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I am majoring in ee in college. There are specific laptop requirements given, which are:

  • A 64 bit version of Windows (recommended), Linux, or Mac OS.
  • A 64 bit dual core processor from AMD or Intel (i7 Intel or AMD Phenom II recommended)
  • 4 Gigabytes of RAM with capacity to upgrade (8 gigs recommended)
  • 12 inch or larger screen with resolution of 1366x768 or higher
  • NVidia (recommended), AMD (recommended), or Intel integrated graphics processor
  • USB 2.0 ports (3.0 recommended)
  • Built-in or add-on 100 Mbit wired Ethernet (integrated 1,000 Mbit wired ethernet recommended)
  • Hard disk with 256 Gigabyte capacity (512 recommended)
  • Touch screen recommended

They recommended any model of: Lenovo ThinkPad, Lenovo Yoga, Dell Latitude, Dell Precision, HP EliteBook, etc.

Could anyone help me find a laptop that isn't too expensive (<~$1500) that satisfies these requirements or could recommend a favorite model out of this list?

Thank you so much! This is really needed, any reply would be immensely helpful.

  • Any thickness or weight requirements? – 0-60FPS Mar 23 '17 at 20:36
  • None are listed! – user5877 Mar 23 '17 at 22:42
  • gigabit's standard. Anything with fast ethernet is probably truly terrible – Journeyman Geek Mar 24 '17 at 13:43
  • Any idea as to what software you're likely to be using? Also, weight requirements should probably be based on your preferences (I know I'd rather not lug around a laptop heavier than 2 kg all day) – timuzhti Mar 25 '17 at 3:27
  • I don't know about the software, but it shouldn't be too heavy because I would need to carry it around. – user5877 Mar 27 '17 at 6:16
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Personally, I would recommend Dell's New Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop, more specifically, the 1,149.99 model. Yes, it is a gaming laptop, but it provides good performance at a relatively low cost.

Reasons for my recommendation:

Fits all Your Provided Requirements

  • Comes with a 64bit OS (Windows 10 Pro)
  • CPU supports 64bit OSes: i7 7700HQ (4core/8thread)
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM, upgradable to 32GB
  • 15" Display - 1080p
  • nVIDIAGTX 1050ti GPU w./ 4gb of vRAM
  • 3x USB 3.0 ports
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 2x Internal Harddisks: 1x 256GB SSD & 1x 1TB HDD

N.B.

  • It does not have a touch-screen, but you did not specify it as being absolutely necessary.

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This shouldn't be too hard, considering that these requirements are fairly basic... As long as you don't go with a mac (they're overpriced), you should be fine. I would recommend a Lenovo Ideapad Y700 $1000 - $1600 15" model, as they're quite good and not too overpriced, and satisfy the specs quite easily, though you won't get an SSD until the $1600 model, but that also has 1TB of HDD storage as well as the 512GB PCI-E-based SSD, 16GB RAM as opposed to 8GB, and an extra 2GB of Video RAM for the GPU, which is a GTX 960M.

To find these, go to Lenovo.com and navigate to Products > Laptops > Ideapad > Y700 Series.

With the 960M, you can also get some fairly decent performance if you're a gamer, though you won't be able to run games on ultra settings at stable frame-rates, it'll be all you'll really need for a laptop.

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Have a look at the ASUS N56JR.

  • 64 Bit Windows or 64 Bit Linux (Ubuntu tested)
  • i5 or i7 CPU (seems to depend on the region which one is shipped, the one I tested has a i5, the one tested in this video has a i7)
  • 8 Gigabytes of RAM
  • Full-HD screen
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M and Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • USB 3.0 ports (2 on the left, 2 on the right)
  • Built-in Gigabit wired Ethernet 1 TB HDD (can be replaced by a SSD)

Only downside to your requirements: It has no touch screen

ASUS N56JR

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I use a Lenovo Yoga 700 for my school work. While I do not have the higher model it can have an i7 fitted. The laptop comes with 8gb of ram and has a touch screen. In my experiance it is a very useful laptop, difficult to game on, it does not possess a fan. While this is down to the fact it is rather small and light, yet also the size of an A4 sheet.

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