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What is the best setup for university?

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>desktop + chromebook
>powerful windows laptop
>desktop
>tablet
>desktop + tablet
>macbook
>chromebook
>cheapest windows laptop you can find

Lets hear it.
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>>51550962
powerful desktop with cheap chromebook, use remote desktop from chromebook
it's what I have and I love it
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>>51550962
Surface Pro 4

Record lectures and build notes around the recorded files.
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Windows desktop for heavy lifting, Chromebook for everything else. Can Teamviewer or directly VNC to the VM from my Chromebook when I need to.
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I never once took my laptop to class, nor did anyone else.

Only one literal autist I ever saw showed up with a surface pro

A desktop is enough
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>>51551016
where do you go, don't be specific if you don't want but is it actually highly ranked? don't you need a laptop for doing shit outside of class?
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>X220/T420
>Sandy/IvyBridge desktop
>sansaclip+
>moto g
>smashed up but working condition iPhone 4 your friend gave you for m-muh blue bubbles

Any other answer is a waste of resources. Min/Max your finances faggot.
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>>51551045
>thinkpad
not everyone wants to smell like balls, sorry.
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>>51551029

>is it highly ranked

Top kek

Shit tier state school that I paid zero for tuition.

I had a laptop and desktop, but the school provided anything wee needed without having to bring out own
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desktop and a cheap laptop
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desktop + netbook
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>>51550987
>>51550999
>>51551016
>>51551122
>>51551144
oooooohh shiiittt desktop+cheap laptop is winning

are you laptop anons going to take this shit?
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>>51551170
of course they are, expensive laptops are shit compared to a decent desktop and a cheap laptop
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Paper and pen.
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>>51551170
I have a desktop and an i7-4700 12GB laptop with a GT860M.
It runs everything at perfectly incl 4x VMs simultaneously, but the thing is when a class expects you to do that kind of thing, you're going to be sitting in a computer lab the entire quarter anyway, so having a powerful laptop isn't even necessary.

Plus at 5.5lbs it's a pain in the shoulder once you start carrying it everywhere.

If I had to choose again I would've gone with a ASUS T100 or a chromebook that I can toss in my bag and not notice for the non technical courses.
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>>51551244
>leave the laptop on but shut in dorm/room
>buy chromebook with remote desktop
now you have both
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Custom Build PC for gaymen + Thinkpad + Android Phone
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>>51551244
would you bother with even having a desktop, though?

Is it really a good idea to just go with a chromebook? What do you need a desktop for when your uni will have loads of computer labs that you're paying for access to with ALL of the software on them anyway?
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Very few people take notes on laptops or tablets.

98%of the class just prints out powerpoint outlines and writes on them

1% uses laptops

1% are dindus that don't do anything in class
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>>51551244
....so why would you need a desktop...?

i'm starting to get the feeling that you really don't even need a personal computer for uni. those guys that would tell me to just buy a tablet are making more sense. maybe they actually know some shit.
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I have a Macbook Air (it was a present, I was considering switching to a Surface or Chromebook) and powerful desktop.
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>>51551328
Because most laptops are limited to one HDD/SSD, or M2 SSD + HDD + UltraBay HDD for Thinkpads.
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Thinkpad t420 for $250 is what you want senpai

Also linux loves that laptop easier than windows w mint
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>>51551393
i'm not gay, dude.
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Depends on the use-case.

This thread is pointless and it should be buried.

OP should be ashamed for posting such garbage.
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>>51551384
and chromebooks just use cloud storage which is way more reliable :)

mad?
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>>51550962
Any subnotebook
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>>51550962
>cheapest windows laptop you can find
This desu
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>>51551447
$120 windows laptop at office max brand new for BF
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>>51551408
>being part of the google botnet
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>>51551486
>being part of the faggot botnet
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>>51550962
Cheapest laptop possible + online backup, because you college shits don't know how to take care of anything and you're almost guaranteed to break it.
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>>51551806
aka that $99 chromebook
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>>51551568
rekt
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>>51550962
May as well get a macbook, just like every other shill.
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>>51552099
>shilling apple

poo in loo
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>>51552143
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>i5-2500k rig left at home, still strong for triple a vidya, but I don't really like them.
It was pretty darn expensive at the time, but after about 4/5 years it's pretty worth it.
>t450s for half of its price at uni/wherever I go.
700 ain't too shabby for a modern laptop.
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>>51551297

