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I need to buy a laptop for my college freshman in a computer science program.

18 10 June 13, 2018 at 10:06 AM
Here are the specs listed by the school:

Student PC Laptop Recommended Minimal Specifications for the Scientific/Engineering Tracks of Study

Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit Operating System
Intel 7th Generation i7-7600U (2.80GHz, 4MB Cache)
16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz Memory
256GB SATA (Solid State Drive) - would prefer 512GB
Dedicated Video: NVidia Geforce 930MX Graphics (Comparable or Greater)
Intel Dual Band Wireless 8265 (802.11AC) with Bluetooth 4.2
4-Cell (68WHr) Lithium Polymer Battery with Express Charge
Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
3-USB3.0, Type-C Port, HDMI, RJ45, SD Slot

Is it possible to get this configuration under $1500? We can get close on Costco but then it doesn't have an ethernet port.

We need to have it in 3 weeks. School starts in July!

Thanks!

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That should be doable.

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Most of the high-end computing power typically would not be needed for those programs until late second or third year of study. Find out what programs your student will need in the first two or three semesters and get something cheaper that will get him through that time. You can then get the computer with the specs you state for probably half price.
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Here are the specs listed by the school:

Student PC Laptop Recommended Minimal Specifications for the Scientific/Engineering Tracks of Study

Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit Operating System
Intel 7th Generation i7-7600U (2.80GHz, 4MB Cache)
16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz Memory
256GB SATA (Solid State Drive) - would prefer 512GB
Dedicated Video: NVidia Geforce 930MX Graphics (Comparable or Greater)
Intel Dual Band Wireless 8265 (802.11AC) with Bluetooth 4.2
4-Cell (68WHr) Lithium Polymer Battery with Express Charge
Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
3-USB3.0, Type-C Port, HDMI, RJ45, SD Slot

Is it possible to get this configuration under $1500? We can get close on Costco but then it doesn't have an ethernet port.

We need to have it in 3 weeks. School starts in July!

Thanks!
$1500...if you pay anything close to that for those specs, you are getting ripped off big time.


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Inspiron 15" 7000 (7567)

Tech Specs
Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i7-7700HQ Processor (Quad Core, up to 3.80 GHz, 6MB Cache, 35W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
128GB M.2 Solid State Drive
16 GB DDR4 Non-ECC SDRAM 2400MHz (1x16GB)
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB
McAfee LiveSafe 12-month
Black - LCD Back Cover (Non-Touch Screen)
Dell Outlet Inspiron 15 - 7567 Laptop
Gigabit Ethernet



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Far better than your specs for half the price and with a full warranty. FAR better processor and graphics as well. Not sure about the USB type c port, but in all honesty, you do not need it. Same for the SD slot as you can buy a cheap usb SD card reader for $10-$15 anywhere. The 128GB SSD drive can be swapped out for a larger one if desired on the cheap, but 128 is sufficient for the OS in combo with the 1TB magnetic drive.

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Thank you! I will look into the links above.
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