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Hey, i got accepted to a Program ( Computer System Analyst ) and the program requires a laptop.

I will be starting the program in sept , so a couple months ahead from now, but i know NOTHING about laptops. I assume they are almost the same as a desktop.

Now the real question is what is there to look for in a laptop for college?

Budget probs around 700-1000$.

Thanks.

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So what tasks for school will you be doing with this laptop? Outside of schoolwork, are you looking for gaming performance? What sort of sizes are you considering?
    
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So what tasks for school will you be doing with this laptop? Outside of schoolwork, are you looking for gaming performance? What sort of sizes are you considering?
I have no clue what tasks i will being doing with the laptop, but looking at the courses listed.

EDIT
: Ahhh the program has Mobile computing, for lecture notes, course assignments, and etc within the program.


TERM 1
INFO 16029 Problem Solving/Programming Logic 3
PROG 10082 Object Oriented Programming 1 - Java 6
SYST 13416 Linux/Unix Operating Systems 3
MATH 10001 Mathematics for Computing 3
SCIE 16048 Technology: Apocalypse or Eden? 3

Total: 18

TERM 2
SYST 16529 Introduction to Business Systems Software 3
PROG 24178 Object Oriented Programming 2 - Java 6
TELE 13167 Data Communications - Local Area Networking 3
SYST 28043 Web Technologies 3
ELECTIVE Cross College General Education 3

Total: 18

TERM 3
SYST 28515 Systems Analysis and Design 3
DBAS 27198 Database Design and Implementation 3
PROG 38081 Java and XML Programming 6
TELE 33324 Data Network Design and Configuration - Routers and Switches 3
COMM 16165 Technical Reports and Presentations 3
COWT 10022 Cooperative Education Forum 1
SYST 28296 Linux/Unix Systems Administration

Well gaming performance would be nice, but not needed as i got a desktop at home. For size don't matter too me as long as its manageable.
Edited by turbonerds - 4/12/11 at 6:04am
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post #4 of 15
Honestly, anything over $400 will suit your needs and make you happy. But, something with the new generation of intel processors would be ideal. They will last you longer.

I like a 17" screen for my college if I use a laptop. It gives you more room to snap windows. It usually can be found in a 1080p 1920x1200 resolution too.

Think about what you might have to do with it afterwards. Also, do you want it to have long battery life? That is the major downfall to picking a bunch of power, however the next generation of processors really uses power saving well.

I want to get that basic info out of the way and get some feedback before posting actual make and model suggestions.
 
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post #5 of 15
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Long battery Life will be required, def. Eh resolution don't really matter to me, since it will be a laptop just for school anyways.

I don't know anything about laptops, so I can't really give you any basic infos. haha -__-
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post #6 of 15
Ive done a similar set of modules to that in my degree, any laptop will work nothing there is demanding a super high spec, I would say get a large res screen and a big enough HDD to install Linux as a second OS.
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With that budget go for a HP Envy 15 (for Windows) or Macbook Pro 13 (for Mac) they are both really similar except the HP Envy has better hardware
    
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You really don't need a whole lot for taking notes and programming. I use an HP 14" with an i5 and 4GB, dual-booted with W7 and Linux. I got it on massive sale for $490 shipped. Works great for everything I need - I'm a computer science/digital forensics major and I graduate next month. Only thing I don't care for is the low screen resolution.

HP Envy would be fine if you really want to spend a lot of money.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by turbonerds View Post
Long battery Life will be required, def. Eh resolution don't really matter to me, since it will be a laptop just for school anyways.

I don't know anything about laptops, so I can't really give you any basic infos. haha -__-
You should place some emphasis on resolution. It is not the quality of the resolution, it is the additional desktop space you will have to snap windows. College is a lot of multiple browser windows. copy/paste, referencing, citations....

I hated my 15" screen at 1600x1200, it was such a drawback versus using my desktops 1920x1200.
 
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