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Lite Laptop for Grad School

by ankitvjain / July 22, 2011 3:18 AM PDT


I was looking for a good lite laptop for my sister to take to Grad School. She would need to take it to classes everyday. Not looking for a gaming laptop, just basic things (movies/ surfing/ documents) but no harm in having a reasonable graphic card, since i'm sure it improves the speed of running normal apps as well..

No Macs please....

Around 13-14 inches range. Not 15"(Else i was suggesting the awesome XPS),

So what do you think?? Currently leaning on the Toshiba Protege... Any other better options???

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The new MacBook AIR has arrived.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 3:23 AM PDT

It's video "card" does video play just fine.

Just so we're clear, there is rarely a card in today's laptops for video. Just chips on the mainboard.

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No Macs
by ankitvjain / July 22, 2011 6:26 PM PDT

Yeah, Thus i clarified in the first post, about no Macs, since i was sure someone would say Mac Air or Probook. Honestly, i find that they are not value for money, and rather with that cash you can get a much better specificated Toshiba or Dell or anyother brand....
Yeah, i know, the "integrated" graphic cards...

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While we could discuss value
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 23, 2011 1:36 AM PDT
In reply to: No Macs
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Looking at the Portege also
by Vociferous_Carmichael / August 8, 2011 9:36 AM PDT

I'm looking at the Toshiba too. I'm going to be a senior in undergrad, and I have to complete a thesis next year. I would like a reliable, light weight laptop that would easily run programs like Mathematica. Though my school is Mac-heavy (we even have a little store on campus), but I would like to spend way less and I prefer PC.

The other laptops I was considering was the ASUS-U36jc (though lacks Sandy Bridge) and the Samsung Series 9. Obviously, the Samsung is pricier. Both of these lack optical drives, while the Portege has one. I'll never know when I'll need one. Does the optical drive matter to your sister, or would she be fine with an external one?

What are your qualms about the Toshiba Portege? I am only new to researching it.

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Which Portege?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2011 9:39 AM PDT

When reliability comes up I see more Windows failures than laptop failures. And on top of that more folk with lost files over this than anything else.

With great solutions like DROPBOX it seems to be almost too easy to never lose what we don't want to lose.

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by ankitvjain / August 8, 2011 11:52 PM PDT

Well, I actually ended up ordering the Portege, obviously customizing it....
About the optical drive, my sister watches movies from dvd's, so she needed one. She earlier had a laptop with an external optical drive (like 10 years ago; when it was always given seperate). She then hated that, so thus she needed it.
Also if you have the budget, i have ordered on what i heard, the SSD. It's low capacity (128GB) but super fast...
If you want any more info, please ask away Happy

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