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    Laptop for college

    Need help selecting a good laptop for college.What should i look for in my selection.
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    Re: Laptop for college

    You're going to have the typical fight about mac vs. windows. Here is one thing I can tell you because I own one, I'd stay away from a netbook. They work fine in certain scenarios but overall they are just too small to use every day.



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    Re: Laptop for college

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    You're going to have the typical fight about mac vs. windows. Here is one thing I can tell you because I own one, I'd stay away from a netbook. They work fine in certain scenarios but overall they are just too small to use every day.
    i agree with this

    just remember you get what you pay for



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    Re: Laptop for college

    I say you can't go wrong with a Macbook. I used to be a PC guy, but I switched my junior year, and I've never looked back.

    If you're going the PC way, I like Acers though. Solid quality computer for a pretty good price. I had one before I got my Mac and it was great.



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    Re: Laptop for college

    This thread sheds some light on things...

    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...ptop-help.html



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    Re: Laptop for college

    You have a couple of choices. Spend $600 or $700 on a laptop (obviously windows-based) that will last for a shorter length of time. Or spend $2000 and get the best possible one you can. This will probably be a Mac or a really nice PC. I've learned I am rough on my laptop, so I am glad I went the cheap route and won't feel as bad when I have to replace it after 3-5 years.

    One thing I'd look for is speakers. My speakers are crap and I almost have to use headphones in order to hear anything.

    I'd also look at what you plan to study and see if there is a preference there.

    My parents got my sisters their laptops through Iowa State. They paid more, but I think it comes with some peace of mind for my non-tech parents.



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    Re: Laptop for college

    My girlfriends computer died earlier this week (cat knocked it off table while it was on, I'm thinking electrical shock or something came loose enough to screw it up) it was a hp, it wasn't a bad computer but she bought a 13 inch macbook pro today from the bookstore. It was $1,200 I think with the education discount and then $70 for microsoft office.

    I have a hp that has lasted me 3 years now so it's getting towards the end of it's life (most laptops even macbooks probably won't last more than 4-5 years especially if you carry it around and move it around a lot) I may buy a macbook but I the thought of fanboys and steve jobs annoy the hell out of me.

    FYI the ISU computer tech service people are only licensed to work on Apple and Dell products.



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    Re: Laptop for college

    I had a Dell in college and it lasted me about 5 years. I had to reinstall windows numerous times, but it got the job done and wasn't too expensive. I was really hard on that thing too, carried it around quite a bit and downloaded a massive ton of music.
    I now have an HP through work and so far haven't had any problems with it (knock on wood). It does seem to run fairly hot sometimes, not sure if the fan is a POS. It's about 2 years old.


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    Re: Laptop for college

    Lenovo Think Pad T series (not Idea Pad) is a good computer for non gamers. Build quality and ruggedness are some of it's features that I like. You can buy a well equipped one for less than $1,000.

    Lenovo bought IBM's PC brand several years ago. This is their version.



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    Re: Laptop for college

    400 on a netbook
    600 on a desktop
    Whatever else for profit.
    Honestly though, use your netbook for classes. Small, portable, cheap, GREAT BATTERY!!! Downside no heavy lifting. Barely runs skype.

    Desktop does your heavy lifting. Video games, skype, streaming video.

    Spend the rest on beer money, **** i mean if you are gonna drop 2k on a Mac save your extra 1k for backups. If you are really worried backup EVERYTHING on a separate hard drive.



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    Re: Laptop for college

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainer View Post
    400 on a netbook
    600 on a desktop
    Whatever else for profit.
    Honestly though, use your netbook for classes. Small, portable, cheap, GREAT BATTERY!!! Downside no heavy lifting. Barely runs skype.

    Desktop does your heavy lifting. Video games, skype, streaming video.

    Spend the rest on beer money, **** i mean if you are gonna drop 2k on a Mac save your extra 1k for backups. If you are really worried backup EVERYTHING on a separate hard drive.
    What the heck mac are you getting for $2k?

    I have a 13" macbook. I used to have a 15" but I gave that to someone else and got a 13" just because it is easier to travel with. We have also had really good luck with Lenovo T410s.


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    Re: Laptop for college

    some thing that is good for watching porn



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