Best Cheap Windows Laptops for Students

A laptop is a must have device for all students on the go. It provides the perfect solution to staying connected online whilst also being able to attend your University lectures or spending those late nights in the library. A Windows laptop lets you have the simple and resourceful technology of the operating system that is easy to use and understand, within a portable PC.

If you’re a student buying for yourself or you want to treat someone who is a student, we have everything for general browsing of the internet, or laptops for those more advanced programs and student assignments. Continue reading for our pick of the best cheap Windows laptops for students!

HP Pavilion X2

  • Price: £189.99
  • Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8300 1.44 GHz Max Turbo Speed 1.84 GHz Quad Core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Display: 10.1″ Touchscreen (1280 x 800 Resolution)
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home

The HP Pavilion X2 is the ideal 2 in 1 laptop for the student who wants something a little bit more exciting and versatile than a standard laptop. The laptop hybrid is highly portable and can be converted into a tablet to view films or videos when you just want to kick back at home, and the keyboard can quickly be re-attached when you want to work comfortably on your Word documents for those essays, making it easy to switch from work to play mode!

The whopping 12 hour battery life means you can literally use it all day or even all night if you’re rushing to meet those last minute deadlines! You won’t need to interrupt your work to try to find the nearest socket to charge it up again. The lightweight design lets you slip it into your handbag or backpack and take it with you everywhere without it weighing you down on top of your textbooks.

The addition of the Windows 10 operating system on this laptop/tablet, make it exciting and and fun to use; it allows you to work on 4 different apps at the same time, which is good news for every avid multitasker, as you can keep track of all your social media pages and do your work all at the same time.



  • Price: £199.99
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16GHz, 2MB Cache, Intel Burst up to 2.58GHz)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6″ (1366 x 768 Resolution)
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-Bit

The ASUS X5553MA is perfect for the bolder student; it comes in a striking red colour and will definitely make you stand out. The design of the laptop features a beautiful concentric texture that also makes it durable, ideal for travelling with and taking from place to place, without the worry of damaging it.

ASUS Splendid and SonicMaster technology give this laptop amazing visuals and sound so it will make watching your favourite movies or even playing your favourite video games, in your spare time a much more immersive and enjoyable experience. The massive 1TB of storage also means you can store all your documents, movies, videos and more!

The widely popular Windows 8.1 operating system means you get to quickly switch to the classic windows view without any hassle if that’s what you prefer to use, and it also wakes from sleep mode in two seconds, allowing you to quickly get back to your work without wasting time.




  • Processor: Intel Core i3 (3th Gen) 3217U / 1.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 320GB HDD
  • Display: 15.6″ HD (1366 x 768 Resolution)
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD 4000
  • Operating System: Windows 8

Slim and light, the ASUS X502CA is another laptop that is easy to carry around. It comes in a chic design, giving it a glamorous feel and it also has SonicMaster and AudioWizard technology built in, as well as a 1366 x 768 Resolution display, making it a great laptop for entertainment purposes.

The powerful speakers and AudioWizard provide rich sound that is tailored to you. The different modes for sound include movie mode, for when you’re watching films, speech mode for those daily video and voice calls, as well as gaming mode to heighten your gaming experience, to provide a more customised experience.

If you’re fed up of uncomfortable laptop keyboards, the X502CA has a 33% larger touchpad with Smart Gesture technology allowing you to use a range of gestures and use with ease. The powerful i3 processor will let you work smoothly on the laptop without it slowing down making this a real bargain and one of the best cheap Windows laptops for students.

Toshiba L50-C-1PC


  • Processor: Intel Pentium N3700 / 1.60 GHz Max Turbo Speed 2.40 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6″ Display (1366 x 768 Resolution)
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

A laptop that provides fast performance with powerful entertainment centric functionality; the Toshiba L50-C-1PC features integrated Intel HD Graphics and has built in Onkyo DTS® Sound speakers which are certified by Skull Candy, so if you’re a student who likes their gaming, videos or movies, then this laptop is sure to tick all of the boxes.

The Windows 10 operating system as well as the powerful Intel Pentium processor means it will run smoothly, and you get to have the ease of use of Windows 10 as well as all of your favourite apps and Office programs all in one place.

The USB ports which include USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports, as well as a HDMI port allow for better connectivity with all of your other devices and gadgets, like your TV and smartphone.

The powerful all-rounder also has a special sleep and charge function on it which means you can have it in sleep mode and still charge your phone or any other gadgets, compared to other devices that would stop charging when the laptop enters sleep mode.

Are you a student that can’t go anywhere without your laptop? Did we feature your laptop in our pick of the best cheap Windows laptops for students? Let us know in the comments section below! You can also take a look at our blog post on the best tablets under £100 here, if you’re after more than one gadget! We also offer an up to 15% student discount on selected devices via Student Beans; connect with a Student Beans ID here to see what items are eligible.




Quick and Easy Steps to Share Files between Windows, OS X and Android

Do you find transferring files between PC, Mac and Android hard? We will let you know several easier ways to transfer your files.  After reading this up, you’ll definitely be able to transfer your files effortlessly.


