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    Hey all!
    Could anyone please help me find a lightweight portable laptop for under £280? It has to be able to run windows as I have programs that I need for my course on windows (eclipse). I've been looking at the Hp stream 11 but would like to see what other options I have

    Battery life (similar to of a chromebook's battery life) and portability are the most important factors for me here. I already have a decently specced laptop but the reason why I'm looking for another is because battery life is appauling and having to lug it around campus is such a hassle!
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    For eclipse I would go for at least a 13" screen personally. I hate writing code on smaller screens, because the toolbars will take up a lot of space, and you'll just be scrolling all the time, and it really messes with your thought process and make you code much less efficiently.

    Eclipse runs on Windows, Linux, and OSX by the way. Though you are not getting a mac for £280 :P.

    Good battery life and portability unfortunately makes laptops expensive. I'm not aware of anything close to £280.
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    The only Windows netbook around is the Stream 11, all the other manufacturers pulled out of that market in favour of tablets and Chromebooks about two years ago. You're not going to find any decent non-Chromebook laptops without considerably increasing your budget.
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    I've also had my eye on the asus transformer books. Surely windows will scale it down so the bars won't fill the screen up right?
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    (Original post by jonnyh1994)
    I've also had my eye on the asus transformer books. Surely windows will scale it down so the bars won't fill the screen up right?
    Nope... if it does that all the text will be painfully small. You can set screen DPI to be higher. It would make everything smaller. But then of course, everything is smaller and hard to read.

    If you are thinking about going down to 10" for coding... well that's pretty masochistic. I would recommend switching to VIM as your editor.
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    (Original post by ihavemooedtoday)
    Nope... if it does that all the text will be painfully small. You can set screen DPI to be higher. It would make everything smaller. But then of course, everything is smaller and hard to read.

    If you are thinking about going down to 10" for coding... well that's pretty masochistic. I would recommend switching to VIM as your editor.
    Had no idea what that VIM editor is. Is it pretty much notepad ++ or does it include a compiler like eclipse does?
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    (Original post by jonnyh1994)
    Had no idea what that VIM editor is. Is it pretty much notepad ++ or does it include a compiler like eclipse does?
    It's a command line editor that is extremely powerful but everything needs to be memorized and has a very steep learning curve. It can be interfaced to a compiler.

    Saves screen space .
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    (Original post by ihavemooedtoday)
    It's a command line editor that is extremely powerful but everything needs to be memorized and has a very steep learning curve. It can be interfaced to a compiler.

    Saves screen space .
    ehh think I'll stick to eclipse/notepad++ xD Is the transformer book t100 +SD card for more space good though for general work?
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    (Original post by jonnyh1994)
    ehh think I'll stick to eclipse/notepad++ xD Is the transformer book t100 +SD card for more space good though for general work?
    That depends on what "general work" is for you. I have programmed for long periods on anything from 11" to 26" screens, and the absolute minimum I'll use is 13". Even 13" is much less comfortable than 15". 13" has almost twice the screen area of 10".

    I highly not recommend using a 10" screen for coding. Or pretty much any serious work. I wouldn't do CAD or video editing on a 10" screen either.

    Just give your eyes a break and get a bigger screen. 10" screens are only good for reading ebooks or Facebook or watching Youtube.
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    (Original post by ihavemooedtoday)
    That depends on what "general work" is for you. I have programmed for long periods on anything from 11" to 26" screens, and the absolute minimum I'll use is 13". Even 13" is much less comfortable than 15". 13" has almost twice the screen area of 10".

    I highly not recommend using a 10" screen for coding. Or pretty much any serious work. I wouldn't do CAD or video editing on a 10" screen either.

    Just give your eyes a break and get a bigger screen. 10" screens are only good for reading ebooks or Facebook or watching Youtube.
    ah alright, thanks for the help, I'll have a look around for a larger display then

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