This is a split board - You can return to the Split List for other boards.

Good laptop for a CS major?

#1Greendragon854Posted 8/4/2014 7:39:00 PM
Title says it all. Starting my CS courses in a few weeks, looking for a good mid-range laptop. I'm leaning towards a 15", touch screen, i7, at least 8 gigs ram, at least 500 gig HD (or 256 gig SSD) and $800 or less. Don't need a graphics card, though if there's a laptop out there with those specs and a GPU as well, I wouldn't complain. Build quality and durability are a huge plus too. I hate the feeling of opening a laptop and feeling like it's about to break.

So far I've honed in on this guy: http://www.costco.com/.product.100116964.html?cm_sp=RichRelevance-_-itempageVerticalRight-_-CategorySiloedViewCP&cm_vc=itempageVerticalRight|CategorySiloedViewCP

I wanted to avoid HPs and Dells, and the Toshibas in this price range also get somewhat bad reviews. I was thinking lenovo, but I just can't quite find something as powerful or well equipped in my price range (800 is the upper limit for me. I could break 1k and get something that matches pretty much anything I want, but I'm just not willing to spend that much)

I like the idea of Costco, since I can try it out or take it back within 3 months if I hate it/it breaks. It's not a deal-breaker if there's another place with better prices though. Help a guy out?
---
"Are you going to buy this time? Or are you still just curious?"
"Well, I supposed you could say I'm Buy-Curious" ~PSN - greeniebeanie
#2ce_ecPosted 8/4/2014 7:44:36 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-2-in-1-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-256gb-solid-state-drive-silver/1817254.p?id=1219065404810&skuId=1817254&st=categoryid$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=2

Spend the extra money and just get this.
---
"They shot the ball well early. What comes out of the microwave hot doesnt always stay hot. I know, because I eat bagels in the morning."
#3fataliPosted 8/4/2014 7:45:39 PM
I read CS as Counter Strike... XD
---
Mystery is the source of all true science.
#4jedinatPosted 8/4/2014 7:46:47 PM
Why would anyone ever want a touch screen laptop... that's not an old person.
#5cancerstormPosted 8/4/2014 7:50:05 PM
you can get a cheap g-series lenovo with a i5 (good enough for virtualization, probably the most cpu intensive thing you'll be doing for a while until some upper year graphics course) @ ~$500 and then i'd use the remaining $300 for a tablet

touchscreen laptops are stupid
---
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/2996/cancerstorm.jpg
#6hk7111Posted 8/4/2014 7:56:11 PM
fatali posted...
I read CS as Counter Strike... XD


You arent the only one.
---
Steam: Hk1777, Gtag: RAlNB0W D4SH (Yes its an L) Psn: hk1777
PC, PS3, PS2, PS Vita, 3DS, Xbox 360, Wii, Ipad, 17 Kyocera Hydros, LG G3
#7Treason686Posted 8/4/2014 8:04:16 PM
I think that's a reasonable price. I sold laptops for longer than I care to admit, and that's not a bad deal at all.

I'm a CS major going into my senior year, and you actually don't need a lot of power. Something with a Pentium or i3 is sufficient. But if you're a freshman and hope to graduate in four years, a laptop like that could last you for four years. Whether or not you'll actually want it in four years is a different story.
---
I <3 segfault
#8Treason686Posted 8/4/2014 8:05:19 PM
ce_ec posted...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-2-in-1-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-256gb-solid-state-drive-silver/1817254.p?id=1219065404810&skuId=1817254&st=categoryid$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=2

Spend the extra money and just get this.


Sure, that's a really nice laptop.

Programming on a 13.3" screen would be a nightmare.
---
I <3 segfault
#9DragnfyrPosted 8/4/2014 8:17:39 PM(edited)
Treason686 posted...
ce_ec posted...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-2-in-1-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-256gb-solid-state-drive-silver/1817254.p?id=1219065404810&skuId=1817254&st=categoryid$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=2

Spend the extra money and just get this.


Sure, that's a really nice laptop.

Programming on a 13.3" screen would be a nightmare.


Even on a 15" screen it's not ideal. IMO there is no laptop screen that is sufficiently sized for more than casual on the go programming. That's why I hook up my laptop to a 24" monitor when I go back to my dorm to do serious programming. Having two screens helps a lot as well.

IMO stick with a 13-14" laptop for maximum portability and get an external monitor. Monitors are pretty cheap these days. Especially if you get one used.
---
15.4" Retina MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) | Node 304 mITX | Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI | Intel Core i5-4670K | Asus GTX 760 | Corsair 1x8GB | EVGA 600W | 120+240GB SSDs
#10Greendragon854(Topic Creator)Posted 8/4/2014 8:49:49 PM
My plan is to use the laptop for schoolwork. I have a desktop at home that's more than capable of anything heavier. I'm wanting a touch screen more because I really hate using touchpads on laptops, and windows 8 is designed for a touch screen. It's a feature I'd like to have. Especially since Ubuntu is starting to do some touch screen stuff. I've used laptops with and without, and I just find it easier to navigate with a touchscreen instead of the touchpad. I really, really hate touchpads.

I feel 15" laptops are the best bang/buck/portability ratio. I've tested enough out to know that, while not ideal, a 720p screen on them isn't a deal breaker. The text is clear enough to be able to code on it. I will have digital media classes, but I'm not going to be focusing on anything that requires excellent color reproduction or fine details.

cancerstorm posted...
you can get a cheap g-series lenovo with a i5 (good enough for virtualization, probably the most cpu intensive thing you'll be doing for a while until some upper year graphics course) @ ~$500 and then i'd use the remaining $300 for a tablet

touchscreen laptops are stupid


I appreciate the advice on the i5 being good enough. I'll look into i5 laptops as well. However, I already have a tablet and never use it. Between a smartphone, laptop and a desktop, I can't see the use of a tablet at all. I just get annoyed that I can't type on it, and the screens are never sensitive enough to be able to take useful notes. Heck, I have a kindle paperwhite if I need to read books. No need at all for a tablet.

Dragnfyr posted...
Treason686 posted...
ce_ec posted...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-2-in-1-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-256gb-solid-state-drive-silver/1817254.p?id=1219065404810&skuId=1817254&st=categoryid$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=2

Spend the extra money and just get this.


Sure, that's a really nice laptop.

Programming on a 13.3" screen would be a nightmare.


Even on a 15" screen it's not ideal. IMO there is no laptop screen that is sufficiently sized for more than casual on the go programming. That's why I hook up my laptop to a 24" monitor when I go back to my dorm to do serious programming. Having two screens helps a lot as well.

IMO stick with a 13-14" laptop for maximum portability and get an external monitor. Monitors are pretty cheap these days. Especially if you get one used.


This is also great info to have! Yeah, I'm going to use the laptop mainly for the downtime I have on campus. I've got a 24" monitor and 32" TV that acts as a pretty decent monitor at home. If I have to do anything extremely serious, I can do it there. This is more for the 2 hour gap on classes MWF and the 4 hour gap on TTh. I live far enough away from campus that it'd be a waste of time to go home to do any homework then go back for other classes.
---
"Are you going to buy this time? Or are you still just curious?"
"Well, I supposed you could say I'm Buy-Curious" ~PSN - greeniebeanie