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Hey guys, I need a laptop for uni that has decent battery life and preferably an I5 processor. Ram doesn't matter as that can be upgraded later, any ideas on a decent laptop? used or new doesn't matte…
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5m, 3w agoPosted 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Hey guys, I need a laptop for uni that has decent battery life and preferably an I5 processor. Ram doesn't matter as that can be upgraded later, any ideas on a decent laptop? used or new doesn't matter to me
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#1
Use the search feature literally hundreds of the same question, you would probably get more replies if you actually find a couple yourself and ask which one would be best. ;)
#2
What is it going to be used for? Uni isn't specific enough. Programming, coding, Microsoft Office?
#3
abzycar
What is it going to be used for? Uni isn't specific enough. Programming, coding, Microsoft Office?

+1 - If your needing to travel a lot with the laptop then you might want to look at a smaller mobile unit (i.e. 12" laptop) but of course this is purely dependent upon what your going to be using it for at university.
#4
Scotty Boy
abzycar
What is it going to be used for? Uni isn't specific enough. Programming, coding, Microsoft Office?

+1 - If your needing to travel a lot with the laptop then you might want to look at a smaller mobile unit (i.e. 12" laptop) but of course this is purely dependent upon what your going to be using it for at university.


​I'm doing computer science as a degree
#5
adengfx
Scotty Boy
abzycar
What is it going to be used for? Uni isn't specific enough. Programming, coding, Microsoft Office?
+1 - If your needing to travel a lot with the laptop then you might want to look at a smaller mobile unit (i.e. 12" laptop) but of course this is purely dependent upon what your going to be using it for at university.
​I'm doing computer science as a degree

Do you have any information on what exactly you'll be doing during the degree - is there programming involved, a need to create virtual machine environments, etc??? Just need to get an idea of what exactly is needed, as the last thing you want is to get recommendations for laptops that aren't up to scratch for your degree's requirements.

Edited By: Scotty Boy on Aug 27, 2016 18:44
#6
Scotty Boy
adengfx
Scotty Boy
abzycar
What is it going to be used for? Uni isn't specific enough. Programming, coding, Microsoft Office?
+1 - If your needing to travel a lot with the laptop then you might want to look at a smaller mobile unit (i.e. 12" laptop) but of course this is purely dependent upon what your going to be using it for at university.
​I'm doing computer science as a degree

Do you have any information on what exactly you'll be doing during the degree - is there programming involved, a need to create virtual machine environments, etc??? Just need to get an idea of what exactly is needed, as the last thing you want is to get recommendations for laptops that aren't up to scratch for your degree's requirements.


I'm pretty sure we'll be developing softwares and programming. As for virtual machines I'm not sure on that as a whole. The modules only mention software engineering, software development, programming and database systems.
#7
adengfx
Scotty Boy
adengfx
Scotty Boy
abzycar
What is it going to be used for? Uni isn't specific enough. Programming, coding, Microsoft Office?
+1 - If your needing to travel a lot with the laptop then you might want to look at a smaller mobile unit (i.e. 12" laptop) but of course this is purely dependent upon what your going to be using it for at university.
​I'm doing computer science as a degree
Do you have any information on what exactly you'll be doing during the degree - is there programming involved, a need to create virtual machine environments, etc??? Just need to get an idea of what exactly is needed, as the last thing you want is to get recommendations for laptops that aren't up to scratch for your degree's requirements.
I'm pretty sure we'll be developing softwares and programming. As for virtual machines I'm not sure on that as a whole. The modules only mention software engineering, software development, programming and database systems.

Apologies for the delay in replying, I'm stuck in my sick bed just now, but if I were you I'd contact the university and get clarification on the exact technical specs of the systems that would be supported & required for the course - IF the software packages aren't going to be overly CPU intensive you could potentially look at the Lenovo ThinkPad T Series ThinkPads but if mobility is a requirement there's also the X Series ThinkPads or even the HP EliteBooks as well.

You can still get relatively cheap second hand T420 and T430 (14") but also the X220 and X230 (12.5") ThinkPads off of eBay along with the 2570p (12") EliteBook as well - the 2570ps are not to bad, as I have relatives kids using them for there university courses but they are doing CPU intensive work, so both of they're systems are running with i7-3630QM CPUs to allow them to run multiple virtual machines.

I hope that all of that additional information and the initial suggestion are of some help to you.
#8
I've got a hp probook laptop. 128gb ssd. finger scanner login. i5. 8gb ram maybe more. should work great for what you need. used less than a year. but I'm looking at 500 for it any use to you?

to be straight with you its not 1080p and if thats what your looking for you can find that searching here. other than that I cant fault the machine excellent battery. rarely ever heard the fans
#9
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660

would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
#10
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.

Edited By: RiverDragon8 on Aug 29, 2016 10:42: edit
#11
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?

RiverDragon8
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.

You can use a USB 3 Express Card with the T420 ThinkPad you've listed but you wouldn't get native USB 3 speeds - I still think OP (adengfx) that you should check with your university to get confirmation on the hardware needed for your course, as the last thing you want to do is fork out a heap of money for a laptop to only find out later on it's not fit for purpose.

