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Recommend a laptop for a grad student who knows nothing

I finished my first year of grad school, passed my comps (so they're not getting rid of me!), and spent the summer using a computer lab to work on campus. I'm sick of it and want to buy a laptop but haven't bought one in awhile and I'm not sure what to get or the best way to go about it, so I thought I'd beg y'all for advice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dismas on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me find a laptop that will play the games I've been missing out on

I'm in the market for a new computer, and I'd like to find one that can handle some of the RTS and city building games I've missed out on in the past 5 or so years. I'm on a budget and I don't really understand computer hardware requirements. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Mar 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Seriously, my X1600 is cooking my lap, here.

Budget computer! Catch: Games. [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Dec 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Simple laptop for my university-bound sister.

Help me find my university-bound sister a nice, reliable laptop. Are they any brands you especially recommend? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 12, 2009 - 37 answers

One cheap laptop with everything, please.

Cheap, lightweight(ish) PC laptop with an optical drive? Or should I just spring for a MacBook? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Sales for budget laptops?

Are there likely going to be holiday sales on budget laptops? [more inside]
posted by brett on Nov 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Laptop on the cheap. What are the minimum specs?

Shopping for a cheap used laptop: What are the minimum specs I should be looking for with respect to CPU, RAM, HD? I'm planning to use WinXP (maybe I'll settle for 2K), Open Office, and FireFox (including some AJAX-heavy web sites such as gmail, Google Docs, del.icio.us), with a wifi card. And not much else. I want to avoid "I'm always waiting for this stupid slow computer!" but not spend much more than the minimum needed to avoid that.
posted by Leonard of Vince on Dec 18, 2006 - 24 answers

Seeking Laptop Buying Tips for College Life: Recommendations? Mac-XP Networking?

First, a follow-up. I'm going back to school this spring! Thanks for the words of wisdom and encouragement, guys! I'm probably going to be studying either history (with the goal of teaching) or photojournalism, but I haven't decided for sure yet.

Secondly, I'm contemplating getting a laptop for my return to collegiate life. Are they as useful and omnipresent in college life as they seem to be? If so, what laptop do you recommend? I must admit, I have become iCurious. Will I have problems networking with my XP machine if I go the Mac route? If I don't, what manufacturer do you recommend? My budget is $1000 or below, but I could go up to $1500 if you give me a really compelling reason.
posted by keswick on Nov 11, 2004 - 20 answers

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