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Old February 21st, 2014 (07:03 AM). Edited February 21st, 2014 by Twiggy.
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If you're able to find a Best Buy that sells this, demo it in the store, and check whether things work for you. Do the display + keyboard + trackpad test yourself. Comes in just under $699 for the listed configuration, I think. You shouldn't think too much of the amount of memory shipped in a PC as long as there's at least 4 GB of it. As long as you're not aiming to play Xbox One/PS4 ports or Company of Heroes 2, you should be fine for the most part. (If not, you want a not-Ultrabook.)

(Don't worry if the display has a colour tint; as long as it's bright enough for your needs, you can always calibrate it later using Windows' own tools.)

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Old February 21st, 2014 (07:23 PM).
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I'm definitely going to be looking at a laptop hopefully tomorrow.. after all, more than 4 years should be enough of a reason for me to upgrade. On the other hand though, my brother essentially mouthed me off for wanting to get a laptop when I already have a tablet, with a keyboard nonetheless. Last time I checked though, a laptop and a tablet were two totally different things..
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Old February 21st, 2014 (07:39 PM).
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If you're going towards computer science major, just get the best laptop you can use without overpaying so you can use it through the university years.
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Old February 22nd, 2014 (03:13 AM).
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Something tells me that I'll barely get by with my current laptop if the course is of any indication.

*hopes he doesn't suddenly have to deal with really high-complexity 3D scenes*
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Old February 22nd, 2014 (10:55 AM).
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Looks like double posting glitch has invaded the Tech DCC too.

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Old February 22nd, 2014 (08:50 PM).
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The only dig I have with my computer is the low-line E-series AMD processor I have. What a waste of 4 gigs of RAM when you have a netbook-worthy dual-core CPU at 1.4 GHz! D:


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Old February 22nd, 2014 (09:16 PM).
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Geez, why would a computer come with a processor that low in speed and have that much RAM?
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Old February 22nd, 2014 (09:41 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Zach:
Geez, why would a computer come with a processor that low in speed and have that much RAM?
Because the kind of people who purchase laptops like mine are more concerned about whether the OS comes with games pre-installed than whether it has any kick to it. It's a Lenovo IdeaPad, so I really don't expect much myself...
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Old February 23rd, 2014 (09:34 AM).
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Quote originally posted by ®ock§mashGod:
The only dig I have with my computer is the low-line E-series AMD processor I have. What a waste of 4 gigs of RAM when you have a netbook-worthy dual-core CPU at 1.4 GHz! D:
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Geez, why would a computer come with a processor that low in speed and have that much RAM?
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Because the kind of people who purchase laptops like mine are more concerned about whether the OS comes with games pre-installed than whether it has any kick to it. It's a Lenovo IdeaPad, so I really don't expect much myself...
A netbook-worthy low-end AMD dual-core CPU paired with 4 GB of RAM doesn't make too much sense, to be honest. However, whatever it is, don't bother looking at what came with a given laptop other than its hardware and OS. You'll thank me later if you ever get a different pre-built PC.
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Old February 23rd, 2014 (12:36 PM).
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So here I am posting this from my new Windows 8 laptop.. hopefully I can remove some of the bloatware on it then work with it.

And yeah, I am going to remove Norton Antivirus while I'm at it :P
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Old February 23rd, 2014 (12:53 PM).
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So here I am posting this from my new Windows 8 laptop.. hopefully I can remove some of the bloatware on it then work with it.

And yeah, I am going to remove Norton Antivirus while I'm at it
...that was fast! What was it?
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Old February 23rd, 2014 (01:11 PM).
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...that was fast! What was it?
It's a Toshiba Satellite P55t-A5116. It had a good rating on Best Buy's website, and it's light enough for me. It has a 1920x1080 display and a touchscreen.. I've been using the touchscreen more than the mouse to move around already :P
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Old February 23rd, 2014 (05:10 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Zach:
So here I am posting this from my new Windows 8 laptop.. hopefully I can remove some of the bloatware on it then work with it.
That's the main reason I prefer doing a clean install from a purchased OS installation DVD, as the manufacturers are relentless with their pre-shipped OSes.

