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Programming Laptop

by darrien_24 / November 22, 2009 1:59 PM PST

I'm going to college next fall (majoring in Computer Science) and I'm looking for a well rounded laptop to help me through at least the first four years. However, I'm confused as to what hardware I need in this laptop. I'm going to be using Visual Basic to program applications, no gaming, but I would also be using it for entertainment (music, web browsing, movies/viral vids occasionally) and I'm looking to spend between $500 and $700. Anybody got any ideas?

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I'd debate if a 500 to 700 laptop would get 4 years.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2009 11:26 PM PST
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Have you found anyone get that many years at said school? Most get 2 years and begin to see the machine show signs of stress, failing battery or worse. By year 3 they know the end is near if it didn't already.

Maybe you could accept just a few years and shop for laptops at your price point?

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ok, I'll compromise
by darrien_24 / November 23, 2009 1:50 AM PST

alright I'll accept not getting 4 years out of it, but what specs should I look for in this. I've been told a core 2 duo, and 4GB of RAM, but to me that's not very specific

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There are now some hundred machines with that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2009 1:59 AM PST
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I'd concur
by Jimmy Greystone / November 23, 2009 12:53 AM PST
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I'd concur, and actually suggest a bit of an alternative.

Get a respectable desktop system. Something that can probably last for 2 years, maybe 3 with some upgrades later on. Then get yourself a netbook and use it to control your desktop back in the dorm/frat/apartment.

So all you have with you on campus is a simple lightweight netbook, but it's good enough to be able to log into your main computer and let you do some coding, compiling, etc.

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