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Can someone recommend me a laptop please?

#1KrozardPosted 8/21/2013 1:24:08 PM
I've managed college so far without one (although it was a pain - having a laptop would have made it so so much easier.)

I've decided I finally need one this semester, as I'll be taking both C programming and Game Design 1, a laptop would make constantly transferring files between a flash drive and the school computers (they get wiped every night at 10:30).

What I'm mostly looking for at the moment:
Around a 15 inch screen (preferrably matte/non-glossy)
A minimum of 4 gigs of ram
An absolute minimum of 500gb hard drive

I'm a little unsure of current processors, so I'm not exactly sure what to look for in one.

I don't really favor any particular brands, but there was a couple I'd like to avoid.
emachines - never had one that lasted more than a year or so
Compaq - See eMachines
HP - Everyone I know that's had an HP laptop has complained about heating problems
Gateway - See HP
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#2TheFeshPincePosted 8/21/2013 1:25:23 PM
Lenovo y510p
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#3Krozard(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 1:27:25 PM
I knew I was forgetting something...

My budget is about 500 tops.
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#4MaKhaosPosted 8/21/2013 1:46:05 PM
Around $1000, you could pick up a really good Lenovo or Sager/Clevo.

$500 is harder to work with. Probably no matte screens here.
I found an i5 Haswell laptop under $500. It's decent I guess. Uses an undervolted ultrabook processor though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314150

There's also various Richland APU, such as this one with a 8750m. Not sure about battery life on these new Acers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314119

Not much out there to fit the $500 pricepoint. Depending on your major, whether engineering, CS, or whatever you're studying, your college might have suggested laptop requirements or something.
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#5Krozard(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 2:10:51 PM(edited)
MaKhaos posted...
Around $1000, you could pick up a really good Lenovo or Sager/Clevo.

$500 is harder to work with. Probably no matte screens here.
I found an i5 Haswell laptop under $500. It's decent I guess. Uses an undervolted ultrabook processor though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314150

There's also various Richland APU, such as this one with a 8750m. Not sure about battery life on these new Acers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314119

Not much out there to fit the $500 pricepoint. Depending on your major, whether engineering, CS, or whatever you're studying, your college might have suggested laptop requirements or something.


I'm majoring in programming (Mostly IBM's RPG/IV), I'm close to done, have to take 2 electives, which are C and Game Programming 1 for me. (Apparently we'll be using Microsoft's XNA Game Studio, or something alone those lines).

This is purely going to be a laptop for college, as I have a gaming rig for at home.

The campus bookstore sells a couple of laptops but they're mostly general purpose (Word, Excel, etc...), with less RAM and smaller hard drives than I'm looking for.
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#6Hi CPosted 8/21/2013 2:47:38 PM
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#7Hi CPosted 8/21/2013 2:56:41 PM
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/

I7 Haswell
1TB HDD + SSD
750m 2GB

For less than $900? Non SSD for $750. Wish this deal would be around nearer to Christmas when I have the money. Wish they would also do a SLI version of this for under $1k but it's only on their 15 inch models.
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#8TheFeshPincePosted 8/21/2013 2:58:00 PM
Hi C posted...
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/

I7 Haswell
1TB HDD + SSD
750m 2GB

For less than $900? Non SSD for $750. Wish this deal would be around nearer to Christmas when I have the money. Wish they would also do a SLI version of this for under $1k but it's only on their 15 inch models.


Ya, i think SLi 750ms wouldn't really be ideal in a 14" model.
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#9PathlessBulletPosted 8/21/2013 3:50:22 PM
Mac mini.
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#10LaMichael_JamesPosted 8/21/2013 4:38:18 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+15.6%22+Essential+Notebook+-+4+GB+Memory+-+500+GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/1307356906.p?id=mp1307356906&skuId=1307356906

should be plenty enough power for compiling and running programs that require graphics. you can better laptops if a refurb is fine
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