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Your Questions About Best Deals On Laptops For College Students

Nancy asks…

Netbook or laptop? For College student.?

I’m in need of a laptop or netbook for college but I’m not sure I know the difference even though the Netbook looks more appealing since it is cheaper. All I need is Microsoft Word on it and the internet for research. Which should I go with? Who has the best deals? Thanks!


Good question.. As student I will suggest you go for laptop insted of netbook. As student your need for computing, will grow over a period of time. At present you may not visualize that but later on you will have. The difference in price is not much. You can get good deals at
http://www.best4deals.com/best4deals/laptopdeals.jsp and learn more about laptops and its processors and capabilities at http://www.best4deals.com/best4deals/laptopBuyingTips.html

If you are 100% sure that you will not need more that word and internet then netbook makes sense, otherwise laptop is better.

George asks…

What is best for a student laptop?

I’m currently looking for a laptop for college, and I was wondering what would be the best deal for what I’m paying. I can get a discount on Dell laptops through a friend, but I’m just wondering if I could find a laptop that has better performance for around the same price as a Dell.

I know I’ll probably need a good processor because I like to multitask, and I have two 4GB flash drives for word documents, music files, etc. etc. I know it’s not much, but it still saves me a bit, right?

Does anyone know what I should look for in terms of hard drives, batteries, etc?


Hi Tyler,

A Dell laptop, such as the Dell Studio 15, is an excellent choice for college students. It has a 2.13 GHz Intel® Core™ i3-330M processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of hard drive space (which is a substantial amount). The battery life on the Dell is pretty standard and you can also buy a supplemental battery (although this will add significant weight to the laptop).

I hope this helps!

MSFT Windows Outreach Team

Lizzie asks…

I am just about to go to Best Buy to buy a laptop. What’s a good one to buy??

It’s my birthday and I’m getting a laptop but I have no clue what is a good one to buy. I am a college student about to go into nursing school. I also don’t use the computer for much other than typing and internet..I don’t use it for camera, pictures, music really. So if someone could help me I would really appreciate it..I’d like a good deal on a quality laptop…not an Apple.
I’m really clueless but I know i need MS Vista. Thanks again


If you are not in a hurry, here’s a very good deal for 600 bucks:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5470 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic
15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Display with TrueLife™
1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM
120G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability
128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS
Dell Exclusive MediaDirect™ Instant Play Software Application
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Wi-Fi Mini Card

This is also a decent system for playing not so heavy 3D games.
For $30 more you can add built-in camera
for $20 more you can add built-in bluetooth support.

This configuration usually retails for 800+ I got you this with a special code.

Donna asks…

College student trying to get a laptop, ADVICE?

hi, ok i am shopping around and am looking for a laptop, i recently see all these really nice laptops on HSN. i don’t know exactly if i want to spend more than $1,000 bucks on a laptop (don’t wanna spend that much at all, college makes people broke really quick). ok so what i want is a pretty decent size screen, i like to play games on my computer, i have about 4 gigs of music on my computer. have about 5 or 6 movies also. i think a built in web cam might be really cool. my friends are telling me that HP is the way to go, i see that Gateway are making some cool stuff, like fingerprint touch pad. These options are really cool, but not necessary . i don’t know if i want a dell cause i had 2 desktops and they sucked. does anyone know what kind of computer i should get to fill my needs? a link would be very helpful. I’m looking to spend between 500-850. i really appreciate all the help you can give. Oh, and also if there is deals with printers and scanners that would also help. looking for the best deals to fit my budget. Thank you in advance for your help!!


Look for refurbished acer laptop from sites like tigerdirect.com , buy.com, amazon.com these guys dont charge sales tax and have good deals.

James asks…

Graphic Art / Photography Student needs to buy a computer. Which one is best….read on for more details?

I am a graphic arts and photographer student at a locale college. Im on a limited income, but want to get a good quality laptop computer. It needs to be able to handle Creative Suite 2 or 3.

What brand of computer would you reccomend. (I need a PC not a Mac)

Do you know of any great student deals that I could use for this purchase?
I am skilled in using both PC and MAC. I currently have a HP laptop, Dell desktop, and my husband has a Mac book Pro. I use EMacs in school.

I prefer to use PC. I see no difference in preformance between the two. Macs are very expensive, and certian things are not formatted for Macs. I also like to watch movies…netflix as an example will not let me watch movies on our mack book pro.

I have seen just as much trouble between the Mac and PC such as freezing and glitches and having to reboot. I ve never had virous on either.

Im thinking of getting a Dell laptop.

Is anyone extremely against that?


You might want to check with your school to see if they have a purchasing plan arranged that will let students buy laptops from manufacturers like Dell.

Other than that, I don’t know what a graphic student really requires. I’d think it would be more software than hardware. Just make sure the computer runs your software well enough. I would opt for Windows XP rather than Vista. (Dell still sells computers with Windows XP)

One thing you might want to look into is a video calibration unit. I would think you need to be able to see precise colors. It’ll be about $60 or $100 (look on amazon), but it comes with the software and the device to measure the color output. You can then alter your color display with the utility that comes with your graphics card (I know nvidia has the option to tweak color saturation and hues). That way your image colors will look like what you print out. Nothing is worse than designing something and printing it out to see that the colors are off.

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