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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for college laptops.

The best laptops for college students are the ones that can handle your needs, no matter how demanding they may be. Whether you're an engineering major or a communications student, a laptop should have enough power to run the programs you need. Browse the top-ranked list of college laptops below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Apple MacBook Pro 16" Certified Refurbished - Intel Core i7 2.6GHz - Touch Bar/ID - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD (2019) - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Love my laptop best gift ever I am ready for College...Excellent value at the price point! Great for our college kid!"

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    Expand your view of everything on MacBook Pro thanks to a larger 16" Retina display with sharper pixel resolution and support for millions of colors.¹ Harness the power of 6-core processors and AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, together with an optimized thermal architecture for groundbreaking performance.
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    "Love my laptop best gift ever I am ready for College...Excellent value at the price point! Great for our college kid!"

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    Expand your view of everything on MacBook Pro thanks to a larger 16" Retina display with sharper pixel resolution and support for millions of colors.¹ Harness the power of 6-core processors and AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, together with an optimized thermal architecture for groundbreaking performance.
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  2. Apple MacBook Pro 13.3" Certified Refurbished - Touch Bar - Intel Core i5 3.1GHz with 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD (2017) - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "I really enjoy my new laptop! Great price for exactly what I wanted!!"

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    Strike a balance between work and play with this 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop. Its 8GB of RAM and Intel Core i5 processor support high-bandwidth computing, and the built-in touch bar provides quick access to your favorite functions. Count on seamless storage performance with the 256GB solid-state drive of this Certified Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro laptop.
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    "I really enjoy my new laptop! Great price for exactly what I wanted!!"

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    Strike a balance between work and play with this 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop. Its 8GB of RAM and Intel Core i5 processor support high-bandwidth computing, and the built-in touch bar provides quick access to your favorite functions. Count on seamless storage performance with the 256GB solid-state drive of this Certified Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro laptop.
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  3. Apple MacBook Pro 13.3" Certified Refurbished - Touch Bar - Intel Core i5 2.9 with 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD (2016) - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    This Refurbished MacBook Pro is a Certified Refurbished Macbook. Certified Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro Laptop:Boost productivity with this 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop packed with state of the line specifications. It's Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM let you run multiple software programs at the same time seamlessly, and it has a DVD burner for watching your favorite movies using the powerful Intel HD Graphics 4000 card. It's 13.3" LED-Backlit widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display produces a 1280x800 native resolution. This Certified Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro laptop has a 500GB hard drive for secure file storage.
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    This Refurbished MacBook Pro is a Certified Refurbished Macbook. Certified Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro Laptop:Boost productivity with this 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop packed with state of the line specifications. It's Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM let you run multiple software programs at the same time seamlessly, and it has a DVD burner for watching your favorite movies using the powerful Intel HD Graphics 4000 card. It's 13.3" LED-Backlit widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display produces a 1280x800 native resolution. This Certified Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro laptop has a 500GB hard drive for secure file storage.
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  4. Lenovo - ThinkPad T470 14" Pre-Owned Laptop - Intel Core i5 6300u - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "I had to replace a laptop for my daughter at college. I placed the order online and received the laptop two days earlier than originally estimated. ...Laptop...Good Laptop for college. Also works like a tablet."

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    Get the perfect combination of style and power when computing with Lenovo Thinkpad T470 Laptop. Powered by an Intel Core i5 Processor with a speed of 2.5 GHz that delivers powerful performance to meet your daily requirements. The 8GB RAM offers smooth multitasking when you have multiple programs running. Its 256GB SSD hard drive accommodates all of your important data efficiently.
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    "I had to replace a laptop for my daughter at college. I placed the order online and received the laptop two days earlier than originally estimated. ...Laptop...Good Laptop for college. Also works like a tablet."

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    Get the perfect combination of style and power when computing with Lenovo Thinkpad T470 Laptop. Powered by an Intel Core i5 Processor with a speed of 2.5 GHz that delivers powerful performance to meet your daily requirements. The 8GB RAM offers smooth multitasking when you have multiple programs running. Its 256GB SSD hard drive accommodates all of your important data efficiently.
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  5. Apple - MacBook Pro 13.3" (2017) Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Pre-Owned - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Apple laptop...the keys are almost flat with the surface of the laptop which makes typing difficult."

