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laptop size... 15 or 17 inches??

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by jmv10, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. jmv10

    jmv10 Member
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    I'm trying to decide between a 15 inch or 17 inch mac book pro before starting school in August. Does anyone who is currently a first or second year have an opinion as to which is better or if one is much bulkier than the other? Thanks in advance for the advice!
     
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  3. JohnUC33

    JohnUC33 A Stinkin Conservative
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    Oh, definately 15 or smaller. My dad has a 17" and that thing is so heavy and bulky to lug around.
     
  4. jmv10

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    Thanks for the input!
    Another question: The Mac Book (not pro) is only 13 inches, but does anyone know if the pro is MUCH better, or is the regular mac book sufficient?
     
  5. FizbanZymogen

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    Just got my macbook about a month ago and love it. Its amazing and is a much better deal price wise. If you don't care about the ATI graphics chip in the macbook pro (and I didn't becuase I game on my PC) then you would be wise to buy the macbook. I went from a 17" powerbook to a 13.3" macbook and thought I would have a hard time adjusting to the smaller screen but I love the smaller 13". It works perfect for me and is much more portable. When I start med school next fall I will be able to iChat with my wife and our iMac at home using the built in video camera. Get it, you won't regret it
     
  6. 1hotaartichoke

    1hotaartichoke Not Just Another Veggie!
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    i would say go for 15" mac book pro. well worth the extra money. (im so jealous...i only have a powerbook :( )
     
  7. FutureDocDO

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    FYI, the white plastic will stain in a few months after having it. For reference, take a look at unwhiten/natural but clean teeth. :D

    Regarding your question, I wouldn't go with anything above a 15". Your back will thank you. I bought a 14.1" Dell Latitude D620 a little over a month ago. It's a perfect size. It's just big enough to have a browser, AIM, and a couple others on the screen at the same time without being too clunky to carry around.
     
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    Actually I have a white macbook and use it everyday for many hours. No stains here. It did happen to some but the problem has been addressed by Apple. Also if you are looking into Apple laptops check out macmall. They'll save you money even compared to Apple's student discount. Buy away my friend, you won't be dissapointed (and please stay away from PC's). hehehehe
     
  9. EFD8216

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    Its really disheartening to read about you guys with your macbooks.

    Long time Mac guy who chickened out and bought a dell after convincing himself that there probably wouldn't be support (support for a mac?!? NO NEED! Duh!) if anything happened while running windows on an intel macbook.

    I need to get back into the flock quickly. Nothing works right on this, stuffs in different spots, there is no Command button for shortcuts. I've already had to reset this stupid thing more times than my G4 iMac that I've got sitting at home.

    Listen to the others. Get a Mac, Keep a Mac.

    Jeremy
     
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    if you want to play recent 3D games you'll need a MBP (Quake 3 and other old 3D games are apparently OK on a MacBook). Otherwise the MB is great value. The smaller size would be much more suitable for carying around classes all day too. When you get home, you can always plug into a huge external monitor if you want.
     
  11. jmv10

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    Thanks everyone! i'm going with the 13" macbook... i also asked my boyfriend who does 3D television graphics for a living, and he told me it's not worth getting the pro unless you need the graphic package. plus it is preferable to have the smallest screen possible, so you guys gave me the same great advice; thanks!! i am so excited to get the mac book now! :love:
     
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    small screen trumps all. Ive learned my lesson with my 15" T43.
     
  13. Jiggles

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    I got a 14" HD Widescreen laptop.. It's about the size of a notebook, about 5 pounds and gets about 6 hours battery life. If you go up to a 15 inch, it cuts battery life bad.

    Taking notes in class, I'm the only kid who doesn't have to plug in his laptop by the end of the day. Anything over 15" is overkill IMO.
     
  14. kaikai128

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    I would suggest going with the smallest, lightest laptop with the longest battery life. Sony makes a nice one, dell makes one, apple makes nice ones...I would never get a larger computer (although I would get an apple next time probably)

    Bigger is not always better...just don't sacrafice processor speed when you go smaller--it is a problem with some of them.
     
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    I agree 100% with the above post. I have a dell 710m that I got after my other laptop's motherboard went. infinitely times happier with the 710m which has a 5 hour battery life and is much much lighter and smaller than the old dinosaur. screen is 12" wide screen and incredibly clear as it isn't your typical LCD display. you really have to see it to believe it.
     
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    The regular mac book should make a fine computer for you. Just do yourself two favors: upgrade the memory and buy Applecare.
     
  17. jonb12997

    jonb12997 I'm a doctor!!
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    I 2nd the buy the applecare statement... I wouldn't even consider not buying it. Ask for the student discount, it even works for apple care. Plus right now, buy any mac, get a free ipod! also, to the OP, don't buy a 17 inch, it'll way too big to drag around with you...
     
  18. ruck

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    I'm debating on whether I should get applecare. Even at the educational price it is kinda pricy. Isn't just one year of warranty enough? I think if problems arise they ususally do within the first year. Anyone bought applecare and had to use it frequently?
     
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    I've worked in the computer repair industry as a summer and school job, and hardware issues know no time. They can happen when you first open up your computer and they can happen after you've had it for 2 years. If you are looking to keep your laptop for 3 or 4 years, I would suggest getting some sort of warranty.

    On a different note, for users looking to go the non-mac route I might suggest buying a cheap laptop now 500 - 700, and then buying a new one in two years. You will be paying approimately the same as buying a $1000+ system with a 4 year warranty...of course it all depends on the package that schools might offer...but w/o an educational package Dell's 4 year premium warranty is $400 dollars which also protects against cracked screens
     

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