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Buying Laptop for College/Future

my son is going to college next year and he wants to get a laptop. i wanted to know if anyone can help me out and choose a laptop based on the specs he wants below. good customer service and reliable products are of the utmost importance.

Processor: Intel Core i5 processor
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Memory: 4GB (minimum)
Graphics: Preferably dedicated graphics card (for playing games every once in a while)
Display: LCD 14"-15.6"
Hard Drive: 250GB-500GB
Optical Drive: Internal or tray-load DVD+/-RW
Battery: 6 Cell and up (most battery life without huge battery attachment)
Camera: Integrated Webcam with Integrated Microphone
Wireless: Wireless-N Mini-Card (possibly N+ if available)
Media CArd Reader

Thanks again for your help

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laptop suggestion
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Dell Vostro 1520

Dell Vostro 1520 is a good choice,it is not expensive.

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Another reply, from Kevin.

But he shouldn't have linked to a specific shop, so I left that out. However, it seems he didn't read your 14"-15.6" screen size requirement.

The Aspire 1810T-8638 Timeline Notebook delivers a beautiful balance of go-anywhere mobility and do-anythying performance. This ultraportable notebook with 11.6" display boasts a full-size FineTip keyboard plus up to eight hours of mobile power. This notebook matches most of your required configuration.


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Is Windows an absolute requirement?

I'd ask your son if he either needs Windows for his courses or if he simply wants it.

I ask because, if he wants good customer service and support, he'd actually be best with a Mac. Check Laptop magazine's or Consumer Reports' satisfaction surveys; Apple is usually leading by a wide margin. It's one of the few major brands that still has reasonably knowledgeable support reps located in North America, and of course you can actually take a Mac to an Apple store or Mac reseller instead of waiting weeks for a mail-in fix with Acer, Dell or HP.

Plus, the long battery life and better engineering do tend to mean Macs will last longer. How does 8 hours of battery life on a 15-inch MacBook Pro sound?

If you do have to get a Windows notebook, I would consider a Lenovo ThinkPad T series or an ASUS notebook. Acer is generally poorly rated for support and build quality.

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