I would never put Windows on less than 2GB RAM (or at absolute least 1GB) you absolute madman
Put Linux or BSD on it
There's a ThinkPad T420 on eBay for £140 at the moment. 1600x900 screen, fingerprint, i5. Very tempted to get it. I currently use a Lenovo Z50 which while it has a 1080p screen, the keyboard is absolutely abysmal for typing my notes in lecture and writing assignments.
I just want them to re-introduce the glass effect for W10, I don't want to use 3rd parties.
So I have to get a new laptop sooner or later for school, and honestly I've got no idea what I'd go with. The MacBooks are pretty dead in my book, but I'd probably want a little GPU power i.e. 1050/RX460, but none of that ugly gamer red accent crap. Oh, and a detachable battery maybe. So I think my options start and end with thinkPad.
Also if it's for school I'd suggest dropping the idea of a powerful dedicated GPU. My gaming laptop (Qosmio X70-A i7 4700MQ 8GB RAM GTX 770M) gets like an hour of battery life even if I'm not doing anything with the GPU. It's also big and heavy. These things have improved in newer laptops, but are still definite issues. I went and bought a Thinkpad later to carry around and now the gaming laptop is just a shitty battlestation. Get a relatively cheap laptop with a nice long battery life (possibly a Thinkpad), and get a nice gaming desktop for home.
Intel HD cards are probably fine for anything you do at school. Newer ones can even handle some light to medium gaming. The Intel HD 4600 (the integrated card in my gaming laptop), can run CS:GO at 1080p/60fps on low graphics or 1336x768/60fps on medium graphics.
serious answer: my surface book has a dGPU but my battery is still exceptional
And that's a lot for me, that's like enough for me to get through my workflow.
My college sure is on a roll lately.
In the past two weeks (which is still going) we've had DDOS attacks which originated from the US. What does IT management do? Block a shitload of US IP ranges so services which we really need such as Netacad and MTA / MOS exam servers can't be accessed either.
Today we happen to have a final exam of CCNA1 but I'm pretty much the only one who can do it since I set up my own VPN at home, though it keeps dropping the connection with TCP on this network.
Managed to crack my Sp3 screen somehow, Microsoft wants 450€ minus shipping to replace it.
My Sp3 was 500-600€, fuck that noise
I'm not even sure whether I should attempt to fix this thing or let it die.
For what it's worth I love my SP1 so much I'm going to probably buy nothing but Surface Pros for my mobile computers from now on.
My friend got a Surface Pro 3 in pretty good condition with the keyboard cover and the drawing pen for $350 total on eBay IIRC
I miss my Surface Pro 3. I miss my MacBook. They're both fantastic machines, but my Zenbook works well.
To be honest the novelty wore off, I wanted it for illustration purposes but the damn thing had bad specs and couldn't run Photoshop properly without lag. The small screen was frustrating when I was set up, it was only convenient to have on train rides and such, something I rarely actually took.
Maybe you should have gotten one with better specs if you wanted to do something more intensive? That part's on you.
I've tried other programs and I just haven't been able to get into them. What do the ones suggested have that are better suited for that kind of thing? Resources doesn't matter anymore anyways, since my SP3 is fucked but it's still good to know. I atleast didn't enjoy Krita, Sai or FireAlpaca (isn't that the same thing?)