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PC for University?

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Can anyone recomend a good pc/moniter/printer bundle suitable for a student about to start University? Thanks
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Although it depends somewhat on your situation I'd recommend a laptop rather than a desktop - if you're going away to university it makes it a lot easier to transport home in the holidays etc. Also unless things have changed a lot since I was at uni I wouldn't bother buying a printer, - just use the printers on campus if possible.
#2
I'd agree with ilikewatch about geting a laptop - you can always plug in a usb keyboard and/or extra monitor is that's a concern, but the portability of the laptop is essential as you'll not only be working in your room but also the library quiet room etc (and home in the hols maybe!). But I would still get a printer - a basic one with cheap ink carts - because it will save you money on uni printing prices and also prevent those last minute issues with printing assignments. If you are like me and leave things late, you'll be glad you don't have to run around campus in the middle of the night to find a printer!! Good luck with your studies and uni life :thumbsup: (p.s. check under dell on this site for recent deals)
#4
Most studies now days are geared for laptops. I use a dell, got a great deal through this forum and quidco. Mike one of the mods usually posts the deals and you can pick up great software (depending on the uni`, as they supply it) also free internet. Therefore I would consider a wireless card with your laptop
#5
To be honest I can't really see myself lugging a "normal" laptop around. My plan had been to buy a decent desktop package and the pick up a cheap tiny laptop. I thought the eee 900 might come right down in price? I see that PC World has a "space saving" HP desktop package £499, is that a better machine than the Acer mentioned above? Thanks for advice - I don't reall know enough to spec my own on the websites suggested. :)
#6
I got a laptop for uni but to be honest i was no better off than if i had got a desktop really. I dont know many people who took their laptops into uni, most people just took their work in on a USB stick and used the uni ones.
#7
Yes, that was what I thought I would do, I'm also a bit worried about being mugged if I'm obviously carrying a laptop - or I may leave it behind somewhere is I go out straight from lectures...I understand that sometimes students go drinking :whistling:
banned#8
Get a laptop, Lenovo or Fujitsu Siemens are pretty good value for money, about the £400 mark.

Get a USB stick and load it up with portable apps, http://portableapps.com (handy if you leave the lappy at home), or loose it on one of your drinking trips, hehem... I mean "research trips" :)
Protect the data on the stick with http://www.truecrypt.org/ and your good to go.

Hope that helps :)
#9
I bought a laptop to go to uni with mainly because I couldn't be bothered to take a desktop down with me. I never really took it into uni, took my work in on a stick/emailed it in, but found it easier to have a laptop when going home for the holidays.
banned#10
soupy
Get a laptop, Lenovo or Fujitsu Siemens are pretty good value for money, about the £400 mark.

Get a USB stick and load it up with portable apps, http://portableapps.com (handy if you leave the lappy at home), or loose it on one of your drinking trips, hehem... I mean "research trips" :)
Protect the data on the stick with http://www.truecrypt.org/ and your good to go.

Hope that helps :)


This:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148295
or this:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139120
#11
Thanks for all of that info - the laptops look smart but I am still not convinced that I wouldn't be better with a desktop. Think I'll go and wander round PC world and I can pick up the laptops and see if they are heavy (and set off alarms no doubt :roll:)
#12
Laptops are a lot easier to lug about going to and from uni, especially in later years if you are living off campus. If you want to play games however, go for a desktop with a decent graphics card. Agree with the above statement about Fujitsu and Lenovo laptops - they are well built and practical for the money :)

PS What course are you doing? Is it one where you will use a computer a lot, or just occasionally for writing essays and researching?
#13
I'm doing law so I guess there will be lots of essays...one of the reasons I thought a desk top would be better as I find laptops difficult to work at for very long. I might play some games...if not too busy working!
#14
I have built one but its probably overkill, Q6600(quad core) 8600GT, 4 gigs of ram, digital freeview card, wireless internet card, 6.1 souncard with a 19" phillips DVI/VGA monitor(good quality) was wanting £380 for it as it comes with a legit Vista Home Premium and Works 9 but can haggle.

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