Originally Posted by 05slai
I'm currently a senior in high school and am looking for a laptop to suit the life of a student going into engineering. I came down to the 8600, 9200, and POSSIBLY the 700m. I was hoping to be able to play some games as well (CS, Halo...). Ne suggestions? Also I'm hoping to stay around 1500s. Do you guys think it's necessary for a college student to get a ultraportable?
Does a college student need an ultraportable? Depends on you. Engineering = lots of math? I haven't tried typing mathematical equations on my computer, nor do I particularly want to. I'm sure you'll take non-engineering classes too though, right?http://notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=48232
Personally, I wouldn't want an ultraportable as my sole laptop because the screen is too small. Maybe you could hook a monitor up to it, though, while youre at home.
The 9200 is probably a great computer...if you want one of that size and weight. I wouldn't expect to take that bad boy with you on a daily, or maybe even weekly, basis.
Edit: This could be a great computer for you, though, if it's what you want. It looks awesome; but go see how big a 17" laptop is before you decide on this. 7.7lbs is far from light, but not unmanageable.
I would say that 8600 is a good compromise as a main computer. It's got a big screen, the graphics card you want, good battery life, and it's fairly light. I've got a 5150, and now I wish I had gotten a 600m/D600. I never brought my laptop to class or the library in college, but in med school I bring it all the time. The weight gets to me (since I commute on my bike).
Basically, I concur with nitewolf.
One thing people haven't suggested yet is waiting. If you're very antsy to get one now, go for it. However, You don't start school for another 9 months or so, and technology changes very quickly. The new M processor is coming out in '05, and who knows what else. Right before school starts, you might be able to get better specs for less than you would pay now. And check with your school, they often have suggestions and special discounts you can get through them.
If you are concerned about money, I'd also suggest checking out dell outlet. You can find some pretty good deals. Both of my dells have been from there.
Basically, you have to figure out what you want in a laptop, and then find ones that have that.