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Consumer Reports says that school requirements, price and size are the most important factors when considering laptop purchases for students. (KABC)

School requirements, price and size are the most important factors when considering laptop purchases for students, according to Consumer Reports.

Before purchasing a laptop for school, experts recommend checking with the school to see if they have specific requirements for brands or capabilities.

Most colleges allow Windows or Apple; however, some schools may use applications that only run on one or the other.

"On college campuses you're going to see a lot of Mac laptops. Except when you go to an engineering building, in which case, you'll see a lot of Window's laptops," Rich Fisco with Consumer Reports said.

Experts say price is also a very important aspect to consider.

"Mac laptops tend to be expensive. You're probably going to pay $1,000 or more for anything they have to offer, but in our survey they are the most reliable... Windows laptops offer a much wider range of pricing. You can pay as little as a couple hundred, or you can pay as much as a Mac or even more," Fisco said.

Consumer Reports says 13-inch laptops are a good compromise between screen size and weight for students on the go. The MacBook Pro for $1,300, Dell XPS 13 Non-Touch for $1,000 and Acer 14-inch for $700 are all good options, according to Consumer Reports.

"The small, thin and lights are great. They're cool. They're easy to carry, but if you're pulling an all-nighter writing that term paper, you're going to be looking for a larger screen than what those little guys afford you," Fisco explained.
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