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University Laptop HELP! (Taking computer science courses)

#1KiurxPosted 7/24/2014 12:29:08 PM(edited)
Hey I'm going away for university and I need an opinion on which laptop to get.

I'm deciding between to Asus laptop around the same price.

Ones a Notebook Style type of one:
http://www.staples.ca/en/Asus-Notebook-N750JK-DB71-CA-173-24-GHz-Intel-Core-i7-4700HQ/product_1147596_2-CA_1_20001


Ones a gaming type of style one.
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asus-asus-rog-g750jw-17-3-gaming-laptop-black-intel-i7-4700hq-1-5tb-hdd-12gb-ram-windows-8-eng-g750jw-db71-ca/10295069.aspx?path=dcbb3bc0f7b568e942b610fa7ee3f407en02

Now even though I might play a few odd game once in a while on it. But It's obviously not the sole purpose for this laptop. The sole purpose is too get a laptop that will last the longest within a time frame of four years.

The Asus Rog looks like the most sturdy one and is the most likely one. But the only downside is if it breaks down I would have to ship it to the company for it to fix (though I could just rent a laptop at my university for a while). While the Asus Notebook being staples would make it easier since they could repair it right away without shipping it.


So in the end I just want to know abut how good the Asus Rog is for long invite before I make a
choice.


Edit: please don't show a " better" laptop here. I appreciate the help but unless it's within the price range I can't really go any higher then what I've shown. Thanks in advance.
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#2Pyro_YuyPosted 7/24/2014 1:46:36 PM
Can't see the first one. (asking for postal code). But the second one is quite sturdy, had a similar model when I was in Afghanistan (and survived a year in Germany after that). I treated it like crap but it kept going lol but died about 3 years after I got it. Go for it, I'm sure you won't be throwing it around like I did.
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#3Kiurx(Topic Creator)Posted 7/24/2014 3:06:50 PM
Thank you so much!
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#4turbovirginPosted 7/24/2014 3:23:20 PM
I'd honestly consider a MacBook. You won't be able to game on it, but they have great build quality and are light enough to lug around in a backpack. And OS X is unix based, so you'll be able to use all the unix commands and scripts you'll be learning about. Otherwise you'll probably want to dual boot Linux on one of those other pcs.
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#5ShubPosted 7/24/2014 3:25:27 PM(edited)
You're going to hate lugging around a 17" laptop, let alone that monstrosity, only to get crappy battery life anyway.
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#6r7gerrabbitPosted 7/24/2014 3:27:15 PM(edited)
I'm a fan of Lenovo.
They make some sexy and powerful ultra books.

But really, once you have an i7 in there it's all about aesthetics and what you like more. Unless you want a gaming oriented laptop.

Just remember gaming laptops have bad battery life and you're more or less tied to a wall.
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#7DoramiPosted 7/24/2014 4:01:11 PM(edited)
University+4 years=business laptop with good warranty option.

E.g. Thinkpad T series, Latitude 6000 series.
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#8SgtInfinityPosted 7/24/2014 5:45:30 PM(edited)
take it from experience.

Don't get a gaming laptop for college. They're huge, heavy, and the case you get WILL rip at some point. If you get a backpack, your back will KILL for days. It's such a hassle. I wound up buying a second laptop, a small little thing like 13-14 inches, and used that for classes.

Edit: I had the ASUS ROG model that was from a year ago, very similar to the one you posted. The ROG models are fantastic, but heavy. Look on Newegg for a refurb one. I bought mine refurbished and had literally nothing wrong with it. At the time, brand new was like, 1,200. I got it for 900.

For my classes, I bought the Asus t100 tablet. It came with a keyboard and it runs windows 8 pro so I can use all the software.If you're computer science, you're probably not gonna use a mac
#9Kiurx(Topic Creator)Posted 7/24/2014 8:16:18 PM(edited)
Ok I'll look at the other options but a 15-17 inch screen actually what my univeristy recommend for when going into computer science. I don't really plan in ga,ing I just thought the model looked really durable and we'll made to last.

I was originally going to go MacBook but there 15 inch ones are bit above what I have :/.
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#10DragnfyrPosted 7/24/2014 8:16:39 PM
Kiurx posted...
Ok I'll look at the other options but a 15-17 inch screen actually what my univeristy recommend for when going into computer science.

I was originally going to go MacBook but there 15 inch ones are bit above what I have :/.


Well a big screen is nice but it's just not portable. 15" is the absolute max for a portable laptop. Most portable laptops are in the 13"-14" range and they work fine for programming. Definitely get a larger secondary external monitor for extra productivity when you're in your residence.
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