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Laptop for a university college student

by Maacif / July 29, 2015 4:03 AM PDT


I'm going to attend a university college this coming fall and that means that I need to get myself a new laptop. I was hoping that you guys here would have a couple of suggestions for me. The requirements I have for this laptop is that it needs to run all of the programs from microsoft office at a good rate. I don't care that much about games as I have a gaming stationary that I will also bring along to keep in my room.

Back during higher secondary school I had a Dell Vostro 3300 for 4 years with an intel celeron inside core, something I'd rather avoid this way around since the laptop started to freeze and such during my last year. I think that an I3 or I5 is more than enough in this case. RAM wise I think that 4gb should be enough, though 8gb RAM is no problem either. I would like to avoid an HDD if possible and get either an SSD or hybrid SSHD. (Though I could also just upgrade it at a later date with an SSD drive) I would also prefere that it has a quiet fan and a large battery. Size wise I think a 13.3 or a 14 inch is probably for the best. I don't really mind if it is an ultrabook or not though, since the Vostro 3300 was quiet bulky, so I am used to a somewhat thick laptop.

I have also been looking at some laptops myself so I was curious if anybody here have any experience with any of them, these are:

Lenovo Thinkpad L450
Lenovo Thinkpad L440
Asus ZenBook UX305 (128 GB SSD one)
HP Pavilion 13-b080

I would appreciate any help, as there are quiet a lot of laptops to pick from.

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For me, HP gets the boot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2015 10:22 AM PDT

The 128GB SSD is too slim for most. Try 240+

As to the spammer, well, that's obvious they are not here to help.

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Additional search
by Maacif / August 6, 2015 2:24 AM PDT

Since I made this post I have done some more searching and I have managed to narrow it down to two candidates. The asus UX303LA zenbook (128 GB SSD, I5 core, 4 GB ram) and the Lenovo U430 (256 SSD, 8GB ram, Nvidia graphic card and a 1920x1080 resolution).

You wouldn't happen to know anything about the Lenovo U430 in terms of quality and such?

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My College experience
by CollegeStudent90 / August 12, 2015 10:02 PM PDT

Hey Maacif,

I am going into my third year of college and the laptop i've been using is the Macbook pro. It is a little bit pricier then some of the alternatives, however if you are willing to commit to it I don't think you would be disappointed.

As far as alternatives, I went ahead and did a quick search for a good laptop for college students. I came across an article about laptops for college that actually mentions both a Lenovo Thinkpad 550 and an Asus Zenbook. Give it a look, maybe it will help clarify spec differences and help with your decision.

Good luck with the studies

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by Maacif / August 13, 2015 11:46 AM PDT
In reply to: My College experience

Yeah, I ended up buying an Asus Zenbook. Love it so far, so it will probably be a good laptop for my studies.

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