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Looking for a laptop for light school work, i.e. : note taking, paper writhing, researching, light coding. (i have a gaming laptop for everything else)

 

Needs: Ranked

  • battery life
  • performant
  • Sturdy
  • form factor

Preferences:

  • 14-16 inch (small bezels)
  • 512G +
  • Charges USB-C
  • backlit keyboard
  • less than $1250 USD

 

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MacBook Air?

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1 minute ago, Slottr said:

MacBook Air?

Unfortunately apple and mac os are a NO Go, Windows only. Its unfortunate due to their price to performance now, but I'm a windows guy and haven't used mac since 3rd grade.

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12 minutes ago, SyfyGuy said:

Unfortunately apple and mac os are a NO Go, Windows only. Its unfortunate due to their price to performance now, but I'm a windows guy and haven't used mac since 3rd grade.

start sorting on newegg. they have some great filters. 

 

16 minutes ago, Slottr said:

MacBook Air?

college students should not use Macs because some classes require windows only applications like Visual Studios or Solidworks. 

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39 minutes ago, VioDuskar said:

college students should not use Macs because some classes require windows only applications like Visual Studios or Solidworks. 

Going to disagree here, since a good chunk of people that are buying MacBooks are college students, it depends always on their classes. Visual Studio (if you mean Microsoft VS) is literally on MacOS (although M1 doesn't have debugging working with Rosetta iirc). 

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How much "performance" did you need? 

BRUH...

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56 minutes ago, SyfyGuy said:

Unfortunately apple and mac os are a NO Go, Windows only. Its unfortunate due to their price to performance now, but I'm a windows guy and haven't used mac since 3rd grade.

What's wrong with their price to performance? If anything the M1 chip is amazing and for the price it's great.

 

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1 minute ago, DarkEnergy said:

What's wrong with their price to performance? If anything the M1 chip is amazing and for the price it's a great.

Yeah Intel based ones are essentially no longer good for price to performance and longevity, but M1's price to performance is great. The 512GB M1 Air fits in the budget range, especially using the student discount, The only thing not matching that its a 13in screen.

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1 hour ago, SyfyGuy said:

Looking for a laptop for light school work, i.e. : note taking, paper writhing, researching, light coding. (i have a gaming laptop for everything else)

 

Needs: Ranked

  • battery life
  • performant
  • Sturdy
  • form factor

Preferences:

  • 14-16 inch (small bezels)
  • 512G +
  • Charges USB-C
  • backlit keyboard
  • >$1250 USD

 

If you want rugged AND performance an m1 laptop is basically your option. An equivelantly robust windows machine of similar form factor will have less performance and a higher price at the same time.  Apples only suck money wise if they make you buy something expensive you don’t use. There’s more options with windows machines.  You can save money by leaving something off.   You will use most of it though so there’s no savings to be had. The closes competition mac laptops have is the surface pro stuff. You can’t spec one with high performance though.  They’re too thin. Any equivelant performant x86 will be thicker and probably more expensive.

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21 hours ago, Freakwise said:

How much "performance" did you need? 

looking for something like a r7 5800U or r5 5600u, due to their performance per wat (Zen 3), or intel equivalent

 

good enough to not struggle when doing heavy chrome, Microsoft word, discord... Nothing gaming wise just on the go, No D-GPU needed here and i must reiterate i have no desire to learn Mac OS.

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21 hours ago, DarkEnergy said:

What's wrong with their price to performance? If anything the M1 chip is amazing and for the price it's great.

i missed a comma. I was saying its unfortunate, because if it wasn't for the issue that they run mac os they would be an awesome candidate because their price to performance is good.

 

\sorry for the miss understanding

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21 hours ago, SlashedM said:

Yeah Intel based ones are essentially no longer good for price to performance and longevity, but M1's price to performance is great. The 512GB M1 Air fits in the budget range, especially using the student discount, The only thing not matching that its a 13in screen.

It also doesn't run windows by default and I'm not comfortable in Mac OS, i haven't used it since ~ 2014 and don't want to have to learn a new OS

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22 hours ago, SyfyGuy said:

Looking for a laptop for light school work, i.e. : note taking, paper writhing, researching, light coding. (i have a gaming laptop for everything else)

 

Needs: Ranked

  • battery life
  • performant
  • Sturdy
  • form factor

Preferences:

  • 14-16 inch (small bezels)
  • 512G +
  • Charges USB-C
  • backlit keyboard
  • >$1250 USD

 

Also if anyone else is still following the topic a pen capable display would be a bonus for note taking

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5 hours ago, SyfyGuy said:

looking for something like a r7 5800U or r5 5600u, due to their performance per wat (Zen 3), or intel equivalent

 

good enough to not struggle when doing heavy chrome, Microsoft word, discord... Nothing gaming wise just on the go, No D-GPU needed here and i must reiterate i have no desire to learn Mac OS.

There's more or less problems with that, Laptop without d-gpu is, for most of the time, have lackluster cooling to keep ryzen 7 level cpu down, andT Technically there's Laptop that cover your need like Acer aspire 5 for just $750

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B093HFL39L/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?

BRUH...

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