Indulge on yourself. You got into dental school. A bunch of nerds on the internet shouldn't influence your decision on your own money. I have a macbook pro and love it, will never go back to PC.I want a Mac Book Pro for dental school. Can I justify spending nearly 1800 on a computer? Are any of you buying Macs or expensive computers? Does my crappy Compaq do the job just fine?
Thanks for the info guys. When did you get a hold of that sale? Where should I look for "student sales"?I suggest going with a Macbook Pro also. I have the 2009 unibody 15" and it's been nothing but amazing since I got it in November '09. I would not recommend going bigger (17") because that is a pretty large and cumbersome laptop to be lugging around... although they are typically lighter than a comparably sized PC laptop. Going smaller might not be a bad idea because that would be very easy to take around, but it does limit your screen space. I like the 15" because it's big enough to feel natural and still very light and fits easily into a backpack. The keyboards on all the models, however, are the same size so you won't get a smaller/bigger keyboard either way.
Yes, a Macbook Pro with the same specs as a PC will typically be a few hundred dollars more, but having been a PC user since I was a kid (got a Compaq desktop for my 6th grade 'graduation' haha), it really is night and day between a PC and a Mac and my Mac worth every penny. Plus, check local universities for student sales... I got my Macbook Pro 15" model (typically $1699) for only $1250. Apple also has standard ~$100 discounts for their higher priced items like the Macbook Pro.
If you decide you want a Macbook Pro, wait a few months. There is strong speculation that they will be giving the Macbook Pro line a significant upgrade in the next couple of months.