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Laptop recs?

I have to get a laptop for classes I'm starting in a couple of weeks and don't have any idea where to start-I've never bought a computer before.  Any suggestions?? TIA
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Re: Laptop recs?

  • I have had a Dell Studio for about 5 years now. My mom had it customized to what I needed it for. She put extra memory on it so I could keep all my pictures loaded and she also got a really fast processor since I would be using it for school. I am using it right now. I would recommend it to anyone. HOWEVER, it is kind of big and bulky for what I would like. I need something slender that is easy to transport and not so heavy. That's why I am looking into a MAC. Hope that helps!

  • The biggest question to help answer this is: what do you need to do on it?

    Will you be using it for word processing and internet access primarily?

    What else do you want to be able to do with it?

    Do you know of any specific programs that you may need for school (Adobe suite, AutoCAD, etc.)?

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  • EmbarrassedI'll definately be using the basic word and excel and internet other than that I'm not sure.  I'm really starting from scratch here
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  • MacBook Pro or MacBook...they're amazing! I've had my refurbished MBP for about 2 years now and it's still running like the day I got it.  

  • I agree with a Macbook. I love, love, love mine.

    Apple typically runs pretty good deals around now for students.  They give you something like 10% off + free iPod and printer (or at least that's the deal I got a couple of years ago).

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    I agree with a Macbook. I love, love, love mine.

    Apple typically runs pretty good deals around now for students.  They give you something like 10% off + free iPod and printer (or at least that's the deal I got a couple of years ago).

    I agree with a MacBook or MacBook Pro. This year you get the 10% student discount and $100 credit for the app store. There is probably a printer rebate available.

  • I just bought a new macbook pro today online - I got a $100 gift card to the apple app store which can also be used for itunes, $200 off my computer, plus $150 off my apple care extended warranty (highly recommend the extended warranty), and a free $100 printer. Oh, and free shipping to Alaska, which is a HUGE deal for us up here! Needless to say I figured it was a good time to buy! This will be my third Apple laptop and I just love them!
  • For your usage, I honestly would skip the Macs. Macs are built for intensive editing (think photographers, videographers, and audio engineers). It's a bit of a waste of money for simple usage (a 13" screen macbook pro is $1200).

    For a decent computer that will fit your needs at a good price point, I'd look at an Acer. I currently have the Acer Aspire 5736Z and got it for around $350 (you can save well over $700 and still do what you need to do effectively). As for the programs you'll use, you don't have to get the Microsoft Office suite. One of the more popular free suites is OpenOffice. It have all the capabilities of MS and if needed you can save in MS formats.

    Good luck with your search.

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  • I agree that a Mac is unnecessary for casual computing, but I do think Office is a good idea.  The OpenOffice versions of Excel and PowerPoint suck IMO, and even Word is difficult to customize.  If you need special formatting for something, like references for an English class, it's really unfriendly.  I bought Office in college for pretty cheap through my school's bookstore.

    My vote is for a Lenovo ThinkPad.  Macs are great, but I think they're more than you need.  My H and I have gotten a lot of mileage out of our Lenovos with no issues - before, my computers had such short lifespans that I thought Apple was my only option, but these machines have given me hope for PCs.

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  • I have a macbook pro 13", my DH has the 15" we LOVE them.  The 13" is going for $999 at Microcenter.  
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