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Student Laptop Suggestions?

by coconutpocky / June 30, 2008 2:27 PM PDT

Hey all,
so I'm a first year university student looking for a laptop and I'm totally lost. The IT office recommends a 2GHz processor, Vista, 2 GB Ram, 14 or 15" screen, and 802.11 b/g wireless network card, plus I want something with decent battery life, a thin-and-light with a webcam and fingerprint reader. I know that this describes THE stereotypical mainstream laptop, but I'm hoping someone will have a few personal picks or something? Just something that you've used and like, or just something that didn't suck? Thanks!

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by Willy / June 30, 2008 11:44 PM PDT

Check into Asus, Acer and Lenovo brands and then find the specs you like. I suggest to stay away from Compaq, HP and possibility Gateway as well, though they have good models, having one for 4yrs. is a real test. The best for durability and ruggedness is a Panasonic or Fujitsu brand but they cost much more. I have an Acer and it pretty much has what you mentioned but no finger-reader as most don't. good luck

tada -----Willy Happy

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by Phil Crase / June 30, 2008 11:47 PM PDT

Don't rule out TOSHIBA, they too make some pretty nice L/T'S

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 11:52 PM PDT

They have your specs. You'll have naysayers on every brand and my bash on the no-names such as Asus, Hyperdata is all about parts, repairs (that never get done) and more.

We have hundreds of Dells at the office so I always wonder why some have such grief with those but let's stay with this idea. You can find dissenters for every make.
Bob

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