Looking to buy a Laptop for college, any help appreciated! Budget and reqs listed
My budget is around $700-800. I am looking for a laptop that fits mycollege needs, mainly term papers, lots of powerpoints, occasional movies and maybe some video editing.
Also, weight! The lighter the better Battery Life is important, but I can't really think of a situation where I wont be able to plug the charger in.
At the moment I have been looking at these two laptops from costco.
HP ENVY 4t Ultrabook 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor 1.7GHz + Intel HD Graphics 4000
The Inspiron is bulky, but it comes with a nice printer, which i need :/
But the Envy is muuuch sleeker and nice looking, but doesn't seem to be very good processor wise, only 1.7Ghz?
I am wondering if EITHER of these are even slick deals. I have never bought a laptop before and my knowledge is limited to what I remember my brother telling me I also saw the Dell Outlet Sale, but my parents refuse to buy anything that isn't new -__-
Not sure if you will find this helpful at all, but I have a Macbook and love it. I am recently seen deals on this site for the MacBook Air on sale for around 950, but apparently students are eligible for a $100 discount. Yes, macbooks are pricier,but I feel that it is worth the extra money. If you are like me and go on the internet alot, macbooks are nice because they don't really get viruses like PC computers. In the 2.5 years that I have owned it, I haven't had any issues with viruses or anything like that. Plus, my battery is still awesome.
Before I got my macbook, I was always a PC person and was actually nervous that it would be hard to get used to a mac. It wasn't hard at all to get used to the differences though.
At any rate, good look on your search for the perfect laptop! Hope you find a great deal that suits your needs!
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For a printer, what all are you planning on printing? When I was in college, I didn't need to print anything in color, so I bought myself a laser printer. It's much much much much cheaper in the long run. The Brother HL-2280DW offers a built-in scanner, double-sided printing, and ridiculously low operating costs, for about $150, but often cheaper if you wait and search. Much better to get a worthwhile printer for $150 than a crappy printer for free. Girlfriend got a wireless HP printer with scanner for free, and for her graduate school classes, she would go through an $18 black ink cartridge in a busy afternoon. With our Brother 2270DW (like the above printer, but without a built-in scanner) a $50 toner cartridge has lasted well over 10 times longer so far, and still going.
check out newegg , lenovo , and tiger direct. I would not buy from HP , I have one and the power adapter is junk. I would go with 4gb of ram and upgrade it yourself and you can save lots of money that way. A 5400 hard drive is good if you want to save power and you really don't notice the difference. If your in school it will likely get beat up a little so save the $ on SSD laptop for when you graduate. I personally would look in the $400-$500 range and save money even if you have $800 dollars to spend. Its not really the power of the laptop but how you use it, I spent lots of money on great hardware in the past and have never really used most of its potential. urlhasbeenblockeds website also has lists of daily laptop deals , you can also subscribe to the newegg newsletters - but be warned you may get hooked on their deals - unsubscribe after you buy the laptop to save $$$
Just buy a basic entry level laptop for $350 and save the rest of your money.
I completely disagree. You definitely get more for your money when stepping up. The size of the laptop, quality of the screen, future proof-ness, etc. all become much better when you get a slickdeal for a $700 laptop. Also, please don't make unqualified posts like this if your next one is one like this next one you made, showing that you don't know near enough about laptops.
If you had to buy a basic entry level laptop blindly,
who is the best place to buy from in this list:
Overall, you have to look at each individual deal, but profits on laptops are so razor thin that they're all decent enough if you're careful. That being said, Dell (outlet and/or coupon code) or Newegg (not NewEgg) are often safer bets, except for the periodic slickdeal found through Amazon or Best Buy. Best Buy often has laptops built to their specs, which means that they rely heavily on the kind of features that you see on their tags like hard drive size, processor speed, etc. while leaving out ergonomics/usability features.
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