well, i would suggest, for school the compaq r3000 series i have lots of pleased friends who have this series, it'll run you up about 1000, but it's a very nice laptop for what you get. you can get a 15.4" screen, and a not too bad graphics card (if you want to do movie editing/gaming you should go with the dedicated series or the AMD athilon series with the nvidia card, DON'T do shared graphics) this laptop is alittle overqualified for what you want to do, but it's under your price range and is the best for your amount of money. the reason i say you should go with a this laptop that's better then what you need to do now is so it'll last you through 4 years without becoming TOO obsoleet http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_store/computer_series_detail.do?series_name=R3000Z_series&series_index=0&catLevel=2
you'll love this laptop should you get it, it's PERFECT for school, completely wireless, fast, good for all your basic needs plus more, so go for it, if you have any questions reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
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I am starting my Ph.D. in the fall, and would like to purchase a laptop. I'd like to spend about $1200 (but am somewhat flexible). My program will last at least 4 years, so I'd love a machine which could last that long. I'll primarily be using it for internet, Word, Excel and maybe some Access. Basically, I want the best machine for the money. Any suggestions? Thank you!