COMPUTER: If it is not on the list of required school supplies, the laptop is a must for the new school year. Student, high school student: our advice to choose yours …

Back to school! You are not will cut this year we will have to invest in a first or a new laptop. Certainly if entering college, high school or university usually turns a good alibi for change machine, the fact remains that a level of study to another, different needs . And issues in IT rays too. But, as stated Thomas Tran, Product Manager laptops at Lenovo , “it is very difficult to define what PC investment.” Come on, even when trying to see a little clearer …

College: cloud storage and small price

We will agree on one fact: the schoolboy did not need a “big machine”. “It will focus on primary purposes with Word or Excel . PC processor-based Celeron, AMD or Atom may suffice, “says Thomas Tran. “It will probably be a first computer system, an access product,” adds Denis Pioletti, portable consumer PC manager at HP , which advocates a Cloudbook (the Windows equivalent of Google Chromebooks, Ed), with a essentially oriented storage to the cloud. “It’s a computer that does not have a very large power or a large storage capacity (32 to 128 GB), but is mobile and accessible, with a price between 200 and 300 euros,” decrypts Denis Pioletti. “It is true that today an important storage is not really necessary in local and we can be satisfied from 32 to 64 GB of memory. A possibly complete with a USB key, “adds Thomas Tran, Lenovo. In terms of the screen size, a computer 10 ” to 13 ” may meet the expectations.

The G50 Lenovo, a PC input range with 15-inch screen that can currently be less than 300 euros. - LENOVO

The G50 Lenovo, a PC input range with 15-inch screen that can currently be less than 300 euros. – LENOVO

From 15 ”, the machine will carry more storage but will be more expensive: up to 500 euros. Finally, ensure promotions that some manufacturers offer for the autumn.For example, Windows offers with Office 365 package offered for one year.

In high school: productivity and entertainment

Needs vary from college to college, but finally little. “A high school student may, however, need greater mobility, with longer travel times for viewing more content,” Denis Pioletti our HP. “He can also claim a product geared more multimedia,” says Thomas Tran Lenovo. Hence the choice of a machine with a suitable graphics card like the GeForce GT940 from NVIDIA. It is found from 600 or 700 euros, the price “key” for a good processor-based PC productivity of Intel Core i5 that will also perform video editing or play sparingly. For more oriented PC gaming, it will go upmarket and ogle on machines with card GTX 950 (800 euros and up), but it is not a priority at the school.

Or, if you still want to combine productivity and entertainment, a hybrid PC can establish itself as a good party. Being is convertible (with a 180 ° tilting screen) or detachable (with a screen separating the keyboard), the computer turns into tablet – albeit more or less heavy – that can be used on the couch or in his bed. A good alternative to smartphones to end the day on social networks … Budget: less than 300 euros to 800 euros depending on the size of the screen, the power and storage capacity.

The Switch Alpha Acer: PC screen 12-inch detachable tablet that serves poiur entertainment.

The Switch Alpha Acer: PC screen 12-inch detachable tablet that serves poiur entertainment. – ACER

Acer has just innovate in this area with its Switch Alpha 12 (800 euros), a portable 12 ” 2-in-1 removable liquid cooled. “This means more comfort for the user, but also a performance processor which shall not be diminished during the cooling phases of the machine,” says Loïc Gregory, head of BtoB and BtoC products division at Acer. For 50 euros more, you can now afford a tablet PC Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (12.3 ”), albeit with a configuration without ostentation, but that can be very useful on university benches.

At the University: autonomy and lightness

“In fact, whatever the level of education, we need lightness, reactivity, preferably with an SSD (for immediate starting the computer, Ed), and a storage capacity up to 128GB . a Chromebook with 16GB of memory and 4 SSD is a perfect tool, “argues Loïc Gregory, head of BtoB and BtoC products division at Acer. Practice to take notes and surf. Provided they do not abuse the software, such as  Photoshop, which require special power and storage space.

Available in October, the HP Envy 13 meets specific requirements, particularly in terms of display (up to Quad HD)

Available in October, the HP Envy 13 meets specific requirements, particularly in terms of display (up to Quad HD). – HP

“It takes at least an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and a comfortable storage like 1TB,” said Thomas Tran, product manager at Lenovo laptops. “It is also conceivable for a student who is going to work all day in the lecture hall ratio power / autonomy can be a key criterion,” Denis Pioletti table, portable consumer PC product manager at HP. Hence the emergence of qualified PC manufacturers ‘premium’. They are articulated around an aluminum chassis, are lightweight (1.2 to 1.5 kg) and provide a comfortable autonomy (between 10 and 13 hours). Budget: from 700 to 1,500 euros, anyway. It is also the portrait type MacBook from Apple , which enthusiasm of students, and that most manufacturers try to imitate since about 3 years.

The Apple MacBook Air is a reference, but is now aging.

The Apple MacBook Air is a reference, but is now aging. – APPLE

Flat, according to Olivier Frigara journalist iCreate and we redid the Mac : “The entry ticket is very high. The entry level of a Mac and corresponds to a midrange PC. ” Although Apple consents discounts to students, it is the wallet which can also make a difference. But not only. “What’s frustrating is that the current range of Apple Mac is aging,” says Olivier Frigara. If one waits patiently for new models for the academic year, the qualities of the Mac, however, remain obvious: good production, little or no virus, and a metronomic operating system, simple and intuitive. But beware: “It is easier to switch from PC world to the Mac than the opposite,” warns Olivier Frigara. If you have a PC, you need to re-equip you with a computer and that you have at least 900 euros budget, choosing a Mac can then be considered.

And tablet?

If the basic digital tablet may be sufficient for very conventional uses, it will not take much to ask in terms of productivity. Taking notes, sharing cloud … are offered by all models, sometimes even with a stylus. nevertheless prefer about a 10 inch screen. To go further, especially in terms of ergonomics, a tablet with keyboard (backlit if possible) is recommended. The most powerful, like the iPad Pro from Apple, Sony Xperia Z4, the Galaxy Tab from Samsung and Microsoft Surface Pro are worthy of real computers, but their budgets will also be higher: up to 1100 euros.