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Advice on buying a new computer for university


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#1 Sepulcher

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:24 AM

The laptop I have at the moment is a desktop replacement and is far too big to fit in a backpack and lugg around university for a whole day, so I'm looking for a replacement. Nothing too fancy though.

My current laptop is an Asus n53jq with an i7 (gen 1) processor, 8GBs RAM and 1GB GFX, so nothing above that.

 

I'll be using it for university work for around 4 years or so, but it won't be used predominantly for work, maybe just the normal day-to-day use one would expect from a student; so watching a few videos and whatnot.

 

I'm thinking Asus as a brand, but don't know whether to go with an i3 or i5.

also, my price range is $700-$1000, but I will only go $1000 if it's an absolute steal. $800 or $900 is the realistic range I'd say for my type of computer, right?

 

I'd appreciate all opinions, thanks!



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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

If your not gaming, then the Asus Vivobook would be perfect for what you are doing and also its a lot lighter then the n53 series.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:29 PM

If your not gaming, then the Asus Vivobook would be perfect for what you are doing and also its a lot lighter then the n53 series.

I like the look of that Vivobook, and the specs look sufficient for my type of work.

 

The problem is, I'm not a huge fan of Windows 8 and have grown somewhat accustom to Windows 7 64-bit. I've heard that it's not possible to downgrade the OS.

 

Apart from that I do like it, and the price is good too.

 

Also another problem. I am from Australia and I am not sure is NewEgg posts to Perth, Australia. That's my experience from a few years back in 2009/2010. Not sure if they do now.

 

15.6" seems a little too big a screen for my use. Lower would be much better I'd say. Don't care if it's 720x or 1080x.

 

Brand wise, I'm ok with any brands besides Asus. HP is another brand I'd be willing to look at.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:28 AM

Ah, well i know a few stores that sell laptops at awesome prices. 

 

http://www.mln.com.au/product/?itemID=4562   How about 13" but with a i3?


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:43 AM

I like that one, but not as much as the first Vivobook you showed me.

 

The 320GB HDD is ok, but 500 is probably better for me as I won't be using any sort of portable hard drive for the laptop.

Is it possible to find a laptop similar to the specs of the VivoBook S500CA?

 

Preferrably with a 15" screen. The reason I can't use my actual laptop is it doesn't fit inside my bag and is heavy. It's also a desktop replacement and is pretty thick and bulky for a backpack.

 

I'm steering away from i3 as this may be used for other things in the near future.

 

Also, checked MSY and they aren't selling many VivoBooks or good HPs.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:24 AM

http://www.mln.com.au/product/?itemID=4423

 

It's still pretty thin but heavier then the last one, it is around 2.6kg.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:40 AM

I'm liking this one quiet a lot.

 

Are there other online stores for PCs which sell similar models?

 

There doesn't seem to be a DVD burner drive. Probably why it's thinner, right? :P

 

Are there any similar ones but of a different brand? say...HP and/or Acer



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:50 AM

PCCaseGear has that exact same model. The Vivobook line actually has a DVD burner and trust me there is far more thinner and way more lighter notebooks that are like under 1Kg. HP's Envy-6 is a good competitor and it's lighter and thinner plus it has nice dedicated graphics card to it.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:01 AM

I've heard some pretty bad stuff about the overheating problems with the HP Envy series.

 

I'm liking the VivoBook series a lot, especially the R550CM-CJ0CM model.

Would you happen to know any online Australian retailers selling this one you showed me?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230959

 

 

I'm on eBay (not looking to buy a PC of eBay) and they are all from the US and have ridiculous $100+ postage fees.

 

If there aren't any other retailers selling it I'll go for the other vivobook, unless there are other recommendations.

 

EDIT: It doesn't have to be a touchscreen, don't mind.


Edited by Sepulcher, 19 May 2013 - 03:03 AM.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 04:35 AM

I had a look around for that specific model but no retailers had it. The difference between the newegg one and the MLN one is the ram (6GB vs 4GB) and the dedicated graphics card apart from that everything else is identical. 


Edited by killerx525, 19 May 2013 - 05:40 AM.

>Michael 
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:40 AM

Ok, I have my sights set on the VivoBook line with the i5: http://www.mln.com.au/product/?itemID=4423#specs

 

Are there any laptops in the $600 to $700 range? Brands like Asus or HP

 

If it's not too much, sorry if I'm overworking you!



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:59 AM

The best one for that price range is the Asus R500A.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:20 AM

After seeing the R500A I think I'll stick with the VivoBook's. They are more lightweight. The R500A looks similar to my current laptop; thick around the edges and not slim at all.

 

About the Windows 8; will it be difficult for me to get used to? I've been using 7 for a fair while now, so not sure what it's like.



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:02 PM

Hi, My suggestion with regards to Windows 8 is look at our tutorials. Many of the tutorials apply to Windows 7 And Windows 8.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-8/

 

Especially this one that adds back the start button.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/start-menu-in-windows-8-with-classic-shell/

 

I agree the lighter the better.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 04:13 PM

After seeing the R500A I think I'll stick with the VivoBook's. They are more lightweight. The R500A looks similar to my current laptop; thick around the edges and not slim at all.

 

About the Windows 8; will it be difficult for me to get used to? I've been using 7 for a fair while now, so not sure what it's like.

It shouldn't be to bad to use it.


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