It’s finally that time of year where three beautiful words are echoing across the country: back to school! ECG is not immune to the back to school frenzy, and in that spirit we want to share with you our top back to school picks – all of which can fit right in your school bag.

First of all, we’ll cover the small essentials: a cell phone, a good lipgloss or chap stick, iPod, a water bottle, a compact, wallet, gum, pens, and sunglasses. Check.

But even with all of those items, there is one college essential that can’t be overlooked for going to class or around campus, and that is a chic laptop. A chic laptop that not only minimizes bulk, but one that is stylish, with a great Beats sound system and an eight-hour battery life. Oh, and it’s sleek enough to fit in your bag too. Check.

Our pick for a back to school laptop that includes all of the above characteristics and more is the HP ENVY Ultrabook 4t-1000. Here are the features:

  • Beats audio, with four speakers
  • Super slim
  • Starting price is $799 (not including a student discount, still much more affordable than a standard MacBook)
  • The trackpad has similar functions and shortcuts to a Mac or iPad, quick and easy to use
  • 4 Cell Lithium Ion battery that lasts up to 8 hours and 15 minutes
  • A 14″ HD BrightView LED-backlit Display
  • A little under four pounds

Basically, it’s like the Louboutin of college laptops, without breaking a college girl’s budget. It’s black on the outside with a red bottom, it’s sleek with a very classic look, and it’s efficient and easy to take out. But more importantly, it’s efficient to use. With a fast startup and a great graphics card, it can handle any task you give it, whether you’re writing essays or trying to run a program for a class. The chicklet keys are sleek and quiet, and the battery lasts for about eight hours on full charge – the perfect combination for those late library nights.

If you need proof that this laptop is efficient, this post was written on it!

But I’ve saved the best feature for last: the Beats audio system. You can’t beat the quality of the Beats sound in this laptop – it’s loud enough to screen a movie or workout DVD in your room, and the sound is clear enough that you can use it to DJ at a party at full blast without muddling a song’s quality. One word of caution: if you’re heading into class or the library with this laptop, you don’t want to be the one that accidentally forgets to turn off their music in advance and blasts the room with sound, so make sure you turn your sound off before settling in at your table! These speakers are loud enough to project your music through the entire room, and you don’t want to be “that” girl. But library etiquette aside, this sound system will literally rock your world.

And don’t think we’ve cheated this list of essentials: the HP Envy Ultrabook will fit in your bag! And for those students who live off campus, spend a lot of time on campus or in the library, or have a lot of walking to do – and that just about covers the entire college population – that’s really all the specs required.



What do you think?

What are your top back to school essentials? Do you have an HP Envy Ultrabook 4t-1000 or another HP laptop? What’s in your bag? Share your reviews, opinions and favorites with us in the comments section below!

Author: Anna Patrick

1 Comment

  1. kaitty says:

    wow this really helps i have been looking for a new lightweight laptop for a while and this is absolutely wonderful thx so much for posting

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