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#4703244 - 03/22/18 01:51 PM Laptop for a Student
fraso Offline


Registered: 03/03/09
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My son is in a certificate program at a local college and the keyboard in his laptop (Toshiba Satellite L50t-A) quit working recently. It has a touchscreen so he can switch to tablet mode to enter commands. The screen also has a dead pixel area about 1" in diameter. Since he used it since 2013 to through school, I think he's probably better off getting a new computer than trying to repair his old one.

His program involving mapping and he needs a good CPU to keep up with rendering. What are reliable laptops we should be looking for a replacement?
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#4703289 - 03/22/18 02:33 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
Andy636 Offline


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Avoid ASUS like the plague...

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#4703322 - 03/22/18 03:04 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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#4703336 - 03/22/18 03:16 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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Get a business class laptop from say Lenovo, Dell or HP. DON'T compare the consumer laptops you'd see in Best Buy to the more rugged business class offerings I mentioned.
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#4703339 - 03/22/18 03:19 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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Have had the Dell XPS 15 for a few months, nice machine. If you are doing rendering I would look for the following:

1080P screen (minimum)
256GB SSD (minimum)
16GB ram (can't have enough ram)
i7 processor (faster - the better)
GTX1050 video chip (minimum)
6 cell battery
Under 6 lbs

This would be my dream machine
https://www.costco.com/Dell-XPS-15-Touch....100336318.html
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#4703371 - 03/22/18 03:45 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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I bought an Acer latop from Amazon. Acer E15. I use it and I am a teacher.
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#4703417 - 03/22/18 04:19 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: Andy636]
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Originally Posted By: Andy636
Avoid ASUS like the plague...


Other than the fact Asus just signed up to participate with Nvidia and their very anti competitor GPP program, why not buy Asus? They give a good warranty, and when I bought mine, they gave a free 2 year accidental warranty as long as you registered your product with them within 30 days of purchase. They are a company that specializes in motherboards, which are the one thing you don't want to fail in a laptop, and in my experience, they make good quality products.

The bigger question is what do you want to spend? I highly recommend anything using one of the newer Ryzen based processors as they have great bang for the buck. The HP x360 spectre with an AMD Ryzen APU is a good example.
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#4703428 - 03/22/18 04:29 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: skyactiv]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
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Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Get a business class laptop from say Lenovo, Dell or HP. DON'T compare the consumer laptops you'd see in Best Buy to the more rugged business class offerings I mentioned.


+1 on business offerings. ASUS are junk throughout line. Apple is another business class

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#4703458 - 03/22/18 04:54 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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Registered: 02/18/11
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Loc: Hudson, NH
Have a HP Pavilion just over a year. Its the biggest piece of junk ever. Made sure it was all intel. Big mistake, they cleverly hid the fact it was a celeron. It is beyond slow, hangs with numerous graphics and CPU errors. last week the display became distorted. Like stage lighting all across the top. The only thing good about it is battery life. One star!

Knew I should have stayed with Dell. Never have these problems. AMD looking pretty good right now
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#4703470 - 03/22/18 05:01 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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It's already been said - buy a business class laptop. I've bought hundreds of them, mostly HP's over the years for our school. Reliability has been excellent.
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#4703571 - 03/22/18 06:40 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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#4703573 - 03/22/18 06:41 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
fraso Offline


Registered: 03/03/09
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Loc: Fort Erie, ON
Thanks for the quick responses. I'll check around to see what business machines are available.

What is it that differentiates a business laptop from a consumer product?
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#4703593 - 03/22/18 06:57 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
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Registered: 06/24/04
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Loc: St. Louis
Originally Posted By: fraso
Thanks for the quick responses. I'll check around to see what business machines are available.

What is it that differentiates a business laptop from a consumer product?


Quality and durability. They tend to not be loaded with junk programs.
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#4703620 - 03/22/18 07:21 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
fraso Offline


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I was really trying to understand how to recognize a business laptop from the specifications. I would think that quality and durability have more to do with the machine's reputation than a specification.
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#4703637 - 03/22/18 07:39 PM Re: Laptop for a Student [Re: fraso]
MONKEYMAN Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
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Loc: St. Louis
Originally Posted By: fraso
I was really trying to understand how to recognize a business laptop from the specifications. I would think that quality and durability have more to do with the machine's reputation than a specification.


Dell breaks down how to tell the difference here:
Dell Laptops

. Inspiron is home. Latitude and Vostro business.
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