Hey, I'm looking to purchase a laptop for college within the next few months, and I'm researching what would be the best buy, so I thought getting different opinions would be a good idea. I'll explain what I am looking for then list the laptops that I am currently interested in.
Concerning the price range: I don't want to spend more than 1,000 ($)bucks. I'm looking in the ~800$ range, but I am lenient either way.
I want the laptop to serve its purpose - for school. So decent battery life is a must, what good would it be if it did not work?
Seeing as how I will be carrying it around school, it will probably take a few hits here and there, so a good warranty or sturdy laptop would be good.
Concerning screen dimensions: I don't really mind, but I assume the 15" will be the way to go for this. Also, I don't really need HD for this.
Concerning weight: I don't really mind carrying it around, but the lighter the better I guess.
I'm leaning towards the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, but if one can convince me otherwise, then that would be alright too.
I'm not a heavy gamer obsessed with graphics, but I do like to bust out the Counter-Strike or Warcraft every now and then. So it will need to be able to handle some light gaming (I don't mind turning down the visual effects).
I will put music and pictures and such on this, so I say a minimum of 120 gigs with a DVD R/RW drive as well.
Also, I will be taking advantage of the wireless internet, so it must have some easy to use wireless functionality.
I'm not really interested with loading it up with a bunch of software, so a lot of pre-requisite stuff isn't a requirement for me.
when i heard the words student and laptop i instantly thought of the HP 6720s they have a really nice deal on them at the minute, in the uk there 450pound with 100pound cashback(total 350pound). In the us that probably translates to $600, not to bad for a core2, 2GB RAM, large HDD, 15.5 widescreen and vista.
From Experience HP machines are very sturdy and last a long time even when you give them a bit of a beating.
I also had the same specification back then. I bought 14" laptop for battery lifetime and less weight(and still pretty heavy), a low ati card for light gaming, dual pro of course and cost me $900.
You can customized any brand to meet your requirement in their web. Btw I saw apple at only $600 in the mall a year ago, old version i guess.
well, i have a dell vostro 1400 that i bought last year to start college, and it has served me well; despite what enginerd says, the intel integrated (x3100) functions just fine for CS:S, and for any games that are a couple years old; you certainly wont be playing crysis but it works great for mmos, strategy and older fps. I paid 800 a year ago and have a 1.8ghz core2, 2g ram, vista, integrated wireless, 120g hd. I went with the 9 cell battery which sticks out a little from the back but adds a good couple hours of battery life. I am extremely pleased with this notebook; it is reasonably light and very compact (14 inch screen may be small for some but it works great for me) and has served me well. If you are concerned about battery life, i would stay away from a discrete graphics card and stick to the integrated, it is also cheaper that way.