HELP!!! Laptop to buy for Chemical Engineering and WHERE to buy it Locally?? PLEASE=)

Rasengan

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Hey Guys - Really in need advice on what laptop to buy and more importantly where to buy it from locally- most of the advice i can find online is US based and when i look up the prices here its nearly triple or doesn't even exist.

So heres the deal - I have a budget of about R13K. I need a relatively thin and light laptop that i can carry back and forth to campus - I am not very strong so this is important. (Its compulsory for us to have a laptop on campus at all times)
-> also the caveat to that is that it also needs to have a decent battery life - 5hrs+ min

As far as specs go Im looking for at least a min of 8gig+ Ram and 4th gen i5 but preferably and i7 QC. (will consider amd if the form factor and performance is right), and will need 1080p matte ips screen (I do a fair amount of photo editing)

Also since ill be in rez and wont have any space for my gaming rig I will need the laptop to be able to run Dota 2 at native Res at min of 40fps. - I know its not that graphically demanding but i've seen issues with the intel 4400

Any help here would be appreciated guys. - looking forward to getting your responses.
Thanks =)
Jessica
 

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Jessica hey? What kind of performance do you need? Also tell us what your primary applications will be
 

Rasengan

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Jessica hey? What kind of performance do you need? Also tell us what your primary applications will be

Yes? - Its actually my middle name - I'm not that stupid - it just sounds more professional ending a request for help in ones name.
Something can do some intense excel modelling, run some basic cad and play Dota 2. The recommended spec sheet is the stuff said above. - but i would like something around 13.3inchs and light.
 

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What you're asking for is quite difficult to find in a laptop of that price, in SA at least. I recently got a Sager (http://www.sagernotebook.com/) which is fantastic and has everything you want for more or less that price, but they're only available in the states.

I'd post this request again during the day on Monday when more people are online, I'm sure someone will be able to assist.
 
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Get yourself the new Dell XPS 13'' notebook, there is a discussion thread for it.
 

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Your budget is a bit low for what you want.

Asus Zenbook UX303LN / UX303 would tick the boxes but I think it's about R3k overbudget.
 

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Have a look at the Dell Latitude E3540: http://www.wootware.co.za/dell-ca01...d-windows-7-professional-64-bit-notebook.html @ R12k

Here's a review of it: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-Latitude-3540-Notebook.105885.0.html

I won't call it a fantastic laptop, but it ticks all the marks: Dota 2 @ 1080p @ 40fps, 1080p matt screen, 8GB RAM, i5, 5h of battery when surfing web.
The drawbacks of it are: only VGA (and no HDMI/DP) output, no SSD, 15" may be on the heavy side

You may also want to have a look at the Asus G56JK: http://www.evetech.co.za/n/752/buy-asus-g56jk-core-i5-gaming-laptop.aspx @ R13k. Take note that it heavier, costs more, has less battery life, 2 yr warranty - but it has a much better CPU and GPU and has HDMI output.

The problem is that when you want a gaming capable laptop, it WILL have shorter battery life and it WILL be heavier.
Also, if you're looking for something that has decent battery life, you'll tend to go for something that has an ULV (ultra low voltage) CPU, which is weaker, where as if you're using applications that are CPU intensive, you'll want to have a faster CPU.

So you'll need to decide which you value more...

Update: I see Mystic Twilight beat me to the same laptop. Just took too long to type & research other laptop :)
 

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Good points. Not sure I'd go for a laptop without ssd these days though.

Life is too short to deal with a 5400 drive...
 

Lord Nikon6

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There are non-touchscreen ones that are more affordable.

Please point me in their direction? Still cannot see one for near that price, even with non touch?



The Lenovos offer value for money for sure. You can just swop the HDD with an ssd if you want.
 
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What CAD package will you be running and will these be large models?
 

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Dell latitude e5430 with i5 processor
Should fit in budget easily
Use one at work.
Wootware have i5 for about R9000
 
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Rasengan

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Have a look at the Dell Latitude E3540: http://www.wootware.co.za/dell-ca01...d-windows-7-professional-64-bit-notebook.html @ R12k

Here's a review of it: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-Latitude-3540-Notebook.105885.0.html

I won't call it a fantastic laptop, but it ticks all the marks: Dota 2 @ 1080p @ 40fps, 1080p matt screen, 8GB RAM, i5, 5h of battery when surfing web.
The drawbacks of it are: only VGA (and no HDMI/DP) output, no SSD, 15" may be on the heavy side

You may also want to have a look at the Asus G56JK: http://www.evetech.co.za/n/752/buy-asus-g56jk-core-i5-gaming-laptop.aspx @ R13k. Take note that it heavier, costs more, has less battery life, 2 yr warranty - but it has a much better CPU and GPU and has HDMI output.

The problem is that when you want a gaming capable laptop, it WILL have shorter battery life and it WILL be heavier.
Also, if you're looking for something that has decent battery life, you'll tend to go for something that has an ULV (ultra low voltage) CPU, which is weaker, where as if you're using applications that are CPU intensive, you'll want to have a faster CPU.

So you'll need to decide which you value more...

Update: I see Mystic Twilight beat me to the same laptop. Just took too long to type & research other laptop :)

Is Running Dota that demanding that i would need a dedicated Gaming laptop?
 
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