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Old 14-06-2018, 02:20 AM   #1
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Looking for laptop recommendations for Uni, budget <2.5k

Will be enrolling into mech eng this Aug, looking to get a decent laptop for studies and occasional gaming.

Shortlisted a few models such as Asus FX504 and aftershock mx-15 pro, open to more opinions

Was looking to at the asus zenbook flip S UX370UA as well but the lack of a dedicated GPU isn't really appealing. The 2-in-1 would be useful for school though I guess.

any ideas?
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Old 14-06-2018, 09:59 AM   #2
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How far are you and your school? How do you commute to school?
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Old 14-06-2018, 11:29 AM   #3
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Not exactly answering your question but will using a lower spec laptop to remote in to you desktop/server be practical for you?
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Old 14-06-2018, 05:26 PM   #4
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How far are you and your school? How do you commute to school?
Will travel to school via bus/mrt

not very far, roughly 10-15mins journey

I think the portability factor is more relevant when moving around in school, don't really want to lug a 3-4kg heavyweight everywhere
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Old 14-06-2018, 05:27 PM   #5
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Not exactly answering your question but will using a lower spec laptop to remote in to you desktop/server be practical for you?
interesting idea, never thought about this.

But will this require my desktop at home to be on 24/7 or at least whenever I'm in school?

Might be staying hall so having my computer at home draw electricity constantly wouldn't be practical
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Old 14-06-2018, 06:35 PM   #6
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Lenovo T480 thinkpad bro. I plan on getting one too for uni this year ! Tell me what are your thoughts about it. BTW lenovo offers around 15% edu discount. Sounds to me like a pretty sweet deal for a brick of a laptop
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Old 14-06-2018, 07:12 PM   #7
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Will be enrolling into mech eng this Aug, looking to get a decent laptop for studies and occasional gaming.

Shortlisted a few models such as Asus FX504 and aftershock mx-15 pro, open to more opinions

Was looking to at the asus zenbook flip S UX370UA as well but the lack of a dedicated GPU isn't really appealing. The 2-in-1 would be useful for school though I guess.

any ideas?
Studies and occassional gaming need over $2.5k laptop? Probably around 1.3-1.7k u can get a pretty decent one.
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Old 14-06-2018, 07:25 PM   #8
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Studies and occassional gaming need over $2.5k laptop? Probably around 1.3-1.7k u can get a pretty decent one.
Well I'm maximizing the 2k laptop allowance from my scholarship

If not ya I agree with you, would definitely be looking at that price range for my use.
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Old 14-06-2018, 07:43 PM   #9
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interesting idea, never thought about this.

But will this require my desktop at home to be on 24/7 or at least whenever I'm in school?

Might be staying hall so having my computer at home draw electricity constantly wouldn't be practical

There is a feature on most PCs called Wake On Lan (WOL) it allows your PC to be turned on from a shutdown state with a special packet.

I use this feature to remote into my home desktop (ryzen 1700x, gtx1070) for intensive task with a $200+ celeron laptop.

Obviously it will use more electricity at home however, it would cost far less than what you can save from not buying an expensive laptop in the first place, unless your laptop is being subsidized.
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There is a feature on most PCs called Wake On Lan (WOL) it allows your PC to be turned on from a shutdown state with a special packet.

I use this feature to remote into my home desktop (ryzen 1700x, gtx1070) for intensive task with a $200+ celeron laptop.

Obviously it will use more electricity at home however, it would cost far less than what you can save from not buying an expensive laptop in the first place, unless your laptop is being subsidized.
Ohh that's pretty neat. I'll look into that Just realized my mobo supports WOL as well

And yes, my laptop purchase will be subsidized up to 2k which is why my budget is pretty large for my usage
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Well I'm maximizing the 2k laptop allowance from my scholarship

If not ya I agree with you, would definitely be looking at that price range for my use.

Get the i5 with the highest possible soldered ram capacity possible. Upgrade remaining ram and bigger SSD yourself. Spend remaining money on 4th yr warranty + accidental damage coverage.
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