature list is battery life. Now for a laptop battery life is usually very important for nursing students. The main reason being that you need to take your laptop to class, the library or maybe a friends place to study and you will forget your charger. I promise you.

Having a laptop that will last you through all those long nursing lectures and still make it to the library for a last minute study session is crucial. It is also helpful when you need to keep your backpack as lightweight as possible and you don’t need a chunky charger taking up space.

Longevity

For a product to be called “the best laptop for nursing students”, it needs to be able to last throughout nursing school. This should be number 1 or 2 on your list of top qualities.

When I was working at Best Buy we used to throw around the phrase “this computer will last longer than this one”. While that might be a simplified version of saying “that computer sucks, buy this one”, it comes down to several features of the computer.

Firstly, the operating system that the computer uses can determine the “lifespan” of the computer. Lifespan meaning how long the computer lasts before it makes you want to rip your hair out. How long do you need your laptop to last? Throughout nursing school.

Finding a laptop that will last through nursing school should not be too difficult. Typically nursing school is anywhere from 3-5 years and a good laptop should last you that long.

MacOS vs Windows is a common debate among us techies, but in reality MacOS will typically last longer than Windows. This is due to several factors including the way the operating systems run (we outline these a bit more here).

There are other factors that contribute to a computer’s lifespan besides the operating system. These include who manufactures the computer, what parts are used, how fast the components used are, and what you’re going to be using it for.

When looking for what laptop to buy for nursing school, you should consider this when choosing between Windows vs Mac.

Example

For example, if two people are using the same computer, but for different tasks their results are going to be completely different. If Person A is using the MacBook Air for word processing, surfing the web and nursing school work, they can realistically expect the computer to last them for 5-7 years.

But, Person B is using the same MacBook Air for high end video editing. Person B would most likely only expect the same computer to last 1-2 years at most because of the nature of the work they are doing.

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So you can see how difficult it is to say “how long” a computer will last because it really isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, everyone’s use case is different.

Portability

A nursing student should expect that their laptop will go with them pretty much everywhere. Now that so many lectures are online-based and notes are being posted to different discussion boards, it is more important than ever to carry your laptop with you wherever you go.

It’s pretty straightforward, but one of the most important features of a nursing school laptop is it’s ability to be carried around with you. A great laptop is one that is light enough (portable) to carry around in your book bag with all of your other heavy nursing books (trust me, I know) and not break your back.

Does an Expensive Laptop Mean it’s Fast?

Does expensive equal fast when it comes to laptops for nursing school? The simple answer is yes, but there is a more complicated answer.

Typically when it comes to laptops (or computers in general), they are one of those products that the more you spend generally the more you get. Where if you spend $5000 on one computer you will be getting a computer that lasts longer, is faster and is most likely more reliable than if you spent $500.

Now, with that said, when you start comparing MacBooks/Apple to Windows/Microsoft that ratio of expensive:fast starts to become strange. That is because Apple prices their computers based on the value that their operating system (MacOS) brings to users, so they tend to be more expensive.

For example, a Windows computer with an i5 Intel processor and 8gb of RAM might cost $800, that same computer with a similar processor from Apple might cost $1200. So where is your $400 going? I’ll let you read that one and then come back and make a decision if it’s worth it for you.

When you’re searching for a nursing school laptop, you need to remember that you won’t be using any crazy programs. The programs you typically use involve are low-usage and won’t require a ton of power. However, you do want your laptop to last you all the way through nursing school!

What Programs Do You Use in Nursing School?

The computer programs you most often use in nursing school are: Microsoft Word or Google Docs, Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides, and occasionally some testing programs.

In addition, you might use Quizlet.com or other study methods that come with your textbooks. Some nursing schools might use a clinical simulation program, but other than that, you won’t use very power hungry programs.

The Best Laptops For Nursing School

Finally, we have made it to the best laptops for nursing students. The list might not be as long as you thought it would be, but I wanted to keep it concise because I wanted to go in as in depth as I could.

I also will be listing the specifications of the models that I have listed, however there are several other options for each of these laptops that can be upgraded.

4. Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch – 81Q9002GUS)

The Lenovo Yoga C940 is easily one of my favorite laptops and has made my other lists before. This is a thin, powerful and lightweight Windows laptop. It boasts an Intel Core I7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and a 512 GB Solid State Drive (SSD).

It is a 360 degree touch-screen device (the only one on the list) that will flip all the way around to convert to a tablet. The Yoga C940 has a great battery life that should last you all day easily. One of my favorite features is the built-in Dolby Atmos speaker system that sounds great.

It fits all of the criteria of a great laptop and can often be found on sale. Because of these reasons, it makes it a great choice as one of the best laptops for nursing school.

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Another great Lenovo option is the Lenovo Flex 5, which is usually found for under $500.

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3. Microsoft Surface Laptop (13-inch)

The Microsoft Surface Laptop (13-inch) is another touch-screen Windows laptop. This model does not flip around like the Yoga C940. But, does still have a touch-screen that is compatible with the Surface Pen and Surface Mouse.

The Surface Laptop is a lightweight, portable and decently powerful device. Making it a great choice for anyone in nursing school. It has an Intel I7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and great battery life.

A very popular laptop among students for several reasons making it a solid choice.

The below model is a Surface Pro which is similar to the Surface Laptop. However, it has a detachable keyboard because it is natively a tablet. This keyboard can either be a pro or con depending on use case and user.

2. Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch or 16-inch – MQD32LL/A)

My number 2 choice for the best laptop for nursing students is the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch or 16-inch. This is the first Apple computer on our list and a little hint, it won’t be the last. This MacBook Pro comes with up to a Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of Solid State Storage, an extremely long battery life and most importantly MacOS. Now, I don’t think most nursing student will need a 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, the 13-inch Pro is a great option!

I wrote a very detailed guide on why you should buy a MacBook for nursing school, but I will sum it up for those who have not read it. The biggest pro to Apple computers, besides their exceptional build quality, is their operating system. This MacOS is very powerful, reliable and is free to update for as long as you have your computer.

They are also proned to getting “less viruses” than Windows computers, keeping you safe.

UPDATE: The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has just come out, in time for back-to-school! This 13-inch Mac is excellent for nursing students. It boasts an improved battery life, processor and overall features compared to last year’s model.

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What is the Best Laptop for Nursing Students?

1. Apple MacBook Air (13-inch – MWTJ2LL/A)

What is the best laptop for nursing students? Our number pick is the Apple MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is even more portable than the MacBook Pro, features more battery life and is even thinner. It does however have less powerful components, but it will handle any nursing school work with absolutely no problem.

Along with the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air is built exceptionally well. The MacBook Air is a prime example of a great laptop. It will last you throughout nursing school and handle anything you throw at it. It can also sync up with an Apple Watch, iPhone and other Apple devices to create an awesome experience.

The MacBook Air is the best laptop for nursing students because it provides so many features at a relatively decent price. However, you can usually find the MacBook Air on sale with Apple’s or Best Buy’s student deals. But, I would highly advise checking Amazon’s price first, because they usually beat out the competition.

It is a phenomenal choice for any nursing student looking for the best laptop for nursing school. We even found some budget MacBook Pro and MacBook Air options for as little as $400. Refurbished Apple laptops are great choices because they provide excellent value.

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