>98% of the class just prints out powerpoint outlines and writes on them

Holy shit this so much. Baffles my mind that students copy down the actual power point slide the professor is teaching off of instead of just printing it out, listening to and deciphering the lecture, and writing down even more important information that the teacher stresses. Absolute gigantic waste of time to not print shit out. Definitely worth the 10 cents or whatever you pay for printing.
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This thread is basically teaching me that I should just not bother with buying some nice laptop, to buy the cheapest thing possible, and always print out slides to write on
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>>51552240
Yeah, don't take your laptop to a lecture, unless the professor requires it.
Best way to get it stolen.
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Chromebooks are not worth it.
An ultrabook/2in1 is probably your best option.
When I was studying I made the mistake of buying a large laptop because "I want to be able to type comfortably and lay out my windows.
But then I remembered I needed to take public transport and carry that thing to every fucking class.
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Gave a laptoptablet thing(asus t200) it just werks
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>>51552255
not everyone lives in America where bad guys are leering from every corner.
>>51552240
Buy cheap and light but not too cheap.
You don't want to buy something you're not going to want to use anyway because of poor build quality.
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>>51552255
> Someone actually stealing your laptop while you're using it

Are you majoring in magic or something, m8?
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>>51552284
Yes they do.
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Do you have space for a desktop as well as the means to transport it to/from university for moving in/out?

>Yes
A desktop

>No
A used Thinkpad with an SSD thrown in. X220 or T420 if just doing basic school work, a W520 with a 1080p screen if you need to do more intense work like CAD. If you want to game on your laptop, be prepared to dump a shitton money on something like a Sager or Clevo, and realize that you're spending 4-10 times as much as you would on the Thinkpad.
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>>51552311
You sound pretty sheltered, so here's a piece of advice:
Niggers will steal anything that isn't bolted down. Colleges are prime targets, because most kids there are naive as hell.
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>>51552401
Man, I seriously don't want to live in your country in some guy can steal a fucking computer in front of a whole class during a lecture, and get away with it.
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>>51552440
It usually happens outside of class
Say you put your laptop in your backpack, they might unzip it and get your laptop while you're still wearing the damn thing. They'll work in teams too; one to misdirect your attention, while the other gets your stuff...so in a sense, it is a lot like performing magic.
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I bought a lightly used xps 13 for 500 and built a cpu for 1000

much better choice than all my friends who spent 1500+ on macbook pros
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>>51552512
You built a CPU? Do you have your own fab plant or did you design it and have someone else fabricate it?
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>>51550962
I used a T420 and it works wonderfully the whole time. Still use it.
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>>51552331
>a used thinkpad
disregarded as a typical shill

daily reminder that this faggot does this for free
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My university has pc labs full of aged computers that are always being used, a shitty IT department that can't run the network properly, and patchy WiFi. I'm doing an engineering degree so I need to be able to run various simulations.

So the only option was a somewhat powerful laptop. It can get pretty heavy but running simulations remotely over this crappy internet would be a nightmare.

That said I can see the case for a desktop and a book for on the go, and will probably do that once I graduate.
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>>51552649
you must go to a shit uni if the computer labs are that terrible
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High End Desktop + Mid/Low price laptop.
SSH into my Uni Lab Machines when I need to work with Linux.
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>low end desktop
>low end laptop

choose one and only one
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>>51550962
the pi zero
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>>51550987
this
too bad literally every remote desktop tool is shit and can't handle gaming
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Starting Medical Science at uni next year. Wanna get a laptop/tablet thing I can draw on for organic chem and shit. How are the low end Surface 4s? I've read that all the latest surfaces have a shitload of bugs.
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>>51552490
>not just being intimidating as fuck so they'll leave you alone
>not checking your surroundings every 5-10 secconds
0/10 git gud
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Just get a midrange laptop + midrange desktop.
Ultrabooks can be had cheap enough like the Asus UX305

