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Old 08-18-2011, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to buy a laptop for school use in college, but I'm not sure how to choose the right laptop, I know that the minimum amount of RAM should be at least 2GB and I also heard that i3, i5, i7's are good to use too. My friend also told me that Lenovo is a very good and trusted brand for laptops but what else should I look for? What other brands/manufactures for laptop are trustworthy? main question is what to look for so that it isn't going to be 'OUT' in a few years. Thanks a lot!
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Really depends on what you're planning on doing with it.
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school work, and maybe some downloading, but nothing major
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What major are you going into? If it's anything with engineering or CAD, you need a good hard laptop.
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I haven't decided yet, but I'm going to start taking Computer Science classes soon
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Did you ever get one?

Best Buy has some good ones from 600-900 bucks, I'd jsut go there and take a look at them. In fact they had an Asus on sale for like 950 that looked like a steal.

You want at least 500gb of space, 6-8gb of ram and honestly, unless you are doing some extensive graphic or gaming just about any CPU is going to be ok for you.
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I have to disagree. BestBuy prices are outrageous, unless you know, researched, that it is a good price. It is best to shop around. Newegg, TigerDirect, MicroCenter, Amazon, any other retail store, etc.

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Personally it has to have:

12-13.3" screen so it is portable
weigh less than 4.5lbs
have at least 8 hours of battery life
have a sandy bridge processor (Core iX 2xxx)
have an IPS or other high quality display.

Basically it has to be similar to a Lenovo x220 which just happens to be my current laptop. If you don't need to run demanding games and are willing to pay the somewhat high price for one ($850-$1000) the x220 is just about impossible to beat as a college laptop.
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