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Buying a laptop for a Computer Science Bachelors Program

by mlamura2784 / March 16, 2013 2:07 AM PDT

Hey Everyone. This is my first time posting on this forum. As the title states, I need to purchase a laptop for a computer science program. I am looking at some workstation series laptops from HP, Lenovo, and Dell. Here are my main questions:

Which brand is known for reliability and quality control?

Is 8 GB of RAM and a core i7 quad core processor enough to future proof the device for at least 3 years? Are these specs sufficient to run Visual studio pro?

I understand that any major investment is ultimately a personal choice, but I would like some input about these brands. Personal experience with them would be great if you have any. Thanks!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 2:11 AM PDT

Not one of those makers are known for such. In fact there's a basic item in laptops that in about 2 years may need replacing. And on top of that is the issues with the OS that most use.

To call these reliable is ignoring a lot of issues.

OK, now about future proof. What if the world flips to tablets that use some other OS? How would your choice help?

Now back to reality. A nice laptop with the i5 and that much ram is just fine for today's programmers. And you can save enough to update it in 3 years.

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by mlamura2784 / March 16, 2013 2:27 AM PDT
In reply to: None.

Okay. Are there any brands that I should consider with those specs? Apple is out of my price range and I need something that is going to be a durable machine.

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Why did you use the word "durable".
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 2:32 AM PDT
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Durable means "Able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing."

That does not describe your run of the mill laptops but pushes me to write about Panasonic Toughbooks.

Your school should have a list of acceptable models. Why not choose from those and forget the fact that laptops do not withstand wear, pressure or damage? Even I put my laptop in a special carry case when traveling.

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With this out of they.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 2:50 AM PDT

Look around for laptops with metal in the cases. It appears you are deeply concerned about the laptop's ability to withstand pressure and wear so that rules out plastic units. is an example of such and we see above you like the Apple which has a metal chassis.

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by mlamura2784 / March 16, 2013 4:02 AM PDT
In reply to: With this out of they.

These are reasonably priced. Thanks.

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I typo'd that last reply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2013 4:04 AM PDT
In reply to: none

I meant "With this out of the way."

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Of those 3 I read more good
by orlbuckeye / April 1, 2013 9:26 PM PDT

things about Lenova.

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