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I'm looking for a good budget laptop.

by annahirsch416 / May 18, 2013 12:11 PM PDT

I'm a high school student who does a lot of computer work and I need a new laptop. I'd use it mostly for digital art/Photoshop, a lot of writing and schoolwork, web browsing, and watching videos. I'm not really a video game player — occasionally simple games like Candy Crush Saga — so that's not a big issue, but I'd like it to be relatively fast. I like the brand Asus for my needs, although I'm open to suggestions for other brands too.

Other things on my list:

-Disc drive
-Good keyboard (little to no flex)
-Screen size minimum 13", definitely no bigger than 15.6". I can manage 12" if other features are great.
-Sturdy build
-Lighter than 6 pounds — I'm going to be carrying it a lot of places.
-Good battery life — I'm looking preferably 2+ hours of video and 5+ hours of web.
-Removable battery

Overall I prefer matte screens over glossy, and backlit keyboards are nice, but in the long run I won't turn down a computer because it doesn't have those features.

I have a personal budget of $500, with some wiggle room if needed. Right now I'm thinking this model:

I'm not sure about the resolution on the Asus K55N, though. It'd be fine on a smaller screen (though I can't really find a smaller computer with my specifications) but at 15.6 I'm not sure if 1366x768 will do the job. I'm ok with seeing pixels (I usually keep my head about 2 feet away from the screen anyways), but since I do a lot of Photoshop, I'm worried that the pictures may appear blurry or pixelated. I don't have much experience with lower resolutions so some advice on that in particular would be good.

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by annahirsch416 / May 19, 2013 1:09 AM PDT
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I'm typing on that model right now.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2013 11:55 AM PDT
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That model is hard to beat at 380 bucks, 2 year drop and spill warranty.

About the LCD. It's not as good as say your Apple screens but for the money the 2 units we picked up are very nice.

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