What laptops do you use/should I use for university?

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Hey so the title says it all really, what laptop do you guys recommend for uni, but I would also like to ask what your opinion is on whether I should use Mac or Windows. I also only need it for uni work, so those are the only factors that will persuade my purchase. Thank you!
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Any software used on your course that you'd like to be able to run on it?

Mac has IMO no inherent advantages over microsoft - it's just an expensive fashion statement
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If you need cad etc and want to game 100% the razer blade 15
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Any software used on your course that you'd like to be able to run on it?

Mac has IMO no inherent advantages over microsoft - it's just an expensive fashion statement
I don't think there's any requirements for software (I'm doing philosophy so I doubt its that specialised online) and knowing that theres no real advantage is a bonus - because on lectures I just keep seeing loads of Macs and I started to doubt my future purchases lol. Thanks for answering!

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If you need cad etc and want to game 100% the razer blade 15
Cad isn't needed for my course no, and gaming I never got into - but thanks for the tip! I will be sure to pass on the recommendation to anyone looking for a gaming laptop or who use design software!
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Macs aren't worth it but the new iPad Pro (with trackpad and keyboard) does look enticing.
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Hey so the title says it all really, what laptop do you guys recommend for uni, but I would also like to ask what your opinion is on whether I should use Mac or Windows. I also only need it for uni work, so those are the only factors that will persuade my purchase. Thank you!
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I don't have any specific laptops to look at (you will know what suits from your price range) but I would recommend Lenovo or Dell.

I have used both brands in the past (and Lenovo currently) and they are very sturdy with a good interior build quality. This may not be your first thought when buying a laptop but build quality is important so that it lasts and doesn't degrade right when the going gets tough at university!

In addition to this you could look at an Ipad if you wanted something portable and easy to carry. You can still write on it if you get a cover with a prop up stand and a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Places to look at for a laptop:

- PC world
- Laptopsdirect
- Amazon

I would try to avoid laptops under around £150. Not to say they aren't usable but simply that they tend to fall apart after a couple of months to a year. A laptop that is around £300 should do you justice in terms of lasting for your years at university.

For reference in June 2015 I bought a Lenovo Laptop for £600 and it is still going strong today. It's a bit slower than it once was (it is due a reboot) but it works well for my fiance to do her masters work on, watch youtube or netflix and generally browse!

I hope this helps!

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Honestly, I know it's expensive asf - but purchasing my MacBook Air for school / uni was one of the best decisions I've ever made...
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HP laptops are the best, Acers are also good. these two would be the best brands. make sure you get anti virus student beans can get you 10% off curry’s laptops
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HP laptops are the best, Acers are also good. these two would be the best brands. make sure you get anti virus student beans can get you 10% off curry’s laptops
Hello

Not that I wish to dissuade anyone from a particular brand however having an uncle who repairs computers for a living he would say that most of the laptops he would have to service would be HP.

Acer can be a nice price for the specification you can get but the build quality is not brilliant. Lenovo and Dell can cost slightly extra depending on if you get a deal or not but their build quality is so good it is 100% worth it.

You make a good point about student discount from currys. If you can - try to wait till Cyber Monday or Black Friday for some deals.

Regardless of preference for brand I would say look at laptops with a lot of reviews and try to go for one that is not on the lower end. With Laptops you do tend to get what you pay for.

I hope this helps.

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MacBook Air if it’s within your budget, a good investment.

Perfect for student use
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Hey so the title says it all really, what laptop do you guys recommend for uni, but I would also like to ask what your opinion is on whether I should use Mac or Windows. I also only need it for uni work, so those are the only factors that will persuade my purchase. Thank you!
It's impossible to give recommendations without a bit more information. Most importantly, what is your budget? My go to recommendation is this Dell Inspiron, which comes in at £500 with student discount. It's an all round excellent, no compromises laptop, but without knowing your budget it's difficult to say if it's the most suitable. You mention comparing Windows and MacOS, so presumably have the budget to look at MacBooks. As a result, more premium devices like the MacBook Air, Surface Laptop, Dell XPS 13 and so on are also options. But whether they're right for you isn't something we can determine without more information.

Knowing your budget is pretty much a necessity, but knowing some other information is also useful. You mention that you're studying Philosophy and literally only want it for uni work. So not even personal usage like streaming YouTube/Netflix? What sort of size and weight are you looking at? The Dell Inspiron I linked is a good balance at 14 inches and 1.4Kg, but you can go smaller and lighter if you spend more on a premium ultrabook, or you can go up to 15.6 inches (but get a heavier device) if you'd rather have more screen space. IMO the 14 inch laptops are a good balance, but it depends on what you want.
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