You have the portability of a laptop that doesn't weigh as much as a brick, yet still powerful to work on and battery lasts a while and then a desktop to game and whatever on.
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>anything but thinkpad

consider seppuku OP-senpai
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>>51550962
Desktop for work. Tablet for relaxing on the bed. There's no reason why you would ever need a laptop for university. If you do find yourself needing one for some reason, buy some $100 piece of shit that's barely good enough to get through what you need to use it for.
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Thinkpad T/X series
Gentoo
LaTeX Compiler
Legal pad and mechanical pencil
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Smartphone, USB Stick and college block, with my PC at home
If I ever need to do some programming work at Uni, I just go to the PCs there

Maybe a Tablet to view Slides more easily but thats not necessary at all
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>>51550962
Depends. I have a small room and I study Psychology, best setup for me is 12.5" FHD light laptop and tablet for PDF reading. My brother study CS and he needs a mid-high tier rig and a powerful laptop
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>>51552222
orrrr you could just download the powerpoint and write notes on the powerpoint notes section or notepad/word doc.

idk about you but I can type 100 times faster than I can scribble important info.
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>>51553289
>CS students need powerful hardware
When will this meme stop?
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>>51550962
>do CS
>never use my laptop outside of my dorm
>only took it out maybe twice to use with friend
>do everything on desktop once i moved out of shitty dorms
>haven't touched my laptop for close to 3 years now
>about to grad with a masters
>work provides their own laptop for work-only activities

I regret spending more than a few hundred on a laptop.
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pen + paper
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>>51550962
room full of $1000 facebook machines.
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>>51553057
that's why you go back to your desktop to game
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>>51553074
Pen and paper, taking a laptop to class is just asking for getting distracted.
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>>51553057
Even Steam?
I've never tried it...
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>>51553355
For me its the other way round. My desktop is collecting dust since I can do everything on my laptop more conformtsble, while also being mobile and not having to maintain two systems.
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>>51553442
Can your laptop output to 3 2560x1440 monitors? Does it have a keyboard better than a mechanical one? Can you keep it always on to do tasks such as running a torrent client, netowrk storage, or IRC bouncer
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>>51553527
None would, but do you really need 3 2560x1440?
Yes, apple creates the best
Yes
yes
yes
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>>51553417
Re-entering the notes once I get home just seems like extra busy work though, I'm sure I'd want a digital copy. And I'd need some sort of chem software or a wacom-style tablet.

I'm not concerned about being distracted, I'm one of those boring nerds who enjoys doing school work. I'm just not sure if it's worth getting a Surface 4 over a Pro 3 or one of the other 'hybrids' on the market. I'm pretty set on having a tablet laptop I can write on.
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>>51553605
>Surface 4
oh i'd love to get that over a SP4 atm
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>>51550962
Should I have brought my desktop to uni? I was too scared that someone would steal my parts and sell them. I rather have my x200 stolen than my main rig. But I miss my pc.
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>>51553605
I have one of these.
It works pretty well, the only problem I get is the speakers get wonky sometimes until I reboot it.
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>>51553784
Why not build a budget college rig?
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>>51553804
I don't want 2 rigs and I am autistic to sell the parts after Uni.
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>>51553820
You could make it into an HTPC after school.
Just a thought.
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What's the core m3 surface like? I would like a tablet with digitizer for notes and a basic email/writing device. Does windows need the 8gb ram model?
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>>51553796
Does Android run Onenote or something comparable? Do you miss having a desktop-equivalent OS? I've been hesitant to look into Android based tablets (or an ipad lmao) because I don't want a separate laptop/tablet. The device would need to be a 'laptop replacement' that I use exclusively on the go.
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>>51553846
Yep, I've got OneNote on it and my phone.
If you want a laptop replacement, you might look into a tablet with a removable keyboard, since the screen keyboard sucks for typing more than a few sentences... I do like the Wacom pen though.
You could always get a keyboard cover or even a little bluetooth keyboard.
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>>51553839
Truu
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>>51553427
only works when both things are on the same subnet
I have no idea why the fuck I can't add ip's for servers
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>>51550962
Thinkpad running Linux + gaming desktop.
In my case it's a T410 with Fedora and a desktop FX-8350 with a GTX 670 running Windows 10.
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>>51551045
Honestly, the Clip+ isn't even necessary there, the Moto G already has the same sound quality.
>Source: have both, clip zip died, started using Moto G, impressive sound quality for a smartphone
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>>51551408
>no internet
>no files
Sounds great.
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>>51550962
What kind of studies are you even going to do?

