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What kind of laptop should I buy?

I have an HP Probook 430 for 2 years and have been having a bunch of problems. The most annoying problem is that it keeps overheating due to the cooling system. I have repaired the fan twice and decided to give it up now. However I have no idea what kind of laptop I have to buy next.

I am an engineering student. I usually run a bunch of programs like statistic, programming software, simulation software etc sometimes more than one at the same time. I have to run those stuffs during the day in campus for my studies so PC is absolutely not an option. I am also a light gamer. Graphic is not really a big problem, but I like it to run smoothly. Besides that, I just use my laptop for office programs and entertainment like movies. I would like to have bigger storage (mine is 500 GB now) but it is not really a pressing matter.

So the specification I am looking for is:
1. Fast and stable system
2. Good cooling system (system hibernating in the middle of simulation is really annoying)
3. Desktop replacement (since PC is not an option)
4. Long time battery if possible
5. Durable (I need it to be able to use for at least another 2 or 3 years)

Some of the specification can be overlooked as long as it's not the total opposite. Thank you for everyone who are willing to help!!

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Sadly, the unicorn.

In reply to: What kind of laptop should I buy?

I've yet to find power and long battery times in laptops. While I'm enjoying the lenovo y510p i7 haswell here it still, in my opinion needs a cooling pad. It's nice, powerful and they offer a many year warranty. The price is right too.

The office only supplied it a few months ago so the troubles have been next to zero. Those that can't transition to 8 may be lost but we added Classic Shell and made the system repair/recovery memory stick (quite the change from recovery media days!)

Also, durable is a miss too. Websters writes "able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing." I would not try to wear, apply pressure or damage it. I'm sure you meant another word or as it was in a famous movie line ->
"You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means".

In spite of that the keyboard letters are holding up very well. A rather cheap laptop the office supplied had the keyboard letters worn off in just 2 months!

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thanks for your help :P

In reply to: Sadly, the unicorn.

Hey thanks for your reply Happy I have considered lenovo y510p. But a friend of mind suggested me to get ThinkPad rather than IdeaPad while i'm not sure of the difference :/ The website introduce ThinkPad as their "Premium Laptop" and I'm not sure what they meant.

Anyway, I kinda mean "durable" as what the dict says lol. I'm quite clumsy that sometimes I would knock my laptop somewhere lol. I definitely don't want a laptop which gonna go right to blue screen when i accidentally knocked a part of it to a table corner or something. I don't need it to be durable in war tho lol

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In that case you want those

In reply to: thanks for your help :P

Panasonic ToughBooks. Just today I was driving along and a motorcycle cop was using his from the rear mount on the cycle. Those things are tough!

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Just a hint

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the more powerful the system the shorter the battery life. SLI graphics use more power then single cards. How are you willing to spend? I'm myself is researching for a laptop and I like the new Alienware 18. It does have SLI graphics but im not really a gamer and the Haswell will be able to extend battery life since the SLI graphics won't be used alot. The one thing about the Alienware it's thick and has lots of vents for airflow. They have a 14", 17.3" and 18.4" inch models. The design of the newer Alienware is better then pasts designs as far as air flow. It's a heavy machine and expensive.

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