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#1 10 years ago

So I've been looking into getting a laptop for college and I'm wondering if any of you guys have any suggestions. I'll be using it for notes, papers, other writings and homework, the internet, and music, and if it doesn't cost too much more to do so I wouldn't mind being able to run some lighter games like Spore(even if it is on lower settings for that matter).

I receive a discount on Dell through either my college or my mom's work so I figure that will be a good route. I'd prefer to run Vista as well. I don't know much about laptops so any help is appreciated.




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#2 10 years ago

There's a lot of sub-notebooks out and on their way that are worth looking into - the Asus EEE series especially.

I started off varsity with a large laptop, and I found it too be too cumbersome and heavy to have in my bag all day. It became more of a nuisance than a useful tool, and I switched to paper note taking for a year.

My EEE is less than 1kg, and I barely notice it.

The most important factors are: 1) Portability 2) Battery life

If you're going to be at home (or at least have access to a gaming PC), then your best bet would be one of the larger EEE pcs, the 901 or 1000 series.




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#3 10 years ago

masked_marsoe;4401464There's a lot of sub-notebooks out and on their way that are worth looking into - the Asus EEE series especially.

I started off varsity with a large laptop, and I found it too be too cumbersome and heavy to have in my bag all day. It became more of a nuisance than a useful tool, and I switched to paper note taking for a year.

My EEE is less than 1kg, and I barely notice it.

The most important factors are: 1) Portability 2) Battery life

If you're going to be at home (or at least have access to a gaming PC), then your best bet would be one of the larger EEE pcs, the 901 or 1000 series.

I was thinking of doing just that actually. The price tag also suits me well. I'll have access to my desktop which is top of the line so I just need a way to type and go online if I'm away from my dorm. I know the Eee PCs only have linux and open office on them, how is open office? And if I needed to would I be able to run Office 07 or an earlier Office program?




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#4 10 years ago

Open Office does everything M$ Office does, though there are some familiarisation issues. All formats (.doc and .docx, especially) work fine for me. I've not had any issues with that.

The one thing I love about Open Office is that you can switch on a preditictive text mode, which really cuts down on typing. So you start 'gov' and it offers 'goverment', etc. Bloody handy, and I really notice the difference on the uni computers.

The later EEEs also come with XP, though they will be more expensive (in the case of the 700 series) or have lower specs (90x, 1000 series).

The 901/1000 series with the Atom processors are the ones to go for, they have a much better battery life, up to 7.5 hours.




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#5 10 years ago

I don't like dell.

This is what I picked up -> HP - Pavilion Laptop with Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T5550 - dv6835nr

I imagine it can run spore. It runs the Creature Creator free trial demo thing without a hitch.

It was like $900 after taxes, which really isnt that bad for what you get.




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#6 10 years ago

You can put Windows on any ASUS Eee PC that has Linux installed, but you'll need a copy of Windows and an external USB CD/DVD drive to do it. Those two won't make it stupidly expensive, but they do add to the cost.




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#7 10 years ago

personally I'm getting the new HP Pavillion dv7tz with the new 9600m GT, AMD duel core, 4 GB of ram, and vista ultimate 64bit, and a fingerprint reader. Also it's only 5.4 lbs, that's 1/2 the weight of my friends alienwere




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Knippschild;4401838I don't like dell.

This is what I picked up -> HP - Pavilion Laptop with Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T5550 - dv6835nr

I imagine it can run spore. It runs the Creature Creator free trial demo thing without a hitch.

It was like $900 after taxes, which really isn't that bad for what you get.[/quote]Quite expensive though, considering I already have a great desktop. I'm leaning more and more towards getting an Eee PC because of cost, weight, and battery life. I'm not entirely sure yet though.

[quote=Mad Cat MkII;4402435]personally I'm getting the new HP Pavillion dv7tz with the new 9600m GT, AMD duel core, 4 GB of ram, and vista ultimate 64bit, and a fingerprint reader. Also it's only 5.4 lbs, that's 1/2 the weight of my friends alienwere

Complete and utter overkill for my needs.




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#9 10 years ago

Get a HP laptop, my dads office uses them, and they have pretty much everything you could need.


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