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I’m going to uni and need a new laptop. I’m not doing a course (like art and architecture etc) that needs large programmes or 3D software. I just need it for writing essays and writing up experiments. What storage would I need for the laptop? Would 128GB do or do I need 256GB?
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I’m going to uni and need a new laptop. I’m not doing a course (like art and architecture etc) that needs large programmes or 3D software. I just need it for writing essays and writing up experiments. What storage would I need for the laptop? Would 128GB do or do I need 256GB?
If you're just going to write then the files you're saving won't be that big at all (there will be a size limit for the files you upload on turn it in), so having 128gb will be sufficient.

Also, you could always save them on a cloud storage like one drive, google drive which are free.
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I’m going to uni and need a new laptop. I’m not doing a course (like art and architecture etc) that needs large programmes or 3D software. I just need it for writing essays and writing up experiments. What storage would I need for the laptop? Would 128GB do or do I need 256GB?
i mean 500gb laptops aren't even that expensive compared to a 128
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i mean 500gb laptops aren't even that expensive compared to a 128
That depends. If you see a laptop with a 500GB HDD, it might be a similar price to a 128GB SSD. But the SSD will be drastically faster. The price difference between a 128GB SSD device and a 512GB SSD device will be similarly drastic.
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That depends. If you see a laptop with a 500GB HDD, it might be a similar price to a 128GB SSD. But the SSD will be drastically faster. The price difference between a 128GB SSD device and a 512GB SSD device will be similarly drastic.
no need to get techy on me, for a student looking to take a few notes an ssd isn't really necessary

but hey
if you've got money, you've got money - i guess
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I’m going to uni and need a new laptop. I’m not doing a course (like art and architecture etc) that needs large programmes or 3D software. I just need it for writing essays and writing up experiments. What storage would I need for the laptop? Would 128GB do or do I need 256GB?
128GB is probably fine for you, assuming you only intend to use it for writing essays and not filling it with media.

To give an easy comparison, if you have a modern smartphone is probably has 32GB or 64GB of storage. I have a 64GB phone with a few thousand pictures, a few hundred songs and a handful of videos. It's using barely half it's storage, sat around 34GB free. A 128GB laptop has double the storage of my phone and a single image is equivalent to potentially dozens of essays.

So unless you've got lots of media, you don't need more than 128GB. Most people who do have lots of media will know themselves, since they need somewhere to store it. If you have a device already and can check what you're using then use that as an example, but the average degree will struggle to fill up a few gigabytes.
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no need to get techy on me, for a student looking to take a few notes an ssd isn't really necessary

but hey
if you've got money, you've got money - i guess
I'm not getting techy, I'm simply pointing out that the reason 500GB and 1TB laptops aren't expensive is because they're using different hardware.

Nobody inherently needs an SSD, they're just a nice thing to have and drastically improve the user experience, not to mention being far more robust. If you don't need lots of storage, I see no reason why you wouldn't get a device with an SSD. Especially since in most cases the 1TB HDD device and 128GB SSD device are the same price.
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