Best Laptop for Accounting Students – Buyers Guide

  • Screen Size – The larger the screen size of a laptop the heavier it will be. It is very easy for users to handle a 13″ laptop since it is lightweight and easy to handle. On the other hand, a 15″ laptop is noticeably heavier.
  • Keyboard – A numerical keyboard is the fastest way to enter information. 15″ laptops will have a numeric keypad but a 13″ won’t have it. But laptops have the functionality to support an external numeric keypad.
  • Processor (CPU) – Almost all the processors released in the last 3-5 years are okay but make sure you avoid any which have Pentium/Celeron/MY written over it and for AMD, don’t buy a laptop which doesn’t have RYZEN over it.
  • RAM – RAM is the most important part of your laptop. Make sure you buy one which has a minimum of 8GB of RAM.
  • Storage – Just like RAM storage is also equally important. There are two types of storage HDDs and SSDs. SSDs being the latest one. Make sure you buy a minimum of 256GB of SSD for smooth operating.
  • Battery life – A lengthy laptop battery life will help you work on your laptop for long hours. A decent battery should last for at least 8 hrs.

1.) LG Gram 17-Best Laptop for Accounting Students

If you are a student and looking for the best laptop for accounting students that can run accounting tools and software like Quickbooks and Zoho without lagging or getting hanged then LG Gram is the one to consider.

This model of LG Gram is updated with the 10th generation laptop. It has a battery run time of 17-18hrs (which is more than the number of hours you stay awake). This means you can charge it in the morning and use it for the rest of the day and still have some charging left at the end of the day.

Unlike other touch screen laptops, it consumes very little battery. It has a very sleek design and weighs only 2.2 pounds/ 35.2oz/ 1kg.

Since accountants play with numbers all day the Numpad is efficient enough so that accounting students can perform faster entries.

It has a 14-inch IPS display with a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The anti-glare display thanks to the IPS panel makes it easier for you to work for longer hours without straining your eyes.

Aside from its long battery life, design it surprisingly has powerful specs with the latest 10th gen i7 processors and decent Intel Iris Plus graphics. This makes it possible for all your accounting, bookkeeping, and finance students and also for accounting professionals.

It also offers 16GB of RAM (which can be further extended) that complements the processing power of the laptop. Since you will be not only using the laptop for accounting purposes but also for downloading movies and occasionally playing games you are provided with 512GB SSD storage. Isn’t it the combination you were looking for?


  • Long battery life
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports for faster data transfers
  • Excellent display
  • Powerful processing components


  • Slow SATA storage drive

CPU: 10th Gen Core i7-1065G7
CPU speed: 3.9 GHz
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Screen: 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD Screen
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Battery Life: 17-18 hrs
Weight: 2.2 lbs


2.) Dell XPS 13 9300

Are you looking for a fast laptop with a magical screen at a budgeted price? Well congratulations, because Dell has heard your prayers. The new and improved Dell XPS 13 9300 is a masterfully crafted laptop, that offers the durability and sturdiness that Dell laptops are known for. It is constructed using aluminum and carbon fiber which makes it completely scratch resistant and can easily withstand harsh working conditions.

It possesses a 13.3″ 4K Ultra HD infinity edge touch display. The touch screen is based on the EyeSafe technology which helps for minimizing glares. The Gorilla Glass 6 makes it scratch resistance to the surface.

Talking about the processing power the 10th gen i7-1065G7 chipset is powered with 16GB RAM (which you can further extend), 512GB M.2 SATA SSD. It has a turbo clock speed of up to 3.9GHz and 8MB of cache memory. With all these specs it is sure to get you through all your processing needs.

Dell XPS 13 9300 has integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics which you can use to play medium graphic intensive games like Minecraft. Make sure you avoid playing graphic-intensive games like Minecraft, Pubg, etc.

With this laptop you can do a lot of demanding academic and professional tasks, the built-in power manager will make sure that the laptop consumes as much as less power as possible. It offers a runtime of up to 10hrs.

The backlit keyboards of the Dell will help you do late-night calculations at home or in a dark place. To make sure the laptop is compatible with all the various types of ports you get: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C, and 1 USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 port.

