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Laptop for Pre Engineering Student

AZMOM2AZMOM2 1 replies1 threads New Member
edited July 2012 in University of Washington
Apple or PC? What brands and models would you recommend?
edited July 2012
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  • seatacseatac 574 replies11 threads Member
    What are your needs and budget?
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  • speedsolverspeedsolver 1903 replies16 threads Senior Member
    Echoing what seatac said.

    Remember that under 'needs' that includes things like gaming or media editing. :)
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  • ME0891ME0891 6 replies0 threads New Member
    It really depends on your needs.

    For my situation, I already have a laptop but it's huge and is about four years old. I plan on buying a smaller laptop that I can carry around with me and use in class. Also, I do not like Apples because I believe they are overpriced and my Toshiba laptop has worked perfectly fine these past couple of years and is still going strong.
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  • AZMOM2AZMOM2 1 replies1 threads New Member
    Do students have time to play games :-)? Budgeting about $1000 for a laptop. Looking for a computer that can function for the homework for a BioE major hopeful. Thanks!
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  • travelgirltravelgirl 714 replies33 threads Member
    With that price range, Apple is out.

    Toshiba is a good way to go pc wise.
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  • seatacseatac 574 replies11 threads Member
    I certainly wouldn't go with Apple. I don't know the details, but most likely the vast majority of software that you might have to use won't have versions for Apple.

    In terms of the brand, I would recommend you Toshiba just like two people above. It's been proven to be quite reliable and good for its price. According to SquareTrade, a company that provides warranties, Toshiba and Asus laptops are the most reliable (http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_laptop_reliability_1109.pdf - the data is relatively old, but I believe that not much has changed). Reliability is very important for a student.

    Hard to say anything in terms of a particular model because there are so many of them. Anything in the price range of $600-750 should work for you. If I were you, I would just go by reviews on websites. And don't forget to add additional RAM to it - RAM today is very cheap, but can significantly improve performance.

    Also don't forget that you can get some software (Office, for example) for free: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-washington/1359155-any-useful-campus-tips-tricks-current-uw-students.html
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