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OK, so you're taking your 2500k rig with you to school - perfect. Funny story - I often remote into my desktop at home from my laptop to do my grunt work. Converting my thesis to a PDF, for example, would bring my laptop to its knees (it's 300 pages). So i would remote in to my desktop via Windows Live Mesh, convert the file on my PC, and re-sync the file back to my laptop via dropbox all faster than my laptop could convert the file.

Anyway, 11 or 13" will be fine if you have your PC, but just make sure they're high resolution screens or you will have hardly any space to do your work.

Look for a good deal on a 240GB or 256GB older generation sata II SSD.
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OK, so you're taking your 2500k rig with you to school - perfect. Funny story - I often remote into my desktop at home from my laptop to do my grunt work. Converting my thesis to a PDF, for example, would bring my laptop to its knees (it's 300 pages). So i would remote in to my desktop via Windows Live Mesh, convert the file on my PC, and re-sync the file back to my laptop via dropbox all faster than my laptop could convert the file.
Anyway, 11 or 13" will be fine if you have your PC, but just make sure they're high resolution screens or you will have hardly any space to do your work.

yep, I do that too smile.gif
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OK, so you're taking your 2500k rig with you to school - perfect. Funny story - I often remote into my desktop at home from my laptop to do my grunt work. Converting my thesis to a PDF, for example, would bring my laptop to its knees (it's 300 pages). So i would remote in to my desktop via Windows Live Mesh, convert the file on my PC, and re-sync the file back to my laptop via dropbox all faster than my laptop could convert the file.
Anyway, 11 or 13" will be fine if you have your PC, but just make sure they're high resolution screens or you will have hardly any space to do your work.

Haha yeah sorry its different in Australia it goes like School -> Uni -> Work and unless you live in the country (as in one a farm) or a huge distance from the Uni you want to go to you wouldn't board there. Most universities don't even offer boarding, the one I'm going to does but I live in a town just outside the City its in so me and all my friends will just catch the train. I'm sure it sounds foreign but its different in Australia I guess tongue.gif

So yeah I'll have my rig whenever its needed. Yeah I'm thinking 1366x768 is my minimum resolution.
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I had an iPad from school for my entire final year of school and I barely used it :/ It was useful for reading things I agree with that, but as far as taking more than 200 words down or trying to do an assignment on the train on the way in it is nothing short of painful, I found. My dad loves his iPads and we have a few floating around the house just for reading the paper and browsing the web so I have one of those at hand already. I just think a small portable laptop is more useful from what I've seen so far.

I think you misunderstood. I was suggesting a Tablet PC, not an iPad/Android tablet. I've got an iPad too, and I agree that it's useless for a student. OTOH, a tablet PC (which is basically a laptop with a built-in Cintiq) is a student's best friend.
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I think you misunderstood. I was suggesting a Tablet PC, not an iPad/Android tablet. I've got an iPad too, and I agree that it's useless for a student. OTOH, a tablet PC (which is basically a laptop with a built-in Cintiq) is a student's best friend.

Yeah I don't understand :S So like a ASUS Transformer with the dock sort of deal?

I looked at them, 16GB flash memory plus not being able to install any regular programs on them turned me off. Unless you mean something different entirely again tongue.gif
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HP and Acer are the most failing. I saw a video of a Lenovo being smashed to the ground, drawned in water, bumped up and down, and that is while working! And still being perfectly operational after that.
And the comment on the macbook is perfectly valid - they just SUCK for students. +mac is 2x more expensive for 2x crappier hardware.

HP and Gateway also have horrible quality standards, but if you look at failure rates, Acer and Lenovo are right next to them.
Also, I acknowledged in my previous posts that the Macbook Pros are priced higher than their competitors based on hardware. But 2x more expensive for 2x crappier hardware is a definite exaggeration. They just have a ~$400 premium; a $1100 Macbook Pro compares to a ~$700 laptop.

But that doesn't really matter, since the OP's choice (and my recommendation) is the Macbook Air. The Macbook Airs are actually impeccably priced at $999 and $1200 and are the same price as their competitors (the Acer laptops are cheaper than MBA, Samsungs around the same price and Sony's more expensive comparably speaking) while generally having better accessories, and customer service.
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Complete BS. My friend dropped his Lenovo T520 from 3 ft, obviously cracking the screen. I ordered a new screen online for about $100 and installed that sucker in there no problem. I can say from working on his computer, that it's built much better than my Sony. Anyway, just because it's plastic doesn't mean it's bad build quality.

I'm really not saying Lenovo is bad because it has a plastic case, I based my comment based on several failure rate percentage of laptop surveys. Just look at the CNET one.
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Well the Lenovo is easily cheaper its just I'm not sure if I would ever be able to claim warranty if I purchased it and had it mail ordered to Australia, would they care?

They probably would let you get warranty service, but you'd probably have to pay shipping both ways, and the RMA periods will be excruciatingly long. Not to mention, you would have no physical support, whereas with Apple you can just walk into an Apple store and get help.
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I don't think the Macbook Air can be and the model I speak of is on special and will likely sell out. Macbook Airs at 11.6" the 2011 models start at $1100 over here. But the one I'm looking at is the 2010 model so I'm not sure how much slower it would be :/ but it does have double the storage.

The CPUs on the new Airs are 2-3 faster than the last gen, the GPUs are at the same level.
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I had an iPad from school for my entire final year of school and I barely used it.
For note-taking, you definitely need a laptop, and since you're at university, an ultraportable laptop is the best choice.
Also, Apple does offer student discounts, you should look into that.
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Yeah I don't understand :S So like a ASUS Transformer with the dock sort of deal?
I looked at them, 16GB flash memory plus not being able to install any regular programs on them turned me off. Unless you mean something different entirely again tongue.gif

lol nope, not that either!

Tablet PCs are full blown Laptops as you know them (Windows 7, Intel x86 CPU's, etc), but with a Wacom digitizer on the screen that allows you to use a pressure sensitive pen to write directly on the screen. They can come in a convertible form factor (a regular laptop but the screen rotates and folds down to tablet mode) or as a slate (similar to a media tablet). For your uses obviously you'd want a convertible model.

The convertible ones are typically 12.1" and pretty light weight, and they can have batteries that last up to 8 hours (so you won't even have to take the charger to class or have to sit next to an outlet all the time). And they can fully replace notebooks and textbooks, meaning that it's the ONLY thing you'd have to carry.

The Wacom pens are NOTHING like those crappy styluses you can get for capacitive devices. They're an active system in which the screen communicates with the pen to give you very accurate tracking, 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, erasing capabilities, and more. It's a whole different ballgame.

Check it out:

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Okay so the consensus is 11-14 inches is the way to go.

But is the 2010 model MacAir worth it or should I take a gamble on the U300 or go for the U400 and its pro of having a discrete gpu?
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I recommend the Asus U36SD 13.3". The battery is really good, and the laptop is light and thin. Battery can last for way longer than 10 hours writing in Word. In my opinion this laptop is better than the Zenbooks.

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post #20 of 53
* sneaky beastmode *



man.. college is booring unless its a party school

record lectures handheld + stay awake, cram a couple night before tests and you will do alright



get a power inverter (hopefully you have a truck or van, if not- forget paying rent & live in one) enjoy your life bike.gif

then reward yourself with an i7 , Glasses-free 3D laptop wheee.gif

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11678756
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