We’ve reached a point where laptops are essentially a required school supply for university students. Speed, adequate features, and reliability are all vital features for laptops to have in order to accommodate the needs of students today. Below are our picks for the best laptops university students can get for this holiday season and beyond.

Apple MacBook Air

A classic choice among university students, the Macbook Air is very easily transportable and comes stacked with features such as Touch ID to login and a large trackpad with Force Touch control. While it remains pricey among laptop models, the beginning price of 1099 is lower than that of the 2018 model.

Asus ZenBook UX410UA

This is a less expensive laptop which still plays an admirable role in filling the needs of university students. It has many impressive features, such as strong battery life among the industry, which is important in considering a computer to be owned for three years. At a starting price point of 400, university students stand to get great value at a low price with the UX410UA.

Huawei MateBook 13

Similar to the UX410UA, this is a model which packs a punch without breaking the bank. Its design is very similar to that of a MacBook, and the display from the computer is another huge plus. With prices starting at just above 900, this is a fine option to carry university students through their challenging workloads.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

As one of the premier PC companies in the world, Microsoft has made an elite product in the Surface Laptop 2. Strong overall performance from the computer from its Intel Core i5 processor is complemented by its amazing design, good typing experience, and strong battery life. Deals begin online at 800, a great bargain for serious-minded students.

Lenovo Yoga C930

Don’t let its light weight fool you—the Yoga C390 is a workhorse of a laptop, which is perfect for the university student. It has 12 hours of battery life, a pleasant typing interface and has a 360-degree hinge, making it great to travel with. Prices begin at just under 900. Why wait to get this?

Dell XPS 13

Another major player in the PC world, Dell returns with a fine option in the XPS 13. It’s the slimmest XPS 13 to date, making it ideal for travel, and the top-notch screen and build quality goes hand in hand with the three USB-C sockets. Deals for this laptop begin at approximately 999, a fair investment for a vital tool to have in university.