I am currently trying to find a laptop that will last me all four years of college. At this point, computing power is much more important than graphics and sound, but it would be nice if I could find something that could comfortably run games like LoL on Medium-High settings.
Right now I'm looking at the ThinkPad Edge E530 with the following specs:
• Intel Core i3-2350M Processor (3M Cache, 2.30GHz)
• Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
• 15.6" W HD (1366x768) AntiGlare, Midnight Black
• Intel HD Graphics (WWAN or mSATA capable)
• 4 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (1 DIMM)
• UltraNav with FingerPrint Reader
• 320GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
• DVD Recordable
There is also a 16GB SSD included (that for some reason isn't showing up).
I need to be able to run programs like Mathematica quickly and easily. What I'm wondering is whether or not anybody can point me in the direction of a better machine in the $500 range.