Best laptop for college Purpose

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  1. benjiman

    benjiman Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi!
    I want to buy a laptop for son for exams research purpose, which will be used for college. My range is between 1000-1500, lower end preferably.
    However, don't want to buy a cheap PC. I am not sure what would best meet needs, gb, ram, etc. will be used for school & personal, also ability to watch movies & record onto discs.
     
  2. Vaardu

    Vaardu Notebook Enthusiast

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    As your son goes to college, I was OK with an i5, 8GB RAM with an SSD for quick boot-time. The tricky issue here is that I had a 12.5in computer with no disc drive, but after looking around on Notebookcheck.net (recommended, since I look heavily into detail when finding the right computer); I did stumble across this review of a Dell Vostro 15 3000. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Vostro-15-3568-7200U-256GB-Laptop-Review.271962.0.html

    As well as the Lenovo ThinkPad E570 which might be the better option: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-E570-Core-i5-GTX-950M-Notebook-Review.195890.0.html

    The later models like latest Dells, ThinkPads and the like come with no DVD writer. Which is a shame, considering

    The Dell review claims it has a bluish tint. The Lenovo does seem to shine with its display.
     
  3. benjiman

    benjiman Notebook Enthusiast

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    Both dell and lenovo systems are around 700 euro.
    So if i want to buy old refurb system. is it a good choice?
    What's your say on it?
     
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  4. Vaardu

    Vaardu Notebook Enthusiast

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    It's a risk buying most refurbs, as I bought an outlet ThinkPad X230 and it appeared to have something rattling inside, so that was returned. That's the drawback with refurbs as you never know what to expect unless stated by the seller.

    You probably will have better luck buying new, as it'll last longer in the long run. Used products can be similar to Russian Roulette...

    My only worry is reliability when buying refurbs. I'm swaying towards buying new, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared with a plan B.
     
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    benjiman Notebook Enthusiast

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    :) Russian Roulette
    A good way to express.
     
  6. ThatOldGuy

    ThatOldGuy Notebook Deity

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    My 2 cents

    Give your son a budget, and let him do the research into what would meet his needs. A good exercise in independence, and if he gets something impractical or junk; its on him.
     
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