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Need advice on new laptop...

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Brandie28, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Brandie28

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    Hi everyone! I am looking into buying a new laptop and need some opinions and I thought this thread would be a good place to ask! I am just looking for something for school really..any input?? :confused:
     
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    Are you applying to pharmacy school? They may have requirements when you actually take pharmacy classes. I know at my school, they have recommendations on which models to get.
     
  4. Brandie28

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    Yes...Nova...but they only have very basic requirements from what I found..such as service and an anti virus program...
     
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    Wait until you know where you are going because some provide you with one or have specific requirements.
     
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    I'd check out Asus. They do some great stuff.

    As for your supplier, I suggest newegg.com.
     
  7. WhiteSnows

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    I had dell M1330. It is $1200, good deal for gaming.
     
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    My next laptop is going to be an Apple MacBook. It's an amazing machine! I got a Dell right now, and it's literally crapped...I've used it to the bone. I've had it for almost 3 yrs now. However, I don't like to spend that much money on a computer. My biggest requirement is it has to be under $1000
     
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    APple is hard to use. Unless you are a graphic design, I would not but apple.
     
  10. DrOwnageMD

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    Don't get a mac unless you're dual-booting. If you're going to get a mac you might as well get linux. You get the same unwarranted elitest feeling and it's free!
     
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    If you are going to get a laptop, don't get a heavy one. Usually a laptop for gaming will weigh heavy. You will be carrying around a lot and trust me, you don't want to carry a heavy bag around campus. It hurts your back! And besides, do you even have time to play games in pharmacy school?
     
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    NO no, my laptop is super light. It is 13 30, very good for education and gaming. I can bring it up with 2 fingers
     
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    wow, strong fingers:laugh:
     
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    I have a dell 1520 with graphics card and all that crap for gaming and I don't even play games anymore on my computer....so you are totally right about the weight issue. This laptop is as heavy as a 45 pound dumbbell (but the computer is still very fast and reliable). It feels horrible to take it on the lightrail, especially during rush hour, when I had to stand for 40 minutes until I got to the station by my house...

    To answer the thread's question, if you want something light and only for emails, internet, and word, then get the minis like dell mini 9 or 12!
     
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    The Dell M1330 is on the light side, you can carry that around. I have a dell 9200, Now thats heavy. I've been using it for four years, and I think I would be retiring it somewhere in August. Apple is aesthetically nice but a bit expensive in my opinion. Somebody suggested checking out Newegg. Good site. But also check out Buy.com, they have some pretty good deals on laptops.
     
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    I have a gateway M285-E series tablet PC. It was pretty good for its times but is a little bit outdated now. However, it more than meets the requirements for LECOM's laptop.

    Eh, you can play a few games on it but it probably can't handle the next generation games that will be coming out in a year or so requiring really a dedicated graphics card.
     
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    Not at all. My family has one at home & I know that thing inside and out. It's a quality computer. Should last 5+ years at top speed & condition. However, if you're an avid computer user, PC might be the way to go...just because of the modification options available. I just want an Apple because it's a quality computer - not for elitist reasons ;). By the way, you can get an Apple 13.3" Macbook/2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/1 gb ram/120 gb superdrive for around $850 (or so I've seen that price before for it). Best place for Apple deals is www.macmall.com. it's not ridiculously expensive though...
     
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    I second the recommendations for Buy.com and NewEgg.com, good prices. Amazon.com is great as well.

    As for Apple vs. PC, if you're already comfortable with PCs then it's probably a better idea to go with a PC laptop. I had a MacBook and didn't really like it, switched to an HP and loved it. I guess I'm more of a PC person. :oops:
     
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    I would have to disagree. I have a mac and its not difficult to use, just different from a PC. If you get a mac, they understand that you won't know all about them, so they offer free classes at the apple store on how to use them. Microsoft office has a version for the mac and I've never had a problem with compatibility with anything from my professors or fellow students.

    The operating system is built on a very stable platform that requires less RAM and doesn't eat up as much hard drive space, which is why you will see less offered in the mac than a PC. Plus, if you have some question or issue that you don't have time to go to the apple store to have figured out, there are discussion pages on apple's website where the problem you are having is answered or can be answered if it's a new problem. Apple people like to take care of our own :).

    I would suggest going to an apple store and talking with a sales rep. I wouldn't recommend going to a Best Buy or other authorized reseller because they won't give you the best advice or knowledge base for a mac. Then go look at other PC's and decide for yourself which one is right for you.

     
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    You are a fan of apple. Thanks for information.
     
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    Plenty of time to play video games in pharmacy school, just gotta figure out what to sacrifice.

    I could have sacrificed video games, but I decided that I rather play video games than go to the gym, lol.
     
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    Lol.....I dont know how much time students attending three year programs have to do "other" stuff, but I tell you some habits are hard to give up. I know I have to keep up with basketball and football (soccer for the Americans). We'll see when we get there.

    About the Apple and Mac comparisons,get an apple if you can afford it, but I'd go with a PC. Apart from being cheaper, a lot more programs are available for the PC than the MAC. Will you need every program under the sun, no. But such availability implies better and readily available support. On a final note check with the school to make sure whatever programs you'll need will be compatible with Apple.
     
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    or you can just dual boot an apple computer so you have both. I like the interface of OS X for basics like internet, word, etc. But obviously like windows for other things do to compatilbility.
     
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    I personally don't know why you would want to run both operating systems on a mac. I also don't know what compatibility problems you might be having unless it's a game. All of the office programs you would use in pharmacy school are made for mac.

     
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    It is just comforting to know that you have windows (something you are very familiar with) available when you need it. While for pharmacy school exclusively doesn't require windows, there are plenty of things that I do on my free time that may or may not work on Mac
     
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    NO, eveything is not compatible on the Mac, so dual-booting is a very good idea. I have an iMac and I dual boot with Parallel software and it works great. I love the interface on the Mac and the fact that Mac's don't catch viruses as easy as PC's is a hugh plus. I started working on a Mac when I started working at the university and now I'm a huge Mac fan LOL
     

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