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Laptop for Uni

Either get a chromebook as @tarfeef101 said, or get a refurbished thinkpad x220 (which is a far better computer).

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello there lads,


soon ish I will be going to uni and of course taking my main rig with me however I think a laptop would be a good idea as carting round my rig to lectures might be a pain.


I will only really be using it for note taking, presentations and web browsing.


My budged is as cheap as it can be really however I would like it to last me the 4 years so nothing properly s*it


thanks in advance 



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If you got a desktop, just get a chromebook.

I actually have a "good" laptop too (i5 6300hq, gtx 950m), but since i got a chromebook i don't use that anymore. there's really nothing you can't do on a chromebook i'd need in class.

Especially if you use crouton or dual boot a full linux distro on it.

(oh yeah the chromebook i have is a samsung series 3, 4GB memory, idk storage cause i got a microsd card for it anyways)

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Either get a chromebook as @tarfeef101 said, or get a refurbished thinkpad x220 (which is a far better computer).

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Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.


-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]


A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.


-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]


From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.


-OnePlus X - [7/10]


A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.


-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]


Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.


-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]


Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.


-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]


A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.



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In University having access to MS Office is a must in my opinion, unless you want to rely on University's PC clusters for those when you need to do assignments.

I would get a refurbished ThinkPad as @Sauron said.

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i would honestly get a used windows laptop w/ at least 8gb of ram over any chromebook


even with the limited things you plan to do on your laptop, have a laptop with 8gb of ram will make multitasking easier when needed


i think this is pretty solid and inexpensive machine for the most minimalist person such as yourself; it should last a while but i don't have one myself



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A college student recommended a Surface.  He uses the camera to record the lectures and mark it up with notes at the same time, and perform all necessary classwork.

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