Attention graduates, it is that time again, as the flowers are blossoming and graduates prepare to walk that stage, it is also time to start preparing ourselves for the real business world. Looking back just four years ago, I went into college with my Apple Macbook and never looked back. Here I am, just four years later, and I am looking once again for the next computer that will help me on the next four years. But with Apple and Windows laptops and tablets, where do I even begin to start?

Best Laptop Options for New Graduates! macbook

First let’s start with the new Macbook and it’s latest features and prices. Apple’s latest release of the Macbook comes at just 13.1 mm thin, weighing in at 2 lbs. And includes a 12” display with up to 10 hours of battery life. For the trend setters out there, it does come in gold, silver, space gray and rose-gold. Apple has included a retina screen, a new Force Touch trackpad for responsive pressure clicks and gestures and finally a USB-C port for charging, connectivity and adaptability. Glancing over the hardware the Macbook has a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core processor (m3, m5 or m7 options available) and 512 GB SSD. This new Macbook carries a $1,299 price tag making this the most expensive choice out of the three.

Best Laptop Options for New Graduates! asus Best Laptop Options for New Graduates! asus2

Next up, we have the Asus Zenbook with Windows 10 pre-installed. Asus’s latest 13.5mm thin silver and black laptop. It comes with a 13.3” FHD display and a backlit keyboard to that of the Macbook. Looking at the hardware, Asus has brought a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor with a 256GB SSD and a 802.11 AC wireless compatibility for faster and higher performance. It also comes with a standard 8GB of RAM, and weighs just 2.6 lbs. Some of the the latest features include a fingerprint reader for easy logins, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and 3.1 with a USB-C port for faster charging and adaptability and 12 hours of battery life. Asus brings in all these new features packed in for a $699.

Best Laptop Options for New Graduates! hp

Lastly, we will look over the HP ENVY Notebook in the 13 series. HP also brings a silver and black laptop with a 13.3” stunning FHD display. The ENVY comes standard with Windows 10 pre-installed. HP has also been working on raising the bar for battery performance and speed on this new series. The ENVY will fully charge in just 95 minutes. The ENVY’s hardware is also powered by a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. With this extra power, there does seem to be additional weight, as the ENVY comes in at 3.31 lbs. Overlooking the standout benefits for the ENVY, we see the 14 hour battery life is its defining point. Coming in at $650, the ENVY is a fierce notebook to dismiss.

In conclusion, I know most of us looked to the Macbook as our personal assistant and creative base, but with the growth of mobile apps, laptops have continued to become more affordable for the most part. Programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop have cloud based apps now. iTunes has for the most part seen its daily users switch to Apple Music for easy streaming. In moving to a more business oriented career, it is easy to see the clear winner. While all 13” series laptops had similar displays, processors, hard drives and RAM, the Asus Zenbook brought more for your money. It’s primary standout benefits were the fingerprint reader, back-lit keyboard and 12 hour battery. These added features along with the $699 price tag makes the Asus Zenbook the best all-around laptop for a college graduate who is going into the work world and needing portability, security and not breaking the bank.