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I’m looking to study biological sciences at university and I need a laptop but wasn’t sure how much memory I will need and what laptops to get? I don’t really know anything about laptopsThanks
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I’m looking to study biological sciences at university and I need a laptop but wasn’t sure how much memory I will need and what laptops to get? I don’t really know anything about laptopsThanks
8 should be fine. You need to know your budget first. You cna get away with 4 if you have to.


Make sure it has a 256gb ssd or is upgradeable.

Smaller and lighter it is then the more expensive.
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Moved to Laptops, netbooks and tablets.
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I’m looking to study biological sciences at university and I need a laptop but wasn’t sure how much memory I will need and what laptops to get? I don’t really know anything about laptopsThanks
Unless you're crunching or doing protein folding or something, any laptop on the market would be fine for you.
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I’m looking to study biological sciences at university and I need a laptop but wasn’t sure how much memory I will need and what laptops to get? I don’t really know anything about laptopsThanks
Everyone’s responses have been sufficient, but as you have asked this question, and are studying biology: Do you definitely mean memory or did you mean Storage? Memory is RAM and will range from 4-32GB- more RAM increases performance. Storage, aka Secondary Storage, is permanent storage of data, such as a Hard Drive (HDD) or SSD. They typically range from 256GB-2TB in Laptops.

For storage I’d go 1TB HDD. Pretty cheap nowadays and unless you’re doing more than schoolwork a HDD should be fine.
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Everyone’s responses have been sufficient, but as you have asked this question, and are studying biology: Do you definitely mean memory or did you mean Storage? Memory is RAM and will range from 4-32GB- more RAM increases performance. Storage, aka Secondary Storage, is permanent storage of data, such as a Hard Drive (HDD) or SSD. They typically range from 256GB-2TB in Laptops.

For storage I’d go 1TB HDD. Pretty cheap nowadays and unless you’re doing more than schoolwork a HDD should be fine.
I didn’t even realise there was a difference😂 I meant storage but still want it to run quickly with a few different files and pages open
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My laptop has 16Gb. I find that frequently, without even doing particularly intensive tasks, the memory I use comes close to the 8Gb mark:
- firefox
- word processor
- outlook
- some pdfs

And I'm already at the limit.

Like right now... I'm using 45% of 16Gb. That means 90% of 8Gb. And I do not even have any pdfs open (all the other applications listed though, yes). I think lots of applications are becoming increasingly heavier on memory usage, simply because the extra computing power is available these days.
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I didn’t even realise there was a difference😂 I meant storage but still want it to run quickly with a few different files and pages open
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Yeah lots of people have no idea. It’s just that TSR is quite heavy with CS students (me included) and other tech geeks that we forget that others might have not been as specific as we would have.

So, yeah- 8GB of RAM will be enough for smooth running, 1TB HDD is probably your best bet for storage. It’s slower than an SSD but SSD’s are much more expensive per GB, and so for general purpose documents a HDD would be better.

I knew my CS GCSE 8 markers would be useful 😉
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That’s true. I was probably projecting my habit of being a bit of a hoarder when it comes to digital storage 😬 I can fill up a 256 SSD in a few days....
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I’m looking to study biological sciences at university and I need a laptop but wasn’t sure how much memory I will need and what laptops to get? I don’t really know anything about laptopsThanks
You need to have an idea of your budget. It could be anywhere for £300- £1,500.

I would say budget end is £300-600.
Medium would be £600-850£
Higher end would be £850+

Eight would be the sweetspot for memory but 4 is doable.

Budget tells you what might be possible, but for storage definitely get an ssd and 256gb is the min these days. You can get an external HDD to back up for £35-65 of 1000-2000gb

I would most likely leave buying till the last moment or unless you see a fantastic bargain. there are thousands of models and deals change all the time. At lower end they are all similar although you can check into quality of materials, ergonomics i.e how its laid out, screen quality and weight. Always best to check in person or at least read reviews. Take your time.

Personally i wouldnt rule out refurbished fro Dell outlet.

You can get an idea of size and weight from just a visit to pc world, currys or J Lewis.
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That’s true, I think visual studio takes up 99% of my HDD.
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get a macbook pro they are so useful
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From my experience as a student who also studies biological science related papers, I find myself abusing chrome tabs a lot through reading literature, and searching up key scientific words from the read, researching, watching youtube videos on related stuff and maybe a bit of social media here and there.

Contrary to popular belief, web browsing is not a basic computing tasks as it take a fair bit of processing power and lot of ram with modern sites being so content heavy. Sites with embedded video tends to take up a huge chunk of RAM, so much so I find myself hitting 10-11GB at times. I'd suggest 8GB as a minimum if you don't abuse your laptop with Chrome and 16GB if you do, and NEVER EVER opt for a laptop with 4GB of RAM unless if its up-gradable. Your laptop will chew through ~3.6GB at idle and it'd run out after 3-5 Chrome tabs.

As for processing power, a ULV 8th gen i5 should be more than enough. I'd personally avoid the earlier dual cores because they do have the tendency to things down a bit when you have a few tabs opened. If you're on a budget, go for a AMD Ryzen 3 laptop at the very least. Never ever go for a AMD E series or a Intel Atom OR a Celeron/Pentium with a processor number that starts with Nxxxx. Those are low powered processors that struggles with anything more intense than a word document or reading pdfs.

As for graphics, any integrated graphics would do unless you're into a bit of gaming.

As for storage, I suggest at least a 256? 250GB SSD, unless you fancy waiting 5 minutes for everything to load each time you start your computer.
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Yeah, I noticed this paging effect as well with 8GB of ram, but you have to remember that a SSD has a limited number of write cycles, and that you're just wrecking it in the long run.
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