Laptop for a Maths Degree (Touchscreen or No Touchscreen?)

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I will need to be buying a new laptop for uni (depending on next Thursday...) and I am currently considering my options. I know that I'll need an i5 and 8GB of RAM, but the big question for me is whether a touchscreen is worth the extra cost. I am trying to learn a bit of LaTeX before going to uni so that I understand the basics, but is it worth having the touchscreen to make notes on, or should I just use pen and paper as normal?
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I would go with touchscreen, it will help a lot for complex formulae. Even if you learn LaTeX it's a lot of work to use it to write long equations when you can write them down much faster with a touchscreen.
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I would go with touchscreen, it will help a lot for complex formulae. Even if you learn LaTeX it's a lot of work to use it to write long equations when you can write them down much faster with a touchscreen.
But in many cases it is £200+ more expensive... Is it that much better than just writing it on pen and paper then converting to LaTeX later?
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But in many cases it is £200+ more expensive... Is it that much better than just writing it on pen and paper then converting to LaTeX later?
What's your budget and what models are you looking at?
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But in many cases it is £200+ more expensive... Is it that much better than just writing it on pen and paper then converting to LaTeX later?
I suppose you could also do that, but you'd have to consider how much time that would take and whether or not you'd actually do that. I personally prefer to just take my notes on paper, then type up condensed revision notes, there's no way I'd be able to have complete notes stored digitally.
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Touchscreen seems more practical?
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(Original post by ReesMontoya)
I will need to be buying a new laptop for uni (depending on next Thursday...) and I am currently considering my options. I know that I'll need an i5 and 8GB of RAM, but the big question for me is whether a touchscreen is worth the extra cost. I am trying to learn a bit of LaTeX before going to uni so that I understand the basics, but is it worth having the touchscreen to make notes on, or should I just use pen and paper as normal?
here's a recommendation which will make your life worth living: the Acer Swift 5, i7, 15 inch for £819 at PCWorld
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here's a recommendation which will make your life worth living: the Acer Swift 5, i7, 15 inch for £819 at PCWorld
Looks like a solid laptop, but a few things I'm not sure on... Is the i7 much better than the i5? Also it's touchscreen but not a 2 in 1 which could make it more awkward to write on... I feel from looking that some of the HP pavillions could be better with 2 in 1 and an i5 for about 150 less?
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(Original post by ReesMontoya)
Looks like a solid laptop, but a few things I'm not sure on... Is the i7 much better than the i5? Also it's touchscreen but not a 2 in 1 which could make it more awkward to write on... I feel from looking that some of the HP pavillions could be better with 2 in 1 and an i5 for about 150 less?
yeh if you want a 2 in 1 then you will have to pay more, and the Lenovo Yoga really is brill if you cant afford a Surface. but students have successfully studied maths for centuries without touchscreen laptops...
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Looks like a solid laptop, but a few things I'm not sure on... Is the i7 much better than the i5? Also it's touchscreen but not a 2 in 1 which could make it more awkward to write on... I feel from looking that some of the HP pavillions could be better with 2 in 1 and an i5 for about 150 less?
There's this HP Pavillion for £320 to £340, depending on what offer the seller would be willing to accept.
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yeh if you want a 2 in 1 then you will have to pay more, and the Lenovo Yoga really is brill if you cant afford a Surface. but students have successfully studied maths for centuries without touchscreen laptops...
I realise that students have done it without for centuries... But as it is something which could be useful to have I am considering it
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I bought an HP Laptop, can't remember the model name, from Curry's PC World when it was on sale. Think it was an i5 model and it was £599.99 reduced to £399.99. I think it was a 14" HP Pavilion.

Edit: Don't know why I posted this as I remembered OP wants a touchscreen oops.
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