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Dell vs. Apple

rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 917Registered User Member
edited June 2012 in College Computers
These are the two brands that I would get discounts on....is a laptop even necessary?

I plan to major in anthropology and Spanish.
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  • Dartht33baggerDartht33bagger Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    Go for the Dell. Even though I don't like Dell very much, anything is better than a Mac.

    I'm pretty sure a Laptop is good to have in any major in college. As an engineering major I know mine is extremely useful.
  • vonlostvonlost Posts: 13,745Super Moderator Senior Member
    If you've been happy using a Mac, get another; you'll probably not like Windows. If you've happy with Win, get the Dell. If you haven't used a computer much, Mac is usually easier to learn. Mac can also run Win if you need it.
  • Apollo11Apollo11 Posts: 2,416Registered User Senior Member
    For anthropology, you won't need a PC, but Spanish might and Alienware offers a pretty stylish laptop that runs Windows (Needed for most software) and pretty good performance.
  • beoleinbeolein Posts: 645Registered User Member
    You seem to be asking two questions: Dell or Apple and whether a laptop is necessary.
    For the first, there is no answer. The Mac vs. PC question has been around forever and will never end.
    For the second, most people say a laptop is necessary.
  • vonlostvonlost Posts: 13,745Super Moderator Senior Member
    "laptop that runs Windows (Needed for most software)"

    We millions of Mac users don't have a clue what we're missing! ;)
  • SeekingUniSeekingUni Posts: 2,188Registered User Senior Member
    ^ True that! Been using Windows PCs since I was a kid, got a Mac for Christmas and literally haven't touched any of my Windows computers since.
  • del_psidel_psi Posts: 229Registered User Junior Member
    " ^ True that! Been using Windows PCs since I was a kid, got a Mac for Christmas and literally haven't touched any of my Windows computers since. "

    The question is why?
  • BeanwolfBeanwolf Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    The money you "save" with the Dell discount will be irrelevant when you factor in their horribly overblown prices for upgrades. For those majors, I'd recommend giving the Ultrabooks a look see if you want a PC. Acer, Asus, Tosiba, and yes, even Dell have some offerings.

    Sounds more like the question is whether you want a Mac or PC, if money is not an issue. Keep in mind the Macs can bootcamp Windows along with OS X.
  • rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 917Registered User Member
    ^ Well, I would say that $$ is an issue as I'd be paying for it myself.
  • del_psidel_psi Posts: 229Registered User Junior Member
    Maybe you should check the Dell Outlet and buy a new one there.
  • CelelelCelelel Posts: 56Registered User Junior Member
    I'd recommend a Samsung Series 9 or 7.
  • rhythmgamingrhythmgaming Posts: 650Registered User Member
    Even with a student discount macs are still overpriced for what they have, so anything asus or such would still be less. Dont limit yourself to those two, both companies you mentioned are arguably terrible (for different reasons)
  • rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 917Registered User Member
    So apparently the Dell discount is only 2%? What the heck.....are there other trusted brands?
  • cobratcobrat Posts: 7,419Registered User Senior Member
    Although I am using a dell notebook atm....that's mainly because I got 2 free from a friend whose company dumped 3 D610 latitudes due to overheating issues and I work in IT and fixing laptops is one thing I do.

    If I had to choose between dell or apple...apple. Yes, it costs more, but the build quality on the Macbooks tends to be much better and warranty service is superb.

    Only exception to this is if you're really handy about doing all of your own tech support...including troubleshooting/replacing parts like CPU fans, motherboards, etc.
  • del_psidel_psi Posts: 229Registered User Junior Member
    Although I am using a dell notebook atm....that's mainly because I got 2 free from a friend whose company dumped 3 D610 latitudes due to overheating issues and I work in IT and fixing laptops is one thing I do.

    If I had to choose between dell or apple...apple. Yes, it costs more, but the build quality on the Macbooks tends to be much better and warranty service is superb.

    Only exception to this is if you're really handy about doing all of your own tech support...including troubleshooting/replacing parts like CPU fans, motherboards, etc.

    You summarized that quite well. The only Dell laptops with similar or greater build quality than a Macbook would be the business class of notebooks that Dell sells. Most people don't buy those though.
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