Best college laptop for Comp Science under 800$?


Sep 30, 2014
Hello, I am looking for some suggestions...

I need a new laptop for my next semester at college, I am a computer science major. I was looking at the Lenovo 710s which seemed pretty well for me but I read up that apparently lenovo locked down some bios options and at this time it is impossible to install Linux, which is something I want.

Desired specs:
At least an Intel i5
Preferably 8gb of ram
decent screen
pretty good battery life

I want to be able to dual boot Linux along side my main OS. I also kind of want something easy to carry around with me, hence it being used for college