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How important is portability for college?

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#1 trashcan7


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 02:18 AM

When considering laptops, how important is portability in college? Where do you bring your laptop around and how often? How big/heavy is it?

I'm asking because I currently have a desktop which I would love to bring, in which case I would buy a portable laptop. Or, if portability isn't important, then I would just get a powerful and bulky laptop. I'm planning on doing light programming and some gaming.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 04:00 PM

A lot depends on what your doing personal preferences, I used a 17 inch HP Dv8000 in college, because I liked the full sized keyboards, all the smaller laptops at the time had the shrunk down keyboards that I found a pain to type on. I also used it for light gaming and movie watching, so the bigger screen was nice, it was a bit of a pain to haul around though. Theres pros and cons to every laptop.



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Posted 09 May 2011 - 04:32 PM

it's a pain to work on small screen

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 08:50 AM

Honestly I found that if I had a laptop with me in class I was far less likely to pay attention to the material.

I will say that battery life is a good idea since otherwise you will be tethered to some frequently inconvenient and highly coveted spot in the room, though I have had classes in a few lecture halls that were built with laptop use in mind. Wireless can also be surprisingly hit or miss.

For gaming and programming I'd go for a larger laptop (or have a TV you can hook the laptop up to for gaming :D)



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Posted 29 June 2011 - 12:22 PM

I agree with joggiwagga about getting a laptop with a good battery life. I'm in between my second and third year at university and bought my laptop right before starting. The battery life (which was once 3 hours) is now about an hour and a half. I don't really take it to classes that often (it's bulky and honestly, handwritten notes work better for me). But for all the papers and outside research I have to do, it's necessary. All of this use kills the battery over time. Longer initial battery life = longer life of computer.

As for small screens, I have a friend with a netbook, and I hate working on it (though it is very convenient). It's too small and the keyboard is too smashed together for efficient typing (for me at least).

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