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And yeah, I am going to remove Norton Antivirus while I'm at it
Regardless of whether it's paid already or not, I'd agree with your move on that. When it's in trial mode, it's plain awful with its activity to get you to buy their software, and when its paid they've made it impossible to disable certain shields, and it doesn't have a whitelist for circumventing false positive flags they sell to software companies to get stupid people to delete their keygens and such.
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Old February 23rd, 2014 (05:30 PM).
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I'm honestly fine with using the Windows Defender antivirus that comes with Windows 8.. it's the exact same thing as Microsoft Security Essentials, which still has yet to fail on me when it comes to scanning for viruses, and I've been a user of MSE for three years now.
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I'm honestly fine with using the Windows Defender antivirus that comes with Windows 8.. it's the exact same thing as Microsoft Security Essentials, which still has yet to fail on me when it comes to scanning for viruses, and I've been a user of MSE for three years now.
I'm in the same boat. I'm fine with it, it's been there when I needed it. And if it fails, I can just use Spybot and Combofix. Both of those together work wonders on any machine.
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Quote originally posted by Zach:
It's a Toshiba Satellite P55t-A5116. It had a good rating on Best Buy's website, and it's light enough for me. It has a 1920x1080 display and a touchscreen.. I've been using the touchscreen more than the mouse to move around already
Heard Windows 8 was garb with touchscreen, but 8.1 was amazing.

Ermagherd I'm just so hype for Windows Phone 8.1. It's gonna be amazing. I just find Windows OS (and phone) just so fluid and quick. Unfortunately I'm on a budget and the (probably) best phone under the price of 200$ is the Moto G, that thing is impressive. I'll be getting it next week.
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Old February 24th, 2014 (01:32 AM).
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Speaking of new laptops, Zach, you might want to try installing all possible updates on it right off the bat. Does it feel fast enough for your needs?
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Old February 24th, 2014 (03:09 AM).
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Oh it's definitely fast enough for me.. I just haven't taken full advantage of it yet :P
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Old February 24th, 2014 (07:49 AM).
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Oh it's definitely fast enough for me.. I just haven't taken full advantage of it yet
What do you think of the software that came with it, in addition to Norton stuff?
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Old February 24th, 2014 (01:22 PM).
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Anyone know how those touchscreen laptops like Zach's would do on Linux? Do they require a bunch of drivers to work? I'm not big on Windows 8.x but the touchscreen seems nice to have sometimes.
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Old February 24th, 2014 (01:51 PM).
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What do you think of the software that came with it, in addition to Norton stuff?
I haven't used the Toshiba programs at all. The only thing I used was iHeartRadio, which I listen to on a near-daily basis, but that was just a pre-installed Metro app. I uninstalled all of the Norton stuff.
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Old February 24th, 2014 (07:56 PM).
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Metro is lame, IMO. Basically a big stupid movement by Microsoft for those who are unenlightened as to the true nature and capabilities of computers to allow the nastiness of capitalistic corporatocracy and unbending greed to ruin a beautiful thing.

Do you plan on installing Start Menu 8?

Metro is lame, IMO. Basically a big stupid movement by Microsoft for those who are unenlightened as to the true nature and capabilities of computers to allow the nastiness of capitalistic corporatocracy and unbending greed to ruin a beautiful thing.

Do you plan on installing Start Menu 8?
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Yeah; I'm not such a huge fan of Metro myself. Don't really like its tablet-like interface (they shouldn't have brought it into desktop at all, in my opinion), and lack of start orb doesn't really help, either. I know you could fix that up with Start Menu 8, but it should've been there as a default feature. :P
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Old February 24th, 2014 (09:53 PM).
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I stopped minding about Metro on a desktop or a laptop after 8.1, to be honest. Everything is mostly at the right place.

The thing about Metro is that you can basically pretend it doesn't exist once you take advantage of a bunch of things introduced in Windows 7 - namely, pinning apps to the taskbar.

The important thing about Windows is that not every user is the same. Tweak it to your preferences if needed. You'll thank a lot of other people for the fact that you can change stuff in the first place.
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Old February 25th, 2014 (04:13 AM).
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Believe me, I use the desktop environment more than anything. The only problem I have with Windows 8 is that you can no longer create icons to the desktop from the start menu.
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