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Help me choose a laptop!

WordSpinnerWordSpinner Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2009 in College Computers
I know I want a laptop for college, and I don't quite know which I want to get. I'm a long time PC user, but I'm thinking of getting a Mac. With both, I plan to wait until the new OS's are out--no way am I getting Vista. Here's what I use my laptop for:

Writing: I write fiction for fun, and some of my writing gets big. I've been using yWriter 5 on my PC, and if I were to get a Mac, I'd switch to Scrivener, which costs $35 but has features that I consider worth the price (yWriter's free, I haven't had any issues, and I recommend it to anyone who writes long pieces on a PC, but it lacks some features I want that Scrivener has)


Internet Surfing: I tend to multitask with my internet surfing, having lots of tabs plus my writing and music in the background, and so I want a computer that can multitask.

I don't really play games, but I'll want to watch movies/you-tube videos, etc.

I really, really want a laptop that will last and won't give me much trouble--I'm not really a computer person. I also want a laptop between 13 and 15 inches, and the lighter the better. My planned major is in biology, which can be math-heavy, and I want a laptop with the kind of power/OS that will work for the kinds of biology-specific programs I'm likely to need.

All my colleges are platform-agnostic, but I'll probably be going to Pomona.

I don't want to pay more than 1,500 for a good setup. Is the macbook (the upper level, with the lighted keyboard) worth it? What are some good, reliable PC choices? What are the minimum specs I should look for?

Thanks in advance for all the help!
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Replies to: Help me choose a laptop!

  • Liz LemonLiz Lemon Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    I'd absolutely recommend the MacBook. I've had one for two years and love it. It's a pleasure to use, and I've never had any software issues or viruses; that said, I'd recommend investing in the extended warranty, because it can be prone to hardware problems (if you have the warranty, all repairs are free).

    Of course, if a crucially important program for your major is only available for PC, it probably makes more sense to get one of those. I don't know enough about biology-specific software to say, though.
  • OperaDadOperaDad Posts: 2,467Registered User Senior Member
    Decide on your college first. See what recomended configurations they have, and student specials. Then post again with a reduced set of choices.

    I like recommended configurations because the school's IT people can help you with it. BTW: Get at least 2 GB of main memory.

    For your uses, a basic computer with a decent graphics card will do just fine. Shouldn't have to break $1,000 if you buy a PC. I have no idea about MAC's.
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