Originally Posted by cyclones
Im in the process of getting a laptop for college this fall.
This is what my uses will be for the laptop:
*Watching HD Movies
*Light Video Editing
I want some or all of these features:
*Fingerprint Reader (need)
*Integreated Webcam (need)
*16 to 18 Inch Display Screen (the bigger, the better.. HD?)
*4gb of Ram (need/want)
*Backlit Keyboard (really looking for this feature)
*Wireless N Card (need)
*Lightscribe Burner (want)
Im looking to spend around $900 or under that.. I was browsing HP's website and saw a couple of nice PC's on there and like the HP brand.
Could anyone else send me recommendations on if this is a good build/buy or not???
Just to get into specifics for you. Fingerprint readers are easily fooled. It's easier to beat that then cracking a password. Laptops with webcams can cost enough more than others to make it a bad deal. You can buy webcams for pretty cheap, so don't let that tie you down.
Lightscribe looks terrible. I have a lightscribe burner, and I used lightscribe once, I don't know if you can even find dvds for that anymore. They also only come with HPs/Compaqs.
You don't need wireless N, because it isn't ratified yet. Any wireless stuff around now is draft N and when it is ratified that stuff may not comply. Just stuck with A/G/B radios.
As said before, those 16 inch and 18 inch laptops are heavy. Take form someone in college. You want small and light. One thing you don't want to do is try and fit that huge laptop on those tiny arm rests in the lecture hall. Especially when the primary function of most college laptops is notes and facebook.
Backlit keyboards are nice, and I would go as far to say as invaluable on desktops. laptops are a tad harder because few have them. The upside is, because the screen is so close to the keyboard it tends to illuminate it anyways.