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UF Laptops

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by gameon, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. gameon

    gameon 2+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    Hey guys, anyone have any suggestions on what is the best brand and featured laptop to buy? I'll be starting at the uf distance site in the fall so i'll be watching my lectures on it and I am totally clueless with laptops, I suppose I need windows vista and a nice graphics card?
    Any help would be appreciated! thanks
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  3. eelo

    eelo 2+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Check with the school and find out what they require/recommend.
  4. ForcedEntry

    ForcedEntry Lilo got stitched 2+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Hewlett Packard dv6235nr = $899 on sale. Meets the UF specs and works great.
  5. SCCpharm

    SCCpharm 10+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I recommend Dell Inspiron. I have ordered maybe 10 dells, for work, family, and personal uses, and have had little problems with them. If you have extra money, go for the 2GB RAM upgrade. has some great coupon codes for Dell and other websites.
    For example:
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    Don't worry about coupons expiring. Dell always has coupons available.
  6. dgroulx

    dgroulx Night Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    I recommend not buying a laptop. UF "requires it", but you never bring it to class. Most laptops crap out after a couple of years. Get a desktop with a nice, big, LCD display for watching lectures.

    I'm not sure if they are set up for Vista. You need to check with the computing center. The videos are very proprietary. They only run on a few versions of Windows Media Player and only under XP.
  7. ForcedEntry

    ForcedEntry Lilo got stitched 2+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    I wonder what they are going to do with the Fall 2007 students that never had a laptop before and are buying one just for the program. The only standard OS, unless you buy a Dhell, for laptops these days is Vista.
  8. dgroulx

    dgroulx Night Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    They mentioned that they are going to switch back to Blackboard from Web CT for the next incoming class. We've been on Web CT for the last year. Maybe they've been getting Blackboard ready for Vista.
  9. Trancelucent1

    Trancelucent1 Gator Girl :) 7+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    I miss blackboard!!!
  10. gatorboy


    Mar 27, 2007
    my sister goes to UF pharm. schoool, and she never takes the laptop to class. however she finds it very convenient to have it since she can watch all her lectures on it. I think you have to get a laptop since they register it when you go to UF. just get a cheap economical laptop and you should be fine. dont spend more than 900.
  11. dgroulx

    dgroulx Night Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    Yes, they told us that we had to get a laptop, too. During my 4 years at UF, they asked us to bring them to campus for 1 day. We didn't turn them on. They wanted to see how many people actually did buy laptops.

    Everyone here already owns a computer. That computer will work just fine for watching lectures. Save your money. I was an idiot and bought one. SDN was new to pharmacy back then, so there was no one to advise me.
  12. kellia

    kellia aspiring pharmacist 5+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2005

    I have to agree. We were asked to bring our laptops ONE time during the first week of school, first year. They wanted to make sure our system was set up properly for lecture viewing (antivirus, pop up stuff...). We were never again asked to use them. Also, on the St. Pete campus, they are pretty much useless in the library. The connection is too slow wirelessly (sp?) to watch lectures or even google in a reasonable amount of time.

    That said, I am glad I own a laptop for the convenience I have in my own home.

    It's your choice, but I would save the money... You're about to become broke!!!!!!:)
  13. donflo79

    donflo79 UF:Conditionally Accepted 5+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 2005
    OP, FL
    I'm just getting done with my first year & I have both a laptop & desktop. I'd recommend a laptop only because of the convenience, being able to study outside of home, etc.

    Honestly, I'm glad I bought one.

    I'd recommend a Dell because of the warranties & the UF discount.
  14. tennismn

    tennismn Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    I agree with what Don said. We're in the same class, and my experience has pretty much been the same. I've got a desktop at home and a laptop to carry around, and I use my laptop all the time. While it might be more comfortable to use the desktop to watch some of the lectures, you'll find that time is at a premium, and sometimes it's easier to watch 2 lectures at Panera's than drive home and try to watch them.

    As for brands, there's a great site,, that compiles laptop reviews. They also have a section for coupons for the various manufacturers, so if you're dead set on Dell or someone else, you can get the lowest price.

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