7 Best Laptop For Teachers: Check Our Top Picks

As a teacher, you’re part of an increasingly digital classroom where information is shared seamlessly via a network of computers.

And with recent events, remote learning has become an integral component of teaching. You don’t need a powerful laptop, or specialized hardware to do a video call. However, you do want something reliable with good battery life so you can teach without interruptions.

That’s why we feel the best laptop for teachers is the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. It’s well-built, reliable, has an excellent webcam, and the keyboard is a pleasure to type on.

This laptop is both fast and lightweight. You can carry it to class, and its all-day battery life means you never have to worry about running out of power in the middle of a presentation/ lecture. 

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Here is our list of 7 best laptop for teachers:

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
  • Dell Inspiron 15 3593
  • HP Laptop 15-dy2021nr
  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-59-75QC
  • ROG Zephyrus G15 GA502IV-PH96
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 3
  • Dell Inspiron 14 5406 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive – Matte Black
  • Clean, Elegant Design: Thin and light, starting at just 2.79 pounds, Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry
  • Choose from rich tone-on-tone color combinations: new Sandstone, plus Matte Black, Cobalt Blue, and Platinum
  • Improved speed and performance to do what you want, with the latest processors: Surface Laptop 3 is up to 2 times faster than Surface Laptop 2
  • More ways to connect, with USB-C and USB-A ports for connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging
  • All day power on the go, with up to 11.5 hours of battery life, Plus standby time when you’re away, Go from empty to a full battery with fast charging up to 80 percent in about 1 hour

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If you run software that isn’t available on Mac OS and you really aren’t a fan of Apple, this is the next best thing.

Even though its Intel Core i7-1065G7 can’t hold a candle to the exceptional Apple M1 SoC, the performance is more than enough for everyday computing. You’ll find this laptop to be more than adequate for software like MS Office, MATLAB, PSpice, etc. 

And the build quality gives you a sense of security because of how rigid everything feels. The lid doesn’t flop around like on a cheaper laptop, and the keyboard deck is nearly flex-free.

The keyboard itself feels tactile and smooth, without being too noisy. You can comfortably type articles, presentations, and much more on this keyboard.

With 12+ hours of battery life, you can take this laptop to school and return home with enough juice left for a couple of hours of web browsing. Even the display is exceptional, both in terms of color and resolution.

Pros

  • Intel 10th gen Ice Lake quad-core i7 processor, 10nm
  • Excellent Iris Plus integrated graphics
  • 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Brilliant 2256 x 1504 resolution 13.5-inch touch display (Surface Pen not included)
  • Instant On and Windows Hello facial recognition sign-in
  • Fingerprint reader built into the power button
  • 720p webcam with dual far-field studio microphones
  • USB Type-C, USB Type-A
  • Aluminum unibody chassis
  • All-day battery life

Cons

  • You can’t upgrade the RAM
  • The I/O is slightly limited (no Ethernet or HDMI)

Dell Inspiron 15 3593

2021 Newest Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series 3593 Laptop, 15.6" HD Non-Touch, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 Quad-Core Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Wi-Fi, Webcam, HDMI, Windows 10 Home, Black
  • 【Memory & Storage】Memory is 16GB high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once. Hard Drive is 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive which allows to fast bootup and data transfer, and 1TB Hard Disk Drive for ample storage space
  • 【Processor】10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 1.00GHz Quad-Core Processor (6MB SmartCache, up to 3.60GHz), Intel UHD Graphics
  • 【Screen】15.6" HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Non-touchscreen (1366 x 768) Display
  • 【Ports and Operating System】2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combination Audio Jack, 1 x RJ-45 Connector, 1 x Multi-format SD Media Card Reader; Wireless-AC + Bluetooth Combo; Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 【Included in the pacakge】Mousepad from PConline365

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We like to call this one “old reliable”, but it really isn’t that old since it packs an Intel 10th gen Ice Lake processor and has 16GB of RAM for a smooth multitasking experience.