It weighs only 2.7 pounds/ 43.2oz / 1.2Kg. It is the best choice laptop for CA students, bankers, and finance professionals.

Additional specs include a webcam featuring 4-element shooter HD, which is suitable for attending online classes or zoom meetings. The Wi-Fi 6 innovation on display establishes a faster and reliable connection.


  • Exceptional display
  • 10hrs of battery life
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Lightweight
  • Extremely thin (edge to edge screen)


  • Only 512GB of storage
  • Expensive

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10710U
CPU speed: 3.4 GHz
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
Screen: 13.3” FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Touch Display
Storage: 512 GB (SSD)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Battery Life: 10-11 hrs
Weight: 2.2 lbs

3.) Apple Macbook Air

I decided to add the Apple Macbook Air instead of the Apple Macbook Pro because the former is quite cheaper than the latter one and you won’t have to put a dent in your parent’s pockets.

As I mentioned above Macbook Air is the best laptop for accounting students and also for bookkeeping, finance, and accounting professionals because it is affordable. Unlike the Macbook Pro, it is sleeker and lighter, which provides mobility to the students.

Talking about the display, it has a 13.3-inch Retina Display and flaunts 2560×1600 screen resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors onto a 13-inch screen.

The screen will show you crisp text and vivid colors, which is highly recommended for accounting/finance/ commerce students because they have to work with too much text, graphs, etc. This also makes sure you can not only use it for work/college assignments but also for watching movies or binge-watching.

The razor-sharp display is further enhanced with the True Tone technology. macOS makes the device more interactive and productive.

Unlike its previous version which had an i3 processor and 128GB of SSD, this Macbook Air has

8th gen core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and UHD 617 Graphics from Intel which is a considerable improvement over the previous models.

The keyboard has also improved. The keys are now more stable and ergonomic for faster typing – a handy feature for students who will have to type their assignments on their laptops. The butterfly keyboard is very smooth to type on.

The laptop has 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports for charging, display port, and also data transfer can be done through Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps) and USB-C 3.1 2nd Gen (up to 10 Gbps). It does not have traditional ports like USB 2.0 or 3.0 which is not surprising at all.

The laptop weighs 2.7 lbs /1.2 Kg, which makes it extremely lightweight to carry anywhere you want. It also has a built-in fingerprint scanner that allows you to access your laptop without having to type the password every time.

The 256GB SSD is a decent addition that will help the students to store their files, spreadsheets, softwares, etc.

It offers you 12 hrs of long battery life but some experts claim that you can manage to get around 15 hrs of battery life with mixed usage. But this might not be possible for everybody to use the laptop like experts, so you can assume it runs smoothly for 10-11 hrs.


  • Great build.
  • Long battery life.
  • Powerful processor and other internal components.
  • Vibrant display.
  • Excellent collection of ports.


  • The design is not so good.

CPU: 8th gen core i5
CPU speed: 3.6 GHz
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 617
Screen: 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Storage: 256 GB (SSD)
Operating System: macOS
Battery Life: 10-11 hrs
Weight: 2.7 lbs


4.) HP Spectre x360-13t

The Specter X360 is synonymous with luxury ultraportable in the HP range. It is a very beautiful and attractive laptop by Hewlett-Packard. The body design and looks are quite exceptional to the traditional HP style.

The CPU which is packed in the slim and attractive casing of the laptop belongs to the new 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor which is exceptionally fast. To top it off the performance of the processor is super ultrafast because it has a Quad-Core CPU with a base frequency of 1.8GHz which can be further boosted up to 4GHz.

This feature of the laptop ensures that your accounting softwares/ apps don’t hang while working. Basically, you can multitask at one time. Its internal, fast, cache memory is 8MB which is powerful enough to handle multiple programs/softwares at the same time.

The screen resolution of the screen is 1920×1080 pixels because it is a touch screen and you also get an HP active stylus with this laptop. The IPS technology is implemented on the display screen which gives a sharp display with maximum accuracy. Corning Gorilla Glass NBT makes sure the screen is always protected from any kind of damage.

Spectre x360 is loaded with 16GB LPDDR3 RAM with a speed of 2133 Hz. The SDRAM is installed onboard. It provides 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2SSD storage which is more than enough to store all your accounting softwares and additional movies. It has nonmechanical storage which is faster than a traditional data storage device. What makes the Spectre fast is the read and write speed.

