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What do you think about getting a Surface RT with a Type Cover? I tried the Type keyboard at Best Buy yesterday, I didn't mind it. I have a Mechanical keyboard + my desktop for long programming sessions but this semester I only have two math classes then a few others not related to CS directly. Or do you think at that $500 range I'd be better off getting a cheaper laptop?
post #12 of 18
+1 for Lenovo (formerly IBM). I love my X41 tablet so much I miss it a lot but it didn't have good CPU power back then (only single core). It was so sexy, thin, and light. It made transporting it a breeze to go anywhere. Oh and the trackpoint mouse in the middle was so useful when I was doing research. I didn't have to use the crappy touchpad to move my mouse pointer. After you get use to using that trackpoint mouse you don't ever want to go back to any touchpads. My battery life on the X41T was also really good, I could use it for about 7-8 hours before needing to recharge.

My other recommendation is to check out Fujitsu if you want build quality, a little more raw CPU power, and extra battery life. Remember you're going to be staring at a freaking screen a lot during college and a majority of Fujitsu's screens are IPS. They are so nice to look at and have less strain on your eyes. I ditched my slower X41 for a much faster Fujitsu T5010 later in college. I hated the bulkiness of the T5010, the IBM was so much thinner and nicer.

So I recommend checking out Lenovo and Fujitsu.
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What do you think about getting a Surface RT with a Type Cover? I tried the Type keyboard at Best Buy yesterday, I didn't mind it. I have a Mechanical keyboard + my desktop for long programming sessions but this semester I only have two math classes then a few others not related to CS directly. Or do you think at that $500 range I'd be better off getting a cheaper laptop?

If you like the type cover, then this could be a good option. Some students really like this sort of setup because they can take notes using a stylus (or their fingers). This might be good in a math class where typing out equations is often more difficult then writing them down. And if the keyboard doesn't bother you, you might get some mileage out of this.

Still, it's ARM and I'm pretty sure (not positive though) that there's not really any way to develop software on it, unless you use some cloud solution. This might be a big problem if you want to use it at all for your CS.

If you want something you can do any programming on, I would recommend a low end laptop over the Surface RT.
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post #14 of 18
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Do you have any recommendations on a lower end laptop that is lighter? I can get a Intel 520 Series 128GB SSD really cheap from a friend, I just need a half decent laptop to put it in for like $400-500 or lower that is light and decent spec wise.
post #15 of 18
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Its just a really hard decision to make. I'm looking at spending $800-$1000 on a really nice laptop such as a ZenBook or a MacBook Air, or going the cheaper route with less features and battery life.

It's hard to gauge since I don't know how dependent I will be on a laptop in college, I do not believe I would do much if any programming in class which makes me believe I could get away with programming on my desktop and bringing the Surface RT to class for notes and doing small things between classes.
post #16 of 18
Can you wait? If you can wait, you can feel things out in your first quarter and get a sense of what you actually need. I wasted a lot of money in undergrad on things I thought I would need. And unless you are a loner (which is fine if you are), study groups will help you immensely in your homework. It's hard to bring a desktop to a CS homework session. It's tough to gauge how important it is for programming to be possible on your portable device. If programming was doable on the Surface RT I'd say go for it, but it doesn't look good. And know that the average is something like 6 for the number of times people change their major.

As for cheaper recommendations:
The low-end Lenovo "essentials" G580 is solid, although a little bigger than I think you originally wanted.
My friends use Toshiba Sattelites and Asus notebooks.

So you know my bias: I've been burned by HP and Alienware.
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post #17 of 18
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I can wait, however I wouldn't prefer to do so. I'm pretty sure I'll stick with Computer Science strictly because I've been doing an internship all summer for an IT company. It is really the only realistic thing I can see myself doing, everything else just seems like a far shot but I won't say never.
post #18 of 18
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I am really considering something also like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230671R

Strictly because it will last, and it is what people prefer over Macs apparently. However the Airs have the new Haswell in them, the Infinity isn't gonna be released till October...great timing Asus.
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