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Hey there, I'd really appreciate it if anyone could suggest suitable laptops for college work. With an understandable price of course.
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Hey there, I'd really appreciate it if anyone could suggest suitable laptops for college work. With an understandable price of course.
Thread moved to Laptops, netbooks and tablets; consider using our Laptop recommendation thread template to allow people to make recommendations more suited to your needs/budget.
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Hi,

I have used a laptop since year 8 and I am currently using a surface pro.
I got it for £800 with the keyboard in a Christmas deal. It has 128GB of ssd storage, 4GB of RAM with a current gen i5 processor.
Very useful for college work and will hold its value should you sell it.
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a laptop that works close thread
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(Original post by ChevaIier)
Hey there, I'd really appreciate it if anyone could suggest suitable laptops for college work. With an understandable price of course.
As AJ mentioned, there's a laptop recommendation form you can use to give us details on what exaclty you want. Otherwise you get people like me asking questions like:

What's your budget? Understandable price means nothing.
What are you using it for? College work is ambiguous.
What sort of laptop are you looking for? Windows or MacOS? Small and lightweight or normal size? And so on
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a laptop that works close thread
If only I could answer every laptop recommendation thread with "buy something that works" and close the thread. It's not nearly that simple. In reality, the vast majority of laptops you can buy "that work" are not at all the right tool for job.

A Chromebook is a laptop that works. It's not suitable for most people looking to do work due to the poor specs. The Acer Predator 21 X is a laptop that works. It's not suitable for most people due to the size, weight and the fact it costs more than a car. By default, if you buy a laptop then it'll work. That doesn't mean it's the answer to the thread.
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If only I could answer every laptop recommendation thread with "buy something that works" and close the thread. It's not nearly that simple. In reality, the vast majority of laptops you can buy "that work" are not at all the right tool for job.

A Chromebook is a laptop that works. It's not suitable for most people looking to do work due to the poor specs. The Acer Predator 21 X is a laptop that works. It's not suitable for most people due to the size, weight and the fact it costs more than a car. By default, if you buy a laptop then it'll work. That doesn't mean it's the answer to the thread.
you have a really pessimistic view of the common sense of others
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you have a really pessimistic view of the common sense of others
In my experience common sense isn't that common. But on an unrelated note, we get a lot of people asking for laptop recommendations in this forum. There's pretty conclusive evidence that a lot of people don't know how to choose a laptop. Sure, those examples were extreme. But going on your advice alone, OP would end up with a Chromebook, or some cheap laptop with a Pentium and 4GB of RAM. They'll work, but they won't be considered good laptops.

I'm failing to see why you're taking time out of your day to comment on this thread though.
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Hey there, I'd really appreciate it if anyone could suggest suitable laptops for college work. With an understandable price of course.
Dell Latitude D620
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I would recommend a thinkpad since they're cheap and decent, but we need to know what exactly you'll be doing
Recompiling the linux kernel on a daily basis? Or using google docs?
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As AJ mentioned, there's a laptop recommendation form you can use to give us details on what exaclty you want. Otherwise you get people like me asking questions like:

What's your budget? Understandable price means nothing.
What are you using it for? College work is ambiguous.
What sort of laptop are you looking for? Windows or MacOS? Small and lightweight or normal size? And so on
My budget is £300-500, I mean I do know a bit about laptops but the thing is that there isn't a lot of quality laptops around that budget.. Windows is more efficient in my opinion as most people use it so Windows. Lightweight so it's easier to carry around, I just need decent storage, so not too low or too high.
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My budget is £300-500, I mean I do know a bit about laptops but the thing is that there isn't a lot of quality laptops around that budget.. Windows is more efficient in my opinion as most people use it so Windows. Lightweight so it's easier to carry around, I just need decent storage, so not too low or too high.
Stretch to another £15 and get this. Quad core i5 and 8GB of RAM will deliver excellent performance, nice display, backlit keyboard, lightweight for a 15" at a hair over 2kg, and a nicely sized SSD.

https://www.ebuyer.com/818882-lenovo...utm_term=78888
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I have an Acer chromebook which is perfect for what I need a laptop to do and is very cheap but I understand they're not suitable for most people. If you only need to use a laptop for surfing the internet and writing documents (for this I use Google Docs as I find it better than Microsoft but you can download word and stuff) then I'd recommend a chromebook
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My budget is £300-500, I mean I do know a bit about laptops but the thing is that there isn't a lot of quality laptops around that budget.. Windows is more efficient in my opinion as most people use it so Windows. Lightweight so it's easier to carry around, I just need decent storage, so not too low or too high.
I'd second the laptop Gofre suggests. Short of finding something on offer, or using a discount code to find something similar you won't find anything vastly better.

But as you say, there isn't a ton available in the low end of that budget and you very much will be sat at the high end of £500 to even get something usable.

That said, if you don't desperately need to buy right now, you may benefit from waiting a bit. Dell are notorious for throwing deals out and if their Inspiron line drops in price, you may be able to get something for a smidge under £500 with student discount. Or at a slightly higher price, you could get a 13.3 inch Inspiron which should be a fair bit lighter if that's important. If that's worth it for you then you could risk waiting. But regardless you'll be spending around the top end of your budget I'm afraid.
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Stretch to another £15 and get this. Quad core i5 and 8GB of RAM will deliver excellent performance, nice display, backlit keyboard, lightweight for a 15" at a hair over 2kg, and a nicely sized SSD.

https://www.ebuyer.com/818882-lenovo...utm_term=78888
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Looks terrible
Lmao in what way? It's a very solid laptop, the complete opposite of terrible
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I picked up my iPad 9.7 £319 brand new and with discount from Apple store/John Lewis store and ordered a cheap cover and keyboard for a tenner on amazon and it’s done the trick. As I can’t really type due fibromyalgia I use Siri and it does all everything I want it to do.
You could also pick up Pages, numbers keynote free with it on the App Store. Or simply ask ask College your school/college if you have access to their office 365 subscription and use that if you prefer.
Apple are offering excellent discounts for students thus coming year
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My budget is £300-500, I mean I do know a bit about laptops but the thing is that there isn't a lot of quality laptops around that budget.. Windows is more efficient in my opinion as most people use it so Windows. Lightweight so it's easier to carry around, I just need decent storage, so not too low or too high.
I was gonna recommend a MacBook till I saw ur budget. Tbh just make sure u get an i5 processor, don't get an amd processor at this price point it would be trash
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Looks terrible
In what sense?
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false

Hate Lenovo
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