The Apple MacBook Air is the highest rated laptop for college students, according to Laarni Ragaza at PCMag.com. Other highly rated laptops include the Acer Aspire Switch 11, the Acer Chromebook and the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1.
The ultra-portable Apple MacBook Air has a 13-inch screen and weighs less than 3 pounds. It features a 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB hard drive. This laptop also features almost 16 hours of battery life.
A cheaper alternative is the Acer Chromebook, which retails for less than $300 as of 2015. The Chromebook runs on the Google Chrome operating system and has 2 GB of RAM and a 32 GB hard drive. It also features a touch screen, which the Apple MacBook does not have.