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If you were going to take your desktop, go to UPS and ship it to yourself. Make sure you have them pack it and then insure it for full value to replace.
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Definitely get the netbook and desktop! I knew so many friends who bought a laptop for college, only to use it in their dorm room desk. They'll leave it on 24/7 without a laptop cooler and then ask me why their laptop is breaking/slowing down. The only time they used their laptop was when they brought it to the library to study, group meetings, or to type notes in class(or play games).

A laptop is NOT meant to be used like a desktop.
    
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If you were going to take your desktop, go to UPS and ship it to yourself. Make sure you have them pack it and then insure it for full value to replace.
Never thought of that, have you actually done it before?
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This one is my favorite laptop right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220695

I always liked toshiba and there high end models. The only thing the current ones are lacking compared to the Asus i linked is that the 5870 is much better

If I were you, i would just build a desktop. For 3 years in college i had laptops, but i never really used them in class. I actually never took them to school. You should think about getting a desktop since you're going to keep it for 4-5 years. This will give u options to upgrade later. If you are the type to take notes in class, maybe a netbook is a good option. The only times i would actually use the laptops for there portability were 2-3 times a semester when doing a group project. In those cases, a netbook would have been more then enough.
This... I bought 2 laptops for college lol... The first one was a gaming laptop that I never used in class simply because a 17" laptop isn't that portable... It weighed like 10lbs and people don't really like it when you yank out a massive 17" laptop in front of them...

Because of all those problems I never used that thing in class, or even out of class apart from gaming on trips... I then bought a little 11" Gateway (Netbook size with laptop parts)... Even with this little compact laptop that only weighs like 3lbs... I still only occasionally bring it to class...

If you absolutely must have a laptop for school, then get a small portable one for $300-$500, then spend the remaining $1000-$1200 on a desktop... I have used my desktop WAY more than either of my laptops... Plus you can always upgrade that desktop later...
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Me being the indecisive person I am, I still haven't made a decision. I have gone from the desktop replacement laptop, to a netbook and my current desktop which got me thinking. Is it going to be a hassle to have my huge desktop along with my netbook? Always having to ship it back home, worrying about a huge monitor and keyboard and placing the tower somewhere, etc. I found this as one of the daily bargains over at Toms Hardware and it seemed to be a pretty good deal. Normally for $1,304.99, I get all of the following for only $954.99.

*15.6" LED Screen, 1.21-inch thin, and 5.5 lbs
*Core i7-720-QM 1.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz)
*Blu-ray
*ATI Radeon HD 5650 with 1GB
*4GB DDR3
*500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
*Bluetooth
*Backlit Keyboard
*9-cell battery

http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/coupon...top/15717.aspx

Should I go for it?
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I know dudenell mentioned an issue with his ASUS laptop; however, ASUS laptops are highly regarded among PC laptops and pack kick ass in battery life compared to almost all other laptops in the market (I'm looking at you Dell and HP laptops with barely 2 hours of battery life).

The UL80 is a great laptop that can get upto 13 hours of battery... that is when it's sitting in idle, but for work it can still give you somewhere around a solid eight hours which is absolutely amazing. It's also really portable and can facilitate the light gaming where needed. Get this and save the rest for a decent desktop. Trust me, gaming laptops look nice in theory but they ARE NOT in practice when you have to lug around 10 pounds on campus for the entire day. You'll thank me for this advice one day.
Exactly what I am doing, already ordered that laptop from amazon for $720 shipped, and I just finished a small backup build I plan to take with me.

EDIT: Heres r34p3rex's for sale thread, which has a good brief review in it.
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