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As the title suggest, I need help choosing a new laptop. My price range is under 1k and will be taking it to grad school, watching anime and videos, among other stuffs. I tend to open a lot of tabs at once for research. Would love one with back-lit keyboard and number pad. I also plays games on it every once in while (recently just ffxiv before school started). So it needs to be durable, 1080, and not too heavy and big (although I will not worry too much about it).

One laptop that caught my eye is the Samsung notebook 7 spin, 15,6, over $800. So considering this one but not set on it because I wanted to see if there were better alternative laptop for around that price. Maybe one smaller, like around 13"?

Thank in advance for any advice and please ask me anything that can help with suggestion.
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I recommend watching this video and considering it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Qit4CZ6EU before you decide on a laptop.
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13-14" is the pretty ideal compromise for screen size/res and weight I think. I prefer business class notebooks, I have an 8 year old Thinkpad T400 that is still kicking and I use some Dell Latitudes for work that are pretty nice. They come at a price, but if you are not in immediate need you could wait for special sales or coupon codes (there are usually huge ones around back to school time, and randomly throughout the year). Other than that I can't really advise as I'm not too familiar with the current market.
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I saw the video and thought about it but in the end, going to get a laptop. But yeah, maybe one smaller than 15" would be ideal. Will have to research what actually is a business laptop (what difference there is from a regular one.) While not in a hurry, I am not willing to wait too much since this laptop feel like its about to fall apart any day now.

edit: just to say, even though I said I will plays games on this it, I do not do so very often and it just mostly mmo (again ffxiv, not on the highest setting) So I do not need a laptop that can play overwatch, doom, etc. Sill, I want something that have 1080 p, great graphics w/o breaking the bank.
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geassknight01 wrote:
(what difference there is from a regular one.)


The main appeal is durability and flexibility. They're overbuilt so they can take some abuse and usually have better warranties than consumer models (usually). By flexibility I mean things like docking stations, hot swappable optical drive bays that can be swapped out for an extra hard drive, more battery options, etc. Im not sure how important a lot of this stuff is nowadays, swappable 9 cell batteries will always be a big deal to me but optical drives are not important to most people anymore and stuff like USB-C and thunderbolt can replace most of the functionality of docking stations.

You can get models with discrete graphics but most of the ones I have used have Nvidia NVS or similar, they're basically similar architecture to their regular cards but with drivers developed more for stability than highest performance (at least that is my understanding). Older and lighter games will run just fine on them, sites like notebookcheck should have benchmarks on most cards you could look up. Also, trackpoint is infinitely better than a trackpad (once you get used to it).
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THX for the suggestion, will take a closer look at them. Also will take a closer look at some business ones at well. Honesty, I will only take my laptop to school when: the professor ask to bring it (one of the reason I decided now to look for a new one) or when I need to do school work and need more time after working at home. Since I am a bit impatient, i will probably buy it over the weekend or next week. Once I do, will let everyone know what I brought.
Posted 2/24/17 , edited 2/24/17

geassknight01 wrote:

As the title suggest, I need help choosing a new laptop. My price range is under 1k and will be taking it to grad school, watching anime and videos, among other stuffs. I tend to open a lot of tabs at once for research. Would love one with back-lit keyboard and number pad. I also plays games on it every once in while (recently just ffxiv before school started). So it needs to be durable, 1080, and not too heavy and big (although I will not worry too much about it).

One laptop that caught my eye is the Samsung notebook 7 spin, 15,6, over $800. So considering this one but not set on it because I wanted to see if there were better alternative laptop for around that price. Maybe one smaller, like around 13"?

Thank in advance for any advice and please ask me anything that can help with suggestion.



Refurbished are cheap and that's good for minimizing the cost of theft and destruction.


MakiSenpai wrote:

I recommend watching this video and considering it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Qit4CZ6EU before you decide on a laptop.



I recommend reading this before watching the video.
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notice the post by DeV and several ppl complaining about still needing buy extra stuffs to build a desktop so just decided to stick to buying a laptop. Much less hassle.

haven't thought about refurbished, will look into it.
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