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2-in-1 Laptop for university work/productivity, maybe occasional light gaming

Hi /r/SuggestALaptop,

I am looking for a new laptop to take notes on at university, so being a portable 2-in-1 is a must. I plan to keep this device for a long time so would prefer good build quality, a quad core cpu (intel or ryzen), 16gb of RAM, but 8gb will get the job done. I know thats alot in the budget and I don't expect to get a perfect machine for the price.

My budget is a maximum of £1000, buying in the UK. I will use the laptop for work, browsing, social media, YouTube, Netflix, maybe some Adobe programs etc. Work will consist of mainly Excel, Visual Studio code, Word & PowerPoint, MATLAB and other various chemical, physical and process simulations.

I don't need it to run games. I have a gaming PC but playing something light like CiV or Fallout New Vegas while travelling would be really nice, but not essential (can Intel HD graphics suffice for that nowadays?).

What have I looked at so far?

After a few days of research I found some laptops I liked and went in store to try them, unfortunately John Lewis didn't have the active pens for any of them! I tried writing on the ipad pro and the surface pro, and the surface pen is a much better experience, I would like something similar to the surface pro experience when writing in tablet mode.

- Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, this is currently discounted on the dell website and with the 10% student discount is just under £1000 but I feel it would be very underpowered with just a dual core, not to mention it isn't cheap. Screen on this was excellent. The trackpad was excellent when I tried it in store today, keyboard was good too but not as good as asus' offerings, imo the dell xps trackpad is the best on any windows laptop. Apple are the industry leaders in laptop trackpads and keyboards IMO. The build quality was top class. If I had the budget I would have bought the 15in 2-in-1.

- Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 this seems like a great all rounder and a good spec can be had for just over £800 on the dell website (16gb ram, quad core i7, no dedicated graphics though). Reviews indicate the battery life sucks on this though. Decent keyboard, trackpad was slightly rough but had a great click to the buttons. Screen was good. Build quality was good given an all metal construction but definitely not as nice as the xps.

- HP Envy 13 x360 this seems like the best value laptop overall, 2500U with vega 8. Thermal throttling and baterry life seem to be a real issue with this, however the reviews I looked at were those of the 15 inch variant so maybe the 13 inch has better battery life? How about the thermal issues? The keyboard was worse than the dell keyboards, but still not bad I could type fairly alright with it and I'm used to a red switch mechanical kb, given some time I could get used to it. The trackpad was just quite bad tbh and since it was so wide I would not always right click/left click first time as needed and have to reposition. The build quality was actually very good and it felt like a well designed premium product, definitely better feeling than the inspiron but not the xps.

- I haven't really looked at any of the acer/lenovo options since i'm unfamiliar with the brands I have no clue as to how reliable and robust these devices are. I looked at asus but didn't seem to find anything to suit me unless I missed something. Spectre 13 x360 also seems very good but I haven't been able to spot it for under £1k

I expect to take notes during lectures with it in tablet mode, social media/youtube between classes, and maybe occasional light gaming while travelling. I frequently take the train between university and home, about 2hrs every 3-4 weeks.

Thanks reddit!

* **Total budget and country of purchase:*\*

£1000 UK

* **Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.*\*

2-in-1 essential - must have good active pen support, 13 inch slim (portable), quad core, 8gb ram (16gb if possible)

* **How important is weight and thinness to you?*\*

Quite important since this will be taken to university and travelled with.

* **Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.*\*

Windows

**Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.*\*

13 inch, would also consider 11 inch

* **Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.*\*

Office & OneNote essential. Visual studio, Matlab and other chemical, physical & process simulations (e.g. aspen/hysys). Spotify/discord/chrome/steam/

**If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?*\*

Have a gaming pc so not bothered about gaming, but would be nice to be able to play light/older single player games like CiV and Fallout New Vegas while travelling if possible. Lowest settings 1080p possible for civ 6? Wouldn't mind playing at 720p. I don't expect to be able to play cyberpunk or far cry 5 etc

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Anyone self taught that meets up in the OC, in California

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:38

I’m switching careers and really interested in coding and want to go into front-end. I’ve been doing some self taught stuff in html, css, and JavaScript. I wanted to see if there was other beginners out here in the OC who get together and kinda do passion projects to build their portfolio and teach other new things and stay on track on this programming path. Let me know. Or even online groups would be cool too :)

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SpaceX gets FCC approval for 7,500 more broadband satellites

Ars Technica - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:30

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Olena_T)

SpaceX today received US approval to deploy 7,518 broadband satellites, in addition to the 4,425 satellites that were approved eight months ago.

The Federal Communications Commission voted to let SpaceX launch 4,425 low Earth orbit satellites in March of this year. SpaceX separately sought approval for 7,518 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that these will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas. That amounts to 11,943 satellites in total for SpaceX's Starlink broadband service.

