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2nd year computer science major looking to upgrade laptop, what do you guys think?

  1. zhaogeorge3
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    zhaogeorge3 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Toshiba S55T-B5273NR
    processor brand Intel
    processor model Core i7-4710HQ
    diagonal screen size 15.6 inches
    memory 8 GB
    hard drive capacity 1000 GB
    screen resolution 1366 x 768
    weight 4.9 lb
    touch-screen yes
    maximum battery life 4.5 hours
    optical drive none
    operating system Windows 8.1
    processor speed 2.5 GHz
    frontside bus speed 2500 MHz
    memory speed PC1600
    memory type DDR3 SDRAM
    maximum memory capacity 8 GB
    wireless connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0
    wired connectivity 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    modem no modem
    front camera/webcam yes
    numeric keypad no
    ports 1 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI
    memory card reader Yes
    integrated speakers Yes
    audio hardware Harman/Kardon
    peripherals included none
    hard drive type HDD (hard disk drive)
    warranty length 1-year limited
    brand name Toshiba
    manufacturer Toshiba
    model name S55T-B5273NR
    Ecolabel EPEAT Gold; ENERGY STAR
    postconsumer recycled content 0%
    total recycled content 0%
    operating platform Windows
    processor type Core i7
    video hardware Mobile Intel HD Graphics
     

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  2. ogriff
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    ogriff , Feb 27, 2015 :
    I'm thinking about a HP zbook G2 (17),
    Or waiting until new macbook pro release (probably around April)
    Or a lenovo w540
     

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  3. FrederikOlsen
    Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 27, 2015

    FrederikOlsen , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Ahhh yes, the age old question :). Well first off what is the price? And also, do you wish to play any semi intensive games on it? Or do you just need it for scripts and programming or what it is you do. As far as I can see the only weak point is the video card, Intel hd graphics which will severely diminish your ability to play games :-\

    Gotta agree with ogriff lenovo has some great priced all around laptops.
     

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  4. go for.android13
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    go for.android13 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    I say system76 they have some great laptops not on the cheap end but worth the money

    You will be surprised on the specs they can offer but you will also get sticker shock
     

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  5. guanyu210379
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    guanyu210379 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Consider the comment from FrederikOlsen above.
    The toshiba laptop you pick has only Intel's iGPU, that GPU sucks big time for gaming.
     

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  6. zhaogeorge3
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    zhaogeorge3 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Not really planning on gaming mostly papers and programming projects prices 700$ usd
     

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  7. zhaogeorge3
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    zhaogeorge3 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Lol I wish o could afford a macbook
     

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  8. zhaogeorge3
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    zhaogeorge3 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Mostly gonna be programming on it and school work I usually game on my Xbox
     

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  9. Dulay28
    Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 27, 2015

    Dulay28 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Checkout the Lenovo Y50, it has a nice sleek design, lightweight, thin, and sufficient memory for the average person. You can get a 1tb SSHD, and 8Gb of ram, a very top of the line GPU and CPU for a pretty cheap price. If you do game the laptop holds up very well with current games. It also comes in various different customizable options, you can opt for the 4k display if you'd like etc.

    Link: http://shop.lenovo.com/ca/en/laptops/lenovo/y-series/y50/
     

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  10. guanyu210379
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    guanyu210379 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    If you do not plan serious gaming, the laptop you pick is ok.
    Just do not regret your decision in the future if you want to play game on it. :)
     

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  11. zhaogeorge3
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    zhaogeorge3 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Lol no if I game it's usually on my Xbox strictly programing and school work
     

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  12. Neth
    Jelly Bean Feb 27, 2015

    Neth , Feb 27, 2015 :
    • not 1080p
    • no ssd
    • touchscreen (who uses that anyway?)
    • probably those foldable things they call "yoga" because it's missing screws
    4/10 plebian effort
     

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  13. FrederikOlsen
    Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 27, 2015

    FrederikOlsen , Feb 27, 2015 :
    If that is the case, go for it. i might not know that much about the US laptop pricing but 700 for a 2.5ghz i7 dual core. Seems pretty good to me. But keep your ears peeled on this thread the knowledge of the forum community will pour out :-D

    Edit. The i7 should be powerful enough to make up for that gpu. For example games such as league of legends should run just fine.
     
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  14. 8374827394758395738904756
    Gingerbread Feb 27, 2015


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  15. 8374827394758395738904756
    Gingerbread Feb 27, 2015


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  16. FrederikOlsen
    Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 27, 2015

    FrederikOlsen , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Holy crap, that should be pretty beast for any task except gaming of course l hd graphics ftw :p
     

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  17. 8374827394758395738904756
    Gingerbread Feb 27, 2015

    8374827394758395738904756 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    [TE="FrederikOlsen, post: 10026737, member: 257234"]Holy crap, that should be pretty beast for any task except gaming of course l hd graphics ftw :p[/QUOTE]
    Yeah lol
    Hps suck go lonovo
     

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  18. eRea
    Gingerbread Feb 27, 2015


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  19. gmo8492
    Lollipop Feb 27, 2015

    gmo8492 , Feb 27, 2015 :
    Computer programmers for field work use Dell Latitudes/Precision for the most part, simple. Don't buy a Lenovo computer, after the whole superrfish indecent they cannot be trusted with security. Just buy an entry level Dell Latitude with an i5 processor and 8GB or ram, that's it.
     

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  20. cnl
    Honeycomb Feb 27, 2015


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