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Old 06-11-2015, 08:55 AM
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number three kid headed to college........he/we have been on MAC's for a decade now...........but the university suggested he go with a PC..........

what's the most/best bang for my buck?
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:11 AM
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My kid has a toshiba we got him last year. Large screen, pretty fast, likes it. It is a big large for my personal preference. Was around $600.

For work, we use Lenovo think pads and the get the shit beat out of them and don't seem to die. We turn them every three years but my last one was fine and would still be functioning today another year later.

Neither are touch screen. That seems to be all, the rave today. I use my iPad for surfing the net where touch is nice.

I'm sure you'll get many more opinions but from a build standpoint our lenovos hold up well

They are pricey, but he will make it through the full four years of schooling.

That's all I got.
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I use a HP Pro Book 450 every day. Had it for about a year. Love it and it was pretty cheap.

I have an iPad as well just for fun.
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We use iPads for all of our Daily's and shipping Manifests. But its not a good laptop for all those other lap top things. Hear good things about ASUS for the money.

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I've always gone with Toshiba when going for best bang for buck route
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I agree. Toshiba Satellite. Inexpensive and very reliable. Just my opinion. -Glen
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What is his major? if it isn't computer science or engineering get a MacBook. Expensive but simple, easy, and he will be considered "cool".
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by wdkerek View Post
number three kid headed to college........he/we have been on MAC's for a decade now...........but the university suggested he go with a PC..........

what's the most/best bang for my buck?
Our local University will suggest both. Both a PC package and a Mac package is listed and available. And then its the students choice but anything bought of a brand of someone else should at least meet the minimum requirements of those two packages. And they support both of those with onsite service and software. And they offer onsite repair and warranty wrapped up into their group buy. But they recommend both of them. But go to that college and see if they list a set of specifications so you know.
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Another thought is to see what the university is offering computer-wise. When I went to school the university offered PCs and Macs. They were both comparable in price when you looked at buying them privately, but if you bought through the university you got a 4 year full warranty. I could throw the thing off a balcony and they would replace it. Not a bad deal for a college environment, that laptop ended up lasting 8 years somehow.
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Another thought is to see what the university is offering computer-wise. When I went to school the university offered PCs and Macs. They were both comparable in price when you looked at buying them privately, but if you bought through the university you got a 4 year full warranty. I could throw the thing off a balcony and they would replace it. Not a bad deal for a college environment, that laptop ended up lasting 8 years somehow.

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ASUS. Just got the wife one for school (electrical engineering). Has a solid state hard drive. Boots up in 5 seconds, and has all the bells and whistles, including touch screen. Other brands I like are HP and Dell. Have a high end Dell Precision at my current job. LOVE IT, but it is freaking HEAVY. I wouldnt go larger than a 15" screen for carrying around campus. Then get a second monitor for the room.

We had Lenonos at my old job. I wouldn't use one if you gave it to me. Hated them with a passion.
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Wait until the kid is actually in college and buy through them, their warranties are the bomb! Every kid I have ever mentored that went onto college got one through the schools and boy have those warranties been a God send.
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^this is also an excellent idea. Cause, you know, sometimes @%&* happens when you are using it to DJ "study night" in the dorm and some jackolope spills their (water or milk) on it trying to find top 40 music videos on YouTube...
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We recently picked up a Dell XPS 13. Ran about $750 and am thrilled with it. Solid state hard drive so starts up instantly, battery life will more than last through a day of classes and studying. Take a look at the reviews out there, they tend to me great (just make sure it is review of current model, not previous).

Best part is the bezel around the screen is tiny, so its footprint is much closer to an 11" chassis than a 13".

We got the base version, but there is a touchscreen version upgrade.

You can get an education discount for Dell, and oftentimes Dell sells direct through universities so you get the good warranty.
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Lenovo TXXX standard business issue laptop made to survive lots of travel. I drop mine all of the time and it just keeps on going.
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Had a Toshiba years okay that served me well. Have an Asus now that's been great.

We seem to switch between Dell and Lenovo for our work issues laptops. Had a Lenovo for awhile and have had a Dell for the past few years now. I'm up for a replacement this summer not sure what they are giving me next
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if you are going to stay with microsoft I would give a surface a hard look. but the new lenovo tab 2 tablet is a lot of bang for the buck. just bought one last weekend and it very nice, fast, great screen etc.
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
if you are going to stay with microsoft I would give a surface a hard look. but the new lenovo tab 2 tablet is a lot of bang for the buck. just bought one last weekend and it very nice, fast, great screen etc.
I use a Surface pro 3 for taking notes in class. It is great for that. I use a regular laptop for writing papers though. Bigger keyboard.
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If he is already a mac power user, get him a nice macbook pro and then buy Parallels on it. Windows (and applications) run inside the parallels application very well.

http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/
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I really like my Thinkpad 1440s I use at work.
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