However, it is a Dell Inspiron which means you are guaranteed exceptional value for money and a nice computing experience. The Inspiron 15 3000 series is a well-built platform with a good display and keyboard.

It isn’t going to blow you away in terms of performance, but the i5-1035G1 and 16GB of RAM should be more than enough for basic stuff.

You could even use this laptop for light gaming or photo/ video editing if you wanted. The keyboard is alright, it isn’t on the same level as the Dell XPS or Apple MacBook keyboards but this laptop costs a fraction of what those ones cost.

Pros

  • Efficient yet adequate Intel Ice Lake quad-core i5 processor
  • Iris Plus integrated graphics
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Plenty of I/O- HDMI, USB Type A, RJ45 Ethernet, and a card reader
  • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11)

Cons

  • No Type C port
  • Poor audio quality from the built-in speakers

HP Laptop 15-dy2021nr

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HP 15 Laptop, 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD Storage, 15.6” Full HD IPS Display, Windows 10 Home, HP Fast Charge, Lightweight Design (15-dy2021nr, 2020)
  • TAKE IT ANYWHERE – With its thin and light design, 6.5 millimeter micro-edge bezel display, and 82% screen to body ratio, you can take this PC anywhere and see more of what you love (1).
  • REVOLUTIONARY ENTERTAINMENT – Enjoy ultra-wide viewing angles and seamlessly perform multi-monitor set-ups with a 15.6-inch, Full HD, IPS, micro-edge, and anti-glare display (2).
  • IMPRESSIVE GRAPHICS – The Intel Iris Xe Graphics gives you a new level of performance with crisp, stunning visuals, plus the convenience of a thin and light laptop (3).
  • UNSTOPPABLE PERFORMANCE – Get things done fast with the 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, which delivers instant responsiveness and best-in-class connectivity (4).
  • MEMORY AND STORAGE – Get up to 15x faster performance than a traditional hard drive with 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage and experience improved multitasking with higher bandwidth thanks to 8 GB of RAM (5).

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With a name as generic and uninspired as “HP Laptop” you’d think the hardware underneath would be just as bland.

However, we were pleasantly surprised to see an 11th generation Intel processor under the hood, specifically the i5-1135G7 with Xe integrated graphics (80EUs). Compared to Ice Lake, Tiger Lake is better in every possible way.

It is more efficient, has higher IPC, better clock speeds (both base and boost), and much better integrated graphics.

This HP laptop is anything but a slowpoke, and it demonstrates that fact whenever you load up anything that can take advantage of its exceptional processing power.

Don’t confuse this with a gaming laptop or workstation, it is definitely not that.

However few laptops beat this HP in terms of value for money, especially when you consider the fact that it packs an IPS display and dual-channel memory.

Pros

  • Intel 11th generation “Tiger Lake” Core i5-1135G7 processor
  • Xe integrated graphics
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM in 2 x 4 dual-channel configuration to improve performance in memory bandwidth-intensive applications
  • Narrow-bezel 15.6” 1920×1080 IPS display
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • HP TrueVision webcam with dual-array microphones
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi
  • USB Type-C, USB Type-A, HDMI, and SD card reader
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Speakers could have been better; they sound hollow and distorted at higher volumes
  • The keyboard isn’t backlit

Acer Swift 3 SF314-59-75QC

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Acer Swift 3 Intel Evo Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD, Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4X, 256GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Fingerprint Reader, Back-lit KB, SF314-59-75QC
  • Get high performance, responsiveness and long battery life with the Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor - up to 4.7GHz, 4 cores, 8 threads, 12MB Intel Smart Cache
  • 14" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Widescreen LED-backlit 100% sRGB Display | Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • 8GB Onboard LPDDR4X Memory and 256GB NVMe SSD
  • 1 - USB Type-C Port USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 4 & USB Charging | 1 - USB 3.2 Gen 1 port (featuring power-off charging) | 1 - USB 2.0 port | 1 - HDMI port
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 | Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution | Up to 16 Hours Battery Life

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An exceptional laptop purely based on its sleek design and Intel 11th generation processor, without even considering the bargain of a price tag. It outperforms the Surface Laptop 3 in every way, which is our top pick.

