Suitable laptops for science PhDs

06-Sep-19, 00:00
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by ycul
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posted about 2 weeks ago
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 :)
06-Sep-19, 21:45
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Like you said, the department PCs can do the heavy lifting. Don't spend a lot of money on something not that important. Most PhD students end up living in their writeup spaces anyway.
07-Sep-19, 07:43
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posted about 2 weeks ago
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.
07-Sep-19, 08:06
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by PhDhere
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posted about 2 weeks ago
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
07-Sep-19, 21:32
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by rewt
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posted about 2 weeks ago
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.
08-Sep-19, 20:59
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by PhDhere
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posted about 1 week ago
I actually got my laptop from my bench fees through the university. I had to spend leftover budget before end of financial year and my supervisor agreed to get me one as mine was quite old. thus,I went for an expensive thinkpad model.


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