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Need help choosing a laptop for college student.

bargainbabelv 6 10 December 4, 2015 at 08:34 AM More HP Deals
I am looking for a laptop for a college student majoring in business. I am considering the following laptop:

http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/Lap...r1_M7H64AV

I would upgrade to 8GB; 1920x1080 screen; backlit keyboard; and, bluetooth.

Is this a good deal? Is there another laptop I should be looking at? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is my first time posting so please be kind. Smilie

SPECS: HP Pavilion 15t Intel Core i5-6200U SKYLAKE 15.6" Laptop (6GB/1TB) $409.99
Posted 3 hours ago by esong Best Cyber Monday Laptops
HP has the HP Pavilion 15t Intel Core i5-6200U ULV Dual-Core SKYLAKE 15.6" Notebook Computer (select Natural Silver color to deduct the price by $10) for a low $409.99 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: "EMRY9599" (Exp Soon). Tax in most states. Upgrade the display to the 1080p option for an extra $20.

Weighs 5.1lbs, 15.6" 1366x768 LED LCD display (or upgrade to 1080p for +$20)
Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz (Turbo Boost to 2.8GHz) Dual-Core SKYLAKE CPU
6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 802.11n WiFi
Windows 10 Home operating system
Intel HD 520 onboard graphics w/ HDMI port
Bang & Olufsen PLAY with stereo speakers
Full-size keyboard, HD camera with dual mic
4-cell 41WHr battery, 1yr warranty

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If you're using the gaming it looks good to me. Though I know a lot of people hate HP, I have owned 4 HP computers and the only thing I hate about them is that their wireless card is terrible for some reason. If you have a strong network then their shouldn't be a problem with what I'm experiencing.

If you don't care about the backlit keyboard or the newer 6th gen intel cpu then their is cheaper deals out there.
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If you're using the gaming it looks good to me. Though I know a lot of people hate HP, I have owned 4 HP computers and the only thing I hate about them is that their wireless card is terrible for some reason. If you have a strong network then their shouldn't be a problem with what I'm experiencing.

If you don't care about the backlit keyboard or the newer 6th gen intel cpu then their is cheaper deals out there.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-B5...1718213523
from ebay, US $259.99
$260? I see $349
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I have been a college student for four years now and have gained a collection of laptops. I started out with a very expensive HP laptop with an i7, 8GB RAM, and a dedicated graphics card.
The problem that I had with HP was that they did not update their drivers. The laptop was made for Windows 7 and no other OS would work properly with the switchable graphics. It also got REALLY hot.

Many manufacturers of laptops make some good models and some bad ones. Don't base your decision solely based on brand.
Look at as many reviews as you can to find any potential problems. Look at the background of specific brands to find out if they offer long term support or if they just stop supporting after a year.
My HP became almost useless since there were no upgraded drivers and the latest drivers had many problems and was unsupported by many applications - especially games.


Here is what I would look for when deciding on a laptop:

- Build quality: Look at video reviews, written reviews, and go to a store that has the laptop on display. What you want to avoid is what feels like hollow plastic.
You also want to pay attention to the strength of the hinges.

- Battery life: Find some battery tests online to gain a general idea of how long it lasts. I take notes all day with my laptop and there is not always an outlet nearby.
It is also annoying having to carry around a laptop charger everywhere. Many laptops have swappable batteries but extra batteries can be costly.

- RESOLUTION: This is a big one for me. You can not upgrade the resolution of a laptop later on so make sure to get the highest resolution you can.
Many cheaper laptops offer a resolution of 1366 x 768 which is about 720p. The email system that my University used was terrible and was very difficult to use with lower resolutions.
I got a 1600 x 900 Dell laptop which was actually just fine and I was able to use programs such as Photoshop without having to scroll every two seconds.
I would try to get a 1080p display if possible. I usually have multiple windows open side by side which is a lot easier to do in 1080p since more stuff can fit on the screen at one time.

- Full keyboard: This is a preference. Smaller laptops usually won't have that number section on the right of the keyboard. If you plan on typing a lot of numbers quickly then this is a must.

- Backlit keyboard: Another preference. You generally can't upgrade a non backlit to aa backlit keyboard so you should be sure of your decision when making the purchase. I really like them because they look cool and are nice in dim places.

- Ports: USB, ethernet, headphone jacks, VGA, HDMI... They are mostly the same on all laptops. If you need something specific then just make sure the laptop has it.

- DVD drive: I can take it or leave it. I actually don't like them that much because it tends to add thickness to the laptop.

- CPU: you probably don't need to go crazy with the CPU. Pentiums are pretty solid, i3 offers a good balance of cost and performance, i5 is what I mostly recommend for extra power when needed, i7 seems like overkill though.
Then there are AMD CPUs but they don't generally offer great battery life, graphical capabilities, and power balance.

- GPUs: I would try to avoid dedicated GPUs if possible. They usually offer upgrade issues down the road and integrated graphics on CPUs are pretty great now.
If you need to game on your laptop though...

