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Laptop for college?

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I heard that I need a laptop for community college and I was looking around but I'd like a few recommendation from more knowledged folks.

I don't really know what programs I would be running since I haven't gone to college yet but I'm guessing just office programs and stuff like that.

Don't have a budget yet but I was looking at a $350 laptop and I wouldn't want it to go anymore than that.

Thank you!

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Get one when you know what your college requires.


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You should consider more than just College in your laptop purchase:

 

Do you game? 

Is this your only PC?

Can I upgrade my laptop without voiding the warranty?

Can I upgrade its RAM and internal HDD easily?

 

And lastly, the most important part:  Do you even need a laptop for what you are doing?  I have friends who do not have a laptop and do fine in community colleges.  Laptops are not necessarily a requirement, but it depends on what you do.

 

I am in Computer Engineering and would die without a laptop that is capable of gaming, (GTX 960M) my friend going to a community college is going into the automotive industry and still shares his desktop PC with his parents!

 

 

Edit:

As far as recommendation goes, AVOID any Chromebook.  What you will be using must be able to use Microsoft Word, I've personally had instances in which Google Docs failed to catch a dumb mistake (like a sentence fragment) while Word caught that same one.  That said, its not perfect either.  (one could go for Linux, but Windows is a lot more stress free.)

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hes not going to get a laptop which can game and not be total shit for under 350

 

maybe get an ipad because, while its not a full-on laptop, it would be a better quality product all around than any craptop for 350


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i would recommend looking at a used lenovo thinkpad. they last for a long time, great keyboards and trackpads, good battery life and good specs for 200-350$

the T4s are a good line with lots of different specs and price points. check ebay for exact prices and specs.


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