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    Hey everyone,
    Not the most interesting question ever but... I am starting uni in October, and reading Modern Languages. My old laptop is falling to bits, so I need recommendations for a good one to take to uni with me. It should be lightweight, preferably 13"+ screen (althouogh I would take 11" if necessary) and durable. Obviously I will be writing a load of essays on it. Any advice? Are Macs for example worth the money (never had one)?
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    How about the HP split x2 laptop tablet? Maybe you should look into that. Must say though it is heavy compared to other laptops i have experienced.
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    In my opinion, Macs are definitely not worth the money unless you've got money to burn or you need it to make videos/music/do other creative things. Unless you wanted something to play games on, I'd say this Acer Aspire would be fine for you to use (only £350 too!). You could always get a laptop/tablet like the poster above suggests. but they can be a little more expensive (the Split X2 is £500).
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    (Original post by throwaway294)
    Hey everyone,
    Not the most interesting question ever but... I am starting uni in October, and reading Modern Languages. My old laptop is falling to bits, so I need recommendations for a good one to take to uni with me. It should be lightweight, preferably 13"+ screen (althouogh I would take 11" if necessary) and durable. Obviously I will be writing a load of essays on it. Any advice? Are Macs for example worth the money (never had one)?
    What's your budget? Will you be using it for anything more demanding than essay writing?
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    Hello,

    Okay first of all is this laptop only going to be used for essays if so you can get away with a cheap laptop around £200 I would personally go for a 15'' because a 13'' keyboard is horrible for me/ However you can always buy an external keyboard, if you didn't want that a 15'' is going to be perfect for you, not going to be to heavy (now-a-days laptops are pretty light) + I would enjoy taking out an external keyboard for class haha.

    Will it be used for more than essays such as hardcore gaming obviously the price is going to increase exponentially but if you had money to burn a Razer blade laptop are a thing of beauty.

    So yeah if you can be a bit more clear on what you want it for I'll help more +your price range
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    (Original post by throwaway294)
    Hey everyone,
    Not the most interesting question ever but... I am starting uni in October, and reading Modern Languages. My old laptop is falling to bits, so I need recommendations for a good one to take to uni with me. It should be lightweight, preferably 13"+ screen (althouogh I would take 11" if necessary) and durable. Obviously I will be writing a load of essays on it. Any advice? Are Macs for example worth the money (never had one)?
    Budget?
    Any other needs? gaming, photo/video editing? any special software?
    Battery life?
    Whats light weight to you? 2kg? or lower or higher, etc
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    Ugh I want a Macbook and I could afford one but I just can't justify £900 on a laptop! I think that is a pathetic price.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Budget?
    Any other needs? gaming, photo/video editing? any special software?
    Battery life?
    Whats light weight to you? 2kg? or lower or higher, etc
    Yeah should've been clearer...
    Most important is good word processing software. I understand that on apple products you can run Microsoft but you have to renew the license periodically- would anyone recommend Pages or is Word better?
    Aside from that, ideal weight would be under 2kg as an absolute maximum, but the lighter the better. Battery life... minimum 3 hours I would say. I don't tend to game or use any specialist software though, aside from iTunes. Good storage space is essential (I've used Cloud Drive in the past which is pretty good). Max. budget would be £1000 but would like to spend some of that on accessories, e.g. wireless mouse, case, Word software.
    Thanks!
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    Hi, I'm a computer Sales person from Australia. We just finished our "back to school" promotion and have had many parents and students come in with information from both primary and high schools specifying the hardware requirements for their school.

    - Processor: Intel i3, i5 or i7 (AMD not recommended)
    - Ram: Min 2GB. 4 or higher recommended
    - HDD: Min 64GB. 128 or higher recommended
    - Wifi: AC Dual Band (Built-in preferred)
    - Battery Life: 4+ Hrs
    - Screen Size: 10"- 15" (15+ not recommended)

    Schools also mentioned the importance of a type keyboard. Also consider a optical drive (usually not necessary).
    The two biggest sellers would defiantly be the 13" Macbook Air and the MS Surface Pro 3.
    Both offering light weight, great battery life, back-lit keyboards, reasonable performance, dual band wifi and most importantly, a high quality build. If you are taking your study seriously I suggest you also take your computer seriously. This is something you will be using on a regular basis for a long time. You could cheap out and buy a basic notebook, but you are more likely to have a bad experience and need to upgrade sooner.

