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How is this laptop for university?

#1betatechPosted 2/10/2014 10:24:13 AM
I'm going to be doing a course in Computing this september but I just saw this and wondered what others think of it:
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-v7-581pg-15-6-touchscreen-ultrabook-21458699-pdt.html

This main things that concern me are that it's an acer (build quality) and the 'up to five hours' battery life since ideally I'd like a few good hours on it (one reason I'm considering a macbook, yeah I know). Although I know from the service manual that there is an msata slot.

I do use virtual machines so I would use the 12GB RAM.
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#2GTRagnarokPosted 2/10/2014 10:58:26 AM
I suggest looking for a laptop with a Haswell CPU (basically any Intel CPU that starts with a 4) for better battery life. I would also highly recommend looking for a higher resolution display. 1366x768 resolution is just unproductive and poor use of the screen size.
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#3Fade2black001Posted 2/10/2014 11:02:16 AM
Have you checked Amazon for laptops? Or at least see if they carry that model and look at the review for it. But for what you want to use it for its fine. You can even play modren games on it kind of.
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#4betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 11:44:20 AM
The main reason I was looking at this now was because it was on sale and I can also get accidental damage (which I would want) on a rolling contract.

The best reviews I can get are here:
http://mark.reevoo.com/reevoomark/en-GB/product?retailer=CYS&sku=21458699&stars=true

The others I found were for the i5 model with some other differences.

One thing that I wasn't sure about was the battery life since I want at least 4 hours light work as I've been stung by 'up to x hours' before.
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#5Fade2black001Posted 2/10/2014 12:25:43 PM
Well to get the most out of your battery life make sure the system is on power save. Or lowest performance option. With this will make your battery last a long time. Especially if your only going to be doing light work with it. You don't really need for it to be on high performance. With Windows you can customize these options if you didn't already know.
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#6betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 12:30:54 PM
Fade2black001 posted...
Well to get the most out of your battery life make sure the system is on power save. Or lowest performance option. With this will make your battery last a long time. Especially if your only going to be doing light work with it. You don't really need for it to be on high performance. With Windows you can customize these options if you didn't already know.



The main cause of my concern is my current laptop, when new despite having "up to 3 hours" in reality in only got 1-1.5 under light use doing what you describe.
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#7Saga3Posted 2/10/2014 12:39:46 PM
I'd wait for the new MacBook Air, assuming it's Broadwell and has a resolution of at least 1080p. There's also speculation that the entry model will be MUCH cheaper since the cheapest MacBook Pro is around the same price as the basic Air at the moment.

But that's mostly because of its battery life..
#832x2zPosted 2/10/2014 12:42:37 PM
You can always buy an extended battery. I remember I got one for my old I7 laptop with a 6770m and 8gb of ram. It last about 10 hours on battery. It was pretty sick man.
#9betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 1:26:39 PM
32x2z posted...
You can always buy an extended battery. I remember I got one for my old I7 laptop with a 6770m and 8gb of ram. It last about 10 hours on battery. It was pretty sick man.


This one seems to be integrated.
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#10betatech(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 1:31:07 PM
What's the heat like on this CPU? I know older ones can get quite hot.
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