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Laptop for a CS degree and finishing high school.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm not really too sure about what classes I'm going to be taking - but I do not think I'll be doing anything too intensive - my brother is doing fine with a 13' 2013 MBA.

 

My budget is flexible, but ~1700 is the VERY most I'm willing to spend.

 

 

Right now my top choice is the SL2, but I might wait for the SL3.

I am also looking at a macbook - don't know which, don't like their keyboards, but making ios apps would be cool, I have an iPhone and Apple watch.

Lenovo x390

LG gram

kinda the matebook X - don't want to deal with their customer service

 

 

My requirements

Good battery life - enough

Decent keyboard - this is where the mac loses points, but I'm willing to tolerate it.

Good screen - where the Lenovo loses points

Decent price - I don't particularly want to spend a ton of money, but can if I need to.

Reliability - I want to use this laptop for at least 4 years, the first two will be lighter usage, I am using it for my last 2 years of high school, will probably get a new laptop for my last two years of college.


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If you are already deep in the apple ecosystem (applewatch and phone) then a macbook would be really cool, just because of how well it is integrated with these 2.

But im not sure if the recents macbooks would last 4 years, probably not, especially in normal use.

 

I would get the Thinkpad, that should last you long.

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Where are you from? 1700 in USD?

14 minutes ago, lavablade02 said:

SL2

Why Surface. Anticonsumer product

14 minutes ago, lavablade02 said:

Good battery life - enough

Decent keyboard - this is where the mac loses points, but I'm willing to tolerate it.

Good screen - where the Lenovo loses points

Decent price - I don't particularly want to spend a ton of money, but can if I need to.

Reliability

Min how many hours of battery life?

Define good screen?

 

Any preference on weight and display size? Mind non-upgradable RAM? If you want best reliability, premium business laptop / workstation is the option


Feel free to ask for recommendations if you're looking for a new lappy!

 

My daily driver: Lenovo Legion Y530 [REVIEW]

 

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11 minutes ago, GeneXiS_X said:

Where are you from? 1700 in USD?

Why Surface. Anticonsumer product

Min how many hours of battery life?

Define good screen?

 

Any preference on weight and display size? Mind non-upgradable RAM? If you want best reliability, premium business laptop / workstation is the option

I really like the keyboards and screen on the surface - Alex agrees with me on the keyboard.

1700 USD

Whatever would be the minimum recommended for college - probably 6 or 7 hours.

I like lighter laptops, but as long as it is under 4 pounds it should be fine. 13 inch is preferable, but I don't really mind. I do not care if the RAM is soldered. I also plan on using this laptop for watching netflix and youtube a bunch, so I would like something with good colors, and just makes you want to look at it. That is my main issue with business laptops, they typically do not have great screens.


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23 minutes ago, Origami Cactus said:

If you are already deep in the apple ecosystem (applewatch and phone) then a macbook would be really cool, just because of how well it is integrated with these 2.

But im not sure if the recents macbooks would last 4 years, probably not, especially in normal use.

 

I would get the Thinkpad, that should last you long.

So would you recommend waiting a year or two to buy a laptop, and just put up with a chromebook for school and not having a laptop for home use?


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1 minute ago, lavablade02 said:

So would you recommend waiting a year or two to buy a laptop

If you can, definitely. 

Because then you could get the 7nm ryzen laptops next year, those should have really good battery life and performance (pure speculation).

 

I had to use chromebooks in my previous school, and those were fine.

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7 minutes ago, lavablade02 said:

That is my main issue with business laptops, they typically do not have great screens.

Many of them do have high sRGB display now


Feel free to ask for recommendations if you're looking for a new lappy!

 

My daily driver: Lenovo Legion Y530 [REVIEW]

 

Laptop Reviews:

Specs of my Y530:

Spoiler

Intel Core i5-8300H Nvidia GTX1050TI 2GB LP156WFG-SPB2 144Hz IPS 16GB 2666MHZ DDR4 RAM (2x8GB) Samsung PM981 256GB NVMe SSD+Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 5400RPM HDD (spare)

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

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CS degree? I'd suggest you to contact with some CS student in your home university and see which programs and IDE they use, because an old Macbook Pro 15 (2014-2015 would be the best) is your best bet if you can find them cheap, but I had to sell it because there were almost no programs compatible with MacOS and I didn't want to use a virtual machine 24/7

Any cheap chinese laptop (pentium, i3 8th gen, ryzen) should do the trick for CS

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