Artsy stuff: mac
Developing: macbook pro or another powerful notebook or ultrabook
Whater I just want to game: desktop + cheap webdevice
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>>51550962
Desktop + ThinkPad x220 Tablet
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A ThinkPad and a ti-83
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I have a X220 for uni and a Haswell i5 CPU at home.
Also have a Moto G for music and smart-phone stuff paired with Sony MDR-V55 headphones.

I think that's a pretty dank setup for a poorfag student like myself.
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using desktop + macbook pro (that i bought used for 300$, 2013 model)
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>>51550988
This sounds pretty sweet. Never thought of this! Might have to utilize this when I go back for my MS...
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>>51557082
Buying hardware for the software that comes with it is not wise. You can do this with anything.
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left is my workstation, ~1000€
right is my laptop, 1000€
lapotp has i5-5200U
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>>51557305
Xeon
800mhz eam with no ecc
1hdd
Clearly not a server
What the fuck
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>>51557698
Never said it is a server.
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>>51550962
powerful desktop for gaming

cheap thinkpad for lectures and shit
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>>51550962
M A S T E R R A C E

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>>51552622
Who is he shilling for?

Jamie on Craigslist?
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>>51550962
dankpad 420blazeit with gentoo
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Gaming desktop + old laptop with linux
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>>51551029
i'm at UCLA and the only time I take my laptop to class is if I'm doing programming stuff or editing photos.

only reason to take your laptop to a class that does not require it is if you want to be distracted.
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>>51553313
sticks in my head better if I write it down as it requires more concentration to do so.
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Well, the best setup depends on what you will be doing with what.

I am a CE student, and i have a powerful computer home, but doesn't really use it. What i always end up using is my x220 (running linux) and my phone which is a LG G3. Everything is just waste
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>>51553556
>mac shit keyboard
>better than a mechanical
bullshit
even before the retinas the keyboard sucked ass compared to a mech
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>>51557698
>not knowing how speccy shows ram
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>>51550962
>laptop and desktop
>use vnc or whatever the fuck if I need to
>take notes on laptop
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ITT everyone is a kek

your built desktop in your room and that's it.
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>>51550962
A well-specced laptop.
...
That's it. You don't need any more bullshit other than that.
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XPS 13
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>>51552490
>>51553078
>Not carrying concealed on campus
>Not defending your property
>THE CURRENT YEAR
ISHYGDDT
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>>51561428
yeah i do this at a very large, well known university in the USA, rhyming with ben bate

i'm not going to be the sucker that gets shot by some robot because "duh uni sed i cudnt hav wun" so I can be another fucking victim and news story.

fuck the university. it's not like they have any actual way of figuring it out anyway. it's just a bluff so morons don't just start walking in with guns they have no idea how to operate and accidentally let it go off in their pocket or have no trigger discipline or some shit. there are lots of guys that CC on campus. nobody that CCs all of the time is going to drive back home just to put their CCW in their safe or whatever just because the fucking uni doesn't want them to carry it. what a fucking wank. when your uni gets shot up and the robot is coming into your lecture hall with 600 students in it, these faggots will be happy that I'm there to shoot him before he hurts anyone else.

-american
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>>51550988
>going to a shit university.
All of my classes are recorded by the uni and uploaded to the their website. Why should I have to record it?
The recordings are always high quality too, audio and video.
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>>51550988
Surface 3 is really all you need, that and a heavier laptop/desktop for programming or anything like that
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No gaming and something up to x220/t420
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>>51558092
>not using plain paper
step up mane
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Dual boot chinkpad, and desktop with wangblows for muh gaymes and word, ppt, etc.
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>power desktop for gaymen, Matlab, compiling code, word processing
>light laptop with good battery life for group or lab work
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>>51562707
What are you doing with Matlab? Usual student work should run on anything, except maybe arm-shit.
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>>51550962
MacBook and tablet, who needs a desktop in college. anything that needs real computing power will be available to you on a system at the uni
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