Talking about the graphics it has Intel UHD Graphics 620. It produces stunning graphics with ease and comfort. It has 13.3 inches diagonal Full HD screen with a micro-edge. The screen is WLED backlit and is also a touch screen.

Speaking about the connectivity ports it has 2 high-speed Thunderbolt III ports that allow data transfer up to 40Gb/s. The weight of the laptop is just 2.78 lbs/ 1.2 Kg. The average battery life is 14-15 hrs which is enough to last for the whole day.

Since you will be carrying the laptop with you all the time the machine is fully equipped with options including the availability of an Accelerometer. It also has a Gyroscope which will detect the rotational speed of the laptop.


  • Frameless screen.
  • Touchscreen with a stylus.
  • Attractive look and color (dark ash color).
  • Contains Accelerometer and Gyroscope.


  • The sound is average.

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U
CPU speed: 4 GHz
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Screen: 13.3 inches Full HD with WLED Backlit
Storage: 512 GB (SSD)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Battery Life: 14-15 hrs
Weight: 2.7 lbs

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5.) HP Pavilion X360

HP pavilion x360

The HP Pavilion X360 has a traditional HP laptop look. The silver-black slim body makes it exceptionally good looking. The chassis of this laptop is made of aluminum which enhances the portability of the laptop. It weighs 3.7 lbs which makes it extremely portable. It is lighter compared to its previous version HP Spectre which weighs 4.02 pounds.

It is designed in such a way that you can use it 2-in-1. What this means is you can use it as a laptop as well as a tablet. It is possible because of the hinges which support 360° flipping of the screen. It has 4 different models which include the audience, tabletop, presentation, and tablet.

It is virtually silent and cool as a cucumber model thanks to the HP Coolsense technology which can easily detect and adjust the cooling settings in accordance with your laptop’s state of being.

The Pavilion x369 has an Intel Core i3 i3-8130U mobile processor which is capable of four-way processing for high-quality computing. The 8th generation processor has a clock speed of 2.4GHz.

It has Intel UHD Graphics 620 which can produce high-quality graphics. It is an integrated GPU that shared memory from system memory for the processing of graphics.

The 8GB RAM will make sure all your applications run smoothly on this laptop. All your accounting softwares, MIS for a different level of organizations, databases, photo, and basic level video editing can run smoothly on it.

The storage of this laptop consists of a 500GB hard drive which is a traditional mechanical hard drive with 5400 RPM speed for reading/write speed. With this much data storage, you can not only store your accounting softwares but also movies and games.

The weight of this laptop is 3.73 lbs/ 1.6Kg which is quite heavy compared to other laptops on this list but overall it is still lighter. Due to this lightweight feature, you can carry it anywhere you want without any trouble.

The battery backup is only 6-7 hrs. Now you might complain about this but let me tell you no other laptop offers such awesome specs at this price. So you might have to compromise with the battery backup.

The display screen of this laptop is 14-inches in size and is a touchscreen. You will also get an HP stylus with this laptop. It is an HD screen having a screen resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Overall it is one of the best laptop for accounting students.


  • Awesome specs at a cheap price.
  • Four-way processing performance.
  • The slim aluminum body just 0.8 inches thin.
  • Touch Screen with Active Stylus.
  • 360° flip-and-fold.
  • Uses HP Coolsense technology to cool laptop.


  • Battery life is very small.

CPU: Intel Core i3 i3-8130U mobile processor
CPU speed: 2.4 GHz
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Screen: 14 inches Full HD Touchscreen
Storage: 512 GB (SSD)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Battery Life: 6-7 hrs
Weight: 3.7 lbs

6.) Acer Aspire E15

Even though Acer Aspire E15 is a budget laptop it’s still equipped with all the specs that have the power to increase the value of your laptop as a whole. With all the appealing features and attractive design, it performs exceptionally well.

Despite being a budget laptop Acer didn’t compromise on processing prowess. The powerful 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor works like a charm and in cohesion with 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 Graphics with 2GB of discrete video memory making movies and games jump off the screen.

