Students spend 40 hours a week on laptops – for coursework, classes, and gaming

Hard-working students spend 40 hours a week on their laptops, and say they couldn't live without them – using them for coursework, Zoom classes, and video games.

Over a third (36%) of college and university students consider their laptop to be an essential piece of kit, with 63% saying they couldn't live without it.

The study of 600 Brits, who have been a student in the past five years, revealed they spend seven hours a week using their laptop for coursework, and a further six hours for Zoom classes or lectures.

And when it comes to extra-curricular activities, seven hours a week are spent using their machine to play video games – while nearly 20 hours were spent streaming Netflix shows, using social media, and online shopping.

But with 65% of those who went to college or university stating their laptop was bought for them by someone else, such as parents or a relative, more than a fifth (22%) said they probably didn’t use it as their donor had envisaged.

It also emerged that while most used laptops for general learning, 37% did so for graphic design, and 36% for coding.

And over half (56%) use their machines to taken on performance-heavy courses, such as video and music production.

A spokesman from technology company NVIDIA, which commissioned the research, said: “There is clearly a huge requirement when it comes to student laptops, and not just for learning.

“Laptops are used as part of daily life, from gaming to watching their favourite shows – as well as many needing certain specs that can deliver on more tech-demanding courses.

“However, sometimes it can be difficult to make an informed choice on what will work best for you and your budget.”

When buying a laptop, people would look out for a good spec, performance, and price.

Great battery life and loads of storage were also viewed as critical for their tech to include.

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However, nearly half (48%) were lumbered with a machine that didn’t cater for their needs, according to the OnePoll data.

Unfortunately, 47% didn’t do enough research on laptops to make an educated choice, with over a third (35%) regretting their purchase.

And 63% tried to cut corners when buying the gadget in a bid to save some cash – with the average spend on their model of choice being just £254.

Of those who did do their research, 47% looked to Google reviews, friends and family recommendations, and online buyer guides.

Heading to the high street was the most popular way to buy, followed by purchasing straight from the manufacturer – with only 35% buying online from marketplaces such as Amazon.

The spokesman from NVIDIA added: “Sometimes you simply cannot cut corners when it comes to performance and quality.

“It’s critical to buy correctly the first time, rather than to buy twice during the length of a course once you realise a computer doesn’t meet your needs.”

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