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Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a laptop.

The recommended specs by my university's engineering college are

* i7 processor
* 16 gb memory
* 250 gb hard drive (Solid-state drive is recommended)
* 1920 x 1080 resolution
* Win 10 (I'm planning on also adding a Linux distro)

I don't know what is reasonable cost-wise.

Thanks! :D

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Recommendations on where to buy said machines would also be greatly appreciated :D

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@acciomath wow those are beefy requirements :\

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@acciomath Check out the Dell XPS 15. I've had two of them so far (XPS 15 and XPS 15 Touch) and they're amazing machines.

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@drwho huh! One of my irl friends and I were talking and he recommended the XPS 13

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@acciomath Pick the model that fits your hands. The 13 is about 13" in size, the 15 is about 15" in size (the one I picked), and the 17 about 17" inches in size.

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@acciomath These are standard specs for most business laptops. Pretty much every vendor has something that fulfils these requirements. For example, Dell has the Latitude series.

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@loke ok, good to know! Do you have any particular suggestions?

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@acciomath I'm currently waiting for delivery of the Latitude 7400 that my office is providing me.

Until now, I've been using a Latitude E7470 (which, despite the higher number is an older model) which I have been very happy with.

As long as you're not going to play graphics-heavy games, these are very good machines.

The 7400 comes in two versions, the normal one and the two-in-one version. The latter can be folded into a tablet (but has less CPU power)

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@acciomath you could probably find a used Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad on eBay that meets these specs for a solid orice

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@acciomath rose gold Dell XPS 13 club 🤘 (I run Linux Mint on mine)

@acciomath

What is your budget? 🤔 I would recommend going with AMD though

@acciomath

Anything with Ryzen 5 or 7 will do the job and in laptop amd has an edge in Graphic although as per ram don't focus too much you can put extra anytime and it doesn't cost that much

@acciomath

why you gonna have software issue? although its matters i guess

@inditoot I don't know; does my choice of card change the software I can run? I'm probably mistaken.

@acciomath

well not really, You can run most software in both AMD or INTEL chip.

@acciomath

what software you want to run on your laptop?

@inditoot At this point, I'm not sure other than the software required for my degree and maybe a few games.

@acciomath

Software wont be an issue if you can list few of them , i can sure take a look at there requirements

@inditoot The specs I listed are the ones recommended by the university so I can't imagine any of the software programs they want me to use would cause issues with that. As for other software, if it could run Minecraft that would be cool.

@acciomath

Recommendation doesn't mean you have to buy the laptop with same spec. although you can ask them that you are getting an laptop with amd chip

Yeah it can run minecraft without an issue

@acciomath

sorry, I didn't see what you replying too, Well you must have some budget eg you wanna buy under 1000 USD or less than that

@acciomath

hmm that is alot, You can get a decent laptop in that.

wait i will check and recommend you few

@inditoot oh ok. I don't really know what's considered a normal price for a laptop.

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@acciomath Second hand refurbished Thinkpad X1 Carbon.

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@j any particular reason why?

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@acciomath Excellent Linux/BSD support (better than even Dell XPS from what I've heard), cheap and extremely reliable. Currently typing this on a Thinkpad X1 Carbon running OpenBSD, with 8GB of RAM, and i5 processor, 256GB SSD and 2560x1440 resolution screen. It comes in i7 and 16GB variants AFAIK. Battery life is only 4 hours or so, but it charges extremely quickly (as in, if you plug it in during a lecture, it will likely be 90%+ by the time you leave)

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@acciomath It's 2nd hand, four years old and still going strong.

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@acciomath this is a lot of RAM for a relatively crappy screen resolution. Do you have any requirements w.r.t. weight etc?

Are they going to make you run heavy Windows stuff such as Matlab etc?

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@dimpase Probably. I'm planning on going into their math program and their computer science program.

I haven't really thought about requirements wrt weight or anything like that yet.

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@acciomath As some have already mentioned, ThinkPads are apparently really nice, and I’ve also had very good experiences with Lenovo’s other product lines. I’m personally using a Yoga 2 Pro as my study laptop (mostly TeXworks, Visual Studio, RStudio and occasionally Matlab/Octave) and it’s still like new after almost 5 years. Some of their models would probably meet your requirements.

Of course, I’m just one data point 😄 Good luck with the search!

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