HotHardware's 2010 Back To School Shopping Guide
Notebook Shopping Guide
The 3.2lb. system has a Core i3 CPU, 500GB hard drive, 8.5 hours of battery life (under ideal circumstances), VGA/HDMI outputs, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, two USB ports, an SD card reader, Windows 7 and one of the most spacious keyboards in the product category. It also comes with Intel Wireless Display, which means that you can easily project your school PowerPoints onto displays, be it for a presentation or just group work. It's highly portable, well equipped and brimming with new technology. It starts at around $999. Here are a few recommended e-tailers where the Portage R705 can be found.
Just because you're going to school, doesn't mean that you're giving up fun. For the gamer/student hybrid, there's the HP Envy 14. It's portable enough to be hauled around in a backpack day-in and day-out, but the internal specifications will allow you to game with the best of 'em. It's a homework crusher by day, and a LAN party attendee by night. It's just about the best mix of brains and brawn available in the 14" form factor that's available today.
We know that most students don't really need a huge notebook for carrying to classes and taking notes, but for those who are relying solely on a notebook for use in their dorm and on the go, a bigger machine may make sense. MSI has a great many options in the notebook sector, with their new 16" GT660R being one of the nicer options when looking for a desktop replacement.
The 16" machine is equipped with a Core i7 processor, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 285M, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium and a 7.7lb. chassis. Like we said, we wouldn't recommend carrying this around often, but it's possible in a pinch.