Laptops for college

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Coburn, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Coburn

    Coburn Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    MI, USA
    So I saw an Alienware M17x at MicroCenter and thought it was the most beautiful piece of machinery I ever saw :D. Lifted it up and that thing was around 12 pounds. Do you think it's crazy to get a 17" 12 pound laptop for college?

    I don't call myself a hardcore gamer, but I do like to play games like Skyrim and BF3 once in a while (on max settings would be pretty nice since I play these games with the lowest settings on my crappy desktop and still get pretty choppy gameplay).

    If it is crazy to get such a monster laptop (probably wouldn't even fit on the tiny desks in lecture rooms, lol), what are some gaming laptops of similar capability besides other Alienware laptops?
  2. HardcoreEricXXX

    HardcoreEricXXX Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    That's not a laptop for college. That's a laptop for gamers. Your better off finding a decent deal on an ultrabook and getting a PS3. Shoot, get the Sony T-series and get a free PS3 and a $100 visa giftcard to use on booze and ramen noodles.
  3. Fireball926

    Fireball926 Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    It really depends on what your going into. Anything with graphic design or video I'm almost positive will require you to have a mac. Some other majors may require a mac too. And like said before a alienware laptop is not for college.
  4. B34$T

    B34$T Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Look up the Series 7 laptops from Samsung. I have one of those and the only game I haven't been able to run at max settings is Arkham City. Mine cost about $1300 but I needed the specs to run some programs for engineering classes.
  5. walsh06

    walsh06 Well-Known Member

    The real question is do you want to game or do you want a laptop for college. Answer that and it's much easier.
  6. crunc

    crunc Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    Carrying that Alienware around is going to get old fast. For college you want something light. I'm partial to the 11" MacBook Air. At work I have the 13", but I'd rather have the 11" at work too. Such an awesome little machine. Super light and compact, fast, etc. One thing is for sure- get a laptop with an SSD. SSDs kick ass. The thing boots incredibly fast, applications start fast, etc. Plus an SSD is super reliable. Definitely the way to go.

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