Is it necessary for ordinary college students to buy a notebook computer worth eight to nine thousand RMB?

High cost-performance ratio ultrabooks

Not necessary for ordinary families

Looking at the recent hot search topics, there are students applying for financial aid who were rejected because they were using a 4,000 yuan computer, which led them to apply for a leave of absence. It feels really sad.

I also applied for financial aid when I was in university. I come from an average family and lived in a dormitory with six people sleeping in bunk beds. Even those without a computer were accepted. Families with better conditions, living in four-person bunk bed rooms with desks, rarely apply. It is impossible not to be looked down upon when applying for financial aid in university. For those who come from well-off families, they may feel like they are taking advantage. But for students from poor families, it is really a lifesaver. One of my classmates had to be hospitalized due to anemia. To put it plainly, it was because of poor nutrition.

For ordinary families, if they need a computer for their university majors, and the system requirements are not particularly high, a regular laptop is sufficient.

Recommended ultrabooks with high cost-performance ratio in 2023, priced between 2,000 and 4,000 yuan

ASUS Warrior Pro 15

Equipped with an AMD 7680H octa-core and 16-thread processor, paired with an RTX 3050 graphics card, the entire system has a power consumption of 85W. This combination can currently run design and creative software as well as mainstream games smoothly.

In terms of gaming, it performs well, allowing for smooth gameplay without lag. It can handle large games such as Genshin Impact, CrossFire, and Eternal Return with good performance. When playing games, it will activate its own cooling function, equipped with dual-fan cooling. When not gaming, it will automatically stop, and it also performs well in office work, running office software such as CAD and Word smoothly.

HP StarBook Pro 14

Features the highest configuration with an 13th generation Intel Core i7-13700H processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and weighing only 1.4kg. Its high-refresh screen and stylish appearance make it suitable for both studying and office work, providing a smooth and lag-free multitasking experience.

The low-saturation blush-colored design is not only visually appealing but also of high quality, exuding a sense of luxury. It’s simply beautiful and I guess it’s favored by girls.

The 14-inch screen is suitable for both work and binge-watching, and the slim and lightweight design weighing 1.4kg makes it convenient to carry around.

It features a 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut 2.8K OLED high-definition screen (there’s also a 2.2K IPS high-definition screen option available). Whether you’re watching movies, binge-watching, or doing photo editing and color grading, it can reproduce 100% of the most realistic and vibrant color details.

Lenovo Thinbook 14+

With a 13500H 13th generation processor and integrated graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and a screen with good quality and high refresh rate.

Smoothness: Whether it’s the configuration or actual experience, it feels like an all-around performer among ultrabooks, rarely experiencing lag. Some minor bugs are mainly due to Windows 11, but they can be resolved through updates. The fan will run at high speed under heavy load, but it is generally not a problem.

Screen: The 2.8K high-definition matte screen is free from glare and provides a comfortable viewing experience without straining the eyes. However, there may be some software compatibility issues causing blurriness, but most software works fine.

Battery: In real-life scenarios, with mild office use (browsing the web, using office software), the power-saving mode consumes about 40% of the battery in four hours, and in moderate use without power-saving mode, it consumes about 60%. The charging speed is fast, so there’s no need to worry about battery life.

Memory: 512GB memory. During my initial setup, I partitioned the C drive as 200GB, the software drive as 174GB, and the file drive as 100GB, and it worked reasonably well. After a year of use, I have used about 140GB, with 30GB being files.

Ports: It has a rich array of interfaces, covering all the ports you need, eliminating the need for a docking station. It even has a hidden USB port, which is very convenient for clean fit enthusiasts.

Accessories: The touchpad provides smooth and precise gesture control, but it is not convenient for clicking, so I paired it with a Logi M750 mouse. The rubber sides of the mouse are comfortable and silent, and the buttons are customizable. It has a solid and weighty feel.

Honor MagicBook 14

Equipped with an AMD 5500U quad-core processor and integrated graphics, it can meet basic office needs with its 1080p screen. The craftsmanship is truly top-notch, with a perfectly balanced size. It’s especially petite, and you will definitely love it when you hold it in your hands. The full-metal body and superb screen display make it outstanding, especially when watching TV shows or movies. It feels just like looking at a smartphone screen, which is great. The response speed is quite fast, and the processor performs well. It offers good value for its price range.

So you see, you don’t have to spend eight or nine thousand yuan. A laptop priced around four thousand yuan also has a decent cost-performance ratio.

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