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What laptop do I need

I don't know much about laptops and i was wondering if anyone would be able to help me out a little. I'm looking for something $600 or less, that can get me through college, that can edit pictures for my photography, and could also be eligible to support digital art. If you know of a good laptop, or just what specs I need to look for, please let me know. Thank you!

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For 600? 4 years of college?

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I haven't seen that. You should plan on repair or something along the way.

Your college should have a suggestion list but I'm seeing folk hit the usual suggestion sites (CNET, here) and then get something nice enough.

You can edit pictures on a Chromebook so any laptop will do that work. That's not a very high bar.
https://www.cnet.com/topics/laptops/best-laptops/budget-laptops/ has a few models under 600.

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Sure you need a laptop?

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Just keep in mind that the ONLY advantage of a laptop over a desktop is portability.
It's disadvantages compared to a desktop include higher cost for lower performance and reliability, limited performance, smaller screen, much higher likelihood of physical damage, higher repair costs, fewer possibilities for hardware upgrades, shorter lifespan, no 2nd drive for backup, etc.

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Durability Is Important

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A solidly constructed laptop would seem to be important here. The first name that comes to mind is Lenovo. They're not the lightest weight models but they are sturdy! Regarding photo editing, all modern laptops can handle that, but some do it faster than others - not better, just faster. Assuming you're not batch editing a zillion photos at once, faster will mean a difference of several seconds, but not minutes or hours.

Check these out as examples:
https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Business-Dual-Core-i3-8130U-Bluetooth/dp/B07FZZRG2M/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1545455499&sr=1-7&keywords=lenovo+laptop

https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Yoga-710-15-Touch-Screen-i5-7200U/dp/B06ZZWLWTZ/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1545455499&sr=1-13&keywords=lenovo+laptop

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Another vote for Lenovo

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You might want to check the Lenovo site in your location to see if they have any end of year clearance sales. They have them here in Australia with up to 40% off last year's models.

The Thinkpad T-series are a strong build standard but not the lightest. You could also look at factory refurbished machines. A couple of years ago, I bought a refurb T430s, about two and a half years old, through a Lenovo agent for under $400 Australian, still runs like new.

From what I've seen elsewhere, the X1 Carbons appear not to be quite as robust, so probably best avoided for college.

If you intend carrying the machine around, you probably don't want anything bigger than a 14 inch, 15s are considerably heavier. An i5 processor would be a good choice, a significant uplift on the i3 and less expensive than an i7.

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