What laptops are best for accounting students? ?

I’m looking for something fast and lightweight with at least 500 GB on the hard drive. Something smaller than a 15.6 if possible.

4 Answers

  • YKhan
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    For accounting, you barely need anything special. Pretty much all processors, even the cheapest, can easily handle that kind of number crunching. As a suggestion, look for the following features, and take it to a computer retailer and ask them to get you one of these:

    (1) Intel or AMD quad-core processor, 2.0 GHz or higher. For example, Intel Core i3, or AMD Ryzen 3, or higher.

    (2) RAM: minimum 8 GB or higher, 12 GB or higher recommended.

    (3) Storage: 500 GB+ SSD, or 1TB+ HDD

    (4) Graphics: doesn't matter with accounting, the default graphics is good enough. If you want to play games, then AMD or Nvidia GPU should be included. This usually adds $500 to the price, so go with default graphics.

    Brand names don't matter, they are all built by the same 3 or 4 Taiwanese manufacturers, who build it in mainland China. They then slap a brand name badge on it, like HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. Just buy the one with the best warranty coverage. They usually have 1 year warranties by default, but you can buy extended coverage from either the store or the manufacturer, so find out what the cost of each one is.

  • 3 weeks ago

    There is very little difference between the different brands of computers.  They all use the same processors, video cards, hard drives, etc.  

    If you are going into Accounting, you will want a computer that is able to running Accounting programs.  The major of those are going to require a computer that is running a version of Windows.  (Currently Win 10 is the only version being sold.)  The software will not run a Chromebook or anything that is not running Windows.

    There are a couple of Accounting programs for the MAC, but as 95% of businesses run on Windows, you are not going to be taught to use a MAC accounting program.  You are going to be taught to use a Windows program.

    When purchasing a laptop, keep in mind that you are usually stuck with the processor you buy.  They are usually integrated into the system board and you can not change them.  You can add more RAM or a larger hard drive (or add an external drive).  So those requirements should be secondary to the processor.

    Beyond that, the laptop you will want to buy is the one that is the size and weight that you like.  Keep in mind that if you are going to be carrying this around all the time, the light, super thin laptops are more fragile and easier to break.  

  • 3 weeks ago

    Any laptop will do for accounting. Maybe a gaming laptop to fight off the boredom.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Almost any modern laptop will do.  But your choice must depend on which operating system your teachers prefer and the software you use.  That choice is among a narrow field-- Windows, MacOS, and for some, Linux, and Chrome.

    Ask your present or future teachers, fellow students which operating system is to be considered the best for the laptop you will get.  Then chose.

    Dell, MSI, Gateway, Acer, and quite a few others are fine for Windows.

    MacBook is the only choice for MacOS.

    Several models for the other operating systems are available, or can be adapted to run the operating system you choose and software you need.


    Source(s): Long ago college computer classes instructor using Windows machines.
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