If there is one thing I know about nursing school, it's that its not easy. The last thing you want to be worrying about on the first day of the new semester is:
The 5 computers below meet the following specifications (previously dubbed Melissa's secret Sauce):
Computer specifications can be kind of complicated, so check out my A Nurse's Guide to Buying a Computer post if you want more details. All of the computers below meet the criteria published on nursing school websites for computer requirements as well. Yes, I've done my research.
Also, I know that $700 might not seem like a "budget" laptop, but trust me, it's better to buy one $700 laptop over a few years of school than two $350 laptops that make every assignment take 10x as long.
What stands out about the Lenovo Yoga 2 is its sleek design and 360 degree flip and fold feature. If you want an affordable touch screen laptop that has the "cool factor" go with the Lenovo Yoga 2.
What stands out about this HP Elite Book is its AMAZING specs. While this bad boy is the only refurbished computer on the list, it has by far the best hardware. If all you want is a powerful, dependable machine, go with the HP Elite Book.
The Lenovo IdeaPad is another sleek laptop with a 360 degree flip and fold design. This computer also comes with a touch screen and standard specs. Another solid choice, especially for those who desire a touch screen.
The Lenovo Flex 3 stands out because of its HUGE 14" screen and 8GB RAM, which means your computer will run smoothly and multitasking will not be a problem. The Lenovo Flex 3 also includes a 500GB hard drive on top of a solid state drive, meaning you will have more storage space for your music and pictures.
The Acer Aspire is the best bang for your buck. Coming in under $600 this large (15.6" screen) laptop has killer specs and 1 terabyte (!!!) of additional hard drive space. If you are one of those people with millions of songs, you might consider the Acer Aspire.