Cheap laptop for computer scienceWatch
I'm looking for a laptop that will be good enough for a computer science course and possibly affordable at the same time. I would prefer not to exceed £500 if that's doable. I'm not gonna use it for games and stuff, just online learning and programming. Are there any OK models within my range or should I pay more and treat it as a good investment?
If your budget allows, I would absolutely spend a little more and get something decent. This Dell Inspiron is a laptop I typically recommend as a solid all rounder. It's £600, although this drops down to £570 with student discount. However Dell are currently offering a sale for 3 more days, and with the code FLASH12 which you can see on the product page the price will drop to £528. This is a really good price, with similar laptops coming in around £530-550 and if I were looking for a laptop now I'd be jumping on this.
100% I'd spend just a little more and treat it as a solid investment. Spending a little more upfront and taking care of the laptop will inevitably save you money down the line.
Go to a local computer store downtown. Ask good questions and make notes too. Re evaluate your budget too. Ask the store staff for some useful tips and advice. Do spend a bit more cash now it will pay off dividends in the long term. Make brief notes on each computer model as well. Read the entire specification. Check out the website as well. Look at pictures of each computer.
That'll be suitable for your purposes, very durable and have a nice keyboard... And you'll have change from your budget.