While tablets are all the rage, students looking for a physical keyboard, gobs of storage, and enough processing muscle for serious multitasking should still make a laptop their primary computing device. But which is the right notebook for your budget? The good news is that you can find plenty of versatile machines for the same price as a slate - or less. As you go up the price ladder, you'll find faster dual- and quad-core CPUs, discrete graphics for playing the most demanding games, and Blu-ray drives for watching the latest HD movies. Some of these systems are so powerful that they can easily double as your dorm's entertainment center.
Here's our top 12 laptops and notebooks for the back-to-school season in every size. Available on Amazon.