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  Reply # 987607 15-Feb-2014 09:21 Send private message

Portable, sleek/beautuful and not slow :p


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  Reply # 987610 15-Feb-2014 09:34 Send private message

13" 1.5kg or less i5-4xxxU is what u and i need

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  Reply # 987612 15-Feb-2014 09:44 Send private message

ushare: Thank you for all your comments guys.

I think i might get me a medium to high end laptop for my self and if it doesnt suit me for uni, i will pass it onto my sister who has been wanting a laptop for a long time.

Could anyone recommend me a sleek laptop that is medium to high end and has a 1080p screen? (like the person above, hate anything below 1080p.

I know a lot about desktops but have zero knowledge with laptops :/

Anyway so if anyone knows any laptops that look really nice, have descent specs (programming, little video editing and a bit of gaming). I just want something sleek, portable and powerful. happy to spend up to $1.7ish k

Thanks for all your input guys. Really helps :)


For what you're after, I would recommend something sleek and around $1.8k if you can afford it, like this http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2416934

It's got 1080p screen with 16GB of RAM, a nice GTX 760M graphics chip, a slower but still good 5400RPM 1TB HDD and a beefy Core i7 4700HQ.

As I have said before, development can chew through RAM, my 8GB laptop with solidstate sometimes struggles and I've had to resort to turning on the pagefile (which is not nice for SSDs).

 

As for the HDD, if you're fine with longer load times then you'll be fine with it, otherwise you could invest about $200 in a good SSD and HDD enclosure and use the HDD inside the laptop as an external HDD.




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  Reply # 987630 15-Feb-2014 09:58 Send private message

clone the hdd onto an ssd and you life will be on hyperspace/warpspeed. amazon had them for 50-60% off the other day (SSD) with free shipping - got one waiting in transit



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  Reply # 987665 15-Feb-2014 10:51 Send private message

Is it possible to get the hdd replaced with an ssd? I dont really want to carry around anything external with the laptop.

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  Reply # 987771 15-Feb-2014 14:28 Send private message

I just finished my CompSci degree at Vic and I often found it a little inconvenient to lug around a laptop every day. The ECS (Engineering, Computer Science) department has labs filled with computers to be used by programming students only so it is almost guaranteed that a computer is available to use.

As an ex-tutor there, one piece of advice if you do all your assignments on your personal computer is to double check that they work on the computers in the ECS lab. If the tutor is unable to run your code, then you may lose all the marks for that assignment. The lab machines run Linux and despite the use of Java, there are little differences that have often broken many student's work.

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  Reply # 987780 15-Feb-2014 14:35 Send private message

ushare: Is it possible to get the hdd replaced with an ssd? I dont really want to carry around anything external with the laptop.


Yes. But remember that remember that SSD's have less storage space, so if you get a 128GB you will only have enough space for OS, development software, and source code, no space for media.

 

Hence why I said buy an enclosure for the existing HDD, that way you could still use the HDD and only take it with you when you need it.

 

One thing that I should mention which takes the post above into consideration is that really the use of a laptop for development is dependent of the course you are taking.

 

I use a laptop because I know how to setup and manage environments that the computer labs have, all on my laptop. I prefer it due to the portability of being able to work anywhere.




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