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    Hi,

    I'm about to start a 4 year PhD in October and I would like to get a laptop that will make life as easy as possible. My department provides me with a desktop to do on-campus work, but I still reckon I will use my laptop fairly intensively.

    Uses: Reading PDFs, word processing, running data analysis (R, SPSS), some light programming (creating computer-based experiments- I do cognitive psychology), general internet use. Also it goes without saying that I will be using it for procrastination Lots of netflix/iplayer/etc but not much gaming.

    I reckon for compatibility reasons I'm best off sticking with Windows.

    I will be doing a lot of reading and typing, so a good screen and a comfortable keyboard are pretty important. I would like it to be fairly portable (not too heavy).

    I don't mind spending quite a bit of money (£600-£1000) as long as it will last. This laptop will be a huge part of my life!

    Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks
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    look for a lenovo high end laptop,

    youll need it to function without breaking

    Also whatever you do, make sure you et one with a ssd

    Much Much more reliable, a simple drop could ruin a hardrive, but not a ssd
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    Thanks for the heads up about getting a ssd.

    I've had a look at a Lenovo T430s and, to me, the display looked quite dull/grainy. Does anyone else find this? It might be the way the owner had it set up :confused:
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    (Original post by Bluth.)
    Hi,

    I'm about to start a 4 year PhD in October and I would like to get a laptop that will make life as easy as possible. My department provides me with a desktop to do on-campus work, but I still reckon I will use my laptop fairly intensively.

    Uses: Reading PDFs, word processing, running data analysis (R, SPSS), some light programming (creating computer-based experiments- I do cognitive psychology), general internet use. Also it goes without saying that I will be using it for procrastination Lots of netflix/iplayer/etc but not much gaming.

    I reckon for compatibility reasons I'm best off sticking with Windows.

    I will be doing a lot of reading and typing, so a good screen and a comfortable keyboard are pretty important. I would like it to be fairly portable (not too heavy).

    I don't mind spending quite a bit of money (£600-£1000) as long as it will last. This laptop will be a huge part of my life!

    Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks
    what kind of data analysis? is it serious stuff which requires a bit of power?
    How is it on your current specs?
    any preferences such as battery life, etc?
    whats considered light?
    which games?
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    what kind of data analysis? is it serious stuff which requires a bit of power?
    How is it on your current specs?
    any preferences such as battery life, etc?
    whats considered light?
    which games?
    -Fairly small datasets, so I don't need anything that powerful. I can use the university computers for any serious data analysis.

    -My current laptop (Sony Vaio) was perfectly fine for undergrad level work (didn't use it for any programming or running experiments), but the battery has died and the screen flickers.

    -not sure if you are referring to 'light programming' or weight of laptop, so I will answer both. I'm not sure how often I will be carrying it around, but my current 15" Vaio is far too big and bulky for my liking. I would like a balance between weight and performance.As for my experiments, I want to practice developing and running experiments on programs like Matlab (Psychtoolbox) or Blitz3D. I measure reaction times (among other things) in my experiments, so speed is important, but I will be using standardised lab computers when I officially conduct my experiments.

    -gaming is not an issue

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Bluth.)
    -Fairly small datasets, so I don't need anything that powerful. I can use the university computers for any serious data analysis.

    -My current laptop (Sony Vaio) was perfectly fine for undergrad level work (didn't use it for any programming or running experiments), but the battery has died and the screen flickers.

    -not sure if you are referring to 'light programming' or weight of laptop, so I will answer both. I'm not sure how often I will be carrying it around, but my current 15" Vaio is far too big and bulky for my liking. I would like a balance between weight and performance.As for my experiments, I want to practice developing and running experiments on programs like Matlab (Psychtoolbox) or Blitz3D. I measure reaction times (among other things) in my experiments, so speed is important, but I will be using standardised lab computers when I officially conduct my experiments.

    -gaming is not an issue

    Thanks
    For stuff your doing, you may be interested in a Macbook.

    http://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-350...ver/p231740124


    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Sony_...5_1400606.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Sony_...3_1346156.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/MSI_C...l_1389668.html

    http://www.ebuyer.com/479761-lenovo-...aptop-59367151

    also check some of my other links on other threads

    low end stuff mainly i5
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...2#post43986202


    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...8#post44011098


    Other options include:
    http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/all/

    or pcspecialist as custom laptops
    Have a look through the saveonlaptops and ebuyer website........
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    Thanks so much. I will have a look at your suggestions.

    As for the Macbook, I would probably need/want to make a partition for Windows. Is that a good idea?
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    (Original post by Bluth.)
    Thanks so much. I will have a look at your suggestions.

    As for the Macbook, I would probably need/want to make a partition for Windows. Is that a good idea?
    You can, im sure there are online video guides to it
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    (Original post by Bluth.)
    Thanks so much. I will have a look at your suggestions.

    As for the Macbook, I would probably need/want to make a partition for Windows. Is that a good idea?
    £100 cashback off all Macbooks at PCWorld. Not sure how long it's lasting.
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    (Original post by Bluth.)
    Thanks so much. I will have a look at your suggestions.

    As for the Macbook, I would probably need/want to make a partition for Windows. Is that a good idea?
    Do mind me asking where your closest PCWorld store is or the area that you live in? Many PCW stores are SIS (or Store-in-store) meaning they have an ASC (Apple Sales Consultant) employed by Apple there who could give you a demo and answer questions. Many other stores also have Apple experts and specialists trained on Apple products.
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    (Original post by dathtom)
    Do mind me asking where your closest PCWorld store is or the area that you live in? Many PCW stores are SIS (or Store-in-store) meaning they have an ASC (Apple Sales Consultant) employed by Apple there who could give you a demo and answer questions. Many other stores also have Apple experts and specialists trained on Apple products.
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    I'd strongly recommend a Lenovo. Their products seem to be well built - at least the ones i've used.
 
 
 
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