New laptop for an incoming college freshman?

Alec Shern

May 1, 2015
1. What is your budget?
Most likely below $700. Upper max will be no more than $999.99
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Less than 15"
3. What screen resolution do you want?
Anything at or above 1366x760
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Portable yes, desktop replacement, no. I want it to be extremely portable, I will be carrying it around ALL DAY. I have a gaming desktop for home.
5. How much battery life do you need?
All day (7+)
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)?
No games whatsoever.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Coding, tracking school assignments, note taking while in class, applications like foobar 2000, Word, Spotfiy etc.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
128 GB would be fine, most assignments will go to google drive but I need the ability to save and work on projects offline.
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Any manufacturer website or reputable dealers (amazon, newegg)
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Preferably all four years of college.
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
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.
No preference as long as it is a good laptop.
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I am going to school in fall and I want my new laptop to scream PRODUCTIVITY! I will be taking it with me every day to classes to research, take notes (typed, if written I prefer handwritten), then to the library, park, cafe to do homework and study. I want it to be portable enough and have enough battery life to get me through the day, it won't be something I use for games or computing at home but I want it to be very high quality.

My high school provided 11" Macbook airs for every student to use, and it allowed me to be very productive, and the tools integrated into Mac OS helped with school productivity more than what is built into Windows, but with my budget I don't think a Mac would be very attainable.

I can't really find any feedback on my situation, I think I may just wait till WWDC to see what MacBook Air Apple releases and if there's a good $999($949 for students) option I may jump on that. I was debating the Razer Blade Stealth but the processor and screen don't make up for the bad battery life(6 hrs vs 12 on 13" Air).
You can find a 1 or 2 yr old used MAC in your budget, they are pretty reliable, just do a disk scan on the system to make sure the hard drive is good and you should have no issues.