I'm looking into purchasing a laptop for school. I have no budget. I'd prefer a larger screen. High amount of RAM. Decent amount of memory. A very durable one. Since I will be in college I will be moving it a lot in my car to my house and what not. Also I'm a little hard on my stuff. I'm not a fan of the whole touch screen hybrid lap tops. I'd like a very nice screen for reading and picture as well. I live in Illinois if that helps at all. It gets cold.
Answer by trueb · Jan 12, 2013 at 07:00 PM
First: Ram is memory, disk space is NOT memory, it is storage... That is a big pet peeve of mine and many others.
but what you are asking for is not really possible, you seem to want all the specs of a high end laptop without wanting to spend the money.
Normally I would recommend ThinkPad as it is IMO the best made computer out there, T530 mainly, but like any good laptop it comes with a price tag. You will need a minimum of $700.
I recommend a minimum of 4 GB of ram, 250 GB hard drive, and a i5 or similar processor.
Answer by TheTechDude · Jan 12, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Well since you gve basically no restrictions whatsoever, I am going to suggest checking out the MacBook Pro with Retina 15". However, If you prefer Windows I would suggest the Dell XPS laptops. Both are great choices and since both are metal they will hold up better than ones made of plastic. Also, I live in Illinois northwest of Chicago and it doesn't get "that" cold here, however you should not leave it in a cold car over night if you do not have a garage.
Answer by Compucore · Jan 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Personally it's either Toshiba business laptops or Lenovo version that I have used in the past. And everything is fine that I have seen either new or used. You mean large amount of memory and large amount of hard drive space. Usually 4-8 gigs of Ram for a laptop and about 320-750 gigs would be a good amount of memory and hard drive space for a laptop for college.
Answer by Razor512 · Jan 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM
If you plan to use the laptop in a moving car then you will need to go with an SSD
Also consider if you need a good GPU
If you want an all around good system when it comes to CPU performance and GPU performance (will handle many modern games)
then this laptop will work well
Answer by catchatyou · Jan 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM
I'd love to help, but since you don't have a budget, you're not going to have a computer. The best advice I could possibly give for you to look on craigslist and buy a laptop for like $300. You really can't do better than that (since you have no budget).
Answer by geekomatic · Jan 13, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Hands-down, the Panasonic Toughbook series. If you can afford new, great. If not, go here:
As far as lasting five years, that's easily doable. Keep in mind though that it will depend on the uses. If you're talking school laptop basics- then a dual-core w/4-16GB RAM, older laptops benefit with the replacement of the HDD to an SSD. Any recent vintage laptop ought to be able to upgrade to Win 7/8.
Answer by Angelwork · Jan 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM
RAM and memory are the same thing. Anyway, it completely depends on what you intend to do with the computer. Do you like gaming? Do you work a lot with video? Do you just want something to browse the internet and do homework? There are plenty of notebooks with nice, big screens, but what's inside them varies enormously.
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