Hi all, I know this topic has been brought up several times throughout the forum but I couldn't find a particularly recent one!
I'm looking to buy a new laptop and am also beginning a science PhD, any recommendations for something light-weight but suitable for the amount of work it'll need to do? I don't think I'll need any huge programmes running on my laptop (can use the department computers for really specialist things) but will need to work with quite a lot of data, stats software, images and obviously research and writing!
Thanks in advance :)
I own Lenovo Ideapad, the cheap one model with AMD processor, first I thought it will not enough to run any image manipulation, data analysis programs but this is enough for the all the programs I will need during my Ph.D., as kikothedog said don't spend much money if you want a decent one. grab any computer with quad-core CPU, 8 gigs of ram and it will do fine.
Lenovo Thinkpad family is decent and durable. Get something with core i5 and at least 8GB of RAM. I have an expensive convertible model Thinkpad X1 Yoga (core i7, 16GB RAM) which is very convenient for travel, reading books and watching movies etc in free time
Can you get a laptop on your bench fees or from the department. Quite a few unis let you do it and it would save you some money.
Thinkpads are nice but I don't think they are worth the premium. A Dell with 8Gbs of ram and an SSD would do the job.
My supervisor offered to buy me and the RA a laptop for remote working away from the lab (department ££).. I asked a friend and she suggested anything with at least i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 10hrs battery life, SSD card. I think we are getting HP Pavilion x360 which I've suggested, it's also a 2 in 1 which is a nice addition. We'll mainly use it for document writing but also running programmes like STATA, MATLAB Microsoft office and some specialist software related to equipment we use in our research.
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