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College Student In Need of Laptop

krzykwa18 7 10 June 20, 2016 at 08:01 PM
As the title suggests, I'm a college student in need of a laptop. I am not necessarily looking for a gaming laptop but if the deal strikes I don't see why not. In all actuality I would want one that has good battery life and build quality since I'll be lugging the thing around.

Any suggestions would be helpful. The fact that you're reading this is a generous thought, so thank you for that.



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This is general commentary, not a specific referral. Be sure to get the specs from your college on minimum requirements and start with that. Both my kids went with MacBooks - 2 to 3 times the cost and little savings to be had, but they have been reliable. However my son - math major - has found a program or two in his final year that work better on a PC than a Mac.

For family use, we've been pretty happy with various versions of the Toshiba Satellite line. I've got one with more bells and whistles since I use it also for work. Then two less powerful versions for family members with less rigorous needs. For my nephew about to start college, we took advantage of a deal last month with $100 off Toshiba laptops at Staples. So we got him one with an i5 processor that was on discount, then $100 more.

Following the deal discussion posted on Slickdeals is really helpful. But just know - no matter what brand, what deal, someone will hate it. There are some really knowledgeable people in the community. Just don't ever expect 100% agreement on what's "great".

Figure out the basics - what processor speed, how much memory, what features are critical. Start there. Also, pay attention to size. We found a great deal on a 17" but that was just too big to be carting around (for us). 15" is still probably the most typical.

Good luck.

Also, in case you don't know, as a college student you'll be able to get software like Microsoft Office for peanuts. So don't add that on when buying a laptop. Wait and get it through your school. (And there are other educational discounts you find even outside of your school.)
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