The 256GB SSD is a decent addition for accounting students and professionals as you can store all your files, spreadsheets, softwares, etc. with ease. Although it is not very much you can upgrade the hard drive and memory with ease.

Despite using heavy softwares Acer Inspire E15 makes sure it consumes minimum power and offers a runtime of up to 15 hours. This feature makes sure your workflow and productivity aren’t hindered even when there is a power outage.

In terms of display, Acer Inspire E15 features a 15.6” screen Full HD (1920×1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display. It is extremely bright and has a sharp viewing angle. Thanks to the IPS panel the screen has an anti-glare display which makes it easier for you to work for longer hours without straining your eyes. It has Windows 10 Home operating software and makes way for a highly responsive user interface.


  • 15 hours of battery life.
  • LED-backlit IPS display.
  • Stylish design.
  • Suitable for gaming.
  • Can easily hard drive and memory.


  • Heavy.

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor
CPU speed: 1.6 GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Screen: 15.6” screen Full HD widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
Storage: 256GB (SSD)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Battery Life: 15 hours
Weight: 5.27 lbs

7.) Lenovo ThinkPad E590

The ThinkPad E590 is a direct successor of the ThinkPad E580 series and is one of the best laptop for accounting students. It features an ergonomic design that is aesthetic and portable at the same time. If you want to multitask then ThinkPad E590 is what you need.

It has a very sleek design, the sharp edges and the metallic casing makes it not only good looking but also solid and shock-resistant. The official website of Lenovo says that ThinkPad E590 weighs 4.6 lbs/ 2.1 Kg but when I checked it I found out that it weighs 4.18 lbs/ 1.9 Kg.

ThinkPad E590 features a bright 15.6 inch Full HD screen. It has excellent viewing angles all because of 1920×1080 pixels and excellent color reproduction standards. It uses the Windows 10 Professional operating system which is a highly responsive user-interface.

This device can handle the demanding computational requirements of an accounting professional courtesy of the 4 core new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor. Users can not only work on it but also play some games in their free time. It has a clock speed of 4.6GHz, supported by 8MB of cache memory which allows you to run multiple softwares without any lag. The best part is it has 16GB DDR4 RAM which is fast enough to do multi-tasking.

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 can support graphic rendering processing. With this, the laptop can load the accounting tools faster and render data at a faster rate.

You need to give special attention to the storage module. This laptop comes with dual storage unit i.e. 256GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. You can store all your major accounting softwares, movies, and games on it.

If you use this laptop in the best performance setting (for gaming) then it can hold a charge for 5 hours but on a normal setting, the laptop can hold power for 12-13 hours.

Some of the additional specs include a USB Type-C port, HDMI slot, and the USB 3.1 port for faster data transfer. It also comes with a webcam that will help you to interact with professors, online classes, meetings, etc.


  • A lot of space.
  • Powerful processor.
  • Powerful RAM.


  • Bit heavy.

CPU: 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor
CPU speed: 4.6GHz
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Screen: 15.6 inches Full HD screen
Storage: 256GB (SSD) + 500GB (HDD)
Operating System: Windows 10 Professional
Battery Life: 12-13 hours
Weight: 4.18 lbs


9.) Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The next best laptop for accounting students is Microsoft Surface Pro 6. Now some of you might be wondering has Microsoft started making laptops now?

The design hasn’t changed compared to its predecessor. You still get three primary modes – tablet, laptop, and studio with the kickstand (165 degrees). It now has a matte black finish option and the aesthetic now makes it look apart from both Apple and other Windows-based PCs. The chassis is sleek and robust.

It has a sturdy kickstand and it doesn’t come with a keyboard or touchpad and instead you will have to pick up the type cover Microsoft’s attachable keyboard cover. If you were deciding to use it as a tablet alone then it won’t make any sense.

Historically the Surface products had the best screens and they haven’t changed on the Surface Pro 6 either. It has a 12.3-inch PixelSense display and is one of the best ones’ you’ll find on a 2-in-1 laptop. The 2736×1824 pixels screen is bright and colorful. To sum up it is one of the best screens you can find in this product category.

If you want a Surface pen then it will cost you an extra $99. If you are buying the laptop then the Surface pen is worth the splurge. You can not only use it for drawing but also for making handwritten notes in the Mail app or notepad, etc.

