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Looking for new Laptop as an computer engineering student

Hello all,

 

This is my first post in this forum and I hope you guys can help me. Linus is never tired to refer to this forum if somebody needs help with choosing hardware or in my case a laptop. :)

 

I only have a very old laptop, which weighs way too much to carry it around anymore.

 

So, I think I know what I want in terms of spec, but the filters on most websites aren't that great:

 

I am in the Masters program for computer engineering and a program that I frequently have to use is: Vivado and build Linux Images over PetaLinux. So if anyone knows Vivado, my specs should make sense. I am from Germany btw, so some products aren't available like the LG Gram.

 

1) Most importantly: It needs to be compatible with Linux. I don't know if this is an issue but I heard it took them a long time to get the Vega Cards running and I assume the integrated Vega chips could also have difficulties. I just can't go back to windows. I've grown too found of Linux. :D

 

2) I would prefer to run Windows in a VM. I am using Windows not often enough to go through a dual boot and it just waste precious disk space and I could still use linux programs besides that.

 

3) I am aiming at 16GB of Ram. Mainly because Vivado is an extreme Ram houg and I would like to at least watch a YouTube video while I am waiting

 

4) Because of the size of the Linux images created by PetaLinux I will need a 512GB SSD. 1TB always has this huge price bump.

 

5) Because most of my day is spend running around in the University I would really like to have at least 7-8h of battery life (under Linux)

 

6) A Quad Core seems to be the correct choice again looking at which programs I want to use

 

7) I will not game on that laptop and will not do image processing. So I don't care about gaming performance and color accuracy.

 

? I don't really care about touchscreen and 4k. Some programs that I have to use for the University look terrible in 4k so would actually choose a smaller resolution.

 

But I am open for different opinions.

I am also thinking about getting a workstation instead with a ryzen with integrated graphics and then go for a cheaper Ultrabook.

 

So as you can see, I am still quite unsure if I am having the correct approach. 

 

Thanks!

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32 minutes ago, noisehater said:

 

Thanks!

You never said budget and as a student I would imagine you have one

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33 minutes ago, noisehater said:

Hello all,

 

This is my first post in this forum and I hope you guys can help me. Linus is never tired to refer to this forum if somebody needs help with choosing hardware or in my case a laptop. :)

 

I only have a very old laptop, which weighs way too much to carry it around anymore.

 

So, I think I know what I want in terms of spec, but the filters on most websites aren't that great:

 

I am in the Masters program for computer engineering and a program that I frequently have to use is: Vivado and build Linux Images over PetaLinux. So if anyone knows Vivado, my specs should make sense. I am from Germany btw, so some products aren't available like the LG Gram.

 

1) Most importantly: It needs to be compatible with Linux. I don't know if this is an issue but I heard it took them a long time to get the Vega Cards running and I assume the integrated Vega chips could also have difficulties. I just can't go back to windows. I've grown too found of Linux. :D

 

2) I would prefer to run Windows in a VM. I am using Windows not often enough to go through a dual boot and it just waste precious disk space and I could still use linux programs besides that.

 

3) I am aiming at 16GB of Ram. Mainly because Vivado is an extreme Ram houg and I would like to at least watch a YouTube video while I am waiting

 

4) Because of the size of the Linux images created by PetaLinux I will need a 512GB SSD. 1TB always has this huge price bump.

 

5) Because most of my day is spend running around in the University I would really like to have at least 7-8h of battery life (under Linux)

 

6) A Quad Core seems to be the correct choice again looking at which programs I want to use

 

7) I will not game on that laptop and will not do image processing. So I don't care about gaming performance and color accuracy.

 

? I don't really care about touchscreen and 4k. Some programs that I have to use for the University look terrible in 4k so would actually choose a smaller resolution.

 

But I am open for different opinions.

I am also thinking about getting a workstation instead with a ryzen with integrated graphics and then go for a cheaper Ultrabook.

 

So as you can see, I am still quite unsure if I am having the correct approach. 

 

Thanks!

do you have a price range in mind?

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if i were you i would go with envy but its not budget friendly(1.7k$) 

 HP ENVY - 17-bw0011nr

Best way is to get ultrabook and workstation, you can get surface go/pro pretty cheap+ ryzen 7 based pc with 16gigs of ram.

Also you could look for previous generations xenons with motherboards (like 1650) so you would only need to get psu+case+monitor etc.. 

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1 hour ago, Shally said:

You never said budget and as a student I would imagine you have one

Sry. I forgot to mention. The budget is 1600€ and Max 1800€ if it is worth it.

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Any preference on weight and display size? Any links of online stores?

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