EDIT: Forgot to say that the i7 CPU in that T420 is actually the dual core model, just something to bear in mind if your needing a quad core CPU.

Edited By: Scotty Boy on Aug 29, 2016 15:42: Added to the Post
#12
Scotty Boy
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?

RiverDragon8
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.

You can use a USB 3 Express Card with the T420 ThinkPad you've listed but you wouldn't get native USB 3 speeds - I still think OP (adengfx) that you should check with your university to get confirmation on the hardware needed for your course, as the last thing you want to do is fork out a heap of money for a laptop to only find out later on it's not fit for purpose.

EDIT: Forgot to say that the i7 CPU in that T420 is actually the dual core model, just something to bear in mind if your needing a quad core CPU.


​Yeah I will do that, may not even need a laptop if the university has all the required hardware needed. Thanks for the help!
#13
adengfx
Scotty Boy
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
RiverDragon8
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.
You can use a USB 3 Express Card with the T420 ThinkPad you've listed but you wouldn't get native USB 3 speeds - I still think OP (adengfx) that you should check with your university to get confirmation on the hardware needed for your course, as the last thing you want to do is fork out a heap of money for a laptop to only find out later on it's not fit for purpose.
EDIT: Forgot to say that the i7 CPU in that T420 is actually the dual core model, just something to bear in mind if your needing a quad core CPU.
​Yeah I will do that, may not even need a laptop if the university has all the required hardware needed. Thanks for the help!

No probs - see what they say mate and then get back to us on this thread if your still needing a laptop.

Edited By: Scotty Boy on Aug 29, 2016 15:57
#14
Scotty Boy
adengfx
Scotty Boy
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
RiverDragon8
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.
You can use a USB 3 Express Card with the T420 ThinkPad you've listed but you wouldn't get native USB 3 speeds - I still think OP (adengfx) that you should check with your university to get confirmation on the hardware needed for your course, as the last thing you want to do is fork out a heap of money for a laptop to only find out later on it's not fit for purpose.
EDIT: Forgot to say that the i7 CPU in that T420 is actually the dual core model, just something to bear in mind if your needing a quad core CPU.
​Yeah I will do that, may not even need a laptop if the university has all the required hardware needed. Thanks for the help!

No probs - see what they say mate and then get back to us on this thread if your still needing a laptop.


​Sorry for not mentioning this earlier but I also need to run photoshop on the laptop as I work at a graphic design studio. I'd use my PC but that's been on its last legs for the past couple of months.
#15
RiverDragon8
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.


​Thanks! :D
#16
Scotty Boy
adengfx
Scotty Boy
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
RiverDragon8
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.
You can use a USB 3 Express Card with the T420 ThinkPad you've listed but you wouldn't get native USB 3 speeds - I still think OP (adengfx) that you should check with your university to get confirmation on the hardware needed for your course, as the last thing you want to do is fork out a heap of money for a laptop to only find out later on it's not fit for purpose.
EDIT: Forgot to say that the i7 CPU in that T420 is actually the dual core model, just something to bear in mind if your needing a quad core CPU.
​Yeah I will do that, may not even need a laptop if the university has all the required hardware needed. Thanks for the help!

No probs - see what they say mate and then get back to us on this thread if your still needing a laptop.


​So I contacted the university and they told me you will have 24/7 access to our specialised labs, but it is recommended that you get a laptop with enough processing power to dual boot.
#17
adengfx
Scotty Boy
adengfx
Scotty Boy
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
RiverDragon8
adengfx
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182258910660
would this be sufficient enough? I can always upgrade the ram. if I were to run CPU intensive work, would this processor cut it?
You want to be looking 3rd gen processors upwards especially at that price because they have USB 3.0 + slightly better graphic card. But if this isn't important then that 2nd gen i7 is decent, plus point is it's HD+ screen.
You can use a USB 3 Express Card with the T420 ThinkPad you've listed but you wouldn't get native USB 3 speeds - I still think OP (adengfx) that you should check with your university to get confirmation on the hardware needed for your course, as the last thing you want to do is fork out a heap of money for a laptop to only find out later on it's not fit for purpose.
EDIT: Forgot to say that the i7 CPU in that T420 is actually the dual core model, just something to bear in mind if your needing a quad core CPU.
​Yeah I will do that, may not even need a laptop if the university has all the required hardware needed. Thanks for the help!
No probs - see what they say mate and then get back to us on this thread if your still needing a laptop.
​So I contacted the university and they told me you will have 24/7 access to our specialised labs, but it is recommended that you get a laptop with enough processing power to dual boot.

Apologies for the delay in replying (had an adverse reaction to new medication) but I would get back to the university to clarify what operating systems you'll be dual-booting on your computer - I would assume it will be Linux and Windows but that would be handy to get confirmation, as specific Linux Distributions do need additional configuration to ensure all of the hardware is fully supported.

Did they also mention any specific hardware requirements for the laptop you'll need for the core - did they state anything regarding CPU type (dual core or quad core?), how much RAM (8GB or 16GB+?), etc, etc?

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