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How big is too big? (I mean for notebooks, you freaks.)
It's my last year of high school, and in September I will be going to university in September, living not on residence, but in an apartment shared by a family friend. It'll be a bit of a travel to get to school every day on the subway (about a half hour there), and was in the market for a laptop for the school year.
I'm not looking for an incredibly powerful laptop, just a mid-range notebook that'll help me do my assignments with ease, take notes in lectures, and play some games (starcraft 2 should be out, and that game.... well, i have to play it.) Anyways, I've been looking around for laptops, and have decided to go with Dell. My parents own a fairly decent desktop computer from them that is pretty well-built, and I've heard nothing but good things about their laptops from friends and whatnot.
I was originally going to go with a MacBook, but since turned down the idea, partly because I don't want the hassle of learning a new OS, plus I really don't think I could fit the role of "hipster with white computer" notion everyone and their mother seems to be these days with their nice looking computers, and what not.
So, I have a bit of cash to spend. Roughly $1,400 (CDN, as all prices will be from here on out) on a laptop, along with a printer. Dell has these laptops; XPS M1330 and XPS M1530. Basically, after reading reviews the M1530 is just like a "bigger version of the m1330", sans the option to have an LED screen, which slightly reduces the weight of the laptop.
Now, my question to you guys is, do you think its viable for me to carry around a 15 inch laptop to and from school every day? It's known to be a fairly light laptop, but I'm just worried it will take up a lot of space in my pack every day and don't want it to be a hassle. But therein lies my dilemma. The 1530 contains a more decent videocard than the smaller laptop. Do you think I will be able to carry the 15 incher every day, or have to settle for the smaller laptop and not-as-powerful specs?
It probably would be better if I could see these laptops in person, but for now, internet advice will have to suffice. (Word.)