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    The MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.3 13-Inch (Mid-2017 Retina Display, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) is powered by a 14 nm, 7th Generation "Kaby Lake" 2.3 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (7360U), with dual independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, 64 MB of eDRAM embedded on the processor die, and a 4 MB shared level 3 cache. This notebook also packs 8 GB of onboard 2133 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM, 128GB of flash storage, and an integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics processor that shares memory with the system. Externally, this notebook has an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam, a thin, backlit "second generation" butterfly mechanism keyboard, a gigantic "Force Touch" trackpad, a high-resolution LED-backlit 13.3" widescreen 2560x1600 (227 ppi, 500 nits) "Retina" display, and a integrated battery that provides an Apple estimated 10 hours of runtime. Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, two "Thunderbolt 3" ports (USB-C connector), and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
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    "Apple laptop...the keys are almost flat with the surface of the laptop which makes typing difficult."

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    The MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.3 13-Inch (Mid-2017 Retina Display, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) is powered by a 14 nm, 7th Generation "Kaby Lake" 2.3 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (7360U), with dual independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, 64 MB of eDRAM embedded on the processor die, and a 4 MB shared level 3 cache. This notebook also packs 8 GB of onboard 2133 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM, 128GB of flash storage, and an integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics processor that shares memory with the system. Externally, this notebook has an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam, a thin, backlit "second generation" butterfly mechanism keyboard, a gigantic "Force Touch" trackpad, a high-resolution LED-backlit 13.3" widescreen 2560x1600 (227 ppi, 500 nits) "Retina" display, and a integrated battery that provides an Apple estimated 10 hours of runtime. Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, two "Thunderbolt 3" ports (USB-C connector), and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
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  6. Apple MacBook Air 13.3" Certified Refurbished - Intel Core i5 with 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD (2017) - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "My MacBook is perfect for going back to college in the winter of 2023....I’ve been using it since September of 2023 for college, and its been working great! Honestly no complaints whatsoever."

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    This Refurbished MacBook Air is a Certified Refurbished Macbook. The 13-inch MacBook Air features 8GB of memory, a fifth-generation Intel Core processor, Thunderbolt 2, great built-in apps, and all-day battery life.* It’s thin, light, and durable enough to take everywhere you go—and powerful enough to do everything once you get there.
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    "My MacBook is perfect for going back to college in the winter of 2023....I’ve been using it since September of 2023 for college, and its been working great! Honestly no complaints whatsoever."

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    This Refurbished MacBook Air is a Certified Refurbished Macbook. The 13-inch MacBook Air features 8GB of memory, a fifth-generation Intel Core processor, Thunderbolt 2, great built-in apps, and all-day battery life.* It’s thin, light, and durable enough to take everywhere you go—and powerful enough to do everything once you get there.
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  7. Apple MacBook Air 13.3" Certified Refurbished - Intel Core i5 with 4GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage SSD (2015) - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Decent laptop for its price...I love my laptop… it came with 2 scratches but other than that it works great and it helps get my homework done for college!...Great Mac book for college...I bought this for my daughter who is in college! She loves her Mac book!"

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    This Refurbished MacBook Air is a Certified Refurbished Macbook. Work through your to-do list on this Apple MacBook Air laptop. The 13.3-inch screen displays graphics in 1440 x 900 resolution and is powered by Intel HD Graphics for enjoyable video watching, and the 4GB of RAM supports basic multitasking. This Apple MacBook Air laptop has a dual-core i5 processor for fast boot times and program execution.
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    "Decent laptop for its price...I love my laptop… it came with 2 scratches but other than that it works great and it helps get my homework done for college!...Great Mac book for college...I bought this for my daughter who is in college! She loves her Mac book!"

