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What would be a good laptop to get for college?

#31razidPosted 5/24/2014 11:07:15 AM
Jocko posted...
If you want to do some gaming on the cheap with a laptop then get a laptop with an AMD A10 processor in it. My buddy has one and he was able to play the Batman games and Tomb Raider at 768p with medium settings. He tweaked the graphics to make them look pretty damn impressive for a cheap laptop. It will also do everything else like Netflix and web surfing with ease. He only paid around 500 bucks for it.


Do you know what laptop that was?
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#32JockoPosted 5/24/2014 10:45:29 PM
razid posted...
Jocko posted...
If you want to do some gaming on the cheap with a laptop then get a laptop with an AMD A10 processor in it. My buddy has one and he was able to play the Batman games and Tomb Raider at 768p with medium settings. He tweaked the graphics to make them look pretty damn impressive for a cheap laptop. It will also do everything else like Netflix and web surfing with ease. He only paid around 500 bucks for it.


Do you know what laptop that was?

I just texted him. I'll post his reply as soon as I get it.
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#33JiazhenPosted 5/24/2014 11:02:26 PM
Love_Me_Sexy posted...
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.


They really did goof up on the T440/X240 touchpad, didn't they?


took a glance at my local bestbuy display and noticed that the laptop industry has migrated to buttonless track-pads. looks like every model tries to imitate a macbook and lenovo is just following the trend.
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#34SampsonMPosted 5/24/2014 11:10:44 PM
Some people are going to trash me for saying this, but you should really consider getting a Chromebook. There's a reason 11 of the top 12 best reviewed laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks (the other one is a Macbook).

You can get the 13-inch Toshiba Chromebook for just $270. If all you're going to do is surf the web, write papers, or watch some videos on Netflix and Youtube, it's perfect. And if you're not tech savvy, even better, as it can't get viruses and you never need to install software patches or anything like that.

My second computer is a Chromebook and I absolutely love it. It could never be my only machine as it can't game or run any video editing software, but for what it does, it's phenomenal.
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#35razidPosted 5/25/2014 8:05:21 AM
Jocko posted...
razid posted...
Jocko posted...
If you want to do some gaming on the cheap with a laptop then get a laptop with an AMD A10 processor in it. My buddy has one and he was able to play the Batman games and Tomb Raider at 768p with medium settings. He tweaked the graphics to make them look pretty damn impressive for a cheap laptop. It will also do everything else like Netflix and web surfing with ease. He only paid around 500 bucks for it.


Do you know what laptop that was?

I just texted him. I'll post his reply as soon as I get it.


Awesome Thanks!

Tc what's ur major gonna be?
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#36DragnfyrPosted 5/25/2014 8:32:31 AM(edited)
SampsonM posted...
Some people are going to trash me for saying this, but you should really consider getting a Chromebook. There's a reason 11 of the top 12 best reviewed laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks (the other one is a Macbook).


As a college student myself I would say a Chromebook is probably the most useless thing for a student. An iPad or decent Android tablet is much, much more useful for a student. There are many useful apps and you can handwrite notes. A Chromebook can't do much other than browse the web and type basic documents/spreadsheets, all of which an iPad or android tablet can do better.
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#37DragnfyrPosted 5/25/2014 8:32:02 AM
Jiazhen posted...
Love_Me_Sexy posted...
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.


They really did goof up on the T440/X240 touchpad, didn't they?


took a glance at my local bestbuy display and noticed that the laptop industry has migrated to buttonless track-pads. looks like every model tries to imitate a macbook and lenovo is just following the trend.


Buttonless trackpads are awesome. Larger tracking surface and you don't have to move your fingers down to left-click. Right click still requires you to move your finger to the bottom right corner but that can't really be improved.
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#38TiamatKillerPosted 5/25/2014 9:34:28 AM
If you want to/plan on gaming any decent amount, it will be more convenient to get a gaming laptop than deal with a desktop (if you have one). Moving a desktop around is a huge pain, and takes a decent amount of space.

If you aren't thinking about gaming, the Macbook Air and retina Macbook Pro are quality laptops that have great battery. You can get $100 off as a student discount as well. The Thinkpad T430 is good as well.

You can always pick up any old cheaper laptop that strikes your fancy but I've personally always been of the opinion that you should get the best you can at the moment, and it's really nice to use a well-made, quality laptop.
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#39JockoPosted 5/25/2014 2:01:19 PM
razid posted...
Jocko posted...
razid posted...
Jocko posted...
If you want to do some gaming on the cheap with a laptop then get a laptop with an AMD A10 processor in it. My buddy has one and he was able to play the Batman games and Tomb Raider at 768p with medium settings. He tweaked the graphics to make them look pretty damn impressive for a cheap laptop. It will also do everything else like Netflix and web surfing with ease. He only paid around 500 bucks for it.


Do you know what laptop that was?

I just texted him. I'll post his reply as soon as I get it.


Awesome Thanks!

His response: Lenovo 505s model 20255
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#40SampsonMPosted 5/25/2014 6:05:40 PM(edited)
Dragnfyr posted...
SampsonM posted...
Some people are going to trash me for saying this, but you should really consider getting a Chromebook. There's a reason 11 of the top 12 best reviewed laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks (the other one is a Macbook).


As a college student myself I would say a Chromebook is probably the most useless thing for a student. An iPad or decent Android tablet is much, much more useful for a student. There are many useful apps and you can handwrite notes. A Chromebook can't do much other than browse the web and type basic documents/spreadsheets, all of which an iPad or android tablet can do better.


Chromebooks are better suited to productivity. Larger screen, actual keyboard/trackpad.

I couldn't get by with just a Chromebook, but sometimes less really is more. Many, if not most, apps oustide of games have web-based alternatives that can be access through the browser.
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