While the Swift 3 isn’t as compact as the Surface Laptop 3, it doesn’t lag too far behind in terms of build quality and overall feel.

Sure, the keyboard isn’t as good as the one on the Surface Laptop but it’s still a very comfy typing experience. There is ample key travel and the keycaps are large, imprinted with an easy-to-read typeface.

With 8GB of LPDDR4x memory, this laptop feels zippy and can multitask reasonably well.

Just like the Surface Laptop 3, the Swift 3 has a metal chassis. This one is made from a magnesium-aluminum alloy, resulting in a very tough laptop that weighs just 2.65lbs.

Pros

  • Intel 11th gen “Tiger Lake” i7-1165G7 processor with 4 cores and a max boost clock of 4.7Ghz
  • Xe integrated graphics
  • 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 256GB NVMe storage
  • Magnesium-aluminum chassis
  • 14” FHD IPS display with 100% sRGB coverage
  • Display Port, Thunderbolt 4, and charging via USB Type C
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Fingerprint reader
  • HD webcam with dual microphones

Cons

  • Is a bit finicky with drivers
  • Fans are a bit too loud on default settings

ROG Zephyrus G15 GA502IV-PH96

ROG Zephyrus G15 Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 240Hz Pantone Validated FHD Display, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe SSD, Gig+ Wi-Fi 6, Windows 10 Home, GA502IV-PH96
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 6GB GDDR6 with ROG Boost (Base: 982MHz, Boost: 1198MHz, TDP: 60W)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor (8M Cache, up to 4.3GHz)
  • 15.6” 240Hz 3ms PANTONE Validated IPS-Type Full HD (1920x1080) display
  • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM | 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD | Backlit Precision Gaming Keyboard | Windows 10 Home
  • 0.8” thin, 4.63 lbs ultraportable form-factor

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Is it a gaming laptop? Yes. Can teachers buy it? Absolutely. Who said teachers don’t game? Plus, it doesn’t even look like a typical gaming laptop with the sleek chassis and mature styling.

There are no abrupt edges or flashy LEDs. In fact, the G15 looks more like a business laptop than a gaming laptop. Plus, it helps that the processor in this thing absolutely shreds anything you throw at it.

And it even has an RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics card, which is really good when you consider the fact that it barely costs any more than a Surface Laptop 3 with 16GB of RAM and a quad-core Intel processor.

In terms of raw muscle, this ASUS laptop absolutely decimates every other laptop on this list. And it does so without looking gaudy or having atrocious battery life. 

Pros

  • Insanely fast Ryzen 9 4900HS processor with 8 cores and 16 threads, its 7nm process helps it stay efficient when you’re not gaming
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM for great multitasking, gaming, and content creation performance
  • RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics
  • 15.6” 240Hz Pantone validated Full HD display
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • USB Type-C, USB Type-A, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet
  • Restrained, mature styling and a sleek body

Cons

  • No webcam (seriously, no webcam so get an external USB webcam if you want to do video calls/ seminars)
  • Loud fans

Lenovo IdeaPad 3

Lenovo - IdeaPad 3 15" Laptop - Intel Core i3-1005G1-8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Platinum Grey - 81WE011UUS
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor (1.2 GHz, up to 3.60 GHz with Turbo Boost, 2 Cores, 8 Threads, 6 MB Cache)
  • 15.6“ FHD LED Backlit anti-glare Laptop Display (1920x1080), Intel UHD Graphics, 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR4
  • 802.11AC (2 x 2), Bluetooth 5.0, Card Reader, Dolby Audio with Stereo Speakers
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack
  • Full-size Island-style Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Windows 10 Home 64-bit, 2-cell lithium_ion, 3.74lb, Platinum Grey

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It is hard to buy an expensive laptop on a teacher’s salary, which is why you need something reliable on a budget. That’s what the IdeaPad 3 is, a laptop for everyday use both in school and at home.

