Best laptop for CS Student under $400

1. What is your budget?
$425 absolute maximum, would prefer $350-$400

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
13" or less

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1366x768 or better

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

5. How much battery life do you need?
Five hours?

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop?
Not really important, I have a desktop for that.

7. Tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Writing papers, web browsing, web design, software development (probably C++ and Java).

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
320 GB?

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.,, wherever is cheapest though.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3-4 years would be nice.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Don't think I'll really need one.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Never purchased a laptop, so no experiences.

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I've considered the $250 Chromebook, pretty certain it's what I would purchase if I was a non CS student.

I have a nice Windows 7 desktop at the house.
Weight, screen (prefer matte), keyboard, and trackpad are most important.

I have no problem with refurbs if the value is good.
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  1. Hi :)

    CS ????

    All the best Brett :)
  2. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    CS ????

    All the best Brett :)

    Sorry, Computer science :)
  3. Hi :)

    Ah I see. I thought you meant Counterstrike Source (half life game)

    For that low budget any would do but you wont get 5 hours of battery from ANY lappy with that budget...

    All the best Brett :)
  4. Best answer
    for a good all-around laptop:

    a 5-hour battery life is claimed. Expect at least 3 hours
  5. I think I'll be going with the refurbished version of that ( since I'm on a tight budget and not a big fan of Windows 8. Thanks.
  6. should do fine. the A8 will also do light gaming (most MMOs, indy games, even skyrim) at medium settings or better
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