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- Jul 7, 2017
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What laptop do you believe is the best for dental school and why? Going laptop shopping soon
I’m actually looking in to the surface pro and the surface laptopI own a Macbook right now, but I'm thinking of switching to Surface Pro when I start dental school. There are rumors that the new one will come out sometime this spring/summer. I think it will be more convenient and flexible while writing notes for lectures (especially if most if not all lectures will probably be through powerpoint slides, you can just write on it with the Surface pen). I also like how you can use it as a tablet, but it can still replace your laptop.
I'm getting a bit tired of apple, since they haven't done much to their laptops in the past few years (not a fan of their Touch Bar).
What sort of problems? I also want to write/draw because that is how I normally take notes as opposed to just typing. What problems do you run into with Windows systems in terms of school and notetaking, etc.I wouldn’t go with an iPad. They’ve improved software-wise with iOS 11 but it’s still very limited as an operating system.
If writing on the screen is an absolute must (I personally hate doing that), get a surface as they are optimized for writing on the screen unlike other Windows PCs.
If you don’t care about writing on the screen, I’d get a MacBook. My school forced us into Dell XPS 13s and while the screen is great and the computer is quick, it cost us 1700 dollars and it has weird little problems that pop up all the time. And if you have any experience with Windows, you know that the way they force updates on you is the most consumer unfriendly thing ever.
My laptop has touchscreen that I barely ever use, however I don't really regret it (I got the Dell XPS 13 -9360 model), great light powerful laptop, slightly expensive but definitely worth it.Bumping this thread with a question for current dental students: How useful is it to get a touchscreen laptop? To those that use a computer w/o a touchscreen, do you wish you had gotten one with it?
Definitely going to be getting one with a good processor + enough storage/RAM etc but just wondering how much a touchscreen actually helps (or doesn't make a difference).
Thank you for your input! Do you like the 13.3" size or wish you had gotten the 15.6" (? I think the XPS-15?) version instead?My laptop has touchscreen that I barely ever use, however I don't really regret it (I got the Dell XPS 13 -9360 model), great light powerful laptop, slightly expensive but definitely worth it.
Definitely happy with the size. It’s light enough that I can keep it in my backpack and take it everywhere but small enough to pull out on the train or plane versus the larger 15”Thank you for your input! Do you like the 13.3" size or wish you had gotten the 15.6" (? I think the XPS-15?) version instead?
I had the surfacebook for school before. It’s a great laptop but I found I wasn’t using the tablet mode at all (school made us buy iPads too) so I was literally paying extra for a feature I wasn’t using and carrying the extra weight (it’s pretty heavy for a 12” device) so I sold it and got the XPS I mentioned aboveAnyone have experience with the Microsoft Surface Pro or the Surface Book?
Anyone have experience with the Microsoft Surface Pro or the Surface Book?
I would actually like to know any insight on surface pro also.