We all know students take their return to school as  a fine excuse to invest in some fresh tech to make the coming academia-addled year a little more bearable.

If you’re still reliant on a desktop, or if your laptop winces at the sight of a high-definition video lecture, it’s time to look into an upgrade. And thankfully if you know where to look, it’s possible to get a sleek and impressive notebook without blowing.

So from our shop we have listed the top 5 laptops that we think are actually most suitable for students in terms of balance between price and software & hardware properties in and around harare.

HP 250 G3

The HP 250 G3 steps on to the field as a notebook capable of performing simple office tasks for just $390. Its key hardware components consist of 2 GB of working memory, a 500 GB hard drive and an Intel Celeron N2830 with a clock speed of 2.16 GHz. It also comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing preinstalled. To position the 15.6-inch HP notebook relative to its competitors, we’ll directly compare it with three devices in its price class.

Lenovo IdeaPad G5030 Black Notebook

Lenovo has countless laptop models from the most various price and configuration categories within its G50 product line.  We have our store  the lowest priced model of the series dubbed G50-30. Lenovo does not even use the label “IdeaPad” for this incarnation. All low-budget laptops are rivals, in particular models that feature the Windows 8.1 with Bing operating system.

HP ProBook 450

The sleek HP ProBook 450 with optional 10-point touchscreen[1] and the latest generation technologies delivers powerful performance in the office or on the go. Proven reliability and comprehensive HP security features help keep your data and investment protected.

EA LENOVO E10-30 2GB 500GB

The Lenovo IdeaPad E10 30 Netbook is a compact, all in one portable computer that is sure to exceed all your computing requirements. This advanced device comes embedded with Intel Celeron N2830 processor that seamlessly executes of all the features and applications of the portable computer. The onboard 2GB RAM makes toggling between multiple applications easy. The device also features Intel’s HD Graphics GPU, which effectively powers all the graphics applications like games.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 531C Series Notebook Generation3

Full-sized and spill-resistant, the legendary ThinkPad ergonomic keyboard is renowned for its full array of keys, excellent feel, and TrackPoint® pointing device.  And now it’s optimized for Windows 8 with convenient multimedia buttons,  function-lock capability, and immediate access to view apps. Plus, a larger, smooth TrackPad with 5-point click integration can be configured multiple ways through Settings. E531 includes numeric keypad.