Time and time again students lament the 17 inch decision after a year. Don't do that.
Most of the speed issues is low RAM and for some, the old tech we called hard drives.
Maybe your current laptop can be boosted with a cheap SSD and more ram?
I'm in school for software development and I'm looking for a 17" somewhat fast laptop for a lot of multi-tasking. I constantly go between my browsers, IDE's and online books and my current laptop bogs out all the time. I'm trying to find something on a budget that may be able to not time out on me with several apps open at once. I see there are a lot of HP Pavilion's or the Dell 5755, but a lot of the comments say they're really slow. Any help on what I should look for?