Laptop for college

Looking for a laptop for mainly college coursework,

1. What is your budget?
- $700

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
- Nothing below a 15" screen

3. What screen resolution do you want?
- Any

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

5. How much battery life do you need?
- Any

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)?
- No

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
- Main use will be using Microsoft Office Suite (already own), and the usual tasks (internet, music, watch movies).

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
- 320 GB HDD (500 GB preferred but not needed)

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
- None in mind (Already have accounts on Newegg, Tiger Direct, and Micro Center though)

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
- 2-5 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
- Any

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.
- Prefer Acer and Asus, have had very few problems with their products in the past.
- Tend to avoid Gateway and Dell, had many poor experiences with products and support.
- Unbiased on anything else

13. What country do you live in?
- U.S.

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
- I really like the Metallic Finish especially on the palm rest, to resist the fading typically seen on laptop palm rests using plastic.
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  1. If you can swing a bit more this would be a fabulous machine for college as they are portable, durable, have a great batter life, and a fabulous keyboard for taking notes and writing papers on: http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/builder.workflow:Enter?sb=%3A00000025%3A00003175%3A&smid=20E990072AB74EA5EA87218BF129CC11

    Edit: Whoops I missed your screen size limitation. In that case check out the T520 models for about the same price.
  2. HP ProBook 4530s 15" notebook $465
    Core i3 2350M 2.30GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 anti-glare LCD w/ HD 3000 Graphics.
    ~6hr battery life in power saving / lecture hall note-taking mode.
    A bit more durability and ruggedness than a consumer class notebook.

    HP ProBook 4530s @ LaptopMag

    Review HP ProBook 4530s Notebook @ NotebookCheck
  3. WR2 said:
    HP ProBook 4530s 15" notebook $465
    Core i3 2350M 2.30GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 anti-glare LCD w/ HD 3000 Graphics.
    ~6hr battery life in power saving / lecture hall note-taking mode.
    A bit more durability and ruggedness than a consumer class notebook.

    HP ProBook 4530s @ LaptopMag

    Review HP ProBook 4530s Notebook @ NotebookCheck


    Thanks, This is exactly what I was looking for.
  4. Acer Aspire AS5560-Sb613 $479
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215187
    This laptop can play Skyrim on medium settings with fluid framerates.

    Platform review:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a8-3500m-llano-apu,2959.html
  5. I, too, would recommend a Lenovo Thinkpad T520.

    To get the best discount for the Lenovo Thinkpad T520, go through the Barnes and Noble Gold discount.
    - Follow this link to the Barnes and Noble Gold Lenovo
    - Generally, you should start with the cheapest base model
    - Important: Add AT LEAST the HD+ (1600x900) display upgrade. Do not buy this laptop in any configuration that has the stock HD (1366x768) display. 15.6" 1366x768 displays limit multitasking because they make things onscreen large, and they tend to have terrible image quality due to low contrast.
    - Consider the free Intel WiFi Link 1000 wireless upgrade. It's supposed to be better than the stock Thinkpad b/g/n
    - Consider the 9-Cell batttery.
    - Apply the listed coupon code.

    EDIT: removed superfluous GET arguments from link.
  6. The above link from edit1754 leads to a site that provides educational discounts. It requires verification of status but seems like a good resource for students and teachers.
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