Ok, so I am going to college next year, and I want a good, fast, reliable, budget-friendly, and good looking laptop for college. I pasted this from a thread that I didn't know was closed when I responded. Any advice is useful. Just to you an idea of what I'm interested in, I want to say that I like both the Dell 3350, and the Asus u46.
1. What is your budget? $500-1000
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 13-14in
3. What screen resolution do you want? anything (maybe a matte screen)
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? -both, something with some juice, but more importantly portable for college
5. How much battery life do you need? +6hrs
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? if anything, low
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) beastly word editing, photo editing, and probably little to no video editing
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 100gb-500gb (either a fast HHD, or SSD)
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. no preference
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? 3-6 years
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? maybe nothing (not blue-ray)
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. Dell for dependability, asus or hp for value, not acer, toshiba, or gateway, not sure about sony or lenovo, ect
13. What country do you live in? USA
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. college, business degree
look at a dell xps, they seem pretty good and well priced, http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-l502x/pd
my friend has one (may be previous model) and he brings it to school and plays battlefield so it must work pretty good on gaming side.
While my Sony and I never got along, and were eventually forced to part ways, I can say the SA was a very, very nice machine. A wondrous laptop to own. Extremely solid, great performer, and light. If you want something that can play a few games, as well as do work, take a serious look at the SA.
However, I would buy third party, and use a third party warranty service, as you are likely to get better service should something happen. Sony service leaves much to be desired.
For this price - ASUS is good. Better consider of choosing a 15.6 inch for this price. http://laptopforcollege.org/asus-n55sf-dh71-full-hd-gre...
It is a little bit more than $1000, but it is okay, because it has just great performance. The HDD is fast (not an SSD, but it works at 7200RPM).