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Hello everyone as the title stated, I would like to have a new laptop for y post secondary education. I have been browsing different models and puzzled by all the options. Right now, I am using ASUS S56C... and it only lasts for 4 hours (without internal browsing) .... 

So here's some specs I would like to have in my future laptop, and hopefully tech gurus can help me  :)

MUST HAVE:
1. Long lasting battery (at least 6 hours, the more the better , if possible)
2. Graphic Card
3. Intel i7
4. HDMI
5. DVD drive
6. Window Operation (I still don't know how to use Apple laptops)
7. At least 8 GB memory
8. 3+ USB Ports and 1+ USB-C port(s)
9. 256 GB+ Hard drive
10. 17" screen
11. Bluetooth

May have: 
1. Touchscreen
2. Good sound system
3. Glowing keyboard (cuz I think this is cool but it's not necessary at all)

Major usage:
1. Normal tasks (PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Excel)
2. Video editing (Premiere Pro - it freezes when I use my current laptop)
3. Photoshop
4. Tons of internet browsing at the same time (can up to 100 pages at the same time)
5. Graphic Design (Inventor and AutoCAD)

Price: As long as it is under $3000

Thank you very much :)
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@ Alexander Smith I have a Macbook Air 15 inch myself and I love it. Got it for under 1k at bestbuy and its as reliable as its advertised. Basically lasts all day even longer on mid setting and as OP wanted, can open limitless number of browser pages. My one question though is...how do I bookcamp for free. Do you have a link to a website that would be hella helpful. Many THanks
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http://www.howtogeek.com/186907/how-to-install-windows-on-a-mac-with-boot-camp/

There ya go. Also, would be 13 inch macbook Air, they only make 15 inch macbook pro and that's $2400-3050. Just didn't want to confuse anyone else. Glad you like it though!
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Theres a 13 inch macbook pro as well. Retina too
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You can't ask for better battery life and performance together. Anyway I will suggest Dell laptops.
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Hey Alex, are macs good for engineering programs? (can you code, program and run design programs on it?)
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Depends what you intend to specialize in coding in the future, but generally speaking, yes. They are very good. They are reliable, have an incomparable battery life, fast and run most programs. More costly though for the same specs. But again, will last you longer and you don't need to buy office or the new windows every year
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Alex is wrong. Most if not all engineering software require Windows, and xcode isn't sufficient for programming in engineering. Unless you're willing to dual boot Windows, then you shouldn't get a Mac.
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OP of the comment here. to be honest i don't even know what it means to dual boot windows. what does that mean?
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Anonymous, hence why you can run windows on mac, and you're often better off than buying a windows straight up. I don't work for apple, but watch the trends, you get what you pay for. 

OP, it means you can run windows on a mac, there are a few different ways of doing so, one where you are running windows and OS programs at the same time, or where you use one operating system at a time. I.e start laptop in windows, or start in OS. You need to get a windows license though
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I know a few software engineering kisd and quite a few have macs (mainly the 15 inch pro retina) but they love it and dualbooting is not necessarily a bad thing. it's really easy to code in C on a mac and other programs have run well for me so I see no issue. My macbook pro also ended up lasting me close to 6 years so the longevity is definitely there. They're pricey but if you take good care of it, it'll last a long time.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Flex-3-2-in-1-Intel-i7-2-5GHz-8GB-1TB-15-6-FHD-Touchscreen-Win-10-/282090809645?hash=item41adec292d:g:Ec0AAOSw6BdXMJlI#shpCntId
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Refurbished, out of stock and would be very heavy as it is a 15.6" size. Any smaller Lenovos you would recommend?
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Hey bud, have you looked into Lenovo thinkpad's at all? They are both outperforming and great for performance overall. Check them out whenever you can.
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http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-pavilion---15z-laptop-(touch-option-available)-v0n65av-1?jumpid=ba_r329_hhocse&aoid=44661&003=6663635&010=V0N65AV_1&ci_sku=V0N65AV_1&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=


I am using this model. This one is pretty fast enough for high level computing and gaming
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i have an HP beats computer. It amazing, touch screen and has all the specs even  a light up keyboard so when im laying in bed at night i can use it. Mine was under 800 bucks.
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How long does your battery power last you while its not charging?
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you should look into lenovo yoga 900. doesn't have a graphics card, but it's a pretty great laptop with i7, 512gb SSD, and 16gb ram.
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Mac book Air
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