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Having a lot of textbooks to read and lectures to attend makes nursing schools a challenge. To make things easier for you, I will help you understand what are the laptop specs that will help you in your computing needs.


What Laptop Specs Do I Need as a Nursing Student



What I recommend as the recommended CPU for nursing students is the 9th Gen Intel Core i7 or equivalent, but since most of your needs will not use intensive software or applications, you can still go with the 10th Gen Intel Core i5.


CPUs that you should avoid at any cost are:

  • Celeron
  • Pentium
  • Any Intel Core CPU with the Y or M letters somewhere
  • MediaTek/Atom
  • Any AMD CPU that doesn’t have the word Ryzen



The laptop's weight plays a huge role in how portable it will be. This is why I recommend staying away from laptops weighing more than 4 pounds.


Lightweight laptops weighing 3 pounds or less are ideal for you flitting between home, school, and the hospital.




Since most nursing students will not buy their laptop for gaming, Integrated Intel UHD Graphics are enough.


If you are getting a dedicated graphics card to just read X-rays or working with high-resolution images then you are just wasting your money. Instead, investing this money in getting a lighter laptop or a powerful one would be beneficial.



I recommend nursing students to get matte panel displays, which are useful in outdoor use when they are attending medical camps for example.


This type of display ensures excellent sunlight visibility.


To be able to open several windows next to each other, I recommend getting a display of 15 inches. With a screen of this size, you will also not have to scroll up and down too much.


For comfortable viewing, your display should have an FHD resolution.



Since you as a nursing student will often multitask between web navigator, presentations, and word processing, you need to get at least 8GB of RAM if you are on a budget or 16GB to prevent lag time while multitasking.


Why is my minimum recommended RAM is 8GB, when programs like Google Chrome require less, is due to the Windows 10 that takes around 3.1GB.


So if you get 4GB of RAM and you use Windows 10, you are left with less than 1GB for all nursing software, which is not enough.


What Laptop Specs Do I Need as a Nursing Student



Generally speaking, I recommend nursing students get 256GB of storage space, in order to not always have to clean up unused files.


Other than the storage capacity, you should also get an SSD instead of an HDD. With SSDs your laptop boot up and launch programs faster.



To be comfortable typing for extended periods of time, get yourself a laptop with a keyboard that has a good amount of key travel (distance needed to depress the keys).


The same keyboard should also have a backlight for easy typing when you are in a dark room.


Since nursing studies require you to use your keyboard quite a lot, it should also be durable. So avoid Macbooks with the butterfly keyboard that is known to be prone to failure.



As said in this article titled the best laptop for nursing students, the trackpad you get should be responsive to easily navigate through different programs, with multi-touch gesture support for easy zoom in or out, which is useful for viewing nursing digital textbooks or web resources.




Nursing studies requires sometimes transfer files, hooking your laptop to a monitor or TV, connect multiple hardware using USB.


For that, your laptop should have at least two USB slots, an SD card reader, and an HDMI port.



To get the best value, I recommend you to:


Look into a refurbished laptop

Taking this route will save you a lot of money.


You should be aware to check your laptop heavily the first time you get by testing all ports, looking at it closely, and putting it under heavy load and in different conditions, like on your desk then on your lap.


Wait for sales

During holiday seasons and other times like Black Friday, you can get great deals on electronics, including laptops.


Research student discounts

College students can get special discounts. So just ask for them in physical retailers or look for them online.




I don't think that there are still people to convince with the importance of the long battery life.


In terms of battery life, laptops that can last for up to 10 hours are what I recommend for nursing students in the school or the hospital.


If you are on a budget, you can still go with a laptop that can last up to 5 hours.


Another thing that you should pay close attention to is how the laptop takes to charge up. The best laptops can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes.


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