SpaceX "proposes to add a very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) NGSO [non-geostationary satellite orbit] constellation, consisting of 7,518 satellites operating at altitudes from 335km to 346km," the FCC said in the draft of the order that it approved unanimously today. The newly approved satellites would use frequencies between 37.5 and 42GHz for space-to-Earth transmissions and frequencies between 47.2 and 51.4GHz for Earth-to-space transmissions, the FCC said.

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General use laptop that can also handle light-ish gaming?

  • Total budget and country of purchase: 700-900, Canada

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.

    Good battery, and general good performance, no lagging

  • How important is weight and thinness to you?

    Lower weight is nice but not mandatory

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.

    Windows

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.

    No bigger than 16inches

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.

    Very light gaming

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?

    The sims, counterstrike

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?

    Not really

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.

It will mostly be for general use like web browsing/netflix/school work but would like the option to be able to run a few games or have a few different pages running without major lag. Battery life of 4+ hours when using for web browsing or netflix would be a major asset as well but not mandatory

edit: I’ve seen good things about Acer Swift 3? Or Acer Aspire?

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what's a good laptop under 400$

I would like to do some gaming like emulators and browsing. I've been eyeing the acer aspire 15 and wonder if it's any good. I've been looking at this and this. I don't know a lot about laptops, it would be great if you guys offered some advice.

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Is there any laptop that provides a better value than the MateBook D on sale for black friday? Need one mostly for GameMaker Studio

Hello people of r/SuggestALaptop. My current laptop is starting to show its age and I think I might be due for an upgrade. I've been eyeing the MateBook D as I think its the perfect laptop for what I need. I was bummed I missed out on the clearance sale at Walmart - can't find one anywhere now.

The MateBook D goes for about $550 new on most sites these days. Can anyone suggest a laptop that provides a better value for that price point? Especially for black friday next week. I filled out the form below as well if anyone can think of another laptop better suited for me.

  • Total budget and country of purchase: Would prefer to spend $300-$400, but would be willing to stretch the budget out to $500-$600. Buying in America.

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I plan on leaving it plugged in 80% of the time so battery life isn't a big deal. I wouldn't mind the 2-in-1 form factor, the only necessary thing for me is a good, multi-point high resolution touch screen.

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Important, but not a deal breaker.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows.

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 13" and bigger.

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I'm primarily planning on using this for GameMaker Studio and occasionally some web browsing, nothing too intensive. I can't stand lag/slowdown, so I'd rather get a machine stronger than the bare minimum for what I need. If someone says an older generation i3 is more than enough, I'd rather spring for a modern i5 to keep things smooth and help future proof it.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Not applicable.

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Would like a good backlit keyboard with minimal/no flex with some good build quality. Those items are just nice, but not necessary though. The only thing that's necessary like I said earlier was that it had to have a good touch screen.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Covered it all above, but also just wanted to say I'd be interested if anyone knew any laptops coming out soon that fit the bill above as well. I saw that Huawei is planning on unveiling a new MateBook sometime in November (probably why they pulled all the MateBook D's from Wally). If anyone knows of any other brands coming out (like if ASUS was putting a budget Zenbook in December or something) that would be greatly beneficial. I'm patient and am willing to wait a couple of months for a good deal.

Thanks!

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Homework Help Pls? Im really stuck C++ Bubble Sort and Selection Sort

Learn Programming - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:24

Ok I'm currently in cs 101 at a community college and the professor has made it into a self learning course which has not been much help for major of the class. I'm really stuck on this c++ homework and I cannot find proper answers or guides on the internet any help will be deeply appreciated.

The Homework Question is this prompt:

Randomly generate a large array of ints (10000).

Compare sorting time (us) between

bubble sort,

selection sort,

std::sort using timers

 use std::vector to store the data

 run the program 3 times and produce a

table that shows the total processing for

each algorithm (in ms or s)

I have been trying for a while I just cant get it all I have is a function that make a a random array

#include <iostream>

#include <ctime>

#include <cstdlib>

using namespace std;

int randomArrayGenerator ()

{

int temp;

int arraySize;

cout << "What is the desired Integer Size?" << endl;

cin >> arraySize;

int arr[arraySize];

srand((unsigned)time(0));

for(int i=0; i<arraySize; i++){

arr[i] = (rand()%100)+1;

cout << endl;

cout << arr[i] << endl;

;

}

}

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New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k”

Ars Technica - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:20

Enlarge / It's still best to avoid needing antibiotics. (credit: Wyoming Dept. of Health)

In the battle against gonorrhea, antibiotics have been forced into a rapid and devastating retreat. In the early 1990s, three different antibiotics were available as treatments recommended by the CDC. Resistance to one of these options was detected in the late ‘90s; since then, one after another, treatment options bit the dust. Now, resistance to all available treatment is growing.

