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Old May 8, 2009, 12:59 PM
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So, I am going to university next year (for computer engineering) and will need a laptop. I am undecided as to whether to keep my desktop or not, but that is to be decided later.

Some things I know I will want:
-reliable - I don't want to have to send it to repair half way through a semester.
-14.1-15.4 inch screen
-Good battery life
-good wireless card / range

Some other things:
-backlit keyboard would be nice.
-I want it to be a solid snappy computer, but I won't be gaming much other than like Warcraft 3 or some other classics so I don't need extreme specs.
-I will be installing linux on this computer as my main and hopefully only OS. If you know it works on linux great other wise don't worry about it, I can figure that out.
-Because I am using linux any software features won't be needed or considered.

Price currently isn't an issue, but as I said I want a fast, smooth computer, but extreme is unnecessary.

Also, is it worthwhile just buying the minimum from like leveno or dell and upgrade the ram / HDD myself?

I have no idea what is out there, and what brands are good, so any info is welcome.
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Old May 8, 2009, 02:19 PM
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i dont hold lenovo in high regard these days but if your running *nix on it your guaranteed success on a think-pad.

battery life and high power are two incompatable traits. Look for the laptop that has a battery with the "most cells". If you find a laptop you like but has a puny 4 cell battery, see if an online distributor makes a higher cell battery and upgrade to it (6 cell for example from batterydepot.com or something).

It is worth it to upgrade the parts after the fact (RAM/HDD). Dell's and the like charge a mint for these... especially IBM come to think of it. Budget for a 7200 RPM WD-Black notebook drive.. those things rock.

Look for spill-proof warantees. Asus for example has a 2 year spill proof instant product replacement on some models (1 year on others).
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Old May 8, 2009, 02:51 PM
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Thinkpad T400 with 9cell and dedicated graphics would be my choice. The majority ship with 7200rpm drives and nice high res screens. HP Elitebook are also a good choice.

I'm not trying to sell anything right now but check the spec's on this one. It would be my choice. 3 Year warranty too!: ThinkPad T400 Notebook (2765PAU) in Canada - Fast Shipping 1.866.800.8060
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Old May 8, 2009, 03:41 PM
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If you don't mind driving to USA, then I recommend ASUS laptops from Best Buy. My friend has a ASUS G1S-B1 that he bought up here and it's a pretty good laptop, except that the battery life is a bit lacking due to the 8600M GT.

I noticed that you're going to play WarCraft III.

Asus - Stylish Laptop with Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology - Blue/Black - X83Vb-X2 $650 USD

Asus - Stylish Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - Brown/Cream - X83Vm-X2 $800 USD
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Old May 9, 2009, 07:43 AM
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T400/T500 as Vortex mentioned, are excellent choices. Also the HP Elitebooks are good too. And I really like the Dell workstation class M6400/M6500. The Dell Vostro notebooks are good price/performance as well. Not really a fan of Dell's consumer models these days, except the good old XPS M1530. The Asus laptops are really nice but battery life is very poor on Asus notebooks.
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Alright, thanks guys. I will do some more research. I noticed that there is an IBMEPP thing for levono, does dell have anything like that, because their canadian prices seem very inflated.
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