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    (Original post by sv90)
    Thanks for all the advice. Looks like I'm just gonna spend money on a high-end desktop.

    Being quite ignorant, how will I go about connecting to university wireless? Will I need to buy a wireless router to along with the PC?
    I doubt you'll have wireless in halls, only on campus. Your internet connection will most probably be delivered through an ethernet hookup in the wall.
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    Think of all the porn you can download without nosy parents investigating! :hubba:
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    I couldn't cope with a desktop, I need to go the library and I need to take my computer with me. I don't know if you'd necessarily need one if you were doing a course where you wouldn't have to use the library a lot.
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    (Original post by PieMaster)
    You need to get a Mac really, or the cool kids won't like you.
    :rofl:
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    (Original post by anandv05)
    im doing economics this summer too!!
    ermm im going to get a laptop but i suppose a desktop will be equally as good.. but remember your accomodation is going to be pretty / very small and so a desktop will take up loads of space
    Drivel.
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    Informative thread indeed. I've been wondering for a while whether to take a laptop or desktop to uni in september, i'm doing economics too

    Main thing is i'd like to take my PS3 so would ideally take my HD monitor with me, seems daft not to take a desktop if I have a monitor but i'd like to ahve the portability of a laptop too
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    (Original post by lnjames)
    Think of all the porn you can download without nosy parents investigating! :hubba:
    No, just IT services keeping track of your speciality fetish porn habits... :p:
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    No, just IT services keeping track of your speciality fetish porn habits... :p:
    It's okay, I consider it sharing! :yes:
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    (Original post by OhNO!)
    I couldn't cope with a desktop, I need to go the library and I need to take my computer with me. I don't know if you'd necessarily need one if you were doing a course where you wouldn't have to use the library a lot.
    Why? What's wrong with email/USB sticks? I personally see it as being a total non-issue for the vast majority. I only need a laptop because I've got a lot of forensics tools on it that I need in order to do my uni work.
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    i had a desktop + netbook for halls. it was fine. In fact, it was better than fine. it was awesome.
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    crap laptops ftw; mine's tiny but it goes everywhere with me :|
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    (Original post by Bilkos_Ices)
    Informative thread indeed. I've been wondering for a while whether to take a laptop or desktop to uni in september, i'm doing economics too

    Main thing is i'd like to take my PS3 so would ideally take my HD monitor with me, seems daft not to take a desktop if I have a monitor but i'd like to ahve the portability of a laptop too
    Get a netbook if you're really desperate to get on Facebook while waiting for your lecture to start. In the vast majority of cases, people think that it would be good to have the portability of a laptop, but then never move the damn thing, except at the beginning/end of term.
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    Why? What's wrong with email/USB sticks? I personally see it as being a total non-issue for the vast majority. I only need a laptop because I've got a lot of forensics tools on it that I need in order to do my uni work.
    Because I need to use a certain floor of my library, and the availability of computer spaces there isn't always brilliant. I live about 15 minutes away from the library, so if I had to keep going back and forth I would waste a lot of time.

    It's a lot easier for me to have a laptop, so I can take it to the library and definitely have a computer to work on. I could have a desktop, but it would make my life a lot more awkward. The fact that my laptop is portable is useful for me all throughout term, maybe you would never move yours if you had one, I move my laptop around at uni every day.
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    Get a netbook if you're really desperate to get on Facebook while waiting for your lecture to start. In the vast majority of cases, people think that it would be good to have the portability of a laptop, but then never move the damn thing, except at the beginning/end of term.
    Well i do enjoy Facebook :p: but the primary purpose would be being able to type up stuff when i'm on the go. Are netbooks strictly for browsing the internet as the name suggests? or can you add MS Office onto them? I have no knowledge on them whatsoever.
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    (Original post by PieMaster)
    You need to get a Mac really, or the cool kids won't like you.
    Noooo, is that really true?! I've heard that before, but percentage wise, how many people have one of those at uni? I want one but they're so expensive...
    Btw, I don't mind if I'm not cool so much, but I just want to believe that they're not "all that"
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    (Original post by Bilkos_Ices)
    Well i do enjoy Facebook :p: but the primary purpose would be being able to type up stuff when i'm on the go. Are netbooks strictly for browsing the internet as the name suggests? or can you add MS Office onto them? I have no knowledge on them whatsoever.
    Of course you can. At the end of the day, they're just diminutively sized/specced laptops. They can still run office applications. The only issue being the size of the keyboard. Try one out in a shop to see how comfortably you could use one.
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    i never take my laptop to lectures, there is just no need, and it would make me look like a prick,
    you should definelty get a laptop instead of desktop, its useful if you need to get away from your desk and just study in the library for a change.
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    (Original post by Rainbow-Dream)
    Noooo, is that really true?! I've heard that before, but percentage wise, how many people have one of those at uni? I want one but they're so expensive...
    Btw, I don't mind if I'm not cool so much, but I just want to believe that they're not "all that"
    Christ. :facepalm:

    He was being sarcastic. I tend to think the opposite to be honest. Mac users at uni tend to be pretentious tossers, in my experience. They're not worth the money. Get a bog standard £400 laptop - you won't need anything more expensive.
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    (Original post by Rainbow-Dream)
    Noooo, is that really true?! I've heard that before, but percentage wise, how many people have one of those at uni? I want one but they're so expensive...
    Btw, I don't mind if I'm not cool so much, but I just want to believe that they're not "all that"
    rubbish, people wont discriminate you becuase you dont have a mac, its mostly the international students that can afford one
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    Of course you can. At the end of the day, they're just diminutively sized/specced laptops. They can still run office applications. The only issue being the size of the keyboard. Try one out in a shop to see how comfortably you could use one.
    I'm really not a fan of small keyboards, i've looked at different laptop keyboards before to compare their size but didn't look at the netbook ones as I hadn't considered them. Might have a look tomorrow since it's going to be pouring down all day.

    Do you mind if I pm you about this some time in the near future?
 
 
 
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