Great adviceI've said this to pretty much anyone that asks.
Unless you're a gamer or graphic designer, literally any laptop will work just fine. Computers are mature. Yes, you get better or worse ones but even the entry-level ones are capable of doing anything you need for your degree and for lasting the required length of time.
My suggestion is, go to a place that sells computers physically. (You don't need to buy there if the price is excessive, make note of the model and order it online if you like.) Check out the screen and the keyboard and make sure you like them. Browse a few websites, load up some documents or especially text / code files. Pretend that you're working on a few documents / spreadsheets. Is it clear and easy to read? Are you able to type accurately without annoying things happening with the keyboard? Make a note that USB ports are in a decent place so that when you plug a mouse in, it won't interfere with your hand movements for example. That sort of thing.
If this process is physically comfortable for you - that's the laptop to buy.
If you would like to query a specific model or retailer - come back then and ask about that, I'm sure the forumites will have some experience with these.
Writing papers and some coding usually isn't too machine intensive. Universities usually have labs to offload high workloads onto (if they dont you can always scale processing to the cloud).hi, can anyone who is an engineer electrical/chemcial/computer- or studying engineering-please advise on specs for buying a laptop for studying this degree? thanks
hi, thats good information, thanks, regarding processing to the cloud, what effect does that have on what i need to buy in a laptop, where do i save in other words?Writing papers and some coding usually isn't too machine intensive. Universities usually have labs to offload high workloads onto (if they dont you can always scale processing to the cloud).
What else do you? Any gaming? The new Ryzen laptops look great, well priced and come with a decent GPU.
If not, good quad core i5 + 16GB + SSD hasn't ever let anyone down. (I'd stay away from the Macbook Air).
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