aaden
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I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:09 am

I'm a college student and it has occurred to me that I need a laptop.
It was also occurred to me that I know absolutely nothing about them, beyond needing one.

I'm really not into games
price is a factor but not all important.( I have no idea what to expect to spend) I would like a reasonably priced one.

Any ideas or recommendations, on what to get, or where to start???
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:15 am

First of all, from what you've left to ask. Size? Are you looking for a Netbook? A "touchscreen" laptop...

A 14" screen, 15.4? Desktop replacement?
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:17 am

Life only makes sense when you look at it backwards.
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:35 am

My recommendation would be a MacBook. They are not the cheapest, but very good value for money.

Well-designed regarding looks, functionality and longevity, excellent software, usually creates much less aggravation than with a Windows machine (although you can still run Windows or Linux on it if you absolutely want).

It's not obvious at first sight but the longer you use one the more you'll notice that people have actually thought about how it's supposed to work. And if you've got a problem you can turn up at your local Apple Store to have someone help you out.

Some people who have never used one in earnest believe that a computer which doesn't give you hell all the time isn't worth bothering with. Well, I use and program computers for a living and I as an increasing number of my colleagues am simply fed up with wasted time and pointless problems. For me a heavy-duty Unix under the hood is another essential advantage, but one priority I probably share with most users is that I need and want a computer which just works.

And the most important thing about Macs is that they actually do that.

Depending on your budget and your priorities you could choose between the white (polycarbonate) MacBook or one of the aluminium unibody models MacBook 13" / MacBook Air 13" / MacBook Pro 15" or 17":

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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:46 am



Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
one priority I probably share with most users is that I need and want a computer which just works.

Klaus, please check out my post in the Computer Build help thread  Big grin
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:12 am



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 4):
Klaus, please check out my post in the Computer Build help thread

Done. And now you please check reality. You know, the one where practical experience with what you're talking about actually matters...
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:58 am



Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 1):
First of all, from what you've left to ask. Size? Are you looking for a Netbook? A "touchscreen" laptop...

A 14" screen, 15.4? Desktop replacement?

I didn't even know they had touch screens. Yes it will be a replacement for my desktop.

It also needs to have internet.


I don't know if size matters...
Are bigger ones more powerful?
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:03 am

Now that i know what you mean about desktop replacment.... I'm not sure if it needs to be that.
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:06 am



Quoting AAden (Reply 6):
Are bigger ones more powerful?

They can be, but you can't rely on that. Every model has its own compromise between price, size (extra compact ones can cost exra as well), display resolution, overall quality, battery performance (many laptops have dismal portability) and so on.

It is a good idea to be very, very wary of deceptive advertising which is rampant especially in this segment.
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:16 am

I'm also a Mac user because of horrid customer service from a PC company.

If you're not really strong with computers I would generally recommend a Mac simply because they are rated highest in customer support.

Questions for me would be:

1. What are you studying? In the initial years of university a MacBook/ibook should be fine for most majors. Might be different for heavy science/math/engineering majors who would need a pro level Mac.

2. Do you need a notebook or will a desktop do? Desktops are less expensive and have a larger display. Hard to tote to class, but I never was a decent typist so I wouldn't be toting. The iMac is a kick-ass (I've had one since the G5 came out) and the Mac Pro is more than I need.

Other factors:

Always get Mac's AppleCare is it allows you to call with questions for 3 years as well as getting the extended warranty.

Right now there is a back-to-school program going that will allow you to get a FREE iPod (including a touch) or, I'm not sure, an iPhone. Free because Apple sends a rebate. You also get a discount on the Macs as a college student.

Best part of Macs is that there is not the malware you get with Windows. That's where I got my first Mac - a notebook for business trips at the height of virus problems. A major bonus for people like me who don't want to be bothered keeping the bad stuff out.

Apple provides the current version of iLife free and iWork is cheap. Office is also available and virtual OS software like Parallels will give you Windows, Linux, and a long list of other OSes.

Basically go to an Apple Store (or Best Buy if there are none in your city) and see what Macs are about. Apple Stores are the best as the sales personnel are pretty good and they don't pressure, or try to move you up.
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:22 am

exercise sports science.

I'd prefer a lap top.
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:23 pm



Quoting AAden (Reply 6):
I didn't even know they had touch screens. Yes it will be a replacement for my desktop.

It also needs to have internet.


I don't know if size matters...
Are bigger ones more powerful?

AAden,

It depends on the use you're going to give it. Are you going to take it to class every day? Then I'd recommend a 14" laptop, ideal combination between size (mobility), performance and a good screen to see what the heck you're typing!

Desktop replacement are laptops with screens of 17"-21".

Quoting Klaus (Reply 8):
They can be, but you can't rely on that. Every model has its own compromise between price, size (extra compact ones can cost exra as well), display resolution, overall quality, battery performance (many laptops have dismal portability) and so on.

It is a good idea to be very, very wary of deceptive advertising which is rampant especially in this segment.

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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:48 pm

Sound like probably you are better off with a mac. Windows computer seem to run great for a few months/years then for some strange reason the just slow the hell down. Even if you have anti-virus, anti-spy ware.

I took care of my PC - had friends who work with computers all day "clean it up" on a regular basis. If you want your windows to be (more) reliable you need to do some work with it.

If you don't know much about computers and PCs - you are better off getting one that is easier to take care of and easier to use.

My experience with my new-ish mac - coming from owning a PC and having to use window at work is always "is that it?"

There is always this strange sensation that things in a mac are just too simple.
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:06 pm

As ever on this subject, I would have to agree with Klaus and the other advice that has been given regarding Macs.

Since making the switch from PC to Mac, I haven't encountered a single problem; it's computing bliss! You will pay more initially, however, in my opinion, it is certainly worth it in the long run.

Furthermore, the MacBook has been ideal for studies; and it's light enough for me to quite happily carry it it around in my shoulder bag to and from work.
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:23 pm



Quoting Mt99 (Reply 12):
There is always this strange sensation that things in a mac are just too simple.

Well, if you're bored enough, there's always the Unix command line and the Xcode SDK...!
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:26 pm



Quoting Mt99 (Reply 12):
My experience with my new-ish mac - coming from owning a PC and having to use window at work is always "is that it?"

There is always this strange sensation that things in a mac are just too simple.

That's how computers should be, not the mess that is often found in Microsoft Windows. After making the switch from using a PC to a Mac last year I found that one of the biggest differences was uninstalling programs; on a PC, you had to run an uninstaller, and often folders and other files would be left behind. On a Mac, however, I just drag and drop, and the program is uninstalled.
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:20 pm

To the top again as Apple just delivered their annual WWDC Keynote and announced some new notebooks - as well as price reductions.

Personally I'm drooling over the new 13" MacBook Pro (that comes with a free iPod touch) and might actually sell the old PowerBook in order to get a new one.

I'd recommend heading to an Apple Store to play with one hands on. Helps to make a decision, especially if you get make an appointment with a salesman before hand - something you can do at the Apple Store.

You can also get an update of what was released today at places like appleinsider.com and macuser.com
 
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:59 pm

I've always been a PC guy, but after using a Mac for the last year (now back on PC however), I really like the Mac. Yes, there are subtle annoyances, but you can overcome them.
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RE: I Need To Buy A Laptop Advice Needed

Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:22 pm

Don't spend less than $800, and stay away from Dell, HP, Gateway, etc

My top pick if I was in the market would be: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152086

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