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Good Laptop For College?


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#1 DustCrow

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 11:11 AM

I'm starting college next year, and I need a laptop! I better one than my current laptop anyways... I currently have an Acer Aspire S7 391 - purchased it used, and it just has too many cons that just don't make it worth the $600 I paid for it. 

 

It gets too hot for Lap use, battery life is about 2-3 hours, the fan gets crazy loud... too loud for my high school classes, and the trackpad is jumpy, slow, and just.. terrible.

 

 

 

So I need a new laptop! (: Here are some things I would like to mention that may help tell you what I'm looking for.

 

1. Good Battery Life. A minimum of 6 hours.

2. Atleast a 1080p display. (Prefer touchscreen)

3. 13 inches minimum display size.

4. Slim, and powerful for it's size. I don't need to be editing videos or playing games, but being able to do some tasks that require a little more power would be nice!

5. The fan, if there is one, simply can't be loud. I don't know why this bothers me so much, it's fine if it's my desktop, but for a laptop, ugh..

 

I'll also be bringing my desktop to school, this Laptop will mostly be for taking notes, and being able to do all of my school "stuff" on a portable device, so I can work... anywhere!

 

 

 

Your suggestion doesn't need to match any of the specifications I mentioned, I'll certainly take a look at anything recommended! 

 

Thank you so much!

 

(In-case it makes any kind of difference, I'm going into Business at an above average university, 30,000 students total)

 

 

 

 

EDIT: I forgot to include a budget! haha! I'm willing to look into used versions of the laptops recommended as well, to possibly save a hundred bucks or so, I would say mu budget is just around $1,000. (Possibly being able to find it used for maybe $800 if any are available used).


Edited by DustCrow, 10 March 2015 - 11:14 AM.


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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 11:39 AM

1. Good Battery Life. A minimum of 6 hours.

2. At least a 1080p display. (Prefer touchscreen)

Can have one, or the other, can't have both.

High end high quality display means 2-3 hours battery life max [on most laptops].

Consider getting an external USB-powered notebook cooling assembly for InTheDormRoom gaming/movie use.

Because your school work is important, purchase two external USB HDs, get and systematically [bi-weekly] use backup/restore software to make backups, test by trying to restore a folder and a file now and then.

And, do not share passwords with friends and neighbors as a rule.

When you email stuff to teachers, copy yourself -- creates a tracable date/time/content sent stamp.

Last, but not least, if you experience computer problems - BleepingComputer is one of the great places to be.


Edited by RolandJS, 10 March 2015 - 11:41 AM.

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#3 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 12:22 PM

If you have a Staples near you, look for some of the weekly deals. They sometimes have $100 off coupons on computers regularly prices above a certain point. Sometimes those regularly priced computers have sale prices and then you can use the $100 coupon to get the price down further. My daughter got a Toshiba laptop that was regularly prices at $500 down to $250 doing this.

 

Go to Slickdeals.com. This link is the computer section. They sometimes have threads on how you can get a good computer cheap using the discounts and coupons.



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 04:45 PM

Woot! (an Amazon company) has daily deals on computers.  The problem is you need to decide within 24 hours if you want to buy.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 09:03 PM

Try to avoid going too cheap -- this is after all your school work, homework, classwork, lectures, notes, documents downloaded, text files copyNpasted, etc.

You and your education deserves the best laptop you can reasonably afford.


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http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

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