Need help choosing Laptop for upcoming university semester!


Jul 2, 2012
Hi , so basicly my girlfriend is going to start a new university semester next september and her 4 year old Dell is coming to the end of it's useful life and I have been looking at the deals and havn't found what I have been looking for which is why I'm calling to the help of you guys!! Here below is the informations about the system she needs
Approximate Purchase Date: in the next week or two

1. What is your budget?
Roughly 900$ CAD

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1920x1080 , 1600x900 can work too

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Mostly portable as she carries it around everywhere she goes

5. How much battery life do you need?
6h+ would be optimal

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Student work (writing essays, etc) , watching HD movies , web surfing.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. , , , any reputable website

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3-4 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD writer/reader is a must

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Nothing preferred really ... reputable brand is always appreciated as it is most of the time more reliable

13. What country do you live in?
Canada, Quebec Province

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

-Windows 7 OS is really necessary ... she absolutely hate Windows 8.
-Another important aspect about her laptop would be that it needs to be "robust" as she can be somewhat tough on her electronics sometimes :p!

Thank you for taking the time to read through this post!


Jul 2, 2012
So ... having purchased myself a Lenovo laptop i decided to go have a look at the T Series of Lenovo for the girlfriend laptop and came across this deal ... it seems pretty solid , what do you guys think? Here are the specs of the Lenovo ThinkPad T530:

Processor Intel Core i5-3320M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)

Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

Operating System Language Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - English

Display Type 15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready

System Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000

Total Memory 8 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (2 DIMM)

Keyboard Keyboard Backlit - US English

Pointing Device UltraNav without Fingerprint Reader

Camera 720p HD Camera with Microphone

Hard Drive 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm

Optical Device DVD Recordable

System Expansion Slots Express Card Slot & 4-in-1 Card Reader & Bezel

Battery 6 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70+

Power Cord 90W AC Adapter - US (2pin)

Integrated WiFi Wireless LAN Adapters ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n

Integrated Mobile Broadband Mobile Broadband upgradable

Language Pack Publication - US English
The laptop comes off at 920$ after eCoupon