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Thread: Good laptop for engineering student?

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    Question Good laptop for engineering student?

    I'm thinking of getting a good, solid laptop for next year. Something that should be tough but light enough to cart around campus with. It's probably going to need to run some sort of CAD , IDE's and the likes. Any recommendations?

    P.S. How's the Dell Studio range?

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    I have a Dell Studio 1537. It's great. LED backlit LCD makes for good battery life. Otherwise it's a standard notebook with a decent build.

    It all depends what you need to do on the run, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph4t3 View Post
    I'm thinking of getting a good, solid laptop for next year. Something that should be tough but light enough to cart around campus with. It's probably going to need to run some sort of CAD , IDE's and the likes. Any recommendations?
    P.S. How's the Dell Studio range?
    Have you had a look at the PRECISION range ???

    Mobile Workstations that are designed for CAD etc etc

    Only problem is the SA DELL support -- Like a PM woman -- some days good -- some days atrocious

    Most of the other manufacturers have similar offerings. I am not sure if there is a place where you can go and test them all out ?

    Lot of money to fork out without being able to test.

    IF you want a cheap option and have access to eBay have a look here

    eComputers UK

    Sent them some email and got a reply within an hour or two ( and it was just a request for info )

    See here also

    FYI

    I have a Latitude D series ( now discontinued ) -- you can upgrade this to handle pretty much anything ( NOT with any help from Dell SA though )

    8 Gig RAM / 3Ghz CPU -- only problem is the GPU -- only 256 Mb Ram and not the fastest.


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    My ex had an XPS 13" with the works and it was pretty tough and quite light. That said a friend of mine had one as well and he had endless problems with it. Granted his was an older model so it might have just been production teething problems.

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    Dell Precision M4400 for CAD work

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    Dell Precision is great, but it's a little out-of-budget, don't you think?

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    What is the budget ?

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    Well, none stated, but I don't think it makes a lot of sense for a STUDENT to get a Precision

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    Question WHY

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    Well, none stated, but I don't think it makes a lot of sense for a STUDENT to get a Precision
    Why not

    If it is engineering -- you need the BEST

    Did you look at those eBay prices ??? Most stuff in SA is a *Rip-Off*


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    As much as I'd really like to have BEST...i've got budget constraints (8-12k) .What's your guys opinions on acer and toshiba?

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    Also, Precision is generally not what I call mobile...

    Acer and Toshiba are both premium brands, but I generally find the build-quality to be lacking. I'd stick with HP and Dell, but then again, maybe I'm a fanboi

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    Well, for 12k you can get yourself a very nice Sony! A friend of mine bought his (not sure what the model no. is) for 12k at IC about a month ago. Very good performing laptop.

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    Thinkpad if it fits within your budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sn3rd View Post
    Also, Precision is generally not what I call mobile...
    @ 2.7kgs, the M4400 is not that bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by sn3rd View Post
    I have a Dell Studio 1537. It's great. LED backlit LCD makes for good battery life. Otherwise it's a standard notebook with a decent build.

    It all depends what you need to do on the run, really.
    @sn3rd: What are the speakers like in your experience? From reading reviews & forums online I heard the speakers are quite poor.

    I ask because I'm considering buying the 1537 but would like speakers with decent volume (had a hp 6720s and the speakers were unacceptably soft, don't want that again!).

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