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[Oct. 7th, 2007|02:52 am]
What are people's opinions on getting myself a laptop for final year (in computer science no less)?

Pros, cons? That sort of thing?

I mean, I have a linux account in college, and I have my home account, and most of my work will be on cvs.

[User Picture]From: ferrousoxide
2007-10-07 02:19 am (UTC)
Having a laptop is pretty handy.
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[User Picture]From: ferrousoxide
2007-10-07 02:43 am (UTC)
I suppose that could have been more informative. Depending on what you want to do with it, you'll want to pay close attention to the features you get. If you want a laptop to run Linux and not Windows, go with one of the off-brands that's certified to be ok with Linux. Sometimes, you can get them without an OS pre-loaded, unlike the Dell/etc ones.

If you're going to be dragging it around to campus, you'll surely want 2 things: 1) lightweight--i don't take my laptop as many places as i would if it were lighter. And mine only weighs 5.5lbs or so. 2) as long a battery life as you can find--so much easier to transport the thing without constantly having to carry the power supply.

Of course, if you want to use it for more than just school stuff, you'll have other considerations.

I've been pretty happy with my Dell Inspiron (and nephster13 has a positively bitty Dell that's brilliant), and was even happier with my previous Sony Vaio.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2007-10-08 12:14 am (UTC)
I'll probably split it between windows and linux, so getting windows preloaded isn't too bad in my books - I find that having a windows partition never hurts, so long as it's only xp (vista apparently doesn't like sharing). But I will be watching hardware pretty closely.

The thing about school stuff is also the specs, I'm a comp sci student, so I'll need to get it relatively high spec. But thank you for mentioning some considerations I'd not thought of. Being a laptop virgin, I'm still slightly naive.
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[User Picture]From: deadlybuzz
2007-10-07 09:20 am (UTC)
it IS convenient and its not like would only ever use it for college ever or it wouldn't last a few years.
Especially if you moved out or anything like that laptops are what you want so you can go to the local library and have free wireless.
Do you want a laptop?
Would it be benificial? - ultimately yes it would
but the question is, is it worth the cost?

and you need to ask yourself if a big reason you dont want it is principles and annoyance at the extra fees for 4th year com sciers and if you kind of feel like you 'shouldn't have to'.

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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2007-10-08 12:08 am (UTC)
Well, I am aware that the principles are clouding me a lot - you know how I can be stubborn on such things even if the end result is beneficial to me (and if you don't, then just ask Aisling). The reason the question's arising is because my parents have asked me if I want one... and bloodedrose mentioned that if I have an idea for my project, I could whip it out and slam it in wherever I am. (I phrased it just like that for you, dear)
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