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Looking for a laptop for university

by gabeguy / April 8, 2006 2:21 AM PDT

Hey everyone,

I'm going to university next year to take engineering and I require a computer. I have decided on a laptop though I am not sure what kind. My dad gets a deal on all Dell products and so he wants me to get a Dell (can probably change his mind though). Money is not a concern.
I am basicly looking for an all around computer. I would like to play computer games in the future, so something that can handle that is good. Current ideas are Dell XPS 170 (or 140), E1705 and Inspiron 9400.

Thanks for any suggestions and help

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one piece of advice
by m.nandini / April 8, 2006 4:20 PM PDT

Well if you are considering having a laptop to have with you around campus to take into classes, the xps m170 may not be your best bet. although it has some good multimedia and game features, it weighs about 9 pounds and the battery life isnt exactly great; not exactly what you want for a carry around laptop. if you decide to go with dell, the m140 may be your better choice.

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Good Point
by gabeguy / April 9, 2006 12:39 AM PDT
In reply to: one piece of advice

Your right, didn't really think of weight. Would the Latitude series be more suitable (perhaps D820 or D620)?

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Latitude laptops are a very good choice !
by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / April 9, 2006 2:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Good Point

But not the D620. It has an integrated graphics controller ( Intel GMA 950 ). Taking the D820 with the nVIDIA QUADRO 110M should be a nice choice.

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video card
by gabeguy / April 9, 2006 3:19 AM PDT

so does the "512MB NVIDIA

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Yes !
by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / April 10, 2006 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: video card

The Quadro is the "commercial" version of the GeForce Go. But I don't know to which GeForce Go we can compare it. But thje 256 MB is the best choice, 512 MB is too much for nothing I think.

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integrated is standard, but you can upgrade to 256mb nVidia
by hickman71 / December 7, 2006 2:14 AM PST

I own two D620s and they both have the 256MB NVIDIA

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(NT) (NT) XPS M170 with the bigger battery
by nathanpsz2 / April 8, 2006 10:32 PM PDT
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I would take a look at the HP dv5000
by jmhal / April 9, 2006 7:50 AM PDT

It has Intel core duo processors, Nvidia Geforce go 7400 with 128 MB dedicated video memory and is around 6.5 lbs

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This should be a great choice

Hp has a very very good after-sale service and a pretty good quality-built.

Also look at the Dell inspiron 6400. it appears to be a nice laptop.

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Laptop for Engineering School
by brianpeters / December 7, 2006 3:41 AM PST

I am in my Senior in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla. As an engineering student this is what you can expect. You will be taking a lot of notes from lectures and running lots of computer programs that are heavy on the number crunching. These programs will be available on the campus computers but it will be well worth it to get a pc that can handle the work at home. I suggest a tablet PC. Any computer that can handle the number cruching of engineering programs can handle computer games. I would not suggest making a decision based on gameing requirements. I do suggest that you get as much ram as you possibly can, that will take advantage of all of your processors potential. As far as processors I would recommend a dual core. AMD or Intel is your choice. Also get a hard drive at 7200rpm. Beyond that I would get a Printer/copier/scanner all in one unit. It will save you so countless headaches. Many older students will have class files that you will want to copy or scan. I hope that helps. Good luck.

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Let's hope that it didnt take 8 months to decide.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2006 3:43 AM PST

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