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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:35 UTC+1 No.14651916 Report

Sup' dudes.

About to start college and I'm looking for a laptop but I have no idea whats shit and whats good. Any suggestions for a decent one? Price isn't really a huge problem but below $800 would be nice. Pic not related.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:38 UTC+1 No.14651926 Report

If all you intend to do while outside of your room is college stuff, I seriously recommend getting the C720 Chromebook that's on Groupon (hope it's still there) and sinking the rest into a desktop. You will love doing longer assignments on a big monitor with a comfortable keyboard and mouse, while still being able to do simple shit on the move with a big battery life. Plus you can even teach yourself about things like SSH and Remote Desktop, letting you totally control the desktop from wherever you are with your laptop.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:39 UTC+1 No.14651930 Report

>>14651916
/g/ normally recommends ThinkPads.

Pic related.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:41 UTC+1 No.14651941 Report

Buy a macbook pro. Lasts for years.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:43 UTC+1 No.14651949 Report

>>14651926
>Plus you can even teach yourself about things like SSH and Remote Desktop

If you actually forward your ports needed for using remote desktop outside your LAN than you are an idiot.

Also if you recommend a Chromebook, your an idiot.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:45 UTC+1 No.14651957 Report

>>14651949
Oh OP I almost forgot, /g/ leaks from time to time so you might see this sentiment.

As it turns out Google is not a botnet trying to steal your homework for ad revenue, and you don't need to be able to play 10-bit "Chinese cartoons" while in lecture.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:50 UTC+1 No.14651973 Report

>>14651930
Would a ThinkPad give me the best bang for my buck? Or does /g/ just dick ride them like apple fanboys or something? Not trying to be a dick I just honestly know little about laptops.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:53 UTC+1 No.14651979 Report

>>14651973
>/g/ just dick ride them like apple fanboys or something
Bingo.

Actually in truth you do get pretty solid machine for the money, but that only becomes really appreciable when you dip down into older Core 2 Duo Thinkpads. The ones you find with 1st/2nd gen Core i3/i5 are a lot more relevant to modern performance standards but the prices start to catch up with the sorts of stuff you'd catch on sale on Newegg. The only difference then is in build quality, since laptops these days can be very shoddy and unreliable.

But for a lot of them, it's really just dick riding.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:55 UTC+1 No.14651982 Report

>>14651973

Well I think /g/ recommends them for durability, I am not too sure about price. I think if you get them used than yes they have a good bang for your buck. Perhaps someone else can elaborate?
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)04:56 UTC+1 No.14651984 Report

>>14651982
New Thinkpads are priced for corporate buyers. The entire discussion about getting a Thinkpad is that you get one used. They tend to be extremely easy to find and in good condition because they come from corporations who have just refreshed their stock with new models.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)05:03 UTC+1 No.14652015 Report

So besides the ThinkPad, which doesn't seem like a bad choice, are there any others? Chromebook was recommended but I feel like they're too bare when it comes to running software and hard-drive space (or I'm completely wrong).
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)05:06 UTC+1 No.14652019 Report

>>14652015
You're not wrong about the Chromebooks. It's just a matter of wondering what software it is you think you're going to be running while you're out and about. If you need to run something like Matlab or AutoCAD then fine. If you're a psych major then I can't imagine what kind of special software you expect to need outside of a word processor and a slideshow presentation maker. (As for drive space, again, what kind of files will you have that are large? The shittiest of flash drives can hold thousands of presentations and documents.)
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