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The Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 is on the expensive side for a Chromebook, but it's faster than ever and provides extra power for running Chrome OS and Android applications. Plus it's small, so toting it from class to class shouldn't weigh a student down.
One of the best convertible laptops gets better, and it has enough juice to last a full day of classes. The Lenovo Yoga 920 isn't the smallest or lightest at 14 inches and 3 pounds, but it's still eminently portable.
For a laptop that spends its time in the dorm, the durable, stylish HP Spectre x360 15 is a dynamite balance of design, performance and long battery life with a crisp 15.6-inch backflipping touchscreen.
Like a less expensive 11-inch MacBook Air in build quality, but with the streamlined capabilities of Google's web-based Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is great for getting basics done, as well as kicking back and enjoying some movies or TV shows.
If your giftee is a gamer and likes a system to look like a gaming system, consider gifting this. The Asus ROG Strix GL753VE has an RGB backlit keyboard and bright lid lights, along with some pretty great specs for the money.
Microsoft's finely tuned tablet PC will let your undergrad travel light without sacrificing the full Windows 10 experience. Add a keyboard cover to turn the Surface Pro into a laptop. And now there's an option for LTE for when you're away from Wi-Fi.
The 13-inch version of the XPS 2-in-1 is great, but sometimes you just need more screen for studying. Plus, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a more powerful model thanks to an option with the new Intel/AMD combo chip, perfect for the art student running creative software. But avoid the 4K screen if battery life matters.
The LG Gram 15 is bigger and heavier than its 13-inch brother, but it's quite light for a 15.6-inch model, which is helpful if your curriculum needs more screen room. And it shares the same all-day battery life, a great feature when competing for outlets in the common room.
For the art student, the HP ZBook x2 -- an incredibly flexible detachable workstation with pro-level, color-accurate Adobe RGB graphics and a great-feeling screen for sketching -- shows you understand that art requires power.