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    Unhappy laptop

    which laptop is best for a student i have a budged of $$$.

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    Get yourself an HP tablet PC. The kind with the touch screen that can be rotated and folded back to turn into a tablet PC, or used normally as a laptop.

    I'm talking about something like this, but they have a number of similar models:
    http://www.amazon.com/Pavilion-TX251.../dp/B0019HGU0M
    http://www.amazon.com/tx2500z-High-D...8312771&sr=1-1

    If you watch the deal sites like http://slickdeals.net or http://fatwallet.com/c/18, you can find one for $600-900 every once in a while.

    They're good laptops, HP has a good warranty, and you can take advantage of Windows 7 features for touchscreen computers in the future. Plus at 12.1", you can put it in your backpack and slug it around campus without breaking your back. You really don't want to be carrying a 8 pound 17" entertainment laptop all day.

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    You are asking a very broad question so firstly you did not say how much you have to spend on a laptop, what you want to use it for, do you have any software requirements or specific needs? Other than that you should write a follow up to your original post taking all of this into consideration so that we can assist you further.

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    so i need a laptop with high performance gaming etc

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    OK, and how much do you have to spend? (We need realistic figures here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aazadlion View Post
    so i need a laptop with high performance gaming etc
    You'll probably enjoy your college experience better if you have a separate desktop for gaming, and a small, portable laptop to take to classes and the library. Desktop hardware for gaming is much cheaper than an equivalent laptop.

    Gaming laptops are not really suitable for taking around campus. Not only are they big and heavy, but they're noisy which is distracting to others (more fans), and don't get enough battery life with their big processors and screens to last through a class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aazadlion View Post
    which laptop is best for a student i have a budged of $$$.
    Does it have to be a laptop, in the literal sense? If you're on a tight budget, check out netbooks. They typically cost less than $500 (with many below $300) are fine for word processing and websurfing and are even more portable than laptops.

    There are many models available, and they should become much more diverse and versatile this year, with Apple reportedly planning on releasing one, along with another company working on an interesting Linux touch screen model.

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    Kids, kids, do I need to separate you two?



    @OP: Low Price or High Performance. You can't have both, unless you're VERY lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arkinstall View Post
    Kids, kids, do I need to separate you two?

    Maybe. Sheez.

    It would be nice to see an update by the person who actually started this thread - aazadlion. Does he still insist on getting a GAMING laptop? What price range is he looking at? ("???" doesn't give me a good clue.) Is he really a professional computer gamer? Is he studying computer gameology in school?

    I came here to suggest he check out netbooks, but now I'm bursting with questions. I hope he at least tells us what he winds up buying.

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    It's always the same.

    They say they only want it for simple things like using Office and sending emails, then when you point 'em to a good one they say 'but you can't play stupidly processor-hard games!!!'.

    You'll need to make your mind up, OP, what you want. What's your price range?
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    Gaming on a laptop is just asking for a lot. While it's possible to game well on one, it's always better to get a desktop for the gaming IMO.
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