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Hey guys,

Well, I'm venturing off to college next year, majoring in Electrical/Computer Engineering (combined major). Since it's a computer related class, I'm sure that I will need a laptop/netbook of some kind. Do you guys have any recommendations? I want to stay under/around $800, and definitely no more than $1000. I'm not too worried about processing power, since it will most likely be used for note taking/ engineering software, while I let my sig rig provide the bulk of the processing power. I would like to keep it as portable as possible. I've been eying up the Lenovo X120e, but I welcome any other recommendations.

Thanks!
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i love my asus 1201n.

add more ram for 4gbs, and an N wireless card, and maybe an ssd with that budget, think your sorted, the ion and dual core is great, you could propably get another battery in that if you wanted, or used the money to custom make like a 12 cell :O
    
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If youre looking for something portable and small, why dont you look into the Vaio Y? If you want a little more horsepower, look into the vaio E or C. Im have been really impressed by my vaio. Theyre great computers!
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I got a Lenovo R61i for college. It's plenty powerful for Autodesk software, and even some light gaming (especially good for Intel graphics ) I like how tough they are and the cool design. Mine came with accelerometers to protect the hard drive from shock, hardware level encryption and password storage, a fingerprint reader, and Computrace :O Thinkvantage software is kinda meh, but still another nice feature. They tend to run expensive, though, especially buying parts through them, but if you can fit one into your budget you'll be happy
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post #5 of 14
your just looking for any reason to get a laptop
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I would at least wait until August when school is closer..prices will be lower on laptops with even higher specs..buying months in advance isn't a great idea
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You ought to contact your program adviser or similar to make sure you will actually need a laptop for class. Many times you will be in a lab or do things on paper. Even if the school 'recommends' that you get a laptop, it generally isn't even close to needed. I used to use my netbook and it was more than enough. In fact, I found myself surfing the internet and doing other such things rather than paying attention so I eventually stopped taking it. It wasn't needed in any of my classes anyway.

If you do need something for actual work, you should check with your school about any student discounts you may have. Generally you will be able to get great deals on business grade models with are built better, last longer, and have wonderful support. They will also be supported and carried by your school's store and tech support and so any issues can be easily handled or replacements (if needed) will be easy to get.
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your just looking for any reason to get a laptop
No, I'm really not. I'm going to be paying for most/all of it myself, so it's not like I'm trying to make my parents foot the bill. If they were, I'd probably be getting a mac (but still putting windows on it). Why do you think I'm just "looking for any reason to get a laptop"?


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Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
I would at least wait until August when school is closer..prices will be lower on laptops with even higher specs..buying months in advance isn't a great idea
I'm not buying now. I like to do a lot of research before I make a purchase. I spent a solid month researching graphics cards and pouring over endless benchmarks before I bought my 470.

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You ought to contact your program adviser or similar to make sure you will actually need a laptop for class. Many times you will be in a lab or do things on paper. Even if the school 'recommends' that you get a laptop, it generally isn't even close to needed. I used to use my netbook and it was more than enough. In fact, I found myself surfing the internet and doing other such things rather than paying attention so I eventually stopped taking it. It wasn't needed in any of my classes anyway.

If you do need something for actual work, you should check with your school about any student discounts you may have. Generally you will be able to get great deals on business grade models with are built better, last longer, and have wonderful support. They will also be supported and carried by your school's store and tech support and so any issues can be easily handled or replacements (if needed) will be easy to get.

Wow, thanks, good to know. The vibe I got from the tour of the ECE building was that they do a lot of their work on laptops, but I will get in contact my program director and see if its really necessary. Invisible mod rep to you
Edited by Raptor_Jesus - 4/30/11 at 12:56pm
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Originally Posted by Raptor_Jesus View Post
No, I'm really not. I'm going to be paying for most/all of it myself, so it's not like I'm trying to make my parents foot the bill. If they were, I'd probably be getting a mac (but still putting windows on it). Why do you think I'm just "looking for any reason to get a laptop"?




I'm not buying now. I like to do a lot of research before I make a purchase. I spent a solid month researching graphics cards and pouring over endless benchmarks before I bought my 470.




Wow, thanks, good to know. The vibe I got from the tour of the ECE building was that they do a lot of their work on laptops, but I will get in contact my program director and see if its really necessary. Invisible mod rep to you
Damn I'm trying to find the other thread with this same major. If you get the names of the programs you'll need then people can give you a much better recommendation of what to buy.
     
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I would recommend the Alienware m14x actually

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