Compared to its predecessor the Surface Pro 6 is a major leap forward in performance all thanks to its 8th-generation, quad-core Core i5-8250U processor and 8GB of RAM (It also has a Core i7 chip and 16GB RAM version). The Intel UHF 620 graphics card inside it is powerful enough to handle casual games.

The battery life of the Core i5 version lasts for nine hours whereas for the Core i7 it lasts for only 6 hrs 40 mins. The battery life of the Core i7 version should have lasted for at least an hour more.

It has a microSD card reader under the kickstand which works well and is useful if you want to transfer photos from your camera. It also has a USB 3.0 port along with a mini DisplayPort which is less useful as it requires a dongle or new cable to connect to most displays that are either full-size DisplayPort to HDMI. What it misses is the USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity which is inexcusable in today’s time.

It weighs just 1.7 pounds/ 0.7 kg as a tablet and 2.4 pounds/ 1.08 kg with the keyboard attached. In comparison to the 12.9 inch iPad Pro which weighs 1.4 pounds as a slate and 2.28 pounds with a keyboard.


  • Good battery life.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Fast but quiet.


  • No USB-C or Thunderbolt 3.

CPU: 8th-generation, quad-core Core i5/i7 processor
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Screen: 12.3” PixelSense Display
Storage: 128/256/512 GB/ 1TB
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Battery Life: 9 hours
Weight: 1.7lbs/ 2.4 lbs (with keyboard)



10.) Asus Vivobook S15

Asus Vivobook S15 is one of the best budget laptops for accounting students. With the full keyboard, you can work smoothly on the spreadsheets and other softwares.

On the left side, it has 2 USB 2.0 ports, while on the right side it has a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB-C input, an HDMI, a microSD card slot, and a headphone/mic jack. If it had a Thunderbolt 3 input then it would surely have been the cherry on the top but you can’t get everything at a much cheaper price.

Though it has a budget-friendly price the laptop offers a high-end processor (Intel Core i7), 256GB of SSD storage, and 8GB of RAM.

Compared to its previous model S14 the S15’s 15.6-inch, 1080 display isn’t any better. It has Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU graphics which is best for gaming.

It is surely the best budget accounting laptop that offers fast performance, decent speakers, and a sleek design.


  • Long battery life.
  • Stylish and slim design with multiple options.
  • Contains fingerprint reader, microSD slot.


  • The display can be improved.

CPU: Intel Core i7 processor
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX250
Screen: 15.6-inch NanoEdge bezel display
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Windows 10
Battery Life: 7 hours
Weight: 3.97 lbs


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is an integrated numeric keypad important for accounting students?

Yes, it is important to have an integrated numeric keypad because as an accounting student/professional it will make your life easier by enabling you to efficiently enter any numbers and it will also save your money (by not having to purchase a separate numeric keypad).

Why Do I Need So Much Processing Power?

Since most of the time, you will be working on spreadsheets and other accounting softwares you would want to have a faster processor to work effortlessly without your laptop lagging.

Which MacBook is best for accounting?

Out of all the MacBooks, MacBook Air is the best MacBook for accounting students. Because it is affordable and has all the necessary specs to run the accounting softwares.

Which processor is best for accounting?

For intel anything above i5 is great and for the AMD make sure you buy the Ryzen series processor.

Is 8GB RAM enough for Excel?

Yes 8GB Macbook is good for Excel. It is the minimum any laptop should have for running accounting softwares.

How should an Accounting student choose a laptop?

There are 6 things you need to look at before choosing a laptop –
1. Screen Size – The larger the screen size the heavier the laptop will be.
2. Keyboard – Having a numerical keypad (in the keyboard) will help you to type numbers fast.
3. Processor – For Intel make sure you avoid Pentium/Celeron/MY processors and for AMD don’t buy a laptop that doesn’t have RYZEN over it.
4. RAM – Always buy a minimum of 8GB of RAM.
5. Storage – Make sure you buy a minimum of 256GB of SSD.
6. Battery – 8 hrs of battery life is a must.

Which is better: Windows or macOS for accounting activities and assignments?

While macOS is great for handling data processing with ease, Windows 10 OS can run diverse software tools that MacOS can’t run sometimes.