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In today’s 21st century learning environment, more and more higher education institutions are striving to help their students to get the best out of their education experience and ensure staff are reaching their optimum productivity levels. Big investments in the most sophisticated of technology to stay ahead of the game amongst universities is not unheard of, education no longer consists of an educator standing in front of a blackboard. Learning on the go is the new norm, students can access learning resources anywhere, at any time, and upload work via the university portal for grading as an alternative to submitting a hard copy.

But as we become more reliant on technology, the mobile devices we use to get the job done have to be able to keep up. A student whose degree involves regular usage of the Adobe suite are going to need a little more than an entry level device to handle intense editing sessions, and a tutor marking over 30 dissertations and compiling a revision webinar will need something that’s going to keep up with the pace.

So, to help you get the most out of your tech investment, we’ve looked at some of the best laptops currently out on the market and picked a handful of devices that tick all the right boxes and won’t cost the earth. And as number one supplier on Lot 3 of the NDNA framework, we’re primed and ready to help you source the right tech for your IT vision

Toshiba Portege X30-D

a guide to choosing the best laptops to aid learning in higher education


Windows 10 Pro

Intel® Core™ i7-7600U Processor

13” Full HD Display

16GB Memory


Up to 18.5 hrs battery life

The Toshiba Portege X30 is part of their Business Ultimate range, which also consists of the Terca X40 and the Portege X20W, to name a few.

Incorporating 7th Generation Kaby Lake processors from Intel®, all the laptops within this range are lightweight, making work on the go a breeze. With an impressive 18.5 hours battery life, it has enough computing power to get you through the day with ease, along with its generous supply of ports and connectors which only enhances its usability. If you’re looking for a high end laptop that will enable the completion of work efficiently and effectively, then this is an excellent choice.

Acer Switch 5

A guide to choosing the best laptops to aid learning in higher education


Windows 10 Pro

Up to 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor

12” wide-view FHD+ Display

8GB Memory


Up to 10.5hrs battery life

If it’s performance and functionality you’re after then the Acer Switch 5 ticks all the right boxes. Handling all the typical office applications a student would use with ease, it offers the flexibility of a tablet with the power of a laptop. With the stylus included when purchased, this 2-in-1 is pretty much ready to go straight out of the box. So if light image and video editing tasks are your definition of everyday usage, then it’s worth investing in this great device, otherwise, if its more intense tasks that you need to complete, the Toshiba Ultimate Business range may be the better option.

Toshiba Satellite Pro A50-D

a guide to choosing the best laptops to aid learning in higher education


Windows 10 Pro

7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor

15.6” Toshiba IPS Full HD Display

16GB Memory


Up to 7.5hrs battery life

Another laptop from Toshiba, but this time, from the Business Enhanced range, which is perfect for university tutors. The battery life may not be as long as the previous two, but it’s still enough to allow you to get on with your work without interruption. Equipped with the latest 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, it gives all the performance an educator could want. The 15.6” HD display also gives clear, crisp images for all those hours spent starring at your screen getting that all-important presentation just right.

It’s important to choose carefully when searching for the right IT resources, especially within universities, as the range of courses and needs are so diverse. The wrong IT investment can be counterproductive for both tutors and students.

Not all the devices mentioned might have caught your eye, but these are just a small selection of what Stone can offer higher education institutions under the NDNA framework.

If you’d like to learn about our full range of offerings, or to just chat with our Account Managers about technology that might be beneficial to your establishment, you can catch our HE team at this year’s UCISA from 7th-9th March at Bournemouth International Centre, on stand 48.

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But if you can’t wait until then, you can contact our HE experts today by clicking the link below.

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