    In terms of software, office 365 is a fantastic choice. You have the choice of the home or personal version. Office 365 gives you access to the full MS suite, so you get word, excel, powerpoint, onenote, access and publisher + onedrive storage and skype world mins. When you resubscribe you also get the version upgrade (2016 edition).
    I would recommend getting some internet security regardless of going PC or Mac. Stick with the big names (Norton, Trend, etc) AVG will not cut it.

    Because I'm from Australia I'm not sure if this all applies to you, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what to expect. My partner is studying digital media this year and I have been doing a lot of research into the perfect computer for her to take to university. I have chosen to purchase a 13" MacBook Air as many of her teachers are using Apple computers. We have a iMac at home for her more demanding multimedia work.

    We considered the MS Surface Pro 3, Lenovo Yoga 2 and many other units, but unfortunately we had to accept defeat by Apple. It provided the best and most well balance ecosystem for our multimedia use. We plan on updating every 4-5 years.
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    (Original post by throwaway294)
    Yeah should've been clearer...
    Most important is good word processing software. I understand that on apple products you can run Microsoft but you have to renew the license periodically- would anyone recommend Pages or is Word better?
    Aside from that, ideal weight would be under 2kg as an absolute maximum, but the lighter the better. Battery life... minimum 3 hours I would say. I don't tend to game or use any specialist software though, aside from iTunes. Good storage space is essential (I've used Cloud Drive in the past which is pretty good). Max. budget would be £1000 but would like to spend some of that on accessories, e.g. wireless mouse, case, Word software.
    Thanks!
    Lenovo Flex 2 14" i5 version? Or a Macbook Air?
    I would say you'd have to just get used to using different software, so at the beginning it'll be a learning curve. What's very important is that you find the keyboard great to type on.
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    (Original post by throwaway294)
    Hey everyone,
    Not the most interesting question ever but... I am starting uni in October, and reading Modern Languages. My old laptop is falling to bits, so I need recommendations for a good one to take to uni with me. It should be lightweight, preferably 13"+ screen (althouogh I would take 11" if necessary) and durable. Obviously I will be writing a load of essays on it. Any advice? Are Macs for example worth the money (never had one)?
    October is a pregnancy away, which is half a generation in the technology world. Wait until August (and buy a ****ing desktop...)

    A Mac will not be worth the money for what you need it for.
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    An ultrabook may meet your demands. They tend to be of a similar design to a Macbook, less expensive for the hardware you're purchasing, while still being powerful and astonishingly light.

    Stay away from Macbooks. Even the lower-end models tend to be rather slow, despite the fact that OS X is constantly described to be "quicker" and "more secure" than Windows (this argument has crumbled already with Windows 8.1 and the upcoming Windows 10).

    I wouldn't recommend the Surface Pro either. Often you can buy light laptops with a touchscreen anyway, if that's what you want.

    For university, a basic laptop for word-editing, music, films, and internet browsing (low-demand uses) would suffice with the following specs:

    - 15.6" screen preferred (13" optional but a more compact keyboard)
    - Intel i3/i5 (no reason to waste for an i7 since they are for high-end professional use and sometimes professional gamers who run very resource-intensive programs)
    - 4-6GB recommended (can always upgrade)
    - integrated Intel HD Graphics can suffice for basic use, consider getting dedicated graphics cards if you'll be encoding videos, rendering, or gaming.
    - consider getting an SSD with 128GB storage space for all of your UNI files (more reliable, less prone to damage, lighter, and CONSIDERABLY faster than a normal hard disk) and buy a 1TB or more portable external hard drive for other files such as films, music, etc.
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    October is a pregnancy away, which is half a generation in the technology world. Wait until August (and buy a ****ing desktop...)

    A Mac will not be worth the money for what you need it for.
    Considering the OP is doing languages, it might be a little tricky to take a desktop on a year abroad
 
 
 
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