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Laptop Buying Advice (CS Student, Little Gaming)

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#1 vaironl


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Posted 19 May 2015 - 05:51 AM

Hello all,


It’s been a while since I came been in this forum. I really want to say thank you to all of those who contribute here. I have received quite a lot of help and learned so much from this forum.

So my topic, which I know has been answered in previous threads, is looking for suggestions from others to buy a good/decent laptop for multiple purposes. The last time I bought a laptop I made a huge mistake in buying a horrible one and now it seems that every single laptop within my budget <$1,000, preferably <$850 has some major flaw.


I am mainly doing Android, Java, might be required to work on some Linux, and python. I also will sometimes be playing video games like the Kerbal Space Program, etc. I know a programming laptop doesn’t need to have anything crazy, but for my specs I am looking for 8GBs ram+, 1TB or 750GB HDD, and a not so crazy dedicated graphics card (this I can sacrifice). I am mostly looking for something known for durability and hopefully long battery life. I do know that the dedicated graphics card along with other components will not allow it to be a long battery life candidate, but maybe something that can last ~4 hours web browsing and doing some music playing. I also hope it doesn’t overheat much when doing normal stuff like watching videos or playing music. I know it might raise in temp when playing video games and that’s ok. Again, I probably won’t be gaming a lot (barely do it), but I want to have the ability to do so.


I know it’s bad to stick to a single medium to buy this laptop from, but If it’s in amazon it would be a great plus. I have some money left over from a gift card there and would love to use it towards the purchase. So far I have selected these two as likely candidates.


Acer: http://www.amazon.co...d=ATVPDKIKX0DER

MSI: http://www.amazon.co...=A23M3KL3V61UGY


The acer has a 5,400rpm hard drive which scares me a bit, I am thinking about something with 7,200rpm. I recently heard the effectiveness of the HDD is not totally dependent on rpms, but I am also not very educated on that area so any input would be great. Thanks a lot all!

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