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post #1 of 11
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Hi..
I would like someone to help me choose a laptop that would be idea for me for the next 4 years at least.
My budget is under 1000 and I live in Canada (Ontario) so something local would be ideal.
The specs it MUST have:
- Must be powerful enough to run Autocad, MATLAB, and other engineering programs and various programming software's.
- AT LEAST 4 hours of battery life
- Processor- don't care as long as it doesn't take years to load windows and to start up programs.
- Ram- 2 gb minimum, 4 gb ideal
- MUST BE LIGHT!!!! Ideally under 5.5 pounds, again the lighter the better.

Thank you in advance
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post #2 of 11
I'd suggest one of the ThinkPads

They use the "engineering" end of Nvidia's NVS line, which is designed for engineering purposes.

Then, depending on your budget and power needs, you can choose between the T and W series, and choose what size you need.

In addition to all that, they are very rigidly constructed, have great keyboards, and feature the nipple, which does not feature on any other major laptop brands anymore (AFAIK)
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post #3 of 11
Ive been looking laptops myself and the one I have picked pretty much fits your specs...

Dell XPS 15: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...399&lid=627062

P.S. I optioned mine with the 15.6" FHD (1080p) B+RGLED Display and the total is $1044
Edited by Hamburglar - 2/10/11 at 6:46pm
    
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post #4 of 11
Just for your info, the T410 (14inch portable line) weighs 5 pounds, whilst the T510 (15 inch portable line) weighs just over 6 pounds, but you can fit it with a 512MB version of the same graphics card found on the T410.
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post #5 of 11
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Hmm. The university I go to gets $100 off dell laptops.. So that XPS 15 could be a good buy for me..
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post #7 of 11
I'll probably get flamed for this...

I bought a Core 2 Duo M11x with similar requirements. I run Altium, AutoCAD, Multisim, SPICE, Visual Studio, SketchUp, and various microcontroller programing software. Does everything I want it to do, plus the size it extremely nice.
    
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post #8 of 11
Sager NP5160:
http://www.reflexnotebook.ca/index.p...er-np5160.html

Customize it to your needs.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by just_nuke_em;12341212 
I'll probably get flamed for this...

I bought a Core 2 Duo M11x with similar requirements. I run Altium, AutoCAD, Multisim, SPICE, Visual Studio, SketchUp, and various microcontroller programing software. Does everything I want it to do, plus the size it extremely nice.

Lol, i want to flame you very much

nah just kidding

i think the only problem with your laptop would be battery life... how long does it run unplugged, mate?
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by gravity View Post
Lol, i want to flame you very much

nah just kidding

i think the only problem with your laptop would be battery life... how long does it run unplugged, mate?
I was getting around 6h going form class to class. I have an SSD in it now and I get around 8h. I usually plug it in when I'm running my heavy programs though.
    
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Dimastech Hard 
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