Laptop for Graduate School

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  1. Setreal

    Setreal Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi. I'm going to graduate school for genetics and could use some help looking for a new laptop.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    $1100

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

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

    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    b. Dislike: Dell

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

    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Genetic analysis programs, playing movies, Photoshop.

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

    Both.

    8) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?

    No.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    Preferably 5-6 hours.

    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?

    Online is okay.

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

    Vista.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    a. WXGA – 1280x800 or occasionally 1280x768; For people who like big text and icons that are easy to read. Less stuff fits on the screen, which translates into more scrolling.
    b. WXGA+ – 1440x900; A modest bump over WXGA. Text and icons are a bit smaller. A little more stuff fits on the screen.
    c. WSXGA+ – 1680x1050; The middle ground. Again, text and icons are smaller than WXGA+, and more stuff fits onto the screen. Good for having applications open side by side, like a web browser while playing a video.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    No preference.

    Build Quality and Design

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

    Thinner the better.

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    Immediately and 4 years.

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    320 GB+. More the better.

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

    CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD burner preferred but not necessary.

    Thanks for all the help!
     
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  2. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Check the Asus Timline series. The 3810 and 1410.
     
  3. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Everything in Moderation

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    My suggestion for anyone who wants longevity and doesn't play intensive games is to get a business notebook--they're generally more robust. Lenovo makes Thinkpads, Dell the Latitude series, and HP has Elitebooks and others.

    You can get a T500 Thinkpad with a 320 GB 7200 rpm hard drive, 4 GB of memory, and WXGA+ screen for about $1100. Not sure if they are thin enough for your taste, though.
     
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    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Sure business class, how could i forget. Also the Dell Vostro is a good choice
     
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