Laptop for first year College student

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  1. frogboy2727

    frogboy2727 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'd like to purchase a laptop, for my nephew. I would prefer a laptop, with a good trackpad, intergrated graphics, backlit keyboard and good battery life.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    C, prefer 14"

    a. Netbook; 10” screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12” screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
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    I'm open to any brand.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Taking notes in class, college projects

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    It has to be mobile

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    As many as possible, with a standard battery pack.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Purchasing on line is preferred.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows 7.

    Screen Specifics
    Standard resolution.

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. If you are unsure of what to purchase, we would highly recommend you check some notebook screens before you buy to see what you like. You may also wish to take a look at the notebook screen guide for more information.

    •Netbook resolution: WSVGA
    •Actual resolutions: 1024x600 and 1024x576
    •Offered on Netbooks 10" and smaller
    •Netbook standard resolution. This is the lowest resolution available, and is designed to easily read text and icons on smaller-sized netbook screens. However, this leads to a somewhat “crowded” display that can generally only handle one visible window at a time. Typically not available on larger machines.

    •Standard Resolutions: WXGA, HD, 720p
    •Actual resolutions: 1280x800 and 1366x768
    •Offered on larger Netbooks and Notebooks up to 16"
    •Lower resolution screens offer big text and icons that are easy to read. Less stuff fits on the screen, which translates into more scrolling. Multiple windows can be worked with, though they may have to overlap some.

    •Midrange Resolutions: WXGA+, HD+, 900p
    •Actual resolutions: 1440x900 and 1600x900
    •Offered on all Notebooks. Keep in mind text will be very small on a 12" WXGA+ notebook.
    •A set of in-between resolution options that are found on some machines. Considered base resolution on 17" inch and higher laptops. Text and icons are smaller than standard resolution screens, and more windows fit onto the screen. These resolutions are very good for working with multiple windows side-by-side, without having to overlap them.

    •Maximum Resolutions: WSXGA+, WUXGA, FHD, 1080p
    •Actual resolutions: 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 1920x1080
    •Offered on Notebook 15" and larger
    •On these screens text and icons will be very small. Text can often be hard to read, though some do like it. A very large number of windows fit on the screen, and there will be little need to overlap any of them. Max resolution screens are good for applications that require high detail (CAD, graphics editing, etc.)
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Non-glossy preferred

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Next 2 months

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3-4 years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
    320GB - 500GB

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
  2. Sxooter

    Sxooter Notebook Virtuoso

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  3. sugarkang

    sugarkang Notebook Evangelist

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    Buy two cheap notebooks. One now and sell it in 2 years. Use that money and buy another one. Any AMD-e350 offerings look good.
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