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    This Refurbished MacBook Air is a Certified Refurbished Macbook. Work through your to-do list on this Apple MacBook Air laptop. The 13.3-inch screen displays graphics in 1440 x 900 resolution and is powered by Intel HD Graphics for enjoyable video watching, and the 4GB of RAM supports basic multitasking. This Apple MacBook Air laptop has a dual-core i5 processor for fast boot times and program execution.
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  8. Apple - MacBook Air 13.3" (2017) MQD32LL/A Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory, 256GB SSD - Pre-Owned - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Great Laptop...Great laptop. Brought it for my daughter as a graduation gift for she’s heading off to college in August....Apple laptop...For an open box purchase it was good . Open it up laptop look like new and with all extra software run great"

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    The Apple MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.8 13-Inch (2017/Broadwell) features a 14-nm "Broadwell ULT" 1.8 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (5350U) with two independent processor "cores" on a single chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB of 4 Lane PCIe-based flash storage and an "integrated" Intel HD Graphics 6000 graphics processor that shares system memory. This all is packed in a razor thin 0.11-0.68 inch), 2.96 pound, aluminum case with an integrated 720p "FaceTime HD" webcam, a backlit full-size keyboard and a 13.3" widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix "glossy" display (1440x900 native resolution). Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, analog audio out, a single "Thunderbolt" 2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SDXC-capable SD card slot.
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    "Great Laptop...Great laptop. Brought it for my daughter as a graduation gift for she’s heading off to college in August....Apple laptop...For an open box purchase it was good . Open it up laptop look like new and with all extra software run great"

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    The Apple MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.8 13-Inch (2017/Broadwell) features a 14-nm "Broadwell ULT" 1.8 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (5350U) with two independent processor "cores" on a single chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of onboard 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM, 128 GB of 4 Lane PCIe-based flash storage and an "integrated" Intel HD Graphics 6000 graphics processor that shares system memory. This all is packed in a razor thin 0.11-0.68 inch), 2.96 pound, aluminum case with an integrated 720p "FaceTime HD" webcam, a backlit full-size keyboard and a 13.3" widescreen TFT LED backlit active-matrix "glossy" display (1440x900 native resolution). Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, analog audio out, a single "Thunderbolt" 2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SDXC-capable SD card slot.
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  9. Dell - Inspiron 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "dell laptop for college...good computer, just what we need for College and it has MS Office as well, which is also needed...Great Laptop....this laptop is great, I use it for college and its amazing, has loud fan noise thought."

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    Dell Inspiron Laptop: Complete work projects on time with this Dell Inspiron notebook. The Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM run multiple programs simultaneously for seamless multitasking, while the 256GB SSD provides ample file storage space and rapid booting. This Dell Inspiron notebook has a 15.6-inch Full HD anti-glare display for delivering crisp, detailed visuals, and the Windows 10 Home operating software ensures simple operation.
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    "dell laptop for college...good computer, just what we need for College and it has MS Office as well, which is also needed...Great Laptop....this laptop is great, I use it for college and its amazing, has loud fan noise thought."

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    Dell Inspiron Laptop: Complete work projects on time with this Dell Inspiron notebook. The Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM run multiple programs simultaneously for seamless multitasking, while the 256GB SSD provides ample file storage space and rapid booting. This Dell Inspiron notebook has a 15.6-inch Full HD anti-glare display for delivering crisp, detailed visuals, and the Windows 10 Home operating software ensures simple operation.
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  10. HP - 840 G5 14" Refurbished Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 16GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Gray - Angle_Zoom
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    "Laptop...It was okay, it was just an older model and I wanted something more aesthetically pleasing laptop...Got this computer for college and I LOVE it!! It’s such a sleek and fast-working computer. "

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    Complete and submit work projects on time with this HP 840 G5 laptop. The 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor handles demanding applications effortlessly, while the 16GB of RAM allow seamless multitasking across multiple open tabs. This HP 840 G5 laptop has a 512GB SSD for rapid boots and fast data access, and the 14-inch Full HD display delivers sharp visuals. This product has been refurbished.
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    "Laptop...It was okay, it was just an older model and I wanted something more aesthetically pleasing laptop...Got this computer for college and I LOVE it!! It’s such a sleek and fast-working computer. "

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    Complete and submit work projects on time with this HP 840 G5 laptop. The 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor handles demanding applications effortlessly, while the 16GB of RAM allow seamless multitasking across multiple open tabs. This HP 840 G5 laptop has a 512GB SSD for rapid boots and fast data access, and the 14-inch Full HD display delivers sharp visuals. This product has been refurbished.
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