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What would be a good laptop to get for college?

#1EmperorAiaiPosted 5/22/2014 3:08:33 PM
Throughout high school, I only ever used a hand-me-down Toshiba that my mom used to use at work, but I've been thinking that now's the right time to get a new one.

I'm not very knowledgeable about laptops or computers in general, but I've heard a fair amount of opinions that have recommended either a MacBook, a Lenovo, or an ASUS.

I'd prefer if it's durable and lasts a good while. Battery life and price are issues as well.

What would you guys recommend?
#2JiazhenPosted 5/22/2014 3:17:14 PM
a high resolution is a must because it gives you more space to work. and make sure the keyboard layout and touchpad is of a high quality.

Thinkpads are nice, I would recommend a t430/t530 series or older with a 1080p res. The newest model did away with physical mouse buttons so i cannot recommend them.
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#3SlaynPosted 5/22/2014 3:18:10 PM
Anything you like at any price. Doesn't matter for sitting on Facebook while in class and using MS Word.
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#4Majoras_pantsPosted 5/22/2014 3:23:01 PM
Light, good battery life, comfortable keyboard are the most important parts.

Macbook Air if you can afford it.
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#5DragnfyrPosted 5/22/2014 3:26:32 PM
The 13" Macbook Air is the best if you're not planning to do any heavy gaming.
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#6DragnfyrPosted 5/22/2014 3:29:02 PM
Jiazhen posted...
a high resolution is a must because it gives you more space to work. and make sure the keyboard layout and touchpad is of a high quality.

Thinkpads are nice, I would recommend a t430/t530 series or older with a 1080p res. The newest model did away with physical mouse buttons so i cannot recommend them.


High res isn't that great if you don't have the physical screen real estate to back it up. 1080p on a 13" screen without scaling is a little too small to work with effectively. From having seen my friends 14" Lenovo running at 1600x900 I'd say that's the max resolution for a 13-14" screen.
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#7JiazhenPosted 5/22/2014 3:39:33 PM
then again a 13 incher is more of a facebook machine than something to work on. I've seen 1920x1080 on 14.1 and 15.6 screens and neither needed font or icon scaling.
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#8EmperorAiai(Topic Creator)Posted 5/23/2014 1:07:09 PM
bump
#9DawnshadowPosted 5/23/2014 1:42:40 PM
Macbooks are expensive, but Apple has excellent support and they are very high quality. If you can afford one and don't mind that it runs OSX instead of Windows it may be a good option.

My only Asus notebook was an old Eee netbook, but it served me very well and they're a pretty well-regarded manufacturer. (I gave it up because it was a tiny, underpowered netbook; it was great for the uses I had when I bought it, but by the time the charger broke I didn't need something quite so small anymore.)
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#10LOLIAmAnAltPosted 5/23/2014 1:46:18 PM
Get a desktop and a tablet.
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