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Topic Title: Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)
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Created On: 08/16/2018 05:18 AM
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 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - JacquelynWolf38 - 08/16/2018 05:18 AM  
 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - Lunis Orcutt - 08/16/2018 10:41 AM  
 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - mtechlaptops - 08/16/2018 10:59 AM  
 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - Latecomer - 06/12/2019 09:40 PM  
 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - Eric LeClair - 10/04/2018 02:05 PM  
 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - Lunis Orcutt - 03/22/2019 02:42 PM  
 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - supee - 03/22/2019 12:54 PM  
 Looking A Laptop For college (Programming)   - EmilyWanges - 05/08/2019 08:44 AM  
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JacquelynWolf38
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Hi,

There's so many types of laptops so... I could use your help choosing the right one.

I am looking for a laptop for my studies that I'm starting soon.

 The studies are about programming so the laptop should have capable power for running smootly Visual Studio and other programing environments. and have a good battery size becuase I wont have power source all the time. (i have bad expirice with laptop batteries, my old laptop would be 2 to 3 hours before it dies.)

 To sum it up (thing i would like on the laptop specs to be)

- Good battery life (wont have power source when I study)

- An SSD for the OS

- Don't mind about Cd Drive

- 8 GB of ram or even more

 Btw I have limited access for laptop varieties, I live in Israel. Prices in Israel are really high and less, If it's worth it i will take caring buying it outside of Israel (lower price for better specs)

Thank you!

 08/16/2018 10:41 AM
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Lunis Orcutt
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                    Welcome to the World's Most Popular Speech Recognition Forum

The only computer company we recommend is M-Tech Laptops (231) 547-5562 but we can't guarantee they will fall within your budget. The following is merely our DPI 15.3 generic computer recommendation:

We recommend Windows 7 or 10 but Windows 10 is our preference. We additionally recommend 16 Gb of RAM (8 Gb minimum) for most end-users; 32 Gb of RAM or more for power users. We prefer Intel i9, i7 or i5 processors. Note that Dragon 15.3/DMPE 4.3 require notably less processing power.

SSD (solid-state hard drives) have recently become much more affordable and recommended over traditional HDDs. We recommend 512 Gb SSD (256 Gb minimum) or larger.

From a Dragon/business point of view, video card speed and processor speed are not important.



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 08/16/2018 10:59 AM
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All good stuff Lunis. Note: one thing we really feel helps. Instead of one 512GB drive, go with two 250GB drives. This doubles the bandwidth your computer has available. Keep in mind that while your CPU may be multi processing, your drive is still one file at a time. By moving some of the systems memory respurces to the seoncd drive you can really increase your systems speed. of course, this requires some changes to your operating system. We are most happy to do this for free via RDS. It is also worth noting that two small drive doesn't cost much more than the premium you pay for a larger SSD.



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Jerry -- Dell has one with two drives – a 128 Gb SSD and 1 TB hard drive. Is this comparable to the two SSDs you recommend?

https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/sc/laptops?appliedRefinements=6084,13681,6087,6092

(it's the Inspiron 15 5000)

This laptop only has 8 GB of RAM anyway – another issue.

 

 



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@LunisOrcutt - Great information. I would still go for a 8GB laptop (Ram). I think unless you are at an intermediate or advanced level, 8GB does just fine. Especially for VS or VB.
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Lunis Orcutt
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Eric,

When you open your taskbar to see how much memory your computer is using, it can be misleading. While 8 Gb of RAM is typically ample, Windows is constantly running into little gremlins that are paid off with memory as OS currency. You may begin your day using as little as 3 GB of RAM but by the time you get to the end of the 1st day, you are probably minimally up to 5 Gb of RAM and it continues. People with 8 GB of RAM often suffer a computer stroke which can bring down their computer but with 16 GB of RAM, you can easily wind up not knowing that your current Windows session is actually suffering. What you don't know in your computer doesn't necessarily hurt you. The difference in cost, with 8 GB of RAM vs 16 GB of RAM, in most circumstances, simply isn't a consideration. Our 7-year-old Lenovo notebook computer came with 8 GB of RAM. It only cost us $75 to upgrade to 16 GB. That's why 8 GB of RAM is our minimum recommendation and 16 GB of RAM, for the average end-user, is a real recommendation.

PS: It takes 9 Gb of RAM to even boot our Windows 10 computer but admittedly, we are power users. Another reason why our computer has 64 GB of RAM is so that we can open and quickly edit 150 page Microsoft Word documents. Even with 16 Gb of RAM, this can be a struggle.



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8gb is not at all fine if you are going to open Dragon and may be 2 -3 other programs (e.g Dragon, Word, Browser and maybe an e-mail program). 16gb ram will make your life easier unless you are using DPI alone

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I'd definitely recommend acquiring 16 gb ram, it would much convenient for further use

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