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Buying Laptop Advice for New Uni Students

Buying Laptop Advice for New Uni Students

So you are going to University and you need a laptop, which if you are studying a digital technology course, is even more important that you pick one, which will run all the software you need to use. Due to this, I will inform you on what you should be looking for, what deals can be found, and even offer some recommendations.


It is important that you buy a laptop which will run all the applications you will need to use, although, depending on what exact course you are studying, the applications that you need to use, will be different. Although we will look at a few pieces of software which you will need for different courses, and check the average minimum requirements.

For Animation and Computer Games Technology, which is a couple of the more demanding courses for spec’s, you could either use a 2D Animation package, or a 3D one which is also used for Games, for 2D, let’s look at the requirements for Adobe Animate CC (Creative Cloud, formally Adobe Flash), then Autodesk’s Maya for 3D and Computer Games Technology.

Animate CC 2015.2 system requirements:


  • Intel Pentium 4 or Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) processor
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit), Windows 8.1 (64 bit), or Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024×900 display (1280×1024 recommended)
  • QuickTime 7.7.x software recommended
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

System requirements for Autodesk Maya LT 2016:

CPU 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
Graphics Hardware Refer to the Maya Certified Hardware page for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards
RAM 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
Disk Space 4 GB of free disk space for install
Pointing Device Three-button mouse

If you do not understand what the specifications mean above, do not worry. But with what we see here, along with other requirements, it would be a good idea to buy a laptop with at least a dual core processor (Intel i5 would be good, although an i3 might suffice), 8GB’s of RAM (since the Operating System also needs to use it along with the software), Windows 7, 8/8.1, or 10, and a decent amount of storage.


Now since you are a student, you can get discounts on various things, which does not only include food and clothes. There are various technology deals to take advantage of, for both hardware (like your laptop) and software.


You can search the web for “Gaming Laptops”, which should return laptops that will suit your needs, since the requirements for modern gaming are slightly more than what is needed for your studies at the most demanding of times, but below are some I have found and think would be adequate.

LENOVO YOGA 510 14″ 2 in 1 – Black: £599

  • Windows 10
  • Intel® Core™ i5-6200U Processor
  • RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 128 GB SSD
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 M430

Plus: Claim 10% cashback off the marked price

Also, I would personally recommend this for anyone wanting to use it for graphics / digital art, since the foldable touchscreen should be very convenient for doing so.

HP Pavilion 15-au078sa 15.6″ Laptop – Gold: £479.99

  • Windows 10
  • Intel® Core™ i5-6200U Processor
  • RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Up to 9.5 hours battery life

Acer Aspire E5-573 15.6 Inch Ci5 8GB 1TB Laptop: £429.99

  • Intel Core i5 i5-6200u dual core processor.
  • 8GB RAM.
  • 1TB SATA-III hard drive.
  • Microsoft Windows 10.

OMEN by HP 15-ax004na Gaming Laptop: £699

  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • Intel® Core™ i3-6100H processor
  • 39.6 cm (15.6″) diagonal Full-HD (1920 x 1080) display
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM memory with 128GB SSD and 1TB storage
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated)

This laptop was recommended in one of the many posts in a Facebook group, inquiring about what laptop should be bought, for studying specific digital technology courses.

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