Your Questions About Affordable Laptops For College Students

Chris asks…

Anybody just buy a NEW Laptop???

I am a college student shopping for laptops, any suggestions? I was thinking about a Dell b/c they seem pretty affordable but am not sure. I am willing to spend around $1000.

answers:

Laptops are very fragile. Dell is worst rated! I have a dell laptop and a Sony laptop. I love my Sony. Go to consumerreports.com they will tell you what is best rated. Stay away from Dell and gateway.
Buy an extended warranty too. Like I said laptops are very fragile
Also from personal experience Dell’s service plan call center is horrible. I used Sony for intertnet question and they were easy to understand and very very helpful.

John asks…

Is there an affordable modern graphics card that can be used for a psu of 250 watts?

Im a college student and i want to upgrade my pc with a tight budget….is there a graphics card that can play modern games like Call of duty mw2, Resident evil 5, and Need for speed shift….that has a minimum requirement of 250 watts psu….that graphic card i have now is a nvidia 6150 se…..and I DONT CARE ABOUT PLAYING GAMES AT MAX SETTINGS…i just want a card that can run these games at minimum settings that is cheap and can play with 250 psu. Is there one out there?

i know there is one out there cause i know that if laptops can play these games with a low wattage psu then a desktop can …..

Dont tell me to look for one cause i spent all day looking and couldn’t find one.

If you know one then tell me the graphics card name , model number, where i can buy it.

answers:

Unfortunately, the cards designed to work on a 250W power supply aren’t meant for gaming. There are several which work fine with a 300W but 250W is dicey.

Your best low-cost bet is a GeForce 9400GT:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127412

While the Radeon 5570 has really low power consumption and good performance (check the user reviews) but it’s more expensive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161324

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131343

For gaming, you really need to put $35 into a power supply, then you’ve got some options.

Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182074

George asks…

i need a good laptop help me out?

i am a college students, i’m looking for a good laptops that could help me with notes taking , that could hold a lot of stuff, that wont give me problems,that’s not heavy, and affordable please help me out (no mini laptop they hurt my eyes)

answers:

Just bought a HP g6t for under $400. Plenty of hard drive good ram 15.6 screen weighs 5 lbs.

Ask for a college discount or government discount.

They also do free shipping. Return policy 21days.

I love it! I’ve been using net books for a number of years but decided to get a bigger screen 15.6 is perfect.

Paul asks…

What are some good laptops that would fit my needs?

My old laptop broke on me recently, and I’m looking for a new one.

I’m a high school junior right now, and I’m taking classes that require daily use of the internet as well as MSWord and programs as such to write papers and essays. I also like to listen to music and watch videos/movies. Although I shouldn’t because of homework, I do like to play computer games on occasions with my guy buddies.

I like light-weight laptops, because I usually carry it around to places so I can just pop it open and do work if I get the chance to. I like laptops with 14 or 15″ screens. I also really like swivel, touchscreen laptops that I can write and take notes on, but I have yet to find an affordable one.

I’m a high school student, and as much as I’d wish to make my laptop last all though college, I’m pretty sure it won’t, so I don’t want very expensive ones. Let’s just say my budget is around $200-$700.

I have two laptops in mind, and I’m not sure which one I should get, but I’m open to new suggestions.
Dell Inspiron: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dndozm1&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19
HP Swivel TouchSmart tm2: http://www.shopping.hp.com/series/category/notebooks/tm2t_series/3/computer_store?jumpid=re_r11260_ts_promo_body_psg_Oct09_HHOts_tm2_buy

answers:

Dell Inspiron 15

Nancy asks…

dell mini for college student?

I need a new laptop for school, and from commercials the dell mini seems like a good candidate, it is portable, affordable, and dell is a decent brand name company. However I don’t know that much about computers… What I need is a system that can hold a few thousand songs, browse the internet (research, email, and facebook) I also need the program for writing papers, doing projects etc. Do you think this is a good computer for me? if not do you have any suggestions? I’d ask Dell myself, but they just keep trying to sell me things.

answers:

Mini laptops are better suited for ease and portability than they are for the kind of work you’ll be doing in college. Storage usually isn’t particularly high. As important as portability is, so is being able to store all of your necessary files and I assume you don’t want to have to bother with an external hard drive.

I would browse Dell’s website for the laptop offerings. You need to consider storage and other factors in making the final decision. Often, universities provide recommendations for students regarding computers and laptops for school. Consult your school’s website to determine what they suggest.

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