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If you really want a high end gaming laptop than I'd have to say go with a laptop and a netbook. Reason being, those gaming laptops are portable but I would never want to carry one of those around on campus, especially if your just maybe taking notes on it in class. Then again, I've never had pen and paper fail on me.
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If you really want a high end gaming laptop than I'd have to say go with a laptop and a netbook. Reason being, those gaming laptops are portable but I would never want to carry one of those around on campus, especially if your just maybe taking notes on it in class. Then again, I've never had pen and paper fail on me.
Yeah but in the US,don't most people use a laptop or Mac to take notes?

My friend who has finished 3 years in the US as an undergrad,says 90% of people in his class used a Macbook.Is this true?

He goes to UC berkeley,and he was amazed to see so many macs and iphones.

He said he felt rather odd using a laptop lol.This is totally off topic,but are students in america using apple products as it's the "in" thing?
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Ok I have narrowed it down to the final two.Both are more or less similar.

Alienware m17xr3 specs:

Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz (4DIMMS)
1.5GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M
1.5TB Raid 0 (2x 750GB 7,200RPM)
17.3-inch WideFHD 1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED
Wireless 802.11 g/n
Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)

PRICE: 2533$

Now the ASUS G74 Series G74SX-A1 specs:

Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
12GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz (4DIMMS)(upgradeable to 16 gb for 30 $ more)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3 GB GDDR5
1.5TB HDD 7200rpm(Not in raid 0)
17.3" 1920 x 1080 LED backlight
Wireless 802.11 g/n
BD combo

Price:1800 $

I am sure the 560M in the asus with 3 GB of memory is clearly better than the 460M 1.5 gb memory.I saw a thread earlier in which a guy overclocked the 560M 15% without any rise in temps.

I really dont care for raid 0.

Reading newegg reviews,the asus g74 has terrible speakers,which is not a con for me,I always use headphones,even on desktop (LOL).

I am heavily favoring the g74 right now(80% made my mind up),is there any reason for me to buy the alienware m17xr3 for any reason for almost the same specs?
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He goes to UC berkeley,and he was amazed to see so many macs and iphones.

He said he felt rather odd using a laptop lol.This is totally off topic,but are students in america using apple products as it's the "in" thing?
Lots of students are. Everyone at my office just got iPads for meetings.

UC Berkeley is not the place to judge norms.

That being said, buy your hardware for the reason YOU NEED it, not the reason everyone else decides to buy their things. If you want a laptop, get a laptop. Most of the students that get Mac products just get them because they have no idea what they are buying and Macbooks are admittedly cool computers and are perfectly suited for "note taking" kinds of users.

I got a Macbook Pro for school in 2006/2007, and doing it over, I would have gotten a PC just because of the expense, and how little I use it now. Although, it is a *very* nice laptop.
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Yeah but in the US,don't most people use a laptop or Mac to take notes?

My friend who has finished 3 years in the US as an undergrad,says 90% of people in his class used a Macbook.Is this true?

He goes to UC berkeley,and he was amazed to see so many macs and iphones.

He said he felt rather odd using a laptop lol.This is totally off topic,but are students in america using apple products as it's the "in" thing?
Yes.
Apple is a fassion statement for the most part.
Especially in college.

But they're getting much better for the money than they have been in the past.
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Ok I have narrowed it down to the final two.Both are more or less similar.

Alienware m17xr3 specs:

Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz (4DIMMS)
1.5GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M
1.5TB Raid 0 (2x 750GB 7,200RPM)
17.3-inch WideFHD 1920 x 1080 60Hz WLED
Wireless 802.11 g/n
Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)

PRICE: 2533$

Now the ASUS G74 Series G74SX-A1 specs:

Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
12GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz (4DIMMS)(upgradeable to 16 gb for 30 $ more)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3 GB GDDR5
1.5TB HDD 7200rpm(Not in raid 0)
17.3" 1920 x 1080 LED backlight
Wireless 802.11 g/n
BD combo

Price:1800 $

I am sure the 560M in the asus with 3 GB of memory is clearly better than the 460M 1.5 gb memory.I saw a thread earlier in which a guy overclocked the 560M 15% without any rise in temps.

I really dont care for raid 0.

Reading newegg reviews,the asus g74 has terrible speakers,which is not a con for me,I always use headphones,even on desktop (LOL).

I am heavily favoring the g74 right now(80% made my mind up),is there any reason for me to buy the alienware m17xr3 for any reason for almost the same specs?
Absolutely not. Go for that ASUS and never look again at Alienware.
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Just to let you know, most college professors don't let you have a laptop to take notes let alone a phone or tablet. It's completely based on the professor. I don't know what school you plan on going to, but unless it's a massive technology school, don't expect there to be a lot of outlets. That much power is going to be a pain to lug around and hiopefully you get more than 3 hours of batery life.

I had one of the newer Asus G73JH 17" with the i7 in it, had to bring it back because of horrible underclocking and battery life.

Out of those two, I'd say get the Asus just because they're a better company and you're not paying $500+ for just the name and logo stamped on.
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Just to let you know, most college professors don't let you have a laptop to take notes let alone a phone or tablet. It's completely based on the professor. I don't know what school you plan on going to, but unless it's a massive technology school, don't expect there to be a lot of outlets. That much power is going to be a pain to lug around and hiopefully you get more than 3 hours of batery life.

I had one of the newer Asus G73JH 17" with the i7 in it, had to bring it back because of horrible underclocking and battery life.

Out of those two, I'd say get the Asus just because they're a better company and you're not paying $500+ for just the name and logo stamped on.
Can't say as I've ever been in a class where the teacher explicitly said you couldn't have a laptop.
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I suggest looking into Asus notebooks. But, have you considered building a very small desktop PC (itx)? You could spend a grand on that, it wouldn't take up much space, and use the extra 3-400 bucks to buy a netbook.

PS: I've had four classes where the teacher explicitly said no electronic equipment.
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PS: I've had four classes where the teacher explicitly said no electronic equipment.
That's strange... I've taken classes at 4 different institutions and have never been told not to use a phone or computer so long as you're being respectful to others.

That being said, If they say not to use one... you dont need one.
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