“We are facing the real danger of multidrug-resistant, nearly untreatable gonorrhea,” wrote Susan Blank and Demetre C. Daskalakis in the New England Journal of Medicine last week. On its own, this is a very serious public health concern; taken together with the sharp uptick in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea in the US, it’s alarming.

A second paper published last week offers some hope: in a small trial, a new antibiotic did well against gonorrhea. The drug, called zoliflodacin, has a different way of attacking bacteria, making it a useful new option against antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. A much larger clinical trial is now in the cards.

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Apache Guacamole Installation Script for RHEL/CentOS

I have created an installation script for Apache Guacamole in RHEL/CentOS 7.x and up. I was hoping to get some feedback on it and maybe even some help improving it.

The Github repo can be found at https://github.com/Zer0CoolX/guacamole-install-rhel

Some key features of the script are:

  • Allows installing from Stable version or git source
  • Installs and configures dependent packages including Nginx, JDBC/LDAP extensions, MariaDB, Java KeyStore, etc.
  • Can use LDAP as an authentication method without modifying the LDAP server (sign in with AD credentials)
  • Has options for LetsEncrypt cert or self-signed cert
  • Hardened Nginx SSL settings option (scored A+ on Qualys SSL Labs SSL Test)
  • Hardens MariaDB
  • Nginx URI Path parameter (changes URL from default to something shorter like http://domain.com/)
  • Option for DHE/Forward Secrecy via ssl_dhparam in Nginx
  • Logging the script activities
  • etc.

I am interested in feedback, constructive criticism, and help testing and updating the script. Please be kind I am not a programmer by trade and I am well aware the script isn't perfect. The Github repo (especially the documentation) is very much still a work in progress.

Currently I am unable to test the LetsEncrypt portion of the script as I would like. I want to move away from downloading the standalone version of Certbot and instead install it from the Distros repo. The scripts silent/unattended and help portions need attention too. I have listed in the wiki on my Github repo some additional features I would like to add as well.

I am hoping the script will help others and that I/We can further refine it to make it a great option for those looking to setup Apache Guacamole without the fuss of doing it entirely manually.

Thanks

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Looking for a <1000$ laptop that can run data analysis and some light gaming that’ll hopefully last 5~ years

My Lenovo y410p is crapping out. I bought it in 2013 for gaming and running things like MATLAB, and other engineering software. Windows was always crapping out and I spent 200$ recently at a computer repair shop to diagnose/replace the hard drive.

I’m looking for a laptop around 1000 or less with

Decent RAM and CPU that can run MATLAB, other engineering software. I read papers, and write a lot of documents so 14 inch or higher. Thinking about getting a big external monitor too...

Battery life doesn’t have to be great, as long as it can last 2-3 hours

Doesn’t have to be lightweight, but I do bike around and commute via train and stuff so ideally nothing more than like 4-5 lbs. durability definitely a must because of this

for graphics, I don’t game often but it’d b nice to have ports for an external gpu or a laptop design with upgradeable gpu. Most demanding game is play would prob be like Arkham knight, overwatch, pubg. But this is not a huge factor for me more of a bonus.

I know there a lot of good Lenovo models out there now but I honestly don’t want to deal with Lenovo anymore after my experience :/

Any suggestions? Or should I wait for Black Friday/cyber Monday sales? I’m thinking about surface pro but I hear that’s overpriced for what you get.

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Senators want answers from mobile carriers on video app throttling

Engadget - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:14
If you have ever had a suspicion that your carrier might be slowing down your internet speeds while streaming videos, you aren't alone. Three US Senators -- Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) -- are pressing...

Budget gaming laptop $400-$500

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $400-$500, USA

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Ultimately I want something that can handle moderate gaming, don’t really care about 2 in 1’s and battery life doesn’t matter too much. I’m mainly focused on a good graphics card

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Just don’t want a brick.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Win 10

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 15-15.6”

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I’d like to use it for coding in the near future as well as being able to run modern games on medium settings.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Like I said, 60fps medium settjngs

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Optimally a good gaming laptop with a backlit keyboard and the usb type c input as well as hdmi

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Ggez

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£400 for Web browsing and light photo/video editing (UK)

  • Total budget and country of purchase: £400, UK

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Best specifications for the money

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Will be carrying it around fairly frequently so matters a bit

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. Anywhere between 13" and 16" is fine

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Some light photoshop and premiere Pro use but little or no gaming.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? N/a

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Can't think of any specifically

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. N/A

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Foam Airboat is Cheap RC Fun

Hack a Day - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:00

Archer fans and residents of Louisiana will already be familiar with the concept of the airboat. Put a powerful engine running an aircraft prop on a flat-bottomed hull, and you’ve got an excellent way to traverse the marshes of the American South. While a fully-fledged airboat might run you the best part of $100,000, this no-frills radio-controlled version is great fun at a much lower price.

