In terms of university practicality i'd definitely say you want a laptop however be very careful about the specs you get.
No matter what people tell you about laptops catching up they are not as good as a destop costing the same amount of money.
You mention in your post using it as your entertainment system, a low budget (£300-400) laptop will not handle 3D graphics nor will it have a very big hard drive for storing media.
Also remember with the graphics side of laptops they are rarely upgradable like computers so don't be tempted to buy one and think you can put in a better graphics card later, you can't.
Also do you intend on having programs like microsoft word on it? Is the same with laptops and destops but check when you buy that if you want it, it comes with it, otherwise if you are putting it on legally it will be about £80 extra.
Most importantly having said all that about a low budget laptop, shop around! And i'd definitely advise not buying it from a major store (in terms of internet makes for laptops - that your parents would be happy buying for you - dell would be right up there).
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- 14-01-2008 22:33
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- 14-01-2008 22:46
Oh I dunno.
I'm going to be upgrading my desktop's RAM and perhaps get another harddrive, and bring it to uni, but it'll be a backup as it's a p4 and not the fastest of things. That being said, it's 3-4 years old, and a lot better than the year or so laptop I'm on right now.
My mum's putting in about £500 into a laptop as well, so I'll be bringing both. Hopefully. xD
What 'Coffe Saved my life' said - shop around. Hell, even look for a refurbished laptop online- they can be quite cheap.
You don't even need MSword. Granted, you can get it illegally, but there is a lot of free opensource software around. Although apparently open office is a pain.
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- 15-01-2008 10:37
To watch a movie/tv with your girlfriend? I used it for that plenty last term.