It has an Intel i3-1005G1 processor, which is a dual-core Ice Lake chip with hyperthreading. The single-core performance is kind of anemic, so don’t expect this laptop to run 3ds Max or SolidWorks particularly well.

However, if you just want a portable little machine for creating spreadsheets, schedules, using the internet, etc. this is perfectly fine.

You can use it to share files, browse the web, or for PowerPoint presentations. It even has a Full HD display, something many other laptops at the same price point lack.

You do get a full-sized keyboard with Numpad; however, it isn’t backlit which means no working in the dark without a light.

Pros

  • Intel Core i3-1005G1 dual-core 10nm processor, efficient and adequate for basic tasks
  • Iris Plus integrated graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 15.6” FHD display
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • USB Type-A, HDMI, SD card reader

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life
  • No USB Type C

Dell Inspiron 14 5406 2-in-1

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Dell Inspiron 14 inch 5406 2 in 1, FHD Touchscreen Laptop - Intel Core i7-1165G7, 12GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, Iris Xe Graphics, Windows 10 Home - Titan Grey (Latest Model)
  • 14.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) WVA LED-Backlit Convertible Touchscreen
  • 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor (12MB Cache, up to 4.7 GHz)
  • 12GB 3200MHz DDR4, 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics with shared graphics memory
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 2x2 (Gig+) + Bluetooth 5.0

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Want a convertible? The Dell Inspiron 14 5406 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops you can get at this price, and it is built very well.

Sure, it’s no HP Spectre x360 but do you really need a machined aluminum chassis if you just want to make presentations and lectures?

The webcam has a privacy shutter, and we feel this a feature that more laptops should adopt (Lenovo already has it on most of their laptops).

The keyboard is good and the trackpad has plenty of room. However, the audio quality is a bit of a letdown. A couple of top-firing stereo speakers on either side of the keyboard would have been nice.

And on that note, since there is plenty of space on either side of the keyboard, a full-sized keyboard with a Numpad wouldn’t be hard to implement. That Numpad does come in handy if you’re working with tables or spreadsheets.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 “Tiger Lake” quad-core with hyperthreading and 4.7Ghz max turbo
  • Xe integrated graphics
  • 12GB 3200Mhz DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 2-in-1 design for versatility
  • 14” FHD touch display
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Fingerprint reader built into the power button

Cons

  • The audio quality of the built-in speakers isn’t impressive considering the price of this laptop
  • Battery life isn’t that good for an 11th gen Intel laptop

How To Select The Best Laptop For Teachers

There really is no specialized hardware that is only available or designed for teacher’s laptops. Other than maybe a webcam and fingerprint reader which are both standard features in most modern laptops.

As for processing power, even a Celeron quad-core will get the job done if you just use MS Office and browse the internet.

However, if you’re a lecturer at a college for scientific courses you might need a beefier machine.

If you work with AI you want a dedicated GPU, preferably one from NVIDIA for the CUDA acceleration.

If you teach electrical engineering, you might want a laptop with a decent processor and a good amount of RAM to handle software like MATLAB, PSpice, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Conclusion

We hope this article gave you some insight into what a good teacher’s laptop should have. As we explained earlier, you should choose based on how much you move around.

Good battery life isn’t mandatory, but it’s nice to have in most situations. Ideally, you want the most power in the smallest form factor.

Dedicated graphics aren’t a necessity unless you use software that benefits significantly from GPU acceleration.

Our top pick is the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 since it’s the most balanced laptop of them all with the ideal combination of portability and performance. Plus, it’s extremely compact and lightweight.

The 13.5” touch display is in a 16:10 format so you get more space to work with, even though the laptop’s footprint is no different from a regular 13-inch laptop. And the build quality is the cherry on top.

If you want a laptop with dedicated graphics and a mighty processor, check out the ROG Zephyrus G15. It absolutely doesn’t look like a stereotypical gaming laptop. And with how slim it is, the amount of performance you get is truly astonishing.

Finally, if you want a budget option check out the Lenovo IdeaPad 3.