Don't pay too much attention to the hard drive or RAM since they are upgradeable and you might eventually decided to opt for a SSD when they become a little more affordable per GB.


These are some of the laptops I have:
HP - High end that HP stopped supporting about a year after I purchased it.
Lenovo - Cheap Black Friday deal for just over $100. I had no problems with it but it does feel cheap and the hinges are wabbaly.
Dell - I purchased refurbished for just under $400. It has good build quality with strong hinges.
Acer (Chromebook) - I have had bad experiences with Acer in the past but my chromebook was actually solid. I actually dropped my ladder on this chromebook and it still works great.
Toshiba - I hate Toshiba. I use a Toshiba as my main laptop right now and it has design flaws, quality control issues, and there is something wrong with the drivers. Also, my specific model has extreme WIFI issues. I'm lucky to get 5mbps on my 30mbps connection.

Keep an eye out for deals posted on SD. There is a laptop deal just about every day.

I am currently in college and finals are coming up so this post proves how good at procrastination I am laugh out loud
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I have been a college student for four years now and have gained a collection of laptops. I started out with a very expensive HP laptop with an i7, 8GB RAM, and a dedicated graphics card.
The problem that I had with HP was that they did not update their drivers. The laptop was made for Windows 7 and no other OS would work properly with the switchable graphics. It also got REALLY hot.

Many manufacturers of laptops make some good models and some bad ones. Don't base your decision solely based on brand.
Look at as many reviews as you can to find any potential problems. Look at the background of specific brands to find out if they offer long term support or if they just stop supporting after a year.
My HP became almost useless since there were no upgraded drivers and the latest drivers had many problems and was unsupported by many applications - especially games.


Here is what I would look for when deciding on a laptop:

- Build quality: Look at video reviews, written reviews, and go to a store that has the laptop on display. What you want to avoid is what feels like hollow plastic.
You also want to pay attention to the strength of the hinges.

- Battery life: Find some battery tests online to gain a general idea of how long it lasts. I take notes all day with my laptop and there is not always an outlet nearby.
It is also annoying having to carry around a laptop charger everywhere. Many laptops have swappable batteries but extra batteries can be costly.

- RESOLUTION: This is a big one for me. You can not upgrade the resolution of a laptop later on so make sure to get the highest resolution you can.
Many cheaper laptops offer a resolution of 1366 x 768 which is about 720p. The email system that my University used was terrible and was very difficult to use with lower resolutions.
I got a 1600 x 900 Dell laptop which was actually just fine and I was able to use programs such as Photoshop without having to scroll every two seconds.
I would try to get a 1080p display if possible. I usually have multiple windows open side by side which is a lot easier to do in 1080p since more stuff can fit on the screen at one time.

- Full keyboard: This is a preference. Smaller laptops usually won't have that number section on the right of the keyboard. If you plan on typing a lot of numbers quickly then this is a must.

- Backlit keyboard: Another preference. You generally can't upgrade a non backlit to aa backlit keyboard so you should be sure of your decision when making the purchase. I really like them because they look cool and are nice in dim places.

- Ports: USB, ethernet, headphone jacks, VGA, HDMI... They are mostly the same on all laptops. If you need something specific then just make sure the laptop has it.

- DVD drive: I can take it or leave it. I actually don't like them that much because it tends to add thickness to the laptop.

- CPU: you probably don't need to go crazy with the CPU. Pentiums are pretty solid, i3 offers a good balance of cost and performance, i5 is what I mostly recommend for extra power when needed, i7 seems like overkill though.
Then there are AMD CPUs but they don't generally offer great battery life, graphical capabilities, and power balance.

- GPUs: I would try to avoid dedicated GPUs if possible. They usually offer upgrade issues down the road and integrated graphics on CPUs are pretty great now.
If you need to game on your laptop though...

Don't pay too much attention to the hard drive or RAM since they are upgradeable and you might eventually decided to opt for a SSD when they become a little more affordable per GB.


These are some of the laptops I have:
HP - High end that HP stopped supporting about a year after I purchased it.
Lenovo - Cheap Black Friday deal for just over $100. I had no problems with it but it does feel cheap and the hinges are wabbaly.
Dell - I purchased refurbished for just under $400. It has good build quality with strong hinges.
Acer (Chromebook) - I have had bad experiences with Acer in the past but my chromebook was actually solid. I actually dropped my ladder on this chromebook and it still works great.
Toshiba - I hate Toshiba. I use a Toshiba as my main laptop right now and it has design flaws, quality control issues, and there is something wrong with the drivers. Also, my specific model has extreme WIFI issues. I'm lucky to get 5mbps on my 30mbps connection.

Keep an eye out for deals posted on SD. There is a laptop deal just about every day.

I am currently in college and finals are coming up so this post proves how good at procrastination I am http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/emot-LOL.gif
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Hi
Here is the tips I find
http://www.laptopmag.com/articles...ying-guide
wish can help u Smilie
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