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post #1 of 15
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I am planning on buying a new laptop in the near future. I will be using it mostly for school. I will need it to do a lot of programming and stuff with. I will be do several different types of programming. I want a Intel Core 2 Duo, i need one with a long battery life and something that can be ran for a long time with no problems. I'm looking at an Asus G1S but its pretty expensive. I dont want to spend $2000 unless i will need all that with programming. What about dells? Hp's? Toshiba's? How are all these brands? What models should i look at?

I was just wondering what you all recommend. Right now i have a gateway and its a piece. It shuts down all the time from overheating and the battery life is terribly short.
post #2 of 15
Most laptops for created pretty equal. But the best price to performance ratio I've seen are Dell laptops. You might want a want a media-centered laptop, so you can stay entertained while not at home. 1GB of RAM, at least should be good, 2GB might be better, because it looks like programming might need a lot of RAM. Make sure to buy a upgraded battery with more cells/mAh.

Oh yeah, one more thing...

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$1363

HP with:

T7200 Intel Core2Duo 2.0 GHz
2GB Ram
Nvidia 7600 Video Card
Long life battery
17" Screen
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post #4 of 15
I am in a similar place, looking for a Santa Rosa because I hear the batt life is much better.

Also, I am not sure if I am taking my PC with me to college, so an 8600m gt would be great so I can play games. Whats sad is that the only one I have found that looks decent is the new MacBook Pro's...

...and I dont want to go through the trouble of installing windows on a Mac just to play games.
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post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
How is this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220181

losttsol, that is a really nice computer but i dont want one that large. it will be to large to carry back and forth from work and school. I dont know how the new HP's are but my sister had one awhile back and it was terrible.
post #6 of 15
My advise is to go with a Dell notebook. Only HP can come close to the support, but I would still choose a Dell for their notebook support.
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post #7 of 15
DELL FTWWWWWWW

lappies from dell win. forever. they are the best, have best support, never break down, and are overall the most reliable lappies i have ever seen. i use mine for programming all the time, as well as music and movie editing, and gaming when i can get around to it..... get a newer dell model if you want the niceness.
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post #8 of 15
Dell isnt on the Santa Rosa bandwagon yet though...

I am actually looking at a getting a MacBook, because of the Student Discount - free IPod Nano, and the fact that I can install Windows on it put this on it and no one will have to know I bought a Mac. haha
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post #9 of 15
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Ive heard alot of good things about the Santa Rosa cores. What Intel Core 2 Duo processors have the santa rosa?
post #10 of 15
I think an easy way to find out if it's Santa Rosa is to check the FSB. It should be 800MHz instead of 667 MHz. Otherwise, look for Centrino Pro (instead of Duo), I think.
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