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Last semester I was unlucky enough to step on my laptop when I woke up for a 7:25 class one morning, and have been living without since. Being a third year comp sci student, it's been quite an inconvenience.

My goal, therefore, is to try and get some suggestions on an affordable and reliable laptop. With the upcoming release of Windows 8 I'm rather unsure of whether or not its a good time to buy or not, and if so if I should look towards a laptop with 7 or 8? This laptop is strictly for school, so graphical oomph isn't a concern.

Appreciate any help you can provide!
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Last semester I was unlucky enough to step on my laptop when I woke up for a 7:25 class one morning, and have been living without since. Being a third year comp sci student, it's been quite an inconvenience.
My goal, therefore, is to try and get some suggestions on an affordable and reliable laptop. With the upcoming release of Windows 8 I'm rather unsure of whether or not its a good time to buy or not, and if so if I should look towards a laptop with 7 or 8? This laptop is strictly for school, so graphical oomph isn't a concern.
Appreciate any help you can provide!

If you're only concerned about your studies then get the laptop with windows 7 but if you can wait for a while then sure, why not get the latest thing. I'm not sure but some laptops are being sold with a limited offer of free upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8 (i'm not entirely sure about this). Personally, what i've read about windows 8 is that it is a great disappointment in terms of everything. Also you might be interested in Ubuntu 12.10 which is coming out pretty soon and can also serve as a good alternative to windows 7 if you are not considering windows apps.
post #3 of 7
Hi there,

please answer us these questions:

What is your maximum budget?

What country are you in?

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

What screen size do you require?

What screen resolution do you require?

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

How much hard drive space do you need?

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Is there anything else we need to know?



Thank you!
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Heisenberg
(10 items)
 
Redemption
(18 items)
 
 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SK Hynix 256GB SSD Windows 8.1 Professional 1920 x 1080p IPS Display Microsoft Touch Cover 2 
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48w PSU 
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post #4 of 7
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$500
United States
Coding/general use. Not gaming
No brand loyalty. Suggest away smile.gif
Not too picky. Not super small netbook-sized, but not a huge (17 inch) monster either. 12-15inch range perhaps?
Not too picky on resolution either
New preferably
A few hours. Normally have outlets so its not a huge deal
No games
Windows 7 or 8
Don't care on color
Anything over 300GB would be excessive for my needs

I think that covers most of it! A nice lightweight, medium-sized-screen laptop is what I'm looking for
post #5 of 7
Really, any laptop can be a "lightweight, medium-sized-screen laptop". Do you have any special software you use like CAD?

Well I went on notebookcheck.com and ran through an entire list of reviewed notebooks going starting from the highest rated laptops and going down from there.

I pulled up an HP ProBook review

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-HP-ProBook-4530s-B0Y11EA-Notebook.83350.0.html

It's a notebook HP is selling for a lower price ($519 with their cash back offer).

But you really don't need to spend $500 if you really don't use it for anything outside of school. If you want to save a couple hundred bucks check out slickdeals.net and find a cheap laptop with a Pentium or so for $200~$300 bucks.

And learn not to leave your laptop on the floor where you will step on it. Unless you're rich and can afford carelessly stepping on your computers.
Edited by Bitech - 10/23/12 at 1:16am
post #6 of 7
you're really looking for any dual core really so you can just pick up any laptop out there which is in your price range. If you want good results from you laptop, i would suggest getting a cheap i5 3210m.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-NP300E5C-A03US-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B0083S3KVW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1350992004&sr=8-4&keywords=i5+3210m
post #7 of 7
you should repair yours if possible.why?nobody know where market will go,chromebook,w8,linux(chinese distro),androi,apple,blackberry 10,mobile space was chaotic at best anytime of the year ,chromium and china adopting linux didnt help at all.its even more chaotic.
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