The hull is built on a sheet of foam, which is cheap, readily available, and suitably buoyant for the task. It’s then kitted out with a brushless motor to run the prop and a servo to control the rudder. Lace it up with a radio receiver and speed controller and you’re good to go.

The build could readily be completed in well under a couple of hours, and is a great one to tackle with kids due to its mechanical simplicity. There’s room for extra creativity too – you can always substitute a watermelon if you’re feeling peckish. Video after the break.

Laptop/Notebook/Tablet for 24/7 skyping

Hi,

because of my job my wife and I are seperated often, sometimes for a pretty long period of time. We developed some kind of habit, where we'd leave on a skype video call 24/7. My wifes laptop is a pretty old piece of crap and we want to replace it with something new. It's only used for skyping and sometimes some little tasts like word or surfing for the rest we got a pc.

Is a cheap notebook capable of 24/7 video streaming? My wifes old laptop reaches 100° on the cpu after a short period of time, even tho we changed the thermal compound and keep the fans clean. Even my 2015 Macbook Pro with i7 and dedicated grafics card gets really hot after a bit.

I pack up some info on what we are expecting from the device:

-Should be cheap because it's only used some months a year

-Should handle skype video calls without dying a heat death

-Doesn't have to be a 17" but should have a bigger screen than a 5" tablet

-Should either accept our webcam (Lifecam HD3000) or have a good built in

-Should be able to handle small tasks like a word document or hd youtube video

Is there some device that is cheap and fullfills the upper demands? Maybe we should also consider a tablet or something like this?

Thanks in advance,

Greets

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Wanted: Laptop, 256 SSD, hi-rez screen, 8 GB, no gaming/movies;15.6" ;under $1K or even better?

Total budget and country of purchase Under $1,000 - USA

Do you prefer best specifications for the money? Yes

How important is weight and thinness to you? Not important

Which OS do you require? Windows

Do you have a preferred screen size? 15.6

Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? Small amt. of photo editing

If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? No gaming

Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality. Yes on keybd. - don't use track pad. I'm a Sr. w/long-time use of computers but not techy!! Mainly browsing; lots of emails; little photo editing; many open tabs. No movies; use Google Hangouts; I want 256 SSD, 8GB Ram I like VERY high rez. & bright screen to look at my pics and other pics online. It will sit on desk at home. Am wondering if I should bother with 4K, even though my own dig. cam pics are not 4K and many others online aren't. Will having a 4K (and PAYING for the privilege) benefit my preferences or should I stay with 1080 X 1920?

Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Been looking online at Lenovo Yoga 720 but don't want to pay for more than I really need - don't need 2 in 1. Agonizing over choices. I like the dbl. warranty if bought at Costco.

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Editing and Gaming Laptop suggestion

* **Total budget and country of purchase: $1500> purchasing in US. (Black friday deals maybe?)

* **Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply: Best specs!

* **How important is weight and thinness to you? - Doesn't matter

* **Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux - Preferably Windows, but would be open to Mac.

* **Do you have a preferred screen size? - 15 preferable

* **Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run - I'm a photographer part time, so I use Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop. Also design work on Illustrator. Also casual gaming like LoL, Rocket League, Rainbow 6 Siege, etc.

* **If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? - My main games are listed above, 60fps or higher preferred on high quality

* **Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?- I'd like to have a good keyboard, not sure if there are any mechanical ones, but that would be nice.

* **Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. - I'd like something that would be bound to last awhile. I don't have room for a desktop where I'm living at currently.

Thanks in advance!

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Please Recommend Me a Laptop for College!

  • Total budget and country of purchase: 1800-2500, USA

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I prefer to have a portable laptop that can be brought around school easily. Also, a good battery life would be desirable. I do not know about the touchscreen/2in1 factors yet, since I have never tried them out and do not know if they are worth it or not.

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? I would prefer a moderately light weight laptop that can fit in my backpack (17 inch max).

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows, Mac.

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. N/A Maybe above 13 inches but if it's 13 inches it's fine.

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I have a gaming PC for gaming, but I could potentially play games on this laptop (overwatch). I am going to be running computer science programs.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Not required, but Overwatch at 60 or 144hz.

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Good screen quality. I don't really mind anything under 144hz but if a good 144hz laptop is available then that would be great.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I was thinking about purchasing the Macbook Pro 15 inch 2018 this black friday for $2499. Good idea?

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