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    Hey,

    So, Id like a laptop for uni: lectures, coursework, (and maybe netflix). Id like it be 12 or 13", it must be quite thin so I can easily fit it into my bag. About 8 hours of battery life.
    I have a budget of up to £300.
    Im not really up to date with what sort of tech is best so suggestions welcome

    I was thinking of a Microsoft Surface 2? Does anyone recommend that or is there anything out there thats better?
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    (Original post by muffintop)
    Hey,

    So, Id like a laptop for uni: lectures, coursework, (and maybe netflix). Id like it be 12 or 13", it must be quite thin so I can easily fit it into my bag. About 8 hours of battery life.
    I have a budget of up to £300.
    Im not really up to date with what sort of tech is best so suggestions welcome

    I was thinking of a Microsoft Surface 2? Does anyone recommend that or is there anything out there thats better?
    Avoid the Surface 2, it runs Windows RT which isn't full Windows and is practically a dead operating system.

    For your budget I'd recommend looking at Chromebooks, it's the only way you'll get a slim 12-13" machine with 6+ hours of battery life for £300 without performance sucking. ChromeOS has limitations compared to Windows machines but for basic word processing and video watching they're fine.
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    Check out the brand new Surface 3. Don't bother with those trashy Chromebooks, they're an abomination to computing in general. Everything is thrown into the mystical cloud
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    If you have a Chromebook, you can then install Linux on it relatively easily using ChrUbuntu or Crouton, which basically lets you do most things a normal Windows (using WINE) or Linux laptop can do. I have the Acer C720 running Crouton, and the battery normally lasts at least 6/7 hours, and it's lasted a good 10 hours (with low backlight and just word processing software open) before. It's thin and doesn't weigh much, but I'm not sure of the screen size - it seems quite small compared to my other (15.6") laptop, but different Chromebooks have different size screens.
 
 
 

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