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July 6, 2012 2:16:32 AM

I will be attending my local community college for computer programming. I'm looking to buy a laptop for class. I want it to last two years, seeing as I'll be getting my associates next year in December. My only requirements are that it's less than $500 and it will allow me to program efficiently. My course states that these are the following languages I will be learning: Visual Basic .Net, Java, JSP, RPG IV, COBOL, CICS, SQL, XML and HTML/Java Script. So I'll have to be able to program with those. I've also read online that programmer needs a good size screen and good resolution. So I'll need at least 14inch, and hd resolution.

The dell inspiron 15 seems like it'll fit my needs. http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-intel-n5040/pd. It's only $400, Dual Core, 720p, and 4gb ram. Will this fit my needs? Or are there any better offers out there?

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July 6, 2012 11:36:22 AM

From BestBuy: Asus X44L-BBK4 14" notebook $341
http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/asus-14-inch-dual-core-la...

Performance is roughly equal to the others listed above. The difference between 14" and 15" laptops is often the dedicated number pad on the keyboard frequently found on 15" models.
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July 6, 2012 2:55:50 PM

Thank you very much! I really like that 14inch Asus laptop. I will miss the numpad, though I can easily do without.
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July 6, 2012 2:56:21 PM

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July 6, 2012 4:15:27 PM

alphan95 said:
Thank you very much! I really like that 14inch Asus laptop. I will miss the numpad, though I can easily do without.

Laptop with "good screen" and "good resolution" for "under $500" is an oximoron. Cheap laptops 90% of people buy have mediocre resolution of 1366x768. Programming is done best when you can see long parts of the page.

With the money left from your budget - get an additional monitor (1920x1080), keyboard and mouse to connect to your laptop when at home. Youy eyes will thank you.
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