Do I need a laptop for college? 30 replies

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SgtFabulous

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#1 8 years ago

I'm going in a computer programming course after this summer, I was wondering if I need / or would benefit greatly off getting one? Thanks for the replies!




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#2 8 years ago

Depends from college to another, actually. However, in my experience, I should suggest you do so, as it'll be a lot easier to be able to study at home and keep your homework (ie. C# stuff) mobile, on your notebook. Doesn't have to be a notebook with specifications that're all too high - such as gaming ones. Just a casual one that'll be able to run programs such as MS Visual Studio (2008/2010/Express).


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#3 8 years ago

I would, and you can get the Acer Aspire One for 300 bucks, and it fits your needs perfectly.

Here: Newegg.com - acer aspire one




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#4 8 years ago

I took the route of having a super-cheap laptop as well as having a desktop with me and it worked out great. Just depends if you're willing to take your desktop home with you during vacations.




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#5 8 years ago

The thing is, to get a laptop, I'd have to sell my desktop. The college does have a lab and computers, but would it still benefit me enough to sell my desktop and get a laptop?




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#6 8 years ago
SgtFabulous;5281905The thing is, to get a laptop, I'd have to sell my desktop. The college does have a lab and computers, but would it still benefit me enough to sell my desktop and get a laptop?

Depends on what kind of desktop you have. If it's a good one, i wouldn't do it. If you do want to sell it, get a real laptop then, instead of a notebook.




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#7 8 years ago

Ill post my specs. I was thinking of getting this laptop after selling my desktop (Newegg.ca - Recertified: ASUS G71GX-RX05 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 17.1" Wide XGA+ 6GB Memory DDR2 800 500GB HDD 5400rpm Super Multi DVD RW NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M)

Desktop Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 3.6ghz 6gb's DDR2 ATI 4870 512mb 700w Rocketfish Modular PSU Asus P5K Premium w/ wifi 350gb HDD 7200 RPM Seagate HU001 NZXT Case




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#8 8 years ago

In that case, go for it. The G71 is a pretty awesome laptop, and you wouldn't really be losing too much. For a college student, the portability and convenience of a laptop is a big factor.




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#9 8 years ago
Zamamee;5282174In that case, go for it. The G71 is a pretty awesome laptop, and you wouldn't really be losing too much. For a college student, the portability and convenience of a laptop is a big factor.

This. It is a great laptop for it's price, with comparable specs to your desktop, and after all, it is handy to have a laptop.

EDIT: Now that i look closer, i would sell 2gb of ram and your hdd and get a nice 7200rpm one, with bigger storage.




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#10 8 years ago

Hard drive motor speed isn't really that important. In fact, for laptops I would advise sticking with 5,400 RPM as they are generally quieter and drain less battery power, both of which are pretty important considerations for a laptop. Granted, a 7,200 RPM drive isn't going to instantly take an hour and a half of your battery life, but there is a tangible difference.

That, or get an SSD.