File sharing involves few simple steps, start by plugging in the USB Hub into a spare USB Hub on a windows PC. It can run on both windows 7 and 8.  A pop up of auto play will be seen inquiring what you want to do with the device. All you have to do is click on Run SKLoader. Exe.  You will be required to select ‘Always do this for software and games’. Now you have 3 port USB Hub attached to the Windows PC.

The next step involves connecting Windows PC to Mac. You will be requiring a USB-USB cable included in the box. Then attach one end to a spare USB port on your Mac and the other Magic port at the end of Inateck. You’ll again experience a pop up on Mac desktop, an untitled drive and a CD icon called ‘’MacKMLink’, click on the icon and choose MacKMLink. You are all ready now for the file transfer. You can easily copy paste now between the PCs with the same method. Simply drag and drop them between the PCs. This will enable you to copy the file and you are good to go.

When you are on android, PC or Mac should be the host device. You have to plug the USB into a spare USB Hub on a Windows PC or Mac. This was done on Windows 7 however it works on Windows 8 as well. After this step, you’ll get a notification of AutoPlay. Click on the Run SKLoader.exe. After acting out this step, you will have a total of 3 USB ports attached to your Windows PC. You will be able to use any other USB ports on the laptop.

To carry out the file transferring tasks, you will have to download the free WinDroid Linker app on your Android device. You can do it in two ways. Let’s Discover the easiest one first. Simply search and download it form Google Play. Otherwise, you can click the MacKMLink icon present in task bar, you will get the direct link to the app download. Tap the web page link on your tablet or phone, whatsoever you are using. Just tap the OK option and download the .apk file. Now drag down the notification bar and tap on the file download and click ‘install’.

In order to connect the Windows PC to Android device that supports OTG, you will have to connect the OTG adaptor included in the box to one end of the supplied USB cable. Plug one end on your Android phone or the tablet, and the other into Magic Port present at the end of the Inateck Hub.

After going through all this process, a window will pop up on your PC screen. This will show your android files. Now you are all set to transfer files between PC and Android.

Windows 10 Just Around the Corner

Microsoft has recently announced about its upcoming windows 10. The predictions were made for welcoming windows 9 but Microsoft has directly jumped from windows 8.1 to windows 10. Terry Myerson, The Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Operating System Group – said that the Windows 9 name wouldn’t be right according to Microsoft’s internal strategy.White-Wallpaper_Windows_10_HD_2880x1800

The expected release date of windows 10 is just around the corner, i-e, by mid of this year. Via Insider Program, Microsoft will start circulating the Technical Previews build of Windows 10. Well now, let’s get straight to our interest for learning the new features of Microsoft Windows 10.

  • The Inspiring Touch

Microsoft’s Joe Belifore said at a preview:  “We want Windows 7 users to feel like they upgraded from a Toyota Prius to a Tesla, but they don’t need to learn a new way to drive.” Microsoft hasn’t given up on touch with the new OS. It has been designed to appeal experts and beginners alike. Microsoft is of the opinion of supporting the touch users who have continued with windows 8 and ‘evolve’ the touch UI.

  • The Famous Start Menu

Another recognizable change in Windows 10 has been introduced in its famous Start Menu. It fairly looks like the old start menu but upgraded with few changes. It brings some features form Windows 8.1 start screen such as resizable live tiles.

  • Fresh Task View: Switch Between Virtual Desktop

The task switcher has been knocked off.  A new Task View has been familiarized in Windows 10. Users can switch between virtual desktops.  This will enable the new users to use the taskbar rather than switching in other ways.

  • The Snap Assist

Windows 10 welcomes ‘The Snap Assist’, a feature that helps users work out which way is best to snap apps to. Now, you can snap Windows into new screens and tile Windows.

  • The Command Prompt Makes Its Way to the New Era

For those who use Command Prompt are getting luckier with Windows 10. Command prompt will now get Keyboard shortcuts! This means you will be able to paste in your commands.

  • Continum- The smart detector

The most exciting thing that can be found out in Windows 10, The Continum. It is an on-the-fly mode for 2 in 1 devices which automatically changes its mode it detects there is suddenly no keyboard attached. For instance, a back button appears to help you control the desktop if the keyboard is removed.

  • The Universal Window Apps

Windows 10 initiates the new app model –Universal Window apps. This is a new name being given to Metro Apps/Modern apps/ Window store apps. Probably these will work on Windows phone too. Now you can run all devices from phones to servers with windows 10.

  • Improved Options for Business

The Windows 10 has got a lot to offer for business and enterprise. It renders plenty of options including a customized store and protection data. With Windows 10, you will be able to make a smart segmentation of personal and corporate data. If mixed data annoy you, with Windows 10 it won’t be a trouble anymore.

The few top changes have been identified. The overall modifications brought in the Window 10 are exciting and refreshing. The several variations are surely to assist the users for providing an ultimate better experience with Windows.