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    I'm looking to buy a laptop for my first year at uni, I'm studying Chem Eng at Imperial. I'm looking to spend ~£1000 total. I need something durable - I break things. I'm not a serious gamer, but I'd like something with the power to run Minecraft and Civ5, and maybe some other Steam games. My main problem, however, is note-taking.

    In the sixth form, my school gave us ThinkPads with Wacom Bamboo tablets which I used to handwrite all my notes into MS OneNote. I much prefer handwriting notes, but I'm useless at filing, so this system worked pretty well for me. However it was all a bit of a pain to lug around/set up in class etc. I really like the look of smartpens, but I'm worried about being able to afford the expensive digital paper needed when I'm a starving uni student. I'm also thinking about getting a tablet and a stylus, but I don't know if that will be good enough for writing notes on, or how tricky it will be to transfer notes between machines. I know there's probably not an ideal solution, but if anyone has a better idea about this than me, could they help? Thanks
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    (Original post by zoethedotted)
    I'm looking to buy a laptop for my first year at uni, I'm studying Chem Eng at Imperial. I'm looking to spend ~£1000 total. I need something durable - I break things. I'm not a serious gamer, but I'd like something with the power to run Minecraft and Civ5, and maybe some other Steam games. My main problem, however, is note-taking.

    In the sixth form, my school gave us ThinkPads with Wacom Bamboo tablets which I used to handwrite all my notes into MS OneNote. I much prefer handwriting notes, but I'm useless at filing, so this system worked pretty well for me. However it was all a bit of a pain to lug around/set up in class etc. I really like the look of smartpens, but I'm worried about being able to afford the expensive digital paper needed when I'm a starving uni student. I'm also thinking about getting a tablet and a stylus, but I don't know if that will be good enough for writing notes on, or how tricky it will be to transfer notes between machines. I know there's probably not an ideal solution, but if anyone has a better idea about this than me, could they help? Thanks
    Quick note: My smart pen books are £20 for 4 massive A4 pads, which isn't too terrible, or alternatively you can use the software that comes with the pen to print your own note paper
 
 
 
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