Laptop Recommendations for University?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by CasualElectron, Aug 24, 2021.

  1. CasualElectron

    CasualElectron Newbie

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    Hi All,

    I'll be heading into university this coming Fall, and as such, would like to ask for some recommendations for a reliable machine that I can take between classes and work on assignments with.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Preferably around CAD 1000, with a hard limit of CAD 1500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Primarily Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen;, although Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen; laptops are also up for consideration.

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No preferences either way
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Writing assignments (MS Office), Web browsing, occasional video editing

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes, I'm hoping to take it with me between lectures

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    I don't usually play any games on my laptop, barring the occasional browser games (go miniclip!)

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

    6-12 hours
    I'd prefer to have it last over a day of lectures and note taking, and then some, without needing to carry around a power bank.

    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?

    Without seeing it is fine, since I'll be reading through the forums for any recommendations that get posted here.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer?

    High Resolution

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

    Matte is preferred.

    Build Quality and Design

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


    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need

    1 TB

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    Within the month, so August 2021, although with the ongoing chip shortage, I'll be fine with postponing the order if needed.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    3-4 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    Library computers exist, so I can last a while haha

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?

    Money machine broke, so I would look to ship the laptop to the vendor for any repairs.

    Additional Features

    A touchscreen that can be written on with a stylus would be nice but isn't necessary.
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Something like the Acer Swift 3 can be had with Ryzen 7 CPUs that'll offer some number crunching ability, though the graphics is only integrated. If you want to be mobile with your notebook, I'd stick to the smaller sizes. Good luck and welcome to NBR.
  3. kojack

    kojack Notebook Prophet

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    I have the dell 5406 two in one. Check them out at dell's website. ticks all the boxes beside the matte screen, but if you want to have pen support thats an option you won't get.
  4. RhyStar

    RhyStar Notebook Consultant

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    I recommend the HP Envy line. I bought an 11th gen 15.6 laptop without discrete gpu for university and it is a very good machine.


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