Top tips for making the most of your PC at school
We want to help you get back to school on the right foot. Here are a few tips for optimizing your day-to-day PC usage so you can get straight-As in college, university, high school, or wherever else you’re taking classes.
Deliver presentations with a 2-in-1 PC
When you’re delivering to a smaller group, it’s easy to flip a convertible laptop into a stand orientation that works perfectly. Thanks to touch input, you can swipe between slides effortlessly and mark up diagrams for additional illustration. For bigger groups, you can simply connect to projectors or TVs while still keeping the PC in tablet mode for easy reference. The VivoBook Flip 14 is a perfect candidate for these kinds of presentations. The 14-inch full HD NanoEdge screen is big enough to share with colleagues when you’re all sat around the table, while a full HDMI port makes it easy to connect to bigger displays without needing an adapter.
Use stylus input for taking notes in class
Obviously you’ll end up taking a lot of your class notes using your laptop’s keyboard, but there are definitely some times when freehand notation is necessary for making connections between ideas, drawing rough diagrams, or simply writing out equations or other complex text that isn’t easily worked with on a keyboard. Just because you still need handwriting means you have to ditch the conveniences of a PC for the sake of pen and paper, though. Keep your handwritten notes conveniently digital by using a PC with a stylus and touchscreen, like the VivoBook Flip 12 with a high-fidelity ASUS Pen.
You’re going to be running around campus a fair bit, so be judicious about what you pack in your bag. If you can leave the textbook at home and reference materials online instead, do it. You’ll be happy that you had the extra energy to power through the last hour of your study group. Your PC is vital to bring with you to class, but you can make sure it’s not taking up too much room and that it’s not too heavy by getting something like the VivoBook S15. It manages to host a 15.6-inch display in the body of a 14-inch laptop, meaning you get the full PC experience without having to squeeze your backpack to the limits. While the NanoEdge display with 7.8 mm bezel helps maintain its 80% screen-to-body ratio, the slim 17.9 mm profile and 1.5 kg weight also help keep the VivoBook S15 backpack-friendly.
Windows 10 offers an easy way to put different windows and tabs side-by-side. Just hold the Windows key on the keyboard and press left or right keys. The active window will snap to the side and take up exactly half the screen while offering a second window to take up the other half. This can be invaluable when writing a report and needing to reference another document. Of course you’ll need a PC that can run multiple apps in the background without issue. For that, the VivoBook 14 has ample power for whatever tasks you throw it. An Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics all contribute to a thoroughly smooth experience when you have a lot going on.
Save your work
Having redundancy in place for your work is absolutely key. The last thing you want to do is work hard on an assignment only to have it disappear in a puff of smoke because you forgot to save, or you break your computer. Save often, and make sure you’re using a cloud service or an external hard drive to keep extra copies of your work while you’re working on it. The VivoBook 15 offers incredible options for local storage. An SSD provides fast access to your current works in progress, while a traditional HDD lets you store up to 1 TB of the big stuff. This really delivers the best of both worlds.
Get the right tool for the job
Being on a student budget, you’ll likely want to cut a few corners, and there are some ways in which you can, but make sure you have all of the things you need to get your assignments done and done well. For example, if you’re in a multimedia course like animation, video editing, or 3D modeling, demands on your PC are going to be intense. You could save a few dollars by skimping on specs, but this will only hinder you, especially when a deadline approaches. If you want rendering times to be fast for any of your projects, consider the VivoBook Pro 15. It enjoys NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics, up to 16 GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i7 processor. It will certainly prove worth the investment.