The Best Back to Uni 2022 Systems - Desktop and Laptop Top Picks!

21 Feb 2022

Looking for a desktop or laptop for your back to school or university needs? Computer Lounge has you covered with a wide range of options available at a variety of price points! Whether you need the computing power and upgradability of a desktop PC or a thin-and-light with great battery life, we will take a look at our top picks and some great value options that will get you ready for the term or semester!

Top Picks - Desktop Systems

Why pick up a desktop PC over a laptop? Generally speaking, a desktop PC will have better performance for the price that you pay compared to a laptop. Desktop systems are also much more customizable as well as upgradable. With many small form factor desktop systems being available now even if you are space limited, a compact desktop PC might be the right choice for you!

Stealth Desktop PC

The Stealth prebuilt system brings great value to the table, ticking many of the feature requirements for a modern desktop PC. Multitasking is a breeze with the Core i5-10400F and 16GB of memory, a 480GB SSD keeps system responsiveness nice and snappy and the RX 6500 XT graphics allow you to run whatever 3D applications you might need to run on a day to day basis as well as being capable for 1080p gaming in your spare time! All of this is housed in a fairly compact case from Fractal Design, and the 500W power supply means that you can easily upgrade to a more powerful processor or graphics card down the line if you need some extra horsepower.


Paladin Desktop PC

Sometimes you just don’t have the space for a full-size desktop PC, but still want to have the power and flexibility that comes with a desktop. The Paladin PC is built around the super compact Fractal Design Era case which makes fitting your setup easy even in tight spaces! In terms of specs the Paladin is running a Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core processor, 16GB of memory and an RTX 3060 for a great balance of price to performance.

Excalibur Desktop PC

If desk space isn’t an issue and you need the raw performance say for machine learning applications or just general number crunching and data processing, the Excalibur PC might be the right choice for you! The Ryzen 7 5800X’s 8 cores and 16 threads can power through pretty much any workload, and combined with an RTX 3080 and 32GB of memory there is plenty of performance for your preferred software. The Excalibur PC is a great all-round PC for both work and gaming without going too overboard with additional features or an eye-watering price point!

Top Picks - Laptops

For many students, a laptop is the obvious choice for their course needs. Whether it's a thin and light device to carry around on campus, or a desktop replacement system with a powerful processor and graphics card, we can help you select the best option available!

Acer Swift 3

It’s hard to beat the value of the Acer Swift 3 and it’s combination of great specs, a thin-and-light design and connectivity options. We would recommend this configuration specifically with the Ryzen 7 5700U, 16GB of memory and 512GB SSD. The 5700U is a very powerful yet efficient processor, which means that battery life is great - you don’t need to worry about always carrying around a charger to class! Weighing in at 1.2kg the Swift 3 is one of the lightest laptops you can buy, making it easy to carry around all day. I/O selection and connectivity is plentiful as well:

  • DC Power-in with fast charging
  • USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
  • HDMI
  • Fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
  • Combo audio jack
  • WiFi 6

ASUS Zenbook Flip 13

If you have a slightly higher budget and want touch support then the Zenbook Flip 13 would be our go-to recommendation. Performance is covered thanks to the Core i7-1165G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 16GB of LPDDR4X memory and 512GB of high-speed NVMe SSD storage. The display is the main feature of the Flip 13 - 13.3 inches with a 1080p resolution, touch and ASUS pen support, 100% sRGB coverage and 3.9mm bezels. It’s a fantastic display with vibrant and accurate colour so any content creation or consumption will look outstanding! In terms of other features, the Flip 13 weighs in at just 1.3kg, has a high capacity battery with fast charging and comes with the ASUS NumberPad 2.0 built into the touchpad. With dual Thunderbolt Type-C ports, HDMI and a USB Type-A ports the Flip 13 is also well equipped in terms of I/O.

ASUS Zephyrus G14

ASUS Zephyrus G14 - Need GPU power for your work? The Zephyrus G14 from ASUS has you covered! The latest models of the G14 now come with up to an RTX 3060 for a surprising amount of performance packed into a tiny form factor. Working alongside the graphics card is the Ryzen 7 5800HS, a powerhouse 8-core mobile processor. The display powered by the dedicated graphics card is a 144Hz IPS-Level panel with adaptive-sync and pantone validation - a blend of high speed and top-tier colour performance means that visuals are stunning. The G14 packs 1TB of NVMe storage and is also configurable with up to 40GB of memory for any multitasking needs you might have!

Alongside our desktop and laptop systems we also have a huge range of accessories and peripherals to complete your setup including:

If you need expert advice to pick the right system for your back to school/uni needs, have a chat with our sales team in-store or online!


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